I received this, my second Franklin-Christoph Model 20, at the same time as my orange Model 02. I’ve just been delayed in writing about it. I considered skipping this post since I’ve already written the pen dry of its first fill. I wrote the draft about a week ago and I’d hate to waste it, so it’s being posted now. Plus, I’m a completist and it would annoy me to skip it.
The only two differences between this version and my original Model 02 are the acrylic and the nib. This one has the Vintage Green acrylic and a Mike Masuyama medium stub nib. Like my original, this one also lacks a clip.
I generally hate it when the word “vintage” is used as an adjective when naming a new product. So that was a initial turnoff. But I really like the look so I got over it. I do think the pen design itself has a look reminiscent of vintage pens. It’s a simple design but it does have character. I don’t think the Green looks any more vintage than the Tiger Red. That said, the Vintage Green has some subtle shading to it that does give it a retro aesthetic.
It’s hard to pass up a Mike Masuyama nib grind when ordering from Franklin-Christoph. I have passed it up in the past, but this time I picked the medium stub. At $15 it’s the best value in fountain pens. Since I usually go for thin nibs it’s a little wider than normal for me. It won’t be using it to mark up documents and it won’t be a regular note taker for me, but it’s a very nice nib for regular writing sessions. This particular nib has been very smooth out of the box.
Everything else that I said about the original Model 20 applies to this one.
I picked Athena Sepia ink (store brand for Maruzan stores in Japan, reportedly made by Sailor) as the first ink for this pen. It’s a deep, dark brown ink that’s nearly black. I figured it would like this nib more than my typical thin nibs. There’s some subtle shading, not much but it is there.
It’s seems like I can’t resist buying multiple copies of Franklin-Christoph models. In this case, as the others, I don’t regret having multiple versions of the Model 20. Both the medium (in the Tiger Red) and this medium stub are about the same width so I’ll use each pen in similar situations. I tend to write slower with stub nibs so they do provide a different writing experience that goes beyond the type of line it puts down.