Thursday, May 29, 2014

Rotring Surf versus Reynolds Gallery

It's well known that some of Rotring's products became, after the buy-out by Sanford (or Rubbermaid) part of other companies, like Parker (Newton, Esprit, and Diplomat) and Rubbermaid (Tikky). I found another candidate, though I believe this one is different in that it was never really a Rotring, but was developed by Sanford as a pen that would be sold by different companies. The Rorting Surf



And the Reynolds Gallery seem to be more or less identical:



It's just that the Surf was sold as a Rotring in Europe and North America under the Rotring label and under the Reynolds label in Australia, India and other Asian countries.[1] The photograph is taken from an eBay seller from Australia.

The difference between the pen is that they have their respective "manufacturers printed on the cap.Both have an "R" stamped on it, but the Reynolds nib seems less ornate. Both are cheap pens. But I can attest to the fact that the Surf writes quite well. So I recommend it for $10.00? Not really. Do I consider the Surf a Rotring? Just barely ... It is a Sanford pen.



1. Reynolds also was taken over by Sanford (Rubbermaid) in the late eighties of the twentieth century. The description of one of the Gallerys on eBay says: "Established in 1927 at la Ferte'-Milon in France, Reynolds has over the past eight decades been a leader in writing instruments in Europe and the rest of the world. In 1946, the headquarters and factory were shifted to Valence, in the south of France. The company is headquartered at Valence till date." But another site says: The year 1999 was a landmark year in the history of Reynolds. Since then it has been a member company of Sanford Corporation, USA. Sanford is a US $ 1.2 billion company. Sanford is in turn the writing instruments division of the US $ 5.9 billion Newell Rubbermaid group. Sanford has the broadest range of writing, marking, colouring and drawing products worldwide." This does not indicate how much they "streamlined" or narrowed the range of writing instruments. Many kinds of fountain pens became extinct since the Rubbermaid group felt it had to get involved.

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