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Fpn Café Press Shop Totally Renewed And Overhauled!

Posted by wimg , 20 March 2013 · 5,765 views

Dearest FPNutters,

As by now we need new funding to keep our all-time favourite hang-out running, over the past couple of days we overhauled and renewed the old Café Press Shop we started back in 2005, and added some items which are more in line with this more modern age ;).

We also changed navigation, and added all 3 ink logos as possibilities for several of the items too.

The Café Press item profits go entirely to hosting for our site, so be generous, and do support us by donating or buying from our Café Press Shop.

Items you will find there are buttons, stickers, stationery, mugs, caps, bags, sleeves, covers, cases and some pet products. If you require anything else, let us know, and we will add it to the collection.

Of course, you'll want to know where to go for these goodies. Well, check the menu bar at the top of the page, underneath the header, and you will find that the FPN Store, next to the Blog and Downloads sections, automagically has changed to the FPN Shopping Mall, currently with two shops, namely our good old FPN Pen Store, and the all new dancing and singing FPN Café Press Shop!

For some direct links:
The FPN Café Press Shop

The FPN Pen Store

And if there is nothing that possibly tickles your fancy, why not donate a few dollars to your favourite hang-out?<br>
(check the forums frontpage, towards the top right).

Thank you all very much in advance!

Warmest regards, Wim
On behalf of the entire FPN Moderator and Admin Team

Update March 25, 2013:
T-shirts and other leisure wear, and some home products like coasters, a cookie jar, wall clocks, etc.  have been added to the shop.



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A Few More Fpn Passaportos Le, 2012 This Time :)

Posted by wimg , 15 December 2012 · 5,624 views

Dearest Members of the Board,

It's already a few months since we sold out all of our FPN LE Pens. Since we had quite a few requests for a few more, we checked with Stipula whether that was possible, maybe from a little spare stock material of the order we placed last year and some spare parts made at the time.

It appeared that this was possible indeed, and as a result a few pens have been added to our store! :cloud9:

For the quick deciders, we now have the following:

FPN LE 2012 Passaporto Chrome Trim F nib:              2 available
FPN LE 2012 Passaporto Chrome Trim M nib:           13 available
FPN LE 2012 Passaporto Chrome Trim B nib:              2 available
FPN LE 2012 Passaporto Chrome Trim BB nib:           8 available
FPN LE 2012 Passaporto Chrome Trim 0.9 Italic nib: 19 available


These pens have been manufactured, are in stock, and are ready to be shipped, from Europe.

Do note that out of necessity these pens are more expensive than the original batch, basically because it is a much smaller number that was produced. Furthermore, we won't be able to provide shipping as cheap as before either; we will ship at cost from Europe, however. There will be 2 shipping options available to you: one with and one without insurance. Do note that we won't cover losses or damages in transit if the uninsured option is selected.

For those interested, here are the original votes for the pens, and some of the discussions relating to these pens:
FPN LE 2011 Passaportos

These are slightly different, in that the inscription contains the year 2012 rather than 2011, and a (sequential) number, but no size indication for the edition, which actually was 50 - it wasn't certain at production time how many could be made exactly.

Another difference is the different nib sizes - the above were the ones we could get. :D

Finally, to soften the new pricing a bit, all pens will have an additonal quality check and will have their nibs checked, adjusted if necessary, and smoothed by a nibmeister prior to being sent off, at no extra charge (a 20 euro value!).

Furthermore, if you are interested in a nib modification or regrind, your pen will be dealt with immediately, if you so like, although this will be at additional cost. Those BB nibs of course lend themselves very well for an interesting modication if one so prefers :smile:. Do contact our FPN Pens Admin if you are interested in such a modification, see further down below.

For those interested in more info on our FPN LE pens, we started a forum quite a while ago, specifically for the purpose of discussing these pens. You can find this forum by scrolling to the bottom of the board in forum view (main forums page), or by following this link:

FPN LE Pens 2011 Forum

To make life simple :D, here is a direct link to the Store, with all Passaportos available:
FPN Store

To check invoices and orders:
In order to check your orders and invoices, click on "Your Profile" (member id at top right of board), in the drop down list that will show click on "Client Area" (last option), and in the window that ensues, click on "Purchases" for an immediate overview of the details, or on "Invoices", and click on the invoice of choice again for the details.

In case you have any further questions, please contact the admin team backchannel, either via email or by PM to the admin dealing with these pens, FPN Pens Admin.

Warm regards,
Your FPN Admin Team


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The Fpn Pens Are Being Manufactured!

Posted by Admin , 28 October 2011 · 162 views

Dearest members of the digital fountain pen nut house,

Good News

Production of the FPN LE pens has started, and shipping will commence on November 15 :cloud9: :bunny01: :bunny01: :bunny01: . The reason for the delay from November 1, to November 15, was a malfunctioning milling lathe, which cut production by 33 %.

We had a very pleasant, almost one hour long talk with our Stipula representative, and here are some short notes on a few of the topics discussed which might interest you:

1) Additional 18K Etruria nibs
The FPN LE pens are the last production run allowing for so many different nibs. Stipula will standardize on just 3 nibs in 14K (F, M, 1.1 italic) and 3 nibs in 18K (F, M, 52 degree) from here onwards. This mostly because of the price of gold. This also means that anybody considering to order one or more extra 18K nibs, should really do that now, while stocks still last. Of many of the nibs besides the ones mentioned, stocks are running very low. So, if you still want any, better order those now.

2) Modello-T numbering
The Modello-Ts with Mother-of Pearl cabouchon (clip jewel) will be numbered separately as well, IOW, there will be two number ranges, one for those with an Azurite cabouchon, and one for those those with a Mother-of-Pearl cabouchon.

3) Inscriptions
Inscriptions on the pens will be all the same, namely Stipula, and Made in Italy on one side of the barrel, and 180 degrees across, they will all have the inscription:

FPN 2011 x/nn(n)


where x stands for the serial number, and nn(n) for the total number in that particular series (2 or 3 digits, depending on model and variant). In addition, the Azurite Etrurias will have the inscription:

Notte di Luna


right above that, and the Blue celluloid ones:

Notte di Stelle


IOW, nice and understated, with very little text (as little as possible). Just in case there are questions about this, regarding the Etrurias, combined it will look more or less like this:

Notte di Luna
FPN 2011 x/nn

Do note that this means there will be separate serial number sets of the Passaporto with Chrome trim, Passaporto with Gold trim, Modello-T with Azurite cabouchon, Modello-T with Mother-of-Pearl cabouchon, Etruria Notte di Luna with silver trim, Etruria Notte di Luna with vermeil trim, Etruria Notte di Stelle with silver trim, and Etruria Notte di Stelle with vermeil trim.

4) Postal address info
We will send shipping info to Florence in the first week of November. This means that after the end of this month, any address changes effective after November 1, preferably from now on already, as far as they have not been logged already, should be communicated to us, to Wim (wimg) actually as coordinator of the FPN LE Pen sproject, either via PM or by email (use the email option in Wim (wimg) profile). This to absolutely make sure that pens will get delivered to the correct address. It would be of tremendous help if you all could please check your postal addresses, just to make doubly sure. You can find those in the Client Area, under Billing Info.

5) Specific pen number requests
Stipula will see what they can do with the specific pen number requests, but this may not be possible, due to the fact that production runs for similar pens are filled up as much as possible, which may mean that pens are produced in small batches here and there, and getting mixed up completely number wise for the different variants. Considering the pressure currently, with people working overtime and on Saturdays as well, it is just not feasible to select specific pen numbers, unless they come across one accidentally, and haven't prepared a shipping package for the person requesting that pen number yet.

6) Selling of prototypes
FPN has asked for all prototypes to be sold through FPN as well, which means that there may be a few extra, but likely unnumbered pens available once shipping has run its course. We will update the store as soon as we have definite numbers of each.

Furthermore, here is an update of pens sold up to and including last night:

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We are past break-even point, which is really great, and may even make a little profit now for the upkeep of our site!

For those who still want to be in on this deal of the year, check here:
FPN LE Pens, the Deal Of The Year

Warm regards,
The FPN Admin Team


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Fpn Pens: None Left, All Sold Out .... Updated 2011-11-30

Posted by Admin , in FPN Pens, Uncategorized 27 August 2011 · 278 views

Dearest Members of the Board,

As mentioned in a previous column, sales of the FPN Pens have been brisk indeed, and as a result we have only few left for sale from our order with Stipula.

Here is the current status (updated 2011-08-28):

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Since our previous update, Passaportos have almost been sold out, Modello-Ts have been sold out completely, and a few more Etrurias have been sold as well.

For the quick deciders, we still have available:

4 FPN LE Etruria Azurite pens with Silver Trim and 14K rhodinated nib (1 * F, 1 * M, 2 * 1.1 Italic) Sold out
3 FPN LE Etruria Azurite pens with Silver Trim and 18K duotone nib (2 * F, 1 * B ) Sold out
3 FPN LE Etruria Azurite pens with Vermeil Trim and 18K duotone nib (1 * EF, 1 * 52 degree, 1 * 0.9 Italic) Sold out

8 FPN LE Etruria Blue Celluloid (Acetate) pens with Silver Trim and 14K rhodinated nib (1 * F, 2 * M, 5 * 1.1 Italic) Sold out
2 FPN LE Etruria Blue Celluloid (Acetate) pens with Silver Trim and 18K duotone nib (2 * 52 degree) Sold out
6 FPN LE Etruria Blue Celluloid (Acetate) pens with Vermeil Trim and 18K duotone nib (1 * EF, 2 * F, 3 * 0.9 Italic) Sold out

3 FPN LE Passaporto Chrome Trim F nib Sold out
4 2 FPN LE Passaporto Gold Coloured Trim M nib  Sold out

Besides a fairly limitless availability of additional nibs for Passaporto (Stainless Steel F, M and 1.1 Italic) and for Etruria (14 K rhodinated F, M, 1.1 Italic and 18K duotone EF, F, M, B, 52 degree, 0.9 Italic and 1.1 Italic), that's really all there is left! Sold out

In short, if you want to be in on this incredible group deal for an incredible good price for a few incredibly good looking and working pens, don't hesitate, but be quick before these pens run out for ever.

If necessary now even pawn, in addition to your street pavement, your post box, and garden shrubs also your tool shed and their contents to get in on this once of a lifetime deal! Just check, and you will find that the prices you will pay here, are, to put it politely, more than competitive, and that's including shipping!

Note that not only will you receive what is a great memento of your favourite site, in addition, you also support the good cause by investing in one or more of these pens, as a small percentage will go to the hosting and maintenance of your favourite site, the Fountain Pen Network!

Do note that these pens will be manufactured for delivery early in November - this is an FPN group buy!.

For those interested, here are the original votes for the pens, and some of the discussions relating to these pens:

FPN LE 2011 Passaportos
FPN LE 2011 Modello Ts
FPN LE 2011 Etrurias

We also opened a new forum almost two months ago, specifically for news updates, discussions on and questions relating to these pens. This forum  is open to all who ordered and paid for their pen(s). Currently, a poll for the final inscription of all pens is in full swing, so order your pen(s) quickly if you want to be in on this! For those who did order, you can find this forum by scrolling to the bottom of the board in forum view (main forums page), or by following this link:

FPN LE Pens 2011 Forum

Therefore, if you aren't in on this deal of a lifetime yet, here is a direct link to the Store (page 1), with all pens, extra nibs for the Etrurias, and extra nibs for the Passaporto:

FPN Store, first time buyers

And for those who want to add to their order, with combined shipping (page 2 in the Store):

Additional pen orders, with combined shipping
For additional nibs, either visit the first page in the store, or the addional pen orders one...

To check exisiting invoices and orders:
In order to check your orders and invoices, click on "Your Profile" (member id at top right of board), in the drop down list that will show click on "Client Area" (last option), and in the window that ensues, click on "Purchases" for an immediate overview of the details, or on "Invoices", and click on the invoice of choice again for the details.

In case you have any further questions, please contact the admin team backchannel, either via email or by PM.

Warm regards,
Your FPN Admin Team


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Fpn Pens: Update 2011-08-04

Posted by Admin , 04 August 2011 · 114 views

Dearest Members of the Board,

Last Sunday we prepared a complete list of all pens to be ordered, with a conservative estimate for any other pens we would be able to sell until such time that the pens would be manufactured.

This conservative estimate was based on the number of pens sold, and the minimum quantity we needed to at least keep the prices as they were. This means that we have slightly increased numbers for Passaportos and Modello Ts, and stayed with the number of pens we already had calculated for the Etrurias in order for them to be manufactured.

Stipula has been very helpful in all of this, and the contacts have been very pleasant indeed.

On Monday morning we paid for the materials, and this means that we have been able to pin the production date. This means that the pens will all be manufactured by the end of October, for shipping in November :bunny01: .

Anyway, current status follows:

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This week sales have been quite brisk, resulting in several of the pen/trim/nib combinations to be sold out already!

We have now updated the FPN Store to reflect the actual number of pens available still, for additional pens as well. However, as only the total number of pens available were added for additional pens, rather than the individual pen/trim/nib combinations, we would advise everybody to please check which pens are available on page 1  before adding any to the shopping cart when going for combined shipping. We may have to disappoint you otherwise. As mentioned, several pen/trim/nib combinations have been sold out already.

If you would like to make use of the opportunity to get a wonderful bespoke pen, unique to FPN, at a very good price indeed, and support FPN a little as well, make sure you are in on this deal before all pens are sold out!

If you haven't done so, or need links to the polls, the Store, or the special forum to which those who order pens have access to, please check the previous installment of this column, FPN Pens: Hurry! Time is running out fast!


Warm regards,
Your FPN Admin Team


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Fpn Pens: Hurry! Time Is Running Out Fast!

Posted by Admin , in FPN Pens, Uncategorized 28 July 2011 · 365 views

Dearest Members of the Board,

Since our previous column, a lot has happened. Stipula has been extremely friendly and helpful, and has decided to help us with our pens in a major way, for which we are extremely thankful. This means that although we cannot make up the numbers we originally agreed upon for our pricing here, they have decided to sell to us the lower numbers for the same price, regardless. This means we have a GO for all pen models and variants! :cloud9:

Furthermore, we also have the pleasure to announce that the Passaporto Chrome version can now be supplied with a Medium (1.1 mm) Italic nib as well! All people who did order and pay for a Passaporto have been emailed, in order for them to be able to change to an italic nib if they prefer to do so.
This option has also been added to the FPN Store.

Furthermore, it now is also possible to buy an additional Passaporto nib, in either F, M or 1.1 Italic! These are easily interchangeable, as they can be screwed in and out. Again, additional Passaporto nibs have been added to our store :D.

Because we wanted to order the FPN LE Pens from Stipula well before the Italian Summer break (which starts on August 8), in order to prevent too large a delay during the after holiday ramp up and run up towards the Christmas period, we will order our final numbers of the FPN LE Pens tomorrow, Friday, CET.

This means that if you still want to have all options of nibs etc. on each pen model you'd like to buy, you better buy them quickly. We will order only very few extra, and those will be fitted with predetermined nib sizes. These we will decide on just before ordering.

That also brings us to manfacturing, and delivery. Everything will be a little bit slower in the run up to Christmas, plus there is an additional delay due to the Summer Holiday, when the factory shuts down completely. This means that the pens will be manufactured by the end of October, hence with delivery in early November.

So, where do we stand as a result of all this? Well, the graph has changed a little :D, and here is the latest update:

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The bars indicate where we stand currently as to pens ordered and paid for per model (navy bars), the numbers required for a small production run (light green), the sizes of small production runs (in green), the numbers required for large production runs (red), and the sizes of large production runs (red brown).

These bars are also translated to a table, which shows what the actual numbers are in figures.

In short, looking very good indeed!

Effectively, we will be able to order the large production numbers, as we will have an additional 3 months to sell the remaining pens.
However, considering the small numbers available after Friday, tomorrow IOW, this means you'd better hurry up if you would like to have this great FPN memento.

In short, if you want to be in on this incredible group deal for an incredible good price for a few incredibly good looking and working pens, don't hesitate, but be quick before these pens run out for ever, and if necessary now even pawn, in addition to your street pavement, your post box and garden shrubs to get in on this once of a lifetime deal! Just check, and you will find that the prices you will pay here, are, to put it politely, more than competitive, and that's including shipping!

Note that not only will you receive what is a great memento of your favourite site, in addition, you also support the good cause by investing in one or more of these pens, as a small percentage will go to the hosting and maintenance of your favourite site, the Fountain Pen Network!

For those who voted, in case you forgot which pens you voted for, the system is of help here. In each poll, in front of the pens you actually voted for, there will appear an small 5-pointed star. In short, it is easy to check which ones you voted for. As a reminder, here follow the links to the polls once more:

FPN LE 2011 Passaportos
FPN LE 2011 Modello Ts
FPN LE 2011 Etrurias

We also opened a new forum a few weeks ago, specifically for (almost daily) news updates, discussions on and questions relating to these pens. This forum  is open to all who ordered and paid for their pen(s). Currently, a poll for the final inscription of all pens is in full swing, so order your pen(s) quickly if you want to be in on this! For those who did order, you can find this forum by scrolling to the bottom of the board in forum view (main forums page), or by following this link:

FPN LE Pens 2011 Forum

Therefore, if you aren't in on this deal of a lifetime yet, here is a direct link to the Store (page 1), with all pens, extra nibs for the Etrurias, and extra nibs for the Passaporto:

FPN Store, first time buyers

And for those who want to add to their order, with combined shipping (page 2 in the Store):

Additional pen orders, with combined shipping
For additional nibs, always visit the first page in the store...


Warm regards,
your FPN Admin Team


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Fpn Pens: Stop Press

Posted by Admin , 05 July 2011 · 335 views

Dearest Members of the Board,

When the FPN Store was opened for the voters to pay for their pens, we had votes for 89 Azurite Etrurias, 157 Blue Celluloid Etrurias, 227 Modello Ts, and 215 Passaportos, a total of 688 pens. As 93 % is the cut-off point for ordering, we thought we could go as far as a total of 760 pens, namely 100  Azurite Etrurias, 200 Blue Celluloid Etrurias, 230 Modello Ts, and 230 Passaportos. 93 % of 760 is 707, or 19 pens more than voted for.

The current situation, a little over a month after opening our store, with primary (very dark grey bar) and secondary (medium grey bar - we'll go into this a bit further down) cut off points below each graphical representation of pens voted for, all in percentages:

Passaporto (Chrome and Gold coloured trim) :
   52%

   93%

   81%


Modello T (MOP plus Azurite clip jewels):
   31%

   93%

   47%


Etruria Azurite (all trims and nibs):
   10%

   93%

   93%


Blue Celluloid (acetate; all trims and nibs):
   20%

   93%

   47%


We need to be at 93 % of pens paid for before we can realistically order all of these pens, which is what we were aiming for. Still a way to go IOW. 192 pens are paid for, of a possible 760.

However, if need be we could lower these numbers, to a total of 500 pens, namely 100 Modello Ts, and 100 Blue Celluloid Etrurias, 200 Passaportos, and 100 Azurite Etrurias (the latter is the same number). This does mean we would have to ask a higher price for the Modello T and Etruria Blue Celluloid, as we would run at a loss otherwise. The cut-off percentages for these numbers are provided in the second, medium grey bar underneath each pen.

IOW, we would like to urge those who voted, to please order and pay for your pens as quickly as possible. Do note that any hold up here will mean a hold up for everybody who ordered and paid for their pens. We would like to stress once more that this is a group buy, and everybody who voted, in principle committed to buying the pens voted for, as was clearly indicated in the polls. The pricing of these pens actually reflects the number of commitments given by means of these votes.

We have therefore also decided to increase prices of these pens in another 10 days, the idea being that we wil be able to produce these pens at smaller runs this way if necessary. So, ordering and paying for the pens you voted for, will become more expensive in 10 days time. The starter discount, so to speak, will end.

In case you forgot which pens you voted for, the system is of help here. In each poll, in front of the pens you actually voted for, there will appear an small 5-pointed star, in short, easy to check which ones you committed to. As a reminder, here follow the links to the polls:

FPN LE 2011 Passaportos
FPN LE 2011 Modello Ts
FPN LE 2011 Etrurias

In the mean time we did get assistance from someone with a fair amount of spare time on hand, to start emailing all those who did not order their pens yet, as a reminder, especially with the upcoming price increase.

Furthermore, for those who voted and those who did pay, we have opened a new forum, specifically for discussions and questions relating to these pens. We will set up a poll here for the final inscription of these pens as well.
For those with access, you can find it by scrolling to the bottom of the board in forum view, or by following this link:

FPN LE Pens 2011 Forum

Warm regards,
your FPN Admin Team


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Fpn Store Open To All

Posted by Admin , 13 June 2011 · 375 views

Dearest Members and Visitors of the Fountain Pen Nut House,

As the 10 day head start of the voters for the FPN LE Pens now has come to an end, we are pleased to announce that the FPN Store is open to all for ordering any of the FPN LE 2011 pens.

Please be so kind to read the following colums in order to find out more about these pens:

Pens to be produced: http://www.fountainp...-update-may-21/
Opening of store and where to find it: http://www.fountainp...open-to-voters/
The latest update and where to find your invoices etc.: http://www.fountainp...ate-june-10-12/

The pricelist referred to in the latest update has been refreshed for the € / $ exchange rate of today (we'd like to receive payments in euros, to make things cheaper for you and us).

For those who can't wait, here is the link to the store: FPN Store.

Enjoy!

Warm regards,
The FPN Admin Team


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Fpn Store Open To Voters - Update June, 10 & 12

Posted by Admin , 10 June 2011 · 415 views

Dearest Members of the Board,

The FPN Pen Store has been officially open for the voters now for a week already, so in short a good time for an update and further news :D.


Update (Invoice Details):

There have been quite a few questions on the content of the invoice email and the actual pen(s) ordered, which don't show on the PayPal or the Invoice emails. There actually is a way to check the complete invoice, as we discovered. When you click on "Your profile" (member id at the top right of the window), and have access to the FPN Store, in the drop down list shown you will see the option "Client Area" at the bottom of this drop down list.

Clicking on "Client Area" will provide you with a new screen, with on the left hand side the options "Overview", "Purchases", "Invoices", "Support", "Alternate Contacts" and "Billing Information". These options allow you to manage any items you bought in the FPN Store at the different stages of the purchasing process.

If you now click on "Invoices", you will see all invoices generated by you, with the text conform the Invoice email and PayPal statement you received. However, when you click on that text, you will get a new screen with the full text of the Invoice, including nib choices, etc., for every item on the invoice. It even allows you to print your (detailed) Invoice for future reference.


The news:

Since all good news comes in threes, let's do threes here as well :D.

1. The uptake of the pens has been very good, we are now at a little over 26 % of voters who have ordered and paid for their pens, and we are at about 20 %  of funds required for all pens. The latter is a little less than seemingly is voted for, because of type of pens ordered mostly, but not by much - the little extra is there  to give peopel who missed the vote a chance to order pens as well.

2. As of this moment all registered voters have access to all pens in the store (and in 3 more days time all members will have access to all pens in the store :D).

3. We had a long conversation with Stipula today, which proved very interesting and beneficial. Let us go into this below.

Stipula indicated that it is possible for us to buy individual, additional nib units for the Etruria models, and this was the first part of the conversation. Great news for those who'd like to buy an extra nib fro their FPN LE Etrurias!
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Part two was that they also came with a very interesting proposition. Considering that in September their Christmas production runs start, the busiest part of the year by far, and they would like to help us deliver pens in a timely a fashion as possible to our members, they tried to think with us and lowered the entry point for us to start producing pens. This would give us not only a head start for pen production when enough funds are available, but it also means that the total number of pens can be produced in smaller batches, provided we pay in advance for the materials used. This would amount to approximately 25 % to 30 % of the total cost of the pens, and we are almost there now. It would also mean that Stipula can do the design of the pens the moment we pay for materials, so we wouldn't lose any time, due to resource constraints, if for any reason we can't buy pens fast enough to avoid the post-summer holiday Christmas manufacturing season!

That is great news, because smaller production runs are apparently still possible within the busy season that way. In short: we could start delivery of pens much faster than the 60 day cycle normally required for the number of pens we are looking at. IOW, buy quickly - the sooner you do, the faster we all will have our pens!

Warmest regards,  
from a very excited FPN Admin Team

Update June, 12:
As we did receive quite a few questions on buying an extra nib by those who already bought an Etruria, we can now announce, that those who already paid for an FPN LE Etruria, can buy a nib as well (or more if they like), and associate it with a pen, without incurring double shipping costs, due to the association with these pens (automatic). Furthermore, any new invoices generated this way, are automatically linked to the original invoice in the system.


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Fpn Pen: Store Open To Voters!

Posted by Admin , 03 June 2011 · 472 views

Dearest Members of the Board,

We would like to announce the opening of the FPN Store, right now, for ordering the FPN LE Pens, and first of course to those who voted in the polls or via mail and PM for the specific models of the FPN Pens they would like to order.

Last week, before the crash, we received all information we needed from Stipula to set up the final parts of the store, and just before the crash we managed to write the code in order to make it possible to select all voters to get a head start with the purchasing/ordering process, as promised.

On Tuesday we finished the testing of this code, and put it in place. Next we managed to change the currency setting from US $ to €, which is great, because when you all pay in Euros you save us and yourself 3 % in conversion fees! The changeover to Euros and putting all in place required us to temporarily open the FPN Store, and amazingly enough, two orders came in right away. Since the prices hadn't been adapted yet, we notified these enthousiastic members to please try again when the store would open for real, with the additional benefit that prices would be approximately 1/3 lower :D.

We will also set up a new poll, for the actual text to be used for the FPN Pen inscription. There are quite a few options quite close in the ratings, and we would like to establish a single similar inscription to be used for all pens, before the order is sent off to Stipula. We will set this vote up so that only those who voted so far will have access to this vote, that seems fairest to us.

We also created a new price list, corrected for the latest info. What we didn't realize when we started, is the amount of the transactional fees we would have to pay. We have included those partly in the price, and lowered our expectations for funding at least to some degree, so we all share those fees. It does mean that the pricing will be slightly higher than we first anticipated.

The new price list can be found here (or in the store of course):

FPN LE Pens 2011 - Final Price List
(Note: Updated to reflect June 5, 2011, $ / € exchange rate)

Do note that the $ price is an indication only, it is based currently on the Wednesday, June 5, exchange rate (updated!). The euro pricing is the only correct and up-to-date pricing! The list opens in a new tab or window, BTW.

Finally, time required to actually manufacture this pen. Stipula indicated that due to the large number of pens we are dealing with here (500-600+), the expected delivery time from down payment for the order until final shipment is in the order of 60 days. This not only because it is such a large order, but also because in August they will be closed for two weeks. In short, if payments come in fast enough, we may be able to receive our pens before the holiday deadline, if not, it will likely only be end of August / beginning of September.

So, where is the store, you may ask? Well, you can find it here: FPN Store, or as usual, in the tabs underneath the header, between the Downloads and Members tabs.

A few last remarks of note:
- Voters have a 10 day headstart on ordering and paying for those models they voted for.
- In 10 days time we will open the FPN Store to all, with all pens open to order and pay for by all members.
- Payment is set up to be in Euros by default, because we have to pay for the pens in Euros.
- Payments will be approved manually, so there may be a delay between you paying and receiving confirmation. This is due to the PayPal setup we have, which cannot be altered right now.
- If you insist on paying in US $, please add 3% to the total amount, due to conversion fees we will incur. If you don't, we will not accept the payment.
- If a pen is sold out, and we haven't asked Stipula to manufacture any pens yet, contact us backchannel, and we will see what we can do for you.
- VAT will be calculated automatically, based on your residential location (EU legal requirement for e-selling).
- Shipment costs will be calculated automatically too, with VAT added if applicable, and is € 10.49 for USA, Canada and EU countries, and € 20.99 for all other countries, excluding VAT - this is at cost.

Anyway, you can now finally go ahead and order your pens.

Warm regards,
The FPN Admin Team


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Fpn Pen: Status Update, May 21

Posted by Admin , 21 May 2011 · 540 views

Dearest Members and Visitors of the Fountain Pen Nuthouse,

As mentioned in the previous news update, we still had a few snags to deal with. At the end of last week, we had had extensive contact with Stipula, and we knew the representatives, we are dealing with, would be traveling to the US on Friday, now more than a week ago, to attend an exhibition and to have meetings with their US representatives. Expected return date was Thursday, but it currently looks like that was Thursday after close of business in the US, as we haven't heard anything from Stipula since their departure, yet. We are therefore still waiting for new pricing considering our proposals, and the possibilities we agreed upon.

Let us first reiterate what those are.

First of all, the Passaportos. Both models will be produced, be it the Gold Coloured version only with stanless steel, gold coloured M nib. The Chrome version will be produced with a selection of F or M stainless steel nibs:

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Next the Modello T. As the Gold Coloured version received too few votes, that version will not be produced. Furthermore, the variants with palladium section ends are less popular, so we are going for the models in palladium trim, and full azurite section. As both types of clip jewels are availabe, we all have a choice between either a Mother-Of Pearl clip jewel, or a blue stone. Gold nibs are not available as too few people indicated they would like one. However, that still means we can produce two of these beauties, and at no extra cost, both with titanium T-Flex nib:

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The Etruria is a different story altogether. We do have enough votes for both an Azurite, and a Blue Celluloid production run. Furthermore, 14K rhodinated nibs, 18K duotone nibs, silver trim, and vermeil trim all appear to be "standard" stock items for Etrurias, which means we can mix and match to some degree. Unfortunately, that is not the case with piston filler vs c/c versions. As an enormous majority of people either want a piston filler, or do not mind either filling system, we have opted for the piston filler. All in all, this provides us with 6 (!) options, namely, the following in Azurite:

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And the same variants in Blue Celluloid (acetate):

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In short, plenty of choice, 2 material types, 3 rhodinated nib types, 7 duotone nib types, silver or vermeil trim, but at different price points.

To return to the snags, those have been mostly solved. As indicated, shipping to US, Canada and EU countries would be € 10, and we now have managed to realize a € 20 shipping fee to all other countries in the world, with in both cases no extra fees for combined shipping!

The VAT issues we discussed have also been solved completely. VAT will only be charged, as we have to do from a legal POV, on a EU country by country basis, but will not be included in an overall price, IOW, the non-EU prices will be tax-free (VAT-free)!

Stipula did ask us a last question with regard to the pen mix in the production runs, and this is likely causing the current delay, because by the time we could reply, they were well underway to the US.

In the mean time we did set up the FPN web store, which isn't visible yet :D. We are planning on giving the voters first dibs at ordering, for up to 10 days, after which we will open the store to everybody. The reason for this is that we do have only limited production runs, and as the voters in principle have committed themselves, they will therefore have the option to buy first.

So if you want to have first dibs too, make sure you vote before the polls close, with closure scheduled for very early on Tuesday, May 24!

As a reminder, here are the links to the votes:
FPN LE Passaporto vote
FPN LE Modello T vote
FPN LE Etruria vote

Warm regards,

The FPN Admin Team


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Fpn Pen: Status Update, May 15

Posted by Admin , 15 May 2011 · 191 views

Dearest Members and Visitors of the Fountain Pen Nuthouse,As indicated, we would try and solve all outstanding issues with regard to the FPN pens the past week, in order to be able to go ahead with the creation of a web store for our FPN LE 2011 editions. We have not succeeded completely in this endeavour, but there are some interesting developments which you will all likely want to hear about.First of all, all the good news.a) Shipping to US, Canada (!) and the countries of the EU will be €10, IOW, as indicated before, but with the addition of Canada.:D Shipping to all other countries will be arranged from a centralized shipping point, in order to make it cheaper than the earlier indicated € 35.c) Shipments for orders with more than 1 item can and will be combined if at all possible, and will cost the same as shipping a single item, at least for the USA, Canada and the EU.d) VAT issues have been resolved, VAT will only be raised for those countries in the EU which charge VAT, at the VAT percentage prevailing in the particular country where the shipment is sent to.e) It has been confirmed that we indeed wil be able to produce the Passaporto with Chrome trim and F or M stainless steel nib, and the Passaporto with gold coloured Chrome trim and gold coloured stainless steel nib, be it the latter only with a (gold coloured) M nib. f) It also has been confirmed that both the Modello T with Mother-of-Pearl and with Azurite clip jewel can be produced, at no extra cost.g) Because silver trim, vermeil trim, and 14K rhodinated and 18K duotone nibs on Etrurias are general stock items, we will also be able to avail ourselves of different combinations of these. There will be 6 variants, 3 each of both Azzurite and Blue celluloid, in silver trim and 14K nib, silver trim and 18K nib, and vermeil trim and 18K nib! We did hit a few small snags as well:a) We don't know the shipping costs to other countries but USA, Canada and the EU yet, but give us a few days and we should - this needs to be organized still due to the new options we have now. Combined shipping will also have to be worked out for all other countries.:D To prevent extra retooling and manufacturing costs, we will have the Etrurias only done as Piston Fillers, the majority of votes, and no longer as cartridge/converter fillers. However, since we will have 6 options now, in total, we do think this is only a minor issue.c) The store only accepts US $ pricing, so we will have a US $ price listed. However, the € price will be mentioned in the description, excluding VAT (which will be added automatically if applicable), and please, do pay in Euros - there will be a 3% discount for paying in euros, which is what it will cost us for the conversion if you pay in US $. d) We need new pricing due to the variety of options we have now, but unfortunately the people we are communicating with are currently in the US for an exhibition and for meetings with the US representative, and only return back to Italy on Thursday. This means effectively that the store can only open at the earliest next Sunday. We will keep you posted however.Finally, for those of you interested, we received measurements for the Modello T, which are harder to come by than for any of the other pens:·         length closed: 145 mm·         length opened: 130 mm·         length posted: 169 mm·         barrel thickness: 12 mm ·         section thickness: from 12 to 10 mm ·         weight of cap: 10.8 gr·         weight of the pen itself: 22.7 gr including cap We are getting more excited by the day!Warm regards,The FPN Admin Team


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Fpn Pen: Status Update, May 7

Posted by Admin , 06 May 2011 · 231 views

Dearest members of the fountain pen nut house, and especially those who voted for an FPN pen already :D,

It has been some time since an update, so we thought it would be time to do so. Let us go through the options remaining one-by-one, with an indication what to expect.

1) FPN LE Passaporto
We currently have reached a total of 200 Passaportos, if we add Chrome and Gold Coloured trim together. Based on our discussions with Stipula, considering a split of approximately 150 Chrome ones and 50 Gold coloured ones, we should be able to get both produced. For the Gold coloured ones that would mean no nib selection possible however, only an M nib will be available. For the Chrome version there will be the option of an F or an M nib.
Gold and/or titanium nibs will unfortunately not be available, as we would need at least 100 votes for each, which we don't even get close to.
Even so, it would still mean both pen options will be produced.
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2) FPN LE Modello T
Here too the total is approximately 200 pens. Considering the votes, a gold coloured option is not in the cards, and neither is a gold nib. Also, palladium section ends (close to the nib) would make it extra expensive considering the relatively small numbers, so we do think that an azurite section from barrel threads to nib end is the way to go. However, we will have the option to select the clip jewel as we'd want to, and the nice thing is that that won't add to the cost. Currently there are about 65 MOP clip jewel choices, and about 135 azurite ones. Therefore, also two models.
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3) FPN LE Etruria
Here it gets a little more complicated. It looks like we can and will do both the cellulose acetate version, and the azurite version. Considering the overwhelming majority for PF systems, they would be made as piston fillers.
We did ask whether it is possible to have a choice of nibs on any model between the 14K rhodinated ones and the 18K duotone ones, but we haven't received a clear answer yet. Furthermore, we have learnt that maybe, on a select few, it would indeed be possible to use vermeil trim rather than silver trim, but here things are not 100% clear either.
IOW, we will certainly produce both an azurite, and a blue cellulose acetate version, and both in silver trim and 14K rhodinated nibs, just that we don't know yet if other choices are available too, for nibs and trim.

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Next there are two important issues still remaining, and that is how we handle shipping and VAT etc. Shipping appears rather expensive outside of the USA (€ 10) and the EU (€ 10), namely € 35 for any country except USA and EU. We are therefore still looking at shipping alternatives.VAT is another problem because we are not a registered company in Europe. This could possibly mean that VAT will be levied on all pens, at the Italian VAT rate of 20 %. We are also checking if this somehow can be prevented or handled differently.

Until we are sure about the solutions for VAT and Shipping, we will not be able to complete our web store yet, and the same really is true for the Etruria voters.

We have agreed with Stipula to try and resolve all outstanding question by means of a telephone conversation if we can't move quickly enough with our current email exchange. However, this will not (yet) solve any VAT or shipping issues.

Summarizing, it looks like we will produce
- both Passaportos
- 2 Modello Ts, with azurite section, one with MOP clip jewel and one with azurite clip jewel
- at least two Etruria models, the silver trimmed azurite and cellulose acetate ones, and possibly also a few vermeil trimmed ones of each

And we still have a few outstanding issues/questions
- nib options for the FPN LE Etruria
- shipping options
- tax issue

As mentioned, we do hope to resolve the remaining questions and issues next week, hopefully early next week, so we can finally go ahead with the ordering process, on our soon to be FPN Store. :D

HTH, warm regards,
The FPN Admin Team


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Fpn Pen 2011 - More Info, Preliminary Pricing And Polls

Posted by Admin , 31 March 2011 · 354 views

Dearest Members of the Fountain Pen NetworkAs already posted in this  Admin Column, we have been negotiating with Stipula for a new set of FPN Pens,  and we also provided a few mock-ups of possibilities. Note that these are really  only mock-ups, no photographs of the actual items.We wil discuss the  possibilities here one by one, and will refer you to the specific polls we  created for the possibilities and a preliminary price list.For those who  can't wait, we'd suggest you still read this whole and long post, despite the  links that follow here. Do make sure you read the instructions in the polls first, please - once done your vote is final.Preliminary Price Indication of possible FPN LE 2011 PensPoll  for the FPN LE 2011 PassaportoPoll  for the FPN LE 2011 Modello TPoll  for the FPN LE 2011 EtruriaAs indicated in an earlier column, based  on ideas and opinions in the past more options were required for th emembers to  choose from, and there is the distinct possibility now to realize these choices,  provided there are at least 100 people prepared to buy a specific pen. As  before, we will only order pens, once we have established which the final  choices are, and after the pens are paid for. FPN does not have deep pockets or  any pockets at all to fund the manufacturing of these pens. Once the pens are  paid for in full, we can ask Stipula to manufacture the chosen options, and pay  for them.In case you are interested, we will be making a small profit on  these pens, approximately 13 % after shipping, VAT and taxes, which is a little  more than with the previous FPN Pen due to the fact that we do more of the work  ourselves this time. This profit goes entirely to the upkeep of the site, i.e.,  hosting, software, licensing and support. With a bit of luck, provided we sell  about 100 pens of each model, so a total of 300 pens,  we should be able to earn  enough to keep the site running for the next year and a half.Anyway,  back to the actual story on hand.The colour of FPN is blue, it has been that since we  started out. This is why the first FPN had shades of blue, and that is why we  investigated the possibilities for another blue pen this time around, too. In  order to fulfil the requirements for as many people possible, in discussions  with Stipula, we came up with three possibilities, an FPN 2011 LE Passaporto,  Modello T, and Etruria:1) Stipula  Passaporto Azzurrite FPN LE.Passaporto in azurite  resin, chrome trim, stainless steel nib (F or M):Posted ImagePassaporto  in azurite resin, gold colour trim, stainless steel nib (F or M):Posted ImageAs  is clear from these images, there are essentially two possibilities, namely a  Chromium variety, and a Gold Coloured variety, essentially by means of a special  electro-plating applied by Stipula. The standard nibs for the Passaporto are  stainless steel nibs, in F and M. The pen itself is a cartridge pen which can  also be used as an eyedropper filler, and an eyedropper is included in the  package. We don't know yet whether the stainless steel nibs can be  electro-plated as well, and we sincerely hope so, because it does look very  special that way. Optionally there is also the possibility for a 14K or  even 18K nib, which are slightly bigger than the stainless steel nibs. However,  these have to be ordered in quantities of 100 each per nib type, which means  that at least 100 pens would have to be ordered with a gold nib just for a  single nib type, such as an F, in gold. Considering the price of such a pen, we  do think that that is not really feasible.  The pen will be engraved  with Stipula / Made in Italy on one side of the barrel, and on the other side it  can be engraved with whatever we decide upon. so that will be part of the  poll.Now an important item: the price. We have done our utmost to keep  pricing as competitive as possible, hopefully as a win-win to FPN members and  FPN itself. This is not the final price yet, but we doubt that there will be any  large discrepancies between what we show here and what will be the ultimate  result. Here is a link to a table  with indicative pricing, for all pens.The Vote for the FPN 2011 LE  Passaporto can be found by clicking  here. Do make sure you read the instructions first, please - once done your vote is final.2) Stipula Modello T  Azzurrite FPN LE.The next category of pens is the  Modello T, which Stipula will make available to us in a variety of options,  provided we order a minimum of 100 of each. Basically, it will be a pen using  the Azurite resin again, where we can have the entire section but the cap  threads in azurite, which is not only preferred by pen enthousiasts the world  over, as section trim at the nib end tends to get corroded with time, but it  will also be the #1 exclusive feature distinguishing it from any standard  Azurite Model T. Furthermore, the standard for the little clip jewel is  mother-of-pearl, but that we can have in azurite, probably stone, too, another  exclusive feature. Finally, rather than the standard palladium trim, we could  also opt for gold coloured palladium trim, with the titanium nib treated in a  similar fashion, making it a very exclusive pen indeed if all of those options  are combined.This is a C/C pen which may be used as an eyedropper filler  as well, and it does come with an eyedropper in the package again. It comes  standard with the T-Flex titanium nib (as mentioned in standard (titanium)  colour or as titanium with special gold colour treatment), but there also is the  option to have a gold nib mounted. Just like the Passaporto, it makes this a  very expensive option, and again for each nib type at least 100 pens have to be  ordered as the nib has to be made especially for this pen. Available, if so  required, in 14K or 18K.To remind you, these are some of the options,  although we don't have all pricing  options - those present should give a good idea, however. And here are the possibilities once more.Palladium trim, MOP clip jewel, palladium  section end:Posted ImagePalladium  trim, MOP clip jewel, azurite section end:Posted ImagePalladium  trim, azurite (stone) clip jewel, palladium section end:Posted ImagePalladium  trim, azurite (stone) clip jewel, azurite section end:Posted ImageGold  coloured palladium trim, MOP clip jewel, gold coloured palladium section end,  gold coloured nib:Posted ImageGold  coloured palladium trim, MOP clip jewel, azurite section end, gold coloured  nib:Posted ImageGold  coloured palladium trim, azurite (stone) clip jewel, gold coloured palladium  section end, gold coloured nib:Posted ImageGold  coloured palladium trim, azurite (stone) clip jewel, azurite section end, gold  coloured nib:Posted ImageVote  for your version of the FPN LE 2011 Modello T by clicking  here. Do make sure you read the instructions first, please - once done your vote is final.3) Stipula Etruria FPN  LE.Finally, there is the Etruria, which also is  available in a variety of options, again provided we order a minimum of 100 of  each.  First of all in azurite (Azzurrite), in two trim options, namely silver  and vermeil, the former standard with 14K, rhodium plated  nib and the latter  with 18K duotone nib, and either could be had as C/C pen or as piston filler.  C/C pen and piston filler will look exactly alike, just that what looks like a  piston knob will have no real function, obviously, in the C/C version. IOW,  there will be a silver or vermeil ring in either case at the top of the  barrel.For a closer look at the azurite version look  below.Etruria in azurite, silver trim,14K rhodinated nib, either C/C or  PF:Posted ImageEtruria  in azurite, vermeil trim,18K duotone nib, either C/C or PF:Posted ImageThe  Blue Celluloid variety would be made from the same celluloid as used for the  Novecento Elettra LE, about 5 years ago. This has never been used for any other  pen, and it is extremely handsome and unique. Those who have seen the Elettra in  the flesh, will agree with us.Etruria in blue celluloid, silver trim,14K  rhodinated nib, either C/C or PF:Posted ImageEtruria  in blue celluloid, vermeil trim,18K duotone nib, either C/C or PF:Posted ImageOne  more time, click here for the indicative pricelist.To vote for options and your preferences on the FPN LE  2011 Etruria, click  here. Do make sure you read the instructions first, please - once done your vote is final.Of course, we cannot guarantee that these pens look exactly  like their mock-ups, but if anything they are likely to look better in real life  than in these made-up images, although they all look very, very promising.  Therefore, our thanks go once more to Ruaidhrí for creating these fantastic  images for us.Warm regards,The FPN Admin Team


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Fpn Pen - Mock-Ups

Posted by Admin , 30 March 2011 · 272 views

Dearest members of the Board :D,

As  promised, here are a few mock-ups of the possibilities, which were all created  by our great genius in this regard, the Lord of MT, Ruaidhrí of course, with the exception of the two which don't really correspond to the rest  of the series in image quality :D. Just in case: yes, we are in negotiation with Stipula in Florence, Italy...

Stipula Passaporto in Azurite Resin, chrome trim and gold coloured trim:

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Stipula Modello T in Azurite Resin. From left to right: posted with metal section,  posted with full azurite section and palladium trim, posted with full  azurite section and gold trim, closed with palladium trim and closed  gold coloured trim, the latter two with an Azurite clip jewel.

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Stipula Etruria,  from left to right posted and closed pairs, first in Azurite Resin,  silver (14 K nib) and gold trim (18K duotone), followed by blue  celluloid, silver trim (14K nib) and gold trim (18K nib) again.

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Just  watch this space, as we will announce soon when the poll will be up for  the next (series of) FPN pen(s), and what the price of each of these  beauties will likely be.

Warm regards,

The FPN Admin Team

With special thanks to Ruaidhrí for the magnificent work done for these mock-ups! And yes, these are only mock-ups, not photographs of real pens ...

The poll is up, as is more information, including tentative pricing - click here....


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New Fpn Pen?

Posted by Admin , 30 March 2011 · 124 views

Dearest members of the Board :D,

A  few years ago, an FPN pen was launched, i.e., a pen designed  exclusively for FPN Members only. There was a lot of discussion on how  this pen should look, and cost, and that it really should be an LE pen.  After a zillion polls we established all the essential details everybody  wanted, well, on average anyway, and due to manufacturing and price  constraints, a completely different pen was manufactured :D. This one:

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However,  it did have a lot in common with the site for colours etc., and was a  runaway success. We were very happy ourselves from the POV of running  this site, as the (small) profit we made was used to help pay for  hosting this site and for the yearly licensing cost of the software.

We  have also had many inquiries whether there were more of these pens  available. We also had a lot of enquiries about a new FPN pen, about the  possibility of pens with gold nibs as an FPN pen, and quite a few more  questions along those lines.

Tallying up all of these comments  and questions, we have come to the conclusion that it is probably time  to have another pen manufactured, or maybe even a few, exclusively for  the members of FPN. We are now seriously considering this. We also  checked what was possible in this regard when manufacturing constraints  are put on such pens, in order to prevent something that didn't look  like the design by the membership in the first place. We also came to  the conclusion that  we would need at least 3, maybe 4 pens in different  price bands, ideally with filling systems other than a C/C system, but  obviously with a link to FPN at least with colours, and maybe other  features, based on some of the other comments we received.

As a  result we are now in serious discussion with a pen manufacturer as to  the possibilities in this regard. We are thinking in terms of pens of  around € 70 /  $100, around double or triple that, and about double or  triple that again, in order to be able to cater for all kinds of  interests and needs. Based on these discussions, we are (read: Ruadhrí  is :D)  busy making mock-ups of potential pens, and we will be asking you  whether you would be interested in any of these and possible variants,  with a view not only to provide you with a nice pen, but also to  replenish the coffers of FPN a little. :D

Just to let you know that we are quite close to making a few proposals in this regard....

Warm regards,
The FPN Admin Team





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