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Shipping Well On Its Way, And Some Pen Tips ....

Posted by wimg , in FPN Pens 16 December 2011 · 886 views

Dearest members of the digital fountain pen nut house,

It has been several weeks already since shipping started, and many of the FPN LE Passportos in Chrome trim and in Gold Coloured trim have been collected by DHL in the beautiful town of Florence in Italy and have found their way to their respective new owners. For a few pictures of these pens, you can check here: http://www.fountainp...to-on-the-road/, or obviously in the FPN Pens forum. The Modello-Ts and Etrurias are expected to start shipping this week.


A few useful, we hope, tips follow here, based on questions we received so far.


1. Removal/Exchange of Passaporto nibs.

We've had a few questions regarding exchanging the nib units on the Passaportos, as those proved rather hard to remove, and we now have nib exchange / removal instructions which work very well, thanks to inkspot and Maja, who simultaneously and independently discovered the way to do this!  

The nib itself can be removed and replaced quite easily, all you need is something to increase your grip, like a piece of flexible rubber matting, and if you have a good grip with your fingers, it may even be possible to do this just with one's bare hands. I gave it  a go with a thin, rubber, flexible mouse mat, and it worked like a charm!

Essentially, the trick is to grip the sides of the nib, by the shoulders, with the rubber mat in my case, and just pull. You may have to wriggle a little, but the nib will come out quite easily that way, leaving the feed in place. I didn't have to wriggle, BTW, I could just pull it out quite easily in a straight line.

Next pull the nib from the nib unit you'd like to install, and insert that nib by pushing it up over the feed, all the way as far as it will go, again using the rubber matting for increased grip (and to avoid ending up with a nib point in one's skin :D). Just check that it is seated properly, tight to the feed, and adjust if necessary.

That's all, easy-peasy. Took less than a minute to do. And because it is a tight fit, I reckon it is almost impossible to get it wrong. :D  


2. Shipping info and tracking numbers.

We send out emails with tracking numbers and a link to the DHL site in order to follow the shipping trail. Essentially, these emails contain a personalized note, with the tracking number for your order, and a url, and they are sent from info@fountainpennetwork.com, which is a no-reply email address created for exactly this type of message.

If messages from FPN end up in your regular mailbox, these should too, but if they don't, better check your spam folder.


3. Passaporto nib sizes.

The Passaporto F and M nibs tend to be a little on the narrow side compared to "regular" European nib sizes, more like Japanese nibs, maybe slightly bigger. Furthermore, as Etruria S.r.l. indicated when asked, there is some variation in nib width, as is the case with all nibs anyway. However, from all accounts they do write very, very smoothly, and quite impressively so based on comments received so far.

Having said this, the 1.1 italic nibs are true to size, they really lay down a 1.1 mm wide vertical stroke. This is typical for all Stipula italic nibs: the line laid down is indeed as wide as it says in the descriptive nib name :D.


4. Initial starting problems / rinsing and priming a nib and feed.

New pens, especially hand made ones like the Stipulas, may have some residual grease in the feed etc. when coming straight from the box, and as a result may start with difficulty initially.

The best thing to do obviously is to remove any residu, and this can be done quite easily, by rinsing the nib and feed with a soapy solution. A soapy solution is essentially a smallish glass filled with some water and one to two drops of a neutral dishwashing liquid, stirred, not shaken :D. A neutral dishwashing liquid is one without additives like perfumes and skin softeners etc. Generally, the cheapest available will do very nicely.

Rinsing the nib and feed can be done most easily when the pen is a piston filler, or in case of Passaporto or Modello-T, with a converter, international size. Just insert the converter in the pen, and in case of the Passaporto it doesn't matter that the size of the converter is too big to screw on the barrel, because we will not do that anyway. Next fill the pen through the nib with the soapy solution and squirt the solution out again, into the sink or into another glass. Repeat this a few (2-4) times, remove converter if appropriate, and dry the nid/feed/pen a little, with a soft cloth or tissue.

Now fill the pen with a few drops of a simple ink, which flows well and has good lubrication characteristics. The amount roughly contained in a single short international cartridge is ample for this purpose. A simple ink as described, is f.e. Waterman Blue Black, Waterman Florida Blue, or Waterman South Seas Blue. I use such an ink to, what I have called several years ago, "priming the feed", i.e., somehow get the ink channels and feed itself thoroughly soaked in a good ink, thereby "priming" it to be used with any other, potentially more complex ink thereafter. The big advantage is that an ink as mentioned will make the initial writing process a pleasant one, whereas a complex, heavily saturated ink will potentially make this an arduous task. Complex inks often take several fills to prime a nib, and during that period one may experience a lot of skipping and slow or bad starting. Based on my own tests this proved to be anything from 2 to 15 cartridges full of ink (that is without rinsing the nib and feed as well). Priming a feed with a well behaved, simple ink avoids this, and sets the pen up for a more complex ink thereafter.


5. Increasing ink flow / making the nibs write wetter.

The Passaporto nibs are medium wet writers, with rather tightly spaced tines, writing relatively thin lines as a result. Increasing ink flow is possible, but this needs to be done properly in order not to change nib geometry and potentially cause problems, like ink pooling.

The best way to increase ink flow, is to use a brass feeler gauge, thickness 0.002 " or 0.05 mm. By lack of this, a piece of a thin transparant overhead sheet may be used as well. Just wriggle this between the nib tines and tipping, if need be by carefully pushing one of the tines down or up a tiny bit with a finger nail, and slowly but carefully pulling the feeler gauge or piece of sheeting between the tines and tipping ends, essentially carefully flossing the nib if you like.

Repeat this process until ink flow is as expected. IOW between attempts you need to try if the result is satisfactory.  If it appears that the feeler gauge is too thin to achieve the desired effect, you may want to try a 0.004 " or 0.10 mm gauge.

In case you don't have or can't find a brass feeler gauge, you may try a stainless steel one, just be very careful, as stainless steel is much tougher and harder than brass, and may more easily damage nib tipping, or scratch the nib.


6. Reporting problems with your pen(s)

If e.g., skipping cannot be fixed by rinsing the pen, or anything else for that matter, do report this to undersigned, by means of a PM, or preferably an email (check my profile to send an email), and we will try to answer as quickly as possible, and/or follow this up with Etruria S.r.l. where and if needed.


So far this update, and a few tips. If you do have tips yourself, please do post them, they are always appreciated.

Warm regards, Wim
On behalf of the FPN Admin Team


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Shipping And Final Orders List Sent To Stipula For A Final Check....

Posted by Admin , in FPN Pens 17 November 2011 · 332 views

Dearest members of the digital fountain pen nut house,

We're getting extremely close to actual shipping of our pens, and we can feel the excitement building up, probably just as all of you who ordered one of these beauties do :D. Let's look at a couple of points of interest:

1) Shipping
The first shipments will leave the factory on Monday. Pens are currently being prepped for the courier service to come and collect them. Shipping will be done in the order of Passaporto only orders (next week), Modello-Ts with or without additional Passaportos the week thereafter, and any orders containing Etrurias thereafter again.

This is the order of pen complexity, actually. Not all parts for the Etrurias have been received yet from the suppliers, but we have been promised all pens will be in the hands of our members before Christmas. :D

As discussed with Stipula almost two weeks ago, we sent out a complete shipping list at the beginning of this week, and as usual it took more time than anticipated to prepare the list :D. We are updating this list on a regular basis, as and when we receive any address changes.

The courier service to be used, will be DHL, worldwide.

2) Shipping address changes
To anybody who would like to change his or her shipping address prior to the pens are actually collected for delivery to the happy owners, please do so in two ways:

a) Change the address in Billing Info to reflect your shipping address for receiving your pen(s) in case of a move or pending move prior to receiving your pen(s). You can find Billing Info in the Client Area - click on "Your Profile" (your member id at the top right of the board), and from the dropdown list that opens, do click on "Client Area" (bottom most option in the list). This will result in a new screen, with a bunch of options on the left hand side, the bottom one of which is "Billing Info". Click on that, and you will get a screen with your current shipping address and other details, which can be changed there and then. Just don't forget to click the Save button.

B) Send an email or PM to our admin coordinating the FPN LE Pens group buy, to make sure the shipping list updates are sent asap to Stipula. Here are a few quick links to do so:
email for shipping address update: email option in Wim (wimg) profile.
PM for shipping address: PM option for Wim (wimg)
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.

3) Inscriptions
Just a quick recap: 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, as follows
Passaporto, Chrome trim:


FPN 2011 x/200

Passaporto, Gold coloured trim:

FPN 2011 x/50

Modello-T, Azurite cabouchon (clip jewel):

FPN 2011 x/120

Modello-T, Mother-of-Pearl cabouchon:

FPN 2011 x/31

Etruria Azurite, Silver trim, 14K nib or 18K nib:

Notte di Luna

FPN 2011 x/20

Etruria Azurite, Vermeil trim, 18K nib:

Notte di Luna

FPN 2011 x/10

Etruria Blue Celluloid, Silver trim, 14K nib or 18K nib:

Notte di Stelle

FPN 2011 x/49

Etruria Blue Celluloid, Vermeil trim, 18K nib:

Notte di Stelle

FPN 2011 x/21

Here x stands for the individual serial number, and the number after the slash for the total number in that particular series (2 or 3 digits, depending on model and variant).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) Specific pen number requests
Stipula will see what they can do with the specific pen number requests we have received, but this may not be possible, due to the fact that production runs for similar pens were filled up as much as possible, which may mean that pens have been 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.

5) Selling of prototypes/production overrun pens
FPN has asked for all complete and working prototypes and production overrun pens to be sold through FPN as well, which means that there may be a few extra, but possibly unnumbered pens available once production has run its course completely. We will update the store as soon as we have definite numbers of each.

6) Sales so far
Finally, here is an update of pens sold up to and including today:

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As you can see, we now have only 3 (!) Etrurias left for sale. As a result, we are well past break-even point, which is really great, and we 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

Edit: corrected numbering scheme of Modello-Ts.


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A Few Extra Passaportos And Modello-Ts (Sold Out)! Nibs Sold Out Too! Etrurias Sold Out Too! (Last Update: 2012-01-03)

Posted by Admin , in FPN Pens 04 October 2011 · 600 views

Dearest Members of the Board,

Passaportos and Modello-Ts have been sold out for a while already. 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 already.

After a wait of several weeks we now have been told that this is indeed possible, and the additional few pens have been added to our store as a result.

For the quick deciders, we now still have available:

FPN LE Etruria Azurite pens with Silver Trim and 14K rhodinated nib Sold out completely!  (update 2011-11-17)
FPN LE Etruria Azurite pens with Silver Trim and 18K duotone nib Sold out completely! (update 2011-10-30)
FPN LE Etruria Azurite pens with Vermeil Trim and 18K duotone nib Sold out completely! (update 2011-10-31)

FPN LE Etruria Blue Celluloid (Acetate) pens with Silver Trim and 14K 1.1 italic rhodinated nib Sold out completely! (update 2012-01-04)
FPN LE Etruria Blue Celluloid (Acetate) pens with Silver Trim and 18K duotone nib Sold out completely! (update 2011-10-28)
FPN LE Etruria Blue Celluloid (Acetate) pens with Vermeil Trim and 18K duotone nib Sold out completely! (update 2011-11-30)

FPN LE Modello-T Azurite Cabouchon and T-flex nib Sold out completely! (update 2011-10-25)
FPN LE Modello-T Mother-of-Pearl Cabouchon and T-flex nib Sold out completely! (update 2011-10-06)

FPN LE Passaporto Chrome Trim F nib Sold out completely!  (update 2011-10-09)
FPN LE Passaporto Chrome Trim M nib Sold out completely!  (update 2011-10-11)
FPN LE Passaporto Chrome Trim 1.1 Italic nib Sold out completely!  (update 2011-10-09)

FPN LE Passaporto Gold Coloured Trim M nib Sold out completely! (update 2011-10-07)

Besides a fairly limitless availability of additional nibs for Passaporto (Sold out completely!) and a few for Etruria (Sold out completely!), that's really all there is left! (update 2011-11-30)

In case you can't find the nib of your choice in one of the models, please do contact us, as we may be able to provide a different nib, or exchange a nib with another one within the same model range.

If you still 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, post box, garden shrubs, and tool shed with contents, also your watches and air conditioning equipment 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!

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 three 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). 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 existing 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: None Left, All Sold Out .... Updated 2011-11-30

Posted by Admin , in FPN Pens, Uncategorized 27 August 2011 · 359 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: Hurry! Time Is Running Out Fast!

Posted by Admin , in FPN Pens, Uncategorized 28 July 2011 · 454 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: Update 2011-07-20

Posted by Admin , in FPN Pens 20 July 2011 · 293 views
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Dearest Members of the Board,

In the previous column, we indicated we need to be at 93 % of pens paid for, for each manufacturing run, before we can realistically order all of the pens. Fortunately, emailing all members who had voted and had missed the announcements of the Store opening, did have quite an impact, and we would like to thank a certain ex-Admin, who wants to stay anonymous, for helping us out with this rather work intensive exercise!

Now, let's have a look at the current status:

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As you can all see, this depicts the situation better than the previous bar graphs in BB-code. Thanks to Opitzs for helping us in the right direction, BTW.
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), if applicable, and the sizes of large production runs (red brown), also if applicable.

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

Before you get a fright, let us explain what these numbers mean in real life, and what we have discussed with Stipula early last week.

First of all, production of Modello-Ts is a definite go, and it is looking well enough right now, that we can maintain current pricing! The Passaporto will also be a go. These great looking little pens keep on selling, and we are confident that we will have sold enough by the time these pens will be produced to create a full manufacturing run. So that is another go, and again, price will stay as is!.

Oviously the models raising question marks are the two Etrurias. We have asked Stipula to have a look at possibilities for these, because we will likely order a total number of at least 70 Etrurias, and possibly up to 90, or more of you all are fast enough!

Of course, we still want to produce both models. There are not too many sold of the Azurite version, but we have one thing in our favour, which is that these pens use the same barrel material as the Modello-Ts and the Passaportos. Hence, we could possibly ride along with those, from a material point of view. Furthermore, since the model is the same as the blue celluloid Etruria, from a manufacturing POV we could possibly ride the smaller number of pens along with the larger celluloid numbers. We were hoping to have had feedback by yesterday from Stipula on these ideas, but nothing yet so far, unfortunately. We do know that some of their employees are on vacation already, but we do hope to have an answer very soon. Any breaking news on these pens we will obviously share as soon as we are able to do so.

In short, everything is still possible, and Modello T and Passaporto a certainty.

The moment we come to an agreement with Stipula, which will definitely be before the end of the month, we will fix the final number of pens to be made, as barrel and cap materials will have to be ordered by Stipula to prevent too long delays - after the August summer break the Christmas production season starts, potentially causing very long delays if the materials aren't ordered well ahead of the summer holiday.

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 final numbers are established, and if necessary even pawn your street pavement 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 last week, 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 right now, so order your pen(s) 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

Finally, just in case you can't control your urges :D, here is a direct link to the Store (page 1):

FPN Store, first time buyers

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


Warm regards,
your FPN Admin Team





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