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Newton Pens Scholarship - It's That Time. :)

Posted by Newton Pens in Newton Pens' Blog, 06 January 2015 · 714 views

Newton Pens Scholarships – Get Ready

It’s that time of year again to start getting applications filled out, essays written, and everything turned in to me so I can have my awesome volunteers start reading and grading essays to pick recipients.
So visit this page to read about requirements and to download the form.
If you know any high school seniors who could use some extra cash their first semester, please send them this way.  Last year I had 23 applications and gave away 6 $1000 scholarships, all from money raised with your help.  So I have all of you to thank for that.
Currently available only to US residents.


Expressive Line Variation From The Pilot 78G

Posted by terim in Peyton Street Pens Blog, 21 December 2014 · 1,344 views

Looking for inexpensive line variation in order to add more expression to your writing? Many customers come to us on the hunt for flex, when really all they are looking for is a way to add character to their every day writing. The popularity of the custom "cursive italic" grind at pen shows and in work shops (our own included) is a testament to the addictive nature of the subtle italic.

By luck or design, Pilot's venerable 78G fountain pen sports enjoyable italic nibs on their B and BB pens, and those are the only nib sizes we plan on offering. Instead of big round balls making a big fat line on the paper, you get get more of an italic effect with the flat, chisel-nosed nibs. We get stub-like results with the BB nibs and something more on the order of a medium cursive italic with the B nibs. Both are suitable for calligraphy. The BBs have a specific "sweet spot" so they need to be positioned properly to get good consistent ink flow to the page, whereas the Bs are much more forgiving and suitable for every day writing.

Check out the writing sample below, on Rhodia 5x5 paper.

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There's some talk about where these pens are made, but as far as we know, they were made in Japan. They may have been made for the Chinese or Indian market, and we understand they were not available in the US. The cap is marked Japan and the nib is marked "Pilot Super Quality Japan." They came in trays marked Japan, with instructional handouts also marked Japan. So we think they were made in Japan.

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These have been extremely popular with our customers, many of whom buy a handful of them to give as gifts. They are especially fun for young writers, who get a kick out of the broad paint brush effect of the BBs and can quickly master the control needed to keep the nib oriented and the ink flowing.

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We've got them in four colors, and they come fitted with a Pilot squeeze converter. (The converter can be removed to accept Pilot cartridges.) Currently sale priced at $22, they ship free to US addresses. Shipping elsewhere in the world via first class is around $7.

The price will go back to $25 at the end of the year, so don't delay.



Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Fine Pen Sale 9Th July 2014 - Public View London This Week

Posted by holygrail in holygrail's Blog, 29 June 2014 · 1,112 views

HI all,
Our fIne Pens Catalogue is now available on line, and here is a direct link to the catalogue listing:
We are viewing the pens in London from 30th June to 2nd July, and then again at Donnington Priory from next weekend.
Here is a taster from the sale, Namiki Emperor Autumn Flowers 
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Montegrappa Fountain Pen Rigoletto Limited Edition

Posted by Iguana Sell in Iguana Sell Pens Blog, 18 September 2013 · 1,244 views

Coming soon in Iguana Sell, the new and exclusive Montegrappa Fountain Pen Rigoletto Limited Edition!
This precious and unique writing instrument is the latest addition of the Italian brand to the Emozioni in Musica collection.
Presenting a characteristic design with exceptional trims and details, this fountain pen inspires the harlequin pattern of red, white and black diamond shapes that can be attributed to no other character.
The great combination of colours create an unusual contrast that evokes every collectors eye and stands out for its tremendous quality and materials.
A handmade black and red glass “murrina” on top of the red cap was inspired by the puffy sleeves and pantaloons that comprise a harlequin’s garb, while the pocket clip is styled in the manner of the jester’s footwear.
The luxury materials of this piece aggregates even more quality. Depending of the model, all trims are made of solid silver or solid gold
Available soon at www.iguanasell.com!! If more information is needed contact us at info@iguanasell.com.

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All Brand Spanking New: Premium Accounts

Posted by wimg in Marketing & Sales, 07 April 2013 · 6,504 views

Yes, you read it correctly!

We now have Premium Accounts!

Premium Accounts have been created in order to offer something extra for the business people and/or budding entrepreneurs frequenting and supporting the Fountain Pen Network. These accounts have significant benefits over Bronze, Silver and Gold membership accounts, and they are specifically intended for traders, vendors, entrepreneurs, sellers, people providing pen services, manufacturers, representatives and anybody else on the business or advanced hobbyist side of the fountain pen community to promote their wares, knowledge, skills, and services. IOW, something that wasn't available on FPN in the past, and which offers unprecedented new features and options for those partaking!

Premium Account Holders

Premium account holders have various options available to promote and enhance their business or services, right here on FPN, the largest pen community in the world, with over 75,000 registered members and over 300,000 unique visitors (ip-addresses) each month, with both continuing to grow at an almost alarming rate!

FPN is very highly ranked with regard to website traffic, within the 99th percentile, and FPN's site rank is well below the 100,000 mark when considering all sites worldwide (based on a survey of 25,511,510 domain names):
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The Fountain Pen Network Ranking Score

So, what better place to promote your goods and services, with the largest ready-made target audience in the world, right here on FPN!

In short, do check out all the benefits you will get, here, when signing up for a premium account:
FPN Premium Accounts, Table of Comparison

And in signing up, you'll not only help yourself, but help this site grow further too!

The FPN Moderator and Admin Team




Recent And Future Changes To Fpn

Posted by wimg in FPN Board Talk, 30 March 2013 · 923 views

Dearest Members & Visitors to the Little Fountain Pen Nut house on the digital prairie,

First changes
You will likely have noticed some changes at the top of the board, right underneath the header and tabs. After some iterations, there are a few image links rather than a boring piece of text referring to the FPN Pen Store, and a few more. Essentially, all options which support funding of FPN are clearly visible now.

FPN well within top 100,000 busiest websites, worldwide
One of the reasons for making these options more visible is that FPN is starting to run more and more like treacle rather than a fast flowing mountain stream when it comes to the browsing experience. This is caused by the simple fact that the current hosting plan doesn't really cater anymore for the amount of registered members and visitors we have. On a monthly basis, we have over 300,000 unique visitors (= different ip-addresses from which we are visited), and the download stream is up to 30 GB or more a day currently - which is a lot for what basically is moslty plain text plus a few images going down the line. And new registrations on FPN is still on the increase as well. FPN reached the top 100,000 busiest web sites worldwide category towards the end of last year, and for a non-commercial site I think that is nothing short of awesome - thanks to our membership here!

Hosting of FPN
Furthermore, likely due to the economic crisis, and several other factors, while costs keep mounting, funding is a worrisome issue. It costs a lot to run this board, and if we want to keep up with the increasing numbers here, we will need to upgrade to the next category of hosting plans, tripling resources, but also tripling hosting costs.

More changes required
It will be clear that we need to make some changes as a result.

Quick wins
Some of the simple quick wins we are doing already now, or have done so, and the initiative to alter the header at the top of the board was one of them. We will also make some changes to the Writing Instruments forum very shortly. It is extremely busy, by far the busiest forum, and as a result it has become so slow that it is really worrisome. The plan is to divide it in two or three forums very, very soon, to split the load. More announcements on this split will follow.

Changes coming to Classifieds
We will also make some changes to Classifieds, and likely not all will be very popular. :D First of all we will make posting a Classified easier. We think that the rules have become engrained enough now that we can do with a general acceptance of the rules and guidelines once, rather than have all the relevant bits completely spelled out as is now the case.
Researching the listed advertisements has also shown that many of our members who are hobbyists and are interested in fountain pens from a user's or collector's POV, do not really place many ads, less than 10 classifeds on an annual basis. So we will tighten the rules for normal Gold Members further, allowing a maximum of 3 items per week to smaller maximum on an annual basis than the current limits.

Classifieds section is not a storefront
We have also always maintained that the Classifieds and FPN is not a storefront for people who are only interested in selling or running their business from FPN, and are therefore looking at options to make the presence of traders more pleasant and more predictable, both for our normal members, and for the traders themselves. And frankly, having the largest ready made target group and busiest site in the world for people interested in fountain pens and related items, this must be worth something - this may even help with funding, and secure the existence of FPN in the future.

FPN now a registered company
Other items that have changed or are changing, is that FPN now is owned by a registered company. This had to be done not only from a legal and tax POV, but also in order to secure the FPN hosting and servicing funds. We would have stood to lose a lot of funding to taxes otherwise, and in addition there are legislative conditions we do have to adhere to :D.

Possible changes to donations?
Finally we are also thinking of changing the donation system. Currently that is totally anonymous, and we don't really know whether our members who donate, would like that changed or not. We will start a topic on this in Community Feedback soon, and further announcements will follow.

More news will follow soon.

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


The Latest Changes At The Fountain Pen Network

Posted by Admin in FPN Admin Column, 23 March 2013 · 640 views

Dearest Members of the little Fountain Pen Nut House on the digital prairie,

We are in the process of making a few changes to FPN. Currently we have extensive discussions in the Moderator and Admin Team on the way forward for our great board.

You will likely have seen some changes for the good already :D. Rather than a boring piece of text with links at the top of the board, there are now some brighly but tastefully coloured visual clues to the options we have in place to support this place. And over the past few days several options were improved or added as well :smile:.

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The FPN Pen Store is accessible now from the FPN Shopping Mall tab, with two options, or directly either from the link or from the pen picture in the header.

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The Ink ordering system now has its own link here, and it automatically creates an FPN Ink Ordering Email for you which lists all the essential information we require be able to process your order.

Posted Image 3) FPN Café Press Store
The renewed and overhauled FPN Café Press Shop is clearly visible there too, and is also accessible from the FPN Shopping Mall Tab.

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Last but not least a set of support options through PayPal is available as well, allowing now not only for a single donation of your choice, but also for a yearly subscription with several choices if you so like. These options are available at the bottom of the page as well, but require scrolling down quite a bit.

The new implementation makes these options visible on each page here on FPN, which makes it extremely easy to find them, we think.

We are planning on adding more options to help with funding, and we will ask your input too. Therefore, keep your eyes peeled, and do check the latest News, the Recommended Reading Sidebar, and the Community Feedback forum on a regular basis.

The reason for this new funding drive is simple: we need funds in order to keep this site going! And with the current increase in Member numbers, at a rate of 100-120 a day(!), and which already stands at over 75,000, with about 2,500,000 posts in the forums, we will need a drastic increase in funding in order to service our community well. Essentially we are looking at a tripling of required funds, for the next step up in hosting (!).

In short, any good ideas on how to achieve this are much appreciated! And keep on buying and donating, of course, it supports us all!

Thank you all very much in advance!

Warmest regards,
The FPN Admin and Moderator Team


An Galar Úafasach

Posted by Ruaidhri in Incoherent Ramblings from Murphy Towers, 23 September 2012 · 798 views

Greetings and Salutions Dear Reader.

One or two of you may remember my name from the dim distant past, before all became dreadfully complicated and I had to lie low for some time. I re-emerge finally in triumph (as would be expected) to clear up any misunderstandings which may have arisen, and clear my name once and for all.

My one avid reader (God bless him/her) may recall that one of my many hobbies is Amateur Medicine and Surgery. Many are the tomes I have read on the subject, and I may say in all modesty, that I am generally considered one of the world's foremost experts on these subjects.
I also, for research purposes, collect diseases and maladies (I won't bore you with the full list).

Some time back I took an interest in cancer (not having had it before), and so developed a fine lump on the right hand side of my face.
I was careful about this because our local photographer Séamuseen Beag Mac an Ridire - he calls himself "Flash", and the feliows in the local public house call him "Oh my Bloody Eyes" - stated definitively that my left side was the more photogenic.
Anyoldhow, the lump grew apace and it was decided that something must be done. This is where things got a little complicated.

Johnson MacSean, our under-gardener called with a bottle of foul smelling unction which he claimed would do the job. I was touched by his concern, but had to point out that it was NOT canker from which I was suffering. He beat an apologetic retreat.

Her Ladyship had been in clandestine discussions with our local doctor and they decided to ship me off to the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital in Dublin where a Professor Timon would operate and remove the offending piece of Murphy.

I, naturally enough, told them I was quite capable of doing the job myself, and a rather unseemly altercation took place, which ended in my agreeing to at least see this Professor chap.

Very pleasant and knowledgable was he when we met, and he readily (after some hours discussion) agreed to my plan.

The general idea was that I would take a local anaesthetic, in the form of 20yr old Jamesons Whiskey, we would rig up an arrangement of mirrors so that I could operate with my new electric carving tool, while he would oversee in case anything should go amiss.

And now the the awful part:

Shortly after admission the anaesthetist asked me to take a "couple of whiffs of oxygen, to get your levels up".
No sooner had I started than I passed out and came to in my room with staples, stitches, drips, tubes, and half the contents of the hospital workshop hanging from my face. I was LIVID!

Intercepting the Professor on his rounds I made it clear what I thought of his underhanded tactics, and unfortunately things got a little heated.

I must say that the Gardai (our Police) and the Judge were very understanding when they heard my side of things, even to the point of arranging a special room at a private clinic where I could convalesce.

All is well that ends well, they say - but beware! There are some VERY sneaky members of the Medical Profession out there my friends.

Fond regards,


Master Was Sik

Posted by eRnstMagillicuddy in The Blogg of Me, 23 September 2012 · 760 views

Wot it is is wot der was a teribel row and Master was loked up by doctors.

hE is out now and thE docktor sez he will be oK if he taks the medesin every day on the Big Spoon. de pRofesor is bak at work but has to take tabelts too, cos dey say "his nerves is shattered from deeling wit Master". Won of dde nurces went to Ostralia and tree others are stil out sick, but the HOSPITLE is stil open. so all is good.

Foreteen of my Masters bestest mirrors is broke and his carving tool is ful of dried blood and wont work at all.
His afce look funny cos someone stichted him wit a needel. Ha Ha Ha..........ouch!!

Her Ladyship did pay 150000 yeuroes to de juj and Master was put in a sylum for a bit. de Profesor sez he didded get all the badness out of him but i tink it was onlee the siky thing he was talking about.

siNed eRnst

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