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Poll: Common perceptions (366 member(s) have cast votes)

What do people say to you when you get out your FP?

  1. "My, that's a weird looking pen." (41 votes [8.25%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.25%

  2. "That's a cool pen!" (136 votes [27.36%])

    Percentage of vote: 27.36%

  3. "Is that a fountain pen?" (146 votes [29.38%])

    Percentage of vote: 29.38%

  4. "Is that a weapon?" (12 votes [2.41%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.41%

  5. "Can I borrow it?" (29 votes [5.84%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.84%

  6. "Do you use fountain pens? I do too! (goes off into a monologue)" (15 votes [3.02%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.02%

  7. "That's a very posh pen." (43 votes [8.65%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.65%

  8. Other (write them in the posts!) (75 votes [15.09%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.09%

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#1 GabrielleDuVent

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 11:20

Fountain pens are like quills, in that you never see them any more. So what do people say when you whip out that pen to make a memo? 

 

I've personally had things from "you think you're classy because you use a weird pen, don't you?" (?!?!?!) to "is that a weapon?". I've only had a few people identify them as fountain pens.


Edited by GabrielleDuVent, 31 May 2013 - 11:20.

Tes rires retroussés comme à son bord la rose,

Effacent mon dépit de ta métamorphose;

Tu t'éveilles, alors le rêve est oublié. 

 

-Jean Cocteau, from Plaint-Chant, 1923


#2 pajaro

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 11:31

I don't think anybody really cares.  I'm old, I use old pens.


Edited by pajaro, 31 May 2013 - 11:32.

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 11:33

They say nothing. Must be different in the UK or sumin'.

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 11:42

Older people: "I haven't seen one of them in a long time."

 

Younger people: "What's that?"



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Posted 31 May 2013 - 12:01

I get..."what the hell is that!?" or " the 19th century called and wants their pen back! " or "wow! Can I see it? Can I try it? ".

 

Most younger folks have never seen one up close and most of the older folks I know don't remember using them. Such a shame.

 

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 12:36

Nothing

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 12:45

"What a waste being used by you"


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Posted 31 May 2013 - 12:46

Usually nothing.


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Posted 31 May 2013 - 12:47

"What a waste being used by you"

 

Somebody said that to you?!


Tes rires retroussés comme à son bord la rose,

Effacent mon dépit de ta métamorphose;

Tu t'éveilles, alors le rêve est oublié. 

 

-Jean Cocteau, from Plaint-Chant, 1923


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Posted 31 May 2013 - 13:50

Usually: nothing.

 

Once: that's a fantastic pen! (Fellow fountain pen user)


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Posted 31 May 2013 - 14:01

yesterday at credit union..."nice pen!"


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Posted 31 May 2013 - 14:21

"I haven't seen one of those in a long time."


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Posted 31 May 2013 - 14:22

I find most people are totally indifferent to pens, and don't even notice. :(


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Posted 31 May 2013 - 14:28

Same here sadly, so far since getting back into using fountain pens and 'nice' pens have had no one make a comment!



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Posted 31 May 2013 - 14:31

"Whow, what a nice pen!" (Lamy 80)

 

and:

 

"I can't use fountain pens, I'd be stained with ink all the time."

 

The last time I heard that, I said: "Just try it" an handed over my Sheaffer Touchdown. The next thing I heard, was: "See?" My friend was right, and when I got home, I took the Touchdown out of my handbag, cleaned it as good as I could, and then put it in the box which has written "Fountain pens" on top.


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Posted 31 May 2013 - 14:32

Most people want to know (1) what is that? (2) why am I using it? Being such a techie, it confuses most people.

 

 

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 14:34

I get one of two mostly:

 

1) You know, you might be in the reenactment society, but you can use biros...

 

2) I think your pen is broken


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Posted 31 May 2013 - 14:47

I get one of two mostly:

 

1) You know, you might be in the reenactment society, but you can use biros...

 

2) I think your pen is broken

 

#2 was kinda funny, actually XD

Anyway, I get a lot of jibes about being this famous Filipino author (Jose P. Rizal, national hero— he used dip pens and quills though, since fountain pens weren't exactly the norm at the time he was around) whenever people at school see me using a fountain pen. The fact that I have really weird handwriting only strengthens the image. 

 

Lots of other people usually compliment me for using them, oddly enough, though I got one instance of someone talking me down for having a fancy "ballpen" (I know, it irritated me to no end). 


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Posted 31 May 2013 - 15:05

Am I the only one who got the weapon question? My entire Latin class was firmly convinced that my fountain pen was a knife. I nearly got sent to the headmaster's office. The writing etiquette teacher had to testify that no, I can't stab people with it, and yes, it's a writing instrument (it was a Lamy).

 

The place I got the "whazzat" question the least was Japan and France. I'm seeing more and more of "whazzat" people in the UK... US it's almost a guaranteed question. 


Tes rires retroussés comme à son bord la rose,

Effacent mon dépit de ta métamorphose;

Tu t'éveilles, alors le rêve est oublié. 

 

-Jean Cocteau, from Plaint-Chant, 1923


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Posted 31 May 2013 - 15:05

It is kind of surprising to me that, at least in Colorado and California, millennials seem to be almost universally complimentary of my pens, typically when I use them to sign the ubiquitous credit card receipts. When one comments on a pen, I will always give a short description of it and the ink, which at least one time in four gets further questions. In meetings at work I am routinely asked what pen I'm using today. Maybe I am just dealing with a small subset of more inquisitive people, but it is kinda nice and a little bit unexpected.

 

When I was in college, back in the 70s and 80s, people tended to be more dismissive of my pen peculiarities, though I was routinely complimented on my penmanship. Most of my contemporaries typed - or had someone else type - their papers.

 

Retro is cool, at least in places.

 

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 15:06

 

#2 was kinda funny, actually XD

Anyway, I get a lot of jibes about being this famous Filipino author (Jose P. Rizal, national hero— he used dip pens and quills though, since fountain pens weren't exactly the norm at the time he was around) whenever people at school see me using a fountain pen. The fact that I have really weird handwriting only strengthens the image. 

 

Lots of other people usually compliment me for using them, oddly enough, though I got one instance of someone talking me down for having a fancy "ballpen" (I know, it irritated me to no end). 

 

"It's not broken, it needs refilling. I have a cartridge in here-"

 

"... pens need to be refilled?"


You can spot a writer a mile off, they're the ones meandering in the wrong direction muttering to themselves and almost walking into every second lamppost.

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 15:09

 

"It's not broken, it needs refilling. I have a cartridge in here-"

 

"... pens need to be refilled?"

 

"That's a pen?!"


Tes rires retroussés comme à son bord la rose,

Effacent mon dépit de ta métamorphose;

Tu t'éveilles, alors le rêve est oublié. 

 

-Jean Cocteau, from Plaint-Chant, 1923


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Posted 31 May 2013 - 15:09

I've gotten more comments about my Jetstream ballpoint than my fountain pens. Most people who've grabbed my fountain pen just look really confused when they can't pull the cap off and then grab a different pen. 



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Posted 31 May 2013 - 15:33

If they notice it: a strange look followed by "I can't write with one of those".



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Posted 31 May 2013 - 16:23

Most don't notice or comment.  However, some of my older patients will occasionally say they haven't seen anyone use a FP is a long time.  One recently said he didn't know they made FPs any more.  



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Posted 31 May 2013 - 16:26

"Does it squirt ink all over the place?" 



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Posted 31 May 2013 - 16:31

"Does it squirt ink all over the place?" 

 

"What happens if I do this-"

"NO!" Cue me diving to rescue the pen


You can spot a writer a mile off, they're the ones meandering in the wrong direction muttering to themselves and almost walking into every second lamppost.

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 16:41

I get all kinds of comments, from curious to complimentary.



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Posted 31 May 2013 - 17:07

Nothing.

 

No one cares.


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Posted 31 May 2013 - 17:22

An exchange typically goes like this:

 

Fellow Student: I don't have a pen, can I borrow one?

 

Me: Sure, just don't break it or touch the shiny metal end (nib) unless you want to look like a hobo.

 

Them: Have you ever stabbed someone with this?

 

Me: No

 

Them: 'Attempts to write sideways'

 

Me: Don't do that, it wont write! Here hold it this way.

 

Them: Do you have any normal pens.

 

Me: No.  :glare:

 

It just so happened that once I gave a very close friend an eyedropper Platnium Preppy filled with Noodler's Navajo Turquoise and he opened the section, even after I told him not to. He ended up looking like a smurf for several days afterward as he didn't know how to get the ink off. He even seemed amused. I do have one friend that is perfectly capable with my pens, but unfortunately he has no real interest in them. I'm now hardly ever asked for pens. I go to a very small school and as such I can bring more expensive pens there than would be normally acceptable. I'm also never asked for paper anymore as I only use Rhodia and usually its a dot pad and people can't figure out how to use it. But on the upside I get to know my pens very well.







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