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#1 zilonable

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 07:03

Hi,

I am currently a student in NTU. I wanted to try fountain pen starting from pilot vpen. Anyone know where to get it? I can't find it in popular.

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 07:48

Hi Steven,
Welcome to the FPN!

I don't know about Singapore, but here in Australia they are available from most good newsagents, office supply stores and campus bookshops. Perhaps one of our Singaporean FPNers can comment?

If you can't find them there, you may have to resort to the Internet.

However, look around, because you may be able to find a Hero 329 (old style) pen for a similar price (about $5 AU). I think these are much nicer than the V-Pen, and much easier to re-fill.

I find the V-Pen ink flows too freely and feathers and bleeds through on most papers, especially the kind that impecunious students can afford to buy...


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Posted 16 March 2008 - 08:08

•KINOKUNIYA BOOK STORES OF SINGAPORE PTE. LTD.

Singapore Main Store 391 Orchard Road, #03-09/10/15, Ngee Ann City, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Singapore 238872 6737-5021

Liang Court Store 177C River Valley Road, #03-50, Liang Court, Singapore 179036 6337-1300

Bugis Store 200 Victoria Street #03-09/12 Bugis Junction, Singapore 188021 6339-1790

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 08:25

QUOTE(Immoteus @ Mar 16 2008, 04:08 PM) View Post
•KINOKUNIYA BOOK STORES OF SINGAPORE PTE. LTD.

Singapore Main Store 391 Orchard Road, #03-09/10/15, Ngee Ann City, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Singapore 238872 6737-5021

Liang Court Store 177C River Valley Road, #03-50, Liang Court, Singapore 179036 6337-1300

Bugis Store 200 Victoria Street #03-09/12 Bugis Junction, Singapore 188021 6339-1790


Actually, the Kinokuniya in Bugis Junction doesn't carry stationery. but i think your best bet is in Takashimaya S.C . Kino



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Posted 16 March 2008 - 09:27

Aaaah, Orchard Road is a wonderful place. I think my family might be going back to Singapore this December to visit relatives (I love the Singapore branch of my family. We're all great friends). I shall have to buy myself a fountain pen while I'm there!! laugh.gif
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Posted 16 March 2008 - 10:06

Welcome to FPN! Sorry, but I'm not quite sure where the Pilot Vpen is sold here. Perhaps you could try Mustafas Centre?

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 10:18

Thanks alot~ i will try out these places mentioned. I didn't know there's so many singaporean who are interested in fountain pens. Most ppl i know uses Signo Dx and Pilot G tec C4.

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 10:36

You could try the main Popular branch in Bras Basah. There are also other shops selling pens there if you want to browse. I've tried the Pilot V-pens and Petit1, and I've found that the blue/purple feathers quite a bit. Maybe you would want to buy a Hero from Musafa's, which costs about half that of a V-pen(S$1.20), and some Pelikan ink, which is pretty cheap(S$3) and behaves ok on regular paper as well. thumbup.gif
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Posted 16 March 2008 - 10:42

There were Platinum Preppys at Kino in Ngee An City the last time I looked! Great value.

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 13:12

woah~ Great to see so many singaporeans here. I am glad i am not the only ones. At first i thought there isn't a singaporean as most singaporean uses Ball Point or ink pens.

I personally owns a parker Ballpoint pen. I must say i really loved it. I hope my fountain pen experience will just be as nice. I looked ard in the forum about converters and eyedropper lots of terms that i do not know. Is it that difficult to maintain a fountain pen? Is refilling very troublesome?



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Posted 16 March 2008 - 16:07

QUOTE(graceaj @ Mar 16 2008, 10:36 AM) View Post
You could try the main Popular branch in Bras Basah.


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I practically lived at Bras Basah when I was studying Graphic Design in Singapore. There are several stores selling art supplies and stationary and you'll probably find a variety of cheaper fountain pens there, including the V-Pen.
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Posted 16 March 2008 - 21:47

QUOTE(zilonable @ Mar 17 2008, 12:12 AM) View Post
woah~ Great to see so many singaporeans here. I am glad i am not the only ones. At first i thought there isn't a singaporean as most singaporean uses Ball Point or ink pens.

I personally owns a parker Ballpoint pen. I must say i really loved it. I hope my fountain pen experience will just be as nice. I looked ard in the forum about converters and eyedropper lots of terms that i do not know. Is it that difficult to maintain a fountain pen? Is refilling very troublesome?

I can't comment on eyedropper pens, but converter fountain pens take about 20 seconds to refill.
1) Dip the nib in the ink till you cover the junction with the section.
2) Fill the pen
3) Wipe the ink off the section and nib with a tissue.
4) Write


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Posted 17 March 2008 - 04:59

QUOTE(zilonable @ Mar 16 2008, 09:12 PM) View Post
woah~ Great to see so many singaporeans here. I am glad i am not the only ones. At first i thought there isn't a singaporean as most singaporean uses Ball Point or ink pens.

I personally owns a parker Ballpoint pen. I must say i really loved it. I hope my fountain pen experience will just be as nice. I looked ard in the forum about converters and eyedropper lots of terms that i do not know. Is it that difficult to maintain a fountain pen? Is refilling very troublesome?


It actually can be as simple as replacing a cartridge in a converter pen, and other filling systems are not much more complicated. The Hero pen I mentioned can't take cartridges though. If you want to try a cheap eyedropper pen, Mustafa sells a Pilot one at S$7. There is a similar looking one at an identical price that comes with a converter instead that can take cartridges(this has a gold band at the bottom of the barrel the eyedropper doesn't have). Noodler's also bundles converted eyedropper platinum preppys with the 4.5oz bottles of ink, but I'm not too sure if those are sold in Singapore.

Edited by graceaj, 17 March 2008 - 05:00.

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 09:56

A fountain pen will give you a much, much, much, much, much better writing experience than a ballpoint pen. Seriously, try it once and you'll get hooked (well, at least I did)! Don't worry about the funky terms. I didn't know any more than you when I first joined. Take about an hour to do some research. You'll be amazed at what you will find. And, what's an "ink pen"?

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 12:58

Well, there are a number of excellent fountain pen stores in Singapore.

- My favorite one is Aesthetic Bay, which is on the second floor of the Funan Digilife Mall. I bought pens from them whenever I visit Singapore.

- Elephant and Coral Pen Distributors, which is in the Wheelock Place on Orchard Road. Very nice collection of pens.

- Fook Hing Trading Company, which is on the ground floor of Bras Basah Shopping Complex. It is a slightly smaller store, but they know their pens...

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 13:05

Welcome to FPN.

There are quite a number of Singaporeans in FPN.

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 15:54

Thanks Guys for the replies. I am heading down to mustafa this very week to get my first fountain pen. I have Hero 336 in mind and maybe a parker vector.

Are these 2 pens great? Wish me luck

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 15:56

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A fountain pen will give you a much, much, much, much, much better writing experience than a ballpoint pen. Seriously, try it once and you'll get hooked (well, at least I did)! Don't worry about the funky terms. I didn't know any more than you when I first joined. Take about an hour to do some research. You'll be amazed at what you will find. And, what's an "ink pen"?


Ink Pen, oh! I meant Gel Pen ^^

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 17:04

Sorry, I would like to ask about the nib system. For example Hero 336 is there XF nib or there's only 1 standardised nib?



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Posted 17 March 2008 - 21:49

QUOTE(zilonable @ Mar 18 2008, 04:04 AM) View Post
Sorry, I would like to ask about the nib system. For example Hero 336 is there XF nib or there's only 1 standardised nib?

The Hero hooded pens (329, 330, 336, 616, 100, etc) each come with a fixed nib size. However, the new style 329 nib is much finer than the old style 329. The 100 is appears to be a tiny bit broader than the others.


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