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Posted 13 February 2006 - 22:08

Dear dwellers of the FPN water hole, elders and pups alike,

welcome to the forum on FPN which is your first stop here :D. We have been asked by the Admin Team to moderate this forum, which may be the most encompassing of all on FPN. It our pleasure to serve this great community of ours. (In truth, we failed to reach escape velocity and the admins caught up with us :D).

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#2 RonB

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Posted 05 June 2006 - 20:26

FOUNTAIN PEN NETWORK
Frequently Asked Questions


Welcome to the Fountain Pen Network! In order to assist you in searching for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions, we’ve listed below some of these FAQ’s. Of course, you are free to ask similar and related questions again, but this posting may help you to see what factors to consider and what questions have been asked and answered before.

What Pen Should I Buy?
This is probably the most commonly asked question on the Fountain Pen Network. In many cases, someone new to fountain pens doesn’t know where to start and wants opinions from those who are more experienced fountain pen users. However, it is difficult to answer this question without more information. For example, how much do you want to spend? Do you like small pens or large pens? Thick or thin barrels? Heavy or light? Traditional looking or sleek and modern?

If you are not very familiar with fountain pens, the best strategy is to go to a store that stocks them and try some various types. Also, look at various pen seller sites on the Internet to see the various styles available. Determine the answers to at least some of the questions posed above. Once you have some preferences in mind, the members of the FPN can help you answer this question better.

Some of the following threads include the question of “What pen should I buy” which have been asked and answered before. These will give you some ideas as to the factors to consider. Feel free to ask your question, but remember to have some preferences in mind first so that you can be better helped.

Best inexpensive (cheap) pens:
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=9931
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=14898
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=7139
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=13308
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=24855
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=24387
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=23587
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=20714
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=17536

Best under $50:
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=7395
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=7825
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=20512

Inexpensive pen for an engineering student:
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=9069

Pen for College student:
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=7306
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=16363

Fountain pen under $75:
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=10306
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=10146

Good writer under $80:
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=21615

Best pen under $100:
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=10586
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=24520
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=18034
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=15214
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=7892

Teacher pen under $100:
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=6912

Seeking specific pen advice:
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=10376

Celluloid pen under $100:
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=17165

Upgrade fountain pen under $125:
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=9644

Small writing FP under $125:
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=6314

Decent size pen under $150:
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=6433

Good starter, all day writer for Dr. under $150:
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=26785

Best pen for $150:
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=26711

Pen under $200:
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=7028
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=6356

Best pen for $200-$300:
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=24497
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=21190

Pen for female around $300:
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=16459

First expensive pen up to 170 pounds:
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=8968

Best pen under $400:
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=8974
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=8104
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=6378

If you had $500 to spend on pens:
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=15403
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=26285

Help me choose another:
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=8753
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=27425

Student/ starter pen for 8/9 year old:
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=8772
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=19012

Large / Wide-bodied / Heavy fountain pen:
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=7985
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=20567
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=20482
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=20291
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=18479
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=18278
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=17432

Small / Slim size pen:
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=17700
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=13006
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=6676
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=6649

Fountain pen for teacher, nicer than Pelikan Go:
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=7955

Fountain pen for wife, fiancée or girlfriend / Female pens:
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=24754
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=18782
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=18436
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=15788
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=14962

Traditional FP:
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=7201

Most durable pen:
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=26512

Black/silver pen:
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=6265

Newbie advice:
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=6223
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=25521

Where to get fountain pen repaired:
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=8030
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=8018

Best Pen/ Smoothest writing pen / most reliable / “Go to” pen?
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=8722
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=4933
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=7423
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=27082
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=25883
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=17883
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=15842
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=23596
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=21607
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=20843
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=19268
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=17773

If you could only have one pen:
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=7209

Desert island pen:
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=6190

Chinese Pens:
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=22737
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=24969
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=25227
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=24633
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=23656

What is a vintage pen?
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=11044
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=7854

Why do you like vintage pens?
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=21030
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=21573

Vintage versus modern:
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=17759

Cheap vintage American pens / best vintage under $100:
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=6809
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=22456

Favorite Pen brand / most underrated pen brand / most elegant brand?
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=2981
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=25584
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=19231
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=20293
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=10200

Scratchy or skipping nib problems
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=7080

Nib smoothing:
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=8221

Best place to buy pens / Where do you buy pens / Pen shops
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=23325
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=10709
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=10071
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=26734
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=10852
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=23079
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=16717

Nib material:
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=11275
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=21814
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=20944
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=17450

Should I ink this mint pen?
http://www.fountainp...p?showtopic=353
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=7104
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=6450
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=26544
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=21928

Stub, oblique and cursive italic nibs:
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=9502
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=10245
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=10274
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=11348
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=10805
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=10803
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=9436
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=9169
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=8914
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=8562
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=8281
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=6686
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=23067
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=20116

Most trouble free modern pen brands:
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=8909

How many fountain pens do you have:
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=6460
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=26581
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=21935

How to and how often to clean out a pen?
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=10263
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=8432
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=6945
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=22079
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=19396

Fountain pens and airplanes / travel
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=10420
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=8749
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=27287
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=26078
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=21642
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=18656
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=17327
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=12382

Do fountain pens adapt themselves to a user’s writing style?
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=8976
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=18662

Best ink for your fountain pen:
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=8290

Nib sizes / preferences:
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=8021
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=22745
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=25785
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=21353

Fine nib fountain pens:
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=26243
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=24436
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=7089
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=25866
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=26293
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=7089
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=23921
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=19451

Fine pen for everyday office use:
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=27476

Ugliest Pen:
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=27192

Wide pen, smooth nib:
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=27451

What pen is your holy grail?
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=27128

Most elegant black pen:
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=25715
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=22716

To post or not to post, that is the question:
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=5857
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=26457

What pen was your biggest disappointment?
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=20039

Why doesn’t Parker revive the Parker “51”?
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=17984
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=27820

Why do you collect pens?
http://www.fountainp...?showtopic=5809
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=14420

Do you let others use your fountain pen?
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=28065
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=22165
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=24364
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=19096

Edited by RonB, 25 March 2007 - 21:00.

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Favorite Pens: Parker "51"; Bexley America the Beautiful, Sheaffer Early Touchdown; Pilot Custom 912 and 74; Pelikan M400; Parker Vacumatic; Sheaffer Legacy

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Bill's Observations On Nibs

Flexy, semi-flex, and stub nibs are not for everyone! Just because some of us on FPN like them and rave about them, does not mean your experience with them will be so positive. They take a different touch and you may need to exercise some patience as you learn how to write effortlessly with them. (Incidentally, "copperplate" and other ornate writing styles are not meant for everyday use, take time to master, and are more trouble to learn than they are worth unless you plan to become a calligrapher -- in my opinion, of course.)

These nibs may all turn out not to be your cup of tea. Liking them is not a sign of a sophisticated pen user. If you try one and don't like it, don't blame the pen -- just ask the vendor or manufacturer for a nib exchange. There is no reason why a general fountain pen user, let alone a casual user, MUST have one of these. Think of them as specialty tools.

Bill's Observations On Ink
    1. Any ink will work in some pens all of the time.
    2. Some inks will work in most pens most of the time.
    3. No ink will work in all pens.
    4. All inks, if left in a pen for a sufficiently long time, will dry up and clog the pen.
    5. India ink and anything else not designed for use in fountain pens will ruin any fountain pen in short order.
    6. Sometimes it's the pen's fault, not the ink.
    7. Trust your own experience with an ink more than anything you read or hear.

Observations 4 through 7 (in that order) trump the others.

My advice: Buy the ink color you like, with the properties you need, and try it. If it works, great. If it doesn't, that doesn't mean the ink is no good. It just means you need to try it in another pen.

If you buy a pen from someone who says, "If you use Blotto Ink in this pen, it voids my warranty," you have a choice: Don't use Blotto Ink in the pen, or buy the pen from someone who does not restrict the warranty.

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Posted 04 July 2008 - 18:25

What nib sizes are available for fountain pens?

It's a tough question to answer accurately, because the nomenclature for nib sizes has changed over the years and the "actual" size of a nib can vary depending on the maker (for instance, it is well known that Japanese nib sizes tend to run smaller than Western nibs, even by as much as one full size).

Here is a list of general nib size designations:
XXXF = Needlepoint
XXF = Super Extra Fine
EF/XF = Extra Fine
F = Fine
OF = Oblique Fine
SF = Soft Fine
FM/MF = Fine Medium
SFM = Soft Fine Medium
FK = Fine ball point
M = Medium
OM = Oblique Medium
SM = Soft Medium
B = Broad
OB = Oblique Broad
BB = Double Broad
OBB = Oblique Double Broad
BBB = Triple Broad

C = Coarse
MS = Music
PO = Posting
FA = Falcon (flexible)
WA = Wavily (brush stroke)
SU = Signature (stub)
Z = Zoom (multi-angled)
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