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#121 Cob

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 21:44

Colette's first FP looks to me like a safety because of the relatively small nib and it seems at the end is a small cap. The second FP looks to me like a lever filler.

Yes it seems that safety pens were very popular in France, they keep turniing up over there.

 

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Posted 12 December 2014 - 00:25

Tony Kushner's gave a lecture on Angels in America at the University of Toledo many, many moons ago.  I know for a fact at that time he used a Pelikan 300 because he signed one of his books for me.  He also said that he really liked Pelikans too!



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Posted 18 February 2015 - 07:30

Any one know what pens famous writers used? You always hear of Mark Twain and Conklins, but what about Joyce, Kerouac, Yeats, Nabokov, Mann, Hemingway or any number of greats. Kind of a real Writers Edition list.

Kerouac banged out On The Road on a Hermes typewriter..continuous roll of paper which he taped together. I'd be curious to know which pens he used, if any..I wonder are some writers pen-users and others typewriter users, as in 2 different camps?


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Posted 18 February 2015 - 08:49

According to Conklin, Mark Twain used a Conklin crescent-filler pen and loved it. Probably true that he used one and liked it, but I think he might have been paid to say that.



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Posted 18 February 2015 - 08:49

Mary Wiggins used a fountain pen... she will always be famous to me!



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Posted 19 February 2015 - 08:43

Michael Moorcock is fan of Sheaffer, but as of 2005 was using a Waterman with the finest nib he could find so he could use it in small Moleskine books.  He mentioned a few years ago that he kept forgetting to take them out of his shirt pocket when he would fly and because of this all of his jackets inner linings were stained with ink.



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Posted 19 February 2015 - 15:53

... He mentioned a few years ago that he kept forgetting to take them out of his shirt pocket when he would fly and because of this all of his jackets inner linings were stained with ink.

Maybe he should try putting them in with the cap facing up! (And to be extra safe, his seat in the upright position :D )



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Posted 01 June 2017 - 12:20

Yoon Ha Lee author of Ninefox Gambit wrote a draft of her novel with fountain pen (Webster Four-Star with an extra-fine nib and a Waterman 52V). 



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Posted 01 June 2017 - 23:27

Oliver Sacks used a Montblanc.


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#130 sandy101

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Posted 26 July 2017 - 07:32

Tom Stoppard and Anthony Horowitz use Caaran d'Ache Madisons.


Edited by sandy101, 26 July 2017 - 23:15.


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Posted 26 July 2017 - 22:49

Harlen is still at it @ eighty three years young....................follow the...........

 

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#132 Freddy

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Posted 26 July 2017 - 22:49

......................................................look above..............................................

 

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Edited by Freddy, 26 July 2017 - 22:51.


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Posted 27 July 2017 - 22:48

Photos of Mickey Spillane show him seated at a typewriter, but I'll bet the pen he used was a ballpoint. You can write with it and use it to stab a gangster or a Communist.

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 13:09

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#135 Vintagepens

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 16:37

Unfortunately, that article is completely unreliable. A few facts embedded in a morass of invented falsehoods, illustrated by randomly-chosen images most of which are of modern pens only very loosely connected to the pens discussed in the text.

 



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Posted 12 November 2017 - 22:45

Re Fluegelfeder's post 19 Jan 2011, for those who do not read German, Hesse said: "Many thanks for the repaired fountain pen. Unfortunately it is now a little broader; it used to be an estra-fine. But I am not what I used to either, so I am satisfied with it all the same."

#137 virgilio

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 02:36

LEGE extra FOR estra & used to be either FOR used to either

In reading over these posts I find to my surprise that this text has already been translated by someone else. Compare the two translations and you will see that translations DO vary, just as human personalities.

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 09:22

They say that the writers who wrote "Behind the Green Door" and "Deep Throat" used a Waterman fountain pen to write the script.

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 22:06

They say that the writers who wrote "Behind the Green Door" and "Deep Throat" used a Waterman fountain pen to write the script.

They also  say that they taped the pens to fingers so they can write.........

Fred



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Posted 24 April 2018 - 15:39

As was mentioned in an earlier comment, Shelby Foote wrote the initial draft of his 3000+ page epic history of the American Civil War with a dip pen. Specifically, he used an Esterbrook #313 Probate, a rather broad (what they used to call "coarse") stub dip pen. 

 

He pulled a "Charles Shultz" when he found out that Esterbrook was no longer making them. He raided an old stationery store in New York City and bought ever one they had. (Shultz did the same for the Esterbrook 914 which is what he used to ink every Peanuts comic strip). Esterbrook made the 313 from its introduction in 1883 all the way through until the end of all dip pen production in the early 1950's. 

 

Here's what a page of his manuscript looks like. 

 

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