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#1 sxs

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Posted 06 September 2014 - 12:47

Hey fellow inkers!

I'm currently studying a B Medical Science in Sydney! Ill be that doctor you've been awaiting for who has legible handwriting yea? Just kidding haha. I've been interested in calligraphy since I was in high school, always wanted to improve my penmanship. Finally bought a pen early this year, was a pilot parallel though so it didn't really help on the handwriting part although it did kill some time during my holidays haha. I've been practicing blackletter recently, really love the letterforms but I'm going to try work on my handwriting now.

I'm ready to buy a nice fountain pen! What would you recommend? Hard medium flex nibs etc, any nice pens I can start off using? What pen models are of a decent price? I got excited and purchased two iroshizuku inks (murasaki shikibu and shin ryoku) online, no regrets there haha. Can't wait for them to arrive!!

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#2 Sasha Royale

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Posted 06 September 2014 - 13:22

Welcome !  

 

As I read from this site, it seems that fountain pen selection down under is much more limited than elsewhere.  A vintage Parker 45 

seems universally available, even if you have to buy it from India by Ebay.  It is durable, reliable, of conservative style, and priced 

modestly.   In the 1970's, I was struck by how many medical professionals and medical students, from India, were equipped with my 

choice -- the Parker 45 fountain pen.  Seems their parents, in India, found it to be a good choice.  I used a Parker 45 through college, 

and, forty years later, still carry one in my pocket.  

 

Best of luck in your studies.   


Auf freiem Grund mit freiem Volke stehn. 
Zum Augenblicke dürft ich sagen: 
Verweile doch, du bist so schön ! 


#3 VirtuThe3rd

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Posted 06 September 2014 - 13:23

Hi! Welcome to FPN.   :W2FPN: 
I'm really glad you've joined us.
 
Enjoy! 
 
Kind regards,
VirtuThe3rd


#4 Clancy

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Posted 06 September 2014 - 16:19

Hello Simon and greetings from California. A warm welcome to FPN; it's great to have you here with us :thumbup: .


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Posted 06 September 2014 - 16:43

Hello Simon and Welcome to FPN!! Glad to have you as a member!!


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#6 Wahl

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Posted 06 September 2014 - 17:16

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#7 H1N

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Posted 06 September 2014 - 22:25

Hello &  :W2FPN:



#8 Daddy-O

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Posted 07 September 2014 - 04:38

Simon

 

Welcome from a fellow Sydney-ite. You will find all the helpful advice you need (and more) from the Forum.

 

Cheers

Mark



#9 estie1948

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Posted 07 September 2014 - 05:44

Hello and welcome, Simon. I'm glad you joined us. Please don't hesitate to share your questions and opinions. I hope you enjoy your time with us.

 

-David.


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#10 sxs

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Posted 07 September 2014 - 11:44

Thanks everyone!

 
A vintage Parker 45 seems universally available, even if you have to buy it from India by Ebay.  It is durable, reliable, of conservative style, and priced modestly.


Thanks Sasha!
Beginner calligrapher reporting to duty! If you have any tips, useful resources etc.
Please email: simonxuanshen@gmail.com
Thanks heaps!

#11 Charmian

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Posted 08 September 2014 - 09:27

Hi and welcome!

It's great to see Sydney-siders here. People are supportive and knowledgeable here. I'm learning heaps myself!

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Posted 08 September 2014 - 09:55

Hi, welcome
I'm new too, however it seems like there a quite a few Aussies here :D we should start a thread perhaps!



#13 MalcolmH

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Posted 08 September 2014 - 10:03

Hello, Simon.  :W2FPN:



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Posted 08 September 2014 - 12:28

Welcome sxs!  When you say you're ready to buy a nice fountain pen what budget do you have in mind?  I think its always important to begin with that and narrow your choice down.....(or you may be thinking the sky's the limit haha).  My first pens when I started writing at school were Parkers and Sheaffers and I still enjoy using them today (particularly my Sheaffer Targa with the gold inlaid nib).



#15 RMN

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Posted 10 September 2014 - 08:55

Hi Simon and welcome to FPN

 

I agree with Sasha, The Parker 45 is a very nice pen, and if you have a flighter (brushed metal) it is easier to clean for hospital use.

 

Ofcourse there are the cheap Chinese pens from ebay that often write decently, I hear. I have only 2, a Hero and a Jinhao. And there is the Lamy Safari, probably the "most used as a starter" pen around.

But browse the subforums here, especially first stop, and look for topics like need advice on beginners pen, sub 50$ pen advice and similar.

 

 

Enjoy the forum

 

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#16 sxs

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Posted 12 September 2014 - 03:18

Welcome sxs!  When you say you're ready to buy a nice fountain pen what budget do you have in mind?  I think its always important to begin with that and narrow your choice down.....(or you may be thinking the sky's the limit haha).  My first pens when I started writing at school were Parkers and Sheaffers and I still enjoy using them today (particularly my Sheaffer Targa with the gold inlaid nib).

Thanks Tritonus! In the meantime around $0-80, but in a month or two up to $200 is fine! I'm using a sheaffer now haha, but it's an italic nib :P


Beginner calligrapher reporting to duty! If you have any tips, useful resources etc.
Please email: simonxuanshen@gmail.com
Thanks heaps!

#17 sxs

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Posted 12 September 2014 - 03:19

Hi Simon and welcome to FPN

 

I agree with Sasha, The Parker 45 is a very nice pen, and if you have a flighter (brushed metal) it is easier to clean for hospital use.

 

Ofcourse there are the cheap Chinese pens from ebay that often write decently, I hear. I have only 2, a Hero and a Jinhao. And there is the Lamy Safari, probably the "most used as a starter" pen around.

But browse the subforums here, especially first stop, and look for topics like need advice on beginners pen, sub 50$ pen advice and similar.

 

 

Enjoy the forum

 

D.ick

Thanks very much D.ick! I'll keep that in mind :)


Beginner calligrapher reporting to duty! If you have any tips, useful resources etc.
Please email: simonxuanshen@gmail.com
Thanks heaps!

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Posted 13 September 2014 - 02:26

Welcome to FPN!                :W2FPN:

I am glad that you joined us today!

Please feel free to ask us anything about fountain pens and inks.

Please enjoy the forum,

-William S. Park


“My two fingers on a typewriter have never connected with my brain. My hand on a pen does. A fountain pen, of course. Ball-point pens are only good for filling out forms on a plane. - Graham Greene


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Posted 13 September 2014 - 20:31

Welcome!



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Posted 13 September 2014 - 20:31

Welcome!







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