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Hello From The Midwest Usa

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#1 MTC47


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Posted 10 November 2014 - 14:36

I've had an account for a while but I've been mostly lurking up to now. I have a decent little fountain pen collection, mostly Pelikans (a couple of Toledos, a couple tortoiseshells, an M1000, etc.) plus some Nakaya, Sailor, Platinum, Namiki, and others. I love writing with fountain pens and have re-learned how to write in cursive since I started using them again (I owned a few in college, but I was active duty Army and deployed several times, so until retirement I needed things that held up well in sandy environments more than fine writing instruments). I'm now retired from the Army and a professor of history at an Army graduate school (not really retired, just off active duty...).


I also love dip nib pens and have a really nice collection of those, too. My rediscovery of cursive led me to Spencerian and Copperplate which soon led to the whole other world of oblique nib holders and the crazy variety of new and vintage nibs available. I've been focusing on learning Spencerian script the past few months and I like to focus on one thing at a time, so one I have that down I'll probably move on to either Copperplate, or italic so I can expand the range of uses of my fountain pens (and find a use for broader nibs - other than one italic cut Nakaya and a "zoom" cut Sailor I just have EF nibs on my fountain pens).


Anyway, nice to meet you all and I'll see you around the forum. I have a couple of pens to post to the classifieds (two Pilot Namiki Origamis, listed "on sale" for a great price for Veteran's Day over on the A'zon Marketplace), but I'm only "Silver" ranked, so that will have to wait.




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Posted 10 November 2014 - 14:52

Glad to have you. Welcome to the FPN!



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Posted 10 November 2014 - 15:42

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

It won't take you any time to get to 30 posts and Gold !


Again welcome and thanks so much for your service!


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#4 H1N


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Posted 10 November 2014 - 15:43

Welcome back to FPN

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Posted 10 November 2014 - 19:12

Hi and a late   :W2FPN:



Hope you'll enjoy the forum








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#7 Sasha Royale

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Posted 10 November 2014 - 20:34

Welcome, MTC46 !   


Pencils are best around a grit environment.   

Glad to have you home safe and enjoying fountain pens. 

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

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Posted 10 November 2014 - 21:16

Welcome to FPN, MTC!

I appreciate your service to the United States; it is thanks to men and women like you, I feel, that I enjoy both the prosperity to pursue a hobby such as this and have the freedom to write whatever I wish with my fountain pens.

Professor of history in your "retirement", eh? You've got my dream job!

All the best,


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Posted 11 November 2014 - 07:23

Hello and welcome, MTC47. I'm glad you joined us. Thanks for your years of service to our country. There is no way that we can really repay you for what you and your family have given. Please accept our puny "thank you" for more than we can ever imagine.


Please don't hesitate to share your questions and opinions. I hope you enjoy your time with us.



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Posted 11 November 2014 - 13:23

Hi! Welcome to FPN.  :W2FPN: 
I'm really glad you've joined us.
Best wishes from Japan,

#11 Clancy


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Posted 11 November 2014 - 17:21

Welcome to FPN. It's great to meet you too! Glad you've joined us.

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