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#1 Mangrove Jack

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 08:25

Hello. I am from Sri Lanka and have just recently, after perhaps 30 years, re-kindled my interest in using fountain pens. As a kid growing up in the 1960's and early 70's we HAD to use fountain pens most of our junior school life since in those days anything else was considered bad for children when learning to write. However, it's been ball points and gel pens ever since.

I have found this site very interesting and am learning a lot about using and maintaining a fountain pen and am thoroughly enjoying re discovering how lovely writing with a FP actually is.

I have cleaned up and am now using a Parker 45 given to me by my grandmother in the early 1970's. It writes great.

I look forward to much learning and interaction with you wonderful folk on this site.

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#2 Mardi13

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 09:07

Welcome! Wow, Sri Lanka! A place I would love to visit.

#3 Sasha Royale

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 12:02

Welcome !  

 

Watching today's young people writing with ballpoint pens, I would conclude that  your school teachers 

were correct.  It is painful to see the "clenched" fist writing grip and the "spasm" that is their handwriting.  

 

I used a Parker 45 since the 1960's, in school, as well, and throughout college.  It is still the pen I carry

this day.  

 

A reminder that the ink cartridges can be refilled with bottle ink, using a syringe.  

 

Write with joy.

 

 

 

 

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


#4 Mangrove Jack

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 12:35

Mardi 13, you should visit. I will be happy to spend a day or 2 ( or 3 if time permits) showing you around. It is a nice country to holiday in.

Sasha, it is sad indeed to see how indifferent parents and teachers are these days in making the effort to teach their children how to hold a pen correctly and write properly.
Nice to hear that someone else uses their old Parker 45 too. I feel this was a very underrated pen. It's image was that of a 'school pen'. Both the gold nibs and the steel nibs that these pens came with were very good quality and the Fine nib was actually a much finer nib than what is considered Fine now and also a very smooth nib. Switching nibs was also very simple. The Parker 45 was a well designed high quality pen but strangely never recognized as one. After a good clean up mine works perfectly despite lying unused for 35 years. I bought a few 'new old stock' nibs (XF, F and M) and swap them for use whenever required.

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 15:04

You'll find a lot of Parker 45 fans on FPN. I'm one as well. Lovely pens, lovely nibs, a great design.

 

Oh, and welcome to FPN!


Edited by amk, 06 February 2015 - 12:38.

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#6 Suji

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 15:06

Welcome to FPN! I would love to have a fountain pen gifted to me by a family member.


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#7 VirtuThe3rd

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 16:16

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

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 16:57

That's great, I would love to hear about others that use Parker 45's. I didn't know many still did. I was surprised how well it wrote despite being put aside for 3 + decades.
Suji that's true, a gift from a family member is always special.

#9 PAKMAN

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 18:57

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


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#10 Wahl

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 19:16

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#11 H1N

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 06:14

Hello and welcome to FPN



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Posted 08 February 2015 - 01:00

Hi Jack and welcome to FPN

 

Another fan of the P45 here...

 

 

Enjoy the forum

 

 

 

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#13 DREAMER

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Posted 02 August 2015 - 21:20

In 17 days, I'll be in Sri Lanka for 12 days .....  Nagombo, Kandy, Nuruwa Eliya, Dambula, Sigiriya ....

If you have adresses for pen's shops ......



#14 Mangrove Jack

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Posted 21 August 2015 - 16:40

In 17 days, I'll be in Sri Lanka for 12 days .....  Nagombo, Kandy, Nuruwa Eliya, Dambula, Sigiriya ....
If you have adresses for pen's shops ......


Hi, sorry for the delay in replying, I did not see this post till now.
All the decent pen shops are in Colombo. However, the selection with regard to fountain pens is nowhere near what you would find in Europe or the USA or even India.
Would suggest the stationary shop in Colombo called "The Full Stop" located at the Crescat Mall, Galle Road, Colombo 3. Also, the Premium Stationers at Liberty Plaza Mall, Colombo 3 is another that has a selection of pens, etc.

#15 Dragonmaster Lou

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Posted 22 August 2015 - 11:58

Welcome!



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Posted 29 September 2015 - 19:59

Hello and welcome to FPN.

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#17 RareInk

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Posted 30 September 2015 - 03:53

Parker 45's are nice. Welcome.



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Posted 27 November 2017 - 09:57

Hi Mangrove Jack... I'm a fountain pen enthusiast from Mumbai and it's super to see you here. I'll be on a 5 months long project in Colombo starting next week and would love to meet you for pen talk, based on your availability. I've been collecting fountain pens for short while and after the initial spree of acquisitions, I'm a lot more controlled now. Will you be able to recommend any places for vintage pens in Sri lanka?

 

Regards,

Tarun



#19 Chrissy

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 11:06

Hello and welcome to FPN.  :W2FPN:​ 


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#20 mitto

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Posted 28 November 2017 - 03:00

Nearly a three years older post. And I wish Mangrove was more often with us. But he now seldom visits FPN. Hope he is well and fine.

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Edited by mitto, 28 November 2017 - 03:26.

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