Hi to alll
I discovered this site completely by accident whilst looking for a silicone grease to fix my slow-closing toilet seat! I couldn't quite fathom from the message its use in fountain pens.
I have used fountain pens all my life, starting off in an English grammar school in the sixties. Now I teach Computer Engineering at the College level in Canada and people think I am somewhat anachronistic for using a fountain pen.
I have a couple of Watermans that I use every day, one for blue but I get the most use out of the other one, which always has red ink! Somewhere lurking in the drawer is a faithful old Shaeffer Whitespot that served me for over twenty years, and another Waterman that was retired prematurely when the shaft broke at the thread. Also in the museum drawer is a vintage Parker that belonged to my Dad, probably going back to the 1930s or 40s.
I am not knowledgeable enough to know the model names of these pens, the Watermans are all different designs, so I hope to learn more about them here, and maybe figure out how to repair the broken one.
Even though a lot of my feedback to students is now done online, my creeping artritis indicates that I will be using fountain pens for years to come!
One very useful benefit that I have found is the detection of fraud. I had a student once who forged my signature on a four lab reports to say that I had seen them, but he copied another student's signed lab reports with a Biro and made a very deep indentation in the paper, evidence enough to have him removed from the college!