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#1 ve3id

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Posted 03 March 2015 - 17:04

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!

 

regards,

 

NIgel Johnson

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Posted 03 March 2015 - 17:25

Nigel...  great timing....

 

 

this Friday.. the Toronto Posse is meeting....  Come along...  :lol:

 

 

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#3 Suji

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Posted 03 March 2015 - 17:40

Welcome to FPN!


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Posted 03 March 2015 - 18:37

Glad you have discovered the FPN Community.  I know it will be a great opportunity for connecting with other FP fanatics :)



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Posted 03 March 2015 - 18:43

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Posted 03 March 2015 - 19:17

Welcome! I discovered the FPN by accident too, searching for refills for a favourite gel pen. I hope you'll enjoy your stay here.


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Posted 03 March 2015 - 23:53

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


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Posted 04 March 2015 - 00:46

Hello and welcome from Baton Rouge, Louisiana...Enjoy your time here


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Posted 04 March 2015 - 01:39

Welcome !  

 

I love heirloom fountain pens.  I have my father's Parker fountain pen.  

This is a useful tool.

 

http://parkerpens.net/apis.html

 

What do fountain pen people do with "toilet seat grease" ?    :P    


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Verweile doch, du bist so schön ! 


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Posted 04 March 2015 - 09:26

Hi! Welcome to FPN. :W2FPN: 
I'm really glad you've joined us.
 
Enjoy! 
 
Best wishes from Japan,
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Posted 04 March 2015 - 17:46

Hi Nigel  :W2FPN:



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Posted 04 March 2015 - 18:04

Usually our hobbies are pens and double/straight edge shaving and watches, but toilet seats would be a new one...

 

:lol:

 

Welcome aboard!!



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Posted 05 March 2015 - 18:15

Hello and welcome to FPN



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Posted 07 March 2015 - 18:38

Hi, this is Delores - Nigel and I very much enjoyed the meet-up last night, it was great to meet you all and see your amazing collections. Can you tell us the name of the pen store on Dundas St. that you recommended? Thank you.



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Posted 07 March 2015 - 22:52

Hi, this is Delores - Nigel and I very much enjoyed the meet-up last night, it was great to meet you all and see your amazing collections. Can you tell us the name of the pen store on Dundas St. that you recommended? Thank you.

 

 

Hi Delores... it was pleasure to meet you and Nigel.

 

 

The store is WONDERPENS.  Liz and her husband own/run this lovely Ink/Pen heaven... please do tell them that Claudia sent you.  :lol:

 

 

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#16 ve3id

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Posted 08 March 2015 - 00:48

 

 

Hi Delores... it was pleasure to meet you and Nigel.

 

 

The store is WONDERPENS.  Liz and her husband own/run this lovely Ink/Pen heaven... please do tell them that Claudia sent you.  :lol:

 

 

C.

Thanks, Claudia!

 

I went today to Wonderpens to try and find a) a converter for Delores's Cross, and B) some Turquoise ink.  They were very helpful, looking up the Parker Turquoise and matching it to one they had in SchreibeTinte.  But no Cross converter.  They said (as I knew) that Staples sells Cross, but they have not parts.  The guy at Staples even told me to try Amazon.ca

 

When I got home, I tried the Cross again and, after some manipulation, got it to suck up some of your sample and then some ScreibeTinte, which Delores is playing with.  It possibly needs a little of that Silicone Grease to seal it so it does not suck up air as I put it into the ink, I will try that!

 

To Torstar: I also have a hobby of double-edged razors, but after a few bad shaving wounds from what I suppose are counterfeit Wilkinson blades, I went out and bought myself a Braun electric at Christmas!  Now my shaving mug can be a holder for pens!

 

Regarding the toilet seat, my search was for a highly viscous silicone grease that is used in the slow-closer mechanism, and one of the hits was from someone on this site stating that the same stuff was used to seal plungers so they don't suck air!

 

We had a great time at the Toronto Posse get-together last night, and now I know what to buy Delores for her birthday!

 

cheers,

Nigel



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Posted 08 March 2015 - 20:50

ve3, I can switch back and forth between a Feather in a Slant to my Braun 7 Series.

 

Both to me are the best out there for methods of shaving. 

 

There's a few warnings about Wilkinsons...



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Posted 08 March 2015 - 21:08

Welcome ..Nigel  !!!!



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Posted 08 March 2015 - 21:19

Welcome, Nigel

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Posted 08 March 2015 - 21:33

Hi ve3id, and welcome to FPN

 

 

So you have a duo membership? Dolores and Nigel? Why not take a separate membership for each? Nothing against that...

 

Anyway, you seem to have been given a proper introduction by the Toronto Posse....

 

Enjoy your pens, and the forum

 

 

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