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What Was Your Last Impulsive Pen Acquisition?


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#21 sirgilbert357

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Posted 10 September 2015 - 19:35

I fell off the wagon (or did I jump off?) three weeks ago. I hadn't bought a pen in over three years and thought I had enough pens. And I do have enough pens. But there was this cute, green P45 with a medium gold nib at a flea market, all grimy and hot and unloved in a display case. The seller was asking $5 for it. He took $3. An hour's soak removed the dried washable green ink from the innards and it proved to be a superb writer. The tines were perfectly aligned and everything. Now I have three P45s: F, M, and B and am back on the wagon.

 

Geez!! Why can't that kind of thing happen to me????? Ugh...

 

My last impulse buy was a TWSBI Mini Classic. Hadn't been looking at them really, and was planning to wait for the Vac Mini, but who knows when that'll happen...anyway, wanted a 1.1 or 1.5 nib and the interchangeable nibs of the Mini sealed the deal, so I bought it.



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Posted 10 September 2015 - 19:56

Earlier this week; bought a Platinum Plaisir (for $12) and a Preppy alongside a converter for my new 3776 I received in the mail yesterday. Since I'm still relatively new to the fp hobby acquisition mode is in full swing.

$12 new??? Currently in a standoff with my Plaisir, I'd like to use it, but it's become a game of taking it out and checking to see if immediately writes a smooth fluid line  > after nearly 3ish years. The cap Does do amazingly exactly what Platinum states.


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#23 Tas

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Posted 10 September 2015 - 19:56

Edit: oh, iirc titanium isn't a very good nib material.

 

 

if it's good enough for Conid then it's good enough for me . . .  B)



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Posted 10 September 2015 - 20:10

Faber Castell Ambition Rhombus with a B nib - marked as a Faber Castell something else... It was one of those Auctions that didn't have a lot of action and I came in under the wire and stole it for $30 or so... I always wanted one of those but not in the Rhombus finish, but a B nib was too much to pass up on.



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Posted 10 September 2015 - 21:00

$12 new???


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Posted 10 September 2015 - 21:27

An old Sheaffer school pen, just like the ones I used in grade school.

And the darn thing writes WELL.


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Posted 10 September 2015 - 21:27

A Gold Starry safety pen a couple of nights ago, but I'm sure there will be something else in the next few days



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Posted 11 September 2015 - 00:07

The Mabie Todd Swan ringtop that I HAD to have. Curse you, eBay!



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Posted 11 September 2015 - 00:18

Erm, this:
 
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Saw your post TAS and now I went and ordered one.


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Posted 11 September 2015 - 00:39

The last time... was about a year ago January, was in a fine pens store and saw the Delta Vintage. I hadn't heard of the model before (to be clear, it was modern named Vintage), but the green was so pretty that I couldn't resist.

 

And me, in my paring-down phase, how was that possible?

 

The pen was nice enough, but I knew I wouldn't write with it. Why? Cos paring down! Paring down to the pens I knew I would use!

 

So, sold it at a slight loss. I try to remember the Delta Vintage when the pen lust tries to blind me. "Will I use it? No, seriously, will I use it?" I ask myself, "Or will I sell it at a loss?" That usually works -- or has been working since.


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Posted 11 September 2015 - 00:41

Once I had five pens everything feels like an impulse buy.  And though I have five gorgeous pens, after months of deliberation and saying no, I finally broke down and bought a Twsbi mini, because how could I stop buying pens if I hadn't tried a Twsbi? 

 

Yes! I have been at that phase, too, the "how can I stop buying pens if I haven't tried this one?" The sense makes itself!


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Posted 11 September 2015 - 01:16

I'm still in the mode of "I'm not done buying pens cos I don't have X" myself, where X includes a BHR full ebonite pen, a button filler, something to hold my 0.8mm Nemosine stub nib, and a Nemosine demonstrator with the 0.6mm stub.

But impulsive?  It's been decades since that happened.  I found an A&W Sizzle Stix in Kmart, when all I had was a C/C Osmiroid with a ball-tipped nib.  Since I got my first Levenger catalog, I am fairly sure I've always spent weeks, if not months, of contemplation prior to making a purchase. 

But I've been the beneficiary of impulsive purchases.  My wife bought me a 10 pack of Hero 616s cos she was worried the Ahabs she'd ordered to give me for our anniversary wouldn't arrive in time.  I may grind some of those into narrow stubs.



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Posted 11 September 2015 - 01:22

3 days ago when I ordered a new Pelikan M600 fountain pen because I could get for $AU149 cheaper that what I would pay at my local pen shop.


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Posted 11 September 2015 - 01:37

1944 Vacumatic. It was made the year I was born and it was reasonably priced but not all that great color (golden pearl)


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Posted 11 September 2015 - 01:59

An old Sheaffer school pen, just like the ones I used in grade school.

And the darn thing writes WELL.

 

Yes, they write quite well, all the Sheaffer school pens.  the Cadets, the translucent cartridge pens, all of them.  I sometimes wonder why spend any more money.  If we have it to spend, we will spend it on things that make us feel good.


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Posted 11 September 2015 - 02:05

The last time... was about a year ago January, was in a fine pens store and saw the Delta Vintage. I hadn't heard of the model before (to be clear, it was modern named Vintage), but the green was so pretty that I couldn't resist.

 

And me, in my paring-down phase, how was that possible?

 

The pen was nice enough, but I knew I wouldn't write with it. Why? Cos paring down! Paring down to the pens I knew I would use!

 

So, sold it at a slight loss. I try to remember the Delta Vintage when the pen lust tries to blind me. "Will I use it? No, seriously, will I use it?" I ask myself, "Or will I sell it at a loss?" That usually works -- or has been working since.

 

 

 

Yes! I have been at that phase, too, the "how can I stop buying pens if I haven't tried this one?" The sense makes itself!

 

If I pare down to only the pens I would like to write with, I will have at least a hundred.  If I pare down to all the fountain pens I will use, I will have perhaps four.  Adding the pens that have some sentimental connection, there will be six.  I know that this is absolutely impossible.

 

I tried to write a sales ad today to dump three, a Montblanc 146, an Esterbrook J with a 2312 italic nib and a Waterman Carene.  I will have to try again tomorrow.


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Posted 11 September 2015 - 12:58

At least these days my impulsive purchases are of dip pen nibs which are significantly cheaper than fountain pens. I broke down and bought the last set of Hunt #56 school pens an ebay seller was selling off. I had already bought three other of his sets of #56's. And while I was at it I threw in a couple of sets of Hunt #100 artist pens and a set of #69 All Round since I've never seen one of those. Altogether it was $19 including shipping for 25 nibs. :D

 

That's it. I'm not even looking. Don't want to even know...  Wait, is that an unopened box of Blanzy-Poure 2552's???  Uh, no. no. I'm not even looking. :rolleyes:


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Posted 11 September 2015 - 20:44

5  Sheaffers NoNonsense, 4 Vintage (blue, green, red and black) and a translucent purple for € 4,00 each, NOS. 


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Posted 11 September 2015 - 20:53

Erm, this:

 

 

I was watching it too! Really beautiful pen!
 

My last real impulse buy was a Platinum Preppy 0,2, so it wasn't a too dangerous situation. But now a friend is selling a Pelikan M425 with an extra EF nib unit for a little more than $100. So that's going to be mine :lol:
Not planned, not the best timing either, but I can't miss this!



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Posted 12 September 2015 - 10:40

I was planning on ordering a bottle of Scabiosa to try it out and needed to pick up a bottle of Diamine Sherwood Green since I loved the sample I had.  Then I decided to live dangerously and browse to see what was new on the Goulet site.  Now I've got a TWSBI Eco in black with a broad nib.  I've been meaning to try a TWSBI for a long time but remained hesitant due to the cracking issues, but I figured I'd take the chance since the Eco is only a few dollars more than a new Metropolitan. 

 

I've been enjoying it so far, and will keep hoping that I don't have any problems.  Right now it's inked up with Scabiosa and running real smoothly.








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