Hello lovely FPN people!
Have been lurking here for so long but now I decided to finally join in the conversation! I am a lifelong user and admirer of fountain pens. My dad gave me my first pen, a Sheaffer 440 when I was 14 y.o. and I haven't looked back since!
My actual favorite is a Platinum Izumo red which I got when I was living in Singapore. I hope that my son will inherit that pen at an adequate time. I just got a Noodler's Ahab (clear demo) and replaced the nib with a Zebra G as I am trying to work on my penmanship. All these years pounding on keyboards and not taking care of my handwriting have taken their toll Only a few years back I got a Lamy while in Amsterdam (thought they were too "cheap" when I was young) and love it as a regular workhorse. That Al-Star has seen some abuse and managed to stay put with dignity! I am trying to get the parts to restore my granddad's Vacumatic which has suffered a lot too but is holding up as a great dip pen with a stub nib (My wife smashed the nib while in Baja). The other day I carved a quill pen from a turkey feather and must say it's pretty decent for a first timer. I also have a few Mujis, Sheaffers, a Hero and a Parker catching dust in my pen shelf too...
So that's basically me, my other Sheaffers, including a couple snorkels from my (other) granddad as well as the Watermans I got from my dad when starting College are in storage at my base place which is a bit far from where I live now.
Best regards to all and thanks for your contributions to this great community!