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#1 sirmontgomery


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Posted 07 November 2016 - 16:08

Hello everyone!  I've been into fountain pens for the past couple of years since I appreciate a good writing utensil.  The only pens I write with frequntly are the cheap one, a jinhao that weighs a ton and has a snake on it, a $5 hero ground to a flat nib, and a couple picaaso pens.  I use private reserve ink since it's cheap and I haven't had problems with it.  I joined because I'm looking for some decent medium-fine nib pens for a reasonable price.  Since I'm a college kid wih 2 broken cars, a reasonable price to me is ~$20-$50.  I'm a chem major so the further in the program I get the smaller my handwriting gets.  
I also have rather enourmous hands so I can't really use smaller diameter pens for extended periods of time.

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Posted 07 November 2016 - 16:39

Welcome home.  Pull up a stump and set a spell.  As a general rule the Japanese pens will have finer nibs than the comparable European or Chinese.

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Posted 07 November 2016 - 16:52

Welcome to our little corner of the universe from a pen user in San Diego.You might be interested in this thread on best inexpensive Chinese pens.


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Posted 07 November 2016 - 18:15

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Posted 07 November 2016 - 18:25

Hello and welcome to FPN.

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Posted 07 November 2016 - 19:39

Welcome to our group. Feel free to join in on any conversation. We all learn from each other here.
About you nib question: you might try a Jinhao 159. It's a clone of a Montblanc 149. A nice, bigger pen for around $9. Also the Jinhao X450 again under $10. Both of those pens take a #6 nib. You can purchase good quality Jowo nibs from Goulet pens for $15. Each. They fit into the Jinhao perfectly.
Might even fit your Snake pen, not sure though.
The nib and feed on the Jinhao are friction fit. They will pull straight out (don't twist)and exchange nibs as you please.

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Posted 08 November 2016 - 00:23

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

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Posted 08 November 2016 - 02:02

Welcome !  


The Jinhao 159 is a large, heavy pen.  Extremely durable.   I would describe the nib as medium -fine. The old Sheaffer No Nonsense is a lightweight, large pen, that has been around for sometime.  Most have fine nibs, but medium is available.  


While a student needs larger ink capacity, neither of these pens use "high-volume"  cartridges.  However, the cartridges are refillable, using a syringe.  Spare cartridges can be carried in a candy time for fast reloading in class.  

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Posted 08 November 2016 - 03:54

Hi sirmontgomery,

Welcome to the FPN.

I see folks, that are more versed than me, offering you plenty of specific model numbers! All I can add is that if the nibs aren't smooth enough then just use some really, really fine grit finishing paper (or mylar paper), to lightly smooth off the rough spots. Be careful not to apply very much pressure at all!

Enjoy your stay here!

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Posted 08 November 2016 - 03:57

Greetings and a warm welcome !

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Posted 08 November 2016 - 07:58

Hello and welcome to the Fountain Pen Network. Glad you have joined us. This is now your place as much as it is ours. Please don't be shy. Ask all the questions you have and don't hesitate to state your opinions. I would recommend an Esterbrook J with a 9550 nib. I had two of them that I bought new and they got me through high school and college back in the sixties. I used them a couple more years before I went to university for graduate school. They got me through that, as well. Matter of fact I still have them and they have been in use all this time. You can get a completely restored, fully functioning Esterbrook J today for between $35 to $50 from reliable pen restorers. You might consider an Esterbrook J.


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Posted 08 November 2016 - 09:04

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Posted 08 November 2016 - 19:45

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Posted 09 November 2016 - 19:18

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