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#1 jgrant


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Posted 16 November 2016 - 15:52

I have been lurking on this forum for years, but for some reason I haven't signed up until now. I am a mid-twenties healthcare administrator who has lived all over the country, but am currently in Kansas City (living in KS, working in MO). When I was in elementary school, my family moved to France for a year which is where I was first exposed to fountain pens. I was required to use one while in school while living there. It wasn't until I moved back to the States that I discovered how much I dislike ballpoints and decided I would stick with my fp. After my student pen stopped working a few years later I started looking for a new one and that is when my interest in pens took off. I started with some Lamy Safaris and moved up from there.


I was initially enamoured by wet stub nib pens and eventually started to gravitate towards fine nib pens. My current collection is relatively small, but is very Pilot heavy (74,92,823,Falcon) and has a couple western pens mixed in (Lamy 2000, Delta Unica, a vintage Snorkel and a bunch of Safaris). I am currently researching my next purchase which will probably be an Edison or Nakaya if I decided to sell off some pens to afford it. 


I look forward to interacting more with you all and continuing my fountain pen education!

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Posted 16 November 2016 - 16:10

Welcome home.  Pull up a stump and set a spell.  Nakayas are nice.

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Posted 16 November 2016 - 16:23



You're in luck--there's a nice pen store in Crown Center--Pen Place: http://www.penplace.com

I bought my first modern pen there years ago when my parents moved to KC, and I stop in when I can when I'm visiting my folks.





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Posted 16 November 2016 - 16:43

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Posted 16 November 2016 - 19:02

How interesting that you had to use one in school in France. Do you remember what sort of pen it was?

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Posted 16 November 2016 - 19:30

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 hope you enjoy your time here.


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#7 jgrant


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Posted 16 November 2016 - 20:32

How interesting that you had to use one in school in France. Do you remember what sort of pen it was?

I just spent way too much time trying to figure this out. It was back in 2000, so it took me a while to find the specific model. It was a Stypen that I got from the grocery store. Apparently the company was bought by BIC in 2004, so you know it was a good brand ;) . I had no idea that you were supposed to clean your pens. When I started having flow issues I was told by another student to shake it until some ink came out. This brilliant solution sort of worked until the pen slipped from my hand and the nib got bent...I was really bummed because I thought you could only get fountain pens from Europe. Thankfully that is not the case!


I looked all over and couldn't find the exact model I had. It looked basically like this one including the red, but this appears to be a promotional version for Mini Cooper. Mine did not have a converter either. At 10 years old I remember thinking it was a high shelf pen because it had a soft plastic finish. It actually worked for a 3-4 years without proper cleaning, so I guess it was a decent starter pen. 



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Posted 16 November 2016 - 20:55

Welcome to our little corner of the universe from a pen user in San Diego. 

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Posted 16 November 2016 - 21:26

Hello and welcome to FPN.  :W2FPN:

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Posted 16 November 2016 - 21:36

Hello nd welcome from me too - hope you enjoy your time with the rest of us nuts.             At 10 years old I had only been two years away form compulsory dip nibs and ink monitors at school - c. 1855 I think :D  

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Posted 16 November 2016 - 22:00



Pilot good. 823 great. Nakaya sublime.


What you really need is a Pilot 701. Just sayin'.

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Posted 16 November 2016 - 22:56

Hello and welcome from Indiana!

Please visit my store A&D Penworx.

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Posted 17 November 2016 - 00:57

Hi jgrant,

Welcome to the FPN.

Here in my part of the US we were allowed to use FPs for only one semester in our freshman year of high school. After that my dad saw no need to keep us supplied with pens!

Nakaya pens are awesome. I here Edisons are nice, also. You can find the full line of Edison pens at their Web site or at Goulet Pen Co (no affiliation, just a satisfied customer). You can find Nakayas at nibs.com, who will test each pen for flow & writing ability, if you ask them to do so, (again no affiliation, I've just bought quite a few pens from them and been satisfied).

I'm glad you are no longer a lurker. Now you can post and receive comments on FPN! Share your ideas, info or questions.

Enjoy your time here.

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Posted 17 November 2016 - 01:49

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

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Posted 17 November 2016 - 04:52

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Posted 18 November 2016 - 19:08

Welcome !  


Take time to enjoy each of your acquisitions.  


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