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#1 Big_Kahuna

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Posted 25 January 2017 - 04:50

Greetings fellow FP enthusiasts!

 

I've been lurking here for a couple of months and finally made an account.  About 3 months ago, I was talking to my son.  He said that he had heard good things about fountain pens, and that I should try one.

 

I logged on to the Amazon website and bought a Pilot Metropolitan (Medium).  Worth a try for under 15 bucks, so why not?  I liked it so much I bought some pens as gifts for my (adult) kids... Since I was buying gifts, I bought my self some good notebooks and accessories to reward myself for being such a generous dad.  I liked those too so I bought some for my kids.  Again, I rewarded myself for being so thoughtful.  I also bought some pens and gave them as gifts to my friends, employees and coworkers.  Again, I rewarded myself... and this cycle repeated several more times.

 

After 3 months, here's the tally...

 

Given as gifts:  Pilot Metropolitans (several, M and F), Pilot Plumix (several, CM), Pilot Elite 95S (M), Pilot Custom Heritage 92 (F), Italix Churchman's Prescriptor (M italic), Pilot Prera (CM), Pilot Varsity/V-Pen (several, M and F), Maruman Mnemosyne B5 notebooks (several), Kakuyo Notebook Cover (x3), Aston leather pen sleeves/cases, inks, syringes, pen stands and other accessories.

 

For me:  Edison Collier with tuned nibs (B, EF, 0.8mm Daily Italic), Pilot Custom Heritage 92 (x2, F and M), Pilot Elite 95S (F), Pilot Prera, Italix Churchman's Prescriptor (M stub), Italix Captain's Commission (B italic), Pilot Lucina (x2, M and F), Pilot Penmanship (EF), Pilot Kakuno with CON-70 convertor (x2, M and F),  Pilot Parallel calligraphy pens (one of each size),  notebooks, notebook covers, calligraphy books, leather pen sleeves/cases, Maxpedition EDC and Beefy organizers, inks, syringes, pen stands and other accessories.

 

One of my coworkers (who knows nothing about fountain pens) FOUND a fountain pen in the street and asked me to see if I could identify it and get it working.  It turned out to be a Cross Townsend in Titanium Finish, with a gold-plated steel Fine nib, The pen was dry, and had been flatttened just a bit as if it had been run over by several cars.  I conducted a thorough inspection, cleaning, tine realignment and re-inked it.  The pen is fully functional and writes beautifully.  I think it is a very durable, well made pen... and being suitably impressed by it, I am currently awaiting delivery of my first Cross Townsend (made in USA, Malachite finish).  Shopping for Townsend #2 also.

 

So, I'm starting to think that I may like fountain pens.  I can't be sure until I try some more, and I've only been at this for a few months.  One of my friends asked "how many fountain pens do you need?"... My answer: "At least one more."



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#2 OCArt

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Posted 25 January 2017 - 04:53

Welcome to our little corner of the universe from a pen user in San Diego. I have one Townsend and find it to be a good writer but a bit heavy. You made some good choices in pens and I am glad you joined us.



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Posted 25 January 2017 - 05:02

Greetings and warm welcome to FPN from Islamabad, Pakistan. Hope you enjoy your time here with us.
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Posted 25 January 2017 - 05:33

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


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#5 northstar

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Posted 25 January 2017 - 06:09

Hello and welcome to FPN.

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#6 MalcolmH

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Posted 25 January 2017 - 06:34

Hello, bigkahuna. Sounds like you're off to a GOOD start.

 

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Posted 25 January 2017 - 07:37

Welcome from the bay area. Your answer to the how many pens do you need is a big part of why many of us are here. Enjoy this phase of your experience.

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#8 Big_Kahuna

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Posted 25 January 2017 - 07:37

Thanks all!  I appreciate the friendly greetings :-)   



#9 Big_Kahuna

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Posted 25 January 2017 - 07:42

Welcome from the bay area. Your answer to the how many pens do you need is a big part of why many of us are here. Enjoy this phase of your experience.

Hi zaddick,

 

I'm wondering if there is some kind of support group, like Pensaholic Anonymous.  Not that I need it right now, but I may need to look into that at some point.  A few minutes I just bought Townsend #2 and am waiting on the bidding to close on Townsend #3.  Since I have far fewer Townsends than MrThoth, I think I'm still okay.  Sounds reasonable, right?



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Posted 25 January 2017 - 12:27

Welcome home.  Pull up a stump and set a spell.


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Posted 25 January 2017 - 12:37

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


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#12 Beauport

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Posted 25 January 2017 - 13:14

Greetings and a warm welcome !  Sounds like you've jumped in with both feet and, as you're wondering, how far does one go....


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Posted 25 January 2017 - 13:45

Hello and welcome from Indiana. You have been a busy guy the last 3 months!


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Posted 25 January 2017 - 17:37

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Posted 25 January 2017 - 18:02

There are many enablers here! Welcome and beware...you will be exposed to many pens, papers, and inks...all which you cannot live without! You response to the "how many do you need" question is absolutely correct..."at least one more!"

 

The Bay Area Pen Posse is a very supportive and informative group!



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Posted 25 January 2017 - 22:08

Hello and welcome to FPN.  :W2FPN:​ 



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Posted 25 January 2017 - 23:10

Welcome !  

 

Thank you for a uplifting narrative.  You deserve a reward.  

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#18 Big_Kahuna

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Posted 26 January 2017 - 05:59

Thank you all for the warm welcome!  FPN seems like an awesome place full of great folks  :)

 

 

Welcome !  

 

Thank you for a uplifting narrative.  You deserve a reward.  

http://parkerpens.net/apis.html

 

Sasha, I like the way you think.  I clicked that link... and... maybe I should look into these Parkers.  Wouldn't want to miss out on the experience, right?



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Posted 27 January 2017 - 08:22

Greetings and welcome !







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