I'm a university student, currently finishing off my Physics masters in London. I've used FPs since I was 7, but only recently have I dived down the rabbit hole of the hobby!
I've posted a few times on the /r/fountainpens subreddit as 'staberinde', but I thought I'd come join the community here!
For the 10 years of primary and secondary school, I used a trusty Lamy Safari (which is still my lucky charm in exams!). For a short time I had a cheap plastic Parker (I can't remember what it was called, but it wasn't a Vector), but that got destroyed by a tank...
My grandfather bought me a Pilot Capless when I got into my secondary school of choice, which I've treasured since.
In the last 6 months or so, my interest in higher-end FPs has increased massively, and I've been collecting (some would say irresponsibly) some wonderful pens - which has in fact raised my friends' awareness of FPs at university to the point that some have also now started collecting!
My primary interest is in German brands, and here are some of the more interesting pens I've accumulated over the last half-year:
Soennecken (my absolute favourite):
- 222 Green [x3]
- Meisterstuck 149 (modern)
- Meisterstuck 146 (modern) [x3]
- 100 [x2]
- 2000 Makrolon
- Snorkel [x5]
- Homo Sapiens Midi
I've begun dabbling with repairing pens, and I can now confidently re-sac as well as replate brassed parts.
I want to learn how to recork pistons, but that looks difficult so I might have to wait a bit...
Anyway, enough about me - I can't wait to get involved in this community!
(Additionally, if anyone could tell me how to disassemble a Soennecken 222, or who in the UK/EU I should send it off to, it would be very greatly appreciated!)