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#1 ploddysaur

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 18:34

Hi!

 

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]

 - 444

 - 112

 - 116

 - 304

 - 504

 

Montblanc:

 - Meisterstuck 149 (modern)

 - Meisterstuck 146 (modern) [x3]

 - Boheme

 - 256

 

Pelikan:

 - 100 [x2]

 - 400N

 

Lamy:

 - Persona

 - 2000 Makrolon

 

Sheaffer:

 - Snorkel [x5]

 

Visconti:

 - 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!)



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Posted 24 April 2017 - 18:51

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#3 Herrjaeger

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 19:02

Welcome aboard from Charleston, SC. You've been busy-what makes Soennecken pens so appealing to you?
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#4 ploddysaur

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 19:22

Welcome aboard from Charleston, SC. You've been busy-what makes Soennecken pens so appealing to you?
Mike

 

Thanks; glad to be here!

 

Soennecken pens are all extremely solidly built, and they all have a quality feel to them (especially the ones in black celluloid). The later ones with coloured celluloid also look amazing: The 222 is a prime example with the lizard pattern. Even the cheaper plastic school pens write fantastically well, because Soennecken did some black magic on the nibs to make them a joy to use...

 

Unlike Montblancs, they also have the benefit of not being particularly well-known. So it's a lot easier to snag a good deal on one!



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Posted 24 April 2017 - 19:35

Welcome from the Sunshine State FL. :)


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#6 tbickiii

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 20:36

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


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Posted 24 April 2017 - 21:20

Welcome, and may i say lovely collections of penns. Please share photo if possible.


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Posted 24 April 2017 - 22:14

Hello and welcome to FPN.

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#9 Herrjaeger

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 23:45

Ploddysaur, thank you for enlightening me about Soennecken FPs-I'm always curious to know why a particular pen or brand engenders loyalty from its users. Not that you need any more temptation, but have you looked at any Italix pens from Mr. Pen in the U.K.? Very reasonable cost, with wonderfully writing nibs and lots of loyal users. Most are made outside the U.K., but they offer am amazing array of nibs that are worked on in house in Britain. At least one of their pens is made in U.K., and they have great customer service.

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 02:20

Greetings and welcome to FPN from Islamabad, Pakistan. You actually have quite a good collection of excellent pens. Enjoy your time here on FPN with us - the enablers.
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Posted 25 April 2017 - 03:45

Welcome to our little corner of the universe from a pen user in San Diego. I'm glad you are here!



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Posted 25 April 2017 - 06:51

Hello and welcome to FPN.  :W2FPN:​ 



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Posted 25 April 2017 - 09:05

Hello and welcome to FPN, from Cape Town, South Africa.


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#14 Beauport

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 13:50

Greetings and a warm welcome !


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Posted 25 April 2017 - 13:56

Welcome !  

 

Recounting of your fountain pens offers a great tale of your life.  Thank you.  

Through high school and college, I used Parker fountain pens.  Foolishly, I insisted on carrying them  in my trouser pocket.  Such is the method I employed to destroy several Parker fountain pens.  I would suggest that merely sitting upon a fountain pen offers sufficient destruction.  One might deem the use of a tank to be excessive.   :lticaptd:

 

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 15:08

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


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#17 Herrjaeger

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 17:51

Share the details of how the Parker was destroyed by a tank, if you can bear it!

#18 Wahl

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 19:10

:W2FPN:   Agree about Soennecken, great pens !



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Posted 29 April 2017 - 00:01

Greetings and welcome!

 

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Posted 30 April 2017 - 02:45

Wow, that is an impressive collection for a half year!





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