I've been a member of FPN since 2014 and have benefited from a lot of the useful information packed within the site. I've made little contribution since then, but am determined to start here in a small way. I had used a cheap Parker fountain pen throughout school in the 1960s and about the same time was given a set of dip pens with calligraphy nibs which I used to practice different styles. The urge for the 'real stuff' didn't appear again until I retired from work and had more free time. I started a small collection of inkwells, then became gripped by the fountain pen bug in 2014 when I bought a used Waterman CF and a mid-market Parker Expert 2 at auction to try to improve my handwriting. I began to read on FPN of the extensive history in design of nibs, feeds and filling methods. I bought some older refurbished pens to play around with, but soon my engineering background meant that I had to progress to buying unrestored examples and bringing them back to collectable condition. This, to me, is the real joy. Thanks again for all the help I've received on these pages and I'll try to post some words later elsewhere on the pens I have collected on the way.