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Greetings From Finland

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#1 philhygra


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Posted 05 December 2017 - 22:53

I have been around for a while but have not introduced myself earlier. I am a recently retired scientist who finally realized how nice fountain pens and pencils are compared to keyboards- a return to the early days of my writing,

Unfortunately it is basically impossible to obtain any variety of fountain pens in Finland - they are not seen as part of the modern, efficent world. Internet is a blessing indeed!

I have learnt a lot from this Forum (and others as well) and hope to be able to attend club meetings and shows abroad in the future.



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Posted 05 December 2017 - 23:01

Hello Jyrki,


Very glad you are here.

Love all, trust a few, do harm to none. Shakespeare

#3 jar


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Posted 05 December 2017 - 23:26

Welcome home.  Pull up a stump and set a spell.  What area of the sciences?

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 23:27

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

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 02:27

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

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 06:18

Greetings and welcome to FPN.

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 06:59

Centenary greetings from Helsinki! (For folks outside of Finland, this is Finland's 100th independence day).

Market in Finland > You can make finds in the wild (local & online flea markets). There are also places in Helsinki that sell modern pens (for example the Lamy flagship store near Kauppatori and others too for MB, Aurora etc. Sadly no one carries Pelikan though...).


If you are on FB I recently set up a group called Fountain Pens Finland, basically a group with a regional focus on Finland (and well, the neighboring countries) > https://www.facebook...65107720561273/


On that note, if you are ever in Helsinki please drop me a note, I have a bunch of mostly vintage pens (Pelikan 100N, 140, 400NN, 500, Parker 51s, rOtring 600, Lamy Panther, 99, L2K, some Wateman's Ideal 56, 52 1/2 etc.) that I can arrange for you to try out if you want to get a handle on how different pens and nibs feel and behave.

P.s. Some are also for sale. ;)

Edited by mana, 06 December 2017 - 07:07.

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 07:45

Hello and welcome to FPN.  :W2FPN:

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 08:04

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

To sit at one's table on a sunny morning, with four clear hours of uninterruptible security, plenty of nice white paper, and a [fountain] pen - that is true happiness!

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#10 philhygra


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Posted 06 December 2017 - 08:52

Well, well, I DID find another Finn, excellent! Have to join the FB group as well.

I am an entomologist and a systematist and actually work as an emeritus at the Finnish Museum of Natural History.

My favourite pens include, in no particular order: old Kaweco (great nibs, cheap); old Omas; standard Platinum and Sailor (great overall), ST Dupont (feel, weight, writing, all so perfect for me) and Danitrio (to admire, really).

When I get to know the ins and outs of fountain pens, old ones are likely to be my main interest.

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 09:18

Swedish people has popped up here once in a while, but finns are very rare although we already have a few. So erittäin paljon tervetuloa, Jyrki!


You said you like pencils too and are going for old pens. Note that there are also combo pens, with a fountain pen in one end and a mechanical pencil in the other. I just recently bought one, Packard, and highly recommend it (except the feed of it but i changed that. Those vintage feeds are always rather bad). They are all vintage, no new ones are being made that i know of.


About efficiency, now that i'm a fountain pen user, i find more pleasure from writing and that actually improves my efficiency. But yes, i get the point. There are lot of worries maintaining a fountain pen compared to any other pen. Must be considered as a hobby.

There are other ways than the easiest one too.



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Posted 06 December 2017 - 15:50

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


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Posted 06 December 2017 - 19:18

Hi Jyrki   :W2FPN:

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 00:13

Welcome aboard, Jyrki, from Charleston, South Carolina.

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Posted 09 December 2017 - 17:37

Welcome, Jyrki !  


Agreed !  Fountain pens are not modern, or technically current.  However, I enjoy the wonderfully creative innovations, that were incorporated to accommodate such a simple need.  It is "old-fashion", 

like greeting stranger, holding doors, and rising when one's friend's mother enters the room.  

Auf freiem Grund mit freiem Volke stehn. 
Zum Augenblicke dürft ich sagen: 
Verweile doch, du bist so schön ! 

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