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#1 SlowRain

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 23:33

Hi, everyone.  I'm a Canadian expat living in Taiwan.  I'm an ESL teacher, and I've been here for almost 15 years.  I only recently got interested in fountain pens, but it does fit in with a more traditional, manual, back-to-basics approach I have to my life (still a work in progress, mind you).  So far, I have a Pilot Metropolitan, inked up with Pelikan 4001 Brilliant Green.

 

Outside of that, I'm interested in coffee/espresso, books, movies, rum, and traditional wet shaving.



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Posted 18 December 2017 - 23:41

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


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Posted 19 December 2017 - 00:11

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



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Posted 19 December 2017 - 00:16

Oops, the dreaded duplicate post!!


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Posted 19 December 2017 - 00:50

Welcome home.  Pull up a stump and set a spell. Only true nutjobs do wet shaving today.

 

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Posted 19 December 2017 - 01:34

Always nice to meet a fellow nutjob.

 

I admit my collection of hardware (and probably software) is not quite as extensive as yours.  I basically have one brush (Simpson's Commodore X3), one soap (Mitchell's Wool Fat), one balm (Taylor of Old Bond Street's Jermyn Street), one aftershave (again TOBS's Eton College, but I'll soon be switching to their Jermyn St. as well), one double-edge (Parker travel razor; but blade availability here is variable: Feather, Shapu, Voskhod), and two straight razors (new-model Bokers) which I hone on a combination of La Pyrenees, Belgian Blue Whetstone, and Coticule hones (but I've been lazy in my honing recently, hence the Parker DE). Oh, and my strop is a Tony Miller Heirloom Old No. 2.

 

There is a fair bit of crossover between traditional wet shaving and fountain pens.  Are you on B & B by any chance?



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Posted 19 December 2017 - 05:11

Greetings and welcome to FPN.
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Posted 19 December 2017 - 05:21

Greetings from NY! Whereabouts in Taiwan are you? My family is from Taoyuan, but I haven't been back in over a dozen years. I miss the food!



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Posted 19 December 2017 - 06:28

Hi there... :W2FPN:



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Posted 19 December 2017 - 07:02

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

 

I recently bought a very beautiful Boker straight razor (and leather strop) from a specialist shop in Lucerne, Switzerland. But ... haven't had the courage to use it yet. Not sure why I'm intimidated by this thing. My dad used a straight razor throughout his life, so, a lot of nostalgia for me just to look at it.

 

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Posted 19 December 2017 - 08:10

@silverdragonia I'm in Taichung. Is it the stinky tofu you miss?

@Henricum_Tropen I think everyone is intimidated by straight razors. Just make sure it's shave ready. The first couple times you use it, just go with the grain, then finish the shave with a DE razor. Then, after a few successful times, go across the grain on your second pass, but still finish off with your DE. After a few successful times, try going against the grain. Keep the razor relatively flat, put it down gently on your skin, never rush, and don't move it sideways at all. You will, of course, still cut yourself, so keep the alum handy. Only attempt going against the grain under your nose after weeks of success.

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Posted 19 December 2017 - 12:03

Hello and welcome to FPN.  :W2FPN:


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Posted 19 December 2017 - 21:41

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Posted 19 December 2017 - 21:51

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Posted 19 December 2017 - 23:07

You're in TWSBI-land! Welcome to FPN.

 

(I love my TWSBI. :blush: )


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Posted 20 December 2017 - 00:38

Welcome !  

 

I like fountain pens;  sweet, creamy coffee; Barbancort Rhum; and shaving with a Rolls Razor.  


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


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Posted 20 December 2017 - 01:30

@silverdragonia I'm in Taichung. Is it the stinky tofu you miss?

 

 

 

I've never been to Taichung, but we drove by the area when I was there (we drove down to Tainan then up and around through Hualien). 

 

I miss *all* the food! I think the ingredients here just aren't of the same quality- but I think that applies to US vs any other developed country because they have such insanely lax food regulations here (in my opinion). The stinky tofu here is definitely not as 'stinky' as Taiwan, but I mostly miss the night market. I think the experience is half the fun. Oh, oyster omelettes here also can't compare- I'm getting kind of sad thinking about all the amazing food I had there!

 

How is the fountain pen scene in Taichung, is it easy/difficult to find pens and ink? I hear that there is a popular store in Taipei, but I was there way before I became interested in fountain pens.



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Posted 20 December 2017 - 05:06

@AmandaW Yes, I've considered a TWSBI as my second fountain pen, but it seems their spotty record isn't just a thing of the past.  I like the idea of Made in Taiwan and the large ink capacity, but I don't really have the extra money to take that high of a risk.  I'll give them a couple more years and see what my needs are then.
 
@Sasha Royale That all sounds good.  I take my coffee black, but I can also appreciate sweet and creamy at times as well.  Haven't tried Barbancort yet because rum distribution in Taiwan is extremely underrepresented to say the least.  Right now I'm sipping La Hechicera and mixing with Appleton 12 and Havana Club 7, but I have a line on an importer of Foursquare's rums, so I may be in for a treat when I finish off these ones.
 
@silverdragonia It doesn't get much more Taiwanese than stinky tofu and oyster omelettes, unless you add in pig blood cake.  Although I've been here for a while, and certainly drive like a local, I'm afraid my culinary tastes don't go in that direction.
As to pens, I bought my first fountain pen two weeks ago.  I'm extremely new to this.  I'm still searching for a second pen for home use, but I don't really see myself becoming a collector.  It's just not in my nature, as evidenced by my wet shaving setup mentioned above. I usually just go for one of any given item, unless I can see the need for a second one.  I only recently heard about that store in Taipei, and it was when I was researching my Pilot Metropolitan.  (Interestingly, it was lurking on this very forum where I heard about that shop: http://www.fountainp...shop-in-taipei/). I can certainly see myself paying it a visit next time I'm in Taipei, though.

Edited by SlowRain, 20 December 2017 - 11:54.


#19 Herrjaeger

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Posted 20 December 2017 - 18:12

Welcome aboard, from Charleston, SC. If you are a newbie, you might look at the Reference Pages on a website called Richard's Pens: it has a wealth of info about the basics of fountain pens, their use and care, and it will help you avoid making some mistakes. A couple of other websites with useful information for newbies include PenChalet, Jetpens and the Goulet Pen Company. Goulet has made quite a few videos available on their website and on YouTube, which are helpful with some procedures related to FP use. Bear in mind that how your writing appears on the page is a complex interplay of pen, paper, nib, ink, and handwriting, so be patient as you experiment with these variables. Enjoy, and good luck.
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Posted 21 December 2017 - 01:38

Thanks.  I've been on Jet Pens and Goulet Pens a little bit.  The Goulet videos are good for general information, but not so good as a review.  I'm actually pleasantly surprised by how many fountain-pen and ink reviewers there are on YouTube.  My only complaint is that they only review the pens once they first come out, but not again after a year of semi-regular use.  I'll check out Pen Chalet later.  I just tried Richard's Pens on Chrome and Firefox, but it's not responding.  I'll have to try that again later as well.








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