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Where Have I Been? Sheltered (To The Pen World)noob hello eyesopened newlove wanttolearn newpassion writer poet nibsarethewaytogo
Posted 19 December 2017 - 05:27
Posted 19 December 2017 - 07:10
Welcome to our little corner of the universe from a pen user in San Diego. There are some excellent and inexpensive fountain pens coming from China but they sometimes need a nib alignment or other minor repair issues that would keep me from recommending them to a novice as first pens. If you want to take a chance look at the Wing Sung 618, Wing Sung 3008 and if you like large pens the Jinhao 159. All are less than $4 on eBay.
"Pens a'plenty in 2020" Chuck Montano from The Nib Section podcast
Posted 19 December 2017 - 07:11
Hello Clay, and welcome to FPN, from Cape Town, South Africa.
I think you will enjoy using a Lamy Safari. They are nice and light; have an ergonomic triangular grip section and generally have wonderfully smooth nibs.
Just be persistent; write for a few minutes every day. My own handwriting was like that of a drunk crab walking through a blob of ink, but writing for an hour every day during my lunchtime has helped to improve my handwriting in a very big way.
Enjoy your time here with us; write with joy.
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!
- Winston Churchill
Posted 19 December 2017 - 10:42
Welcome to fountain pens and the world wide network of people who enjoy using them.
Since you liked the Varsity another pen to consider is the Platinum Preppy. They're only about $3, but are pretty good and the cartridges are available with many different ink colours. Or once you have an empty cartridge it can be refilled with bottled ink using a blunt syringe. There is a converter available for it but it costs more than the pen and not really necessary if you don't mind refilling cartridges.
If you try the Preppy and like it enough to want to upgrade there's the Platinum Plaisir which has a metal body, but is otherwise the same pen.
It's all about the greys...
Posted 20 December 2017 - 00:33
Welcome, Clay !
Do you find the Pilot Varsity easy to use ? Sorry, but I don't know how your condition affects your writing hand.
A Pilot Metropolitan might be a good choice, if you can manage a , somewhat, lighter effort. If you tend toward
a thigh writing grip, and a heavier hand, the Jinhao x450 is a very sturdy pen.
Both pens can be used with ink cartridges, what are convenient and easy to install / replace.
Write with joy .
Auf freiem Grund mit freiem Volke stehn.
Zum Augenblicke dürft ich sagen:
Verweile doch, du bist so schön !
Posted 20 December 2017 - 01:44
Looks like I'm late to the party. Someone already mentioned the Lamy Safari, which I love (I own several), and I think it has a very comfortable and user-friendly grip. I would also look into the Lamy ABC pen- it is a beginner pen but the larger rubber grip might be useful.
If you liked the Pilot Varsity I second the suggestion on the Pilot Metropolitan. It's very easy to handle with a light hand and you can usually find it at a lower price point (they retail for $15 but I've seen them as low as $9-10). It writes beautifully but the barrel has a very smooth texture.
Good luck on your pen journey and enjoy!
Posted 20 December 2017 - 18:09
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