I found my way here a few months ago trying to research a gift from my mother. She passed along my Grandmothers 8th-grade graduation gift. A Mother of Pear handled gold nib, dip pen. Near as I can figure it was bought between 1922-24. I've been lurking and researching what I can here.
Just after Thanksgiving, I spied a calligraphy set in a junk store and figured the $3 was nothing to cry about if I decided it wasn't for me. Turns out it's a Platignum Silverline from the '60's with 5 nibs, virtually unused.
So, I banged out a few holiday cards with both pens and some sample inks from Goulet, and here I am.
Turns out both pens are incredibly smooth writers and I can tell this is going to be a problem for me.
It's not just the pens -I'm now looking at 3 Platinum Preppy's, 2 Pilot Metros, a JunHoa X750, a Conklin Duragraph I couldn't pass up- But the dozen ink samples. So many colors, so little time. How do I choose 3 basic colors and then maybe one, ok, maybe 2 special colors?
I just blew ALL my Birthday money from my folks in 3 easy orders.
Now, I do remember fooling around with my Dad's fountain pens when I was a kid in the 60's. And my mother using different inks for her Japanese brushwork paintings. But at the time I found the whole thing somewhat messy and requiring patience I sure didn't have or even want to cultivate.
Now? I'm thrilled. I've always loved sending handwritten letters and I've kept many journals over the years. Mostly tho I've always preferred pencil on graph paper. Even in college, my notes were in pencil on graph paper. Holiday cards? Yep. Pencil. No class, lol.
I am loving the colors, and the deliberate actions this go around. And as I've come to realize in my old age...the permanence of the ink. There's something soothing in that for me.
Glad to have found this and your collective knowledge. WOW!
Edited by Caronann, 01 January 2018 - 21:27.