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#1 Caronann

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Posted 01 January 2018 - 21:26

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. 

 

Serendipity?

 

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.


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Posted 01 January 2018 - 21:45

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Posted 01 January 2018 - 21:58

Hello and welcome to FPN.  :W2FPN:


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Posted 02 January 2018 - 00:04

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



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Posted 02 January 2018 - 00:20

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


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#7 Kelly G

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 02:40

Welcome from SW Kansas. Enjoy the obsession and plan to attend the Colorado Pen Show next fall, but save up your pen money!
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#8 Bisquitlips

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 07:51

Welcome!  Glad you are with us!

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 10:41

Greetings and welcome to FPN.
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Posted 02 January 2018 - 10:44

Dear Caronann,

 

welcome to the community! I hope you enjoy it!

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 12:53

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#12 Caronann

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 00:57

Welcome from SW Kansas. Enjoy the obsession and plan to attend the Colorado Pen Show next fall, but save up your pen money!



#13 Caronann

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 00:58

Welcome from SW Kansas. Enjoy the obsession and plan to attend the Colorado Pen Show next fall, but save up your pen money!


Oooohhhh...sounds fun. And dangerous!!

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 01:52

Hello and welcome from Indiana!

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#15 Herrjaeger

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 03:44

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. 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 03 January 2018 - 07:05

Welcome from Heidelberg!

 

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 16:02

Welcme Caronann ! 

 

I hope fellow members will share suggestions for care of your grandmother's heirloom.  My family and friends know that I value, and care well for for vintage fountain pens.  They have, over the years, entrusted to my stewardship some cherished  fountain pens.  Are your father's fountain pens still in the family ?


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#18 Caronann

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 15:21

Thanks, Sasha.
Honestly haven't thought to ask but will mention it. Have no idea what they might have lurking in odd drawers or boxes around the house.
I'm pretty thrilled with this dip oen. It's a lovely, feminine thing. And a nicely behaved writer for special cards.

Welcme Caronann ! 
 
I hope fellow members will share suggestions for care of your grandmother's heirloom.  My family and friends know that I value, and care well for for vintage fountain pens.  They have, over the years, entrusted to my stewardship some cherished  fountain pens.  Are your father's fountain pens still in the family ?



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Posted 11 January 2018 - 08:36

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


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 17:33

Welcome from Southern Colorado!


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