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#1 aat879

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 15:38

Hello Everyone,

 

It's lovely to see so many people interested in fountain pens. Having overcome my former tendency to lose pens, I began carrying nicer pens in my shirt pocket at work, which has plays the role not only of a ready writing utensil but a handsome and more mature-looking accessory to my outfit. It turns out that paying a little (though not excessive) amount for a pen encourages you to take care of avoid losing it. I have also taken to doing more of my writing by hand whenever possible. I'm PhD student, and writing is a big part of what I do every day. Writing directly on the computer has less and less productive for some reason, so I'm trying to balance it out with more longhand drafting.

 

All this got me to explore fountain pens. My dad gave me a nice pen as a college graduation gift a little over ten years ago. I pulled that pen back out, cleaned it, and inked it up; it writes beautifully, save for a small issue (please see my other post on this asking for help). 

 

All in all, I'm glad I've put some time into this hobby (if it can be called that). I've learned a lot in a short time. It's amazing not only how popular but how affordable it is. The writing experience is much better, and the smoothness of writing encourages me to rediscover the careful and beautiful penmanship that I had learned so well when I was little.

 

Thanks for reading, and I look forward to fruitful exchanges.

 

Best,

Amir



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Posted 03 January 2018 - 19:14

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 19:26

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


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#5 MalcolmH

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 19:30

Hi Amir...call it a way of life.  :)

 

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 20:49

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



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Posted 03 January 2018 - 21:53

Hi Amir   :W2FPN:



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Posted 03 January 2018 - 22:07

Hello and welcome to FPN.  :W2FPN:​ 


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Posted 03 January 2018 - 22:47

Welcome, Amir !  

 

Writing by hand engages a different area of the brain than writing by keyboard.  My psychiatrist (brother-in-law) suggests that there is stimulation of creativity.  

 

I have found that there are two strategies to having a pen-on-hand, when needed.  The first strategy to buy and carry multiple pens, and cater to human carelessness.  The second is to buy an expensive, cherished pen, that is too 

precious to lend, abuse, or put down between uses.  I have suffered loss of Jinhao and Hero pens, but have never 

lost a Parker 51, Parker Duofold, or Pelikan Souverän.  I cannot afford it.  

 

Which pen was the gift from your father ?  


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Verweile doch, du bist so schön ! 


#10 Herrjaeger

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 00:38

Welcome aboard, Amir, 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 04 January 2018 - 01:49

Hi Amir  :W2FPN:

Glad you master the techinique not to loose the pen and also not loose the hand to use the FP.

we are all like-minded people. welcome home!



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Posted 05 January 2018 - 02:20

Greetings and welcome to FPN.
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Posted 05 January 2018 - 08:53

Welcome!  Very glad you are with us!

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#14 aat879

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 03:01

Thanks all for your welcome, enthusiasm, advice, etc. Looking forward to fruitful exchanges.



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Posted 11 January 2018 - 08:12

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


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