Hello - everyone! I've been lurking and stalking FPN for awhile, decided I really should register and participate at least a little bit.
My name is Richard, I am an IT guy (I could tell you what I actually do, but it's boring AF, even to me), a small business entrepreneur and of course a fountain pen user.
I recently started using a fountain pen again after a 20-year hiatus. Long story short, a nasty divorce upended my life, costing me a small but prized collection of pens in the upheaval. Pens got pushed waaaaay down the priority list. I don't know what prompted me to look at them again, but I was astonished to see that not only are new fountain pens widely available but very reasonably priced (in some cases) and old favorites have been finding their way back into use. And the inks! OMG! So many greats that I really want to try!
Sites like the FPN did not exist in 1997 or at least I didn't know about them. I always figured I was the lone wolf weirdo who actually liked fountain pens and bottled ink.
So here I am today, with freshly ink-stained fingers, making my introduction.
To date, my collection is modest but growing:
Sheaffer Imperial (1965-70)
Currently In Transit
2 Jinhao X750's for experimentation, I picked up a couple of Goulet's #6 nibs to use with them. The nibs are here, but the pens will be another week yet.
I am absolutely in love with how nicely the Sheaffer writes, I picked up a converter for it and inked it with Diamine Green Black.
I journal just about every day. I am one of those people who has an idea and if he doesn't commit it to paper it will escape and frustrate me when I try to recall it. I also frequently create to-do lists for myself.
I look forward to reading your posts and for once, being able to reply and engage.