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Inside Jokes Of The Fountain Pen World/community


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#1 Maurizio

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 17:28

These facts have been mentioned before so Im not claiming novelty in stating them. But maybe they havnt been looked at in this light before.

I consider them inside jokes, maybe youll think of them differently.

1. The Jinhao 159 - this is quite clearly a winking reference to the Mont Blanc 149, to some minds the iconic representation of the fountain pen.

(Let me start off another series of controversies and say that I believe that distinction should go to a more pedestrian, but obviously more world-widely accessible, pen such as the Pilot Metropolitan, the Lamy Safari, or perhaps the Platinum 3776; Im sure others will suggest their candidate)

Anyway, the Jinhao 159 is, amoung those who know, and depending on your perspective, a sly or shameless reference to the MB 149. When you consider that one pen costs somewhere in the neighborhood of $800.00 and the other costs somewhere between $5.00 and $10.00 I think 159 is a pretty cool kind of joke or reference.

2. Noodlers Borealis Black This is a sly reference by Nathan Tardiff to Aurora Black ink (to point out the obvious Aurora Borealis) which to many, and not without some justification, is the epitome of an excellent fountain pen ink: well-behaved in virtually all pens and on most papers, and with a deep, strong black color we expect from a black ink.

Can anyone else cite some other examples of inside jokes of the fountain pen world?

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 18:39

'I just have the one fountain pen'



#3 KshitijShetty

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 18:43

I am not buying any more fountain pens or inks or paper.

#4 pen2paper

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 18:46

'I just have the one fountain pen'

I have just one fountain pen.

I use the pen.

I'm not a collector.

[Later posts]

I use my pens.

I'm not a collector.

[Later posts]

I have all the LE's, who do you recommend for special nibs grinds?



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#5 two2tone

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 19:04

I have just one fountain pen.

I use the pen.

I'm not a collector.

[Later posts]

I use my pens.

I'm not a collector.

[Later posts]

I have all the LE's, who do you recommend for special nibs grinds?

 

[last post]

My (wife, husband, significant other) agreed to let me move back in if I sold my pens and got professional help.



#6 pen2paper

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 19:06

 

[last post]

My (wife, husband, significant other) agreed to let me move back in if I sold my pens and got professional help.

Evidence: see two2tone avatar

 

(tee-hee+++)



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Posted 16 February 2018 - 19:27

My personal one: "I don't like the look of Parker Vacumatics -- too 'Art Deco' for my taste...."  (I now have, IIRC, eight of them....)

Oh, more like what the OP had in mind: Jinhao 599, which is a knockoff of a Lamy Safari.  I didn't think I could get used to the triangular grip, so I avoided getting a Safari for the longest time.  Then someone gave me a metal bodied 599, and I was like "Well, okay, maybe I *can* deal with the grip on a "real" Safari.  Ditto with the Dollar 717i, which led me (to some extent) to want a TWSBI piston filler.  And the "happened onto" Parker 21 from an antiques mall -- I liked it well enough to want a "real" Parker 51.  And now I have something like 9 or 10 of THOSE....  Plus a 51 Special and a 41....

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#8 Runnin_Ute

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 19:54

I don't collect, I accumulate.... (yeah, right)


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#9 Ron Z

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 20:04

I rent pens.

 

Three pen collectors were stranded on a deserted island. They all made a very good living.


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#10 Kelly G

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 20:40

This is my last grail pen.


May we live, not by our fears but by our hopes; not by our words but by our deeds; not by our disappointments but by our dreams.

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 20:55

The next pen I buy will be the next to last pen I ever buy.

 

Quitting pen collecting (accumulating) is easy.  I've done it a thousand times.  With apologies to Mr. Dukenfield.


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#12 AAAndrew

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 00:27

Those new Esterbrook’s sure have nice boxes.

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#13 benbot517

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 00:47

Lamy is going to make enough special edition ink for everyone this year

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#14 dcwaites

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 00:57

I have found The Perfect Blue™ ink. I don't need any more...

 

Repeat with [pen | paper | nib] as appropriate.


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#15 Parker51

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 01:52

That we won't pay as much or more than a vintage rare pen costs for an origonal box.
This is in contrast to "collectables" hobbyists that frequently do.
I found out about this kind of behavior regarding antique and collectable firearms when I witnessed the prices realized for empty cardboard shipping boxes at an old hardware store auction. It is my understanding they do the same kind of thing with some model train engines, cars and accessories.
And to think, some people think we are crazy to spend more than a buck on a pen.

#16 woleizihan

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 02:13

These two inks have different colors.

#17 Runnin_Ute

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 02:40

  • Did you see that new Special Edition (pen name)?

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#18 alanshutko

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 02:53

Lamy is going to make enough special edition ink for everyone this year

 

 

Actually, that might actually be true this year, looking at their special edition Safari....



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Posted 17 February 2018 - 05:22

Me: I have stopped buying pens, I swear, I'm done

Wife: Sure. 



#20 Corona688

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 05:31

This mix is exactly the way I want it - never the same twice.






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