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#1 Danielhh47


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Posted 20 March 2018 - 16:48

Hello everyone! 

Just joined the forums.  Still very new to nice pens and writing with them. I'm really enjoying it, struggling to find things worthy of being written. 

I started with a set of Pilot Metropolitans a few years ago, I think it was an impulse buy mostly, upon seeing them on amazon. 

I bought a medium nib black metro and a medium nib silver metro. (not sure why i bought the same nib)

A bottle of parker quink to fill them and I was all set. I must have only used them a few times as I never realized even how to properly use them (writing angles, storage, refilling).


They were sitting in my a drawer for the past few years and i just recently pulled them out to give them a go. Still working perfectly.

You'll laugh, but until a few weeks ago i didn't understand how the converter works. The included con-20 is the one I have been using.

I hadn't realized you dipped the nib and squeezed the converter. I had been removing the converter, filling it outside of the pen by dipping and squeezing it. 

Obviously this made a huge mess when the converter was installed back onto the body. It took a few weeks of regular use for me to figure it out! 


About a month ago i looked for a broad nib i could purchase and found the 78g. I'm a fan of the weight of the metro but having no broad nib available for it and also having two identical nib's i purchased the 78g solely to swap the broad nib onto the metro. It's worked out well and i thoroughly enjoy the embellished style brought on by the broad nib.

Just forayed into the pilot con-40 and it has only been installed for a few hours, but it seems to work well, the rattling of the agitators aren't a concern to me.

Happened upon the pilot vanishing point series and now have my first $150 pen on its way in an extra fine nib. 

Very excited to use it in the coming years. I'll be going to college and I plan on it being used in daily classroom writing. 

The various inks available are tempting but as I still have a half jar of black parker ink and an almost full jar of the red parker, it just wouldn't be practical (but then again, when talking about fountain pens, is any of this really about practicality?). The Pilot Iroshuzuku series of inks are so beautiful, but a full bottle isn't what I need right now, so I settled with a sampler of a few of the colors. 


Really excited to continue using these pens and collect more in the future. 

Didn't mean this introduction to turn into a memoire, but it saved me the effort of telling this story over and over slowly as i talk to others here. 

Not really even sure why I joined the forums, haven't been a part of a forum before so it shall be interesting. 

I look forward to talking with you all!


-Daniel Heckman

Edited by Danielhh47, 20 March 2018 - 16:59.

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 16:49

Hi Daniel and welcome to FPN.   :W2FPN:

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 16:59

Welcome Daniel! I think you will have fun with those Pilot Iroshuzuku inks. And with reading the very helpful, funny, practical, inspiring threads on this forum.  Glad you are here!

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 18:33

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 19:27

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


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Posted 20 March 2018 - 21:02

Hi and welcome!
Depending on where you are in Southern California, you may want to look into the annual pen show in LA over Presidents day weekend. I've never made it up there for that, but it's on my travel wish list!

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 00:26

Hi Daniel  :W2FPN:

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 00:28

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

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 01:29

Daniel, hello and welcome from Indiana!

Please visit my store A&D Penworx.

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 12:06

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 13:26

Greetings and welcome to FPN.
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Posted 21 March 2018 - 14:00

Welcome from the bay area. Enjoy your time here.

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 15:09

Welcome! Hope you enjoy your time here & may it be insightful in your fountain pen journey!

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 15:40

Welcome, Daniel! Depending on where you are in So. Calif., you may want to visit The Fountain Pen Shop in Monrovia. It is like a candy store for fountain pen lovers. Part museum, part sales, and part repair shop. Vroman's in Pasadena is another good place to stop. Of course, there is also the annual Southern Calif. Pen Show. Best wishes!

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Posted 22 March 2018 - 08:11

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

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Posted 28 March 2018 - 18:20

A VERY warm welcome!
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Posted 29 March 2018 - 00:37

Welcome to FPN from a transplanted California native (now living in NC) - I got my start on Pilot pens as well, congrats on your first “next-level” purchase and hope you enjoy!

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 17:35

Welcome, Daniel !  


Whether or not material is worthy of being written is of no consequence.  Your enjoyment of writing is important.  Write letters, personal notes, grocery lists, useless random thoughts. The worthiness is within you.  Enjoy the murmur of the nib, as it courses across the paper texture.  Enjoy the ribbon of color that is left behind.  


Write with joy.  

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 03:07

Welcome! You will find lots of great information here and many suggestions to expand your collection. Sounds like you are off to a good start.

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