Right, nothing like asking an introvert to introduce themselves for all kinds of *awkward*. I go with the motormouth-kind-of-awkward, bear with me.
So...Hi...recent lurker (thanks to all of you posting really interesting pen and ink reviews - seriously!). Long time fountain pen user - I started with a turquoise Parker 45 when I was a kid that I still have, although there's a big crack in the barrel.
I mostly use inexpensive-to-very inexpensive pens for my EDCs, and I have a couple more expensive ones (though NOT by this forum's standards, by my rather miserly standards). I have been given, over the years, some nicer ones that I generally avoid using for fear of screwing something up.
Inexpensive pens work better for me. It only takes one heart-stopping event to convince me to limit my potential losses... The event in question was having a Pilot Kakuno that I really liked which fell out of my pocket...into the toilet...where I stared at it for 1s debating what to do...before the automatic flusher took all choices away. There have been a few butterfinger events when cleaning...
Yeah, so I'm sticking with the inexpensive ones...
Um, I also do ceramics (wheel thrown stoneware) and have recently dabbled in binding some books with paper from Daiso. Shout out to @TMLee for luring me down that rabbit hole with his detailed Daiso paper reviews and his 355 Minis that are just awesome. Not quite sure how to tag him, will have to figure that out later.
I'm also an engineer, so the FPs get a fair amount of attention at work from my international co-workers. A lot of reminiscing there!
Happy to meet you all!