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#21 ScarletWoodland

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Posted 01 February 2019 - 23:15

Eeek! 37 including the couple on the way.

In fairness, more than half of those are super cheap ones that I use for ink testing and situations where I wouldn't risk a nice one. A handful of those are cracked or duds but haven't quite made it to the pen pot in the sky yet.

Will be sticking to a few, good quality ones now I've figured out what I do and don't like.

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Posted 01 February 2019 - 23:31

23 fountain pens and a few dip pens.

 

Ruth, how do you like the brush pens?  Do you use them for painting or calligraphy?

 

I actually use them with highlighter inks.  They work great for that purpose.  They came free with bottles of Noodler's Kung Te Cheng; although I'm afraid that one of the inks (Noodler's Dragon Catfish Pink) may have SITB -- or at least the pen does, and I haven't been quite brave enough to open it up....  I'm thinking that distilled water and a good dollop of bleach will be called for, and to soak the pen and tip for a while.

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#23 inkstainedruth

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Posted 01 February 2019 - 23:33

Eeek! 37 including the couple on the way.

In fairness, more than half of those are super cheap ones that I use for ink testing and situations where I wouldn't risk a nice one. A handful of those are cracked or duds but haven't quite made it to the pen pot in the sky yet.

Will be sticking to a few, good quality ones now I've figured out what I do and don't like.

 

That's better than buying a bunch of really expensive pens and then discovering that you don't like them or that they don't work for you....

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"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."

#24 Driften

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Posted 02 February 2019 - 00:41

I have fifty pens not counting the Vintage pens I don't use. Twenty four of the pens are currently inked which is a little much to go though in a rotation. I should clean a few out.



#25 pajaro

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Posted 02 February 2019 - 00:52

Three fewer.

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#26 mitto

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Posted 02 February 2019 - 02:00

A few thousands.
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#27 ParkerDuofold

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Posted 02 February 2019 - 03:04

More than my wife thinks I have...


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Posted 02 February 2019 - 03:09

...I think it comes from stage two of a fountain pen collector/user's life...


Hi Mike,

Hhhhmmmmm... :unsure: ...how many more stages do I have to get through? :D


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#29 Parker51

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Posted 02 February 2019 - 04:07

Enough.

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Posted 02 February 2019 - 04:22

More than I need, but not as many as I would like to own.  I also have one Rohrer & Klingner glass dip pen.  



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Posted 02 February 2019 - 07:46

Around 15-20. I actually feel like I have a pen for every purpose now, so there's no need for more pens... Having said that, I'd still like to own (or rather, try) some specific pen models.



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Posted 02 February 2019 - 12:19

Too many

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#33 A Smug Dill

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Posted 02 February 2019 - 12:32

Even with fairly accurate records of some aspects of my fountain pen 'collection' in a spreadsheet (or, actually, a workbook with multiple spreadsheet 'tabs'), I lost count. Let's just say I have 113 pens of my personal 'fleet' inked at the moment, and 135 if I include my fiancée's pens in the count. I just received another eleven new pens in the post yesterday, four of which I'm in the middle of flushing and cleaning ahead of inking them tonight.

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Posted 02 February 2019 - 13:20

currently 11 and one on the way so 12 i guess, and actually i doesn't feel like i need more, first 10 was enough to understand my preferences to make better decisions in the future, ofc i still would love to try some currently and future released pens and maybe collect specific brand or vintage pens, but i guess maximum i will ever end with will be around 30 pens.



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Posted 02 February 2019 - 16:20

This is the best answer anyone could give! So true. Lol

I'll give you the same answer I give when this question invariably come up...
 
More than I need, not quite enough.


Edited by Eveach, 02 February 2019 - 20:15.


#36 TheRealMikeDr

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Posted 02 February 2019 - 16:44

 

Hello, TheRealMikeDr. 

 

Would you mind if I asked you how you were getting on with your Cross Peerless? I read your review way back when you bought one of the first. is it still a favourite? It is on the shortlist for my birthday pen. (It's between the Peerless or a Platinum Izumo) at the moment. If you have the time, I'd appreciate any thoughts on this.

 

Hi Sandy!

 

I've still got it and I actually got an Izumo last Summer at the DC Show. Between the two I would choose the Izumo simply for the Urushi finish but that's a matter of preference. They're both excellent pens. The Sailor nib and the Platinum nib are pretty similar with regards to writing qualities.

 

Neither pens are "value" pens - I would probably look for a used/discounted Peerless but I would certainly get it again.



#37 katerchen

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Posted 02 February 2019 - 17:23

A variant on Zaddick's reply : 

 

More than I should, less than I want :D



#38 inkstainedruth

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Posted 02 February 2019 - 18:05

And another variant:  Somewhere between "too many" and "not enough"....  :blush: 

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#39 Aysedasi

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Posted 02 February 2019 - 18:58

About 60, I guess, I've never felt the need to count them.  

 

or

 

Not enough.  



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Posted 02 February 2019 - 19:01

Nine, and I’m thinking of whittling it down to four. I don’t like to think of them not being written with every day, and I tend only to use my favourite four (one for marking up docs in red, the the other three with blue ink in a bit of a rotation thing). I imagine I’ll miss the other five when they’re gone, though...





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