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Greeting From Silver Spring, Md


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#1 Johnnie-T

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Posted 21 July 2019 - 22:13

Hi everyone! Here's the story of how I got here:

 

I've been interested in fountain pens for the last year or so. I tend to have a least one gadgety hobby at any time, whether it's multi-tools, optics, or pens. For practical reasons, I started ordering things from JetPens a couple of years ago, especially mechanical pencils. Eventually I remembered that I had been into mechanical pencils when I was 11. Apparently I had moved on for a few years (like 30).

My interest in good writing tools led me to get better pencils, then pens, and finally fountain pens.

 

When I get into a new gadgety hobby, I am especially excited to find something that works very well and is surprisingly affordable. In this case, I have about a dozen Preppies around that I use to try different inks and simply to have multiple colors available. On my mom's birthday last week, I asked her what her favorite color was, and she said that recently she had been enjoying tropical green. I was able to come up with something close to write her card with. (Yes, I know that you should know your own mother's favorite color--but as you can see, it changes!)

I have a box in the basement for working with pens and inks. I refer to it as my mad scientist's lab. I wonder how many other mad scientists have had to work next to the washing machine. Probably quite a few.

My favorite color has always been blue -- true blue, kind of deep -- but I now am finding myself fascinated by purples. Accordingly, my favorite inks so far have been Diamine Blue Velvet and PR DC Electric Blue; I also like the Pilot/Namiki Blue a lot (similar color, water resistant) and Platinum's Carbon Black for my planner. I'm still trying to find the right purple and water-resistant purple.

I welcome tips on mad science lab setup and how to get the nicest lines and colors out of a variety of inks. I'll help you with your math homework!



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#2 tbickiii

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Posted 22 July 2019 - 00:53

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


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#3 Bisquitlips

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Posted 22 July 2019 - 01:38

Welcome Johnnie!  Glad you are with us.

 

I know there are lots of folks here that play with ink mixtures so you should be able to pick up lots of information and hints here.

 

http://www.fountainp...m/140-inks-inc/

 

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Posted 22 July 2019 - 03:27

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#5 PAKMAN

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Posted 22 July 2019 - 04:03

Hello and Welcome to FPN!! Glad to have you as a member!!


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#6 Henricum_Tropen

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Posted 22 July 2019 - 09:28

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


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#8 SwipedFromTruman

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Posted 22 July 2019 - 13:17

Greetings from St Louis, MO.


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#9 Johnnie-T

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Posted 23 July 2019 - 14:15

Thanks for the greetings!

It's fun to read different peoples' locations. I can say that I've been to Louisiana (New Orleans, not Baton Rouge); to St. Louis, Missouri; and to Cape Town, one of the best times I've even traveled outside the US (I was there for 3 months).

I'm sorry to say that I've never been to Arkansas, Texas (outside the airport), or Iraq.

Is Iraq ready for more casual tourism yet? I haven't followed the news there for a while.



#10 OCArt

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Posted 24 July 2019 - 19:53

Hello and welcome to this friendly corner of the universe from a fountain pen user in San Diego. There is such a wealth of information waiting for you to discover on this site. Write On!



#11 Johnnie-T

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Posted 24 July 2019 - 20:54

Yep, and my parents, brother, and sister all live in San Diego, even though none of us grew up there! I am already enjoying the wealth of information!



#12 CraigN

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Posted 25 July 2019 - 02:34

Johnnie,

 

Welcome to the world of fountain pens from southern Maryland!

 

It's good to hear from someone else that visited RSA.  I lived in the Cape Province in the mid-80s for 2 1/2 years and it was great.

 

Please enjoy your stay here.

 

Craig



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Posted 25 July 2019 - 16:37

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