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!