Newbie to the forum as a registered user but have been lurking around to the wealth of information available here from the members. Now I have the profile built up here and managed to make the first post with my introduction. I have have been active on reddit as u/oldfashioned_aj since i rediscovered fountain pens and got back to using them. Born and grown up in India, I am based in a small town called Ras Al Khaimah in United Arab Emirates for the past 11 years. Most people may not be familiar with the place but its close to the popular destination Dubai.
Back in India during my school days fountain pens were the compulsory tool for all the notes but after school I didn't really used them. I went to art college and did have my fare share of using rotring isograph, paint brushes and diy stub calligraphy during college days. After college I took up graphic design as a career and for the past few years have also upgraded my love for photography into my career by managing a design and product photography studio for the firm i work in. After moving to UAE, I got the Parker Vector as my first fountain pen (technically not the first as I had many during school time but have no memory of those) and couple of bottles of iroshizuku inks (kon-peki & ina-ho) but did not use it that much as it was a mess writing on notepads that were available in my office as well as some notebooks that i got loving the fancy covers, but (bleep) paper. Had absolutely no idea about the synchronization of pen, nib, ink & paper and the part they all play in harmony for a pleasurable writing experience.
Doing some google search, I ended up on the fountain pen community on reddit and did some random post of a cheap lamy copy chinese pen I picked up on that day and from there I started digging the rabbithole for myself. 6 months back I had 1 fountain pen and 2 bottles of ink and as of now I have managed to hoard 20 something fountain pens (still staying mostly on the budget side) and 30+ inks.
I do manage to take decent pics of pens and inks that people have enjoyed whenever I have posted on reddit. Also blessed with good handwriting and been doing regular writing and calligraphy practice with fountain pens for the past 6 months.
Nothing much to say and hope it's not a long intro, but I am glad to be a part of this wonderful forum.