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#1 oldfashioned-aj

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 09:31

Hello members,

 

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.

 

Cheers,

AJ

 

 



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Posted 05 January 2020 - 11:53

Hello members,

 

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.

 

~ oldfashioned-aj:

 

Welcome to Fountain Pen Network!

 

Your comprehensive self-introduction shows that you've come to the right place.

 

May 2020 be an active year of fountain pen and ink handwriting for you!

 

Tom K.



#3 Pravda

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 11:57

olfashioned-aj,

 

Welcome to FPN. 

 

Dubai is a great place to explore fountain pens. Kinokuniya in Dubai Mall carries a myriad of fountain pen brands and inks for you to survey, also there are a couple of shops World of Pens and Pen Corner. 

 

Of course, not to forget Montblanc's flagship boutique at Dubai Mall with eye-candy limited editions and top tier fountain pens. 



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Posted 05 January 2020 - 12:32

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 14:53

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


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Posted 05 January 2020 - 17:00

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


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Posted 05 January 2020 - 18:54

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!


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Posted 06 January 2020 - 05:44

Hello and welcome to FPN.


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Posted 06 January 2020 - 10:13

welcome to FPN, hope you enjoy it here.

#10 oldfashioned-aj

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Posted 12 January 2020 - 11:39

olfashioned-aj,

 

Welcome to FPN. 

 

Dubai is a great place to explore fountain pens. Kinokuniya in Dubai Mall carries a myriad of fountain pen brands and inks for you to survey, also there are a couple of shops World of Pens and Pen Corner. 

 

Of course, not to forget Montblanc's flagship boutique at Dubai Mall with eye-candy limited editions and top tier fountain pens. 

 

Thank you. 

Dubai is fun but it's a bit of a struggle for pen & ink stuff. I have covered most of the places mentioned by you except Montblanc store and also get stuff from there.

 

Had a couple of Kaweco pens from Pen Corner. Iroshizuku, sailor, lamy, taccia inks and midori notebooks from kinokuniya. Theres also a small store in SHJ from where i had some diamine and herbin stuff, but overall I still have to opt for import on a lot of stuff. No success in finding tomoe river paper here but dubai library distributors do carry basic rhodia and clairefontaine pads and notes. Still had to import the dot pad. Importing is still a fun activity but some expensive pens I better see first and then buy. The range here is very limited, except for a lot of lamy and parker. 



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Posted 12 January 2020 - 12:13

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 14:06

Hello and welcome to you :) 


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Posted 16 January 2020 - 13:29

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


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#15 oldfashioned-aj

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Thank you everyone for a very warm welcome. Glad to be a part of pen people from around the globe. 







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