Our world is going through some difficult times, one of the consequences is that people have not been able to travel. Usually pens would be carried during travels; since traveling in person has become challenging, maybe we as a community let some of our pens travel ? I'm sure this idea has been tried before, but here goes. I'll call this FPN-Traveling Pen Initiative (very imaginative name, i know ) . The intention is simple, we let the pen travel and let others in this community try and enjoy them. Please read the rules and participate only if you agree to it.
we'll receive a pen from an original donor - the person now sets the pen free and gives up ownership
- the person who receives the pen, gets to keep, use and enjoy the pen for 15 weeks
- the receiver commits to ship the pen (at own cost) to the next randomly picked person from the list (People who have expressed their desire to do so on this thread by the date-time stated below)
- once the next person is picked, exchange the postal address in PM so that we don't fall foul of the GDPR/privacy regulations
- you may choose to select a person in the same country or continent if the shipping charges are significant and/or challenges with customs
- the receiver commits to use FP specific inks, so that others can keep enjoying the pen. Avoid india-inks or shimmery inks that might clog the feed
- please clean the nib unit thoroughly before shipping
- if in the 15 weeks you get a chance to travel to a different country, do take that opportunity to give/ship to a person in that country (from the list), as long as it is legal to do so (export/import regulations)
- if the pen gets lost / damaged in your custody, mention it on this thread and set another similar priced pen free on the FPN-TPI
- when you ship it to the next person, do consider writing a nice handwritten letter
- If every one on the initial list has had a chance to enjoy the pen, call for another one
- please avoid sending the pen to the same person again, keep the spirit true
- as soon as you receive the pen, post a pic / msg on this thread
Let me be the first donor - a mint set of Diplomat Marrakesh Raute FP with a 14K B nib and a matching mechanical pencil. I'll include the full package as well as a slightly used diplomat converter for ease. All entries on or before 7th Aug 2020 23:59CET will be considered for the list. I can ship within EU, the receiver may choose to widen the area, of course.
P.S - this is works, I might consider setting more pens free on the FPN-TPI. let me know.