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Notes on candidate ‘FAQ’ topics

Membership types, levels, ranks, badges, points, etc.   The membership types, groups, and levels are detailed here. The table of ranks is here. In some places, you'll seen a redundant “(n/15)” shown next to the name of a rank.   What can a Silver member do that a Bronze member cannot? What can a Gold member do that a Silver member cannot? I'm not sure, and I have no access to reference material detailing the entitlements and/or differences. I see examples of Bronze membe

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A Smug Dill in Work-in-progress

How-to: Set, or change, personal info that others can see about me

It helps to explore this yourself, revisiting once in a while if need be, and keep in mind where each of those personal info fields are entered. Don't leave it until the urge to change something specific to come upon you, and only then bother to ask the question! Invest the time surveying upfront, instead of waste it later waiting for an answer from nobody in particular.     Most of the fields shown above are self-evident as to what they are. I think the only ones that could

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A Smug Dill in How-tos

How-to: Block; Censor; Delete; Erase; Hide; Ignore; Leave

I don't know whether all of these qualify as Frequently Asked Questions, but they have at least been asked and/or discussed before on FPN. Since I'll probably be referring others to the same old discussions, tutorials, and information pages next time the questions are raised, if at least to fill in “the story so far”, I may as well gather them in one place now for my own convenience.   Last things first:   How do I…   … delete my FPN account? You can't; but you can

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A Smug Dill in How-tos

Links to web pages or articles about Chinese typesetting, signwriting, etc.

Seeing there has recently been more discussions (not all initiated by me, w00t!) on FPN about: writing Chinese hanzi and/or Japanese kanji ; and writing with ‘long knife’ and ‘fude’ nibs fashioned after Naginata Togi and Fude de Mannen nibs respectively, ‘art‘ nibs, Waverly nibs, and other crooked-by-design nibs, I thought I'd look more into how those nibs could be used to produce different styles or characteristics.   Here are a collection of (English language) w

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A Smug Dill in Workshopping

Skeleton of a primer for a budding hobbyist

A dear friend of ours, to whom we've made a habit of giving fountain pens, bottled inks, and other paraphernalia over the past couple of years — whenever we had the opportunity to meet up every few months, what with busy lives, lockdown restrictions, and all that — has recently ‘graduated’ in the hobby to ordering pens, ink, and even an inkwell of her own initiative. Bravo! My wife and I are so pleased to see the interest we sparked take hold.   However, not being someone w

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A Smug Dill in Workshopping

My thoughts on sharing ink samples by post

(This is mainly in response to @Daneaxe, at Amber's bidding)   “It won't be easy; you'll think it strange When I try to explain how I feel…”   So you're concerned that there is a noticeable gap in what is available the fellow hobbyists in your neck of the woods, and other seemingly more fortunate — or perhaps just more organised — hobbyist communities elsewhere have in train only make the disparity all the more conspicuous and perturbing. You're motivated to do something

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A Smug Dill in Challenges

End of sharing ink samples by post economically

Today is 大年初一 , and this is one way to start the Year of the Ox on the wrong note.   Australia Post has just, or finally, announced that international Economy Air Letters containing Merchandise service is permanently discontinued, in a very loose interpretation of what constitutes an announcement. Not as a notice, not as an entry in the list of general or notable updates, but as a new FAQ entry sandwiched between piles of older FAQ entries, on its web site where there is no dedicated F

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A Smug Dill in Foiled Again

Thank You, Sailor Kenshin!

Thanks to my penpal Sailor Kenshin for sending me this fun UPS fountain pen! I filled it with some KWZ Sheen Machine (from BauerInks.ca). Sailor also sent me a Jinhao Shark with a fude nib (I need to figure out how to use this properly). THANK YOU, SAILOR!

inkyelbows

inkyelbows

New Eyes, New Pen! (Pilot Custom 823 With Fa Nib)

Apologies for the dearth of entries this past year. Many reasons, but double eye surgery was one of them. If you want to know more, here's my blog post. Many out-of-town trips (mostly work but some personal) combined with work deadlines resulted in my poor pens (and snailmail correspondences) being neglected. I just recently was able to do a proper pen cleaning and have started catching up on snailmail again. And one of the pens I'm finally able to use is my Pilot Custom 823 with FA nib, acq

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My First Pen Review: Monteverde Giant Sequoia

Thanks to PenChalet.com for sending me a Monteverde Giant Sequoia to review. This is my very first pen review! It's probably not going to be your typical review, however, since I tend to use my fountain pens for drawing (I write and draw children's books for a living) as well as writing. First off, the pen is GORGEOUS: The shimmery brown really did look like a highly polished wood. It came in this classy-looking Monteverde box: And here's what the pen looks like inside the box: As

inkyelbows

inkyelbows

Welcome To 2018, Now Here's Some Free Stuff!

As a company we do a LOT of giveaways. Whether that's traditional raffle giveaways, social media giveaways of various types, hidden pens, and other random giveaways; it's something we've done for several years. But we've never done done giveaways one the scale you're going to see in 2018. For starters, we're running monthly random YouTube subscriber giveaways. If you didn't know about that, you've still got time to get in on . In February we're going to be adding monthly random Newsletter subs

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Karas Kustoms

Need Advice: Leaky Fingers From My Noodler's Ahab?

Hi all, I'm giving my Noodler's Ahab another go. I like the bit of flex it gives, and I don't have to worry about springing the nib (I do have nicer pens now, so am aware of the difference). BUT it always ALWAYS leaks on my middle finger (see photo). I've tried adding silicone grease to the bit where the body connects with the writing bit. Any other advice? Thanks kindly! p.s. For the drawing above, I used Noodler's Black Swan In Australian Roses, one of my new favourite inks.

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