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  2. Oh, no question, my kids are going to be merciless if they see me wearing one. Thanks again for the details!
  3. Yeah, I've been wondering about eye strain, too. A floating arm or rolling desk lamp is maybe more what I had in mind, so these are great recommendations--I'll go have a look for both Dazor and Luxo. I've also heard about a brand called Roxter--does that ring any bells? And thank you!
  4. MuddyWaters

    Platinum Procyon

    Bump. So I ended up ordering a platinum plaisir in the end. I enjoy those preppy nibs that are 0.3mm. I'm not sure if the plaisir will be much of an upgrade in feel given the preppy's major setback for me is the cylindrical body. I still wonder why the Procyon is not more popular, as an attractive solid pen. I think the main issue is likely the price point, at least here in North America. It is too close to the 3776. Yet, platinum does not have any other true steel nibbled EDC pen. I wonder what the sales would have been like had the Procyon been maybe 40-50$ usd. Sure, that would
  5. carola

    Adding To The Flock - 2019 + 2020

    Why not go for a completely black pen and swap caps?
  6. Okay! I think I shouuuuld have enough in the ink bottles for 2-3 more sample sets (way more than I guesstimated, actually - we love a happy accident!), so once I get the vials I'll start measuring them up and reach out to you if I have enough to send your way! Totally agree - BPC's/Nick's customer service is off the charts! And their packaging... The attention to detail is phenom! It's what keeps me coming back! Anyhow, I would love to trade with you for a sample of Soft Pretzel and Phipps Verbena! I'll message you as soon as I have some more vials stocked up - which sh
  7. maclink

    Looking for a goto everyday pen.

    I did my own testing thanks and I’m more than happy with its water resistance.
  8. Kelly S

    Disassembly Of Lamy Vista Cap For Cleaning

    @Segel how did you separate the chrome insert from the clear plastic body of the cap?
  9. MuddyWaters

    Looking for a goto everyday pen.

    More and more I am choosing pens based on how legible my handwriting is with them. The pen body and nib feedback definitely affects this.
  10. TheRedBeard

    Signature Pen

    100% agreed.
  11. Russ Mead

    Ink turned black

    Thanks to Uncial and Mhguda. I added water and the color came back. I doubt that much water could have evaporated. I suspect what is going on is the dip pens lay down more ink. One new observation is that if I turn the dip pen upside down and write on the top of the nib the color really comes back. So the issue might just be using fountain pen ink in a dip pen lays down a lot more ink which changes the appearance. I think the solution may be buy some dip pen ink and use it just for the dip pens. Thanks again.
  12. Karmachanic

    Looking for a goto everyday pen.

    For me; yes. Also rather than holding all pens the same way, I let the pen decide how it should be held. When changing pens it may take a paragraph or two to adjust, depending upon the pen.
  13. I-am-not-really-here

    The Never-Ending Story In Three Word Segments... 2018

    licked by vampires
  14. Time Left: 29 days and 23 hours

    • For Sale
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    $295

    Granville, Ohio - US

  15. Time Left: 29 days and 23 hours

    • For Sale
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    $295

    Granville, Ohio - US

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    • For Sale
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    Granville, Ohio - US

  17. I took a guess and ordered the 2.5 magnification (DA-5) and it seems pretty much perfect for me. I wear glasses with prescription lenses and the Optivisor fits very comfortably over them. So comfortable that I forget I'm wearing it and wander off from my workbench and receive odd looks from unsuspecting visitors. The magnifying lamps that Ron is recommending above are probably much better optical quality than the ones I tried and would definitely be worth considering but I'm happy with my headband magnifier for now.
  18. Thank you, I was wondering what the hell the morandy thing was.
  19. N1003U

    Signature Pen

    LOL! I think we understand each other...
  20. Karmachanic

    Parker 51 Aerometric

    I've been eyeballing that same pen.
  21. Hi Percy, I’d love to try these once you have enough vials, if the offer is still open. I’d be happy to repay the favor. I have Soft Pretzel and Southern Portal on the way; they should arrive within a few days. I also have Phipps Verbena. I could send those and some other (non-Birmingham) samples, if you’re interested. You’re right! Birmingham is kickass! Great products and excellent customer service from Nick, a very generous person.
  22. corgicoupe

    Parker 51 Comeback 2020?

    Adding another piece of trivial information: It was originally meant for mechanical watch springs, probably by or for the Elgin Watch Company
  23. First - perfect place to ask. I use a magnifying lamp all of the time, and do most of my work under it, and have for almost 15 years. I can not work with the Optovisor/binocular type of magnifier. With astigmatism, my eyes go nuts, and I get a headache. I find that the lenses on the inexpensive magnifying lamps aren't very good. I found a Dazor lamp at an antique shop a couple of decades ago, and have never looked back. The lenses are very clear edge to edge, with no distortion. You don't appreciate how good they are until you try to use a cheap one. D
  24. If this PIF offer is still open, I would love a set as well! Thank you very much for your generosity.
  25. Beechwood

    Parker 51 Aerometric

    There is another thread on what is the longest production runs for pens. Another potential new could be 'what pen could you buy today that is likely to increase in value over the next 5 years. The Parker 51 would get my vote. 10 years ago I could buy a good Parker 51 for £20, (about $25) from a dealer at a pen show, I would expect it to be clean, working perfectly, no marks or scratches in fact I bought 10 for £200 from one man, he had taken each one apart and checked it before sale. None of them had rare caps though. Typical price today is around £60, in another 5 y
  26. Karmachanic

    Signature Pen

    You are free to impute as you wish.
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