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  1. Im hoping to sell a smallish collection, and wondered if anyone could suggest a place/person in the UK who might be interested? It includes two red Whitefriars ashtrays, a number of combi pens, and a selection of unrestored pens, including Conway Stewart, Mont Blanc, and others, plus a few modern ones, and a large black leather pen case. Lots of photos - I need to do it as a 'one lot' and would send by courier. Would really appreciate any help.
  2. Danwrites

    Starting A Parker 51 Collection

    Dear all, I would like to start a 51 collection, and would be happy to hear what the best way is to go about it. Also, I am looking for a 51, with a medium/fine nib (in good shape), with a diamond. Something that will not get me into trouble with the missus:) I don't have a premium account, so the market place here is out of bounds for me Thanks
  3. At what point (or pen count) does simply using and enjoying writing with fountain pens and not giving it much thought morph into: --an interest ? --a hobby? --a passion? --an obsession? --a disease/hoarding disorder? --and a happy state of recovery? What was the greatest number of pens you owned at one time and what is the stable number that you are comfortable with?
  4. Well it's been about 3 and a half years ago since I bought my first fountain pen, a charcoal Safari, and since the addiction begun. I've been browsing the Hungarian online used market daily, and I can thank most of my purchases to that. Never even though about owning a big Pelikan, not to speak about Montblancs. Honestly I didn't really see why they were so popular and they are loved by many, but owning them changed my thinking! I'm feeling lucky for finding great deals and bargains on most of my pens, and I'm really grateful for it! (I hope it'll last...) Of course I've parted with a few...
  5. Many of us have pen collections that we cherish as a whole, others have accumulations of pens that we love individually. What principles underlie your collections? How do you curate? A particular brand, country, nib style, size, filling system, era, material, color, etc.? Can your collection ever realistically be completed? Why or why not? Personally I have two collections - one of clear, monochrome demonstrators (i.e. no two-tone nibs, no colored sections or trim other than a maker's mark) and another of all matte black fp's with black or ruthenium nibs, both of which I'm sure are bori
  6. Hello, as of now my collection of fountain pens consists of 6 pens: Lamy Safari Yellow - M steel nib 2010's Rotring Freeway Aluminum Black - M nib 1990's Mont Blanc Meisterstück 149 black precious resin F 18 ct nib 1980's Sheaffers Imperial Sterling Silver set (mechanical pencil and ballpoint) with a M 14kt nib 1970's Parker 45 roll gold with M 14kt nib 1960's Conway Stewart Dinkie 550 Blue Marbled casein set (pencil) with a semi flex 14kt nib 1950's Wahl Eversharp Skyline grey resin with striped cap set (pencil) with a semi flex 14kt nib 1940's Waterman Ideal Thorobred tiger e
  7. I have been collecting fountain pens for 4 or 5 years. In that time I have had well over 250 fountain pens pass through my hands. I first started with fountain pens when I was a boy. My father always used a fountain pen, a MB 149, this was his only pen and he carried it everywhere, still does. He has sent it in for service over the years but he always tells everyone who asks about his lifetime warranty and he has made use of it many times. When I was 18 or so my father bought me a MB 146. I used it sparingly but at the time I was not mature enough to appreciate it and didn't care for the mess
  8. Hi all For those fans of the annual Pen of the Year, I have put together a little video of my "completed" collection (5 pens and 2 cufflinks). The box is also Graf, which has a second tray under for the other 5 pens. Next year there will be a total of 11 pens once the 2013 has been issued - time for a new box, as this one won't be big enough - that was clever of them, wasn't it!!! These pens are my favourites of the 10 that have been released thus far - I don't intend to buy any of the other 5 pens other than perhaps the 2012 gold (a little blingy notwithstanding). I would be interested in p
  9. Finally finished the 20 pen case I was developing. My roommates moved out during the Canada Day long weekend and it killed my creative time, and my muscles so I didn't feel up to a whole lot. Really happy with how it turned out. The joys of creating is going with the fabrics that you have lots of at the time. Hence the weird Grey/Teal combo, but I am planning on some more normal colours in the future. Let me know what you like, and what you don't like. I am not 100% committed to the design yet. I do really like how comfy all of my pens look in their new home. Cheers, Phil
  10. Selling used pens from one's collection - is it profitable or loss making? Many people here own quite a few FPs. That's why FPN is called a nuthouse, right? Quite a few will sell some of their pens off to acquire their grail pen or for other reasons. What I'm curious about is, whether they lose money doing so or whether collecting pens, hold on to them for a time, and then selling them is actually making some profit. What kind of experiences regarding this can you share? For a starter, I bought some pens with a good reputation, just to see me selling them shortly after, because I made

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