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  1. Hi, recent purchased a Lamy Safari Fountain pen, the swedish version of blue with yellow clip, my friend is got the package for me and when she took photos to show me, the clip doesn't look like bright yellow, but more like the standard yellow clip, does it mean this pen is put together using the normal blue safari with a yellow clip? The one i received has blue body, yellow clip and black cross cap. So does the yellow clip supposed to be a different colour compare to the yellow body from the Taiwan special edition of yellow and red clip? If any one happen to own both, can you let me know... so frustrated!!
  2. Hi All, Montblanc recently introduced the new Writers Edition 2013 collection, honouring the French writer Honoré de Balzac, and the Heritage Collection 1912. The Writers Edition pens are expected in August/September and the Heritage Collection 1912 will arrive at our store in approximately one or two weeks. Those who reserve their pens with our store now, will receive a wonderful Montblanc gift set with their pen(s) ... You won't be sorry when you have reserved your pen with us!!! Click on the links below for more info on the pens. Writers Edition 2013: http://www.lacouronneducomte.nl/webstore/main/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=montblanc+balzac Heritage Collection 1912: http://www.lacouronneducomte.nl/webstore/main/montblanc-heritage-collection-1912-fountain-limited-edition-p-4730.html Best regards, Dennis van de Graaf La Couronne du Comte
  3. While I was watching the news this evening I caught this image of King Albert of Belgium signing his abdication today in Brussels. I've always believed that even when the use of fountain pens has declined so much that hardly any other than FPN freaks currently use them, they were still displayed in solemn occasions. But if I am not mistaken the writing instrument used by King Albert today IS NOT a fountain pen, is it?
  4. Hello FPN, I'm posting on here because I really have no idea where to start - some of you are SO knowledgeable I'm hoping you can help! Perhaps this post can also be a reference for other people like me who are just getting started. The Background: I'm currently completing an internship / studying abroad in the United Kingdom, and will most likely be in Germany next summer for another internship. Being here has provided me with access to materials related to FPs that I have never experienced before. With that being said I'm originally from the North-eastern part of the United States, which is where I'm attending University studying Financial Economics with the intention to study medicine for my post-graduate studies. I received my first FP as a gift from my German friends when I was no older than 12 - at that time my FP hardly received any use at all. I always knew that I had it, but never used it because I was afraid kids at school would steal it, and I would be ridiculed for being different (both of those being highly likely). Coupled with my inability to easily procure ink cartridges in the U.S. and my complete lack of knowledge about converters, I also didn't want to "waste" my meagre ink cartridge supply. Regarding penmanship, I think I'm the only one of my friends that learned to write in cursive before learning to print! The first school I attended didn't teach "print" until the fifth grade. Naturally, as that was the first way I learned to write, and I find it quicker, I have always tended to write in cursive. My cursive however is dreadful, and it's something I've wanted to improve. Fast forward a few years to my recent past: After spending time in Germany last summer, the introduction to converters and, resulting from long hours during the school year, the means to procure what I wish - I'm now on a mission to expand my palate and understanding of the FP world. What I have: Pens - currently all of the pens I have are LAMY, because frankly I think (in my obviously biased opinion) that they are decent pens and if they happened to get lost I would not be worse for the wear. I have a LAMY: Studio, Al-star F, Al-Star 1,5, Safari B, My least favorite pen is the studio, for some reason I've never really liked it besides the day I bought it, and my favorite pen which I use constantly is the Blue Al-Star with an F nib Penmanship - a 5 book set off of Amazon that is supposed to teach me Spenserian. Paper Goods: only moleskin and basic writing paper. Ink - LAMY Black well ink, Noodler's Bulletproof ink What I'm looking for: Someone to point me in the right direction (hence the title). I would really like to improve my handwriting, and learn new fonts. I've read enough posts to understand that this is not a timeless task, and is probably something I will spend the rest of my life learning - which I'm fine with. To me it is something that is invaluable, especially in this digital world. With that being said, where does one start? Is it better to try and attend a class (are there even such things??) to learn the basics? Are there exercises people do? I'm also looking for someone to point me in the right direction for pens - I love my LAMY Al-star, but I think I'm ready to branch away from LAMY (or get a new one...) and begin understanding more about fountain pens. Clearly there are many old pens, new pens, weird, old pen makers and everyone on this network seems to have a ridiculously passionate opinion about everything they prefer about their pens. Nibs. Flexible nibs? Are certain nibs for certain papers? inks? pens? Are there nib guidelines? Do certain fonts require certain nibs? Are there nib-makers in this world? I'm not even sure what to ask for here because the extent of my knowledge about nibs is that they write differently and I like my LAMY F better than my LAMY B - and my LAMY 1,5 writes "cool". Inks - clearly my parents failed to educate me because until I started reading posts on here I thought there were ballpoint inks, gel pen inks, and the ink I had in my cartridges. Whoops. Does ink matter? Are there preferred inks for different things? How does one know what ink they like? I've noticed that all papers are not created equally. I will also admit that I was somewhat shocked when I learned that Moleskin had a horrible reputation amongst FP users. I now understand why (many of the reasons people seem to dislike their product are reasons I too have encountered - and ignorantly dismissed) people have definite opinions, but I frankly had no exposure to various types of paper where I lived in the States. What paper does one use for different things? Is there a standard weight that below which I should not ever buy? What about daily diaries, in both the European and American sense of the word? I've read things about Clairefontane (spelling?), are they the gold standard? So, if people would be willing to comment and tell me/show me where to find what I'm after I would be much obliged. I know that I have much to learn but I haven't found a thread yet that seems to address my questions and I'm tired of looking around and only getting a titbit here and a tad there. One last thing - I love getting letters, and that is where most of my time writing is spent. I often joke with my friends and family that I'm unloved if I check my mailbox and I don't have letters or that I am loved by so-and-so if they have sent me a letter. I'm not sure if that will help people answer my questions in a way that is more directed to me, but it might provide a little insight into my young mind.
  5. I am looking for a bottled ink for fountain pens that is close in color and qualities to Pentel EnerGel black. I know those pens use a gel hybrid ink, so I am looking for something close. They are my favorite ballpoints, maybe tied with V5 Precise RT. I will be using the ink in a Lamy Al-Star EF. I have Noodler's Bad Black Moccasin, but there is no sheen, and it has a wierd green tone to it. I want pure black. I do not want India ink or carbon or pigmented inks. So which ink is closest to what I am looking for? Pure black is a must (no color undertones, not even gray), some sheen would be a bonus. I do not see anything in Noodler's line like that except maybe X-Feather, which I have had no experience with. I believe Bad Black Moccasin and X Feather are supposed to be the darkest Noodler's inks, despite HoD, so I would venture to guess that Noodler's is out. I have not tried Infinite Black by PR. I have heard good things, but not necessarily about its color. Does anyone have experience with Aurora Black or J Herban Perle Noire? Do they have these wanted qualities? Do you have any other ink suggestions? Thanks ahead for the input.
  6. Hi, I am looking for the best pen for signing documents. It should show better my signature. According to articles and advice that I read; ''Signature nibs should be Broad or BB, because a signature should never look tentative or weak - a signature should have visual impact, and convey strength and presence.'' (by yachtsilverswan) So I think EF, F (maybe M) aren't suitable for me? In my opinion the best way try them at pen shop, but I want to learn that which issues (nib, oblique, stub etc.) should I focus? What do you think about this? I am looking for a pen for beautiful signature. I have got a no idea about pens, nib, stub, ink etc. I want a pen for usually signing maybe sometimes take notes or writing. but my priority is signing. So what is the best pen (roller, ball-point, fountain) for you? Of course nib size, stub, oblique or straight etc. What are your suggestions? Thank you very much
  7. I would like to know if this pen has any value at all since I can't find a single reference to it online. I bought it from a local stationery store in Florida about 12 or 13 years ago and have rarely used it because it has a medium nib, and the line is just too broad for me. It's also a little heavy with the cap posted and tires out my hand pretty quickly. It's a lovely pen, it has an 18k Waterman nib, it's well made and in perfect working order - it's just not for me, I'm afraid. I previously posted about the ink around the top of the nib and have since found out it's called "nib creep" and is fairly common, so no worries there. I have posted some photos here and would appreciate any help at all. Thanks, Jackie
  8. Hello to all. I’m new on this forum as a poster, but have been a long time lurker. I finally decided to post reviews on some of my pens. In this review I’ll give you some information about my latest pen, the quite rare Aurora Firenze in vermeil (gold plated silver). As my in laws know I’m always writing with a fountain pen (I’m a lefty and end up with a blue hand whenever I write with a ballpoint), they wanted to give me something special for my recent birthday. Especially my father in law likes to go completely over the top with this kind of thing and he decided to get me a kind of pen I wasn’t likely to encounter “in the wild”. I’d say he succeeded in that part ;-) I have been writing with fountain pens for over 20 years. I started with a very small 1918 Pelican that once belonged to my grandmother. Over the years my hands have grown and as I like nice accessories like watches, cufflinks, fountain pens, I have acquired several pens. After the Pelican I bought a Waterman Le Man in blue with an 18k fine nib. During my time at the university I have even managed to wear out the nib (the point), which has been replaced by Waterman free of cost just after graduation. The new nib was too stiff to my taste, it was very hard to adjust to it after writing with the old one for so many years. My parents heard me complaining about this and they decided to give me a graduation-gift from Montblanc. Since then one of my favorite pens has been my Montblanc Meisterstück, along with my St. Dupont Lacque de Chine. Lately I have bought several other pens just for fun. I seem to have a soft spot for the Snorkels by Sheaffer: I bought a refurbished black Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman with palladium-silver conical F-nib and really enjoy it. So much that I even bought another (green) Snorkel last week, which is in the post right now. Back to the pen that this review is all about: the Aurora Firenze (Florence) in vermeil: General information, looks. Aurora is an Italian penmaker, founded in 1919. They make quite a few models in a broad price-range. The Firenze (VF-800) is one of their Special Edition models and has quite an “Italian” styling, which lots of people will find way over the top, especially with the red resin body (which Aurora calls “Terra di Toscana red”, Toscany soil red) and the (heavy!) gold plated silver decoration on the cap. Love it or hate it ;-) It won’t be everybody’s choice. The Firenze has a body that is engraved with Fleur de Ly’s, its cap is screwed on the body. The images on the cap are: 1)Ponte Vecchio, 2) Cathedral of Santa Maria, 3) Signoria Palace and 4) Michelangelo’s David. Construction and quality. The Firenze is a sturdy pen. It is well made and feels like it will last a long time. The filling is easy, it has a nice, smooth action and is on par with or better than my Montblanc. The weight of the body isn’t really impressive, this isn’t a heavy pen until the moment you screw the cap on: the gold plated silver makes this a rather heavy pen. The gold plated parts are crisp and well cast. They are nicely finished, with lots of detail. The nib is a rather big 18k gold nib with a big feeder under it. I got the “M” nib, which writes well: not as smooth as my Montblanc, but the pen hasn’t settled to my hand yet. Filling and maintenance As I have only filled the Firenze twice, there isn’t much I can say about the filling of the Firenze, other than that the filling is butter-smooth and that this pen hold a LOT of ink. I suppose cleaning will be just as easy as with my Montblanc and other pistonfillers. Conclusion I got this pen as a gift. I probably wouldn’t have bought it myself as it is a rather expensive model (I don’t know the exact price and don’t want to know). I probably would have gotten myself something a bit less flashy and more in line with the larger part of my collection. I’m a lawyer/barrister and in that profession this kind of pen is quite a jawdropper. However, this pen is a very nice writer, that is well built and certainly is a discussion starter. I am very pleased with it (which is a good thing as I will have to write with it for the rest of my life ;-) ). Pictures: I took some pictures with my cellphone. I will see if I can upload better pictures anytime soon...
  9. blackoala

    Hello From Jakarta, Indonesia

    Hello folks! After being a silent reader for a while, I will try to post something here.. (english is not my daily language, so hang on.. ) I just recently fascinated by fountain pen few months ago. It's all started when me and my father went to meet his old friend in a meeting who has a S.T Dupont Elysee. Then I remembered that I have had a fountain pen back when I was 10 yrs old. I can't remember the brand but it was printed with colorful jungle and animals picture on its plastic body. The first thing I did to it was try to figure out how it is worked, try to take everything apart, ink all over places, thankfully I was able to put those back together. I brought the pen to school (got many "ooh" and "aah" from friends) and use it everyday until it broke (I dropped it and destroy the nib). I shared this memory with my father and he gave me a MB Starwalker next week (thanks dad!). And that begins my FP journey. Now I have a Sheaffer 100 M, Lamy Al Star (+spare nibs), Parker Urban and the Starwalker and bottles of inks, and I hope my collection will start growing, despite low availability in my local market. My next target maybe a FaberCastell. I see a good community here and tons of knowledge. You rocks guys!!
  10. muratavci

    Hello From Turkey!

    Hi everyone from Turkey. As you know I am new here I am looking for a pen for good signature and I meet FPN while I was looking at information about my research at internet. I have got a no idea about pens, nib, stub, ink etc. I want a pen for usually signing maybe sometimes take notes or writing. but my priority is signing. So what is the best pen (roller, ball-point, fountain) for you? Of course nib size, stub, oblique or straight etc. Thank you very much
  11. I received the Lamy CP1 as a gift. I was after a "non-nickable" pen - one that wasn't likely to get stolen, and was cheap enough to replace if it was. A workhorse. As an added bonus, it looks more or less like a ballpoint, so the CP-1 was ideal for my purposes. Appearence (7/10) Its simple, black flush design does look very much like a ballpoint, but a nice one. The silver clip is in stark contrast with the flush body, and neither look particularly cheap. One of these pens is not like the others! The official product shot of the CP-1 shows the pen posted, hiding its only downfall of design: The end of the pen, which features a small plastic ring that looks cheap and nasty (see picture below). This part of the design allows the cap to be posted very firmly, so it's a trade-off of design for functionality. Fortunately, while posted, the pen looks sleek and sophistocated, and there is none of this "trade-off" nonsense we see while capped. Design/Size/Weight (6.5/10) The pen is functional and well-designed. It's made almost completely from brushed metal, with the exception of the aformentioned ring and the grip, which feels quite cheap compared to the rest of the pen. It is the perfect length for my medium-sized male hands, both posted and unposted. Its width is a little too thin for my liking, and this takes its toll when writing for more than an hour. What lets the pen down is its weight. It's light. Very light, in fact, as you might expect from a pen of this size. While many may appreciate its weight for conveinence, I personally find it detrimental to my handwriting. I always find myself posting the cap to make the pen heavier. The clip has a pleasingly spring-loaded pullback, but sadly has quite a loose tooth. The clip moves from side to side a little too easily, making it feel cheap and easily breakable. Strangely, the word "Germany" can be found engraved undearneath the clip. I was surprised by this attention to detail. I really must shout out to Lamy here for their excellent clip-on cap design. I usually prefer screw-on types, but the closing click on the CP-1 is oh-so satisfying, and solid as anything once capped. Nib (6.5/10) Not particularly scratchy, but I wouldn't go so far as to say it is overly smooth either. I have the F nib, but the pen comes in B, M, F and EF. The nib is rigid, as expected from a steel nib. The horizontal line width is slightly thicker than the vertical line width. There is a fairly consistent ink flow, but it's not perfect. Filling system and maintenance (8/10) Mine came with both cartridges and a converter, both of which hold a decent, but not amazing, amount of ink (though it is worth noting that the converter contains less ink than the cartridges). Where I live, Lamy cartridges are generally cheaper than other cartridges. The pen wrote straight out of the box, and needed no help whatsoever to get a nice, solid inkflow on its first time out. I have not needed to apply maintenence yet. Cost and Value (6/10) Well, it's not the steal of the century, but it's not bad. With prices ranging from US$50-70, the pen is cheap if you look at it from a "good fountain pen" standpoint, but expensive from a "good ballpoint" one, to which the pen is somewhat more akin. I prefer to look at it as value for usage, and it looks like I'll be getting a lot of usage out of this one. Overall (7/10) If you're looking for a cheap, light, workhorse fountain pen for taking notes and not writing neat letters, the Lamy CP-1 is for you. This was my first Lamy pen, having previously thought of Lamy as a get-what-you-pay-for brand, but I was very impressed with the CP-1. I use it the most out of all of my fountain pens, and I'm not afraid to take it out. It may not produce the nicest results, but this isn't a pen that's going to get scratched or stolen. Alhough the clip may be a little flimsy, the pen is a high-quality piece of German workmanship. A true workhorse pen.
  12. Hey everybody! Here we are, my first post after lurking for a while on this great forum. I'll just start by listing the pens that I currently own and quick thoughts on them to give an idea of where I'm coming from: Lamy Safari (F) - This pen is nice and I use it as one of my main pens for everyday writing and work (college student). This is also the first pen I bought myself. Sheaffer Prelude (M) - This is the pen that got me pulled into this great hobby. I actually found it (sorry to whomever was the unlucky loser of the pen!). I like to use this for general writing, but also for some work as well. The nib is pretty smooth which is nice, but the line is a little thicker than I truly prefer. *Cheap Chinese Pen - I got this because, well, I'm not really sure why, but compared to the other pens I have the quality is just awful and I don't use it at all anymore. Parker "51" Special - This was given to me by my Granddad because he had no use for it and wasn't going to use it. I like the way it writes and it's definitely one of my reliable workhorse pens. I had to do a (mostly) full disassembly and cleaning to clear out the breather tube to get it working well again. Sheaffer "Flat Top" Lifetime Nib - Also given to me by my Granddad. When I got it, the sac was shot as to be expected, but I ordered another one, repaired it, and now it works, mostly. I do enjoy using the pen, but due to flow issues, I have cleaned it and put it away for now. No matter what I do, the nib invariably floods and I get the occasional drop of ink on the page. I'll work it out eventually, but for now, it's on the sidelines. Plus, I have a pretty decent selection of bottled inks that I enjoy rotating through my pens. Now to the matter at hand. This summer I will be getting an internship at an engineering firm (I'm majoring in EE). This is going to be my first ever job and I'll be getting my first ever paycheck in a few short weeks. I figured that to commemorate the occasion, I would just completely blow my first paycheck on various things, one being a "nice" fountain pen. I've been looking around and I really have become hooked on the look of Pelikan pens, especially the versions with silver/chrome/whatever material it is trim. Basically, I'm asking the opinion of members on which specific pen in the line they would recommend for me. I know I don't want that M1000 monster, but I'm not sure whether to turn to the M800 or the smaller M600. I like the idea of going bigger, but at the same time, I do like to keep some sanity and I'd like to be able to use it reasonably. What saith thou? Of course, if you think there may be better options as well, don't hesitate to add those! Whew, that was a lot, thanks a ton for any suggestions or ideas!
  13. InvisibleMan

    First Bulb Filler

    I think this is where this post belongs . This is my first completed bulb filler. It took a bit of trial and error to get the bulb filling system to work, but it fills up like a champ now. I don't know how much ink this thing holds, but it is a lot. It takes about 14 squeezes of the bulb to fill it up completely. The body of the pen isn't perfect, but this was sort of a "get it done" pen for me to use. I think this may end up being my favorite filling system. It's fun to use, and I think it looks cool too . It's made from Alumilite resin that I poured myself. Medium JoWo nib. It's a big pen - 14mm cap threads (triple start), 135mm long uncapped, 147mm capped. http://www.pensbylyleross.com/uploads/1/2/6/0/12608908/4201526_orig.jpg http://www.pensbylyleross.com/uploads/1/2/6/0/12608908/2748028_orig.jpg http://www.pensbylyleross.com/uploads/1/2/6/0/12608908/7551900_orig.jpg Private Reserve Black Cherry - about 3/4 filled probably http://www.pensbylyleross.com/uploads/1/2/6/0/12608908/3374510_orig.jpg Blog entry about the pen:
  14. Visconti Van Gogh Starry Night Fountain Pen: A Piece of Art! The Visconti Van Gogh Impressionist Collection is a delightful range of pens inspired by paintings from one of the world’s most acclaimed artists. Each pen formulates palettes of colour that accurately reflect the technique and emotion of each of Van Gogh's paintings. http://pensiguana.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/visconti-van-gogh-fountain-pen-starry-night-78318a10-1.jpg?w=640&h=480 This exquisite Visconti Van Gogh Starry Night fountain penis inspired by the iconic 1889 Van Gogh masterpiece “The Starry Night”, depicting the village of Saint-Remy under a dramatically swirling sky, which currently hangs in New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. http://pensiguana.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/visconti-van-gogh-fountain-pen-starry-night-78318a10-9.jpg?w=640&h=480 Each pen is available in fountain, rollerball and ballpoint pen. The name of the painting and artist are delicately engraved around the pen’s ring, and each pen is packed into a beautiful gift box. The fountain pens come with a steel nib and cartridges or converters can be used. The pen closes with Visconti's popular magnetic closure system and every mixture of colours is different from each other, making each pen unique. An excellent opportunity to have one of a kind pen! http://pensiguana.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/visconti-van-gogh-fountain-pen-starry-night-78318a10-10.jpg?w=640&h=480 Each piece in this timeless collection is inspired not only by Vincent van Gogh's skill and technique, but by the emotion and personality of his individual paintings. Your chance to make of your writings a wonderful piece of art! If you like this pen, you can buy it at: www.iguanasell.com

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