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  1. wnclee

    Green For Spring! Please.

    Hello. It's been a while. I've been in the market for the 'perfect" green for years. Such a difficult color, so many variations. I'll never have "perfect", but want close. I have the Mont Blanc 'Irish Green" & "J.Herbin Lierre Sauvage in the darker shades. Others much lighter or "Off" green such as J.H. "Verte Olive" & some w/ blue or turquoise hues. I want something along the lines of the first two I mentioned, but a hint or two lighter ai'm looking at "Kwly green & their "Meadow Green". One other is the Noodler's Eel series Gruene. They have the non-el, but I swear it looks lighter than the regular Gruene. I just need more greens in my arsenal. Any aficionados or lover of greens: I need your advice please. I'm open to other maker's as well... Thanks & Best, LeRoy This post is not letting me make corrections above forgive me.. That was Kelly Green before Meadow Green. LWL
  2. Just curious about the nibs on the Visconti pens... I heard that European sizing is a bit different, not sure how though... is their Broad like a Medium? or vice versa? I've been debating a new pen for a while, between a TWSBI 580 and a Monteverde Prima... then while researching I kept seeing Visconti's name show up, and outta my price range so never really looked, but, made the mistake of watching a few videos and looking online, and that Starry Night pen in the Van Gogh series has me hooked. Maybe it's time to get a really good pen, vs a few mediocre pens. I'm looking for a nib that is about as thick/wide as my Jinhao X750 Medium. Thick enough to show off the shading of the ink, but narrow enough that my small handwriting isn't a blob. I have a few Lamy pens, which seem to run a bit dry, and the medium doesn't seem quite wide enough, but the Lamy broad nib that I have is a bit too fat for my handwriting. The Jinhao X750 M, is pretty much where I'm looking to be. What would the Visconti equivalent be? ... and I guess, compared to the TWSBI 580 and a Monteverde Prima, is the pen worth the extra price? Apart from looks, because I just love the look of it. Thanks
  3. mejdrich

    Favorite Inks For A Wet 149?

    All, Just curious which inks you prefer for your wetter writing 149? Have a medium nibbed modern that has extremely generous flow and was curious if anyone had found an ink solution... BTW, using J. Herbin Perle Noir now... Thanks!
  4. vishwaskrishna

    Twsbi Diamond 580

    My first review here at FPN. After reading a lot about the TWSBI pens on FPN, I was really tempted to try one of them. So, I purchased the recently released TWSBI Diamond 580 with a medium nib (and later on bought an EF nib too) directly from TWSBI. The pen cost me $80 ($50+$30 for shipping). An aside, noticed today that the TWSBI website has increased the shipping cost by $10, which means, you may have to shell out nearly as much as the pen if you are from India, like me. Edit: as pointed by hari317 below, the shipping rate is still $30 (when not logged in through a mobile) Coming back to the pen, the first time I wrote, I was blown away by the smoothness of the pen. The medium nib is really that smooth. And though I feared that the pen might be huge, looking at the images, but never felt so after actually handling it for a while. Also, I found the grip of the pen very pleasing and now, I am really comfortable with the length, grip as well as the weight of the pen. But my initial pleasure of using such a smooth nib vanished very quickly as the nib skipped a LOT and got dry very soon. I wrote to TWSBI and Philip Wang was quick to respond, asking me to press the nib using my thumb and index finger to stop the skipping issue. I followed that but didn't find much of a difference, but when I followed what TWSBI has demonstrated on their , I was surprisingly able to correct the issue and pen never skipped afterwards. With regard to the drying of the pen, unfortunately, the issue still persists, The solution, though not entirely pleased with it, is turning the piston knob to push the ink and then do it again after about a page. Meaning, if you are using the pen for longer periods, this might be bit of an irritation. When it comes to the extra fine nib, I had requested Philip Wang to test it and make sure that the nib doesn't skip, and then ship it. Thanks to TWSBI, my EF nib never skipped, but unfortunately, even that faced the same drying issue. After about a page, the nib/feed started getting very dry. Apart from that, the EF nib is, naturally, not as smooth as Medium and was too dry for my liking. So, followed the same method suggested by TWSBI, mentioned earlier, to make it wet and it worked and now, happy with the ink flow. (I separated the nib from the feed while following their method) Have to mention that I have changed the ink lot of times and it is a very easy and quick process to clean the pen. Overall, my experience with TWSBI, if I have to summarise in just a line, is it gives one of the smoothest writing experiences, except when it gets dry. I like the look of the pen a lot (pardon my photography skills) [original image] Writing sample of EF nib [original image] Writing sample of Medium nib [original image] Initial skipping of the nib (M) [original image] You can notice the difference between the dry nib (EF) and the wet nib immediately after turning the piston ring [original image]
  5. I'm very much a fountain pen newbie, only owning one fountain pen to date. However, I am looking to purchase a Cross Botanica pen, but am undecided on whether to go fine or medium nib. Normally, I like broader nibs because I like a very smooth flow and hate scratchiness. But I am also leaning towards the fine nib to have some variety, as my current pen is a waterman medium, which I find quite bold. I am struggling to find any comparisons between the nibs, and was wondering if anyone had any first-hand experience with either/both and any samples that they were willing to share to help me make a decision. I believe that the Botanica is a stylised version of the Century II(??) so I'm assuming that those nibs would be relatively similar if nobody has actually used the botanica style. Thanks in advance for any help - it is very much appreciated!
  6. collectibles114

    Pilot Prera Medium

    Pilot Prera, Medium Nib While I was considering whether I should purchase the Pilot Prera initially, I read a number of reviews and even stumbled upon one that said that it was "one of the best fountain pens ever made." I had been eyeing this pen for some time but was always held back when I thought that I should spend $50 on something else that didn't have the same nib as a Metropolitan or 78G (both of which I have owned before and have thoroughly enjoyed). Then again, if you're like me, you probably find yourself often giving away your Metropolitans or 78Gs to friends who discover the fascinating, joyous, and dare I say expensive world of fountain pens. But I digress. Last week, after completing my final research project for my capstone, I caved and rewarded myself with this Pilot Prera in slate gray (which was purchased on Amazon for $30). Two days later the package arrived and I was eager to finally get my hands on this pen. http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e237/collectibles114/IMG_4698_zpsqsukbny8.jpg http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e237/collectibles114/IMG_4705_zpszyke5yvw.jpg Appearance: The color of the pen is slate gray; I find it has a pleasant appearance. I was expecting a darker color from the pictures online—it is not a very dark gray. It looks almost like it has a hint of blue to me, which I personally like a lot. The chrome accents along the body and cap make the pen look expensive but not flashy. http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e237/collectibles114/IMG_4736_zpslvxyofeh.jpg PENS IN ORDER (FROM LEFT TO RIGHT): Jinhao 250, Faber Castell Loom, Pilot Prera, Lamy Safari, Nemosine Singularity. http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e237/collectibles114/IMG_4743_zpsl5remqx6.jpg PENS IN ORDER (FROM LEFT TO RIGHT): Jinhao 250, Faber Castell Loom, Pilot Prera, Lamy Safari, Nemosine Singularity. Build Quality: This is definitely a smaller pen. I would consider it an EDC, but to be honest, with an MSRP of $58, I don't know how comfortable I would be taking it on the go. Don't get me wrong, this pen doesn't feel cheaply made, but it also doesn't feel very solid overall. I will say, however, that the cap and clip are both firm in place and don't wiggle around when I use the pen. http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e237/collectibles114/IMG_4707_zpsw4xew4vm.jpg Balance: I can write with it posted and it feels nicely balanced. Uncapped, it is just a little awkward for my larger hands. http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e237/collectibles114/IMG_4730_zps9tk7j0af.jpghttp://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e237/collectibles114/IMG_4731_zpsbiow3ikh.jpg Filling System: Unlike the Metropolitan and 78G, the Prera I purchased does not come with a converter. This could be because I got it for a cheaper price on Amazon. I noticed that they had the demonstrator Preras for sale also, which come with a converter (those are around $30 too). Luckily, I had a spare CON-20 on hand and filled it up with Namiki Blue ink. One thing I noticed is that the pen is entirely plastic—I would imagine that you could get away with converting it to an eyedropper with some silicon grease. I'll have to try it sometime. Nib Performance: Okay, this is where the pen shines. The width is about 0.6-0.7mm, a medium. It writes VERY smooth. Seriously, I can't put it down... I just want to keep writing and writing. It does tend to run a little dry after about a half a page of writing, but that's not a huge deal to me. If it really becomes an issue in the future, I can always bust out a loupe and adjust the feed. It is a nail. Smooth, yes... but it doesn't give much flex at all, which is expected from a stainless steal nib. http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e237/collectibles114/IMG_4734_zpslvmq2vjp.jpg Concluding Thoughts: I really like this pen and I'm glad I purchased it for the price I did (you can get it here on Amazon, along with the demonstrator version as well). Pros: Well-balanced penVery smooth nibCan be converted to an eyedropperCap snaps snug into placeClip is firmly attached to the penCons: Does not come with a converterDoesn't feel very solid overallNib sometimes runs a little dryThere is a video below that includes a brief writing sample. Enjoy! I'd love to hear your thoughts.
  7. fitz123

    Jinhao 599C

    The Lamy Vista knock-off, The Jihnao 599/599C I have heard is an excellent pen, but medium nibs are not suitable for my everyday writing and would like to replace it with a fine. Does this pen take a #6 or #5 nib? Thanks
  8. Im a fan of the Parker 51, and have several. One, however, no mater which ink I use, always is a very 'wet' writer; it has a medium nib. I don't have this with the others, nothing about this one looks or feels different, and I have tried different inks, and papers, but don't know what the problem is....though a wet writer isn't a problem as such, this is just a little bit too much on the wet side for me. Grateful for any thoughts or suggestions Alex
  9. Good Morning, Everyone (well, morning in the CST anyway)! Before I start my review, allow me to preface it by saying: My handwriting is horrible. It's bad. It's horrid. It's not good. I've been told many times that I missed my calling as a Doctor based solely on my penmanship. Please do not expect my letters to be flowing, evenly spaced, in neat parallel lines. In fact, this was my biggest barrier to posting my first review, being self-conscious about my ability to write in block letters or cursive. So, on we go to the review. I ordered this pen from Goulet Pens. My path to this pen was as follows: I had a fountain pen as a child (which I lost), and later received a MontBlanc as a gift (which the gifter lost, so I married her). At the tender age of 43 I decided to buy a new one. After extensive and detailed research lasting all of 5 minutes, I ordered a Conklin Duragraph and after using it realized that I wanted something better (and also reminded myself to slow down, smell the roses and do a little more research before making a purchase). That's when I ordered the Edison Herald in Copper Flake acrylic. My Duragraph has a fine nib, which I did not like, so I bumped up to a medium nib. The pen arrived well packaged (with a Tootsie pop!) and inside was the Edison box. Comparing the giant sloppy "trying to be really nice but failing miserably" box that the Duragraph arrived in, the Edison box was right-sized, had an attractive appearance inside and out (including this for those who care about the boxes). Inside was this beauty. What a gorgeous colored pen. I had ordered a set of ink samples in dark red, and ended up buying a bottle of Noodler's Antietam to match the color of the pen. My second choice would be Diamine Red Dragon, which also matches nicely (a bit redder, a bit darker). The cap is a nice fit and the threads match up nicely (not so tight that you worry about cracking the cap). The clip is well proportioned to the pen, and is positioned so that a small bit of the top peaks out of your pocket (if you carry one in the chest pocket). I like that, as it's a conversation starter. The pen is smooth, and is lightly engraved "Edison Pen Co." over "Herald". I'm guessing it's a laser engraving. I filled the pen using the included converter, although I could set it up as an eyedropper, too. Since I was trying different inks, I stuck with the converter. I wrote with the pen posted, and unposted. I prefer unposted, because it seems to "snuggle" into my hand a little more comfortably. The ink flowed smoothly and right at the 7/10 wetness that Edison promises. The nib is smooth, and writes with a light touch (you know when you've hit the pressure sweet spot because the pen just floats across the paper). No scratchiness, not "toothy", just a wonderful nib that wants to move faster than my hand (and brain!) can write. Summary: Appearance 10/10 - Absolutely gorgeous. For full effect, get it outside in full sunlight. WOW! Wetness: 7/10 Smoothness of nib: 9/10 - It's not a slippery nib, and it's far, far nicer than the Conklin nib that I had been using. Ergonomics: 10/10 - This pen just feels nice in the hand. Warm, light, comfortable curves, the nib section is nicely contoured and fits my short, thick fingers nicely Sealing (how well the cap seals against drying out): 9/10 - I get the occasional dry start, but I think that's more the ink than it is the pen. I think the Red Dragon ink would make this a 10/10. Weight: 10/10 - I prefer a lighter weight pen because I get hand cramps on a regular basis (always have, since a small child). Overall: 9.5/10 - Not rating it a 10/10 because someday, I may find a better pen. Possibly. I'll revisit this in 10 years and maybe change it to a 10/10 :-)
  10. redneck6497

    Levenger Nib Issue

    HI All, I purchased a Levenger l-tech. I have one from a few years ago, and it writes flawlessly in medium. I purchased another one b/c I like it so much. The pen came with a nib that was having issues stopping when making certain letters, and the flow was "slow". Nothing like my other pen. I called Levenger and their excellent customer support replaced the nib. The second nib seems to do fine once you get it started, but it has issues starting. I could pick my other pen up after sitting for a week and have a perfect stroke the first time. I saw on another thread that some nibs when brand new have oils in them, and to use a little dishwashing detergent in water to clean it out. I did that. Same.... I once again contacted Levenger, and they are ready to give me a refund, but I don't really want to give up yet. Any ideas? Should I write with it for a while and hope it fixes itself?? aarrgggg!
  11. mrzas

    Nib Choice

    Hi everyone, You guys have already helped me buy a Pilot Metropolitan (fine) and a Kaweco Classic (fine), now I need your help again. My older brother is buying me a Twsbi 580 in Rose Gold (for my birthday woo) but i'm not sure what nib size is should get. I do like my fine nibs but this time I want something that is really smooth, so I was just wondering what your opinions are on the fine and medium Twsbi nibs. Thanks
  12. a.zy.lee

    Lamy 2000 Video (Review?)

    I made a short video for the Lamy 2000 just for fun and I thought I'd share it with you guys. The video and editing style is obviously a blatant rip-off of theimmovablemovers' viral Namiki Falcon and Nakaya videos. I prefer the term 'inspired,' but yes, it's a rip-off. The dark background comes off really grainy and awful, so I apologise for that. It looked fine on my camera's display. I hope you enjoy the video.
  13. I came across Franklin Christoph when there was a review here about another FC beauty, Model 02 Intrinsic. After checking up Franklin Christoph website for a while, I have settled for the 1901 model as I prefer big pens. I placed an order for the model 1901 Black with creme bands and a pen tray but the pen was out of stock. I was promptly informed by the sale department there would be a delay of 7 days before the pen was available again in all three colours. It was then I decided to go for the one with cherry ice bands. I ordered the 18K Masuyama medium italic nib to go with the pen. The pen arrived to my work place three days later by Fed Ex after I received the dispatch notice from FC. I opened the package and the pen box… Appearance (9/10) OMG…. Am I impressed by its look and quality… The barrel is made of acrylic and not celluloid. It is smooth with a gloss shine. The two bands are not as bright as illustrated on FC website. Yes, the pen may look bland without the bands. The pen comes with a clip with four small diamonds imprinted on it. The clip is stiff. The top of the cap is flat and has the FP logo embossed on it. There is also the name Franklin Christoph imprinted on the cap. It takes three quarter turn to unscrew the cap. This pen may not attract a lot of attention like a colourful celluloid pen but that is never my concern. Weight and dimension (10/10) I like to write without posting the cap. This is a pen that is not designed to be posted while writing. The barrel tapers towards the end. I have large hands (size 8 gloves) and this pen sits comfortably in my hand. It is a light pen and weighing in at 28.3g. You can get the pen dimensions here: http://www.franklin-christoph.com/model-19-1901.html The pen section is tapered towards the nib and makes it easy to hold and write for long hours. The filling system (10/10): The piston lovers may not agree with me… The filling system is a cartridge converter. I have been a piston filler ‘fanboy’ for years until I have tried to clean my piston fillers recently and after watching a few youtube clips about replacing parts for piston filler. In general, it is easier to clean a pen with cartridge converter. With a piston filler, I have to remove the nib and feed before flushing the ink chamber with water. That is not possible with all my piston fillers such as Montblanc or Montegrappa 1930. If the cartridge converter malfunctions, I can easily replace it with another. The 1901 model has a good ink capacity and has a volume similar to a Pilot con 70. (As seen with a pilot Justus 95 in the photo below). The nib (10/10) …talking about the joy of writing. The nib is a Jowo with FC logo on it. This nib produces a crisp italic. It is not a cursive italic. It has a smooth, medium flow. The italic nib is position sensitive and can catch the paper if I am holding the pen at an angle. This is typical of italic nib and makes it harder to use comparing to a stub or round nib. There is a bit of flex with this gold nib. This pen with the gold nib costs US100 more than the version with the steel nib. The nib unit can be easily replaced with another one. It also means cleaning of this pen is extremely easy. The medium italic writes a line width of 0.8mm down stroke… You may have seen my overview of stock 1.1 italic but this nib is in a different class of its own. I have many pens with round nibs. This pen has instantly become my favourite daily writing pen. Cost and value (10/10) I paid US$300 including postage for this pen. This is perhaps the cheapest flagship model among many other flagship models in my collection. This pen however, comes with a customized nib as an option. That is just ‘icing on the cake’. I have to admit, it writes and feels better than a lot of other pens which cost twice as much as this pen. The pen fits my hand perfectly and I do prefer the line width from this pen over my other pens with 1.1 italic. Conclusion: This is my first FC pen and won’t be the last. As I write this review, this model with cherry ice bands is out of stock. My suggestion for those who are strictly devoted to piston fillers, your option is to get a piston filler with broad nib (like a Sailor Realo) before sending it to Mike for customization. I am very happy with this pen. Do I recommend it? 110% Thank you for reading… Enjoy!
  14. WCable1

    Is This A Fine Or Medium Nib?

    Hi, I'm looking for a 149 on eBay, ideally with a medium nib or higher. I've heard elsewhere that as they're handground montblanc nibs can vary in size. Here are some photos of one where I'm not sure of it's size. I'd really appreciate people's opinions:
  15. CJ_ung

    Twsbi 580 1.1 Stub?

    Hello all, I am thinking of purchasing a TWSBI 580 soon. I've finally been able to choose this model over the Vac700, yet another question remains. Do I purchase the 1.1 stub, or a regular medium nib? If anyone has experience with the TWSBI stub nibs or stub nibs in general compared to normal nibs, any advice would be greatly appreciated, Much thanks, CJ
  16. Dear Fountain Pen Network Friends, I am new to The Fountain Pen Network website and admittedly, an amateur collector in the fountain pen world. Five years ago, the first fountain pen I ever purchased was through a Chinese merchant on eBay. I bought a Waterman Phileas, black, with a steel medium point nib; the sale included a plastic box with a velvet interior and an international ink cartridge, black. I spent around $26. Since then, my interest in fountain pens has become more than an obsessive hobby; it is an intense admiration of all antiquities. I continued purchasing pens through eBay--mostly vintage Sheaffar pens that needed repairing--and plain black and blue inks in cheaply made inkwells for the next two years. Presently, all of my recent fountain pen purchases have been through GouletPens.com. After completing my four years in college as an undergraduate and as a student majoring in Philosophy while minoring in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing, I have decided to continue my education to become a graduate student with the prospects of earning a PhD in Continental Philosophy as well as a master's degree in Comparative Russian Literature--an ambitious attempt since the only other language I speak is Spanish, poorly, but enough to get me by. Knowing very well that my scholastic pursuits will lead me to a career where writing is as common as showering or brushing one's teeth, I began, at an early age, to keep a diary to train my hands in the art of writing (as a young rebellious-of-all-things-religious Catholic school student, I was forced to learn cursive writing; as an adult, my writing style is a hybrid of both print and cursive). In high school, I was a Graphic Arts student and knew that not all paper was made the same. Whenever I tried using my Waterman Phileas on recycled leaves of paper, it would bleed through the page and onto another--obviously I was writing as slow as a sloth. I began searching for paper that could withstand the generous flow of ink from a fountain pen. I came across a leather diary by PaperChase. Bleeding was less of an issue with this diary, but still a problem. To make this autobiographical account of my history with fountain pens and durable paper short, being that this is my first post on The Fountain Pen Network, I ask this: what are the best fountain pens a student can buy that are under $100? Moreover, it is important to note that pen and paper are, for lack of a better word, harmoniously symbiotic; therefore, what kind of paper can withstand the torturous swaying, swiping, and scratching of a nib? Furthermore, what would a fountain pen expert recommend when suggesting inks?--please, be playful with this one. Currently, my daily drivers (or, the fountain pens I carry with me and use daily), in order of least favorable to favorable, are the Pilot Metropolitan, black, with a steel medium nib; the Reform 1745, green and black, with a gold plated (correct me if I am wrong) medium iridium point nib; and finally, a TWSBI Diamond 580, transparent (hence, the diamond) body, with a steel fine point nib. All pens are filled with Diamine's Red Dragon ink--a personal favorite which makes all writing feel like a tribute to William Blake. Finally, the diary I carry with me is a hardback 5 x 8.25 Moleskine Classic Notebook with plain pages only because, as Juan Ramon Jimenez wrote, "If they give you ruled paper, write the other way." My Fountain Pen Network friends, I hope you can enlighten me on how best to pursue a lifestyle in purchasing the right pen, ink and paper, and I trust that your insight will not only direct me, but will also be of some use to others. Thank you. Truly Yours, G. L. P. S. To keep within the limited amount of upload space I have been given, I will uploaded pictures of the nibs for the aforementioned fountain pens. I have also included a picture of the ink I primarily use.
  17. Some other things. The design for me gets a Solid A+. The Nib is an A- with some down marks for railroading under pressure. The cost is a C. It's an expensive pen. It is however a VERY solid pen. The nib is a joy to write with. It can be had for around 312 in the states and if you want to roll the dice on an japan ebay import, 270 to 290 shipped. You will not regret the purchase. Overall a Solid A-
  18. aytri

    Dunhill Ad2000 Repair

    Hi all, I've recently acquired what I believe to be a Dunhill AD2000. It wasn't the best writer, so I flushed it with water and took it apart for a good soaking. Whilst flushing, I noticed the converter seemed to "stick" a little and was reluctant to take up water. It also has a medium gold nib, which is slightly bent. The pen WILL write - I just get the feeling it could be a lot better if I could fix these little niggles So two questions really: 1. Where can I buy a new converter? I'm sure they'll only be a couple of quid so I figure it's worth replacing. 2. Is it possible to buy a replacement nib for this pen? If so, from where? I'd ideally like an italic nib. If not, the other alternative is sending it to a nibmeister. I'm reluctant to try to fix it myself, as a: I'm clumsy, b: I simply don't know enough about how to do it, and c: (most importantly) the pen has sentimental value. I'd assume it's going to be cheaper just to buy a new nib if they're readily available, but if not, recommendations for someone in the UK who might be able to improve the nib (and maybe convert it to an italic) would be appreciated! Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks, aytri
  19. At the beginning, I was not supposed to make a review of the safari. I thought there was too many already out there. But, after a long time, after buying a montblanc, a parker sonnet 18k nib, and many other pens, I decided to re-ink my safari, as a reminder of the good old times ! I almost fell off my chair. Now I was finally able to fully appreciate this pen, after using a lot more : 14k nibs, 18k nibs, cheap stainless steel nibs, good stainless steel nibs ect ect.... So finally I decided to make this review because this pen is just too good for the price. The look : Personnaly, I am not a huge fan of this design. But it is very special and original. Some like this some don't but the pen still have a very interesting look. The construction : Bullet proof. It is made of plastic, but nothing that will crack of break with "normal" use. Some will say that it is plastic.. and it is crackable ... and .. and .... But listen, I don't know what those people do with theirs pens and I don't want to know. I used and carried the safari around for a long time and it is still in very good shape. The nib : SMOOTH, it is very very very smooth for a pen in that price range ! I used a lot of pens and I can tell that it is a very good nib for a pen that I got for 22 $ on Amazon. The nib is very stiff, so don't expect any flex "play" with this but for a beginner and even an expert, is is very very enjoyable. Mine is also very wet. Shape, weight and balence : The pen is well balenced, you can use it for a long without any pain. But I need to talk about the grip section, it is quite special. I personally find it awesome and incredibly conformable but it is not everybody's opinion. For example, my father tried it and he did not liked it. I would say it is a good thing to try it to figure it out. But I think it fits to a lot of people hand. RELIABILITY : It is one of the most reliable pen of my collection. I can let it inked on my desk for a month not using it and it will start up the first time. You know this pen is not gonna let you down. Conclusion : The Lamy Safari is a pen everybody should own. In my opinion, It is the best pen for beginners. So if you are looking for a first fountain pen : this one is the one you should get. Even if you are an expert or a collector, it is a great pen to own. *** English is not my first lenguage, please understand. Your comments are more than welcomed !
  20. MatthewSoper

    Demonstrator M200 Ink Flow Problems

    Two weeks ago I purchased an M200 Demonstrator. I've been using it daily and have been continually encountering problems getting the ink flow started once the nib touches the paper. It involves me retracing the first stroke of the pen. The nib seems to not like the down-ward stroke as I make the first movement to write my name. Once I go back up, the ink flow is there and I can finish the word. The ink flow will also stop during circular movements, such as for "a" or "o." It is annoying and yesterday I went back to the shop and they replaced the nib. Today the pen is doing the same thing as before. I also switched from green ink to black ink to see if that would make a difference and lightly rinsed with cold water, no soap. When I compare this to my other Pelikan and my Retro51, both of then have immediate ink flow when the pen touches the paper. If you could offer any advice I'd be appreciative. I made a video clip <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_ereTgqxLI> with my iPhone and hope you can see what I am talking about, I also took a still and underlined the letters the pen/nib had difficulty delivering a flow of ink. Any advice would be brilliant! Cheers.
  21. dragos.mocanu

    Lamy 2000 - Medium Or Broad

    Hello, Today I've finally decided, I want to buy a Lamy 2000. But I have a bit of a problem...I don't know which nib size I should get. I have medium sized handwriting, but I can effectively use nibs spanning from F (0.5mm!?) to 1.4mm stubs (that's the maximum I have at the moment), because I usually write cursive with smaller nibs (F, M) and print/italic with larger ones. That being said, which of the two sizes would you recommend? From what I've seen around here, the Broad nibs tend to have a bit of line variation (like a stub); is that the case with all Lamy 2000 Broads? Thank you!
  22. How has your nib prefer eve changed over the years? I used to buy fine and extra fine nibs exclusively until about seven years ago, when I started getting into broad and upwards. Now, my standard nib is is almost always going to be a stub or cursive italic, and wouldn't bother with anything smaller. I think larger nibs can be more demanding to use, but also help in maintaining a clear hand. Any thoughts?
  23. Schoenberg

    Lamy Safari Medium Nib Vs Abc

    Does anyone have experience with Lamy Safari M nib and ABC nib? ABC has only one size of nib -- medium. So far it looks different from the Safari M nib, but is interchangeable with Safari. Any difference?Which is superior?
  24. This is my first MB fontain pen. I bought it as second hand item from Ebay. It is quite new but I have a nib creep problem. While writing a droplet of ink comes up the surface of the nib and immadiately whicked back into the feed living a stain behind. I tried it twice with both MB Black and with Aurora Black ink. It happens more with MB ink when compared with Aurora Black. I flushed and cleaned the pen before inking. I called MB Service in Turkey about the problem before seeing the pen we can't say anything exactly they said. Except these what can I do what can the reason for it? Kind regards.
  25. Hello, I'm looking for a replacement nib for my Sheaffer Targa 1003 (full size) gold finish. I imagine these are pretty hard to find but I thought I'd see if anyone at fpn has one, or knows where I might find one. My ideal nib would be NOS medium, but I would be happy with lightly used.

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