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  1. jgrant

    Greetings From Kansas City

    I have been lurking on this forum for years, but for some reason I haven't signed up until now. I am a mid-twenties healthcare administrator who has lived all over the country, but am currently in Kansas City (living in KS, working in MO). When I was in elementary school, my family moved to France for a year which is where I was first exposed to fountain pens. I was required to use one while in school while living there. It wasn't until I moved back to the States that I discovered how much I dislike ballpoints and decided I would stick with my fp. After my student pen stopped working a few yea
  2. Hi! I'm Jocelyn, but I've also dubbed myself Miss Inky Fingers. I'm a 42 year old woman from Connecticut, in the US. I was introduced to fountain pens 5 moths ago, starting with disposables, a month later moving to Metropolitans, and now I've got a pretty hearty pen collection including one Pilot Falcon and a couple more mid range pens, plus a healthy allotment of workhorses (those cheap pens that deal with my crazy needs and inks well, like my Lamy Safary's, which don't clog from shimmering inks!). When current orders arrive, my collection will number 11 fountain pens, 2 glass dippi
  3. Twilight-Dragon

    Greetings From Sweden

    Hello Fountain pen friends! My name is Liselotte and I am a pen collector from Sweden. My first fountain pens was the white Waterman, made in plastic. I had both the black and the blue one. After those, I had a Lime Green Cross Solo, some Lamy Safari which are Dark Lilac, Lime Green, Red (with Coral Red front), Black, I also have two Waterman Hemisphere, one in matte steel and one in black and also the Expert II in Red Laque. I also have the Parker Sonett in Steel and Parker Frontier in blue plastic. I also have an unknown brand FP, which is a memory from my father. It was the pens (Yes a ball
  4. Chaositech

    Greetings From Northern Virginia

    I'm looking forward to interacting with dozens of fountain pen aficionados. Technically I have owned fountain pens for over 25 years but for most of that time they set idle and dry. Last year I joined a writer's group and discovered that virtually every other member used fountain pens routinely. I explained to them that I had an old Parker that my father had given me but that it was unreliable and possibly clogged with old dry ink. They told me a few ways I could revive the pen and after soaking and flushing I was able to get reasonably good performance out of it. I know now that that pen is
  5. nm12209

    New Member

    Hi everyone. I'm new to FPN but am not new to fountain pens. I have been using them for a few years now. I mostly use inexpensive pens, as I am a student and cannot afford expensive pens. I will be starting medical school in August, and I plan on using fountain pens throughout medical school and beyond.
  6. thebeckster

    Hooked In Corpus Christi

    Hello, I have been hooked on fountain pens since I was in the seventh grade. That was in 1965 in Lansing, Michigan. I still have one of the pens from that time and add that to the rest of my collection and the number now eclipses 500. I look forward to learning more about this all consuming hobby (habit). Larry
  7. Pen-hed

    Hello From Kansas City!

    New member but I've been a voyeur on the site for a while.
  8. jlazz

    New Member

    Hi just joined the FPN I have been making kitles pens for about 6 months
  9. SmuShyDoge


    Hello from Philippines! :3
  10. Tylwythteg

    Hey From Tidewater Virginia

    Just wanted to introduce myself. Live in Virginia. Incredibly grateful to have found this site. Serious reading. Thank you in advance for post. Jen
  11. Lilybelle

    Hello From Tacoma Wa!

    Hello everyone! I'm Cindy. I discovered this wonderful site a few months ago and felt I needed to join if only to say "thank you"! I have only been using fountain pens for the past few months and still have much to learn! So far, I've made some truly cringeworthy mistakes- but after reading many comments on these forums- I feel you are a good-humored and accepting group of people (who won't throw verbal stones at me for a newbie mistake.) A little about me- I am an academic librarian, mom, and wife- and a total tech geek (mostly Mac.) I enjoy writing as a way to unhook from technology
  12. I first discovered the delight of fine pens in the mid 1980s from my brother, who was very taken by his fountain pen. I found the ink rather messy, I have to admit, and easy to smear, but the pen was an object of beauty! He would only let me hold it, and it was only after I saved up for a while that I came to own my first "fine writing instrument." I purchased it in a beautiful stationery store while in Geneva, Switzerland, a handsome, slim Waterman ballpoint pen in black and gold. I have to admit that I enjoyed looking at it more than I did writing with it! The ink seemed to drag on the paper
  13. Cargoblues

    Hello From Paris

    Hello to all of you. Why did I wait so long to register ? I wonder. Maybe because I'm french and afraid to write in english. Anyway I did it. As far as I remember I've always used a fountain pen. I own a Montblanc 149 from the seventies, a Montblanc Boheme, a Pilot "Vanishing Point" and a Pelikan 140 from the fifties. Different pens, different inks, different purposes but I should say that the 149 is my favorite filled with Louis Vuitton "Bleu Sibyllin" ink.
  14. CTKelly

    Hello From New York City

    Hello all, I have loved fountain pens for many years both for the beauty of the pen and the character of the line I can create. Much to the joy of my local pen stores I am very particular about what I like and don't like in pens, ink, and line. Much to their delight, I haven't found many perfect combinations, but I am still looking! I have had two Aurora Optimas, a Lamy 2000, an Omas special edition something or other, and five or six Namiki vanishing points. Naturally I have many more Namiki vanishing point nibs than pens. I currently like writing with broad or italic nibs with 'wet'
  15. wfrogers

    Hello From Santa Barbara, Ca

    Hello! I am a new member and am very impressed with the Fountain Pen Network. I look forward to getting to know you all better and contributing to the conversation. I am a great lover of fountain pens and have recently re-started my collecting. Warren
  16. I know it's a mouth full! My friends just call me Jen. Long story with the name (SDACTS for short). What brings me to FPN? My estranged older brother came to visit me in LA to set old bones about two months ago. He brought with him a pen he had turned himself; which was fascinating to me since I've been writing for as long as I can remember. The more he showed it, the more intrigued I got. So I spent roughly two full days reading everything I could find on left handed fountain penning, script lessons, you tube videos, etc. I felt like I found a missing part of myself. The inks; the nibs; the f
  17. ChromeyAMG

    Hello From Pensacola, Fl

    I enjoy using fountain pens, and also enjoy making them. I have not graduated to kitless construction...yet But hope to before the end of the year as I perfect my passion.
  18. mortisd28

    Hello From Indiana

    I just got into fountain pens at the beginning of this year. Prior to that, I was trying to do calligraphy, but found the dip pens to be a bit of a pain. I am now trying to repair/restore a few pens. I'm currently looking for a feed for a Waterman Stalwart. Any pointers would be welcome! I've been lurking a few places (mostly here and Reddit). I figured I should actually join the community. There's so much good information here! Unfortunately, I've found I don't even know what questions I should be asking. For example, if I had done more research, I would have known not all Waterman 14kt
  19. Hello, FPN folks! New member from Petoskey Michigan. Getting back into fountain pens after a bit of a messy bout in high school. Setting down with a tablet and practicing for about 1/2 hour before bed, most nights. I've started carying and using 2 pens for most everything, including notes at work. I made my own Christmas cards this year, athough most were either pen - and - ink or in-on-watercolor, with dip pens. Hey .. ya gatta start somewhere. I'd like to improve my drawing and penmanship. On a quest now for an economical flexie to try more Spencerian - type penmanship. Curren
  20. flpenaddict

    Hi From Florida

    Greeting from sunny Florida. I joined recently. I have loved fountain pens since high school when I purchased an inexpensive Parker Vector fountain pen. I journal daily so I have a reason to use my fountain pens. I discovered this site while trolling the Goulet website. My collection has grown over the years to include a variety of pens from Platinum Preppy to Montblanc. I recently discovered TWSBI which quickly became a favorite. Buying fountains has become an obsession; once I found Goulet pens all restraint was gone. I am waiting for my Noodler Ahab Flex to arrive. Happy writing ev
  21. Mitinder

    Satsriakal From India

    Satsriakal my fellow fountain pen lovers, I have been using a fountain pen since I was 10 years old and my first fountain pen was a Pelikan (Pelikano) which is sadly lost. Since 1988, when I started teaching in the college, I have bought at least one fp every year and it has been 26 years. My collection has grown with me and my enthusiasm is shared by my wife and children too. I write only with a fountain pen and have been able to induce in my colleges and students a liking for the fountain pens. I hope to learn a lot from this forum and its members . My regards to all of you, Mitinder
  22. amyatla

    Hello From Iceland

    Hi everyone, I'm really just a fountain pen newbie. I've always been nitpicky about my roller pens, but nothing else was available in the area where I lived before (Canada) in stores. I found some Pilot V-Pens in a bookstore here in Reykjavík, and am kicking myself for not having started using fountain pens earlier. I've always appreciated nice pens, but never realized there was a whole community of people that did! Years ago I inherited a Parker Sonnet ballpoint from my grandfather, and loved it to pieces. I've got a Sonnet fountain pen in the mail now (with a couple of Diamine inks to t
  23. Hello fellow fountain pen fanatics!! I think it is going to be a pleasure belonging to a group that does not either laugh or criticize when the topic of fountain pens is raised in polite conversation. MY BACKGROUND: I live in Toronto Canada but currently am working on a long term assignment in Vancouver, British Columbia. I work in the totally electronic world of healthcare IT but find every excuse possible to use my fountain pens day to day on the job. It is a source of great amusement amongst my colleagues and friends. FOUNTAIN PEN INTERESTS: At the present moment I have developed an int
  24. revjamesmorley

    Hello From Leeds, West Yorkshire, Uk

    Hello everyone I've just joined FPN having been a fountain pen fan since I firsted used one at school, age 7. I use fountain pens daily as part of my job and so am keen to find out about reliable pens for everyday use as well as those special pens for special occasions. With thanks James
  25. Sabin

    Hi Everybody

    Hi everyone , I'm a new member here. This is going to be fun and interesting Here is my small collection so far...

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