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Chiming in on the gratitude for this amazing font of information and camaraderie. My addiction began when I was left (inherited) a Waterman and several other pens I haven't yet explored. Very aware of how much a beginner I am. Have purchased several Pilot Metro.'s for carrying with me/everyday, a Twisbi classic-fine for journaling (who knew I'd like writing with a square pen?) and then the Waterman which I guess is no longer sold - med. nib writes like a dream but too inky. I seem to drool over the $300+ pens consistantly, before knowing their price! Baby steps...I'm attracted to the Platinum3776. Seems a less expensive way to check out gold nibs. In any case, writing is my life and this pen addiction has only made me all the more fiendish about it! Is it a serious addiction when I lose hours just looking at all the pens online and watching videos about them? How about when I ask people what kind of pen they use and, have they ever tried a fountain pen? (a typical answer btw is, "only when I was a kid in catholic school.") A final symptom? Trying to identify which fountain pen is being used in the period films and series I watch (i.e. Downton Abbey, etc.). Thank you for being here one and all! Em
Hi there, folks. My name's Sam. I had my partner and a friend ruin me on non-FPs last fall by pointing out the pressure issue I've always had with ballpoints and letting me try out one of their pens. I'm old enough to get irritated when carded, and I work in a post-secondary academic setting as well as being a part-time college student. Got a Lamy Safari in November. First one was a fake from Amazon. Learned better. Got a second from an authorized retailer. Still didn't care for it. Since then, I've tried most of the "starter" pens. You know, your Metros, your Preppies, Jinhaos, etc. Dipped into "modern" flex a little bit. It's a neat idea, but I'm curious about older flex pens (though I'm not curious enough to pay what they generally seem to go for just to satisfy a curiosity), since it seems like they would be a lot better in execution. They've each got their purposes. My workhorse of late has been a Faber-Castell Loom, EF. So...I guess that's me, as far as fountain pens go.