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  1. Hi Everyone, I'm new to FPN and pen collecting in general. I am particularly interested in ballpoint pens... I'm a full-time student and I do most of my work in ballpoint. I have a few pens that I've bought used, and I want to know what you think are the best ballpoints you have purchased/used. These can be at any price point and a pen can be your favorite for any reason. My favorite pen (by far) is my Classique Montblanc Meiserstuck, followed by a few designer pens (Tiffany and Givenchy). I have a Waterman Maestro and a Waterman Phileas that I really like. And on the lower end of the price scale I still think Cross makes handsome, dependable, and inexpensive ballpoints. What are your favorites? Any ideas for my next pen?
  2. So, I decided to attempt my first nib grind. I have an additional X750 on the way that I wanted to be my first, but my supplies arrived before it did, so in my impatience I decided to grind the one I already have. This pen tended to write a lot broader than my others. I don't pretend to have any skill at this. I decided to use the whet stone to get rapid progress and used that to flatten the top, bottom, and tip, and used it for a little of the bottom curve. I then switched to the 3M WetorDry polishing paper. I did a lot of polishing. I periodically flossed the nib with the film from my Parallel pens and tried writing. I also had a problem when the tines kept splitting apart and it would stop writing and I'd have to force them back together. I over-polished a bit and it wouldn't write reliably, so I decided to flatten the nose again, and then it worked perfectly. The JinHao cartridge ran out and I didn't have any more on hand, so I put in its converter and filled with Parker Quink. Towards the end, I flushed the pen with Quink each time I tried it to make sure the nib was clear and any small particles. I have three different cross-stroke thicknesses depending on the angle from the paper. At a low angle, it's almost as thick as the downstroke. At the normal writing angle, it's about right, and at a high angle it's needle thin. I'm sure there's something wrong with doing it this way, but I think it's pretty neat. The image shows the subject pen as well as three other unmodified nibs to compare it to. The paper is HP Premium Choice Laserjet 32 lb. http://cdn.jnash.org/nib-grind_600x338.jpg (click for original image)
  3. Hello there, FPN! Well this is quite a site and I figured why not I make an account since I'm always knee-deep in writing. To introduce myself, my name is Ian and I recently got bitten by the Pen Bug about 1 month ago and already have gotten myself quite a collection of pens. Being a sophomore in university, writing with fountain pens has given me two reasons to enjoy the essense of writing with a nib rather than a ballpoint: the multiple choices of ink and the unique character that evolves around the sight of a fountain pen. I hope to enjoy being in the company of FPN and I'll be sure to keep the fountain pen fun going. Nice to meet you guys/girls!

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