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  1. We cannot say enough about how much we appreciate the PenChalet. We have had excellent experiences with them on several occasions. Recently, we looked into getting a Pelikan M600, and PenChalet had the best selection and were willing work with us on price, matching another site’s price and even shipped quickly once the special order had come in. They have amazing service, online and on the phone everyone works with the customer to be sure to assist to get the best of the best. We are so pleased with them, it is always our first go-to site to look at quality pens. And I am thankful that my prayer is answered and I have finally found the buttery smooth nib, my dream pen.
  2. TassoBarbasso

    "buttery Smooth" Whaaaat?

    I remember the good old times when I was a child and I would get a new fountain pen: whatever its writing features, it was always good. I used to write with some horribly scratchy nibs. Yet after thousands of hours on the FPN, after reading hundreds of reviews and watching tens of videos about fountain pens, I also developed what I call the "buttery smoothness obsession": an overwhelming majority of collectors seems to believe that a nib is not "good" unless it glides on the paper like a piece of ice wrapped in silk thrown over an oil-covered glass. Influenced by this behaviour, I started freaking out every time a pen shows the minimum sign of tooth. Only recently (and thanks to my Auroras) did I realize that a nib doesn't actually need to be "buttery smooth" to be enjoyable; quite the opposite: buttery smooth most of the times means dull. And if you think with a bit of perspective, when has humanity ever treasured "buttery smoothenss"? Were dip pens smooth? Not at all. Were quills "buttery smooth"? Even less so. Is any single one of my vintage pens (up until the 1950s) "buttery smooth"? No way. They were all toothy, feedbacky, even to some extent scratchy. So why are we so obsessed with this feature? Why do we measure the quality of a writing experience based on how similar it is to that of a... ballpoint pen???

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