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  1. From the album: Odds and ends

    The opening on a Diplomat ‘international standard’ converter is 2.4mm across, and other ‘non-conformant’ types of converters tend to have wider openings than that. Even a completely dry and still relatively stiff strip of paper towel can be rolled up to be inserted through the opening; and, once its slightly moist and softer, it can easily deform and bunch up to touch (and therefore dry) the walls of the converter as the strip is rotated. I keep a stack of these strips handy for cleaning.

    © A Smug Dill

  2. I'm pretty new to the fountain pen thing, but have acquired a bunch of pens. For the pens themselves, I have them in a couple of travel cases, and a big folio for the ones I don't have inked up (though I have more inked than not). However, a bunch of my pens came with cases (like the pilot metropolitans, of which I now have 3), and some had cartridges that I replaced with converters, or squeeze converters I replaced with better converters. And instruction manuals and whatnot. Does anyone have a cool/convenient way of storing all these items? Right now my instinct is to put them all in a box, but I have so many boxes of things, and one more box of things would just get lost. Something more permanent would be great.
  3. ClaireRonalds

    Ink Calculations

    Hello all! I recently purchased my very first fountain pen - a Pilot Metropolitan Fine nib. I've had it for 2 days. It's been lovely. (Translation: I can feel my hand after writing a English essay) Anyways, I did some calculations for ink usage that I figured would be worth sharing. Any input you can give me on the accuracy of my calculations is very much welcome! I'm going into college in the fall, and have therefore calculated based off of a college schedule (not including holidays, in-semester-breaks, etc.) of 15 weeks, or 75 days. Over estimation is better than under estimation! Based on some research (thanks FPN), I have selected the values of 1 cartridge/day and 0.5 cartridge/day as reasonable - 1 c/d for super-heavy-totally-overestimating calculations and 0.5 c/d for more reasonable light note taking. If anyone wants to know the specific math I used, just speak up. Double the numbers for the whole, two-semester school year. These calculations are based on the Amazon price for Pilot Namiki 0.9 mL black cartridges at $5.03 for a pack of 12, but with the numbers provided you could calculate based on other cartridges. If you wanted to, you could probably calculate this in mL for bottled inks, but I'm really trying to not get into bottled inks for a while - no way my mother would let me buy bottled. Cartridges per semester: - Maximum usage (1 c/d) = 75 cartridges - Reasonable usage (0.5 c/d) = 37.5 cartridges Packs per semester: - Maximum usage (1 c/d) = 6.25 packs (round to 7) - Reasonable usage (0.5 c/d) = 3.125 packs (round to 4) Cost per semester: - Maximum usage (1 c/d) = $35.21 - Reasonable usage (0.5 c/d) = $20.12 As a bonus, I calculated the approximate cost differential between fountain pen ink and Frixion pen ink (second favorite pen, behind my FP) as 29.5% more per mL. I've got a full 12 pack now, so I'm fine and dandy till the end of this semester, even if I'm using nearly 1 cartridge a day (most likely not) so it's not that big an issue. I want to purchase ink enough for a semester BEFORE said semester, so I'm trying to math my way into reasonable number of packs to buy in August-ish. What do you think of my projections? Are they on the nose or wildly inaccurate? I really really don't want to overstock or worse, under stock. Thanks!
  4. Trying to succeed at doing things I need to do in order to share what I am not using anymore. Well, this one is a bunch of ink cartridges for a Lamy. I know you can use them in Safaris since that is all I own and believe they were purchased to use with them. I can't guarantee any specific colors. I have mostly reds, some purples, might be only one or two blues, a black. Really, if you are interested, hope you won't mind being surprised. You can also refill the cartridges once you finish using any of them with your own ink. You just need a syringe and you have a way to use your Lamy with an ink cartridge and ink of your choosing. Can't guarantee how many you will receive, depends on the interest. You must like to use red or purple ink. May be another color, but can't guarantee. PM interest. I'll let you know when they are no longer available. USA interest only.
  5. CharlieTurtle


    Just thought I'd mention for Brits - Waterstones have little containers of 6 J Herbin carts for £2.50
  6. JustWrite Pen Company

    Kombi Patrone Double Ended Cartridges In Australia

    We've just received a shipment of Kombi Patrone double ended cartridges from ONLINE in Germany. These cartridges have a tip at one end that fits Parker and Lamy and a Standard Cartridge tip at the other end. We've got blue, black, brown, green, pink, red, turquoise and an interesting shade of violet. $3.50 for a pack of 5 cartridges plus $5.00 flat fee delivery within Australia. Also new are Beifa see through plastic fountain pens at $4.95. These pens take a standard cartridge or Jinhao converter and are great pens for the price. They come in black, blue, red and green. http://justwrite.com.au/justwrite8/images/categories/kombi-patrone-lamy-parker-standard-cartridge.png

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