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  1. jandrews

    Hello And A Question

    hello all. very excited to start my fountain pen adventures here. i've been reading these boards a lot to help in my initial decisions, so thank you very much for the help you have already provided! I am a left handed side-writer, which seems to be the worst of the worst when it comes to pens and penmanship but I'm having a great time regardless and getting more and more comfortable moving my hand underneath the action to give myself a more diverse set of options. From the side, I get some (exciting to me, probably strange for others) nice line variation using an italic nib held perpendicular to the baseline of writing. I sprung for an architect nib from fpnibs that if i am visualizing it correctly will give me a closer to normal (not that i am all that considered with being normal) look for my script. so here is my question: What type of cursive should i re-teach myself? the impetus of all this was trying to learn italic calligraphy with dip pens; i think it is beautiful. once i get better control of my writing that may again be a goal, but for right now i just want my handwriting to look appealing and be less random in its creation. the process of writing by hand is a peaceful experience for me and i would like to be able to take more pride in the way it looks. I'm already enjoying just slowing down and using an elegant instrument. I found what seems to be a good reference at http://writeanalog.com/learning-cursive-handwriting/ but it hasn't been helpful in my decision. does anyone have any thoughts on what would be best when re-learning cursive? I'd like something with a little personality, but not something based on being able to use a flex nib or dip pen which can come later once my hand becomes a bit more disciplined. I'd love to hear of any particular successes or frustrations with learning a certain type. thanks for your time, i'm excited to be here josh
  2. Hi all, I just joined and have a question. A while ago I found again my pen case. I lost track of it after we moved to a to be renovated house. What I discovered: my fountain pens were still working (after cleaning of course) all of the pencils were still working 😉 none of the ball points were working The consequences: I now use my fountain pens every day I decided never to accept another disposable pen again I also discovered that of two pens (which still write perfectly) the cap doesn't hold anymore. These are both Parker Vectors. This is not completely unlogic: they are very affordable pens and I have had them for more than 20 years. So, I bought 2 new ones. I hoped I only had to replace the cap and the barrel, and was able to keep the actual pen. But it seems Parker has changed the dimensions sligthly. The caps don't fit. Anyway, now I find myself trying to get used to 2 new Vectors. They write quite well, but not as smooth as my old ones. I guess I will have to be patient. I also found out that I like vintage pens more than most new ones. But before I buy a vintage pen (I have been looking at Parker 51, Sheaffer Imperial with a Truimph nib, ...) I would like some tips, since I am a left-handed writer. Is it a good idea to buy a used pen as a left-handed? are there pens or nibs I should avoid? kind regards, Nele
  3. DeborahMakarios

    Kia Ora From New Zealand!

    Hullo everyone! I am a Lower Hutt left-handed author who likes to write her first drafts long-hand - with fountain pens, of course. The 158,840 word first draft of Restoration Day, my recently released fantasy novel, was written with Diamine Majestic Purple in an old green piston-filling Faber-Castell. (Are there any phrases in the English language more mellifluous than 'piston-filling fountain pen'?) Being left-handed, it was a revelation to find that fountain pens leave my hands unsmudged where ballpoints lavish them with ink. I have a small collection of inks (mostly Diamine), but my everyday one is Waterman's Havana Brown. Most of my pens are old ones inherited from relatives, though I also have a TWSBI Diamond Mini Clear (I have small hands - I use it unposted) and an ornate rosewood-barrelled modern pen (with kitset inner workings). A glass dip pen with a nib like a needle I use mostly for decoration. My knowledge is limited, so I'm hoping to learn more about the pens I have and how to use and care for them properly. For example, how do you know if your rubber sac is losing it? How do you fill a pen whose mechanism appears to consist in its entirety of a rubber sac armoured in steel? (How do you change a profile picture when you can only upload from a url and when you do it says member_profile_disabled?) But perhaps these are questions for elsewhere on this as-yet undiscovered bourne. Being a lover of old technologies, I knit a lot in my spare time, so you can also find me on Ravelry as MrsMakarios.
  4. I'm left handed sidewriter, few days ago I got a regular Lamy Vista with Fine nib w/ an original Lamy Z26. Lamy Vista is sure a good pen, but I'm having a small problem using it. Depending how I'm using it, the lines become as thick as a Parker 45 (not sure the nib size) but never as fine as my broken Yiren 3239 (cheap plastic section broke, I used to like that pen) and I have a problem when I try to make fine lines. I'm not sure if the ink is the problem, but the inks I'm using are Sheaffer black (bought like 10 years ago) and Pelikan 4001 Torquoise, Green and Light Brown. Newbie question, Is there a correct way to hold fountain pens when you're left handed? Am I doing anything wrong? Do I really need a lefty nib/pen? I'm also interested in buying a Noodler's Ahab (or any good flex/semi-flex nib pen), will I have this problem with those too? (offtopic: Is Yiren the same brand as Hero?) Note to self: never buy pens with plastic sections again.
  5. I really do like sheen, I think that it and shading are the two most beautiful properties you can have in an ink, but after some research, it looks like the best way to get sheen is to use an ink resistant paper. Now, that wouldn't be a problem, but I'm left-handed! What kind of papers should I use to get sheen while not letting my hand blot the ink everywhere and ending up with a blue/purple/red left hand? If it helps, when I write, the pen will usually be about 3-4 cm away from my hand, long fingers (this might help with allowing a little more dry time). Thanks!
  6. Hello, I´ve been using fountain pens daily for a couple of years. First I had a Montblanc 592. A flea market find that wrote like a dream and got me into FP´s. Later I found an ST Dupont, gilt sterling silver one (I don´t know the model name) that also worked very well. The first pen I bought new was a Lamy 2000. I´ve used it daily for 2-3 years and it is a great pen for me. It has never ever failed to put ink on a paper when I want it to. Not once. Being a left handed overwriter, I use a lot of push writing and I´ve found that some nibs work better than others for me. For instance I owned a Visconti van Gogh, an early example with a very beautiful and springy nib (compared to the Lamy 2000). And it didn´t work very well for me. I now want to buy a more classically styled pen (compared to the Lamy) and I am considering something along the lines of the Pelikan M800 or Montblanc 146. Do you think they would be too springy for me? Are there alternatives, classically styled pens with the same quality and styling with a nib better suited for me? A Lamy 2000 nib in a meisterstuck package, if you will? Any and all help will be much appreciated!
  7. Mister John

    Lamy Nexx

    I recently picked up a Lamy Nexx while traveling through the Netherlands. The Nexx seems to a a substitute for those who do not like the Safari. It costs about the same and has, perhaps, a slightly younger vibe to it. Two things led me to buy it. First, it had a bright orange cap, the official color of the Netherlands, so I thought it would be a nice memory. Second, it features a left handed nib and, being a lefty, I'm a sucker for such things. The pen has the usual solid Lamy construction. The body of the pen features brushed aluminum. It looks like the same material as the Al Star. While it looks lovely now, the Al Star was definitely prone to scratches and marks. We'll see how the Nexx does in that department. Stay tuned here for updates. There is a thick ABS plastic liner beneath its aluminum outer skin. The section is made from solid plastic, but there it has more of a rubbery feel, like there is a bit of cushioning. Overall, it is much improved over the Safari. The cap is made from thick, bendable plastic. It has the peculiar feature. that the clip extends above the top of the cap and has an open ring. I presume this is so you could attach the pen to a lanyard of some sort and carry it around that way. All of these parts seem pretty close to unbreakable. The pen also has various self-preservation features to prevent it from rolling off of surfaces. The clip on the cap sticks out far enough that the cap will not roll. The body of the pen is triangular, so it too will not roll. Finally, the cap seems very securely attached to the body though it does not require excessive force to uncap the pen. I rather doubt that the cap and pen will part company unintentionally. All of this is to say that the pen is amazingly functional. Lamy has clearly put a lot of thought into all the little things that can go wrong with owning a pen and using it hard on a daily basis. This pen is designed to withstand those rigors. Indeed, this may be the most thoughtfully designed pens that Lamy has produced. One big issue many people have with the Safari is that it is "style challenged." It's not clear to me that the Nexx answers the call in that regard. The triangular brushed aluminum body is definitely a step up from the Safari, but I'm not sure the oversized plastic cap is going to be a crowd pleaser. If you appreciate design strongly influenced by the form follows function philosophy, the Nexx will be your cup of tea, but I suspect for many it will be too utilitarian. The nib is identical to the Safari. My left-handed nib is annotated as LH. It works flawlessly, writing between a fine and a medium. It's smooth and perfect. There is no line variation, but a bit of shading is possible with the correct inks. No hesitation, skipping, hard-starting, etc. Just a good, solid nib. I'm not sure what makes it left-handed. According to the person in the store where i bought it, pen manufacturers routinely sharpen one side of each nib asymmetrically where the side depends on handedness. Supposedly, lefty nibs are sharpened on the opposite side. First, I have no idea what good sharpening a nib might do. Second, I've never heard of such a practice, so it might be pure BS. Is any of this true? Taken as a whole, I'm very happy with my Nexx. I like the utilitarian aesthetic and I definitely appreciate all of the user oriented touches of the pen. The left-handed nib works extremely well for me and produces a line that is just the right width, MF. I prefer it to my Safaris though this could have more to do with its newness than anything else. A key question is whether the Nexx has solved the marking and scratch prone nature of the aluminum surface of the Al Star with this foray. If so, the pen will, in my eyes, be superior in every way to a Safari. We'll simply have to wait and see. If you're in the market for a cheap, dependable pen that has many thoughtful design features, the Nexx is definitely something to check out.
  8. Here's a question, maybe observation, that I thought I would pose. One of my challenges in trying to get a nib set right is the fact that I'm left-handed. I'm careful not to bias my tuning, but I have found something along the way. If I run into a nice, delicate nib, I can find a little grab in the nib at some angles. Specifically, as a leftie, I am frequently "pushing" the nib across the page, rather than dragging it with my hand as I write. Has anyone noticed this? I have a couple of older pens with what I call fine, brittle nibs. They write beautifully, until I start pushing, and the nibs just want to hang on to the paper without budging.
  9. intentionalist

    Lefty Problems

    Hello, all! This is my first post; please direct me to a relevant thread if this topic has been covered already. So, I'm a lefty. I'm coming back to my fountain pen (Waterman Expert 2, fine nib) after two years of absence. I have two issues: first, the Waterman "intense black" is anything but--more of a light grey. Second, I'm left handed, which, apparently, is something of a disadvantage, especially when using a fine nib (or at least that's my experience). So I'm wondering if anyone can recommend some good tips for lefties, or at least a true-black ink that's known to be friendly with the Waterman Expert 2. Thanks in advance--I look forward to learning a lot from all of you here in the FPN.





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