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  1. jorpyth

    Greetings from Spain!

    Good afternoon folks I'm Jorge, a spanish guy who has been secretly reading and researching within the topics of this forum for 6 years or so...😅 - since I started getting in this whole thing of fountain pens, which is my way of living (forget about the word hobby; this is not that anymore 🤪). But the time has come to show up and be more active, in order to offer whatever I might add to this mix and, therefore, stop lurking around and get in touch with y'all. Hope you're all doing alright. See you in this pages Best regards!
  2. This is my first post. I have been dormant for the last 11 years since signing up to fountainpennetwork in 2010. I bought my Sailor Pro Gear Slim 14k MF yesterday which made me write this post. As soon as I got home I wrote a couple of hand written letters to my cousins in Canada, which if I mail them now will reach them in the next 40 days !! I bought this from Sailor retailer in Hong Kong for a bargain price of US $98. I went to the shop to buy Pelikan M200 which retailed around $140 but couldn't resist the deal of owning a sailor for less than $100. Most pens were at a discount
  3. InkNsap

    Hello from South Yorkshire

    Hello my dear pen lovers! I’m a Venezuelan living in South Yorkshire. I have recently started collecting and playing with fountain pens and paper and discovered this community through YouTube (watching Sbrebrown). I can’t seem to find anyone close to me into this hobby so I’m very interested in making connections (online for the moment) and learning more about pens. I work in a Library, love reading and I’m a bit of an introvert. x.
  4. Hi! Recently wandered across here whilst I was looking at ink differences and thought I'd make a little account! I'm Emma, from the UK and have recently fallen in love with Fountain Pens and everything about them. I wanted one a few years ago but never got round to it, until I got my first one (Lamy Safari - Aquamarine) and have fallen in love ever since. I suppose when you start a new obsession, you fall very hard 🤪 Have always been a lover of all things stationary way back since Primary school (saving the pennies for a new set every new school year!) and its carried
  5. Hi I'm a newbie here thinking to start writing with a fountain pen again. I had tried earlier with a classmate Octane but the nib was too sratchy still continued with the two barrels and later switched back to ball pen. Had seen fountain pen all my childhood but never could write with one. Then through out wet shave fb group got in touch with few like minded people who still write with them. One of the makers Pinkwoolf also does send a lovely handwritten note with a fountain pen that ignited the aviation fuel build up which was awaiting ignition.
  6. Medinawriter

    New to the forum

    I am new to the Forum. Retired university professor, camera collector and photographer, minor fountain pen collector. I learned cursive handwriting under the Palmer method many years ago, and interested in improving my handwriting using my pen collection.
  7. Hello All: I am new to the fountain pen world, and have quickly ramped up my collection over the last year. I began with new pens, then discovered the joys (and sorrows) of vintage pen collecting. I've gotten some amazing deals and have been quite happy with my progress. I particularly love my numerous Esterbrooks with various nibs, a lovely little Arnold, Parkette, and several Sheaffer Lifetime Balance pens (all lever filled). As you can see, I don't have super high end pens, nor am I likely to, as I am on a budget. And then...I purchased some amazing pens, for great prices, but I t
  8. I am about to make my first gold nib purchase and I'm unsure about which nib I should get. I am a lefty, over writer without a hook. I turn my paper/journal at a 45 degree counter clockwise angle when I write, so I write away from my body. I will be purchasing a Santini pen, I enjoy using the Pilot Metropolitan Cursive Medium and would like a similar, if not more refined writing experience. My choices are Italic, Left Oblique or Reverse Oblique. They also offer a 0.9mm Italic nib as an option to their 1.1 Italic. Any insight would be appreciated, I've had a recent bad experience w
  9. Cbear

    I have no idea!

    Hello, I’ve started journaling and have got myself a nice notebook, my husband bought me a v pilot cheapie for Christmas but I’d like something nicer and that I will use for years to come... the problem being I have no idea about fountain pens, I dipped my toes into researching but be quickly overwhelmed. I am hoping to gain more knowledge and suggestions, if I put my requirements, is this the right place to ask? • my budget it £100 all in and needs to include nibs/inks • I won’t be taking it out and about but will use it most days for jotting lists and writing my diary.
  10. Hello, everyone! I got hooked on fountain pens when I went to a pen show with the intention to look for good notebooks for bullet journaling. Well, before the first day was done, I had two FPs, two inks, and a lot of advice to absorb! I ended the show with one more pen (all Pilots: two Kaküno and a Metropolitan) and two more inks. Soon I combed local shops and ended up with a wonky-nibbed Lamy Al-Star and a non-working vintage Sheaffer. Since that fateful first week, I have attended a local meet-up where I was given a cheap but pretty Jinhao. Lots of future friends there, I hope. I also we
  11. myfpstory

    Hello From 1 Yr Newbie Addict

    Quickest way to introduce and get someone hook on fountain pens? Take them to a pen show, and the biggest one to boot too! 😅 Hello! My first encounter was at the 2018 DC pen show where I was introduced to many beautiful pens! From then on, I was hooked! One year later, I have my own collection of inks and fountain pens. Lol. And I'm still trying to learn all about it! Love this forum, so decided to join and say hello!
  12. RayTheron

    Hi From Oz!

    Hi everyone, from Blacktown, on the western outskirts of Sydney. I'm originally from South Africa, and have only recently renewed my love affair with fountain pens. To date my tiny collection contains an antique Hifra that I used at school in the late 60s, a Parker Vector I acquired in the 90s after my Parker 51 was stolen, a Manuscript and a Lamy Safari clear. I have recently bought three Jinhoa pens -- an X450, X750 and a 911 (the latter is an amazing pen!). I also own a pen I cannot find any info on. It is a steel pen; the box says Made in Taiwan and it has Indigo inscribed on the lower end
  13. 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 Platinum
  14. Greetings, I have been using and collecting fountain pens for just over two years, and have recently opened the can of worms that is vintage pen restoration. When searching for how-to and repair information this community, in particular the Repair Q&A forum, frequently pops up with excellent information, so I thought it would be advisable to join up. I am still very much a newbie to this esoteric and sublime hobby, and am looking forward to learning all the things I can. My favorite pens, at least this week, include a Pilot Custom 823 (F), Pilot Custom 912 (SF), and a golden pearl Parker
  15. Hi all, Long time lurker, finally decided to pop my forum cherry, so to speak. I currently own a couple camlin Trinitys and a Parker frontier. I've ordered the Gama Popular and a few inks from penhouse. I've unfortunately made a typo with my flag. It's supposed to be India, not Indonesia. And I'm unable to change it. Is there any way I can? T_T
  16. Alex-Brush

    Whats Up! Im Sumgai Alex

    Hey everyone! Im Alex! I am very new to this site and I made my first post a couple days ago! I lots of great feedback from this amazing community! A little bit about me, my name is Alex and I live in New York City. I am very new to the fountain pen world as I got my first 2 fountain pens, a Pelikan m800 and a Mont Blanc no. 32, right before Thanksgiving. I only got them because I got a box of assorted pens for $1 at a yardsale and I guess I hit the jackpot. I made a post recently because after buying starter pens, I noticed thaty they write much better than the other two do. I am going to
  17. Hi,all My son-in-law uses fountain pens so I decided that a pen would make a nice birthday or Christmas present. I played with using a fountain pen in high school (a million years ago) and did some calligraphy in my 30s. I am a lefty, so I used a left-handed Osmiroid calligraphy pen. Recently I bought a Pilot Metro Retro and Im enjoying using it.. I know my SIL would love having a vintage pen, so I looked some on EBay and that generated questions cause I really didnt understand the terminology, and somehow I got to FPN. To make a long story a little but shorter, Ive been on my computer l
  18. tusharrastogi

    Namaste From Delhi

    Good Afternoon, Namaste, Sat Shree Aakaal, Salam Friends, This is Tushar. I hail from the city of Delhi, India. I'm a pen lover. Specially fountain pens. During the childhood days I used to live at Nai Sarak and there I purchased so many fountain pens of all shapes, sizes, materials, ink systems etc. from a small shop near my house. That time they used to be so cheap and inexpensive. But, not even in my dreams I have ever gave it a thought to receive so much technical information regarding FP's. Their costs have sky rocketed and there have been a drastic fall in their usage which really sadde
  19. jacobgmusic

    Noodler's Polar Blue

    Noodler's Polar Blue A Newbie's Perspective In my last review I mentioned that my favorite color is Green. If I had to choose a second favorite color, I would choose blue. I like this blue, yet, I wish it had shading. I really like inks that have nice shading properties. Anyways...
  20. Private Reserve Spearmint This is my first review of anything and I am excited to do more!
  21. ferociousnpretty

    Hello From Denver, Colorado

    Hello everyone, I recently joined the fountain pen cult community, and have been coming to FPN for information. So, I thought I'd join in, and start interacting! A little bit about me: I have always been into pens and pen colors, looking for the smoothest experience. I have owned every color G2, Sakura, etc. you can think of. Although everything in my work life is digital, I'm still a sucker for the analog style of taking pen to paper. I thought it was time to mature my writing utensils. My journey started with multiple pens from Lamy (Safaris, Al-Stars, and Vistas), a Pilot Metrop
  22. Hello everyone! Just joined the forums. Still very new to nice pens and writing with them. I'm really enjoying it, struggling to find things worthy of being written. I started with a set of Pilot Metropolitans a few years ago, I think it was an impulse buy mostly, upon seeing them on amazon. I bought a medium nib black metro and a medium nib silver metro. (not sure why i bought the same nib) A bottle of parker quink to fill them and I was all set. I must have only used them a few times as I never realized even how to properly use them (writing angles, storage, refilling). They were sitti
  23. So, at this moment I have a cheap, no-name fountain pen with a scratchy "iridium point Germany" nib, but I still love it and want to upgrade to something serious. I`m looking for a stylish, a bit luxury and good writing pen. For several reasons I want to buy it from local store, and thus I`m limited to Monteverde, Lamy, Cross and Conklin, and most of them are available only with medium nibs. I`ve fell in love with the design of Monteverde Invincia Deluxe Rose Gold, however I didn`t get an opportunity to try how it writes. I`ve read several reviews of it, and it seems like I`m going to like thi
  24. Henlo!!!! I'm new here. I was wondering if any could point me towards some affordable pocket notebooks to write in that work well with fountain pen. I've heard of feild notes but I heard some of ya'll don't really like them.. also, bare with me, I don't really know how a forum works... Thanks!
  25. Long-time lurker. Dropped by after viewing a pre-loved (possible) 146 in a local shop. It's up for sale for £150, but subject to offers. It comes in a nice square box with a bottle of black ink (dated 2013, use by?). The inside of the box is somewhat stained by different colours of ink in the pen storage and bottle storage areas, as though the ink bottle has been replaced when the bottle was wet or the pen put away or taken out by inky fingers. There is a GERMANY mark on the cap ring, a blue/grey non-slatted ink window and MONTBLANC MEISTERSTUCK 146 on the barrel, but I have yet to get

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