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Java Jones posted a topic in IntroductionsHi! I stumbled over here looking for some troubleshooting help. I looked around a bit and decided this is a good place to learn a lot about fountain pens and the related accoutrements. I saw one troubleshooting post that gives me a starting point to work on my brand new Jinhao 992 that I filled with the converter. The ink flows through the feed but not out the nib. I emptied the converter back into the ink jar and have it and the nib/feed grip section soaking in water. I'll wash it next. I assume at this stage of the learning process it's normal to have ink stains on my fingers. 😁 I have filled out my profile with some basic information about myself. I look forward to learning more about fountain pens, inks, paper, and the people who use them.
Hi All, Although I've always liked the idea of fountain pens and have had a couple fairly nice ones over the years, it has only been this year that I've gotten interested enough to pursue it as a hobby. It was a chance find at an antique store that did it: A blue pearl striped wartime Duofold for $24 which, after some restoration, became a fantastic pen. I've acquired a few more wartime Parkers and Sheaffers; that seems to be the era that appeals to me most. I'm looking forward to making connections here, and availing myself of the wealth of information here on this forum. Walt
This is my first post, though I have to be honest, FPN is my go-to site for hard questions I can't find answers to anywhere else. Feb 12th I happened on the InCoWriMo site and was so excited about writing people who loved pens and were committed to answer all letters that I jumped in, though the month was almost half over. I was impressed to note there were a number of pen manufacturing company CEO's on the list. I guess the magic of fountain pens goes to the top. I bought my first pen, a Sheaffer, in 1967 while serving in Vietnam. I almost wore it out writing letters but when I came home I retired from letter writing. I've continued using fountain pens for personal writing, but InCoWriMo is my first run at hand written correspondence since 1968. We'll see how this works out. Last week I purchased my first TWSBI, a 580, and immediately fell in love. Unless it blows up, I can't image finding another pen to replace it as my favorite. Anyway, It's good to be here as a member - hope I'm able to contribute something to the group.
hello everybody, i am new to both fountain pens and the forum. i have considerable experience w technical drafting pens--but i'm now free to play with the fun pens! i've made a pretty big beginners mistake i think. half measures or moderation has never been a strength. i bought 4 Pilot Namiki falcon II in the enameled metal. i love the way the ink flows, the converter seems to keep the ink under pressure (?) and it always simply flows out beautifully. i'd wanted them to improve my writing because i'm loosing some hand dexterity due to spinal issues (thus for mostly lowercase typing), but am not enjoying the pressure one has to use on the flexible nibs. my dexterity is just not up to that anymore. so i bought a set of Lamy pens and absolutely love the stiff italic nibs. however, i am constantly having to open them up after a few sentences and screw down the plunger to get the ink flowing correctly again. i have 3 of them and am having the same issue w all three. is there a way to put in a converter like the one in the pilot namiki into the Lamy pens? i'm sure it will be some work, but after having to retire exceptionally early from architecture for health issues, this is very important to me. i have an art studio and use written pages in my paintings, but also simply love to have a comfortable pen. i've also been doing quite a bit of writing of late--i feel i need to get everything written down before the hand no longer works! the metal Falcon II and Lamy Studio pens are a perfect diameter and fit for my hand. the italic nibs also cover the shakiness of my writing that is starting to show when using a regular F, M, or even B nib. i'd thought about having the Falcon's nibs reground to italics, but am a little afraid of having a flexible italic nib. (any thoughts on that wld be welcome) i've been using Pilot Namiki Iroshizuku inks. if there are other options or ideas/advice, i would love to hear those as well. admittedly, i was a little cocky when buying these pens after years of using, disassembling, cleaning, and reasembeling technical pens. pens are pens...right? i'm finding there's quite a lot more involved with fountain pens than i ever imagined! thank you for your time. kim