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  1. I've been collecting Levenger True Writer (TW) pens, mostly FPs, since 1999, when they first were introduced. I've got 84 of them (some duplicates), comprising about 2/3 of what's been issued; the ones I didn't get either I didn't want or I missed their availability. I'd like to post photos of the collection. In this new Topic, I don't see the ability to post photos, as the "Post Options" on the right of this typing box (when typing) doesn't show the box for "Enable HTML," for some reason. I'm hoping that after this initial post, that box will appear so I can post photos. Even using the Upload option near the top of the screen, I can upload and copy to this box, but without "Enable HTML," the photos won't show up. Any help here would be appreciated. On the Levenger site, under "True Writer" you can find the history of the pen and photos of the various colors/materials in which the pen can be found, along with the month-and-year when each was issued. I like the TW as a vintage Esterbrook-inspired pen (though a bit thicker), and I like that over time, so many different colors and materials for the pen have been issued. The TW FP comes with a Stainless Steel (SS) nib. Depending on the issue, the nib either is one-tone SS or two-tone SS with some GP. Sometimes the difference between models merely is that the same color scheme has, in the one case, all SS trim and, in the other, GP trim. The FPs write smoothly with their standard SS nibs (I prefer at least a Medium nib or wider), but I like replacing them, here-and-there, with same-sized medium 14K gold nibs (made by Schmidt), which provide more springiness to the writing experience. There are also Rollerball (RB) and Ballpoint (BP) models, the BP taking Parker refills. There have been reports on FPN about some cases of cracking or breaking off of the plastic (if that's what many are made of) in various places, particularly on the earlier-made models. I have not experienced that problem myself, but then I don't write with any one of my TWs with any regularity, so I haven't subjected mine to the stresses that others have. With the very first issue -- the green one in 1999 -- the cap band got loose and came off after a few years. However, I used a small amount of super-glue to put it back on, and it looks as good as new, so to speak. My impression from watching Ebay offerings of the TWs is that they have not increased much in market value, at least the more common (albeit retired) ones that I've seen placed for sale. I have no idea whether, for example, the very first 1999 TW, in green, would sell for a premium. I don't sell pens at this point, but only collect, so I won't be testing that question myself. Some on FPN have wondered about the identity of the manufacturer of these pens. I have no idea. They use German-made nibs, but that doesn't help at all with identifying the manufacturer of the pens. Well, let's hope that after this post, I will be able to post photos.
  2. It seems like I notice the True Writer pens in the Levenger catalog, and think oh I like that color. Then I forget about it. When the Sea Glass model went on sale, I didn't buy it. I didn't realize that it was being discontinued. Then I really wanted it. It took a year but I found a set of True Writer fountain pen and pencil in Sea Glass and got it. Flash forward to today. I had found the Bouquet version on the Levenger eBay outlet. I waited till the last minute to put in a bid. Not enough. I bid $5 higher and achieved high bidder status. Was trying to up my bid a few dollars more when the auction ended and I lost the pen. I tried to rationalize that at least I stayed true to only bidding what I thought I should, which was basically the Levenger sale price going on right now with the Fall Foliage model. But I find myself disappointed I lost the auction. Would bidding $75 have won it when $70 was the winning bid? I'll never know. What I do know is I really want the True Writer in Bouquet. Back to periodically searching for it, and hope I find it like I found the Sea Glass model. And I hope I learn the lesson: when you like a True Writer color, buy it.
  3. I'm not affiliated with Levenger. Here is my new True Writer Jave fountain pen. Along with a bottle of Forest ink, I spent enough to get a Levenger's $50 gift card. The deal lasts through May 28 (you have to spend $100). Because I love coffee, and am fond of brown ink, I had to get this pen.
  4. Levenger and their True Writer series presents a bit of a puzzle in their value proposition. On the one hand, I have a Kyoto True Writer, gotten for a cheap price on a deal, which is a wonderful pen: lovely writer, well balanced, and very pretty. So I thought about adding a stub nib to it, as a fun option. Visiting Levenger, I discovered that regular nib units run $30, not great but not horrible either. Stubs, however, cost double! That's about what I paid for the whole pen! And seems like a total ripoff. So what's the deal? Is there some justification for charging double the price for a stub? Do they really cost so much more to make? Or is this pure price discrimination on Levenger's part where normal people get the "good" price on fountain pens, but those of us who love them get killed on "specialty items" like the stub. More broadly, does Levenger represent legitimate value or is it a ripoff?
  5. Anyone have experience to share with the Levenger Cafe Au Lait pen, or one of the other Levenger pens with metal sections? I'm considering breaking my no-metal-sections rule just because I really think this pen is pretty, and right now the price is right. But I worry that the section will keep getting slippery and need to be wiped off all the time. I've never owned a pen with a metal section, so I don't know how much of an issue that generally is, or if some pens are worse than others.
  6. RicosNib

    Hello From New Hampshire!

    Hello, I'm Rico, from Hudson. I just got onto fountain Pens about 2 days ago. I've been thinking that I wanted to get a Fountain Pen lately then stumbled across the Burlington, MA. Paradise Pen store. I just looked around the first time knowing I would be in Burligton again. The next time, I looked to buy. I ended up buying a Vision Nature Rosewood Fountain Pen with a medium Iridium point from Online GmBh. http://www.paradisepen.com/ONLINE-Vision-Nature-Rosewood-Fountain-Pen-Medium-Point/PAAAIALHPBFMOMLF/Product I've been doing research online since. Last nite I found a Levenger True Writer Kyoto Fountain Pen at one of those "sell your stuff to us & we'll sell it to someone else" stores. (http://www.levenger.com/Pens---Refills-8/Fountain-Pens-831/True-Writer-Fountain-Pen-Kyoto-6730.aspx ) There was another one that had the lever & I couldn't take it apart to open it, so I left it until I could learn more about pens. I brought Kyoto home & started researching pen restoration. (I'm a year into a hobby of restoring Vintage tobacco pipes and razors [mostly Single & Double Edge] so I figgered pens shouln't be too difficult.) The Kyoto is a cartridge pen, so it'll be an easy first Fountain Pen restore. It came w/ an empty cartridge so I know what it looks like to find others. Locally, I can't seem to find any Levenger ink. Does anyone know if other brand cartridges are compatable? Otherwise, I'm resigned to ordering online. I'd like to find something locally so I can use my new beauty right away. Rico

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