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  1. Dear fellow members I was using matrix spiral notebook earlier and currently iam using soft bound classmate notebooks... I was certainly liked classmate notebooks better than the matrix spiral notebooks... However i would like to know from all 1. What notepad you are using? 2. How much it costs? 3. Purchased from? 4. Will you recommend it?
  2. Does anyone else notice that the quality and nature of penmanship changes depending on the nib, pen, ink, and paper?? Here's a sample of my sloppy handwriting. Practice in progress. Rhodia Paper.
  3. I started thinking about building a lightbox for unlined paper. then realized i had big ipad then realized someone must have done it. second try found this: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/light-box-illuminator-viewer/id692114712 usual disclaimers. it even works with 3x5 cards. Who wudda thunk? cheers... Adam
  4. Hi FPN, I have been lurking for quite a while but this is my first post on here. I currently own a TWSBI 580 and a Lamy Safari, both in extra-fine, I have been considering purchasing either an Edison collier or a Pelikan m400 pen. I like my nibs to draw quite thin lines having come from Uni-ball pens, and I do not have access to a local store that sells Pelikan pens, I was wondering if someone could provide writing samples for a Pelikan extra-fine nib so I can try to assess the line-width. Thank you for your time, ~Chris
  5. OK, this might sound like a super silly question, but I'm going to ask anyway. How do you write with your fountain pens during hot weather? What I mean is this: normally I write using arm movements with my arm resting and sliding on the desk surface, but when it starts to get hot and I wear short sleeve shirts, my arms are a little sweaty and tacky so they "stick" to the desk, therefore arm movements are precluded and I'm forced to use exclusively wrist movements, which makes my handwriting ugly and, most of all, it's uncomfortable. Not to talk about the fact that the paper sticks to your hand. I tried with tablecloth: it's worse. I tried a sort of oversleeve and I can manage only for a while. I was thinking of dusting myself with talcum powder... So, other than the obvious solution of wearing a long sleeve shirt (and suffer the consequences), do you have any other method of dealing with this issue?
  6. Hello fellow penmen, I was wondering, since I started doing some research into cursive improvements, custom grinds etc. I write in a righty side writer position, pointing my tip approximately towards the 10 o'clock position. (and also rotating the nib sligtly clockwise) basically Oblique (left foot oblique) felt like nonsense to me. I wanted to mimic the classical thic downstroke cursive with a stub, but realised this is not possible for me. So to achieve this I would probably need and architect grind (going to try some and let you know) But For this hand position, any stubs just look silly (thick horizontals and thin verticals). Also flex nibs are strange to use, as I would flex them sideways, which makes them scratchy... Any right-handed sidewriters out there? Any tips? Btw here is a sample of my writing
  7. KyleClapton

    Pen With Quote

    Hello, I always start my day with surfing my instagram feed to see new posts of fountain pens and handwriting. One type of posts which catches my eyes the most is inspirational quotes written by fountain pens. It always warm up my morning with fresh spirit. Let's share some pictures of your pens with inspirational quotes. I start with one of my favorite quote "The only way to make a friend is to be one" - Ralph W. Emerson
  8. I purchased a 'reprint' of The Palmer Method Of Business Writing, since I now know that is the format of penmanship I would like to practice rather than Spencerian. While Spencerian is beautiful, I'm a long way off being able to use a pointed pen properly, can barely hold a straight line at this point! The monoline Palmer method seems to fit my goals better. In any case, the book arrived today, I excitedly opened the package & thumbed the book only to be greeted with this...utter abhorrent insult to the eyes...and the wallet! Be warned, you are better off finding the PDF version online than you are purchasing this particular book. I would moan more but...honestly I'm too annoyed to bother at this stage.
  9. Hello everybody its Michael here at Dromgooles. If you are in Houston on Friday April 26th I have got the place for you to be! We are having a social/meet and greet with Cary Yeager aka Fountain Pen Day at 6pm at Saint Arnolds brewery. This is a casual hangout to meet with other like minded people, and show off your favorite inks, pens, papers etc. We are also going to be doing door prizes and giveaways of some new exciting stuff with high odds to win! Cary, isn't in town often so please stop on by to meet and hangout with him, he is a real pleasure. The "event" will run until it all fades out, so even if you only have a little bit of time, we would love to see you. Also, for those interested, we are having a pen show at the store Saturday April 27 with Anuj Poddar of AP Limited Editions and some of his new pens including the amazing bulkfiller in some, also featuring Cary, so there should be a fun crowd hanging around (10am-4pm). Snacks and drinks will be provided! If you have any questions at all please feel free to reach out and we will be glad to help!
  10. Hello everybody its Michael here at Dromgooles. If you are in Houston on Friday April 26th I have got the place for you to be! We are having a social/meet and greet with Cary Yeager aka Fountain Pen Day at 6pm at Saint Arnolds brewery. This is a casual hangout to meet with other like minded people, and show off your favorite inks, pens, papers etc. We are also going to be doing door prizes and giveaways of some new exciting stuff with high odds to win! Cary, isn't in town often so please stop on by to meet and hangout with him, he is a real pleasure. The "event" will run until it all fades out, so even if you only have a little bit of time, we would love to see you. Also, for those interested, we are having a pen show at the store Saturday April 27 with Anuj Poddar of AP Limited Editions and some of his new pens including the amazing bulkfiller in some, also featuring Cary, so there should be a fun crowd hanging around (10am-4pm). Snacks and drinks will be provided! If you have any questions at all please feel free to reach out and we will be glad to help!
  11. IMHO, this is an (i)deal fountain pen: vintage Waterman Ideal 52 with Waterman's Awesome Brown Thus far the nib/feed combination has superseded all other writing experiences from the collection of Aurora, Bock, Jowo, Sailor, Parker, Pilot, Sheaffer, Wahl Eversharp... to name a few... Is there a non-vintage modern equivalent?What is your ideal fountain pen writing experience?
  12. Where can I buy nib Tuning Supplies like micro-mesh and mylar paper in India?
  13. Hi everyone, After watching too many movies and TV shows about a group of people surviving the apocalyspe (be it zombie or otherwise) I thought this thread would be a bit of fun. So what is your plan for getting and using writing supplies (paper, pens, ink, converters, etc) after the apocalypse? Are you going to scavenge them as you go or are you already planning ahead and stockpiling them? Would you even be writing in that situation or would you just be kicking butt all day? Maybe you'll use a flighter pen as weapon for hunting or self-defense, who knows? Feel free to answer seriously or with humor! Edit: Changed some words for better ones, nothing important.
  14. Karas Kustoms

    Decograph Price Drop And Clearance Items

    http://i66.tinypic.com/2h4xle0.jpg After 9 months of refining the machining and finishing process, adjusting the programming, testing out tooling, and pushing to make quality improvements; we feel that we've mastered the process of working with plastics in our machines. Our goal all along was to use our machines to their full capabilities to decrease loss and flaws and provide a nearly finished product on each pen we manufacture. The process was long and somewhat arduous, Bill Karas probably pulled out more hair fighting with some of the intricacies of each material during this process than he's lost in his entire 20+ year career as a machinist. Suffice to say, during this process we've identified ways to increase the quality while decreasing the time each pen needs to make. As such we can pass that along to you, the customer, in the form of reduced pricing. If you want to know more about this, we've gone into some detail on it in one of our latest . For those of you asking just what this means, let's break it down. Our Standard Decograph in Black and Green was released with an MSRP of $165 dollars. This pricing has been consistent with all of our Limited Release Decographs to this point, including the last two, 1703 and 1801. With the improvements and changes we've made, we can now offer those pens and most future releases for $140 dollars. But we've also repriced our premium nib upgrades on the Decograph. You'll now be able to get most of our Decograph offerings with a Titanium nib for $165 dollars, previously the Titanium upgrade was priced at $205. Also our 14k Gold nib upgrade is being reduced from $255 dollars to $215 dollars. These prices are active on our website now, and will be reflected on most of our future releases. We do have a few of the 1703 Winter's Tale and 1801 Sleeping Beauty LE pens left, if you've been waiting, now is the time to act. http://i66.tinypic.com/4ggdj6.jpg MINI K CLEARANCE After analyzing our product over the last year, we've come to a point in time where we have decided to discontinue the Mini K pens. While they initially sold well and filled a void in our product line, they steeply dropped off after the initial release. We received a lot of feedback on the pens in general and after waiting and really considering our options; we finally decided to stop manufacturing on the Mini K and sell through our existing stock. For that reason, we've slashed the price on both the Render K Mini and Fountain K Mini by $30.00. You can now get a Render K Mini for the ultra-low price of $30.00 dollars and a Fountain K Mini for $45.00 dollars. Yes you heard us right, fully machined Karas Pen Co pens for less than $50 bucks. These pens will still carry our lifetime service guarantee and our manufacturers warranty. They're selling fast, if you want one or ten, now's the time to act! http://i64.tinypic.com/o86kr9.png Why I Write Pt. 2 Now that we have the long and relatively boring origin story out of the way we can focus on more important things. The ideas that drive me to write. My “writer’s ethos” for lack of a better term. I’ve been told my motivation to write is both sentimental and romantic. That it lacks a lot of mechanical reasoning. I’m perfectly okay with that. I don’t ascribe to the idea that writing has to have a designed purpose...(READ MORE)
  15. goodpens

    Dear Flint Kids Project

    I recently learned about this Dear Flint Kids project and am really moved by the children who are organizing it. (The amazing young woman spearheading it also raises money for backpacks and school supplies, tickets for movies, and books--"A Wrinkle In Time" right now--to distribute in the community. More about her at http://www.lovewhatmatters.com/i-remember-my-mom-telling-us-to-not-drink-the-water-10-year-olds-terrifying-experience-with-flint-water-crisis/) I'm sharing this info for anyone who is looking to put their pens and ink to good use. No affiliation--other than inspiration. https://twitter.com/dearflintkids?lang=en The goal is to write to the children of Flint, Michigan, to let them know the the world sees and supports them, even as they still struggle to get clean water, among other basic needs. Send letters of encouragement to Flint Kids c/o: Mari Copeny PO Box 138 Flint, MI 48501
  16. Aloha Everyone, Newbie here. I am starting to find out that I like an ink that flows well when writing. I guess that is called "wet"? because the ink is lubricated? I have the following inks, which ones are the "wettest". Aurora Black Aurora Blue Waterman Paris Black Diamine Majestic Blue I have 2 pelicans and a sailor. Any suggestions for an ink that flows better than what I have? Thanks so much for your help. mahalo jim
  17. I'm a lefty, but I been practicing writing with my right hand for 30 mins a day and been doing it for a month (plus minus), and I think I'm finally ambidextrous.. O.k, my right hand still not as great as my left hand, and holding a pen still give me a weird feelings, but I think it's pretty good, all I need to do now is start using my right hand for daily writing and it'll improve over time.. And now I'll start learning cursive... actual cursive, not the pseudo cursive that kinda invented myself during high school because I need fast writing for note taking... (look above)
  18. http://i64.tinypic.com/35clgug.jpg Karas Pen Co is proud to host and sponsor another year of the Central Arizona Pen Meet Ups. Formed in October 2015, our monthly meet up has been a great success. We've featured letter and calligraphy artist LetterLetter and street artist Chief on two separate occasions as special guests. We've grown and continue to be amazed at the turn out each month. We'll be back at starting January, 13th from 4-7pm at 126 S. Country Club Dr. Mesa, AZ 85210. We always have complimentary snacks and soda on hand, in our family friendly environment. We've had fellow pen makers Jack Roman of TuffWriter and Don Knox along with Mike Dudek of Dudek Modern Goods and The Clicky Post all stop by and join in the fun. Here's to another year of making memories, sharing pens and inks, and growing the community. Below you can find our planned dates for 2018. January 13th February 3rd March 10th April 7th May 19th June 9th July 14th August 11th September 8th October 13th November 10th December 8th We hope to see you at one or all of these occasions.
  19. I pick this up around a month ago and I been spending roughly a week per chapter, around 10-20 mins per day. The lessons is very easy to understand, making learning very easy.. and you learn in group of letters instead of learning the alphabet one by one, speeding the learning time further. The only downside is, the book kinda treat you like a children from time to time... so i'm guessing that this book is design for children.. as they said, word are wind.. soo... yeah, my writing still sucks and my writing speed is in snail pace because i have to think about how to spell a word before i can write it.... so hopefully it'll improve with practice. So to anyone who want to pick up cursive, pick up Cursive Logic Workbook.
  20. I'm a lefty currently trying to learn how to write with my right hand because my japanese teacher said it'll make writing the japanese character easier as all the stroke is design to be write with a right hand... and it seems like thats how english and fountain pen is design as well.. And so I try google on how to do that.. but all I find is just video and guide to teach people how to write with their left hand.. Why there is so many video and guide to teach people how to be a lefties but no video or guide to teach people how to be righty? Why people want to be lefty? beside boxing, there is no advantages what so ever...
  21. What is the best way for making friends here? Writing to people and talking with them? Have you had any success meeting people through discussion forums like that and it turned into real friendship? Anybody here from North Carolina? Especially Raleigh, NC?
  22. CameronB

    New Member With An Objective

    Greetings! i'm Cam. I have a history of cheap FP usage, but have strayed. I stopped using when i ruined a white work shirt years ago... Today is a new day. I've been researching a major project I'm about to embark on, which will take years, and I keep finding myself on the fountain pen network, for guidance and research, so It makes sense to join. Hopefully my experience will enable me to return the favor... I begin with a BIG "THANK YOU", because much of my research has met with meaningful success as a result of the contributions & research of many members in the FPN. I owe you a debt of gratitude! My project - To hand write the Bible. What I have concluded so far is the following (I'm prepared to change my mind as new information is discovered) 1. Tomoe River Paper 2. TWSBI ECO fountain pin F nib I love the ink colors, I need enduring Ink I'm looking for ink that will hold its edge, will stay sharp after it dries, and when i use the Bible, which I will regularly, won't fade away or lose its color. (I know nothing is permanent)... With respect to ink, I'm still researching, and have seen significant research done here, but I still have a couple questions. My current plan is to develop 32 page 'signatures'. The challenge is that I will likely make a mistake every so often. Crossing out and leaving mistakes is something I'd prefer to avoid. 1. Is there any ink that allows for rapid cleanup/removal (as a result of a mistake), that will become durable after it has dried / cured? (assuming Tomoe River) 2. Or, to be less proscriptive, is there an alternative approach that allows FP+ink on thin, FP friendly paper that allows erasure, while resulting in permanence after the ink dries/cures? Any way to accomplish, with FP approach? FP+ink is my path, even if mistakes are part of the bargain... I very much appreciate your contributions. Thx, cam
  23. In this case, a Clairefontaine Triomphe A5. And the pen of choice - Pilot Custom 823, the double reservoir makes flying with a FP so much easier and worry free. ink!
  24. OK, so apparantly February is Interantional Correspondance month - much like write a novel in a month - this is write a letter/postcard to someone for every day in Feb. An ideal thing for folk looking for excuse to use their fountain pens. Here's a link to what the fuss is all about. http://incowrimo.org/2017/01/sbre-brown-endorses-incowrimo/





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