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I have been using fountain pens for as long as I can remember.

It started at primary school with a pelican pen. A simple but effective tool. In those days the refills had a small plastic ball that stayed behind in de empty cartridge. We had a competition who of the pupils could collect the most of those balls in one school year.

After that period at secondary school I was presented with a Sheaffer Targa as a birthday present from my parents. What a super pen that was! I have been using it for 25 years. But alas, one day it hit the ground full on the nib! That hurts!! :(

It was damaged in such a way that it could no longer be made, so I bought myself a new fountain pen. A Parker Frontier, as it was highly recommended by the sales agent.

It turned out to be a very bad choice. Leakage again and again. I have never had so many ink stains on my hands! As my budget in those days was low I also bought a Lamy Nexx. A fine but simple pen.


After 6 years I decided to swop back to Sheaffer again and have purchased two Sheaffer Awards fountain pens via marktplaats (Dutch equivalent of E-bay). Two super pens that brought back the old time feeling I always had with the Targa fountain pen. One of these Awards I still use to correct the work of my students in Red ink!


In May 2014 I have also bought myself a Sheaffer 300 fountain pen again. I do like the weight of the instrument!! It writes super smooth so I’ll use it as often as possible ;)


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Auf freiem Grund mit freiem Volke stehn.
Zum Augenblicke dürft ich sagen:
Verweile doch, du bist so schön !

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Hello Jan, it's nice to meet you. Greetings from California and a warm welcome to FPN. It's great to have you here with us.

"Intolerance betrays want of faith in one's cause." - Gandhi -

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Welcome to the forum, don't be afraid to ask questions, everyone is happy to help.


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Hallo Jan, welkom bij FPN.




I see you buy from Marktplaats, so Ebay will probably not be a problem too. You can still get Sheaffer Targa's for a good price, if you would like to go back to that pen. Finding a new section is a problem, it is easier jus to get a new pen, so you can exchange the section on the two barrels as you like.





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welcome sir

"On every dishonest man,there are two watchmen,his possessions and his way of living."

Hazrat Umar bin Khattab (May Allah be pleased with him)

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Hallo Jan: Welcome! I was glad to hear that you like both Pelikan and Shaeffer Targa pens. I have several of the first, and only one of the second. Plus quite a number of other newer pens that satisfy my fascination for fountain pens.


You mentioned correcting your students' papers --what do you teach? I am a professor of Spanish here in Indiana, USA.


Enjoy your travels on the network! And do be sure to show us photos of your pens, inks, and handwriting!



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