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Hello everyone,

 

I've recently joined FPN and I have learned so much. I started writing with two different fountain pens at age twelve, both from my dad. One was a Parker 51, and the other was a Sheaffer Saratoga snorkel in burgundy. I still own the first one but the second one was stolen, leading to many years of pen searching (I am now in my mid-forties.) I now have two such snorkel pens in working order and have discovered that I am starting to collect pens. I have two much-loved Waterman Phileas pens with issues and that is what has sent me on the latest FP searches. I am expecting to post to the Waterman forum very shortly and I look forward to hearing from members there. Thanks very much for all your help so far!

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Hi FPgal, and a very welcome to FPN.

 

It is good you still have one heirloom-pen. And to see it on the positive side, the loss on the other send you on a quest for a replacement, making you fully acquainted with the delights of various fountainpens.

 

Enjoy our forum

 

 

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Welcome to our land of happiness and oceans of ink! :W2FPN:

 

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Monteverde Jewelria in Fine with Noodlers Liberty's Elysium

Jinhao x450 with a Goulet X-Fine Nib with Noodlers Liberty's Elysium

Lamy Al-Star BlueGreen in Extra Fine with Parker Quink Black

Pilot Metropolitan in Medium with Parker Quink Black

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Hello and Welcome to FPN!! Glad to have you as a member!!

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FP, welcome! I was in Florence a few days ago...my m-in-law lives in Belchertown so am often up that way.

 

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Welcome !

 

You Dad gave you a Parker 51 ? He expected you to learn to love writing.

 

Great to have you here.

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

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Howdy from Pittsburgh! :W2FPN:

You're very lucky in that you have a great pen in a 51. And that it was *also* one that has family associations with it, makes you doubly lucky.

It's only fair to warn you though -- this place is fully of happy enablers, who will be more than willing to help you spend your discretionary funds on pens, inks, paper, pen-related ephemera.... How do I know this? I've been on here about 3 years. This time 3 years ago I had never *heard* of Parker 51s. Now I have six.... Four Aerometrics and two 51 Vacs. And a 21 and a 51 Special. Also, 4 Vacumatics, a 45, a bunch of Vectors, a late-model Parkette, and a couple of capillary filler 61s.... and that's just the PARKER FPs.

My husband despairs. But: we're staying in NYC an extra day -- just so I can go to Fountain Pen Hospital, and then once we get up to Massachusetts he will drive me to a train station, so I can go into Boston and hop the T at South Station to go check out the Bromfield Pen Shop. :notworthy1: (Yeah, he's a keeper even if he *is* a philistine who only wants to use BIC fine point BPs; although I almost got him to try the Snorkel Statesman with an EF nib at dinner tonight, so there's still hope.... :thumbup:)

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."

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Howdy from Pittsburgh! :W2FPN:

You're very lucky in that you have a great pen in a 51. And that it was *also* one that has family associations with it, makes you doubly lucky.

It's only fair to warn you though -- this place is fully of happy enablers, who will be more than willing to help you spend your discretionary funds on pens, inks, paper, pen-related ephemera.... How do I know this? I've been on here about 3 years. This time 3 years ago I had never *heard* of Parker 51s. Now I have six.... Four Aerometrics and two 51 Vacs. And a 21 and a 51 Special. Also, 4 Vacumatics, a 45, a bunch of Vectors, a late-model Parkette, and a couple of capillary filler 61s.... and that's just the PARKER FPs.

My husband despairs. But: we're staying in NYC an extra day -- just so I can go to Fountain Pen Hospital, and then once we get up to Massachusetts he will drive me to a train station, so I can go into Boston and hop the T at South Station to go check out the Bromfield Pen Shop. :notworthy1: (Yeah, he's a keeper even if he *is* a philistine who only wants to use BIC fine point BPs; although I almost got him to try the Snorkel Statesman with an EF nib at dinner tonight, so there's still hope.... :thumbup:)

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

 

It sounds like he needs to go to the Fountain Pen Hospital. :lol:

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FP, welcome! I was in Florence a few days ago...my m-in-law lives in Belchertown so am often up that way.

 

Tim

It was almost a fountain pen meet-up, then! I suppose you've gone into AJ Hastings just to have a look (on Pleasant Street in Amherst town center) but they don't have much. I tried to buy a bottle of Waterman Serenity Blue and they didn't have it. :unsure:

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Howdy from Pittsburgh! :W2FPN:

You're very lucky in that you have a great pen in a 51. And that it was *also* one that has family associations with it, makes you doubly lucky.

It's only fair to warn you though -- this place is fully of happy enablers, who will be more than willing to help you spend your discretionary funds on pens, inks, paper, pen-related ephemera.... How do I know this? I've been on here about 3 years. This time 3 years ago I had never *heard* of Parker 51s. Now I have six.... Four Aerometrics and two 51 Vacs. And a 21 and a 51 Special. Also, 4 Vacumatics, a 45, a bunch of Vectors, a late-model Parkette, and a couple of capillary filler 61s.... and that's just the PARKER FPs.

My husband despairs. But: we're staying in NYC an extra day -- just so I can go to Fountain Pen Hospital, and then once we get up to Massachusetts he will drive me to a train station, so I can go into Boston and hop the T at South Station to go check out the Bromfield Pen Shop. :notworthy1: (Yeah, he's a keeper even if he *is* a philistine who only wants to use BIC fine point BPs; although I almost got him to try the Snorkel Statesman with an EF nib at dinner tonight, so there's still hope.... :thumbup:)

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

My husband is the same way, Ruth! I'm glad to learn of other women who are FP people, as I never knew them before joining FPN. My husband is also rather indifferent to his own pens, but he is also very tolerant of my love for pens. We are often having to go into NYC but have not had the time yet to visit Fountain Pen Hospital, which my husband has considered as a side trip for us. The pen madness on my part has not yet centered on a particular group of pens as I am gathering an array of pens to try out.

 

I have to learn how to do the FPN wave... but thanks for the encouragement to watch my pen obsession! B)

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