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Hey all,


So I am pretty new at fountain pens. I currently only have 3 pens, but only really use 1 at the moment.



Pilot Metro (current and favorite atm)

Pilot Custom 74

TWSBI Vac 700


Reason I'm posting is I am looking for local groups I can travel to to meet new people, and a reliable repair guy for FP's.


Both my Custom 74 and Vac 700 need Nib flow adjustment and I am too afraid to mess something up on my new pens!! I actually have not really been able to write with the 74 or 700 because the tines are too taught/close together so i have to exert too much force to get a nice flow going.


Any recommendations on where I can get my FP nib tune near the SF/Livermore area? I have not been able to find many current posts about reliable repair shops/guys.


Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!Look forward to meeting you guys and becoming a fountain pen aficionado.




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Welcome, Crushin !


Sorry that your two nice pens are misbehaving. Isn't it interesting that the reliable "workhorse" pen is the one that cost $20 ? :wallbash:


In my collection, I have a dozen low-grade fountain pens, of unknown brand or no-brand. They all function reliably. The Arnold fountain pen is from 1950, and had a new price of 15¢ . I hated it when the wife asked, "So, what did you get for the additional $150 ?" :lticaptd:

Wives can be very insensitive.


Write with joy.

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Crushin, I suspect that after you've read these forums for a few months and watched a few tube videos you might be in a position to try some basic adjustments yourself---but please start with some inexpensive Chinese pens. (You'll find a list of the very best ones in the 'Chinese' forum.)

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Welcome to FPN. You should consider the upcoming SF Pen Show:




They have a website, also.

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The SF Pen Posse meets in Millbrae.

Watch the clubs section for meeting announcements.


As was mentioned, the San Francisco Pen Show, is on Aug 28-30 in Redwood City.


Save your $$, it will be like being a kid in a candy show.

Last year was my first show, and I was in shock and too slow to buy several good deals, which slipped through my fingers.

San Francisco Pen Show - August 28-30, 2020 - Redwood City, California


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Hi! Welcome to FPN. :W2FPN:

I'm really glad you've joined us.


Best wishes from Japan,


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


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Hello and welcome to you :)

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Guess what Crushin? I am from Livermore too! (Greatest little town in the East Bay) And I am looking for someone to go with me to the pen show in SF. You at all interested in this excursion?

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Hey Crushin, welcome to FPN


Nice offer there to go to the SF show together....


I hope your unruly pens get sorted out soon, so you can enjoy them






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Hi Crushin welcome aboard - I am a new member to and I was made feel very welcome. Sorry I don't live in the USA so I cannot recommend a repair shop to you.

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