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Hello from Sacramento!

I re-discovered fountain pens about nine months ago, stumbling upon Pilot Metropolitans on huge discount at the UC Davis bookstore. I bought all they had, which was a sign of things to come. For a few months, I acquired Plumix and Preppys and Varsitys semi-compulsively before discovering eBay and Jinhaos and the like. Later came Indian and Pakistani pens, still purchased as if they were going to be banned next week.


My tastes have evolved slightly, but I still prefer the low-price end of the pool. A couple of Conklin Stylographs are my priciest pens, and probably represent the current frontier of my spending comfort. I would, though, love to figure out which "nice" pen is right for me. I suspect Pelikan would be a contender.


I attended the SF Pen show and had a great time. I was really impressed by the ink testing stations and the work of the SF Pen Posse. I picked up a TWSBI Eco, a gently used Faber-Castell Loom, and a really lovely Esterbrook "Dollar" pen. I think the J series pens are my kind of thing, but I want to study a bit more before I jump into that marketplace.


I know very little about quality pens and even less about navigating on FPN. I often end up here after googling a question, but still haven't figured out how to make the most of the network and really participate. Thanks in advance for your patience with misplaced posts and clumsy replies. I continue to be taken by the kindness of "pen people."





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Greetings from over here in Mendocino county and a warm welcome to our little enclave of fanaticism known as FPN. It's great to have you here with us!

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


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Welcome to FPN! Don't shy away from the Esterbrook J's, especially if you come across a great deal. I have two, restored them myself. One still needs a little cosmetic work, but it will get finished. They are good writers and replaceable nibs are still available. Enjoy your new vice!

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Welcome !


There have always been "lower end" fountain pens. Students and drug store clerks needed to write, as well. In the 1950's and 1960's, the lever-fill system was inexpensive and reliable. There are many vintage fountain pens of this type. I saw a 1950's recipe for a drugstore. One gross of Arnold fountain pens - - - $21.50 .

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Verweile doch, du bist so schön !

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Welcome from the bay area. Making it to the pen show was a great start. Kudu keep reading and googling and soon you will learn a lot.

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The SF Pen Posse meets in Millbrae.

There will be a meet this Sunday.

Check the clubs section for meet announcements.

One of the guys comes in from Dixon, to most of the meets.


There is/was interest in setting up a Sacramento Pen Posse.

Keep an eye on the clubs section for announcements.

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


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Hello and welcome to FPN.

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Taught man that which he knew not (96/3-5)

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