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What Was Your Last Impulsive Pen Acquisition?


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30 minutes ago, lianali007 said:

Please tell me other people do this too.

Yep. I do this too, if shipping is over 5€.  I always find something I need or want, because in my mind, that 5€ is better spent on an item than on postage, if that makes any sense. :) 

What is this money pit obsession hole I have fallen into? 

 

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33 minutes ago, N1003U said:

Yes, I do this, too. :)

 

Me three, but not with Pen Chalet, because it doesn't offer free international shipping. That's why I generally don't look at US-based retailers at all. EndlessPens was an exception, but since it doubled the free (international, that's the only one that's meaningful to the hobby community at large) shipping threshold my annual spend with them dropped by >80%; and when it changed its shipping policies and made it sound really unfriendly to the customer (even in cases where shipping charges are explicitly paid), it went to $0. Whereas I placed a dozen orders with LCdC in the past six months with each one meeting the free shipping threshold, padding it with more inks and such where necessary; and another half a dozen orders with Cult Pens, again all with free shipping (with some padded to meet the higher threshold for free shipping by DHL).

 

That's why I'm still waiting for three dozen fountain pens on order to arrive, after having received maybe forty this year so far.

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I'll pay the shipping charges if there's nothing else I need. But I buy infrequently enough, that I can sometimes just add paper to an order if I just need a *small* boost to hit the free shipping threshold.

 

Usually, I will not buy something random just to get free shipping. I don't need more stuff I won't use...especially more pens that I didn't carefully consider prior to purchasing.

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8 hours ago, Karmachanic said:

MB 149P.  Just to give them encouragement 🤪

That's some impulse ;)

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Appears to be have been a yearly thing.  M1005, Hakase and 149, but I think I'm done now.  Plop plop, fizz fizz.

"Simplicate and add Lightness."

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Well, this was kinda sorta impulsive....

 

Newton Elizabethan B nib 

Black with Black Velvet Hibiscus section and finial 

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Brad

"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind" - Rudyard Kipling
"None of us can have as many virtues as the fountain-pen, or half its cussedness; but we can try." - Mark Twain

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Very nice pen Brad. I hope you enjoy using it. I hope to get back to writing letters, so maybe I’ll see that pen in action. 

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Got myself a Schon Design Ultem with a stub nib.

Also been thinking of a Custom 823 with a F nib for a couple years and finally got one... on impulse. 

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1 hour ago, maclink said:

Got myself a Schon Design Ultem with a stub nib.

Also been thinking of a Custom 823 with a F nib for a couple years and finally got one... on impulse. 

Oooh! I'd love an Ultem - such a cool material. What a very impulsive week ;)

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10 hours ago, mizgeorge said:

Oooh! I'd love an Ultem - such a cool material. What a very impulsive week ;)

The Ultem is very cute indeed.  The Schon Design artwork is fantastic, ie, the logo etc. The pen demonstrates a lot of attention to detail with my only gripe being the sharpness of the threads on the section.  

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On 8/4/2021 at 10:04 PM, Misfit said:

Very nice pen Brad. I hope you enjoy using it. I hope to get back to writing letters, so maybe I’ll see that pen in action. 

Been busy I guess.....

Brad

"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind" - Rudyard Kipling
"None of us can have as many virtues as the fountain-pen, or half its cussedness; but we can try." - Mark Twain

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Semi-impulsive buy this morning (the impulse hit a few days ago, but I waited for a discount code) of a Custom 912 FA. And I just remembered I bought a Gravitas Entry a couple of days ago - I really don't like metal pens as a rule, but I'm giving this one a try on the strength of a lot of recommendations.  Oh, and a TWSBI Swipe or whatever it's called seemed to arrive on my desk yesterday (we only get one converter here).

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19 minutes ago, mizgeorge said:

Semi-impulsive buy this morning (the impulse hit a few days ago, but I waited for a discount code) of a Custom 912 FA. 

 

That FA nib will not disappoint.  It's a lovely flex nib and the Custom 912 a great pen to write with both posted or unposted.  I had hard starts that would occur out of the blue with mine.  However, I got that fixed by switching to an ebonite feed, making it an absolute keeper and myself, a fan of the Pilot Custom series.

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1 hour ago, maclink said:

 

That FA nib will not disappoint.  It's a lovely flex nib and the Custom 912 a great pen to write with both posted or unposted.  I had hard starts that would occur out of the blue with mine.  However, I got that fixed by switching to an ebonite feed, making it an absolute keeper and myself, a fan of the Pilot Custom series.

That's great advice - is there a stock ebonite feed available somewhere or do I need to look for something special? I am a complete novice with Japanese pens (I literally have one Sailor Pro Gear Slim and a bunch of cheapies/calligraphy pens) so it's all rather fun. 

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15 minutes ago, mizgeorge said:

is there a stock ebonite feed available somewhere

Absolutely.  This is the only way that I managed.  See here:

https://flexiblenib.com/store/product-category/feed/  

You can get a red or black one.  One with 3 slits or one with 2.  The one with 3 will flow super well.  I got the 2 channel version in red and it works well.

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39 minutes ago, maclink said:

Absolutely.  This is the only way that I managed.  See here:

https://flexiblenib.com/store/product-category/feed/  

You can get a red or black one.  One with 3 slits or one with 2.  The one with 3 will flow super well.  I got the 2 channel version in red and it works well.

Thank you! And crikey! Three of those would buy me another whole pen ;) I might have to do a bit of bench work on an existing version first... 

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The one I'm about to make to justify shipping an ink. ;)

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