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What Was Your Last Impulsive Pen Acquisition?


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I bought a cheap (<30€ paid, likely that's how much the pen is worth) vintage Waterman pen made in France, 18K nib labeled 3B. I am trying to understand if I would enjoy their vintage for drawing and am working my courage for a 2 old-vintage nib, in a Waterman No. 52 [1/2] [v] , 12, or 32. (Nos. 72 and 0552 seem a bit too expensive to think I'd actually draw with them.) 

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On 4/13/2022 at 7:31 PM, AmandaW said:

 

I'm trying to pretend I didn't see the cute bear.

So far I’ve managed to resist the cute bear. But, if you get one, I’ll get one. 

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22 hours ago, ParramattaPaul said:

Another week has passed by, and I've once again resisted all impulsive pen purchases.  Yes, I know -- boring!

I am working on joining the boring brigade, at least when it comes to purchasing.  I am trying to get more interesting in my usage.  I am on the fence as to ink.

Festina lente

Optimism kills

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2 hours ago, essayfaire said:

I am working on joining the boring brigade, at least when it comes to purchasing.  I am trying to get more interesting in my usage.  I am on the fence as to ink.

Limiting ink purchases proved very easy for me.  Having tried a variety of colours and hews, I found I only really like and will use three inks of dark blue.  I still have a black and three other inks that will be gifted onwards when the opportunity arrives. 

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39 minutes ago, ParramattaPaul said:

Limiting ink purchases proved very easy for me.  Having tried a variety of colours and hews, I found I only really like and will use three inks of dark blue.  I still have a black and three other inks that will be gifted onwards when the opportunity arrives. 

Ah, I'm of the ilk where I try to find the perfect ink for each pen.  Once I find it, I have a permanent pairing.  Before that, I break a lot of eggs...  

 

 

Festina lente

Optimism kills

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I went a little crazy and ordered a Lamy hanzi cursive nib for one of my Safaris. 

 

I'm outta control..

the Danitrio Fellowship

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5 hours ago, Doug C said:

I went a little crazy and ordered a Lamy hanzi cursive nib for one of my Safaris. 

 

I'm outta control..

 

🤣

Remember kids...always shop within your means.   :lticaptd:

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I just bought one as well.  And two bottles of ink so I could get free shipping from Pen Boutique: a bottle of Robert Oster Dragon's Night, which I tried recently, and a bottle of Noodler's Pasternak, from the Russian series.  

I figure that since I have some Safaris/al-Stars/LX pens with duplicate nibs, I can just swap the hanzi nib on to one of those pens.  And if I decide I don't like it?  I'm not out a lot of money and can pass the hanzi nib along to someone else.

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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8 minutes ago, inkstainedruth said:

I just bought one as well.  And two bottles of ink so I could get free shipping from Pen Boutique: a bottle of Robert Oster Dragon's Night, which I tried recently, and a bottle of Noodler's Pasternak, from the Russian series.  

I figure that since I have some Safaris/al-Stars/LX pens with duplicate nibs, I can just swap the hanzi nib on to one of those pens.  And if I decide I don't like it?  I'm not out a lot of money and can pass the hanzi nib along to someone else.

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

I got mine today. Nice but not radical. 

the Danitrio Fellowship

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On 4/16/2022 at 7:15 AM, Misfit said:

So far I’ve managed to resist the cute bear. But, if you get one, I’ll get one. 

Dementia day for my Mom (I hope it’s just a day) is making me want to buy this pen, since it’s relatively inexpensive. Brown bear would growl at dementia. Grrrrrrowl!

 

Yep, impulsively, and impetuously ordered the Lamy pen @A Smug Dill  showed us. I hope when I get it, the cute bear will make me smile when my Mom’s dementia is making life hard. 
 

I feel the need to add my Mom used to be the most wonderful person. Fun, active, cool. I miss that Mom. 
 

edit: I never thought I would order from AliExpress. They sent an email with a $5 off coupon valid for 7 days. 

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2 hours ago, Misfit said:

Dementia day for my Mom (I hope it’s just a day) is making me want to buy this pen, since it’s relatively inexpensive. Brown bear would growl at dementia. Grrrrrrowl!

 

Yep, impulsively, and impetuously ordered the Lamy pen @A Smug Dill  showed us. I hope when I get it, the cute bear will make me smile when my Mom’s dementia is making life hard. 
 

I feel the need to add my Mom used to be the most wonderful person. Fun, active, cool. I miss that Mom. 
 

edit: I never thought I would order from AliExpress. They sent an email with a $5 off coupon valid for 7 days. 

 

Ok, now my resistance is useless! I need a bear pen too. :P

It's all about the greys...

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Yes you do @AmandaW!  I have to admit to you I started the letter I offered to write to you, then haven’t worked on it since. I will, I promise. 

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8 hours ago, inkstainedruth said:

 

I figure that since I have some Safaris/al-Stars/LX pens with duplicate nibs, I can just swap the hanzi nib on to one of those pens.  And if I decide I don't like it?  I'm not out a lot of money and can pass the hanzi nib along to someone else.

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

Please let us know if you like the Hanzi nib. 😃

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24 minutes ago, Misfit said:

I have to admit to you I started the letter I offered to write to you, then haven’t worked on it since

Dear @Misfit, thanks for sharing this. I have not written a letter in a long time, that is, physical pen on physical paper, and I've been planning to but it's a slow process. Good to know others take their time, too. 

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Writing letters is a slow process here too. Even more fun if the different moments get written in the pen and ink of the day. Rainbow letters. :D

It's all about the greys...

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59 minutes ago, Misfit said:

Yes you do @AmandaW!  I have to admit to you I started the letter I offered to write to you, then haven’t worked on it since. I will, I promise. 

 

I ordered my bear pen. :D

It's all about the greys...

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Yea Amanda! That made me smile. It’s been a bad, bad day. I’ve been pondering what I could spend the $5 credit on at Aliexpress. Is there anything guaranteed legitimate in the pen realm. I already got the Bear pen to make up for the dementia of my Mom, except it has gone on and on and on. I deserve more. 

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8 minutes ago, Misfit said:

Is there anything guaranteed legitimate in the pen realm.

 

Get a handful of basic Jinhao 51A pens. They're excellent pens for the price; and US$5 can get you almost four of those including free international shipping for the lot. (Prices went up by a little, recently.) They're so cheap, nobody can be bothered producing knock-off versions to compete.

 

You can choose different nib widths for them if you want some variety.

I endeavour to be frank and truthful in what I write, show or otherwise present, when I relate my first-hand experiences that are not independently verifiable; and link to third-party content where I can, when I make a claim or refute a statement of fact in a thread. If there is something you can verify for yourself, I entreat you to do so, and judge for yourself what is right, correct, and valid. I may be wrong, and my position or say-so is no more authoritative and carries no more weight than anyone else's here.

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8 minutes ago, A Smug Dill said:

 

Get a handful of basic Jinhao 51A pens. They're excellent pens for the price; and US$5 can get you almost four of those including free international shipping for the lot. (Prices went up by a little, recently.) They're so cheap, nobody can be bothered producing knock-off versions to compete.

 

You can choose different nib widths for them if you want some variety.

 

That's a good call.  👍

Remember kids...always shop within your means.   :lticaptd:

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21 minutes ago, mallymal1 said:

That's a good call.  👍

 

Actually, I was of a mind to recommend a PenBBS 494 piston-filler, which goes for under US$4 (but shipping might not be free). I’m happy with the construction quality, it can be easily and fully disassembled and reassembled without tools, and Pilot steel nibs from MR and Plumix pens can be fitted into the model. Unfortunately, I have seen knock-off versions of it, so it fails the ‘guaranteed legitimate’ criterion for the unseasoned AliExpress shopper.

I endeavour to be frank and truthful in what I write, show or otherwise present, when I relate my first-hand experiences that are not independently verifiable; and link to third-party content where I can, when I make a claim or refute a statement of fact in a thread. If there is something you can verify for yourself, I entreat you to do so, and judge for yourself what is right, correct, and valid. I may be wrong, and my position or say-so is no more authoritative and carries no more weight than anyone else's here.

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