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Hello lovely FPN people!


Have been lurking here for so long but now I decided to finally join in the conversation! I am a lifelong user and admirer of fountain pens. My dad gave me my first pen, a Sheaffer 440 when I was 14 y.o. and I haven't looked back since!


My actual favorite is a Platinum Izumo red which I got when I was living in Singapore. I hope that my son will inherit that pen at an adequate time. I just got a Noodler's Ahab (clear demo) and replaced the nib with a Zebra G as I am trying to work on my penmanship. All these years pounding on keyboards and not taking care of my handwriting have taken their toll ;) Only a few years back I got a Lamy while in Amsterdam (thought they were too "cheap" when I was young) and love it as a regular workhorse. That Al-Star has seen some abuse and managed to stay put with dignity! I am trying to get the parts to restore my granddad's Vacumatic which has suffered a lot too but is holding up as a great dip pen with a stub nib (My wife smashed the nib while in Baja). The other day I carved a quill pen from a turkey feather and must say it's pretty decent for a first timer. I also have a few Mujis, Sheaffers, a Hero and a Parker catching dust in my pen shelf too...


So that's basically me, my other Sheaffers, including a couple snorkels from my (other) granddad as well as the Watermans I got from my dad when starting College are in storage at my base place which is a bit far from where I live now.


Best regards to all and thanks for your contributions to this great community!



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Hi sodariver. I fell down this particular rabbit hole quite recently myself and oh boy what a fascinating place I landed in! I just love reading all the different posts - who knew things like ink, pens and paper could be so interesting? :)

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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.

Recite, and your Lord is the most Generous  Who taught by the pen

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

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Welcome, Sodariver !


Thank you for sharing your experiences. I hope you can keep all of your fountain pens in service. I use a few at a time, in rotation. The pens from your grandfather are especially precious. Friends and family will appreciate getting letters written with his pen.


Write with joy.

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

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Hello and welcome to FPN. It's great to have you here with us. :thumbup:

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


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