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Dear all,

 

while I was browsing the web since I noticed this week again that my handwriting is ruined by my job I came across this forum. I think some people here can understand my situation.

 

My handwriting was never prefect but quite nice. A friend once said it's as accurate as a typewriter (different typo...). That was maybe 20 years ago. In the meantime I wrote a lot, daily, doin' my job. Always quick often with a rough surface, never spending a thought about my writing but trying to keep up the speed of writing with my mind. This sometimes let to the paradox situation that I had problems reading my own handwriting even after a very short time. Mind too busy to track all my writings. Also for practical reasons I switched over to pencils some 15 years ago.

 

And now I am here, what I do not write with the pencil I quickly write on a computer's keyboard. And my handwriting has almost gone. I realized this again last holiday's season when I was writing a small set of cards.

 

So today I decided to get out my old fountain pen. Search the ink (found it!) and now try to find some time daily to write everything not to be written down within a second with my old pen. And on vacation all the notes no more on the laptop but with my fountain pen in a notebook. I always have a notebook with me but I do not use it all the time.

 

And I will finally buy me that kind of fountain pen which I could not afford back in the days.

 

Just wanted to leave you a note. And yes, browsing the forum made me looking for my old pen. So you did a good job.

 

Ileach

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Welcome to FPN!

 

Yes, I know what you mean. Writing with a fountain pen is getting less and less common. It means that the muscle memory (that some of us, who are old enough to have started with fountain pens) that we had disappears after a while. I do find myself writing less and typing more (like right now). As a result, I am losing my ability to write well with a pen. Cursive is almost gone, though I do use it for writing checks. That's about it. And so that skill is going away as well...

 

Erick

 

Using right now:

Beena Lincoln "F" nib running Jacques Herbin Rouge Hematite

Parker Duofold "F" nib running Pelikan Königsblau

Leonardo Officina Italiana Pura "F" nib running Diamine Autumn Oak

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Hi Erick,

 

well, yes, that's what I thought. So I will try to use my fountain pen more often and for motivation reasons I just got a new one. I think it's simply a training matter. Let's see how I will do in the future.

 

Ileach

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Ileach,

 

Welcome to FPN and, more importantly, welcome back to the shear pleasure of using a fountain pen.

 

Don't think that you have to write about matters of great importantance -- just write for the mere pleasure of doing so: enjoy the feel of the pen; enjoy the feedback from the nib as it glides across the paper; savour the colour and shading of the huge variety of inks that we have available to us; appreciate the differences in the different textures of the paper you use; delve into the plethora of notebooks, journals, notepads, and correspondence pads; rediscover the delights of writing letters to friends, family, and even strangers on FPN (and the excitement that a reply brings!); be motivated by your "failures", and thrilled by your successes. The list could go on.

 

Your fountain pen isn't just a nostalgic re-discovery, it's the key to a gateway to a world of artistry and sensory delight that, as adults, we have neglected to visit since childhood.

 

Have fun,

David.

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Don't think that you have to write about matters of great importantance -- just write for the mere pleasure of doing so: enjoy the feel of the pen; enjoy the feedback from the nib as it glides across the paper; savour the colour and shading of the huge variety of inks that we have available to us; appreciate the differences in the different textures of the paper you use; delve into the plethora of notebooks, journals, notepads, and correspondence pads; rediscover the delights of writing letters to friends, family, and even strangers on FPN (and the excitement that a reply brings!); be motivated by your "failures", and thrilled by your successes. The list could go on.

 

Yes, it actually seems I need a penpal like I had back in the days :-)

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lleach, I have no doubt whatever that once your fountain pen arrives and you start writing with it, your penmanship will improve. Furthermore I have no doubt that eventually your penmanship will be as good as, if not better than, it ever was. This assumes, however, that you take your pen out frequently and write write write. And then write write write some more. Invent reasons/excuses/exercises/etc., if necessary, to use your fountain pen as much and as often as possible. The hardest thing in transition might be to s-l-o-w your writing hand down. If this tests your patience, swear a little (although if you're so inclined there's no need for me to prompt you) and keep at it. S-l-o-w your hand down. In my experience, this is the quickest way to seeing real improvement in your penmanship. Good luck.

I love the smell of fountain pen ink in the morning.

 

 

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Bookman,

 

I did some test writing today with my new pen. Enjoyed it. And I found some problems. The letter h for example does not match with my speed of writing. Same applies for the t which looks like an l - so going slow might solve this problems. And of course keeping them in mind all the time. We'll see how I do.

 

Thanks for your input.

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