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Hi Everybodym

Although I've been a registered member for a while, I'm really a new user, because I neglected to introduce myself, and although I frequently read various postings and thereby enhanced my knowledge, I didn't really log in, and post, largely because (and back to the beginning,) neglected to introduce myself. So, here goes:


I'm a retired U.S. Naval Officer, and a retired Rabbi as well. in two weeks (April 15, 1917,) I'll celebrate my 75th birthday. I married my doctor (she's a veterinarian,) and we have three grown sons, two in Denver, one in Boston, while my wife and I reside in Cheshire, Connecticut. I have about one hundred fountain pens, although that number seems to be increasing at a somewhat regular rate. I have my eyes on a sale at Fahrneys, where I can get a Visconti Michelangelo Blue and Gold something for about half price. But I already have the Back to Black, so I'm wondering if I'd really be getting two of the same thing. Amongst the pen in my collection are a Montblanc Meisterstueck, a Waterman Opera, several Pelikans from the M600, M400, several M200s, and an M120, several Lamy Safaris and Al-Stars, and various others including Stipula, a Snorkel, Pilots, etc. I know absolutely nothing about repairs and mechanical issues, generally limiting myself to removing the cap from the pen. I figure that if I can manage that, then I'm doing ok. I've also entered myself in the purchase group for the Ranga 4C. Looked intereting, and I hope I'm doing the right thing.


Other hobbies include pipes, cooking and reading.


Anyway I'm really glad to be here, and I'll be posting now and then, hoping to benefit from what I perceive as the vast knowledge of the members of FPN, And if, somewhere along the line, something I say is of benefit to anyone else, then I'll be content with that.


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in two weeks (April 15, 1917,) I'll celebrate my 75th birthday.

Classic case of time travel Hank. And the town up ahead may not be Bridgeport. Welcome home. Pull up a stump and set a spell.


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Welcome to our little corner of the universe from a pen user in San Diego. I'm glad you are here!

"It's funny; in this era of email and voice mail and all those things that I did not even grow up with, a plain old paper letter takes on amazing intimacy."  Elizabeth Kostova





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Greetings from Pittsburgh! :W2FPN:

I went to University of Bridgeport for college (it was NOT "Moon U" back then! :angry:), and one set of in-laws live in Newtown.

I really like my M200/M400 size Pelikans. My two most recent acquisitions are a couple of M405s (the Stresemann and one in Striated Blue). And I have I think six Snorkels at this point (I'm a sucker for vintage pens, although I mostly have Parkers). If you need repairs done on yours, I know a guy (actually, a couple of guys... :thumbup:).

So, what ink(s) are you using?

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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Hello and Welcome to active posting on FPN!! Glad to have you join in!!


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Hello and welcome from Indiana. Thank you for your service.

Please visit my store A&D Penworx.

Brands we carry: Benu Pen, Conklin, Kaweco, Monteverde, TWSBI - Diamine, J Herbin, KWZ- Clairefontaine, Field Notes, Rhodia, Whitelines

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Welcome to our group. Join into our discussions at any point. No prior knowledge required. We all learn from each other here.

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Welcome to our warm nook of the internet, where you can share this beautiful hobby with good and friendly people. Or as we say in low Saxon: Mooi a'j dr bint! (Good you're here.)

Forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them so much. - Oscar Wilde.

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Welcome to FPN.

To sit at one's table on a sunny morning, with four clear hours of uninterruptible security, plenty of nice white paper, and a [fountain] pen - that is true happiness!

- Winston Churchill

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Welcome !


Per the Visconti, you are allowed more than one of each. At half price, I expect that a second one, though redundant, might be good "currency" for trade among fellow fountain pen lovers.


Soooooooooo, you and your wife are both "vets". :lticaptd: (I bet it is the first time you have heard that one - - - - - TODAY.)


Glad you joined us. Write with joy.

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Zum Augenblicke dürft ich sagen:
Verweile doch, du bist so schön !

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To Sasha, Thanks for the quote from Faust. Schon lange Jahren seitdem ich das gehoert habe


And for Ruth Morrison: I have a collection of too many inks, but among them are Iroshizuku in blues, black, brown and red, Pelikan in Blue,Brown and one Edelstein (Aventurine,) Some Private Stocks, Waterman, Parker Blue, And now all I need to do is write fast enough to keep all the inks nice and fresh.


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Greetings and happy early 75th! And thank you for your service.



...The history, culture and sophistication; the rich, aesthetic beauty; the indulgent, ritualistic sensations of unscrewing the cap and filling from a bottle of ink; the ambient scratch of the ink-stained nib on fine paper; A noble instrument, descendant from a line of ever-refined tools, and the luster of writing,
with a charge from over several millennia of continuing the art of recording man's life.

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Greetings and a warm welcome !

Retired, twice. Time to do more things, writing being one.


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