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Bonjour FP fans -


Well after a long time reading the blogs & reading up on advice & tips I thought it about time I joined.


Living in France, Haute-Savoie next to Geneva & returning to the UK next year


Slowly building my FP collection :


- Cross Townsend - in Lapis Lazuli / 14k medium (with matching ball pen & propelling pencil)

- Lamy 2000 makralon / 14k medium

- TWSBI Vac mini / steel medium

- Jinhao X750 « Shimmering Sands » with Goulet no. 6 medium nib (surprisingly well balanced & lovely to write with)

- Pilot Metropolitan / steel medium (everyday « knock-about »)

- Pilot Plumix for dabbling in calligraphy on this years Christmas cards with Diamine shimmering ink - looks great


- About to get Pilot Custom 74, (demonstrator blue - what else !) still deciding which nib medium / soft medium or broad to be as close as possible to a « European » medium nib (i.e Lamy 2000 medium)


Looking forward to being a part of the FP discussions


A bientot - Teddy

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Can someone advise - how do I add a photo to my profile - I have tried converting a picture to a URL using « Tinypics.com» but when importing the URL to my profile it says « member_profile_disabled »



Is this the same process for adding a photo to a post - has to be via a URL ?



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Greetings and welcome to FPN. You would be able to add a photo to your profile when your memvership is confirmed. Perhaps 07 days after registration.

Khan M. Ilyas

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Welcome to our little corner of the universe from a pen user in San Diego.

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


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Hello Teddy and welcome to FPN, from Cape Town, South Africa.

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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Salut Antique -


Thank you for your welcome


Only a little snow here, but we are at low altitude right by the lake - where we used to live, we sold our chalet in August, at 900 metres there is a lot of snow & the ski station has opened already, when it usually opens in January.

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Dear new friends -


I am really touched by your warm welcomes, thank you - so glad I joined this FP community & I look forward to learning more about our wonderful hobby through these posts, & maybe one day I might even be able to contribute something in return.


I have done a lot of research over the last couple of days on Custom 74`s & have decided to get two


1. Broad nib in blue demonstrator

2. Soft medium - It seems that these only come in a solid colour black, which is not my preferred choice, but doesn`t look there is any option


Decided against a medium nib, as it is in-between a European medium & fine & I already have enough medium nibs so might as well choose something a little different


Would have preferred to source from Goulet - but they only stock standard fine & medium & my preferred UK supplier Cult Pens is too expensive with the Pilot pricing policy for the UK


Found a good choice of Custom 74`s with not so easy to find nibs here : https://www.jetpens.com/ at US prices


Also found this amazing writing demonstration - wish my hand writing was this attractive :

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