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Right, nothing like asking an introvert to introduce themselves for all kinds of *awkward*. I go with the motormouth-kind-of-awkward, bear with me.


So...Hi...recent lurker (thanks to all of you posting really interesting pen and ink reviews - seriously!). Long time fountain pen user - I started with a turquoise Parker 45 when I was a kid that I still have, although there's a big crack in the barrel.


I mostly use inexpensive-to-very inexpensive pens for my EDCs, and I have a couple more expensive ones (though NOT by this forum's standards, by my rather miserly standards). I have been given, over the years, some nicer ones that I generally avoid using for fear of screwing something up.


Inexpensive pens work better for me. It only takes one heart-stopping event to convince me to limit my potential losses... The event in question was having a Pilot Kakuno that I really liked which fell out of my pocket...into the toilet...where I stared at it for 1s debating what to do...before the automatic flusher took all choices away. There have been a few butterfinger events when cleaning...


Yeah, so I'm sticking with the inexpensive ones...


Um, I also do ceramics (wheel thrown stoneware) and have recently dabbled in binding some books with paper from Daiso. Shout out to @TMLee for luring me down that rabbit hole with his detailed Daiso paper reviews and his 355 Minis that are just awesome. Not quite sure how to tag him, will have to figure that out later.


I'm also an engineer, so the FPs get a fair amount of attention at work from my international co-workers. A lot of reminiscing there!


Happy to meet you all!

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Hello and welcome to FPN.

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G'day from Darwin MJ!


I know your pain mate, I'm a fitter turner machinist by trade and have developed a special set of skills that allows me to ensure any dropped fountain pen lands Nib first. Luckily I've only done that about 4 times now so relatively inexpensive pens for me too, much easier on the wallet to repair/replace/show the lawn.


Mind you I've become pretty adept at tuning nibs in the process.





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Hello and welcome to this friendly corner of the universe from a fountain pen user in San Diego. There is such a wealth of information waiting for you to discover on this site. Write On!

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


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Hello 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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hi ceramicmj!


I just signed up as well and am from Portland Oregon. The people in here are awesome! Welcome!! :)

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Portland has the pen group Portland -- pdxpen.
Meeting announcements are sent through an email group. Join!

People, pens (vintage and modern), and inks and papers. Trying, buying, selling and trading, too.
Meetings every couple months. Often a Sunday afternoon in downtown Portland at Lucky Lab brewpub. Or a Saturday noonish in Tualatin.

Our pro pen restorers host the July pen show - Northwest Pen Roundup, also at the downtown Portland Lucky Lab brewpub. This year will be the 7th annual. Event is the same weekend as as the area’s largest antique show.

Our primary ink enabler hosts the annual September Pelikan Hub. It's one of the largest hubs worldwide.

To join-
Go to yahoo groups, search for 'pdxpen,' and click 'join' to send a note.
Michael (moderator and pro pen restorer) usually adds people within a few days.

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Thanks cattar! Yes, I signed up for the Yahoo group when I signed up for FPN. I'm finally in the loop! Going to try to stop by this weekend's meet up to say hi. Hopefully Ecko5delta can join there too!

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