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One of the interesting things about this hobby is finding out about the different fountain pens and inks from around the world.  Sometimes, these manufacturers are no longer in business because of the switch in habits of modern people.  Are there any vintage or current Ukrainian manufacturers of fountain pens or inks, big or small?  Thanks!  🇺🇦

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I don't know, but I was wondering about the same thing.  I have one Benu, and I feel as I shouldn't be using it right now, even though I've had the nib ground so it's not wholly Russian anymore.

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4 hours ago, essayfaire said:

I don't know, but I was wondering about the same thing.  I have one Benu, and I feel as I shouldn't be using it right now, even though I've had the nib ground so it's not wholly Russian anymore.

 

That's funny because I thought the same thing while shaving with Voskhot blades this morning.

Of course, it's nonsense to stop using something you've owned for a long time just because it's Russian. But I won't be buying any new ones (nor will I be buying a Benu fountain pen, although I've wanted one for a while).

You will be forgiven that you cannot, but never more that you do not want to.

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12 minutes ago, Jan Mathijs Rijck said:

 

That's funny because I thought the same thing while shaving with Voskhot blades this morning.

Of course, it's nonsense to stop using something you've owned for a long time just because it's Russian. But I won't be buying any new ones (nor will I be buying a Benu fountain pen, although I've wanted one for a while).

 

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I crossed Benu off my wish list too.

It's all about the greys...

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For years I thought the Benu was pretty, but for now I wish I could find a Ukrainian pen or ink maker to support.  When this is all over I'm going to find someone in the Ukraine that I can support in pen making.

Fountain pens are my preferred COLOR DELIVERY SYSTEM (in part because crayons melt in Las Vegas).

Create a Ghostly Avatar and I'll send you a letter. Check out some Ink comparisons: The Great PPS Comparison 

Don't know where to start?  Look at the Inky Topics O'day.  Then, see inks sorted by color: Blue Purple Brown Red Green Dark Green Orange Black Pinks Yellows Blue-Blacks Grey/Gray UVInks Turquoise/Teal MURKY

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You might try DMing Andrew_L.  He lives in Kyiv and buys and sells pens and probably knows if there are any Ukrainian inks or pen makers.

Breathe. Take one step at a time. Don't sweat the small stuff. You're not getting older, you are only moving through time. Be calm and positive.

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2 hours ago, amberleadavis said:

For years I thought the Benu was pretty, but for now I wish I could find a Ukrainian pen or ink maker to support.  When this is all over I'm going to find someone in the Ukraine that I can support in pen making.

It is pretty, but I was unhappy with how it wrote and am not so thrilled with how it sits in the hand.  It became my pen to experiment with getting a nib ground.  And let us know if you find a Ukrainian pen or ink maker to support!

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I have not yet confirmed, but I have heard that @Andrew_L is in the Ukraine. 

Fountain pens are my preferred COLOR DELIVERY SYSTEM (in part because crayons melt in Las Vegas).

Create a Ghostly Avatar and I'll send you a letter. Check out some Ink comparisons: The Great PPS Comparison 

Don't know where to start?  Look at the Inky Topics O'day.  Then, see inks sorted by color: Blue Purple Brown Red Green Dark Green Orange Black Pinks Yellows Blue-Blacks Grey/Gray UVInks Turquoise/Teal MURKY

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Maybe we can do our research now for pen and ink manufacturers and possibly organize a group buy later. 

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That would be good.  I suspect @Andrew_Lis unfortunately otherwise engaged at the moment, but he's produced some inspiring and wonderful artwork during the invasion.

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On 3/2/2022 at 5:04 PM, Sinistral1 said:

You might try DMing Andrew_L.  He lives in Kyiv and buys and sells pens and probably knows if there are any Ukrainian inks or pen makers.

 

3 hours ago, essayfaire said:

That would be good.  I suspect @Andrew_Lis unfortunately otherwise engaged at the moment, but he's produced some inspiring and wonderful artwork during the invasion.

 

I did hear back from @Andrew_L who appreciates our support. Right now of course, no one is doing business. He did say that a company LUX made ink, but I was unable to find any.

Fountain pens are my preferred COLOR DELIVERY SYSTEM (in part because crayons melt in Las Vegas).

Create a Ghostly Avatar and I'll send you a letter. Check out some Ink comparisons: The Great PPS Comparison 

Don't know where to start?  Look at the Inky Topics O'day.  Then, see inks sorted by color: Blue Purple Brown Red Green Dark Green Orange Black Pinks Yellows Blue-Blacks Grey/Gray UVInks Turquoise/Teal MURKY

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On 2/27/2022 at 5:51 PM, AmandaW said:

I crossed Benu off my wish list too.

Truthfully, I crossed them off my wish list even before this all happened.  I found the designs to be too garish for my tastes, and felt that it was a case of "here, you're a girl so you want girly things, right?"  No, I'm a woman and I was always a tomboy growing up and I don't like things shoved at me based on some arbitrary decision that just because I have boobs I would OBVIOUSLY want X (I have the same problem with the stupee videos that FB thinks I should see, and I've given up trying to block them and just ignore them outright because I've apparently broken their algorithm AND their computer code in the process... score me :thumbup:). 

It's not just Benu that does it, of course -- Pilot and MB, I'm looking at YOUR companies as well....  But MB I also dislike because of their general snooty marketing strategy, and the prices to match.  And Pilot?  Well after PilotUSA's handwaving about how they only sold half the colors of Decimos [again, the "girly" ones] in the US "because it's a marketing decision" when the colors *I* found attractive were the Light Grey and the Dark Blue?  Well, I bypassed PilotUSA AND their markup and got my Grey Decimo from a Japanese vendor on eBay and saved myself money in the process -- and got exactly what I wanted and the seller kept the 100% positive feedback rating, so win-win all around (except of course for PilotUSA, who just LOST -- shrug...).

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I remember reading something in the past about glass houses and stones.

 

"Simplicate and add Lightness."

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33 minutes ago, mke said:

Breaking news: Benu plans to relocate to Armenia says their American distributor.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Cazui7cLHou/

 

 

Wow, that is not a small step! I'm guessing they are originally Armenian, but it's still quite an upheaval either way.

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18 minutes ago, DvdRiet said:

Wow, that is not a small step! I'm guessing they are originally Armenian, but it's still quite an upheaval either way.

 

Just saw this on Instagram, great news and thanks for sharing it here. 

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Quick reminder no politics in the threads.

Fountain pens are my preferred COLOR DELIVERY SYSTEM (in part because crayons melt in Las Vegas).

Create a Ghostly Avatar and I'll send you a letter. Check out some Ink comparisons: The Great PPS Comparison 

Don't know where to start?  Look at the Inky Topics O'day.  Then, see inks sorted by color: Blue Purple Brown Red Green Dark Green Orange Black Pinks Yellows Blue-Blacks Grey/Gray UVInks Turquoise/Teal MURKY

 

 

 

 

 

 

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55 minutes ago, amberleadavis said:

Quick reminder no politics in the threads.

Please let me know if I should remove anything. Sometimes the line between politics and non isn't so clear. 

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Maybe we should consider buying Benu pens after their move, too, if that's something that fits your personal esthetic!

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