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I always tell people not to give me anything, because I will likely & almost immediately begin to collect whatever it is; I am one of those kind of people.

 

My wife, of all people, should know this by now, and not ever give me anything that I don't already have at least one of.  In her defense, I actually already had the Mont Blanc pen, which had been a gift from my mother and was the last of a batch of five or so that I had in college back in the '90s.  The plastic cap tip and clip were broken, and the silver finish was tarnished, and for Christmas this past year, my wife sent it off and had it repaired & refurbished.  It took forever to get it back, but I've had it for a couple months now.  It's a ballpoint 146, and I have enjoyed writing with it, so over the past couple weeks I did what I do, which is to go down the rabbit hole and go absolutely bonkers.  I quickly realized that fountain pens were where I would eventually wind up, so after getting a few more ballpoint and roller ball pens online, I decided last week to take the plunge.  And then I got very lucky, I believe.

 

At an estate sale this past weekend, I hit the motherlode.  On the first day of the sale I bought 7 fountain pens for $350 - a gorgeous Parker Duofold, a Parker 75, a Sheaffer Targa, another vintage Shaeffer, a Cross, a Waterman, and a Rotring.  I went back late in the afternoon on the second (and final) day of the sale and bought everything that was left for $200 - an additional 31 pens, for a total of 38 pens at $550, which averages out to under $15 per pen.  (Well, per writing instrument, as there were two pencils in the lot.)

 

At any rate, this is what happens when people give me things.  I am an inveterate collector, and already had too many collections on my hands, what with the records, guitars, comic books, stamps, vintage Hawaiian shirts, etc.  But I'm here, the damage is done, and I now need to figure out first, what is is that I have gotten, precisely, and second, how to get ink into these things & begin writing with them.  To at least get started, I ordered a plastic Parker Jotter on Amazon and have been scratching around with that for a few days now, but I am quite looking forward to interacting with some of the fine writing instruments that I have just acquired.

 

I'm including photos of everything I got at the sale.

Day 1 - The 7.jpg

Day 1 - The 7 uncapped & posted.jpg

Day 2 - The 21.jpg

Day 2 - The final 10.jpg

Day 2 - The Parker 45.jpg

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Haha! I'm not sure I can even see your feet at the top of the rabbit hole any more :)

 

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Hello and welcome to FPN.

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Taught man that which he knew not (96/3-5)

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Welcome to the deep end of the rabbit hole, @PENny Dreadful:)  That's quite a start...  Maybe we should avoid mentioning ink samples and paper... (Oops!)

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Welcome! At least it's a utilitarian addiction since pens can be used for productive purposes! (That's my justification anyway.)

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

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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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So, that was a wonderful haul! Congrats!  Now, you need some paper, ink and few pen pals!  If you PM with your name and address, I'll send you letter.

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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Hello and Welcome to FPN!! So glad to have you as a member!! Great haul! Enjoy!

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"Crafting a novel on cotton rag paper with an antique fountain pen is a sensuously rebellious act against modernity." – Khang Kijarro Nguyen

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