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PostSubject: Re: For Fountain Pen folks   Mon Dec 22, 2014 12:57 pm

Carlos wrote:
Here you go.

http://www.pendemonium.com/midnightmadness/mm_121514.htm

You can sign up for Pendemonium's email's.  They send out an email on specials.  New stuff they acquired.  High end, low end, and weird.  You just never know what will show up and catch your eye.  These Sheaffer pens are in the style of the old "school pens".  But a lot of these have expressive nibs.  It's possible to use these with converters, or even refill cartridges from bottled ink for a wider variety of colors and shading.  

Keep in mind that not every pen will like every ink.  Reuse a cartridge enough times and you will be wearing ink.  If a pen gets low on ink and it's thin enough, you could be wearing ink.  Take a cross country flight, or get a fountain pen warm enough, you could be wearing ink.  Some inks are washable, and some are so permanent they are considered archival.

Those expressive nibs are really fun to write with, but may have a little learning curve.  Just keep it in mind.  For those wondering WTF is it all about!  Pick up nearly any ball point or rollerball made.  If it's blue, it's blue.  All the same and writes in a single width line for each pen.  With a fountain pen, I can have a choice of hundreds of blue.  Different shading effects even among similar colors.  Some are washable, and others you will wear on a shirt forever.  Some blue's are so blue they will make your eyes bleed to look at them.  Some inks you have to shake a bottle beforehand.  Some inks you do not use in a Lamy pen.  

When you find a really great combination.  Be sure to write it down in a journal or someplace.  Take care of your pens with proper rinsing and they will work for you.  Have fun!      


d4klutz wrote:
I hope this doesn't hijack the thread, but I am wanting to find a good starter pen for myself and one for my wife.  She has been wanting a good fountain pen for a while, and I would like one for myself..  So, I have been looking, but there are so many brands at such a wide variety of prices, that I figured I would turn to my brothers here for some advice.  I can spend no more than $75 on a pen, and would rather stay under $50 if at all possible.  Any advice would be welcome.

Thanks in advance,
JP

I've known Sam Fiorella @ pendemonium for over 20 years now and she's GOOD folks to deal with!! Contact her and I'm sure she could put together a sort of "beginners" fountain pen package for you and your wife around the amount you can afford !! I HIGHLY recomend her to get your start in fountain penning !! But watch out, they can be as alluring as your pipes !! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: For Fountain Pen folks   Mon Dec 22, 2014 1:40 pm

Not a fountain guy, but I have been using the same pen made from hand-turned wood for the last seven years or so (standard Parker refills). Not that my handwriting warrants having a "good" pen, but it's nice having the same piece at my desk for everything I do, every day.
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PostSubject: Re: For Fountain Pen folks   Mon Dec 22, 2014 3:27 pm

Thank you all for your advice. I have contacted the owner at Pendemonium. I have an idea of the direction I want to go. I will let yall know what I end up with.
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PostSubject: Re: For Fountain Pen folks   Mon Dec 22, 2014 6:50 pm

What a coincidence. I just got a new fountain pen on Sunday. My wife bought one for me as a Christmas gift, a matte black Parker Urban with a converter, bottle of Quink and a couple of cartridges. The 200 dollar Waterman pens with gold tips were looking pretty nice but this 60 dollar Parker will be a test to see if I can manage to not lose it (or someone walks off with it). Also I think my next investment will have a more square tip.
Up until the Parker I was always using a Japanese cheapie called a Preppy. They look like any 5 dollar plastic pen but have pretty strong nibs and you can buy boxes of 10 of the cartridges. I saw them available on Amazon for anyone looking for really reliable cheap refillable fountain pens for either the office or classroom. They are super cheap in Korea, sold in bundles of 5 so I always have them about my desk and at home. The only complaint with those ones is that they are quite light but I guess that is the nature of a plastic pen.
I'm in the midst of completing my masters thesis and prefer to do all my note taking and rough drafts by hand in cursive. Something meditative about it. Also I have recently begun writing a journal every night before going to sleep...something relaxing about writing for 20 or 30 minutes at the close of the day.
For d4klutz, if you are still sussing out nice fountain pens under 75 dollars I would recommend looking at the Parker Urban. Think I saw them on Amazon for about 40 dollars or so and you could score a pink one for the missus. Cheers!
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PostSubject: Re: For Fountain Pen folks   Mon Dec 22, 2014 9:56 pm

...I've used only fountain pens for more than 55 years...Like my pipes, I have a broad selection of pens from very inexpensive to quite expensive...My newest addition is the Namiki Falcon Red with a soft Broad 14k nib...



quite a nice pen with a smooth delivery of ink to paper...
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PostSubject: Re: For Fountain Pen folks   Tue Dec 23, 2014 9:51 pm

Being what my Granny called "cack handed", I've never had any ability to use one. I bought one to do a school project in third grade, and made a terrible mess with it. Cack handed means lefty, by the way. Also, an old word for s**t, however Granny loved me anyway
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PostSubject: Re: For Fountain Pen folks   Wed Dec 24, 2014 1:19 am

Lefties require a special tip brother! Doubtful that you picked up a lefty ground nib at that age. They can be hard enough to find nowadays can't imagine pre internet.
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PostSubject: Re: For Fountain Pen folks   Thu Dec 25, 2014 9:00 am

How does it keep your hand from smearing the ink over as you write? Merry Xmas btw
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PostSubject: Re: For Fountain Pen folks   Thu Dec 25, 2014 9:46 am

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How does it keep your hand from smearing the ink over as you write? Merry Xmas btw
http://www.nibs.com/Left-hand%20writers.htm
http://www.richardspens.com/?page=xf/2005/03.htm
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PostSubject: Re: For Fountain Pen folks   Thu Dec 25, 2014 9:52 am

Not all inks dry at the same speed. Leftys need to find the right pen that will feed a fast drying ink, and not clog up much. It helps to find good paper, but that's is not always a choice. Sometimes an ink that clogs a pen overnight can be used if you dip the pen in a bit of water each morning before using it.

You can always try water with a bit of ammonia when cleaning your pen, and then when rinsing, rinse with a drop of dish soap in the water. Do a final clean water rinse. The ammonia cleans extra good and should lift the dried ink out of a feed. The dish soap acts as a surfactant and should help the ink flow better. But some pens will flow too much and may leak at every opportunity. Or fling a drop when uncapping.

It's just more work for a lefty to get it right.

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PostSubject: Re: For Fountain Pen folks   Thu Dec 25, 2014 5:56 pm

Found most of my old fountain pens. From left to right: my 1st grade pen (don't know the brand), Waterman, Pelikan, 2 Parkers, Leonard, Waterman, another one I don't know the brand (has carbon fiber barrel), Montblanc, and Dupont. I'm pretty sure I have more, at least another Pelikan (similar to what Carlos posted earlier) and a Parker Duofold. But they all have been in storage for 20 years and I'm not sure anymore. I'm not a collector, these were bought to be used, but they're just not practical anymore. Had great fun using them, though.

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PostSubject: Re: For Fountain Pen folks   Sun Dec 28, 2014 12:48 am

So, after much thinking, I sprung for a couple of e-bay specials to see what the big deal is about. I bought my wife a lady Sheaffer ($27), and a Parker 21 ($21). I got myself a Parker 45 ($2.50) yes, that is what I paid for it. All pens were checked out by a local pen shop and verified good and in need of no repair. I bought some Noodlers Ink, and we are off and running. I got a black, a blue, and a red. I do like the Parker, but would like to have a different nib (flat, no ball) I am in contact with a seller that is highly recommended by brothers here on this forum. I hope she can get me a good deal on another pen. The Parker 45 writes beautifully, but I find it is a bit picky on how I hold it. I tried my wife's lady Sheaffer, and it is much more forgiving, as I hold my pens differently than most.

Thank you for all your advice and opinions.
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PostSubject: Re: For Fountain Pen folks   Sun Dec 28, 2014 2:44 am

Holy smokes Dottle... That's a drool worthy roll of pens!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



As to the subject of daily writers: I use a Parker 45 in medium, a Lamy Safari LE in Fine, and a Pilot Elite in Extra Fine.., I have a couple others I don't use so much...

I just had a new pen roll made today... The pens were just fillers for pocket spacing and whatnot.





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PostSubject: Re: For Fountain Pen folks   Fri Jan 16, 2015 5:39 pm

Here you are chaps. I found this whilst looking for vids of the fellas who have recently topped out on El Cap'. There's some interesting vids that follow it too...

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/

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PostSubject: Re: For Fountain Pen folks   Fri Jan 16, 2015 5:47 pm

Stick wrote:
Here you are chaps.  I found this whilst looking for vids of the fellas who have recently topped out on El Cap'.  There's some interesting vids that follow it too...

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/

Richard Bender is quite famous in the fountain pen community.
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PostSubject: Re: For Fountain Pen folks   Fri Jan 16, 2015 10:00 pm

Richard has worked on some of mine.

There is a flash of a pen show in that vid. There is a major pen show the same weekend as the Chicago Pipe and Tobacco show. Not too many miles apart. A person could do both if he wanted.

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PostSubject: Re: For Fountain Pen folks   Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:26 pm

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Richard has worked on some of mine.  

There is a flash of a pen show in that vid.  There is a major pen show the same weekend as the Chicago Pipe and Tobacco show.  Not too many miles apart.  A person could do both if he wanted.


Are you telling on yourself?

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PostSubject: Re: For Fountain Pen folks   Sat Jan 17, 2015 8:10 am

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Carlos wrote:
Richard has worked on some of mine.  

There is a flash of a pen show in that vid.  There is a major pen show the same weekend as the Chicago Pipe and Tobacco show.  Not too many miles apart.  A person could do both if he wanted.


Are you telling on yourself?  

Nope. I think about it. Then I realize it's down by O'Hare and I don't want to deal with the traffic.

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PostSubject: Re: For Fountain Pen folks   Sat Mar 28, 2015 6:21 pm

Several years ago i treated myself to a Parker Sonnet in matt black with gold trim . l loved that pen and used it as my daily writer. Sadly l dropped it and would you believe it, it landed on the nib damaging it beyond my ability to repair it. So, with 2 young children i could never really justify the expense of a new nib until last week. I bought a new one online and fitted it straight away. I have to say that it was like having an old friend back and it hasn't left my side. Reunited at last!
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PostSubject: Re: For Fountain Pen folks   Sat Mar 28, 2015 9:53 pm

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I have to say that it was like having an old friend back and it hasn't left my side. Reunited at last!

I have to say David that right there brought a tear to this old geezers eye. There's something special about certain pens and not everybody gets it. Glad you're up and running with your pal again.

Jim
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PostSubject: Re: For Fountain Pen folks   Sat Mar 28, 2015 10:48 pm

Have been using these two Mont Blancs all week a grey 342 from the early '50s:



and this Corral 216 from 1948, This one's a button filler made in their Danish factory which they closed down in the early '50s and where the Corral pens at that time were made:



Both of them are wonderful tools for writing made when that is what this firm made. Basketball
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PostSubject: Re: For Fountain Pen folks   Sun Mar 29, 2015 11:49 am

huffelpuff wrote:
Stick wrote:
I have to say that it was like having an old friend back and it hasn't left my side. Reunited at last!

I have to say David that right there brought a tear to this old geezers eye. There's something special about certain pens and not everybody gets it. Glad you're up and running with your pal again.

Jim

Yes Jim, lots of memories attached to this pen.  As an example Madame Gondree used it to write a write a few words to me on the back of a post card.  See pic.  



Arlette Gondree is a very special lady.  She is the daughter of George Gondree who owned the first building to be liberated on 6 Jun 1944 in the first action during Op Overlord.  For those who are not familiar with the story, ahead of the landings 3 gliders landed and secured the bridges over the river Orne and the canal north of Caen, Normandy.  It's an incredible story in itself and well worth a read.  Steven E Ambrose captures it perfectly in his book Pegasus Bridge.  Arlette was only about 4 at the time but she says she recalls the night in perfect detail.  Anyway, back in 2005 I took my wife to see the bridges and the places the gliders landed.  Whilst there we had a coffee in the Gondree's Café and amazingly was served by Arlette.  We got chatting and she ended up signing the card for me with my pen.

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PostSubject: Re: For Fountain Pen folks   Sun Mar 29, 2015 12:04 pm

Now that right there was a tale worth the hearing old bean!
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PostSubject: Re: For Fountain Pen folks   Sun Mar 29, 2015 12:10 pm

Michael, those are some real beauties you got there! I get the feeling you're holding out on us though. Inquiring minds and all that.

Jim
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PostSubject: Re: For Fountain Pen folks   Sun Mar 29, 2015 12:42 pm

huffelpuff wrote:
Now that right there was a tale worth the hearing old bean!

Here you go Jim, managed to find it.  Here's Arlette and me in front of her café...



Interestingly, the chap sat just behind me is ex Special Forces from Op Overlord. He parachuted in in '44 and was that taken with Normandy he vowed to return after the war. That he did and now lives very close to Pegasus Bridge. Arlette explained that, every day, without fail, he turns up for a beer in her café. How cool is that?!


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