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Blackhorse

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PostSubject: WhooHoo!   Sat Dec 03, 2016 11:58 am

Number one post. Sweet!

What pen and ink are you using today?

Me...

TWSBI 580 Rose Gold (M) with Akkerman Shocking Blue.


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PostSubject: Re: WhooHoo!   Sat Dec 03, 2016 12:49 pm

A glorious Uni-Ball Vision Needle .5....

Yes, I am currently looking for a decent fountain pen. There are so many choices it is hard to make an enlightened choice, I find.
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PostSubject: Re: WhooHoo!   Sat Dec 03, 2016 12:57 pm

For under $2 each Uni puts out a great writing pen...liquid ink and all. I've got a number of these I use for drawing.


So what criteria does your potential fountain pen need to meet? Price point? Fill style? Size? Materials? Yeah...LOTS of choices all write. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: WhooHoo!   Sat Dec 03, 2016 2:46 pm

Grey Lamy Safari with black Parker Quink, same as any other day. Take that, you Fancy Dans!
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PostSubject: Re: WhooHoo!   Sat Dec 03, 2016 2:56 pm

Blackhorse wrote:
For under $2 each Uni puts out a great writing pen...liquid ink and all. I've got a number of these I use for drawing.


So what criteria does your potential fountain pen need to meet? Price point? Fill style? Size? Materials? Yeah...LOTS of choices all write.  Laughing

I'm still trying to sort through all these criteria, right now. lol! affraid
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PostSubject: Re: WhooHoo!   Sat Dec 03, 2016 4:13 pm

Well Mr Burley, I'll chime in declaring two of my favorite pens...

The Pilot 78G (stub) $15

The Jinhao X450 (M) about $10

Use both regularly and believe them to be incredible bargains.
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PostSubject: Re: WhooHoo!   Sat Dec 03, 2016 4:45 pm

I have a Jinhao, and swear it cost about $3 total from someplace in China a few years ago on ebay. Can't believe the quality for the price. I'm thinkin' slave labor or something. Dries out too fast, though, and hard to start. I fire it up once in a while.

I once had a Mont Blanc 149 (that's the big one, right?) given me as a gift. I struggled with it for a while, then tossed it. Seriously and literally. (Well, not literally "tossed." It went in the garbage, I should say.) I'm such an ass. But I know what I don't like, and that pen was an abomination. Kind of down on fountain pens in general. Just read on a forum thread where Pelikan has quality control issues. Great.

If I ever buy another, it would probably be a Sailor in friggin' bright red.
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PostSubject: Re: WhooHoo!   Sat Dec 03, 2016 4:50 pm

I love writing with my Pelikan's.

I really like pre-war and war-time Parker's, but so many of those have a fine nib that I do not really care for.

Visconti have some amazing acrylic and write well, but seem to have little expressiveness.

Sailor makes a superbly dependable and fine writing instrument. New or 1960's vintage, they are real good pens.

A lot of places to shop, but I like getting the weekly email of available stuff from these folks. http://www.pendemonium.com/ They go to a lot of shows and always seem to have something for the desk. They also do a lot of nib work and sell inexpensive pens with stubs, or italic nibs.

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PostSubject: Re: WhooHoo!   Sat Dec 03, 2016 8:25 pm

One forum comment re QC does not mean there's a problem. You know how that goes.

I have pens ranging g from the $3 Jinhao that works great...to a Lamy 2000...a Namiki Falcon and some nice Pilots and Platinums and a Pelican that was a gift and writes like a dream. I have more fun with TWSBI pens than most (just got a Vac Mini (stub) for my birthday)...love the high quality, moderate cost and great customer support thing. Of all those only two - the Lamy 2000 and my red Platinum 3776 Century needed no tuning whatever. It would be nice if pens were delivered in perfect functioning order. But mostly they're not.
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PostSubject: Re: WhooHoo!   Sun Dec 04, 2016 10:41 am

Hey, BH, your handwriting looks cool. May I ask what pen and nib you were using for the note you recently sent me?
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PostSubject: Re: WhooHoo!   Sun Dec 04, 2016 10:52 am

I was brought up on Parker Method in school...good basics for a fountain pen. I also have YEARS of art and architecture classes behind me re practice.

In terms of the pen?  I forget, actually. I have a half dozen inked up at the moment. It would help me to be reminded of the ink color...and if the scrawl looks like it might have been done with a stub nib.

How do you like the paper.  Tomoe cream. Magical stuff.
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PostSubject: Re: WhooHoo!   Sun Dec 04, 2016 2:43 pm

The ink is dark red, i.e. dried blood. Yes to the stub appearance. About paper I know zip, except that the ink didn't bleed at all. Interesting.
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PostSubject: Re: WhooHoo!   Sun Dec 04, 2016 4:53 pm

The pen is a Pilot 78G with a 1.1mm stub nib. A great cheap pen. The ink is Diamine Red Dragon.

The Tomoe (Toe-moe-ay) paper is legendary for being exceedingly thin and yet not bleeding, feathering, etc. Plus it's a very very smooth surface that does not absorb ink much. It dries more slowly but REALLY shows sheen.

The paper is available at Goulet and Jet Pen.
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PostSubject: Re: WhooHoo!   Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:35 pm

Hussah!

Nicely played Mr BH, Sir. Great idea for a new thread.

Today's choice is in fact my only choice, my trusty Parker Sonnet in black with gold trim. This pen has travelled the world with me and gets used every day. Ink is black Quink, but am on the look out for a nice blue, perhaps erring on the side of turquois.

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PostSubject: Re: WhooHoo!   Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:41 pm

My favorites are Akkerman Shocking Blue and Diamine Majestic Blue (twin sons of different mothers).both of which sheen red.

But perhaps Iroshizuku Kon Peki would be more to your taste in terms of color. All the Iroshizuku inks behave brilliantly.


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PostSubject: Re: WhooHoo!   Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:05 pm

Blackhorse wrote:
My favorites are Akkerman Shocking Blue and Diamine Majestic Blue (twin sons of different mothers).both of which sheen red.

But perhaps Iroshizuku Kon Peki would be more to your taste in terms of color. All the Iroshizuku inks behave brilliantly.



Like! Thanks BH.
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PostSubject: Re: WhooHoo!   Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:07 pm

Not cheap, but Brian Goulet's favorite.
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PostSubject: Re: WhooHoo!   Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:10 pm

... anything that would suit a more everyday use?
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PostSubject: Re: WhooHoo!   Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:22 pm

Noodlers has some good solid blues that are well regarded. I like both Noodlers (where you can find permanent inks galore) and Diamine for more cost conscious options.

Both Goulet and Jet Pens have inks classed by color so you can find your turquoise skewed blue more easily.
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PostSubject: Re: WhooHoo!   Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:25 pm

Thanks BH, I'm off to Amazon...
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PostSubject: Re: WhooHoo!   Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:29 pm

Keep in mind I'm just mentioning brands I'm familiar with. Others might suit you better. So...


While you're at Amazon check out a Jinhao x450 pen. Great Chinese pens for the cost of a pint.
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PostSubject: Re: WhooHoo!   Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:43 am

I checked out the pen. Impressive for the price. In fact some vendors are selling it for close to the price of half a pint (depending on the drinking establishment / rub a dub)!

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PostSubject: Re: WhooHoo!   Tue Dec 13, 2016 11:31 pm

Stick wrote:
Thanks BH, I'm off to Amazon...

Aurora Blue!


They only make two colors and there's a reason for that.

All of Oster's blues are superb.



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PostSubject: Re: WhooHoo!   Thu Dec 15, 2016 8:30 am

Well, if it's not a Uni-ball then it's one of my favorites...The Jinhao X450!! It's well balanced in your hands, well crafted for the price and writes effortlessly. I actually had more communication with The Jinhao X450 than I ever had with my ex-wife.... lol! lol! lol! lol!

KEEP ON PUFFING!!!
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PostSubject: Re: WhooHoo!   Thu Dec 15, 2016 2:46 pm

This is from the late 60s with my go-to everyday ink, Maruzen Athena sepia. HTF and not cheap, but worth it given it's function in my routine.

It's hard to tell from this photo but it's a darkish sepia that shades to dark brown and eventually a brownish black. If you expand the next photo you get a glimpse of its uniqueness. This ink on tomoe river cream is a stunner!




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