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Fountain Pens! Love em' or hate em'?

Discussion in 'Pens, Pencils, Notebooks, and Notebook Covers' started by KAMM, Sep 2, 2012.

  1. Zargon

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    Subscribed :D


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  2. Zargon

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    One thing that makes me sad is that no one I know really shares my love for nice pens, my dad kinda does but not really he doesn't really use fountain pens or nice ballpoints all that often :(


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  3. mooshi
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    It's all good. Nobody around "here" understands my love of fine stationery. xD

    I still want a signet ring. O_O
     
  4. Zargon

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    Don't all pen nerds :D idea hmm, wouldn't it be cool to have a wax seal tamp on the back of you fountain pen and a lighter wax combo tool majiger that would make you only need to have 2 pieces to send AWSOME letters on the fly :)


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  5. mooshi
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    xD I carry a mini stationery kit on me.

    Pen is clipped to my shirt.
    Lighter in my pocket.
    Half-stick of wax in an Altoids Smalls tin.
    Initial and Heart seal in the same Altoids Smalls tin.
    Stamp in my wallet.

    Paper and envelope is usually in my backpack. I guess I could fold up a small somethin' and keep it in my notebook, which usually resides in my coat pocket or back pocket. :)
     
  6. Zargon

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    Ok I need to get working on my pen nerd loadout all my stuff (no seals for me :( ) is at home but a stamp in the wallet seams like a good idea I only have that one edc pen I showed


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  7. Zargon

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    Also, I don't write to many letters because I am embarrassed about my hand writing


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  8. mooshi
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    Psh. You'd best send me a letter little Munchkin. :throwball:
     
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  9. mooshi
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    The seal doesn't always come with me. I hadn't gotten into the habit of it yet - though I really wish I had it on me yesterday. :(

    Could always get those "sticker" ones, but that's no fun. I like dripping the wax and stamping it myself. :)
     
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    What happened yesterday


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  11. thaeffman

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    The more you write the better you will get. 6 months ago I barely wrote and had the worst scrawl imaginable, now after months of daily writing people don't hesitate to ask for my notes. Still it isn't anywhere near great, I have yet to weed out some of my bad habits but writing more is the first step in acquiring great penmanship.​

    Also I'd rather get a letter with poor penmanship from someone than an email full of grammar and spelling mistakes that I can read perfectly well. Take a look at the penmanship forum on the FPN (fountain pen network) for resources to help improve your writing.​
     
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    I was just sending out a few packages and I always write a handwritten note. I wrote my note, but no seals 'cause I wasn't at home and I didn't have the wax on me - I was at work. :(
     
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    I will look at that thank you but it's also tricky because I have mild disgraphia but my cursive is "relatively" neat


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  14. K1CKtheCHICKEN

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    Mooshi,
    I'm not sure, I assume it just takes ink not cartridges. It is an old pen ~45-50 years old I would think
     
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    Oh. haha I can't really help not knowing the pen though, since there are various methods of refill.

    But +1 for Goulet for your [bottled] ink needs. :)
     
  16. thaeffman

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    Any idea who made it?. Older pens are usually marked with manufacturers name on the barrel.
     
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    It is an Esterbrook. On the "pointy metal thing" (i'm not a pen guy!) It says esterbrook 1555 gregg made in usa. it has a lever on the side about an inch long that lifts up, which i assume is where you would fill it. Anyway, do any of you know what i have and what to do with it?
     
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    that's just a simple esterbrook.. Could be a J or SJ depending on length of the pen..

    The "pointy metal thing" is called the nib. The thing it screws into is called the section. Glued to the section is a sac (usually glued with shellac) .. The whole thing fits into the barrel and the sac is compressed with a bar and the lever on the outside actuates the bar.

    Usually the sac is crystallized by this time. (natural rubber).. you can replace it by pulling the section out, removing the sac and scraping the area the sac is glued to, and re-glue a new sac on. You will have to clean out the dried rubber bits..

    Put it back together, fill it and write with it. ;)

    (yes, I have done this a LOT) :) Esterbrooks are the easiest pens to repair in general..

    Also, the 1555 gregg (gregg is a style of shorthand and the nib is very stiff) you can find 9xxx nibs online and unscrew the 1555 and replace it with a more flexible nib or italic/stub/etc.. Lots of choices out there!
     
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    So the sac is inside the barrel itself? i removed the nib and section, opening up one end of the barrel. Now what?
     
  20. Kripto

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    was anything attached to the section?