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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. wretched_youth

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    I found myself holding a gift card for a stationery store that sells nothing I want, except they had some fountain pens. I ended up buying my first fountain pen in decades, a Platignum No. 2, which was a lot more than the GBP12.50 quoted on their website. As a liar, sorry lawyer, I sign a lot of stuff so a nice fountain comes in handy. Sadly my colleagues aren't as keen on fountain pen ink fights as my friends were at high school - the floors (and us kids) finished some days covered in streams of ink dots dealt by some steely-eyed flicker.

    My parents made the mistake of letting me use their engraved antique fountain pens in the local equivalent of middle school - which of course I lost through genuine carelessness (I was only 10). I had to buy my own after that

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    Failure is not falling, it's refusing to get up
     
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  2. adubbz

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    Okay...You guys have got me wanting my first fountain. Could you recommend a first timer pen that won't cost me an arm and a leg? Also...know nothing about them. How do I fill them and such?

    My favourite pen's to use at the moment are a Bic Pro+ Gel and Uni-ball jetstream premier.

    Thanks.
     
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  3. mooshi
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    You'll want to read my recommendations here and here. Not your only options out there, but those are my personal recommendations. :)
     
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  4. adubbz

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    Thank you!
     
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  5. ac7ss
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    Real low cost, reliable pens: Pilot Varsity. Less than $3/pen. and refillable. (Eyedropper.)
     
  6. Syclone

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    Well I can say the Pentel Mini Tradio is a hit! Fits well in the pocket and writes great for a cheaper FP.:)
     
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  7. oke

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    So, here's somethin' kinda fun. Along with the LaserFlex which was sent so I could check it out, Pelikan also shipped the Toledo Black-Silver M910. Kinda apprehensive about using it just because of its price. The only instructions were that I gotta give them back when I get done test driving them, and I don't want to ruin the fp at all. Any ideas what to do to make good use of it while I have it and make sure it's handled with care?:eek:
     
  8. nick nitro

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    Thanks to advice from forum members, I got my old Schaefer school pen up and running. What a blast. While it writes well on my moleskin notebook, it floods when used on my DayTimer. So now I have to learn about paper....mooshisho this is clearly your fault and responsibility to fix...you started it. Learn me.
     
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  9. Ted Andkilde

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    Hey Nick, you could try digging up a bottle of Noodler's xFeather ink. It apparently writes on just about any paper without bleeding, it is a slow drying ink though.

    Cheers, Ted
     
  10. mooshi
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    :) 'Tis YOUR journey! hahah!

    Rhodia does well with FPs. Ted is correct; Noodler's xFeather does wonders on just about any paper.

    I use Noodler's Legal Lapis and it has done well one most papers, from cheap to the more expensive HP ones. It does depend on the nib as well though; Noodler's LL rides in my Pilot Prera.
     
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  11. Syclone

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    Mooshisho you need to get a Mini Tradio I think you would enjoy it!
     
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  12. mooshi
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    I would, but at this time I cannot and will not be purchasing anything that would be considered "unnecessary." :)
     
  13. Syclone

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    So after EDCing the Mini Tradio for the past week I can say its nice BUT it does have a few things lacking. The clip isn't all that great. Always seem to find it @ the bottom of my pocket. Also leaks into the cap alittle bit VS my Kaweco Ice Sport. Minor things. For 8 bucks it is quite the little FP!
     
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  14. thaeffman

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    Just got a MYU this week!!.

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  15. Fabregas485
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    I brought a new fountain pen, after I misplaced my broken rotring one. I brought yet another rotring, and I know its made from brass making it the ideal weight for me. I will post pics when it arrives. As for refilling it, I know some people have the pots of ink. How do they go about refilling?
     
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    My pens are piston, I immerse the nib in the bottle and cycle the piston a couple of times. After filling, wipe the finger area with a paper towel (or blotter if you are sophisticated). Bladders and lever fill are similar.

    The other method is using a eyedropper to fill the ink tank.
     
  17. mooshi
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  18. Fabregas485
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    I think I saw piston inserts for pens, which work the same way, but it fits kind that requires cartridges
     
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    Those are converters, Yep, they work the same.
     
  20. sveqs

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