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Fountain pens
« on: 16 January, 2011, 03:25:03 pm »
Inspired by the crapness of the free biros at work, I bought some cartridges for my ancient Sheaffer pen (last used to write my design project at university with an italic nib, natch).  It's not the smoothest thing to write with - the nib is probably untipped and even more probably worn out - but it works.  Never leaked, either.

Does anyone else use one?  Oh, and if it's a Mont Blanc then I'm sorry - I wouldn;t pay that much for anything that didn't take my brain waves and do the writing itself  ;D
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Re: Fountain pens
« Reply #1 on: 16 January, 2011, 03:29:33 pm »
Mont Blanc Meisterstuck here, I'm afraid :-[

But someone else payed for it, and I cannot remember the last time that ink flowed through its nib.

I'm much happier with my Pentel P209 pencil.
EDIT - having ground down the tubular nib to around 1.62-non-leg-stabbing-mm. Yep, I've just had the digi-verniers on it ::-).
But that's another thread....

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Re: Fountain pens
« Reply #2 on: 16 January, 2011, 03:47:35 pm »
I was mostly using Parker 45 or 15 with black ink as my workplace scribing tool until the edict that Ballpoints Must Be Used ended this.
I no longer have the power to grip any writing implement so passed most of my fountain pens and ink of many hues to Auntie C.
(This could keep Julian well-supplied with green ink...)

Re: Fountain pens
« Reply #3 on: 16 January, 2011, 03:51:05 pm »
Waterman Paris, a leaving gift from a previous employ. If you write a lot (and I do) gels and biros are much harder going.
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Re: Fountain pens
« Reply #4 on: 16 January, 2011, 03:53:03 pm »
Several. Lamy are my favourites. I lust after a 2000 but cant really justify it.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Fountain pens
« Reply #5 on: 16 January, 2011, 04:13:40 pm »
Does anyone else use one?

Quite a few: see the topic Carrying a pen. Perhaps you can merge the topics.

Two reasons.

1.This is specifically about fountain pens.

2. Merging really old topics is very difficult in SMF because it only shows a few per page...and there are 258 pages of them!
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Re: Fountain pens
« Reply #6 on: 16 January, 2011, 04:53:00 pm »
I have two I use. A Lamy that follows me everywhere, and a Waterman Man 100 in briar wood for Writing with.

It is, possibly, the most beautiful pen ever made.  It was a gift, about 30 years ago.


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Re: Fountain pens
« Reply #7 on: 16 January, 2011, 05:11:35 pm »
When I remember to grab it on my way out of the door, I generally do a lot of my writing with a Waterman Hemisphere.

Motivation is two-fold. Mostly it's just because it's nice to write with - it's not properly swish like a Mont Blanc but it's a lot nicer to use than the 'orrible ballpoints we given at work.

However, there's a benefit to having a pen on the desk that's just nice enough that people don't absent-mindedly wander off with it...  ;D

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Re: Fountain pens
« Reply #8 on: 16 January, 2011, 05:48:40 pm »
Mont Blanc Meisterstuck here, I'm afraid :-[

But someone else payed for it, and I cannot remember the last time that ink flowed through its nib.

I'm much happier with my Pentel P209 pencil.
EDIT - having ground down the tubular nib to around 1.62-non-leg-stabbing-mm. Yep, I've just had the digi-verniers on it ::-).
But that's another thread....

That very nib-issue (as well as their fragility) prompted me to go for my current mechanical pencil. Pencil fetish

That one that you have is the model that I dropped down a drain, leading to the purchase of this new one.

I want to like fountain pens, but my writing is quite small and my work pad tends to get a water/coffee/food spilled on it rather frequently.
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Re: Fountain pens
« Reply #9 on: 16 January, 2011, 06:13:23 pm »
I think I posted in the other thread, but I love fountain pens.  My "best" pen is a Pelikan - M800 in black with an oblique broad nib.

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Re: Fountain pens
« Reply #10 on: 16 January, 2011, 06:17:45 pm »
More than a few Mont Blancs lying around the house here.

My every day rig is a Meisterstuck and matching mechanical pencil. Every day means everywhere - including audaxes for info controls. Also usually pick up another with red ink for work days.

Re: Fountain pens
« Reply #11 on: 16 January, 2011, 06:25:48 pm »
Fountain pens were compulsory at my secondary school; bummer for the southpaws.  Obviously this also opened up the possibility of ink pellets.

Mrs Z went to a private school and was let off because she is left-handed and would therefore smudge everything.
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Re: Fountain pens
« Reply #12 on: 16 January, 2011, 09:01:01 pm »
Strange. I am left-handed*, yet people complement me on my handwriting. Anyway, I was given the choice of anything in the pen shop and came out clutching a Faber-Castell.

*Strictly speaking ambidextrous, but I chose to write left-handed at primary school because left-handers could sit by the window and it stuck.

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Re: Fountain pens
« Reply #13 on: 16 January, 2011, 09:15:15 pm »
Fountain pens were compulsory at my secondary school; bummer for the southpaws.  Obviously this also opened up the possibility of ink pellets.

Mrs Z went to a private school and was let off because she is left-handed and would therefore smudge everything.

You could get left handed nibs.  Although I had one when I was at school, it certainly didn't make my handwriting any neater!
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Re: Fountain pens
« Reply #14 on: 16 January, 2011, 09:34:12 pm »
I've got a couple here and even have a bottle of permanent blue ink.  Haven't used them in about 15 years, though. :P
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Re: Fountain pens
« Reply #15 on: 16 January, 2011, 10:12:34 pm »
Mont Blanc Meisterstuck Traveller here.  Been my constant and reliable companion for over 10 years, am lost without it.

Had 2 Shaeffer Targa pens which were just peachy, but lost both of them  :-[  So good I might consider buying a s/h one.  Also have a Parker that was a gift 30 years ago, but the nibs gone.

Love fountain pens, mechanical pencils too,  about all I can write legibly with.  Can't abide biro/ballpoints, spawn of the devil.

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Re: Fountain pens
« Reply #16 on: 16 January, 2011, 10:14:29 pm »
I have a Lamy ink pen that I enjoy writing with, I just enjoy writing with the pen, for some reason it makes it feel special.


Re: Fountain pens
« Reply #17 on: 17 January, 2011, 12:35:28 am »
I've got 2 of these - one with blue ink and one with black - Rotring Esprit, slightly telescopic. About 25 pounds each.


As an engineer, in the environment I'm in, anything more expensive would be daft. I do like them though.

On a side note, red ink (for writing) is the province of Commanding Officers and Captains, and green ink is reserved for Admirals.

I bought some Mont Blanc black ink, but I found it dried much more grey than bog-standard WHS permenant. Sailor Black is gorgeous, but I don't get on with their pens.
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Re: Fountain pens
« Reply #18 on: 17 January, 2011, 12:38:41 am »
I have a set of Rotring drawing pens somewhere from way back when I was drafting at Dunton R&D.

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Re: Fountain pens
« Reply #19 on: 17 January, 2011, 01:40:12 am »
I have a set of Rotring drawing pens somewhere from way back when I was drafting at Dunton R&D.

you a fordie?

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Re: Fountain pens
« Reply #20 on: 17 January, 2011, 06:28:33 am »
On a side note, red ink (for writing) is the province of Commanding Officers and Captains, and green ink is reserved for Admirals.

Last time I was working in an RN environment, I used to receive emails from those fellows and thought it was carrying tradition a bit far to have set the font to the appropriate colour.

Clandy

Re: Fountain pens
« Reply #21 on: 17 January, 2011, 09:15:42 am »
I have a set of Rotring drawing pens somewhere from way back when I was drafting at Dunton R&D.

you a fordie?

I was. I served part of my apprenticeship at Dunton (apprentice draftsman), the rest at Barking Tech, the River Plant, and Faringdon Ave.

Re: Fountain pens
« Reply #22 on: 17 January, 2011, 09:24:39 am »
I have a couple of Rotring Artpens - used to use these all the time, before switching to a rotring pencil.

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Re: Fountain pens
« Reply #23 on: 17 January, 2011, 09:58:39 am »
Does anyone else use one? 

I always use a fountain pen as my writing looks terrible with ballpoints. Currently I have the following pens on the go:
Parker Duofold Greenwich (Waterman Havana)
Lamy Studio 68 (Monteverde Green)
TWSBI Diamond 530 (Diamine Amaranth)
Lamy Safari Blue/Red with customised nib (Lamy blue cartridge)
Pelikan M200 "tortoise" with 18k nib (Diamine Royal Blue)

Plus a few mechanical pencils.


If you're looking to buy a replacement for your Sheaffer, consider these points:
How much do you want to spend?
Styling: modern or traditional?
Weight: Most prefer light pens, but some like a bit of heft.
Filling: cartridges for convenience or bottled ink?
Nib width: is your writing large or small? Anything unusual about how you hold your pen?
Use: lots of quick notes or writing for longer periods?
Carrying and storage: best pen for home use or throw in bag to take to work?
Brand snob?
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Re: Fountain pens
« Reply #24 on: 17 January, 2011, 10:05:48 am »
You could get left handed nibs.

Be careful with "left-handed" nibs as there is inconsistency in terminology. Left-handed fountain pen users should really consult a fountain pen specialist before making a choice on a suitable pen. A fast-drying ink often helps too.
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