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Postby FastSRT8 » Mon Oct 15, 2012 2:59 pm

Rory wrote:you used any of the yard-0-led pencils? im considering getting one for school. I have enough pens and dont wanna go and spoil my graduation gift getting myself a favorite pen


Sorry Rory no. I have not personally used their pencils. Only speaking from experience of their fountain pens. Wanted to share that the company claim to fame was due to their mechanical pencil. I believe they were one of, if not the first to create a mechanical feeded pencil.
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Postby Victorleo » Mon Oct 15, 2012 3:00 pm

:ppp How do I dip my toes into this hobbie without spending a fortune.

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Postby FastSRT8 » Mon Oct 15, 2012 5:25 pm

Victorleo wrote: :ppp How do I dip my toes into this hobbie without spending a fortune.


Start with Lamy brand pens for example. They are inexpensive and are pretty good. Cost rises when gold and other more expensive materials are used for nibs. Also, keep in mind the 'cheaper' more economical steel nibs are more durable than other metals.

There are other brands out there which are economical too.
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Postby agp » Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:29 am

BRINGING THIS BACK TO LIFE!

I just ordered two Lamy from Amazon. Their "fine" point is like a brush, and their "ex-fine" point is like a regular ball point. They both write okay. However, they feel like garbage. Literally, they feel like they are made from recycled fast food containers.

I'm looking at some Montblanc fountains, but I hate all they are all so fat and curvy. Any recommendations for a skinnier cylindrical fountain pen? And maybe one that is not $300+? I mean I'll pay $300 for a fine pen, but there sure has to be other pen makers that make quality fountain pens that doesn't cost that much, right?

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Postby Midori » Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:40 am

I tend to dip my pen instead of using things with ink cartridges, but I just discovered that I adore Noodler's ink. I went through a good ten different kinds of inks... India inks, waterproof inks, handmade oak gall inks, this kind of ink, that kind of ink, and I'd like one for a while, but then hate it. But Noodler's ink is fabulous (and advertised as forgery-proof). (Their Red Fox feathers when used with a crowquill, though.) I'll probably check into a bunch of the Goulet fountain pens when I'm looking to buy my next pen. They're cheap enough that you might pick up one to experiment with... you can adjust the nib and feed to suit your preferences.

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Postby MB131174 » Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:49 am

Personally, I'd love to see a return to "everyday sophistication" in general life. Granted, I would HATE wearing a suit and tie. Gag. I'd rather hang myself. In cooler months my typical daywear is nice jeans, button up shirt and a sweater and nice shoes. I think fountain pens would give a nice bit of class to life. I'm tired of seeing "people of walmart" everywhere I go. I wish people would make more effort in putting their best foot forward.
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Postby agp » Wed Aug 21, 2013 12:21 pm

I want an ivory one. Or silver. Or brushed stainless. Preferably ivory. Flex/Italic/Oblique nib. And I would like it to be one that can refill the ink from a bottle. Any recommendations?

What is the proper term of the ones that can be refilled from a bottle?

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Postby Midori » Wed Aug 21, 2013 12:41 pm

Lots of different fountain pens are self-fillers, which are pens that can be refilled from a bottle. There's a wide variety of self-filling mechanisms-- cartridge pens that have been fitted with converters; eyedropper pens; piston pens; vacuum pens.
And then you've got your vintage pens, like lever-filler, button-filler, crescent-filler, etc.

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Postby Jacksnow » Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:20 pm

FastSRT8 wrote:Wondering if there are any pen users left in an era of emails and texts.

I have just got the 'illness' of fountain pens and am currently rocking the following three on a rotation...

  • Yard o Led - Retro
  • Faber Castell - Intuition Black
  • Montblanc - Starwalker Doue




Montblanc, and a few random Cross pens, also since I travel. I grabbed a few disposable fountain pens from Amazon.

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Postby djrez4 » Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:15 pm

No fountains here, but I do carry a Montblanc Meisterstuck w/ platinum accents on a daily basis. It tends to impress.
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