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Re: Fountain Pens

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How do you like your Jinhao pens?
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Re: Fountain Pens

Post by JohnnyMcPiperson » Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:12 pm

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How do you like your Jinhao pens?
I like the rosewood one quite a bit, the Safari knock off is a piece of junk though.


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Re: Fountain Pens

Post by plainview » Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:59 pm

What would be a good sized nib and nice ink for everyday use? I lean towards the vibrant blues. I am thinking about picking up a TWSBI ECO.

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Re: Fountain Pens

Post by JohnnyMcPiperson » Sun Apr 01, 2018 6:57 pm

plainview wrote:What would be a good sized nib and nice ink for everyday use? I lean towards the vibrant blues. I am thinking about picking up a TWSBI ECO.
That is a great pen, if you want to be able to see color variations go with bold, if you just want to chicken scratch grab a fine!


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Re: Fountain Pens

Post by coco » Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:59 pm

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plainview wrote:What would be a good sized nib and nice ink for everyday use? I lean towards the vibrant blues. I am thinking about picking up a TWSBI ECO.
That is a great pen, if you want to be able to see color variations go with bold, if you just want to chicken scratch grab a fine!


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Part of the nib question depends on your intended use.

Most paper made in the United States is produced as cheaply as possible, because that's what most consumers want. However, fountain pens don't tend to write well on cheap, pulpy papers. Fountain pens use a water-based ink, which tends to bleed through and sometimes feather out on cheap paper. Use a fine nib if you plan to write on other people's paper most of the time.

If you are willing to pay a little more for paper for your personal use, the other nib sizes become more attractive options. As Johnny mentioned, bigger nibs give more color variation, called shading, which is often considered a desirable quality in fountain pen ink. "Stub" and "Italic" nibs are also worthy of consideration, as they produce line width variation, which adds a little flair to your writing.

Regarding vibrant blues, my favorite is Iroshizuku Kon-Peki. Goulet's website allows you to see and compare ink samples. Prior to purchasing an ink, it is a good idea to look at online or YouTube reviews.
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Re: Fountain Pens

Post by plainview » Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:59 pm

coco wrote:
Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:59 pm
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plainview wrote:What would be a good sized nib and nice ink for everyday use? I lean towards the vibrant blues. I am thinking about picking up a TWSBI ECO.
That is a great pen, if you want to be able to see color variations go with bold, if you just want to chicken scratch grab a fine!


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Part of the nib question depends on your intended use.

Most paper made in the United States is produced as cheaply as possible, because that's what most consumers want. However, fountain pens don't tend to write well on cheap, pulpy papers. Fountain pens use a water-based ink, which tends to bleed through and sometimes feather out on cheap paper. Use a fine nib if you plan to write on other people's paper most of the time.

If you are willing to pay a little more for paper for your personal use, the other nib sizes become more attractive options. As Johnny mentioned, bigger nibs give more color variation, called shading, which is often considered a desirable quality in fountain pen ink. "Stub" and "Italic" nibs are also worthy of consideration, as they produce line width variation, which adds a little flair to your writing.

Regarding vibrant blues, my favorite is Iroshizuku Kon-Peki. Goulet's website allows you to see and compare ink samples. Prior to purchasing an ink, it is a good idea to look at online or YouTube reviews.
Thanks for the information, especially regarding the paper quality. Very useful.

JohnnyMcPiperson, thanks for your feedback, too.

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Re: Fountain Pens

Post by JohnnyMcPiperson » Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:34 am

No problem, I always forget to mention the paper, but he’s right, paper is important, I use my bolds to write in my tomoe river journal, I use fine at school to grade papers and write notes and things.


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Re: Fountain Pens

Post by gaining_age » Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:15 am

I've found that Staples renewable resource paper (made from sugarcane) is very good for fountain pens (journals/pads). Sustainable growth...

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Re: Fountain Pens

Post by sweetandsour » Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:40 am

The only fountain pen I have is a Parker, which uses plastic cartridge inserts (for lack of whatever the proper terminology is). I don't know what nib is on it but I certainly don't think its a fine.

For a good every day writing pen, on good paper, and with various inks, and under $100, what is your recommendation(s)?
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Re: Fountain Pens

Post by JohnnyMcPiperson » Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:58 am

First I’d say you should look up that Parker and get a converter for it, Parker’s can be nice pens, the converter will allow you to refill it, or you can refill the disposable cartridge with a syringe.

As far as a new pen goes, TWSBI are my personal favorites, the eco or eco-t are both very well priced for as nice as they are. I have been thinking of trying one of their classics too for a non demonstrator.


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Re: Fountain Pens

Post by plainview » Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:23 am

I was curious about the TWSBI ECO vs ECO-T, found this graphic at Goulet:

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Re: Fountain Pens

Post by JohnnyMcPiperson » Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:56 pm

plainview wrote:I was curious about the TWSBI ECO vs ECO-T, found this graphic at Goulet:

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I have both, the T is a little bigger


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Re: Fountain Pens

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New to me old pen!


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Re: Fountain Pens

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Re: Fountain Pens

Post by coco » Tue May 15, 2018 3:19 pm

Tip: After filling a pen, the feed is oversaturated. You can suck the excess out with a paper towel, but that wastes ink. Instead, use the converter/plunger/whatever to squeeze out a drop, and then suck in air. This takes the excess ink out of the feed and still fills the pen completely.
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Re: Fountain Pens

Post by 7formy1911 » Tue May 15, 2018 3:48 pm

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Tip: After filling a pen, the feed is oversaturated. You can suck the excess out with a paper towel, but that wastes ink. Instead, use the converter/plunger/whatever to squeeze out a drop, and then suck in air. This takes the excess ink out of the feed and still fills the pen completely.
Thanks for the tip! That makes perfect sense.
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Re: Fountain Pens

Post by ReverendThom » Tue May 15, 2018 6:39 pm

coco wrote:
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Tip: After filling a pen, the feed is oversaturated. You can suck the excess out with a paper towel, but that wastes ink. Instead, use the converter/plunger/whatever to squeeze out a drop, and then suck in air. This takes the excess ink out of the feed and still fills the pen completely.
ah sweet tip!
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Re: Fountain Pens

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Re: Fountain Pens

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Beautiful pens, John.
Nifty ink colors, too!

I’ve got some new inks I should photograph and post - I’ll try to do that this week.
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Re: Fountain Pens

Post by jruegg » Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:50 am

Recently picked up a TWSBI Diamond from Birmingham Pen Co. One of the smoothest writing fountain pens I've ever used, and I've used some really expensive ones.


(writes a bit bold for a medium, though)
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