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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by durangopipe » Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:51 pm

Bloodhound wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:32 pm
coco wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:38 pm
Bloodhound wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:10 am
So I have been enjoying my Esterbrock pen...not writing in my hunting journal, but still enjoying the pen. My work partner saw me using it and commented on how much she liked fountain pens, but she only had on old one that didn't work...I needed an idea for a Christmas present for her, so there it was. I ordered a "Set", it is a Parker Urban pen, a bottle of ink, insert tubes of ink and a converter, so it can be used with the ink tubes or with the bottled ink. It came in yesterday and I was stunned at how nice it was...all packaged in a beautiful boxed set and the pen...wow a very nice feel and a solid/quality feel to it.

I got it off Amazon and it was on sale...A very nice set up should you have the need. :)
Nice!

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Yup that is it...I didn't expect a "Gift Set" I was thinking just a couple of items in boxes...this is a great gift.
I don’t have the gift set, but I do have a Parker Urban pen. It’s one of my favorites.
A very thoughtful gift, BH.

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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by Bloodhound » Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:00 am

durangopipe wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:51 pm
Bloodhound wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:32 pm
coco wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:38 pm
Bloodhound wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:10 am
So I have been enjoying my Esterbrock pen...not writing in my hunting journal, but still enjoying the pen. My work partner saw me using it and commented on how much she liked fountain pens, but she only had on old one that didn't work...I needed an idea for a Christmas present for her, so there it was. I ordered a "Set", it is a Parker Urban pen, a bottle of ink, insert tubes of ink and a converter, so it can be used with the ink tubes or with the bottled ink. It came in yesterday and I was stunned at how nice it was...all packaged in a beautiful boxed set and the pen...wow a very nice feel and a solid/quality feel to it.

I got it off Amazon and it was on sale...A very nice set up should you have the need. :)
Nice!

Image
Yup that is it...I didn't expect a "Gift Set" I was thinking just a couple of items in boxes...this is a great gift.
I don’t have the gift set, but I do have a Parker Urban pen. It’s one of my favorites.
A very thoughtful gift, BH.

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Thanks DP, do you use it with the inserts or do you use the adaptor for the bottled ink?
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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by durangopipe » Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:14 am

Bloodhound wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:00 am
durangopipe wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:51 pm
Bloodhound wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:32 pm
coco wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:38 pm
Bloodhound wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:10 am
So I have been enjoying my Esterbrock pen...not writing in my hunting journal, but still enjoying the pen. My work partner saw me using it and commented on how much she liked fountain pens, but she only had on old one that didn't work...I needed an idea for a Christmas present for her, so there it was. I ordered a "Set", it is a Parker Urban pen, a bottle of ink, insert tubes of ink and a converter, so it can be used with the ink tubes or with the bottled ink. It came in yesterday and I was stunned at how nice it was...all packaged in a beautiful boxed set and the pen...wow a very nice feel and a solid/quality feel to it.

I got it off Amazon and it was on sale...A very nice set up should you have the need. :)
Nice!

Image
Yup that is it...I didn't expect a "Gift Set" I was thinking just a couple of items in boxes...this is a great gift.
I don’t have the gift set, but I do have a Parker Urban pen. It’s one of my favorites.
A very thoughtful gift, BH.

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Thanks DP, do you use it with the inserts or do you use the adaptor for the bottled ink?
I use the adapter and bottled ink.
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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by Bloodhound » Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:25 am

Sweet! I was really impressed with the feel/heft of this pen.
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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by durangopipe » Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:03 am

Bloodhound wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:25 am
Sweet! I was really impressed with the feel/heft of this pen.
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After playing around with a lot of inexpensive pens (many were actually pretty nice), I’ve settled on three that I like most: a Pilot Metropolitan, the Parker Urban (yes, BH, very nice heft and “feel” in the hand) and the Montblanc my son gave me.

Not many can afford or justify a really expensive fountain pen (I know I couldn’t), but the early recommendation from Coco for the Metropolitan was right on. I discovered the Urban on my own (when I saw one on sale). And the Montblanc was an utterly unexpected surprise.

What a joy this journey has been ...

And it all began with this thread! Thanks, Coco.
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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by sweetandsour » Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:11 am

durangopipe wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:03 am
Bloodhound wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:25 am
Sweet! I was really impressed with the feel/heft of this pen.
Image

After playing around with a lot of inexpensive pens (many were actually pretty nice), I’ve settled on three that I like most: a Pilot Metropolitan, the Parker Urban (yes, BH, very nice heft and “feel” in the hand) and the Montblanc my son gave me.

Not many can afford or justify a really expensive fountain pen (I know I couldn’t), but the early recommendation from Coco for the Metropolitan was right on. I discovered the Urban on my own (when I saw one on sale). And the Montblanc was an utterly unexpected surprise.

What a joy this journey has been ...

And it all began with this thread! Thanks, Coco.
I love my Pilot Metro, and am looking at the Parker, it looks very nice. I'd like to get an antique-looking brown ink for use in my journals.
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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by Bloodhound » Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:43 am

sweetandsour wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:11 am
durangopipe wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:03 am
Bloodhound wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:25 am
Sweet! I was really impressed with the feel/heft of this pen.
Image

After playing around with a lot of inexpensive pens (many were actually pretty nice), I’ve settled on three that I like most: a Pilot Metropolitan, the Parker Urban (yes, BH, very nice heft and “feel” in the hand) and the Montblanc my son gave me.

Not many can afford or justify a really expensive fountain pen (I know I couldn’t), but the early recommendation from Coco for the Metropolitan was right on. I discovered the Urban on my own (when I saw one on sale). And the Montblanc was an utterly unexpected surprise.

What a joy this journey has been ...

And it all began with this thread! Thanks, Coco.
I love my Pilot Metro, and am looking at the Parker, it looks very nice. I'd like to get an antique-looking brown ink for use in my journals.
That will also be my next ink purchase...I have a vintage Esterbrook that I really like, but I may have to get a Parker for me...
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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by sweetandsour » Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:20 am

Bloodhound wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:43 am
sweetandsour wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:11 am
durangopipe wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:03 am
Bloodhound wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:25 am
Sweet! I was really impressed with the feel/heft of this pen.
Image

After playing around with a lot of inexpensive pens (many were actually pretty nice), I’ve settled on three that I like most: a Pilot Metropolitan, the Parker Urban (yes, BH, very nice heft and “feel” in the hand) and the Montblanc my son gave me.

Not many can afford or justify a really expensive fountain pen (I know I couldn’t), but the early recommendation from Coco for the Metropolitan was right on. I discovered the Urban on my own (when I saw one on sale). And the Montblanc was an utterly unexpected surprise.

What a joy this journey has been ...

And it all began with this thread! Thanks, Coco.
I love my Pilot Metro, and am looking at the Parker, it looks very nice. I'd like to get an antique-looking brown ink for use in my journals.
That will also be my next ink purchase...I have a vintage Esterbrook that I really like, but I may have to get a Parker for me...
If/when you settle on a brown ink please let me know. That fancy bottle that Gabriel posted a pic of a few posts back looks interesting, but perhaps not exactly what I'm looking for.
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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by JohnnyMcPiperson » Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:13 am

sweetandsour wrote:
Bloodhound wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:43 am
sweetandsour wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:11 am
durangopipe wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:03 am
Bloodhound wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:25 am
Sweet! I was really impressed with the feel/heft of this pen.
Image

After playing around with a lot of inexpensive pens (many were actually pretty nice), I’ve settled on three that I like most: a Pilot Metropolitan, the Parker Urban (yes, BH, very nice heft and “feel” in the hand) and the Montblanc my son gave me.

Not many can afford or justify a really expensive fountain pen (I know I couldn’t), but the early recommendation from Coco for the Metropolitan was right on. I discovered the Urban on my own (when I saw one on sale). And the Montblanc was an utterly unexpected surprise.

What a joy this journey has been ...

And it all began with this thread! Thanks, Coco.
I love my Pilot Metro, and am looking at the Parker, it looks very nice. I'd like to get an antique-looking brown ink for use in my journals.
That will also be my next ink purchase...I have a vintage Esterbrook that I really like, but I may have to get a Parker for me...
If/when you settle on a brown ink please let me know. That fancy bottle that Gabriel posted a pic of a few posts back looks interesting, but perhaps not exactly what I'm looking for.
I have lots of browns, what are you looking for? May be able to recommend one.


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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by sweetandsour » Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:00 am

JohnnyMcPiperson wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:13 am
sweetandsour wrote:
Bloodhound wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:43 am
sweetandsour wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:11 am
durangopipe wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:03 am
Bloodhound wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:25 am
Sweet! I was really impressed with the feel/heft of this pen.
Image

After playing around with a lot of inexpensive pens (many were actually pretty nice), I’ve settled on three that I like most: a Pilot Metropolitan, the Parker Urban (yes, BH, very nice heft and “feel” in the hand) and the Montblanc my son gave me.

Not many can afford or justify a really expensive fountain pen (I know I couldn’t), but the early recommendation from Coco for the Metropolitan was right on. I discovered the Urban on my own (when I saw one on sale). And the Montblanc was an utterly unexpected surprise.

What a joy this journey has been ...

And it all began with this thread! Thanks, Coco.
I love my Pilot Metro, and am looking at the Parker, it looks very nice. I'd like to get an antique-looking brown ink for use in my journals.
That will also be my next ink purchase...I have a vintage Esterbrook that I really like, but I may have to get a Parker for me...
If/when you settle on a brown ink please let me know. That fancy bottle that Gabriel posted a pic of a few posts back looks interesting, but perhaps not exactly what I'm looking for.
I have lots of browns, what are you looking for? May be able to recommend one.


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I'll know it when I see it I suppose. Seems like you've posted pics of example inks on paper, but Im not sure how to search for it. One with just browns would be appreciated.
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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by Bloodhound » Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:41 pm

I have been looking at Waterman "Absolute Brown" and Pilot "Tsukushi Horsetail Plant (Reddish Brown)"
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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by durangopipe » Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:40 pm

sweetandsour wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:00 am

I'll know it when I see it I suppose. Seems like you've posted pics of example inks on paper, but Im not sure how to search for it. One with just browns would be appreciated.

This is the brown I'm using in the Metropolitan (Private Reserve Chocolat), Tim, photographed with a mostly neutral but with a very slightly green cast black (Noodler's Zhivago):

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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by sweetandsour » Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:07 pm

durangopipe wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:40 pm
sweetandsour wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:00 am

I'll know it when I see it I suppose. Seems like you've posted pics of example inks on paper, but Im not sure how to search for it. One with just browns would be appreciated.

This is the brown I'm using in the Metropolitan (Private Reserve Chocolat), Tim, photographed with a mostly neutral but with a very slightly green cast black (Noodler's Zhivago):

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Thanks, that's close. I like the looks of both of those.
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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by coco » Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:54 pm

sweetandsour wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:07 pm
durangopipe wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:40 pm
sweetandsour wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:00 am

I'll know it when I see it I suppose. Seems like you've posted pics of example inks on paper, but Im not sure how to search for it. One with just browns would be appreciated.

This is the brown I'm using in the Metropolitan (Private Reserve Chocolat), Tim, photographed with a mostly neutral but with a very slightly green cast black (Noodler's Zhivago):

Image
Thanks, that's close. I like the looks of both of those.
I took a picture of a few browns.
Image
I adjusted the colors as closely as I was able, but could not get the picture looking as much like real life as I had hoped. My adjustments also produced some weird artifacts in the small loops caused by antialiasing.
Waterman Absolute Brown is a typical brown. It is well behaved ink, and I like it quite a bit.
Monteverde Brown Sugar is a very dark brown, but is more of a ruddy brown in real life.
Noodler's Walnut is a very dark brown.
The Noodler's Heart of Darkness is a black, and I included it to demonstrate the difference between black and the very dark browns. Both the Brown Sugar and the Walnut look brown when compared to black in real life, but not so much in my picture.
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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by sweetandsour » Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:10 pm

coco wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:54 pm
sweetandsour wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:07 pm
durangopipe wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:40 pm
sweetandsour wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:00 am

I'll know it when I see it I suppose. Seems like you've posted pics of example inks on paper, but Im not sure how to search for it. One with just browns would be appreciated.

This is the brown I'm using in the Metropolitan (Private Reserve Chocolat), Tim, photographed with a mostly neutral but with a very slightly green cast black (Noodler's Zhivago):

Image
Thanks, that's close. I like the looks of both of those.
I took a picture of a few browns.
Image
I adjusted the colors as closely as I was able, but could not get the picture looking as much like real life as I had hoped. My adjustments also produced some weird artifacts in the small loops caused by antialiasing.
Waterman Absolute Brown is a typical brown. It is well behaved ink, and I like it quite a bit.
Monteverde Brown Sugar is a very dark brown, but is more of a ruddy brown in real life.
Noodler's Walnut is a very dark brown.
The Noodler's Heart of Darkness is a black, and I included it to demonstrate the difference between black and the very dark browns. Both the Brown Sugar and the Walnut look brown when compared to black in real life, but not so much in my picture.
Wow! Thanks again. I'm putting together an ink order for Christmas.
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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by JohnnyMcPiperson » Sun Dec 23, 2018 9:01 am

sweetandsour wrote:
JohnnyMcPiperson wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:13 am
sweetandsour wrote:
Bloodhound wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:43 am
sweetandsour wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:11 am
durangopipe wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:03 am
Bloodhound wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:25 am
Sweet! I was really impressed with the feel/heft of this pen.
Image

After playing around with a lot of inexpensive pens (many were actually pretty nice), I’ve settled on three that I like most: a Pilot Metropolitan, the Parker Urban (yes, BH, very nice heft and “feel” in the hand) and the Montblanc my son gave me.

Not many can afford or justify a really expensive fountain pen (I know I couldn’t), but the early recommendation from Coco for the Metropolitan was right on. I discovered the Urban on my own (when I saw one on sale). And the Montblanc was an utterly unexpected surprise.

What a joy this journey has been ...

And it all began with this thread! Thanks, Coco.
I love my Pilot Metro, and am looking at the Parker, it looks very nice. I'd like to get an antique-looking brown ink for use in my journals.
That will also be my next ink purchase...I have a vintage Esterbrook that I really like, but I may have to get a Parker for me...
If/when you settle on a brown ink please let me know. That fancy bottle that Gabriel posted a pic of a few posts back looks interesting, but perhaps not exactly what I'm looking for.
I have lots of browns, what are you looking for? May be able to recommend one.


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Lemme see what I can dig up


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Post by sweetandsour » Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:38 pm

Thanks for the info on the ink sample set.

Btw, I ordered a bottle of Honus Wagner Infield Brown from Birmingham Pen Co a week or so before Christmas, and after a week or so it apparently still hadn't shipped. I received an email today with an apology for delayed shipping, and a $10 discount for a future order. Hopefully I'll receive the ink soon, so I can check it out.
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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by JohnnyMcPiperson » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:26 pm

sweetandsour wrote:Thanks for the info on the ink sample set.

Btw, I ordered a bottle of Honus Wagner Infield Brown from Birmingham Pen Co a week or so before Christmas, and after a week or so it apparently still hadn't shipped. I received an email today with an apology for delayed shipping, and a $10 discount for a future order. Hopefully I'll receive the ink soon, so I can check it out.
Hmm, they must have been inundated over the holidays...


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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by Gabriel » Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:19 am

So, some of y'all seem to have collections of ink in the same way some have collections of tobacco. My question is this, isn't it incredibly inconvenient to change ink colors in your pen? Do you just have a pen for each color? I wouldn't mind having a nice black, or other browns, but unless I"m buying more pens to go with them, I'm not seeing the point. What am I missing?

(PS - I'm really loving the Pilot Metropolitan. It is the only pen fountain pen I have, and so far I'm very happy with it.)
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