Introduction to Fountain Pens

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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by gaining_age » Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:01 am

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Can I use a fountain pen on CPS?
Yes. It's been done before; "For the children."
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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by coco » Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:06 am

gaining_age wrote:
Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:01 am
tuttle wrote:
Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:30 am
Can I use a fountain pen on CPS?
Yes. It's been done before; "For the children."
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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by plainview » Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:02 am

coco wrote:
Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:06 am
gaining_age wrote:
Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:01 am
tuttle wrote:
Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:30 am
Can I use a fountain pen on CPS?
Yes. It's been done before; "For the children."
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Ink? Nib size?

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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by coco » Tue Apr 03, 2018 4:01 pm

plainview wrote:
Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:02 am
coco wrote:
Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:06 am
gaining_age wrote:
Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:01 am
tuttle wrote:
Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:30 am
Can I use a fountain pen on CPS?
Yes. It's been done before; "For the children."
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Ink? Nib size?
Broad nib, Diamine Blue Lightning

It is my daughter's ink. Beware: It's sparkly. This is not easy to see in the picture, but very apparent in real life.
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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by durangopipe » Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:03 pm

A bottle of this on the way:

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And one of these with a medium nib (for $3.50!) coming from China, just to see the difference:

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I already had a leather bound journal filled with what I believe to be good paper.

Eager to begin . . .
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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by hugodrax » Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:38 am

Look, I'm almost forty. We were taught cursive with fountain pens in grade school. How is it possible for people Durango's age to never have used a fountain pen?

I'm not buying it, that's how.
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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by gaining_age » Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:39 am

hugodrax wrote:
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Look, I'm almost forty. We were taught cursive with fountain pens in grade school. How is it possible for people Durango's age to never have used a fountain pen?

I'm not buying it, that's how.
Sounds like a regional thing. I'm older than thou and did not use fountain pens in grade school. My early years of schooling were out West in California.

ETA: I do recall pursuing India Ink and my mother being extremely scared about her sloppy child having access to indelible ink. I don't recall if that was part of a lesson vs. art project or in what manner the ink was intended to be used (and it is not ink for most fountain pens).
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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by Gabriel » Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:47 pm

Alrighty... I blame coco. I have a Pilot Metropolitan (black) on the way along with a new notebook.
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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by JudgeRusty » Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:42 pm

I have a couple of bookshelves of these, each full of trial notes handwritten with fountain pens from 12 years on the state bench (plus little side jokes in the margins written to myself).
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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by gaining_age » Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:54 pm

If you're math/science/engineering oriented, there's a great journal with grid pages and it is reasonably priced.

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https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/home-g ... l/12601534
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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by durangopipe » Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:09 pm

hugodrax wrote:
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:38 am
Look, I'm almost forty. We were taught cursive with fountain pens in grade school. How is it possible for people Durango's age to never have used a fountain pen?

I'm not buying it, that's how.
I asked for fountain pen tips for lefties, and Coco’s answer motivated me to give it another try.

When I was in grade school in the 50s, every desk still had a place for an inkwell - even though we didn’t use either pens with nibs or ink in our school district. It was pencils in school and ball point pens, sometimes, elsewhere. By middle school, the desks with inkwells were gone.

I was taught cursive in 3rd or 4th grade using a #2 pencil. My left hand smeared the soft graphite letters and turned the heel of my hand charcoal gray.

Very long ago, a very brief attempt to use a fountain pen ended because as a lefty I was smearing the ink and turning my writing hand blue. The mess was worse than it had been with a soft lead pencil.

Since those days: hard lead pencils or a ballpoint pen. I’ve carried a silver and gold Cross Century Medalist ballpoint pen (a gift from my brother) for the past 40-odd years.

My last attempt at using a fountain pen was outside of school and so long ago I can’t begin to remember when it was.
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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by coco » Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:58 pm

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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by durangopipe » Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:14 pm

coco wrote:
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QemooqfJcfg
Good stuff, Coco.
Thanks.
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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

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Nice!
Mine is supposed to arrive tomorrow.
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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

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Nice!
Mine is supposed to arrive tomorrow.
Love the Metropolitan. It's a great value and is the one modern pen I never have any problems with. I love the body and Pilot nibs just can't be beat for the price.

The Plumix has a medium italic nib that makes just about any chicken scratch look good. I take the Plumix nibs and put them my Metropolitan. Great combo. Great writer.
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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by John-Boy » Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:40 am

I bought a "Preppy Rainbow Fountain Pen Set, Fine Point - Pack of 7" before Christmas and gave everyone in the fam one in their stockings. I was surprised to check in a couple months later and hear that everyone had been using them. I ordered some more cartridge refills... hoping to make long term converts.
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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by durangopipe » Fri Apr 06, 2018 2:52 pm

Mont Blanc Meisterstuck 149, $1,000 give or take:

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Jinhao Chinesestuck 159, $4.58 including shipping:

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I went for the Jinhao.
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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by JudgeRusty » Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:06 pm

I was chunking junk mail from a stack in preparation for the move and paused to go through a Fahrney's catalog.
I have gotten way out of the loop on pen pricing since I used to have Pen Acquisition Disorder. Nice pens have about doubled in the past 20 years it seems, (about like everything else I suppose).

Good news is my Parker Duofold and my Mont Blanc may be worth more than I thought now.
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Re: Introduction to Fountain Pens

Post by coco » Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:19 pm

John-Boy wrote:
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I bought a "Preppy Rainbow Fountain Pen Set, Fine Point - Pack of 7" before Christmas and gave everyone in the fam one in their stockings. I was surprised to check in a couple months later and hear that everyone had been using them. I ordered some more cartridge refills... hoping to make long term converts.
I've heard nothing but good stuff about the Pilot Preppy.

The Preppy can be "eyedropper converted." This means that you chunk the cartridge and just fill the entire body of the pen with ink from a bottle. This gives you much more ink capacity, and the ink looks cool sloshing around in the pen.

The threads that join the body to the section need to have some plumber's silicone grease to ensure a good seal (it's near the PVC cement at the hardware store). Goulet sells o-rings for added protection, but I have used only grease on my Pilot Prera with no problems. Be sure to keep the body at least half-filled. (Air expands when heated, and so excess air in the body can force ink out).

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