Fountain Pens

“My two fingers on a typewriter have never connected with my brain. My hand on a pen does. A fountain pen, of course. Ball-point pens are only good for filling out forms on a plane.” -Graham Greene This group is for those who love fountain pens.

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Anne Frank's Fountain Pen

Started by EA Burt. Last reply by Jonathan Stone Sep 10, 2014. 3 Replies

Getty/Dubay and the fountain pen

Started by Jonathan Stone. Last reply by Kevin Collier Sep 2, 2014. 1 Reply

What type of filling system is this called?

Started by Matthew Perry. Last reply by Kevin Collier Jul 27, 2014. 4 Replies

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Comment by Tom Kenyon on April 19, 2015 at 5:53pm
I just picked up my first Parker 45 at the Atlanta Pen Show, and I can't put it down. Buy one now, before the collectors "discover" them, while they're less than half as much as a 51. I like that the 51 is fatter, but other than that, I love the 45 just as much. And they're a cat/converter so they're easier to restore!
Comment by Kevin Collier on April 19, 2015 at 5:21pm

Broke out a Parker 45 a couple of weeks ago and have been using it more regularly. I know it's blasphemy, but I like it much better than the 51!

Comment by Native Son on April 19, 2015 at 11:06am

I guess folks just stop by and check it out.

I'm currently using a Lamy.  Used to use a Waterman, but somebody "permanently borrowed" it.  All in all, though,  I really miss those old Shaeffer "student pens" I had to use in parochial school.

Comment by Kevin Collier on August 23, 2014 at 4:25pm

Tha Al-stars and Safaris have a devoted following. Be warned! You may be assimilated!

Comment by Matthew Perry on July 17, 2014 at 9:29am

Just got a new fountain pen that I truly enjoy. It is ugly but it writes beyond belief. Check out the Lamy Safari if you want a modern pen that won't break the bank. 

Comment by Kevin Collier on April 9, 2014 at 7:19pm

I have used many vintage/used pens and unless it is a feather nib or someone was extremely heavy handed, I have not had a problem with them.

Comment by Dom on April 9, 2014 at 2:30am

If you asked a fountain-pen-"orthodox" or even "fundamentalist", he would say the same. I've also already heard that.

But fact is that I hardly have to hand-write nowadays; and I started to give some of my pens as presents to my nephews/nieces. I just kept 2, one of them is a Parker Slimfold which was not new when I got it, and it works.

If you are a collector, you will hardly find an older model which was not yet used. if you really want to follow this rule, and have a second-hand pen, you may try to change the nib.

Comment by Sam Flint on April 8, 2014 at 3:05pm

Yeah, it's because as you use the pen, the tip of the nib will ever so slightly wear to the writer.  The slightest use by someone else can throw off the angle and make it nearly impossible to use.

Comment by Kevin Collier on March 27, 2014 at 7:27pm

No idea here Burt

Comment by Arnold Kelly on January 24, 2014 at 2:53pm

I have a Schrade "Tactical Pen" that came with a fountain point.  Using it quite a lot and it writes surprisingly well.  Waiting for my first Jinhao to come in the mail.  Anyone here a leftie and use a fountain pen, besides me? 


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