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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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The Fine Art of Penmanship

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Anne Frank's Fountain Pen

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Getty/Dubay and the fountain pen

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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 EA Burt on November 8, 2014 at 6:16pm

Does anyone know where I could find a replacement nib for my Parker Urban? Particularly fine with chrome finish? I tried the Online Pen Company but I'm wondering if there's a place that would go for cheaper, at least on the shipping.

Comment by EA Burt on September 16, 2014 at 2:19pm

The only thing thus far i don't really like about the Al-Star is that the cap screw for the clip is plastic and I think it's stripping out on me. Anyone know if you can get a spare screw anywhere?

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 EA Burt on August 23, 2014 at 3:48pm

I just got the Lamy Al-Star in Ocean Blue with a fine nib. Unique yet aesthetic in design. It may be my favorite thus far. Works beautifully with a Moleskine.

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.

 

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