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post #136 of 187
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I am a lefty and I think much of the success of it depends on the firmness/flexibility of the nib you are using. The softer the nib the easier it seems to be to use and get a consistent line weight. Fountain pens are designed to "drag" the nib, but if you are lefty most of us "push" the nib which it isn't really designed for. You can also have nibs ground down to being a left oblique which can make things easier, but I found for me the biggest difference is how flexible it is.

That being said, it doesn't make smudging easier and in fact probably makes things harder as the ink comes out wetter than a roller ball or ball point.

Check out this page for some "solutions" to the problem:

http://www.nibs.com/Left-hand%20writers.htm

Some of those solutions seem like ones I wouldn't be comfortable with. Especially the hook, wich seems like a real wrist-killer. I liked the last quote on that page: Why do so many left-handers take up the fountain pen in an age of ballpoint pens and computers? They are rising to yet another challenge that has been thrown their way. "Oh, you are left-handed. You will not be able to use a fountain pen."

I just came home from an exam, by the way. Here's how my hand ended up:

..and that with ball point (Fisher Space Pen, to be precise).
post #137 of 187
I just came home from an exam, by the way. Here's how my hand ended up:

..and that with ball point (Fisher Space Pen, to be precise).[/quote]



Yeah, blue hand is a pain, but it's worth it, because I get to use these beauties!



These are all S.T. Dupont Montparnasse pens, which were made in the late 80s - early 90s.
post #138 of 187
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Originally Posted by 518aata View Post


Yeah, blue hand is a pain, but it's worth it, because I get to use these beauties!



These are all S.T. Dupont Montparnasse pens, which were made in the late 80s - early 90s.


Nice! But I have to say this looks like the pen equivalent of mafoofan's one-shoe wardrobe.
post #139 of 187
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Originally Posted by Loudly View Post
Nice! But I have to say this looks like the pen equivalent of mafoofan's one-shoe wardrobe.

Ouch! You really know how to hurt a guy.

I do have other pens not shown in the picture -- MBs, Parkers, Watermans, Viscontis, Namikis, etc. -- but I like the Duponts the best. It's the combination of the great nibs and the truly beautiful lacquer. And in my defense, while all of the Duponts are pretty much the same model, at least I have them in a variety of colors! (Sort of like if mafoofan had his long wings in all of the various shell colors that are available.)
post #140 of 187
Didn't mean to! Just out of context it looked like all there was. Apropos of nothing really, I just got a new Delta Dolce Vita rollerball this morning. Enjoying it greatly so far.
post #141 of 187
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Originally Posted by Loudly View Post
Didn't mean to! Just out of context it looked like all there was.

Apropos of nothing really, I just got a new Delta Dolce Vita rollerball this morning. Enjoying it greatly so far.

No offense taken. It's a fair comment for a somewhat obsessive collector of one model, which I am.

The Delta is handsome. I admired one when I saw it at a pen show. The orange resin is really striking. Enjoy it!
post #142 of 187
I just invested in my first fountain pen (apart from a Pilot Varsity) and I've been using a standard charcoal Lamy Safari EF nib and Noodler's Blue for 2 months now.

I actually bought this for my girlfriend with a bottle of Noodler's Sequoia Green-Black

from Writer's Bloc. They replace the calligraphy nib with a regular fp nib. We'll see how she likes it, and in case she doesn't, I could use a second pen with green ink...
post #143 of 187
^^^Nice pen.
post #144 of 187
I'm totally bummed. I lost a Pelikan white demonstrator fountain pen. It's either hiding in my messy office or someone walked away with it... Very nice pen, though. Definitely would recommend it. Anyone here use Bexley pens? I've been eying a couple of them and now I need a replacement for everyday.
post #145 of 187
^ Not used Bexley before, they're reasonably well regarded on the pen forums.
post #146 of 187
I'm a fan of Omas and Aurora. I'm also partial to Waterman -- they invented the fountain pen, after all. For value I'd look into Lamy.
post #147 of 187
Check out Nakaya before you make a decision. As mentioned earlier, they are made bespoke to your writing style at no extra charge. Classic Fountain Pens (Nibs.com) is their US authorized dealer. Can buy direct from Nakaya too. I just received my third Nakaya, the Neo Standard Writer (with ruthenium clip and nib finish) Kuro-tamenuri (Blackish Red). http://www.nibs.com/NakayaNeoStandardKuro.htm I haven't even look at my Mont Blanc 146 since I got my first Nakaya.
post #148 of 187
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Classic Fountain Pens (Nibs.com) is their US authorized dealer.
I've been happy with all the pens I've purchased from them. They provide good service.
post #149 of 187
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Originally Posted by Alfa View Post
Hi Laphroaig,

I am far from a Parker expert, but it looks like a variation on the Parker 51 which is immensely popular. They come in many different finishes. Out of production, but many examples on ebay:


As a collector of Parker 51s, this is one of my holy grail pens.
post #150 of 187
ST Dupont will be on Gilt on Monday
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