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Do You Own a Fountain Pen?

Do You Own a Fountain Pen?

  • I own one but I hardly ever use it

  • I own multiple ones but I always use the same ol' BIC

  • Yes, and I use it often

  • Yes, I collect them

  • Ballpoint is the way


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PORCAMOSRL

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Nice collection. We just dropped some Kiton pens but I think they're all ballpoint :(
 

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I own several but I typically use a rollerball pen.
 

krudsma

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I have one: a Kaweco Brass Sport which I use all the time. I just swapped the old steel medium nib for a gold fine nib and it made a huge difference, the writing experience is much smoother and silkier.
 

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No, but despite not owning a fountain pen I’ve been a longtime member of the fountain pen network community.
I do however own a few limited edition precious metal montblanc ballpoint and rollerball pens which I hardly ever use nowadays, and I’m certain I’ll never add another one to my collection, despite liking some of their more recent releases.
 

Jay.C

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I own some of the classic models like Lamy 2000, Platinum 3776 and Sailor PG. Still write with them from time to time.

I once wanted to collect more interesting ones like Capless, Lamy Dialog or Waterman. But I just found out that I wouldn't use them so I stopped.
 

papado

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I bought some to round out my quirkiness however I didn't fully realize how long it took the ink to dry given the fact I'm a lefty and even ballpoints smudge on me haha :rotflmao:
 

H. E. Pennypacker

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I've thought about purchasing a nice fountain pen, but I don't use pens often to rationalize it and I lose them often. I stick to G2 pens and Kuru Toga mechanical pencils.
 

Thin White Duke

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Having a nice pen is part of my ‘Kit’ along with nice watch, sunglasses etc. How anyone defines ‘nice’ with the attendant budget, is entirely subjective of course.

I have a beautiful cobalt blue marled resin montefiore espressione that’s my daily user.

i have a nice story too. When I was learning to write with a fountain pen in the junior school if I ran out of cartridges I would sometimes ask my Mam if I could borrow her fountain pen which she always kept in her handbag, and she always said no.
After she died in 2003 I told my family there were a few things I’d like from the house, and when I next went home they’d been put aside along with a few other things thrown in, including her pen.
I got online and found it was a Parker 51 with the ‘hooded’ nib, which they stopped making in the seventies and is not particularly valuable but is revered in the fountain pen nerd community as like the VW beetle of pens, reliable and long lasting.

I took it to a ‘writing instruments’ shop and was told it dates back to the second half of 1955 - right when my Mam and Dad were married. I now think it was a wedding present from my Dad which explains why she was reluctant to let me use it as a kid. I put some ink in and it works perfectly.

The sad result of a company that makes such reliable pens is that you only need one so I hear that Parker are now in trouble and have of course offshored whatever production they have left. Sixty six years old and it works as good as new.

Surely getting a nice pen is preferable to using a load of shitty Bics and throwing them in the landfill. Even for people who say ‘Oh I don’t want a nice pen I would only lose it’ - would they not be less likely to lose it if they had a decent one? See also razors, sunglasses, etc. Come on fellas - get a cool pen and do your bit for the environment!
 

Sam Hober

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I am not currently using fountain pens but I love them.

I had some old Parkers and Montblanc that I bought at an estate sale a long time ago.

Not so practical but a pleasure to use and buy ink for...
 

TexasToast

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I dont own any fountain pens but I swear by the Sharpie S-Pen, The pen writes like a dream no skips no runs just perfection.
 

Chaconne

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Having a nice pen is part of my ‘Kit’ along with nice watch, sunglasses etc. How anyone defines ‘nice’ with the attendant budget, is entirely subjective of course.

I have a beautiful cobalt blue marled resin montefiore espressione that’s my daily user.

i have a nice story too. When I was learning to write with a fountain pen in the junior school if I ran out of cartridges I would sometimes ask my Mam if I could borrow her fountain pen which she always kept in her handbag, and she always said no.
After she died in 2003 I told my family there were a few things I’d like from the house, and when I next went home they’d been put aside along with a few other things thrown in, including her pen.
I got online and found it was a Parker 51 with the ‘hooded’ nib, which they stopped making in the seventies and is not particularly valuable but is revered in the fountain pen nerd community as like the VW beetle of pens, reliable and long lasting.

I took it to a ‘writing instruments’ shop and was told it dates back to the second half of 1955 - right when my Mam and Dad were married. I now think it was a wedding present from my Dad which explains why she was reluctant to let me use it as a kid. I put some ink in and it works perfectly.

The sad result of a company that makes such reliable pens is that you only need one so I hear that Parker are now in trouble and have of course offshored whatever production they have left. Sixty six years old and it works as good as new.

Surely getting a nice pen is preferable to using a load of shitty Bics and throwing them in the landfill. Even for people who say ‘Oh I don’t want a nice pen I would only lose it’ - would they not be less likely to lose it if they had a decent one? See also razors, sunglasses, etc. Come on fellas - get a cool pen and do your bit for the environment!
The last part is very true for me. Used to buy cheap sun all the time and lose them all the time but since I started buying nice ones I haven’t lost any.
not into pens currently but if I did get a nice one I’d still need to carry a crappy one since unlike sunglasses for me most pens aren’t lost ,but rather, “borrowed “ forever.
 

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