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Fountain pens
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Fountain pens

1 Name: Anonymous : 2019-04-14 09:27
What are ye fellow postmen’s thoughts on fountain pens? They’re a neat hobby that actually isn’t too expensive, believe it or not. Makes you feel like a gentleman even as you write the most inane sentences down. I just got a Parker 51 and some diamine ink arrive in the mail.
2 Name: Anonymous : 2019-04-14 13:30
German pupils used to be obligated to use fountain pens starting from second grade, at least in my federal state. You even had to pass some cute fountain pen licence.
Most people switched to regular pens once they reached middle school, though, but I've always sticked to my Lamy fountain pens. I still use the one I've used for my final exams five years ago almost every day, but with black ink instead of erasable blue ink.
It's fun to customise fountain pens. Using different nibs, combining bodies of different fountain pens and so forth.
3 Name: Anonymous : 2019-04-14 16:12
Most good fountain pens are fairly expensive actually, and the highest quality ones are usually really old. The best fountain pen I've ever owned was a Soviet-manufactured gold nib fountain pen. It started to leak due to the plastic cracking from age though, and it has been retired.
I use a fairly cheap, somewhat broken Cross fountain pen for most note taking, and a Japanese desk pen for when I'm at home. I don't remember the exact models. I own a few more, including a custom pen whose nib I (badly) ground myself, but I rarely use them.
4 Name: Anonymous : 2019-04-14 21:11
>>3
I have a Lamy al-star, a kaweco sport classic, and the Parker 51 that just arrived. Out of all of them my Lamy still writes the best.
5 Name: Anonymous : 2019-04-15 00:26
I bought a Pilot Plumix for $7 because I wanted an italic nib and had some ink cartridges that would fit. I like it, but it feels pretty cheap (spoiler: it was).
6 Name: Anonymous : 2019-04-16 13:50
We learned writing by using fountain pens in school, it was frustrating because I wrote with my left hand and always had smudges and ink on my hand.
A few years ago I got my hands on an old Lamy 27n, it was all dirty and difficult to take apart but I managed to clean it, even the filling piston still did it's job perfectly fine. I have a lot of fun writing with it.

Though, I have to be careful, I noticed some inks like to dry quickly so I can't let it sit still for too long. But it's great nonetheless, writes like a charm.
7 Name: Anonymous : 2022-01-11 10:02
>>5
If the Plumix breaks, you can still put its nib into a probably more durable Pilot Metropolitan, Prera, or Kakuno.
8 Name: Paperplane : 2022-01-11 22:39
Got one for work because I actually had to sign quite a lot of documents but then we changed stuff and now I don't really need it anymore. It was a cheap one from Amazon so no loss but it still looks fancy on my desk.
9 Name: Anonymous : 2022-01-12 16:06
>>8
I'm the anon who bought the Plumix & I'm thinking about bringing mine to use at work too. Unfortunately I hardly write things down on paper -- everything's on a computer, so I don't know how useful it would be at work as opposed to at home.
10 Name: Paperplane : 2022-01-12 16:20
>>9
everything's on a computer
yeah that's what happened at my place. I used to sign a lot of forms but those got digitalised
¯\_(´_ `)_/¯
11 Name: Anonymous : 2022-01-13 08:50
>>10
>>9
I recently started writing letters back and forth with a friend, my fountain pen gets a lot more usage now and it's a lot of fun, plus I finally see some improvements in my handwriting (as a lefty I always struggled with this)
It might be a fun thing to try out if you like writing and fountain pens.
12 Name: Anonymous : 2022-01-14 18:30
Just got a beginner calligraphy set on a whim, the pen was cheap but the process is very relaxing. I'd like to do more with it when I've got the funds.

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