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Enjoy the 205 it's a great pen. I am really happy with my M200 it's a smooth writer and with the addition of the "M" nib last week makes it even better.
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Old 08-03-2015   #162
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Here is a link to some really useful information from Richard Binder's nib smooting workshop, at least for a beginner like me:

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Omas Arte Italiana Celluloid Arco Dama Limited Edition #18 of 45. (gosh that's a long name!)

Visconti Van Gogh for size comparison.
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Those are simply beautiful!
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Autumn is coming!!!

I want to pick up some Diamine Ancient Copper for the season. Has anyone experienced this ink? Any nib creep or other things I should know?

I have found the MB Irish Green ink to be stellar!! I have found nothing even the least bit negative about this ink after 40 pages of writing.
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Autumn is coming!!!

I want to pick up some Diamine Ancient Copper for the season. Has anyone experienced this ink? Any nib creep or other things I should know?

I have found the MB Irish Green ink to be stellar!! I have found nothing even the least bit negative about this ink after 40 pages of writing.
I just picked up some of this ink and it's beautiful! No issues used in a Lamy Safari EF, Parker 75, and a Sheafer Imperial.

It works well on crummy paper, too.

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I own Montblanc and Lamy.
The Lamy for everyday scribbling and the Montblanc for anything half serious.

For me fountain pens are bit like using film. They slow you down so you use more care.
And you have to care a little bit to use one.

Also... Carrying a good note book is very handy and I don't mind spending a bit more for a nice one.
I prefer them to diaires because all you have to do is write the date on the top right hand corner and you're good to go.

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So this thread got me hooked on fountain pens. I rediscovered the Parker 45 with 18k M nib and gold rolled cap my father gave me some 5 years ago, which he got from a friend in the mid-sixties. A search on the internet instructed me on how to dismantle and clean it thoroughly - it had quite a lot of dried ink - and then I gave it a light polish. It“s beautiful now and writes as a whistle. I find myself looking into other pens, wanting to write letters to old friends - which I haven“t done in ages - and looking for personalized stationary. This is quite a discovery and thank you for it.

As for the analogy with film cameras - fountain pens and film cameras are identity objects. We bond with them, they slow us down and enable us to express something with a personal touch. In the age of mass production and instant communication, this translates to (re)introducing moments of meditational quality in your life - well, at least in mine. Maybe the key word is trigger - these identity objects challenge us to give a bit more attention to our artful, symbolic and communicative expressions and therewith reveal qualities that otherwise, in the speed of things, mights have remained hidden.
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Autumn is coming!!!

I want to pick up some Diamine Ancient Copper for the season. Has anyone experienced this ink? Any nib creep or other things I should know?

I have found the MB Irish Green ink to be stellar!! I have found nothing even the least bit negative about this ink after 40 pages of writing.
Dear Dave,
With some nibs, there is nib creep/ crusting with Ancient Copper ink. I had this problem with, for example, a Visconti Opera Elements Air. In a Pelikan M200 Cognac (see photo earlier in thread) there was no creep and the ink was very well behaved.
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Well said Wouter.
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I suppose people who like to write like to read as well. I would recommend a novel I“ve just finished: The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. It“s quite well known I believe. It reads as if it were written with a fountain pen: elaborate, well constructed paragraphs in 19th century style.

The story is situated in the 19th century and is about the life of Alma, a female natural scientist. It“s a joy to read and points our attention to women“s contribution to the development of science, often disregarded or kept in the shadows.

Poetry from Elizabeth Bishop and others .. I could go on ...
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With some nibs, there is nib creep/ crusting with Ancient Copper ink. I had this problem with, for example, a Visconti Opera Elements Air. In a Pelikan M200 Cognac (see photo earlier in thread) there was no creep and the ink was very well behaved.
Thank you, sir!

I plan on switching to the Ancient Copper soon as the Autumn season is approaching...Love the ink samples I have seen...
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My Iroshizuku ink family is growing.



Shown together is the Pilot Custom 823.
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Whoa, ink multiplies like... rabbits! Lol..
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Nothing fancy. It's a Chinese Hero that cost me 30 rmb. It writes (or draws) like a dream. Thinking about adding a Sailor 1911 into the mix.
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Your kind remarks on my Nakaya shows your excellent taste
If you want a similar look at a starter price look at possibly the most famous fountain pen ever made, the Parker 51.
Pure style and elegance, outstanding design, if they introduced it today it would still elicit a WOW.
Loads about, they stopped counting apparently after 12 Million. Plenty of colourways, but black is of course the only true colour. Caps by the dozen as well. For the nerds they also have date codes, if not worn or polished off,which gives even more interest.
I have an early, 1944, (first quarter) Vacumatic with a Gold Blue Diamond cap. the Diamond signified the pen was warranted for the purchaser's lifetime.
My second is a 1951 Aeromatic purchased new by my Grandfather with plain cap.
I will take a shot or two later, but for style and elegance with history a collection could do worse than start with a 51.
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Nothing fancy. It's a Chinese Hero that cost me 30 rmb. It writes (or draws) like a dream. Thinking about adding a Sailor 1911 into the mix.
pen shmen. what's that ink?
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Shown together is the Pilot Custom 823.
really nice inks. i use asa-gao and momiki and adore both of them.

i'm really excited about the bung box people getting ink to the US. nice colors.

http://www.massdrop.com/buy/bungbox-ink
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You guys are so bad. Now I started to catch the bug of fountain pens.

My earliest recollection of fountain pens are playing around with my dad's when I was little. Ink bottles, ink blots everywhere except on the paper where I wanted it to be.

So... where to start?
As much as I like to oogle at your "collectible" pens, I just can't justify it. As it happens, I was at the grand opening of a local Daiso last week (think Dollar-store from Japan). And on one shelf, I saw a fountain pen:



What a nice starter pen for me to star learning cursive writing again. The nib is labeled as medium, which is a tad too wide for me. What should I be looking for? Fine nib? Finer... ?
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fine or extra fine. asian nibs are generally a half grade to a grade finer than euro/american nibs. so, in gross approximation, an asian medium is about a european fine.
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You guys are so bad. Now I started to catch the bug of fountain pens.

My earliest recollection of fountain pens are playing around with my dad's when I was little. Ink bottles, ink blots everywhere except on the paper where I wanted it to be.

So... where to start?
As much as I like to oogle at your "collectible" pens, I just can't justify it. As it happens, I was at the grand opening of a local Daiso last week (think Dollar-store from Japan). And on one shelf, I saw a fountain pen:



What a nice starter pen for me to star learning cursive writing again. The nib is labeled as medium, which is a tad too wide for me. What should I be looking for? Fine nib? Finer... ?

Will, gotcha too, I see!

Nice looking pen there!!!
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Here's my favorite pen for doodles, an Omas Milord in teal with EF nib. The design and color kind of resembles the Staedtler drafting lead holder, and handles like one.
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Juju: beautiful pen and it does have a design that comes from technical pens. Though not an artist with a pen, I have a long background of working with technical pens like Staedtler and Koh-I-Noor so I really love the look of this Omas.

Anyone: although a bit off-topic, dies anyone have a recommendation for stationery and envelopes?
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pen shmen. what's that ink?

Adam, The black is just Pilot standard Black. The red is A chinese Brand called "Hero" (same as the pen) It is a tad light for my tastes. I had to lay it on REAL thick to get any decent color out of it. But I can't complain too much, it was about one US dollar for a 60ml bottle.
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Will, gotcha too, I see!

Nice looking pen there!!!
Dave, at this point I wouldn't know if the pen is a junk or decent. So for $1.50, I though I couldn't lose.
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Here's my favorite pen for doodles, an Omas Milord in teal with EF nib. The design and color kind of resembles the Staedtler drafting lead holder, and handles like one.
I like your doodles. Do you publish them online somewhere?
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Some info on how to spot a not so good nib and how to tune it:

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I like your doodles. Do you publish them online somewhere?
Thanks, Will, I only have work related drawings on my website...
Here's another doodle with the other Omas I have, a Paragon. It's not as nimble or sensitive as Milord, but still quite nice in its own way.
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Thanks, Will, I only have work related drawings on my website...
Here's another doodle with the other Omas I have, a Paragon. It's not as nimble or sensitive as Milord, but still quite nice in its own way.
Ahahaha. That is so great!!
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Wow. This place is not just full of gearheads, we are multidimensional gearheads.

My Pilot Falcon is my favorite - wonderfully flexible nib, very smooth writing.

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My next purchase will be a smaller Montblanc Mozart. Something like this one.



I do like their Nibs.

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Wow. This place is not just full of gearheads, we are multidimensional gearheads.

My Pilot Falcon is my favorite - wonderfully flexible nib, very smooth writing.

Kirk
How could I missed this one?! It looks great and I love flexible nibs. My Japanese source carries this one and the exchange rate makes it more attractive.
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Thanks, Will, I only have work related drawings on my website...
Here's another doodle with the other Omas I have, a Paragon. It's not as nimble or sensitive as Milord, but still quite nice in its own way.
I perused the whole website. You have a good grasp of your talents!

But.. your Doodles section is "404 not found"
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Thanks for your kind words, Will. Yeah, I made a empty link there to motivate myself to update the website with personal stuff, but got busy with work and my 3-yr-old boy... Hopefully I'll get to it in a few weeks.
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Pilot M90, Pilot's 90th anniversary limited edition. The design is from the original MYU that came out in 1971 while some improvements were made like more reliable closure mechanism. Surprisingly smooth writer and a marvel of industrial design IMHO.





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Pilot M90, Pilot's 90th anniversary limited edition. The design is from the original MYU that came out in 1971 while some improvements were made like more reliable closure mechanism. Surprisingly smooth writer and a marvel of industrial design IMHO.
love this so much
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Adam, The black is just Pilot standard Black. The red is A chinese Brand called "Hero" (same as the pen) It is a tad light for my tastes. I had to lay it on REAL thick to get any decent color out of it. But I can't complain too much, it was about one US dollar for a 60ml bottle.
really nice blending. maybe i'll have to try
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