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    I instantaneously want one now.
    My other pen is a Montblanc.

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    Me too.
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    Just got my Safari Strawberry and Cream pens. Also got one of the Iridescent Kawecos and one of the Cyan Kawecos. Now I want a set of the new Kakunos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Onogaro View Post
    Just got my Safari Strawberry and Cream pens. Also got one of the Iridescent Kawecos and one of the Cyan Kawecos. Now I want a set of the new Kakunos.
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    Here’s a very interesting one…I’d love to say it’s name….but it hasn’t got one !!!.
    It is a circa early 30s mottled/ woodgrain red hard rubber safety pen, with a (probably French) Waterman 18ct nib and what looks a lot like a waterman spiral mechanism inside, but……absolutely no markings anywhere.
    Aside from a minor discolouration from light outside of the cap area when closed, it’s perfect.
    It’s nib is very slightly soft; just enough to be pleasant, but not 'flexible' as such.

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    @Robalone Absolutely lovely material and overall shape but do those threads annoy your fingers/thumb when you're writing? I think I would find them uncomfortable as I tend to place my fingers quite near to the nib.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Onogaro View Post
    Just got my Safari Strawberry and Cream pens. Also got one of the Iridescent Kawecos and one of the Cyan Kawecos. Now I want a set of the new Kakunos.
    Hope to see these next Saturday via Zoom if you make the meet
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    Chrissy, it would appear that way, but….actually my fingers don’t go anywhere near the threads ! I think it may be a 'photo perspective' thing and because the pen is a 'safety' it doesn’t have a section as such so one's fingers tend to stay further up the barrel anyway !
    I wish I could just say ….here try it …🤣

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    An outstanding pen, Rob. I think you'd search for a long time before you'd find another like that one!

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    Because I love desk pens, I took the bait the second the Goulet ad popped into my box:

    Platinum Desk Fountain Pen, Black. Fine nib. $13.00

    Not that I can write yet…
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Onogaro View Post
    Just got my Safari Strawberry and Cream pens.
    Saving these for my birthday list for the fam.
    "Nolo esse salus sine vobis ...” —St. Augustine

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    Wandering around Five Below today after already spending money at the Hairdresser and the dollar store, right before I went on to spend money at the ridiculously cheap discount store a few doorways down the plaza, I decided to look for fountain pens. Because, why not? I found a handwriting text in there last fall... so what do I find but two sets of pens for sale at four dollars each.

    One has four pens and twenty carts which look to me to be 3.4mm but that is just a guess. They are sort of hooded fine nibs. They are cheaply made, but for possibly the cheapest pens you could find they are not bad- I popped a cart in one, let it sit a little, and it wrote with no problem. You can see them here.

    The other is actually two pens, six italic nibs, and eight carts which look like 2.6mm to me. (I can't eyeball tenths of millimeters, but the only two sizes I ever see mentioned on carts you can buy from China are 2.6 and 3.4 - this is the smaller of the two kinds of carts so I am making a guess.) In this case I changed the nib to the one marked 0.7, put a cart in, waited a few minutes and that pen wrote immediately, also. You can see this set here.

    The second set looks like you could use them as eyedroppers. The first set sort of looks that way, but when I look in the barrel it gives me the impression that there are actually some holes in the plastic which are covered only by the paint, so I'm not sure that's a good idea. It would probably work until it didn't and then fail spectacularly, at least if it was me trying it...

    But wait! There are two other sets of fountain pens on the site which I did not see in the store, possibly because they were not there, possibly because I was so stunned to find what I had already found that my brain simply couldn't take any more. One of these is eight pens, seemingly one cartridge each, for five dollars, and the other is two pens, a little prettier, for something under five dollars.

    They clearly don't expect anyone's interest to last past the cartridges supplies, because they don't seem to carry any apart from the pens.

    Did I need these pens? Hell to the no. Did I want these pens? Yes. I wanted them. I wanted them in their cheap beyond cheapness goodness, whatever it was, and frankly, it seems to be as good as or better than the usual run of cheap Chinese pens you can get on that auction site, with the additional goodness that they were right there.

    In front of me
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    I payed less for the two sets than a "You Pick Two" combo of half a sandwich and a small salad would have cost me at the Panera down the strip mall, I didn't have to pay postage and I didn't have to wait at all.

    I am having to restrain myself from running back up there to see if they do, indeed, have the other two sets in store.

    Now this is no way to save up for the fully jeweled gold version of a Chaos, I will grant you - but I don't want or need a Chaos. (My Jinhao snake pen ticks that box for me.) I like the accessibility of cheap pens. I like that they are just hanging there in this shlock shop waiting to be discovered by someone, anyone, who doesn't realize what they are, or wants to try a fountain pen, or an italic writing style - that one does not have to be already convinced that a fountain pen is a needed, desired instrument and then wait for it to arrive in the mail. You can't love something if you have no idea it exists outside of history and perhaps literature. I was enraptured by the Sheaffer school pens hanging on cards in the Ben Franklin when I was kid - maybe someone will be enraptured by these pens and end up really liking fountain pens.

    I am absurdly happy over the whole experience.

    ETA: I have the impression that posting links is ok, but if it is not I apologize. In that case just someone let me know and I will figure out how to get rid of the links.
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    🎶 Wantwantwantwant want want want! 🎵
    My other pen is a Montblanc.

    And my other blog is a tumblr!

    My eBooks. Because why not.

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    When you get there let us know if they have the other two kinds...

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    It was a good day at the estate sale today!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cjabbott View Post
    It was a good day at the estate sale today!
    Pretty pen! 👍🏻
    My other pen is a Montblanc.

    And my other blog is a tumblr!

    My eBooks. Because why not.

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    [22/1117-1117/20.28.5]

    There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjabbott View Post
    It was a good day at the estate sale today!
    Excellent score. What is the pen? I thought at first it was a Conway Stewart from the clip, but doesn't look quite right.

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    It’s kind of a hybrid. Apparently Conway’s parts were bought up by Bespoke British Pens. They seem to be assembling and selling them. (Someone please correct me if that’s inaccurate.)

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    I catched this humble „51“…

    …just for the box!

    Parker "51" Box No. 165 von -C.M.Z-
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