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    Default Re: For those who joined in the last 60 days: How's your FP journey going?

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    Hi, I've gotten as far as I could go with ballpoint pens and wanted to get more pens but couldn't find much more variety. That's when I started looking into fountain pens earlier this year. I started with a Metropolitan and have acquired a Jotter, TWSBI Eco, and Safari since then. These are pretty much the popular starter pens. As one would expect, the want for more pens never ends.

    I had been saving up for a Montblanc and when it came to pull the trigger on one, I just couldn't justify the price in my head anymore. I instead decided to purchase a Lamy 2000, Diplomat Aero, Kaweco Sport Brass, Apache Sunset and Ancient Copper inks, and some journals. All of that was still less than a Montblanc and I feel way better about the purchase. Now I'm back trying to save...
    Welcome to the hobby! Before you start to buy more pens I would recommend you take your time and give the pens you have some continued use so you get a sense of what you like and what you don't like about them. For example, a TWSBI Eco and a Safari have quite forgiving nibs which are excellent for users that have just arrived from the ballpoint world. The Lamy 2000 is quite another animal in its own class by itself. Many first time L2K users complain about a "sweet spot" issue when the fact is that the nib is cut in a different way than a Safari or an Eco. Take your time. Get the feel of it. You won't regret it.

    As far as the inks are concerned be aware that ink samples are the way to go.

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    I completely understand your perspective. My fountain pen journey will be long and it will be expensive. Whenever I get into a new hobby or interest, I tend to go all in.

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    Last week my mom gifted me with my dad's Sheaffer pen set that he received in 1948. The pen needed a little work, so I sent it off to Gerry Berg. I came back home yesterday and it is so pretty. It is a Sheaffer Triumph Sentinel with pencil, and it is lovely to use.

    I have started journaling, working on my cursive handwriting, and attempting to keep an ink journal. I am still trying to figure out what inks work in what pen with what nib on what paper! Sometimes I am better at taking notes than other times:-)
    You are very lucky to have been given a pen with so much history and meaning.

    As far as figuring out the best pen/ink/paper combo..... enjoy the ride!
    I agree, I am thrilled to have the pen and pencil. I have always preferred mechanical pencils, I have a bunch of cheapy ones. It is so nice to have a fine quality pen & pencil to use daily and the added bonus that is was my dad's who received the set from his parents. I have an affinity for generational items that can still be used.
    Since you like mechanical pencils, Autopoint produced a very quality product. A person who wrote a book on Autopoint history said "the most rare Autopoint is one that doesn't work". Vintage 1.1mm lead is readily available and the cost minimal. I pair my Autopoints with my fountain pens everyday. These vintage pencils use .9 mm or 1.1 mm lead. My oldest one is from 1927 and performs flawlessly.

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    Default Re: For those who joined in the last 60 days: How's your FP journey going?

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    I will play. Always liked FPs, played with them when I was little (before knowing how to write). Recently took up writing as form of meditation and turned up level of activity around my pens.
    Well played!

    For me, sketching is the meditative activity that I can focus on using my fountain pens.
    That and repairing broken vintage pens.
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    Last week my mom gifted me with my dad's Sheaffer pen set that he received in 1948. The pen needed a little work, so I sent it off to Gerry Berg. I came back home yesterday and it is so pretty. It is a Sheaffer Triumph Sentinel with pencil, and it is lovely to use.

    I have started journaling, working on my cursive handwriting, and attempting to keep an ink journal. I am still trying to figure out what inks work in what pen with what nib on what paper! Sometimes I am better at taking notes than other times:-)
    You are very lucky to have been given a pen with so much history and meaning.

    As far as figuring out the best pen/ink/paper combo..... enjoy the ride!
    I agree, I am thrilled to have the pen and pencil. I have always preferred mechanical pencils, I have a bunch of cheapy ones. It is so nice to have a fine quality pen & pencil to use daily and the added bonus that is was my dad's who received the set from his parents. I have an affinity for generational items that can still be used.
    Since you like mechanical pencils, Autopoint produced a very quality product. A person who wrote a book on Autopoint history said "the most rare Autopoint is one that doesn't work". Vintage 1.1mm lead is readily available and the cost minimal. I pair my Autopoints with my fountain pens everyday. These vintage pencils use .9 mm or 1.1 mm lead. My oldest one is from 1927 and performs flawlessly.
    I was going through my mechanical pencils last night. I had gathered them up from their scattered locations throughout my house to document what I have and what size lead they take. Other than my dad's Sheaffer, the oldest are from the 1980's which includes an Autopoint that uses 1.1mm lead. The other 4 older pencils are different models of Pentel drafting pencils. The only problem with any of these pencils is that I have lost the cap off of the end of a Pentel Sharp PS350. I never realized that there was a mechanical pencil following, I have just always used them😃

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    have been here a few weeks and all is good and people have been helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by penwash View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Land Cruiser View Post
    I will play. Always liked FPs, played with them when I was little (before knowing how to write). Recently took up writing as form of meditation and turned up level of activity around my pens.
    Well played!

    For me, sketching is the meditative activity that I can focus on using my fountain pens.
    That and repairing broken vintage pens.
    Thank you! I may look into it as a future past time It seems fitting for winter nights.

    Sent from my SM-G973U using Tapatalk

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    Quote Originally Posted by tscweaves View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by tscweaves View Post
    Last week my mom gifted me with my dad's Sheaffer pen set that he received in 1948. The pen needed a little work, so I sent it off to Gerry Berg. I came back home yesterday and it is so pretty. It is a Sheaffer Triumph Sentinel with pencil, and it is lovely to use.

    I have started journaling, working on my cursive handwriting, and attempting to keep an ink journal. I am still trying to figure out what inks work in what pen with what nib on what paper! Sometimes I am better at taking notes than other times:-)
    You are very lucky to have been given a pen with so much history and meaning.

    As far as figuring out the best pen/ink/paper combo..... enjoy the ride!
    I agree, I am thrilled to have the pen and pencil. I have always preferred mechanical pencils, I have a bunch of cheapy ones. It is so nice to have a fine quality pen & pencil to use daily and the added bonus that is was my dad's who received the set from his parents. I have an affinity for generational items that can still be used.
    Since you like mechanical pencils, Autopoint produced a very quality product. A person who wrote a book on Autopoint history said "the most rare Autopoint is one that doesn't work". Vintage 1.1mm lead is readily available and the cost minimal. I pair my Autopoints with my fountain pens everyday. These vintage pencils use .9 mm or 1.1 mm lead. My oldest one is from 1927 and performs flawlessly.
    I was going through my mechanical pencils last night. I had gathered them up from their scattered locations throughout my house to document what I have and what size lead they take. Other than my dad's Sheaffer, the oldest are from the 1980's which includes an Autopoint that uses 1.1mm lead. The other 4 older pencils are different models of Pentel drafting pencils. The only problem with any of these pencils is that I have lost the cap off of the end of a Pentel Sharp PS350. I never realized that there was a mechanical pencil following, I have just always used them😃
    My eldest prefers pencils which inspired me to send her a few. This started me on the Autopoint path. My father worked for the old Southern Bell Telephone company which bought millions of pencils including Mark Sense pencils with lead used for IBM punch card technology. I found a similar dark soft lead from Legendary Lead called Wet Noodles. https://www.legendaryleadcompany.com/

    If I can help you with Autopoints, let me know. They all use the same piston lead advance. Autopoint advances the lead but does not retract. You just twist to the left and push the lead down.

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    Spent a bit of time last year searching for a Skilcraft pencil. The one with red lead at one end and black at the other. Apparently the older models had a sturdier clip, and I was hoping to find one in excellent condition with the "US Government" wording. No luck, but I did have an entertaining time looking at some of the advertising pencils.
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    My Autopoint works great, but thanks formthe offer of assistance😃

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    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_of_Clouds View Post
    Spent a bit of time last year searching for a Skilcraft pencil. The one with red lead at one end and black at the other. Apparently the older models had a sturdier clip, and I was hoping to find one in excellent condition with the "US Government" wording. No luck, but I did have an entertaining time looking at some of the advertising pencils.
    Autopoint made that two end pencil. There are plenty for sale on eBay.

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    I have one of those Autopoints's as well, with blue & red lead. I know it is somewhere in the house, and I swear I just saw it in the last couple of weeks but darn if I can get my hands on it!

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