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    Dear Fpgeeks community,

    I have a confession to make...ever since I bought a Pilot Custom 823 with an FA nib and Pilot Iroshizuku Tsuki Yo, I have not bought a single pen, nib or ink since. Not only that, I have completely stopped lusting after anything other fountain pen related and have since sold off most of my collection of inks and pens. I have not inked a pen other than the 823 since I got it last year and I feel absolutely no need to do so.

    I understand that for this I shall be banished from the fpgeeks community, made outcast, made an example of, but I have to tell the truth!

    The dozens of Lamys, Pelikan Souverans, Montblancs, other Pilots, Platinums, even the odd Aurora and TWSBI - all gone, sold to the highest bidder. Thereís one Lamy 2000 left, which hasnít seen the light of day in over 6 months, and when I saw the new blue Lamy 2000 announcement at nearly 400EUR I laughed out loud at the screen and said ďHA! - I could get a Custom 823 with FA nib for that!Ē.

    Guys, you donít understand...the perfect ink flow, always ready on demand, never skips, never hard starts, never railroads...crispy, solid, wet line, no more fuzzy, washed out brush-like strokes...the flex up to ~5:1 in ratio...it was love at first sight. And the ink capacity...the ink capacity!

    Oh, I still want a Sailor KoP at some point in future, but mostly just because I want to try a Sailor pen out, even though I already know Iíll hate the miniscule ink reservoir.

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    I hear ya! My 823 is only ever filled with tsuki-yo, and has been since the day I received it. Just a fine nib on mine, but a beauty nonetheless. Brilliant writer.


    Despite that note of support and appreciation for the 823... you are still ished. <sniff>

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    I have a achieved a similar state of enlightenment, however, mine is a selection of pens rather just one which have alleviated the need for further quests.

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    Do not feel ashamed or singled out! I have made the same experience: Since I have two Pilot CH 912 and a CH 743 with FA nibs, I hardly use my other pens, amongst them a 3776 Tortoise and two OMAS Damas in Arco Bronze and Grey Celluloid as well as some Montblancs, Sailors, Pelikans. These FA nibs are just fantastic, a joy to use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JulieParadise View Post
    Do not feel ashamed or singled out! I have made the same experience: Since I have two Pilot CH 912 and a CH 743 with FA nibs, I hardly use my other pens, amongst them a 3776 Tortoise and two OMAS Damas in Arco Bronze and Grey Celluloid as well as some Montblancs, Sailors, Pelikans. These FA nibs are just fantastic, a joy to use.
    Exactly! I ran into them completely by accident too! I was in Japan with my wife and she wanted a Pilot falcon, so she bought...a custom 74 with FA nib by mistake, because she thought that's the falcon. I loved the nib, so I had to have it and also one-up her a little bit (#15 nib vs the #10), so I got the 823 with FA nib (from the 742).

    She still has a bunch of fountain pens, but I have simply sold off everything except the 823 and Lamy 2000.

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    I figure there's room for all types of FP afficionado, owner of one to many!

    I'm really glad to hear you have found One Pen (and Ink) To Rule Them All

    I tried a Falcon nib and was very impressed and may get one eventually. The FA must be beyond superb.

    I also am a huge fan of Tsuki-yo. I got a bottle for Christmas from my dear wife and daughter. The color is wonderful and it has been one of my best behaved inks in various pens.

    Finding that perfect synergy of ink and pen is magical. I have a few combinations that are so great together I see no point in trying anything else with them.

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    Well done! Finding a combination that meets your preferences is a worthy goal. The 823 is a good choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JulieParadise View Post
    Do not feel ashamed or singled out! I have made the same experience: Since I have two Pilot CH 912 and a CH 743 with FA nibs, I hardly use my other pens, amongst them a 3776 Tortoise and two OMAS Damas in Arco Bronze and Grey Celluloid as well as some Montblancs, Sailors, Pelikans. These FA nibs are just fantastic, a joy to use.
    How do you find the #10 vs the #15? Do you prefer one over the other? I heard somewhere the #10 is more flexible but has more flow issues. I have the #15 and have never had a flow issue, neither in the 823 nor the 743 with con50/40.

    I have to say, while I like the FA nib a lot, I use pens for many different purposes and the FA nib is not always the right nib for the job. I mostly like it for drawing. But I also think that going down to one pen, one ink, pros and cons accepted, removes the paralysis of choice and let's you focus on what you want to write rather than what pen to write with. So congrats. I don't think you're banished, but you may feel you've graduated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adhoc View Post
    Dear Fpgeeks community, I have a confession to make....
    Say one Hail Mary and then forget about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by adhoc View Post
    Dear Fpgeeks community, I have a confession to make....
    Say one Hail Mary and then forget about it.
    That's it?? Heck, my Italian neighbor says 5 Rosaries just to warm up.
    "What are moon-letters?" asked the hobbit full of excitement. He loved maps, as I have told you before; and he also loved runes and letters, and cunning handwriting, though when he wrote himself it was a bit thin and spidery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zou View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by JulieParadise View Post
    Do not feel ashamed or singled out! I have made the same experience: Since I have two Pilot CH 912 and a CH 743 with FA nibs, I hardly use my other pens, amongst them a 3776 Tortoise and two OMAS Damas in Arco Bronze and Grey Celluloid as well as some Montblancs, Sailors, Pelikans. These FA nibs are just fantastic, a joy to use.
    How do you find the #10 vs the #15? Do you prefer one over the other? I heard somewhere the #10 is more flexible but has more flow issues. I have the #15 and have never had a flow issue, neither in the 823 nor the 743 with con50/40.

    I have to say, while I like the FA nib a lot, I use pens for many different purposes and the FA nib is not always the right nib for the job. I mostly like it for drawing. But I also think that going down to one pen, one ink, pros and cons accepted, removes the paralysis of choice and let's you focus on what you want to write rather than what pen to write with. So congrats. I don't think you're banished, but you may feel you've graduated.
    I believe you tried to quote me. My personal observations, which seem to be comparable to other owners of the pens in question I have spoken to, is that the #10 nib is flexier than the #15, but is also more prone to railroading. The #10 nib also comes in inferior pens; the 823 is simply a fantastic pen with enormous ink reservoir, etc.

    I do feel at peace to be honest, I spent years and years buying and buying and buying pens and inks, never getting *quite* the experience I wanted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adhoc View Post
    Dear Fpgeeks community,

    I have a confession to make....

    ....Guys, you donít understand...the perfect ink flow, always ready on demand, never skips, never hard starts, never railroads...crispy, solid, wet line, no more fuzzy, washed out brush-like strokes...the flex up to ~5:1 in ratio...it was love at first sight. .
    You're a one-pen man/woman/other. Sounds great!



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    Quote Originally Posted by adhoc View Post
    Dear Fpgeeks community,

    I have a confession to make...ever since I bought a Pilot Custom 823 with an FA nib and Pilot Iroshizuku Tsuki Yo, I have not bought a single pen, nib or ink since. Not only that, I have completely stopped lusting after anything other fountain pen related and have since sold off most of my collection of inks and pens. I have not inked a pen other than the 823 since I got it last year and I feel absolutely no need to do so.

    I understand that for this I shall be banished from the fpgeeks community, made outcast, made an example of, but I have to tell the truth!
    Why?
    I think your "confession" should be made sticky, right next to the "confession" of member(s) who continues to enjoy their 300 pen collection.

    This shows how diverse our hobby can be.

    I am glad for you just as I am glad for those who continue their journey and accumulate more pens. Enjoying the hobby is the goal, and there are many ways to do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adhoc View Post
    Dear Fpgeeks community,

    I have a confession to make...ever since I bought a Pilot Custom 823 with an FA nib and Pilot Iroshizuku Tsuki Yo, I have not bought a single pen, nib or ink since. Not only that, I have completely stopped lusting after anything other fountain pen related and have since sold off most of my collection of inks and pens. I have not inked a pen other than the 823 since I got it last year and I feel absolutely no need to do so.
    The simplest solution is often the best.

    I understand that for this I shall be banished from the fpgeeks community, made outcast, made an example of, but I have to tell the truth!
    I doubt it, not unless you committed ballpoint heresy. Besides, nobody can bar you from using a fountain pen, so you're golden.

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    I hear you Adhoc and I am happy for you.

    I have not purchased a new pen in two years. After buying a Sailor Pro Gear in 2017, my world changed and I stopped focusing on acquiring new pens. I thought I liked large pens with long sections, but the normal ProGear is my perfect fit in my hand (Geez there is no way to that make that statement sound right). This tied to my apathy towards trying new inks has led me to just enjoy what I have.
    "Love is the final fight."

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    I love Japanese pens too. FWIW I think that it it is great to find something you love to use, and then to feel content with what you have. Learned this the hard way from several hobbies which I spent too much time and money acquiring more and more. Now I am scaling back to just a few select items.

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