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    Default Hello from Durham England

    Hello all.
    I did try posting a more detailed entry 2 or 3 weeks ago but I think it went into a forum blackhole!
    Currently,probably due to the Covid 19 lockdown,I've had the opportunity to clean up a number of pens and indulge a hobby thhat I frankly have not had time to bother with for some time.
    Still, I've been using fountain pens off and on (more off than on admittedly) for 20+ years.
    Recently, been experimenting with some Chinese pens, some good and some not so good, and seem to have acquired in the last 3 weeks a Lamy 2000 and a Parson's Essential (which I'll work with this week).
    Seems I'm on an acquisition trail?
    Take care everyone in these strange times.
    Topcat666.

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    Welcome home. Pull up a stump and set a spell.
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    Default Re: Hello from Durham England

    Hello and welcome.
    I am a Penpaller and Correspondent. I have a blog. I have a snail mail forum for discussion and postal challenges....
    Best wishes,
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    Default Re: Hello from Durham England

    Welcome! Would be great to see pics. It's fun to try different pens for sure.

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    Default Re: Hello from Durham England

    Welcome from the land of not-locked-down!
    "Nolo esse salus sine vobis ...” —St. Augustine

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    Default Re: Hello from Durham England

    Welcome

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    Default Re: Hello from Durham England

    Hello,everyone and thank you for your kind replies.
    I'm still having to work during Covid 19 lockdown so it's a bit odd at present.
    Just to flesh out my history.
    My wife bought me a Waterman Laureat abot 25+ years ago and later on a Caran d'Ache Ecridor.
    When on holiday in Italy years ago I also impulsively bought a Marlen (unknown model but with silver bodywork for which I really must find a silver cleaning cloth post lockdown).
    The bug had bit.
    I boughtba Sailor 1911 with 21k nib. (Nice nib but poor converter so I'll put in a new converter soon and see what happens).
    Then a TWISBI was given to me by my wife that I used as aworkhorse for a long time.
    Also managed to pick up 3 vintage pens ( Sheaffer, a small Parker Duofold and a Swan (green marbled -nice!).
    Since I came back recently,I bought a Wing Sung 601 (huge value pen) and await a 601a from China (currently in the |Customs centre at Heathrow).
    The Parson's Essential along with the Lamy 2k were used at work today and I hope to use the Italix a bit more to see how it performs.
    I'm trying to resist buying any more....for a little while...i mean that now.
    Take care everyone and thanks again.

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    Default Re: Hello from Durham England

    Receive a warm welcome from sunny Puerto Rico!


    PS. Don't forget to post pics!

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    Default Re: Hello from Durham England

    Hello and welcome!

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    Default Re: Hello from Durham England

    Welcome topcat! I'm glad you're here!
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    Default Re: Hello from Durham England

    Hello, and welcome! I love the Parker 51, but was just enticed to buy a Wing Sung 601. A terrific updating of the P-51 Vacumatic, and a pleasure to take apart. I was even able to put it back together again. Try the medium nibs from office_pen_store on EBay.

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    Default Re: Hello from Durham England

    Thanks for your welcome replies.
    Just inked up the Wing Sung 601A (the ¬Triumph" style nib) and for £11, I cannot complain but the writing is easier on the WS 601 hooded nib.
    Weirdly, I found I preferred the feel of the Jinhao 159 nib over a Sailor 21k (which I bought 10 years ago - good nib/body - poor converter) so I guess my arthritic hands and ageing preferences have changed!
    Maybe I prefer more feedback now when back then it was a quest for smoothness?
    Take care,everyone.

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    Default Re: Hello from Durham England

    Quote Originally Posted by topcat666 View Post
    Maybe I prefer more feedback now when back then it was a quest for smoothness?
    I think this aspect of preferring feedback is more common than what is being talked about or acknowledged.
    Back in my introductory phase to this hobby, I also quest for the smoothest nib, only to find out later that a nib with feedback (a Sheaffer Triumph at that time) was oddly so satisfying to use.

    Growing to appreciate the more subtle nuances is part of one's journey in many hobbies/passion. Like appreciating non-sweet wines, or the tension from dissonant Jazz chords.

    Oh, and welcome
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    Default Re: Hello from Durham England

    I like some feedback too, usually. Too smooth and wet seems out of control to me.

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    Welcome
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