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    Did an internal search and did not find this article so I am leaving the link for you'all.

    https://luxipens.com/18-famous-autho...fountain-pens/

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    Interesting topic and article. I searched a bit and found this one:

    http://mossdreams.blogspot.com/2014/...ntain-pen.html

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    What you write with influences the mood and thinking. William Gibson used to write on a manual portable typewriter, old reporter style, and then later transcribe to his computer for more serious editing.

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    I was about to comment that I didn't know Hemingway was left handed until I noticed the picture is reversed (as evidenced by the buttons on his shirt). None the less, It is a great article and an interesting topic. Now curiosity compels -- we, or more correctly I, need to find out what Siegfried Sassoon, CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and GK Chesterton used.

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    Interesting article, thank you for the link.

    I have some factual doubts and quibbles, but quibbling is part of the fun with these articles. I'll just mention that the picture of an Esterbrook "J" associated with Simone de Beauvoir is actually an Esterbrook M2. She may have used a J, for all I know, but if so, that's not it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by An old bloke View Post
    I was about to comment that I didn't know Hemingway was left handed until I noticed the picture is reversed (as evidenced by the buttons on his shirt). None the less, It is a great article and an interesting topic. Now curiosity compels -- we, or more correctly I, need to find out what Siegfried Sassoon, CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and GK Chesterton used.
    GK Chesterton at least knew a thing or two about fountain pens:

    http://www.literaturepage.com/read/c...brown-190.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roe D Hym View Post
    Did an internal search and did not find this article so I am leaving the link for you'all.

    https://luxipens.com/18-famous-autho...fountain-pens/
    Happy to see a simple ‘ol Estie made the list


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    In A Moveable Feast, Hemingway reminisces about writing the early short stories with pencils.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guyy View Post
    In A Moveable Feast, Hemingway reminisces about writing the early short stories with pencils.
    He likely wrote that on his manual typewriter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by An old bloke View Post
    I was about to comment that I didn't know Hemingway was left handed until I noticed the picture is reversed (as evidenced by the buttons on his shirt). None the less, It is a great article and an interesting topic. Now curiosity compels -- we, or more correctly I, need to find out what Siegfried Sassoon, CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and GK Chesterton used.
    IIRC, Tolkien wasn't a fountain pen user and preferred a dip pen.

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    I THOUGHT I saw Tolkien writing Elvish with an Osmiroid. But I was probably hallucinating.
    My other pen is a Montblanc.

    And my other blog is a tumblr!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor Kenshin View Post
    I THOUGHT I saw Tolkien writing Elvish with an Osmiroid. But I was probably hallucinating.
    We may have had similar hallucinations, although I wouldn't know an Osmiroid if I saw one. I think I remember a better picture than this, but this is what some rapid Googling comes up with. Exactly what the pen is isn't clear from this picture, and I couldn't prove that that's Tolkien's hand holding it, but for what it's worth.

    https://io9.gizmodo.com/j-r-r-tolkie...com-1824211114
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    Quote Originally Posted by penwash View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by An old bloke View Post
    I was about to comment that I didn't know Hemingway was left handed until I noticed the picture is reversed (as evidenced by the buttons on his shirt). None the less, It is a great article and an interesting topic. Now curiosity compels -- we, or more correctly I, need to find out what Siegfried Sassoon, CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and GK Chesterton used.
    GK Chesterton at least knew a thing or two about fountain pens:

    http://www.literaturepage.com/read/c...brown-190.html
    One of Agatha Christie's stories revolved around a fountain pen filled with green ink.
    My other pen is a Montblanc.

    And my other blog is a tumblr!


    Dr. Inkenstein--it was a dark and stormy write!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor Kenshin View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by An old bloke View Post
    I was about to comment that I didn't know Hemingway was left handed until I noticed the picture is reversed (as evidenced by the buttons on his shirt). None the less, It is a great article and an interesting topic. Now curiosity compels -- we, or more correctly I, need to find out what Siegfried Sassoon, CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and GK Chesterton used.
    GK Chesterton at least knew a thing or two about fountain pens:

    http://www.literaturepage.com/read/c...brown-190.html
    One of Agatha Christie's stories revolved around a fountain pen filled with green ink.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor Kenshin View Post
    I THOUGHT I saw Tolkien writing Elvish with an Osmiroid. But I was probably hallucinating.
    Entirely possible, but it would have been much later in his life, after the books gained notoriety.

    Probably was an Osmiroid, though, if anything, because of their wide range or script nibs available.

    Edit: Found the video clip, but its grainy. Good luck: https://youtu.be/Ca5TUYB1nlw?t=252

    Edit 2: slightly better video quality on Facebook. Still hard to tell what kind of pen it is, though. https://www.facebook.com/BBCArchive/...53444925702567
    Last edited by AzJon; September 15th, 2020 at 02:49 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AzJon View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor Kenshin View Post
    I THOUGHT I saw Tolkien writing Elvish with an Osmiroid. But I was probably hallucinating.
    Entirely possible, but it would have been much later in his life, after the books gained notoriety.

    Probably was an Osmiroid, though, if anything, because of their wide range or script nibs available.

    Edit: Found the video clip, but its grainy. Good luck: https://youtu.be/Ca5TUYB1nlw?t=252

    Edit 2: slightly better video quality on Facebook. Still hard to tell what kind of pen it is, though. https://www.facebook.com/BBCArchive/...53444925702567
    I can't tell either, but he has a nice light touch.
    My other pen is a Montblanc.

    And my other blog is a tumblr!


    Dr. Inkenstein--it was a dark and stormy write!

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    Quote Originally Posted by An old bloke View Post
    I was about to comment that I didn't know Hemingway was left handed until I noticed the picture is reversed (as evidenced by the buttons on his shirt). None the less, It is a great article and an interesting topic. Now curiosity compels -- we, or more correctly I, need to find out what Siegfried Sassoon, CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and GK Chesterton used.
    Sassoon's wartime journals and diaries have now been digitised by Cambridge University Library , you can find them here https://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/collections/sassoon/1 . From the look of the journals it seems he used pencil but mainly what looks like ink from a dip pen - there are distinct signs in many cases of recharging the ink. What he used after the war and for the rest of his like i'm unsure .

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    Thanks for the link Chris.

    It isn't surprising that much of Sassoon's journals were written in pencil. I've seen other WWI soldier's journals written in pencil. Officers and NCOs in WWI were instructed to use pencil to write despatches when in the field. Pencils are reliable and easily sharpened, and as such were the choice in the trenches.

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