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    Hi all!

    my name is Sanne and I'm from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

    When learning how to write in elementary school fountain pens were mandatory. My mom is a teacher herself and she made sure my handwriting was, well, acceptable; I didn't like handwriting at all and didn't put much efford in learning it properly. A few years later however, handwriting became a serious hobby. I imitated beautiful scripts of famous people, did some calligraphy and had a small 'pen + ink' collection.

    When I entered university I switched to ballpoints, let go of my hobby and never looked back until 2 years ago. My mum gave me a Parker IM Midnight Astral special edition when I graduated for my bachelors in physics and astronomy. Of course I loved the star map design on the pen and when I did some practicing, I was sold again. The writing looked like a four letter word starting with an S, but wauw. Why did I ever give this up?

    I love to collect old, personal stuff that people actually used, like watches, diaries, books, etc., things 'with a story'. There is no money tree growing on my balcony and for now I depend on a little gambling and a lot of luck when strolling around on online 2nd hand marketplaces. I haven't been very lucky yet , but I like the hunt. My focus is now mainly on old fountain pens.

    Last week I bought 14 pens at once for 10 euros. When the package arrived I didn't expect too much of it, but it was exciting to find out what was in it. There were some that came in nice boxes, but the fancy Parker box that got my hopes up actually contained two cheap Stabilo's, one damaged beyond repair. There was an Osmia box, too, that was almost falling apart. I expected a Bic pen or something. But it contained an Osmia 883 with an EF 14K gold nib. I still have no idea how much of a find that actually is, but it's in good condition, writes very smoothly and I am very happy with it. It's the first 14K gold nib I've ever owned . A date is written in the box: 8-12-'37. Anybody could have written that at any point in time, but looking at the condition of the box it makes sense. There's a name engraved on the barrel but I don't really mind that.

    I don't consider myself a collector, at least not yet. Currently I just have two pens that I think are great to write with, the Parker Astral and the Osmia 883. I registered myself because I think there is a lot I can learn from all of you here, and I could use some help from time to time identifying 'random' pens I found 2nd hand. I hope that is okay .

    After viewing all of the great pictures of beautiful collections here, it feels a bit silly to attach this, but hey.. We all have to start somewhere .

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    Lots of love from Amsterdam!
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    Default Re: Greetings from Amsterdam

    Hello Sanne and welcome

    Thank you for sharing a lovely story - I hope you'll carry on with the hobby now you've returned to it!

    That's a beautiful pen by the way - Osmia Faber Castell made some fabulous pens, and the nibs are often very special indeed, often with a fair amount of flexibility as well. You've made a very lucky find and I hope you really enjoy it.

    Enjoy FPG

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    Default Re: Greetings from Amsterdam

    Thanks mizgeorge!

    Good to know I found my first 'treasure' .

    See you around!
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    Default Re: Greetings from Amsterdam

    Hello and welcome,
    Regards, Chrissy | My Blog: inkyfountainpens

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    Default Re: Greetings from Amsterdam

    Hi Sanne,
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    Default Re: Greetings from Amsterdam

    Welcome. You did rather well with your 10 euro purchase!

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    Default Re: Greetings from Amsterdam

    Nice pickup. It looks like it should be fun to use. Thanks for the post, and good to have you here.

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    Default Re: Greetings from Amsterdam

    Sanne. Enjoyed the story.......

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    Default Re: Greetings from Amsterdam

    Hi Sanne, nice Osmia !


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    Default Re: Greetings from Amsterdam

    Thanks all!!

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    Default Re: Greetings from Amsterdam

    Hi Sanne, welcome from a fellow Dutchie. With your bachelor in physics & astronomy (congrats by the way), you might find this interview interesting. It is from a famous (well, in the pen community) youtube pen reviewer "Figboot on Pens" (his real name is David Parker) with Neil deGrasse Tyson. They talk about his latest book, but also about collecting/writing with fountain pens. Neil's focus in his collection are "space pens"... You might pick up a future birthday gift idea... Happy viewing.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_RIhl_UFSQ

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    Default Re: Greetings from Amsterdam

    Thanks!!

    I know, great interview!! Thanks for suggesting it though!!!

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    Default Re: Greetings from Amsterdam

    Quote Originally Posted by Linger View Post
    Hi Sanne, welcome from a fellow Dutchie. With your bachelor in physics & astronomy (congrats by the way), you might find this interview interesting. It is from a famous (well, in the pen community) youtube pen reviewer "Figboot on Pens" (his real name is David Parker) with Neil deGrasse Tyson. They talk about his latest book, but also about collecting/writing with fountain pens. Neil's focus in his collection are "space pens"... You might pick up a future birthday gift idea... Happy viewing.
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    Thank you for sharing this and I would like to add that I use to write with pen like this in my primary school and I can tell you that was the best time of my life!!
    Last edited by JakaBasej; September 18th, 2021 at 09:10 AM.

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    Default Re: Greetings from Amsterdam

    Welcome!!!

    Glad you are amongst us!


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