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    Default Hello from Southern California!

    Hello fellow fountain pen geeks.
    I ran across this site by searching for reviews on fountain pens.
    I'm new to pen collecting, I don't even own a fountain pen yet.
    I did order two previously owned ones today.

    I am lisantica here and I use this name on other forums as well.

    I like flashlights, small pocket knives and multi-tools. I plan on checking out some nice writing pens and different papers and inks.
    This new venture is bound to become a strain on the checking account, but I'll try to pace myself.

    Now to go read some reviews!
    Lisa

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    to the forum
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    Default Re: Hello from Southern California!

    Hi Lisa, and welcome! A wealth of information here, and some seriously cool people. :sly:

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    Thank you all for the warm welcome.

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    Default Re: Hello from Southern California!

    Welcome Lisa--what sort of pens did you order? Don't forget the ink!

    VO

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    Welcome, Lisa!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VertOlive View Post
    Welcome Lisa--what sort of pens did you order? Don't forget the ink!
    VO
    I have the following inbound:

    Pilot Prera White Fountain Pen w/con50 converter. Medium Nib
    Pilot Vanishing Point Retractable Fountain Pen. Blue Body. 18k gold nib, rhodium plated

    In my Amazon cart I have the following ink, but don't know if it's the right ink:
    Pilot Iroshizuku Bottled Fountain Pen Ink, Take-Sumi, Bamboo Charcoal, Black (69224)

    And again, thank you all for the warm welcomes.
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    Default Re: Hello from Southern California!

    Prera and VP are great pens. Enjoy and please share your thoughts once they have arrived! I recommend getting ink samples from vendors such as Goulet Pens and iSellpens if you are unsure about ink colors. I got into this pen hobby before samples were available, and have a plastic container full of ink bottles that I don't use
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    Goldfish, I did not know that ink samples were available. I will look into that. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisantica View Post
    Goldfish, I did not know that ink samples were available. I will look into that. Thank you.
    Oops, I forgot to mention that "samples" are not free, but it's enough to fill VP or Prera a few times. It's better than getting a full bottle and not liking it, IMHO.

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    Ahhh, okay I wasn't sure.

    So it's not a try before you buy, it's a buy before you buy more

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    Default Re: Hello from Southern California!

    Welcome welcome.

    Sounds like you're well on your way. Yes, certainly buy the samples before buying a bottle of it. In my experience some inks don't grow on you and there are a couple of bottles I own that I wished I'd bought the same of before hand. But we all buy and we learn.

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    Default Re: Hello from Southern California!

    Thanks again for the additional welcomes.
    I was hoping my two fountain pens would arrive today, but it will be tomorrow now.
    Yesterday I did receive a little Pilot Petit 1 from a gentleman as a bonus to a Lamy ballpoint I bought from him.
    The interesting thing is that it was love at first stroke of the pen! That was my first experience writing with a fountain pen.

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    Default Re: Hello from Southern California!

    My Prera and VP arrived today.
    I tried to fill the ink on my own, but had to go view some videos on YouTube.
    I ended up using an ink tube that came with the Prera...so I clicked it in and I was good to go.
    I had a few errors in filling up the Vanishing Point because I wasn't dipping the tip far enough into the ink bottle....but ultimately I submerged it down into the breather hole.

    I like the writing on both....have to test them some more, but both nice pens no doubt.

    What type of cleaning towels do you use? I had ink on my fingers on my desk and it seemed I just kept creating ink. I would try to dry the nib, and it would ooze out ink.
    Last edited by lisantica; November 20th, 2013 at 07:28 PM.

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    Default Re: Hello from Southern California!

    Welcome Lisa -

    I believe you are going to love the Iro ink. Very nice color and well behaved.

    I know you are going to love the pens. Maybe not quite as much as a Sebenza, but none the less.

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    Default Re: Hello from Southern California!

    Quote Originally Posted by jacksterp View Post
    Welcome Lisa -

    I believe you are going to love the Iro ink. Very nice color and well behaved.

    I know you are going to love the pens. Maybe not quite as much as a Sebenza, but none the less.
    I just received my bottle of take sumi, loving it so far.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jacksterp View Post
    Welcome Lisa -
    I know you are going to love the pens. Maybe not quite as much as a Sebenza, but none the less.
    Actually I love the Mnandi most of all, then Sebenza.

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