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    Default Hello from New Hampshire

    Hi all, I've just joined the forums but have enjoyed many of the videos and info posted by FPGeeks. I was reading FPN but that wasn't working out so I went looking for a new forum to satisfy my pen habit and here I am.

    I'm 50 years old, male, working in IT in southern New Hampshire.

    My fascination with pens is pretty old, but I have always seemed to have bad luck when I bought one. Recently, I found 2 pens I had bought from Levenger years ago and had issues with, and decided to make them work or throw them out. After a short while researching on the net, I was hopelessly enthralled. I was able to get both working reliably (Levenger kindly sent me a new nib for one even after 7 years, great customer service there). Months later, I have a small and growing collection of pens. Here are my currently inked pens:

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    1. Pelikan M800 Blue O' Blue with a custom F left oblique 18K nib
    2. Pelikan M600 Ruby Red with a custom OB 18K nib
    3. Conway Stewart Belliver in Nebula with an IF 18k nib
    4. Conway Stewart Wellington in Black Whirl with a M 18K nib
    5. Conway Stewart Winston in Classic Claret with an IM 18k nib
    6. Yard-O-Led Viceroy Standard Victorian sterling silver rollerball (yes, not an FP but I like and use it ;-)
    7. Nakaya Neo Standard in Kuro-tamenuri with a custom M left oblique 14k nib
    8. Danitrio Hyotan in gold ishimeji urushi lacquer with an Edison two-tone F steel nib (the original 18k soft fine was NOT to my taste... yet)
    9. Edison Pearlette in Deep Indigo Flake with a 1.4mm steel stub nib

    Not shown:

    1. Levenger True Writer in Golden Tortoise with a F steel nib
    2. Levenger Argento in marbled blue resin with sterling trim and a M 18k nib (this is a WET writer!)
    3. Parker 51 "Special"
    4. (2) Parker 21's

    OK, so maybe I've gone overboard in the last few months, but I sure have been enjoying myself.
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    Default Re: Hello from New Hampshire

    Welcome! You've stumbled upon a great place.

    Do you have any inks you'd like to share as well?

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    I've only tried a few inks so far. The M800 has Iroshizuku Syo-ro, the M600 has Diamine Red Dragon, the Nakaya and Winston both have Diamine Ancient Copper, the Pearlette and Belliver have Diamine Asa Blue, the Danitrio has Noodler's Apache Sunset, and the Wellington has Diamine Delamere Green. Left to try are Noodler's Dragon's Breath and Black, Diamine Chocolate Brown, Private Reserve Black Cherry, J. Herbin 1670 Rouge Hematite, Iroshizuku Fuyu-gaki, Asa-gao, and Taki-sumi. Oh and Noodler's Blue Ghost which my nephew just loves for sending secret messages with a Platinum Preppy eye dropper.

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    Default Re: Hello from New Hampshire

    Hello and welcome to the forum. You have some very nice pens.

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    Default Re: Hello from New Hampshire

    Baric, welcome to the forum. Very nice collection, you are gonna fit in just great!

    Sent from my Xoom using Tapatalk 4

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    Default Re: Hello from New Hampshire

    Hello Baric, Welcome to the Forum from fellow New Hampshirites (Concord). We run Fountain Pen Sacs.Com (fountainpensacs.com) and are also fairly new to the forum. Members are great and friendly - like you we were and are members of FPN - still a great site but wanted to expand are horizons a bit. Let us know if there is anything we can do for you. Happy Holidays --Larry & Ewa

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    Default Re: Hello from New Hampshire

    Welcome to the forum. Nice group. I like the number 7.

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    The Nakaya is very nice in the hand, not too large, not too heavy. It has a nice long grip section. The urushi lacquer is glossy smooth. it always looks wet. The 14k nib is super smooth and gives some nice line variation with the left oblique cut. Being a lefty, I had a tendency to rotate the pen counter-clockwise a bit so the grind suits me up and down.

    When I reach for a pen, more often than not it's the Nakaya or one of the Pelikans, those are my 3 favorites.

    The Conways Stewarts feel great in the hand, but the nibs needs some TLC, the Winston has a bit of a baby's bottom problem, and I've discovered the really wet nibs on the Belliver and Wellington are not as much to my liking as the more conservative flow in the Pelikans and Nakaya.

    Given time they will all be perfect ;-)

    It's very nice to meet you all, especially others from New Hampshire.

    I hope everyone had a nice holiday. Our house is quiet again after the hordes of family and kids and I'm pooped. Time to relax with my new book (The Fall of Arthur by JRR Tolkien) and a strong eggnog.

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    Default Re: Hello from New Hampshire

    Welcome to you and your lovely pens! I just ordered a stub nib for Christmas from Levenger for my Truewriter. They do seem to have a good CS team.

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    Default Re: Hello from New Hampshire

    Lovely lovely hyotan! Baric

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Rex View Post
    Lovely lovely hyotan! Baric
    It funny the different reactions the Hyotan gets. The first person I showed it to when it arrived said it was the ugliest pen she had ever seen. Which is the exact opposite of my reaction. One of those love it hate it pens.

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    Default Re: Hello from New Hampshire

    Welcome, welcome.

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    from a fountain pen geek over here in Vermont...

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    Default Re: Hello from New Hampshire

    Anyone using a Conway Stewart today?
    Your thoughts, please?
    Thanks,
    Kind regards,
    Paul

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    ** Note this is a resurrection of long dead thread at post #17 Not a new member **
    Regards, Chrissy | My Blog: inkyfountainpens

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