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San Diego, Cal., USA
As some here know, I have a great love of fountain pens, ink, and paper.  I was just wondering if there is anyone else who likes them, mechanical pencils, particular dip pens, or other writing instruments. Here is one of my favorites, a Sheaffer 100.  They are not too expensive and write very smoothly.

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#2

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Arnhem. NL
I have a huge weakness for propelling pencils. I have loads of them, from really cheap little plastic ones to a very nice one I got for a 21st birthday gift. I like to use a pencil to make notes and sketching little ideas I get for web pages. Ink seems so final Tongue
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San Diego, Cal., USA
(06-08-2015, 03:04 AM)leefish Wrote: I have a huge weakness for propelling pencils. I have loads of them, from really cheap little plastic ones to a very nice one I got for a 21st birthday gift. I like to use a pencil to make notes and sketching little ideas I get for web pages. Ink seems so final Tongue

Nothing wrong with that, Lee. I know you're busy but if you get that imgur plug-in set up I'd really like to see some photos of those pencils. Smile
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I like to use a uni-ball eye pen

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San Diego, Cal., USA
(06-08-2015, 11:36 AM)Trout Wrote: I like to use a uni-ball eye pen

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How do I make my image show in the post?

When you upload to imgur, you should be given a choice of http addresses. Copy the one for forums and paste it here. That should bring up your photo directly. That's what I do. I believe Andrew is going to put imgur in our toolbar so, by using that, photos will directly load. Smile

EDIT: Imgur has been added to the tool bar (but not in the "Quick Reply"). Trout, I put in the full photo for you.
#6

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San Diego, Cal., USA
I believe I purchased this old Majestic fountain pen on eBay several years ago.  When new (most likely sometime in the 1930s) it was only considered a third tier pen.  However, I loved the look of it, it was inexpensive, so I took a chance.  It is a very small pen measuring only about 4.2-inches when capped.  Therefore, it must be posted to be used comfortably.  

This is one of the first pens I ever attempted to resac and it turned out to be a fairly successful job. I did the resac a few years ago and decided to add it to my current inked up rotation. The nib writes like an EF, in my opinion, is steel, with 14K gold plating which is beginning to wear off.  It is a very smooth writer and I get a kick out of using it from time to time.  The ink that I have in it now is Diamine Peach Haze.

Like my vintage razors, I always wonder about the history of these older pens.  In other words, where were they originally purchased, who were the owners, where did the pens live (as in what part of the country), and where were they used most (business, home, etc.).

Here are a few photos of the sac restoration and a writing sample with the Diamine Peach Haze ink:

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Pen taken apart and section cleaned of old shellac

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Removal of original ossified sac

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New sac, with a dusting of talc, shellacked onto section
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Pen reassembled after resac

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Pen inked with Diamine Peach Haze ink. Writing sample.
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#7

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Indiana
I have a very small collection of fountain pens (I really would like to start growing it more, though). I started off with a Lamy Safari and I now have one vintage but I haven't quite gotten the hang of it yet; I'm wondering if it doesn't need a resac. I do have a weird obsession for office supplies (S.O. Makes fun of me for it) but would love to learn more about fountain pens!


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San Diego, Cal., USA
(06-21-2015, 04:41 AM)Brian_Powers Wrote: I have a very small collection of fountain pens (I really would like to start growing it more, though). I started off with a Lamy Safari and I now have one vintage but I haven't quite gotten the hang of it yet; I'm wondering if it doesn't need a resac. I do have a weird obsession for office supplies (S.O. Makes fun of me for it) but would love to learn more about fountain pens!


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For a long time I thought I was the only one with that obsession.  Trust me, there are a lot of us! Wink

Some pens:

I love vintage Esterbrooks.  The first photo is of an Esterbrook J-series copper (also called root beer).  The next two are of a repair I made on an Esterbrook Dollar pen. As you can see, when I got the pen, the clip was bent away from the cap.  I found instructions on how to fix it but doing it was scary; I was sure I would shatter the cap. As it turns out, the repair was a total success, as can be seen in the second photo of the cap. Next up is my TWSBI Diamond-540.  I love this pen and I always keep it filled with Diamine Grey ink.  Lastly is a photo of a few fountain pens on my desk. (And I thought my shaving gear collection was bad. Blush)

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Indiana
(06-21-2015, 05:12 AM)Freddy Wrote:
(06-21-2015, 04:41 AM)Brian_Powers Wrote: I have a very small collection of fountain pens (I really would like to start growing it more, though). I started off with a Lamy Safari and I now have one vintage but I haven't quite gotten the hang of it yet; I'm wondering if it doesn't need a resac. I do have a weird obsession for office supplies (S.O. Makes fun of me for it) but would love to learn more about fountain pens!


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For a long time I thought I was the only one with that obsession.  Trust me, there are a lot of us! Wink

Some pens:

I love vintage Esterbrooks.  The first photo is of an Esterbrook J-series copper (also called root beer).  The next two are of a repair I made on an Esterbrook Dollar pen. As you can see, when I got the pen, the clip was bent away from the cap.  I found instructions on how to fix it but doing it was scary; I was sure I would shatter the cap. As it turns out, the repair was a total success, as can be seen in the second photo of the cap. Next up is my TWSBI Diamond-540.  I love this pen and I always keep it filled with Diamine Grey ink.  Lastly is a photo of a few fountain pens on my desk. (And I thought my shaving gear collection was bad. Blush)

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Oh. My. Gosh. That collection is beautiful.

Did you alter the way you write since you've started using fountain pens? My goal is to use them exclusively soon.


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San Diego, Cal., USA
(06-21-2015, 05:14 AM)Brian_Powers Wrote: Oh. My. Gosh. That collection is beautiful.

Did you alter the way you write since you've started using fountain pens? My goal is to use them exclusively soon.


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I have been writing with fountain pens, on and off, since high school, though almost exclusively for quite a few years.  I still have that high school pen, a Parker 45.  I purchased it about 1962 and graduated in 1963 so that pen has been around a while. Big Grin

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When writing with a fountain pen, a lighter touch is needed.  Ballpoints require a fair amount of pressure but on a properly working fountain pen, once the nib touches the paper, capillary action will do the rest and draw ink onto the paper.

I don't alter the way I write when using a fountain pen but I have my own weird obsession; it's penmanship. Blush   I have been experimenting with it most of my life.
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