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    Default What Do Ukes and Fountain Pens Have in Common?

    What do ukes and fountain pens have in common? I accumulate them.

    I've been watching a lot of YouTube on TV lately, and I was surprised to see so many fountain pen channels. China is a major manufacturer of very good, inexpensive fountain pens. I mean like under $10, or under $5.00.

    So far, I've accumulated thirty-three. I made two wooden racks to hold a dozen each, but last night I received a fountain pen storage box from Amazon. That has room for thirty-two pens, and I have racks to hold two dozen.

    See my problem? I don't have enough pens! I have storage for fifty-six, but I have only thirty-three. The pressure is on!
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    Have you started looking at mini-lathes to turn your own yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcy View Post
    Have you started looking at mini-lathes to turn your own yet?
    What? There are mini lathes? How many minis should I get?
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    I have a semi-serious collection of antique, vintage, and modern fountain pens. The last time I dared to count them, it was something north of 100! I also collect vintage safety razors and shaving brushes. Much like my ukuleles, they all get used...maybe not all at once, but I try to rotate the collections into use fairly regularly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snargle View Post
    I have a semi-serious collection of antique, vintage, and modern fountain pens. The last time I dared to count them, it was something north of 100! I also collect vintage safety razors and shaving brushes. Much like my ukuleles, they all get used...maybe not all at once, but I try to rotate the collections into use fairly regularly.
    I forgot to mention that I also seem to collect junk. Looking around the house and the garage, I often ask myself, "Why in the world am I keeping this thing?"
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    I forgot to mention that I also seem to collect junk. Looking around the house and the garage, I often ask myself, "Why in the world am I keeping this thing?"
    It's a damned-good thing I don't have a big house or a garage!
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    Same here.

    Bluesy.

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    In the 90's, I use to bid on lots of cuff links and fountain pens. However, unlike Jerry I am not a collector; I am a user. So I only have a few fountain pens, but they are all I write with, and I have been doing that since I have been an adult. My bigger issue nowadays is ink. My whole life I have used S.T. Dupont black ink. It has become a little difficult to find and it is quite expensive. In the spirit of economizing during the pandemic, I have been using some incredibly cheap ink I got from amazon. It isn't the same as my Dupont, but it is serviceable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    I forgot to mention that I also seem to collect junk. Looking around the house and the garage, I often ask myself, "Why in the world am I keeping this thing?"
    Get in touch with Antique Archeology to sell some of the junk, maybe you'll get on their History Channel TV show "American Pickers."


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    Quote Originally Posted by ripock View Post
    In the 90's, I use to bid on lots of cuff links and fountain pens. However, unlike Jerry I am not a collector; I am a user. So I only have a few fountain pens, but they are all I write with, and I have been doing that since I have been an adult. My bigger issue nowadays is ink. My whole life I have used S.T. Dupont black ink. It has become a little difficult to find and it is quite expensive. In the spirit of economizing during the pandemic, I have been using some incredibly cheap ink I got from amazon. It isn't the same as my Dupont, but it is serviceable.
    If you can't find the Dupont Black ink, give Aurora Black a try. It's very well-behaved and highly regarded by "the experts". Not cheap, but probably less expensive than your Dupont.
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