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    One of the things I like about the Esterbrooks in addition to their no-fail performance, is that so many vintage nibs are available and they're so easy to change. Hope you enjoy yours.

    Love those Shaeffers too. I don't have one, but keep looking at them. One of these days, I'll go for it.

    My father inadvertently got me interested in fountain pens when I was just a kid. He had a Waterman Patrician and a Parker Vacuumatic just laying around in his desk and he gave them to me when I was about 12. I loved using both of them but dropped the Patrician. That beautiful gold nip bent upon impact.

    A couple of years ago, I found a Waterman restorer in Texas. He re-worked the nib and spiffed it up. It looks great, but I haven't had the heart to fill it and use it. The Parker still needs new innards.

    Sorry about running on. These arcane interests I have - Oy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    After watching fountain pen reviews on YouTube, I now have about fifty of them. You will find many channels reviewing pens ranging in price from under $5.00 to $1,000 and more. There are lots of excellent pens available for under $10. Some channels review "starter pens." I have a Lamy Safari ($20), a highly-regarded pen. The Chinese make very good pens for low prices, available on both Amazon and eBay.

    EDIT: The Parker Jotter is very similar to the 51, but it costs only about $20.
    Thanks, Jerry.

    What kind of paper/notebook/journal do you use? Do you write and/or sketch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaidye39 View Post
    Thanks, Jerry.

    What kind of paper/notebook/journal do you use? Do you write and/or sketch?
    I keep the pens in a big pen display box.

    Whenever I write something, I use one of the fountain pens, but 99% of my writing is done at the keyboard. I'm not about to get into buying special paper and ink. I have several bottles of ink that should last the rest of my life.

    Last night, I ordered a little Moonman 80 Mini, and I watched a review of a pair of Montenegro Ten Commandments pens. They make them in red and blue, 100 of each for $444.50 each. I don't think I'll be getting one.

    I also watched an "unboxing" of a $650 pen - a Visconti Homo Sapiens. The woman started crying because she was so happy.

    Maybe I can take a picture of the pens and a couple of pen holders I made.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    A couple of pictures -

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    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    I have a couple of Pilot Metros that I use daily and a more expensive Monteverde carbon fiber that is sort of my dress pen. Considering I hardly ever get dressed up I hardly ever use the Monteverde and then when I do it is always dried up. As far as paper, I find more paper that ink won't bleed through than paper that it will. I mean, you don't have to spend a lot of money on paper, you just have to find paper that the ink won't go through. Not a hard task. I have some fancy fountain pen specific stationary and a couple journals that I never write in because they are so nice, but for everyday I use a Mead spiral notebook that I get at the grocery store in packs of five that does fine for just taking notes. The ink doesn't bleed through. Nothing special with them, but if you want to be special, then by all means, you can get special paper anywhere that specializes in pens. I do some business with Jet Pens online. I do like to write letters and send them though, old school. It is just fun to write them. I'm a writer, so I like to write.

    I guess I'm more into ink than I am into the pens. I don't use cartridges and I buy ink all the time. Another place to throw your money, if you are into buying things. There are a lot of inks to buy. That's where they get me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    I have a couple of Pilot Metros that I use daily and a more expensive Monteverde carbon fiber that is sort of my dress pen. Considering I hardly ever get dressed up I hardly ever use the Monteverde and then when I do it is always dried up. As far as paper, I find more paper that ink won't bleed through than paper that it will. I mean, you don't have to spend a lot of money on paper, you just have to find paper that the ink won't go through. Not a hard task. I have some fancy fountain pen specific stationary and a couple journals that I never write in because they are so nice, but for everyday I use a Mead spiral notebook that I get at the grocery store in packs of five that does fine for just taking notes. Nothing special in them, but if you want to be special, then by all means, you can get special paper anywhere that specializes in pens. I do like to write letters and send them though, old school. It is just fun to write them. I'm a writer, so I like to write.

    I guess I'm more into ink than I am into the pens. I don't use cartridges and I buy ink all the time. Another place to throw your money, if you are into buying things. There are a lot of inks to buy.
    I know what you mean about ink - 100s of different "flavors." I've settled on black and blue. Ink is rather pricey, so I'll stick with what I have.

    I use spiral notebooks to write everything down. If I have to check on something I ordered or a phone call I made, it's right there. Very convenient. With fifty pens now, I think I can stop buying. I do like picking one out each day as my "Daily."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    I know what you mean about ink - 100s of different "flavors." I've settled on black and blue. Ink is rather pricey, so I'll stick with what I have.

    I use spiral notebooks to write everything down. If I have to check on something I ordered or a phone call I made, it's right there. Very convenient. With fifty pens now, I think I can stop buying. I do like picking one out each day as my "Daily."
    Yes, there is a pen store, The Pen and Quill I think they call it, about an hour south of me. They sell bulk. I take empty bottles down and fill them. I don't know why I have to do that, but I do every time we go down that way. They want you to think you are saving money by doing that, but I've been known to pour out a bottle of something I like the least so I can go down and fill it up with something new to try that I probably won't like any better. I'm not saving any money, that's for sure.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    I have a couple of Pilot Metros that I use daily and a more expensive Monteverde carbon fiber that is sort of my dress pen. Considering I hardly ever get dressed up I hardly ever use the Monteverde and then when I do it is always dried up. As far as paper, I find more paper that ink won't bleed through than paper that it will. I mean, you don't have to spend a lot of money on paper, you just have to find paper that the ink won't go through. Not a hard task. I have some fancy fountain pen specific stationary and a couple journals that I never write in because they are so nice, but for everyday I use a Mead spiral notebook that I get at the grocery store in packs of five that does fine for just taking notes. The ink doesn't bleed through. Nothing special with them, but if you want to be special, then by all means, you can get special paper anywhere that specializes in pens. I do some business with Jet Pens online. I do like to write letters and send them though, old school. It is just fun to write them. I'm a writer, so I like to write.

    I guess I'm more into ink than I am into the pens. I don't use cartridges and I buy ink all the time. Another place to throw your money, if you are into buying things. There are a lot of inks to buy. That's where they get me.
    I'll check out those pilot pens, thanks! I'm not really into spending money for the sake of spending money. I'm a minimalist and live with less, but I try to be thoughtful and to buy quality and responsibly (I really try for local/small business for each purchase). I send hand written thank you notes and thinking of you cards, but I don't write letters. I am very interested in keeping a journal. I sometimes consider digital, but I'm not sure it's the "best" way (for me).

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    I have a couple of those Metros too - a fine point and a snub (stub) nose. I think they're great pens, probably the most expensive I have, and I have trouble finding a reason other than prestige or vanity to buy anything more expensive
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    Even Pilots cheap pens, the Plumix and the Preppy, are great pens.

    My wife has a Moonman eyedropper which she doesn't care for much because it rolls away, and I have a piston fill demonstrator that looks kind of neat, writes well, and likely was pretty cheap....
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    Sheaffer is my favorite fountain pen; it takes less pressure to use and has improved the quality of my handwriting. It suits most writing styles, yet is economical for starters, making it the best italic fountain pen available today.

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