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    • I was going about my life minding my own business and I get snagged into yet another f-ing hobby collecting and writing with fountain pens.

      Looking back through my honesty filter, I was for many years a pen guy at heart mostly gels, roller balls and ball points. I actually obsessed about ink flow and feel.

      It all started after a purchase of a Lamy Black Rollerball. Something in my mind clicked and I ended up with a Lamy Safari Royal Blue with one blue cartridge and 5 black cartridge box.

      I figured out how to install the cartridge and I immediately fell in love with the way the pen performed in my hand. Not sure what got me hooked worse, pens or YouTube videos about pens.

      My only saving grace is pricing goes from $2 to the obscene and I’m comfortable in that TWSBIs price point. I have about 5 to 6 pens and 4 bottles of ink. I’m fascinated with the TWSBI demonstrators (where you see the ink sloshing around 😍).

      I went to private Catholic school for the first 13 years of my life and I remember getting a separate grade for penmanship from kindergarten to fifth grade.

      So now I’m journaling personally and I created a pen and ink journal log for all the pens and ink I purchase along the way during my pen journey. I’m on a subreddit sharing the pen facts. I hope you’ll come along for the ride.

    • funny, I'm much more comfortable typing than writing. Even so, I'm interested in your fountain pen journey. I used a fountain pen many years ago, interesting that they continue to be used.

    • Your handwriting is beautiful! I'm left-handed so I tend to smear my writing when using liquid inks, but love the artisinal effect and quality.

    • My interest in fountain pens comes primarily via practicing Pitman shorthand, which I picked up because I thought it looked neat. Part of how Pitman does writing compression is to distinguish between voiced and unvoiced consonants (e.g. d/t) with thick vs thin strokes. This wasn't a problem when the system was developed because everybody used flexible nib fountain pens.

      When the pen market moved to roller ball the flex nib demand dried up but the stiff nib market (barely) held on. When I started there wasn't really any cheap flex nib pen available and I wound up doing most of my practice with a dip pen (a bit) and (mostly) on a wacom tablet. In the intervening years, Noodler's has released a couple (though they're wonkier than I'd prefer) so I can actually do shorthand the way it was intended or at least I can if I'm not out of practice.

      In any case, yay fountain pens.

    • I've been thinking about using a fountain pen but haven't made the change yet. I've invested in a bunch of Mont Blanc pens I use for work so I don't really want to invest in getting new pens. Interesting to read your experience.

    • Thank you very much. The pens I have been attracted to are very cost friendly for me as my photography comes first. I have a budget and I limited myself to a small amount of pens active at a time. I may have seven active. I’m about to receive some ink. I want to convert a Preppy into an eye-dropper. I love seeing the ink slosh around. 😀. My order consists of 3 bottles of ink, some blunt syringes, and some rubber gaskets for my conversion project.

      Have a blessed day.

      John G.

    • Mont Blanc are beautiful but I’m messing TWSBI VAC 700. I’m just learning everything I can. I’m watching the.YouTube videos and my pens are budget friendly.