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Fountain Pens

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Stanford Guitar, Mar 5, 2021.

  1. blue metalflake

    blue metalflake Doctor of Teleocity

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    I remember them well, and being forced to use them in school.
    Biros (ballpoint) were banned and rollerball hadn’t been invented.
     
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    kingofdogs1950 Tele-Afflicted

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    Back in the day ('50s) we were required to use
    fountain pens in elementary school.
    No ball points allowed until Jr. high.
    They worked just fine with an occasional
    pocket meltdown.
    Fast forward to 1981, I bought a Mont Blanc
    146. Great pen that I still use occasionally.
    I currently have a small collection of Pilot
    fountain pens, all with gold nibs.
    My favorite is an 845 which has an 18k
    nib and urushi barrel.

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  3. Stanford Guitar

    Stanford Guitar Tele-Afflicted

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    Oh, I can take you down a very deep rabbit hole with mountain bikes.

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  4. jays0n

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    Oh man, it is very tempting. I also have mostly all mechanical watches, so you can see where this will end.

    I really like this idea though, and i do keep a pen and paper on my desk and try to write old school like (not use the computer for everything) each day. Aaaaaarrrgg... this is very very tempting. I'll likely be looking into these that are mentioned in this thread. See, even the title of the thread got me into here. that was a bad sign from the start. hahah
     
  5. Texas Special

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    That's a serious pen addiction.... But, oh so stylish...
     
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  6. jays0n

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    hahahah Nice ride!!! Isn't it just as bad as a guitar gear habit?

     
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  7. Telekarster

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    Wow! Never knew about the fountain pen req. a bit before my time. But, I first became interested in them when I was a kid, and bought an old 30's Shaffer for 25 cents at a flea market, and my Dad taught me how to use it, with ink he still had when he was a kid! ;) Been hooked ever since.
     
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  8. Stanford Guitar

    Stanford Guitar Tele-Afflicted

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    Definitely. I ride almost every day, so I don't mind spending big on bikes. I have also been know to buy an occasional IWC......
     
  9. Telekarster

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    ROTFLMAO!!!! Post pics when you get your pen and ink! We wanna see! :) Man... don't even get me going on mechanical watches! LOL!!! If it ain't jeweled, I aint interested! :)
     
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    08055DA8-E673-40D7-9BC5-C0E104DAE343.jpeg Here is my current Pen, a Tactile Turn Brass Bolt-Action

    Got one foot in the door..
     
  11. Dog Bite

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    Blue pocket. To be fair I only had cheap ones.
     
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    That's cool! What caliber is it? :lol: Oh yeah... you're in with the fountains for sure. Mech watches, fountain pen, guitars... life is good ;)
     
  13. 6stringcowboy

    6stringcowboy Friend of Leo's

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    I LOVE getting decent fountain pens for good prices like guitars...

    Journaling with a good nib and ink is one of my simple indulgences.
     
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    I used Pelikans (fill from the bottle type) for years when I was teaching. The thought 19 quadrillion BIC pens sitting in the landfill for a million years just seems outrageous to me.
     
  15. Telekarster

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    Huh... you know, that notion never really occured to me until you brought this up! You're right! One could say that fountains are for sure "green" pens! And... I've got a lovely racing green Mont Blanc ink to go with em!
     
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    hahahah, see why i clicked (pun?) into this thread. With my mechanical watch, machined metal ball point, and a pile of analog pedals and 80s guitars? So doomed. Man... don't get me going on this :)

    My TT pen is the original ... Slider I think they call it, so it is the larger caliber if that is what you mean (please don't tell me there is Pen lingo, and this is gonna be like a dual action truss rod or a bone nut kind of thing hahhaha ). I know TT just came out with a more narrow model. I gr this one when there was just one model in two lengths. The cartridge in it right now is a Pilot G2 Bold, 1mm. It flows on the page a bit and it needs time to dry before touching, maybe sort of like a fountain.
     
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    OMG man.... you've already got the skills req for a fountain! Time to take the plung into the ink pool... ;)

    So... you could say your bolt action TT is a 1mm cal. with G2 point! LOL!!! Indeed, the old saying must be true - the pen is mightier than the sword ;)
     
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    It's only been three months ;)
     
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    This thread is degenerating into a orgy of self indulgence..... May it continue. Beautiful pens. Tasty timepieces and the odd mountain bike thrown in too.
    Pens? ✓
    Watches?✓
    MTB? I used to race them.

    What a joyus thread.
     
  20. beninma

    beninma Friend of Leo's

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    I was going to buy my brother a nice pen some years ago.

    We had a pretty high end pen shop in the shopping mall near where I work.

    NO prices on anything.

    The guy in the store was actually a big enough d-bag he used the line "If you have to ask you can't afford it."

    They went out of business.

    I have had some mid-priced ones in the past, but I use the computer about 1000x more than pens and pencils these days.

    The big thing for me is I'm left handed. And it's very hard for me to beat the Uniball Jet-Stream. They're $3, comfortable, no worries about losing them since they're $3, and they do NOT smudge when used by a left handed writer. They're so good I stopped using my fancy ones to the point I was worried about losing them.

    It's apocryphal but really nice ball point pens are pretty damn hard to manufacture, there were stories about the Chinese government being furious they had to import the critical parts. They only figured it out in the last 5 years.
     
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