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11 years ago
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... and let the Earth be silent after ye.
Does anyone else enjoy a good pen as much as myself? I recently bought a Conklin Mark Twain Signature Edition pen, http://www.conklinpen.com/product/signature.html , in green with a fine nib. Bought a bottle of Waterman blue-black ink and an extra converter--sexy.
 
11 years ago
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Trent
I enjoy my blue inked, ball point, Quills.
lucas's avatar
11 years ago
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i exclusively use the uniball vision fine black.

except for grading, when i use the uniball gel impact red.
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11 years ago
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Chiken
Don't Let Your Walls Down
haha larz remember that night requel was puking and were just sittin there talking about pens!
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11 years ago
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almost forgot about the pen part, but i think so

in the bathroom, right?
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11 years ago
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the law is no protection
I love a good pen. I have trouble finding one I really like, though. the last model I found was from Zebra. they updated them though and they kind of suck now.
 
11 years ago
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Trent
lol or in the blue barrel of pop cans
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11 years ago
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lucas
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well, i meant where we were talking about pens, not everywhere raquel puked :o
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11 years ago
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phi_
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This post has gone OT so fast my neck hurts...
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11 years ago
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Chiken
Don't Let Your Walls Down
yeah she was in the bathroom
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11 years ago
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lucas
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phi_: :D

so back to pens...
 
11 years ago
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dbrown
me, i'm all about the blue or black paper mate med. i'd normally prefer fine but they're free from work so i can deal with it.
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11 years ago
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phi_
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I'm totally in love with: http://www.fountainpenhospital.com/images/oma … 203-80.jpg
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11 years ago
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phi_
... and let the Earth be silent after ye.
And this might be my next pen purchase: http://www.carandache.ch/products/writing/hex … t=5882.485
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11 years ago
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dʎuuɐp
Cool I was going to get this one for my pocket: http://www.carandache.ch/products/writing/ecr … ct=404.286
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10 years ago
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bluet
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10 years ago
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bluet
i have the montblanc meisterstück platinum line hommage à frédéric chopin with a medium nib and montblanc blue-black ink: http://tinyurl.com/5unl3k

i think it's the cheapest montblanc pen you can get, but when i tested it in the store, i liked the nib of this one the most. i use this for most of the things i write

for my filofax i have a pilot g-tech at 0.4 mm because i've got the smallest size filofax: http://tinyurl.com/5ddco3

for colouring i have one pilot green glitter pen i found on the ground outside the school cafeteria, a seven-pack of pilot pastel pens and a twenty-pack of stabilo felt tip pens:
http://tinyurl.com/5e7oe6
http://tinyurl.com/6r48ts (mine came in a hexagonal tin can)

i also have lots of pilot g-2 gel pens and a single bic medium that i let people borrow
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10 years ago
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pilot v5 - black.

i need to get myself a fountain though.
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10 years ago
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bluet
yeah, i've got three black v5s as well
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10 years ago
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phi_
... and let the Earth be silent after ye.
I miss my Lamy Vista fountain pen in XF. :(
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9 years ago
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today i bought a sakura pigma micron 08 (0.50mm) black pen. it is both archival and waterproof. i'll use it to write on the back of my fiber-base photos in the darkroom.

i was so impressed with the pen that i also bought the 01 (0.25mm) version for typical writing use.

http://www.sakuraofamerica.com/Pen-Archival
 
9 years ago
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dbrown
live and die by these:
http://www.dickblick.com/products/pilot-g2-gel-pen/
that said, when i'm directing a show, i swear by the:
http://www.sharpie.com/enUS/Product/Sharpie_F … arker.html
red and only red.
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9 years ago
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Étrangère
I am not a robot...
@ luke: I like those pens a lot :D
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8 years ago
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lucas
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http://www.instructables.com/id/Save-200-in-2 … ds-Best-W/
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6 years ago
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does anyone have opinions on lamy blue-black or violet-purple ink?

thanks!
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6 years ago
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bluet
> does anyone have opinions on lamy blue-black or violet-purple ink?

They're cartridges. I don't like cartridges.
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6 years ago
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nestor
agree with bluet. i find converter fill much more economical and convenient.
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6 years ago
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nestor
i need to get the nib holder on my first safari fixed. the nib is loose :(

i think i can send it to lamy usa with $7 and they will fix it.
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6 years ago
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nestor
i tightened up the nib with a binder clip... works perfectly.

currently running:
vista, F nib - waterman south seas blue (daily driver right now)
safari charcoal, F nib - noodler's walnut
safari white, EF nib - noodler's baystate blue (keep this one at home - with the awesome rhodia notebook lr got me!!)
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6 years ago
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phi_
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Nice!

I've currently got:
Vista, XF nib - Waterman Havannah Brown
Conklin Mark Twain, F nib - empty (just fixed)

Have a bottle of J. Herbin's Vert Empire on the way, though. :D
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6 years ago
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bluet
Mostly pencils nowadays.

Staedtler Mars Lumograph 3B
Staedtler Mars Lumograph 4B
http://www.staedtler.com/Mars_Lumograph_eng

Faber-Castell GRIP 2001
http://www.faber-castell.de/38238/Katalog/fcv … aid=183440

KOH-I-NOOR Versatil 5207
http://leadholder.com/lh-non-kin_cz-versatil-color.html
nestor's avatar
6 years ago
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nestor
I find the EF way too fine and dry. F is just right for me.

Would love to get some J. Herbin Rouge Hematite, but the drying time is just too slow for a daily ink in my job.
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6 years ago
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nestor
nestor
> Mostly pencils nowadays.

Are you worried about the archival quality of pencils?
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6 years ago
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bluet
>> Mostly pencils nowadays.
>
>Are you worried about the archival quality of pencils?

No.
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6 years ago
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i'd like to buy a fountain pen. which should i go with? maybe the lamy safari (in charcoal with the z28 converter)?

i want a dark purple ink, similar to the uniball rollerball purple.

i like sb+cp the most on this chart, i think.
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6 years ago
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bluet
The Safari has a peculiar grip. You should try one with your hands before you buy. The nibs are great. My Al-Star writes the smoothest of all pens I've tried.
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6 years ago
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phi_
... and let the Earth be silent after ye.
I really like the Safari (and, in turn, the Vista and Al-Star) line. They're inexpensive, the nibs are smooth, and they're rugged.

As for ink ... I just got some of the Private Reserve Tanzanite ink, and it looks (and writes) beautiful.

Here's some color samples, though they aren't very good samples. http://www.privatereserveink.com/colors.html
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6 years ago
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> maybe the lamy safari

just get one. they're so cheap! the biggest issue i can see you having is the nib - i agree with bluet, but lots of people might prefer more flexible nibs.
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6 years ago
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man, noodler's baystate blue has really stained my white safari.

it also stained my sink(!)
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6 years ago
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phi_
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The Private Reserve Tanzanite is a lot brighter than that picture would lead you to believe, though. I hadn't really looked at it under good light until yesterday and wow... bright!

Mixed it up with some other ink, here for posterity:

10 parts - Private Reserve Tanzanite (base color)
2 parts - Waterman Havannah Brown (to darken)
1 part - Pilot Iroshizuku shin-ryoku (to retard/eliminate feathering)
 
6 years ago
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karpet
awesomeness!
What great timing. I recently made the decision to own and use 1 pen and 1 pencil.

I have a Lamy that I think is a safari, with an EF nib. I have two inks at the moment: Private reserve velvet black and Quink Blue Black. My pencil of choice is a Staedtler Elite Fineline Pencil.

I enjoy only carrying a small pencil case with me everywhere I go. I also like that "in theory" I'm making less waste. I haven't done any calculations on the waste thing so I can't say for certain that I am, but again it "feels" like I am, or at the very least I like minimalist/functionalist element of 1 pen and 1 pencil.
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6 years ago
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how does owning fewer tools lead to more functionality?

usually the cost to my minimalism is loss of function
 
6 years ago
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karpet
awesomeness!
Specific situations and circumstances would make "less" more for some individuals and not others. For my situation I take notes, and I journal. That is it. I'm not a heavy user of pens so I have one that I really like, I take care of it, and as a result it works every time I need a pen, and because I like my pen and only have one, I know where it is. I'm never without a pen. However, I am sure someone else's unique situation leads them to needing another solution. So I cannot say with absolute certainty that less tools leads to more functionality for everyone. I can say though for this moment in time for me, less pens makes my life easier.
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6 years ago
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nestor
i hear ya, karpet
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6 years ago
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phi_
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Want
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6 years ago
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nestor
read a bunch of reviews, this looks like an awesome pen!

i just ordered a clear F with a twbsi diamond bottle and a fresh bottler of noodler's aircorp. i'm a bit tired of the noodler's squeteague that i've been using as a daily ink with my vista for a couple months now.
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6 years ago
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phi_
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Let me know how it is!
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6 years ago
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nestor
nestor
will do

useful tool for this thread: http://www.gouletpens.com/Nib_Nook_s/1114.htm
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6 years ago
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nestor
swab shop is also a good tool.
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6 years ago
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phi_
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Oh man, oh man. Thanks, nestor!
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6 years ago
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it's AWESOME. it's less stiff and wetter than the lamy vista fine. really, really smooth writer with the air corps blue-black.

huge piston fill mechanism is nice and fills with less air than the vista. i need to spend a bit of time figuring out how to use the diamond bottle properly.
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6 years ago
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check out the huge flex on this custom ground namiki... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRebkWHsHC0

this guy has other videos on knives that may interest people here
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6 years ago
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i like the polar bear

i just bought the twsbi 540, a bottle of noodler's bad belted kindfisher, and a clairfontaine pad from goulet pens.

this pen hobby is getting expensive.

--

anyone want to buy my lamy joy 1.1 aluminum cap for cheap? i don't think it's for me.
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6 years ago
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phi_
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TWSBI + Clairefontaine! <3

Got a bottle of Private Reserve Dakota Red and Montblanc Midnight Blue recently. Not digging the red too much at the moment, but I have some ideas in my head to tweak it.
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6 years ago
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i want some of this http://www.gouletpens.com/Pilot_Iroshizuku_Ts … n69205.htm
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6 years ago
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i just bought a green pilot parallel, a bottle of salix, a bottle of scabiosa, and a bottle of carbon black.

i have a blue twsbi 540 f and a smoke twsbi 540 ef.

i use clairefontaine (in a variety of forms) exclusively.
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6 years ago
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paper is stressing me out these days. i don't like the latest clairefontaine notebook i picked up.
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6 years ago
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nestor
i'm in love with the nakaya decapod.
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6 years ago
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nestor
confirmed: my dream pen is the nakaya decapod in kuro-tamenuri, probably with a regrind to italic or stub... with the iroshizuku tsuki-yo ink
 
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karpet
awesomeness!
I lost my Lamy :( I picked up an Esterbrook (with XF nib, so nice) for $20 cad and I'm on a waiting list for the iroshizuku line to come into the province.

@nestor, how is the dry time on that stuff?
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6 years ago
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sorry, don't know - i don't own any yet.

unless you really want to support your local shop, you can always order online. goulet pen co runs a really tight ship.
 
6 years ago
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karpet
awesomeness!
I dig supporting the locals. Brick and mortar is a dying breed, and the place that I go to does it really well.
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6 years ago
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lucas
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goulet pen company is not local to anyone because it doesn't have a brick-and-mortar store, but because it's a mom-and-pop, it's as "local" as it gets for an online-only store. they are very involved with the online community.

i understand and appreciate your support for local brick-and-mortars, though.
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6 years ago
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phi_
... and let the Earth be silent after ye.
Got a new (glass!) converter for my old Conklin Mark Twain ... no more leaks/clogged nibs! :D

Filled it up with Mont Blanc Midnight Blue (a permanent ink).

And, lucas, I used some in the ink I'm still working on for you ... hopefully it improves the staying power of the ink. Drying time is fairly quick too at the moment. :)
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6 years ago
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my twsbi 540 broke. the internal part of the feed that plugs into the ink chamber snapped in two, and so now i can't screw the feed piece back onto the pen.

:(
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6 years ago
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that's happened to me before. it just happened again less than ten minutes ago!

another $20 repair. :( maybe i write with too much force.

twsbi diamond 540 nib units
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6 years ago
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damn. i should have been happy with my lamy.

i love the look of the micarta but not sure i want to support these guys.
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6 years ago
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it's only happened to me once on each pen. i have two. no regrets. the good news is that each time you buy one, you get another size of nib. i was an idiot before and just tossed the entire thing! i didn't save the feed or nib! :[
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6 years ago
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hey, check out the pilot metropolitan. it's on my christmas list.
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5 years ago
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lucas
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welp, i'm selling some fountain pen stuff if anyone's interested.
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5 years ago
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nestor
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not interested in the joy, but you have lots of other fp gear i'd like :)
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5 years ago
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lucas
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like what?
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5 years ago
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nestor
nestor
your diamond 540 :)

i never emailed them! i really ought to just do that
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5 years ago
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lucas
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sheesh. i think i've already destroyed the extra spare i had them send me, so i don't have an extra to give you anymore.
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5 years ago
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i love fountain pens to death, but sometimes i wish i had a pen i could bring on a plane.

http://www.bigidesign.com/welcome/solid-aluminum-pen-stylus/

looks nice and has lots of cartridge options.
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5 years ago
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phi_
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(Carry the pen nib up?)
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5 years ago
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i brought my pilot metro and my diamond 540 on the plane with me this trip! i just put them in a plastic bag, and nothing terrible happened on the flight from SBA (elev. 3 m) to MSP (elev. 356 m).

what typically happens to one of these pens in flight?
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5 years ago
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http://www.gouletpens.com/Articles.asp?ID=451

it sounds like you can do it fine. i retract my frustration
phi_'s avatar
5 years ago
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phi_
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Someone stole my fucking pen today.
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2 years ago
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pilot g2 lovers--I think this pen looks really cool:

karas kustoms retract pen in copper
phi_'s avatar
2 years ago
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I've been rocking the Precise v5 as my EDC. I wish I could find a refillable pen with that fine a point.
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2 years ago
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that pen i linked can accept these as refills:

ohto ceramic rollerball in 0.5mm (which i think writes very nicely), 0.4mm
pilot hi-tec-c refills in 0.4mm (would also be pretty nice, i think, after trying bluet's)
pilot gel pen refills in 0,38mm and 0,5mm
platinum gel pen refills in 0,5mm
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2 years ago
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also, i bought a lamy 2000 makrolon ef in june when jetpens had a good promotion going on. it seemed scratchy, and after a couple months of trying to break it in and polish the nib, i finally returned it for a replacement. just got the new one. it's a pretty nice pen. i don't really deserve it, probably. oh well
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2 years ago
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I've been using pencils lately, but this weekend I repaired my Pilot Preppy . The barrel had cracked where the threads are. I machined a new one out of polyoxymethylene. It's a little heavier now, but a lot more sturdy. I want to make fancy barrels for all my cheap pens now!

I also settled on a notebook, and got the Maruman A5 spiral notebook grid ruled 40 sheets N247 10-volume set
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2 years ago
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nestor
i got a pilot custom heritage 92 this year, my first gold nib pen, and promptly broke the clip off the cap.

otherwise still rocking the lamys previously noted.