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The joy of writing with a fountain pen

Larr Pullo 2019-07-09 17:20:54 

Do any of you guys still enjoy writing with an "ink" pen? I know many of us just reach for the nearest roller ball, ball point, or just start tapping on the keyboard of the nearest electronic device, but do any of you still really enjoy actually writing in cursive, and doing it with a fountain pen?

Recently, I was at a flea market and I purchased an old fountain pen, took it apart and purchased the necessary parts to recondition it (thanks you tube) and am just really enjoying taking it out and making notes in my project task manual. Since my first purchase I've frequented many flea markets and have managed to put together quite a collection of pens.

Who else enjoys this?

I know my legilibility of my handwriting has improved so much so I can now read my own notes...
lol lol lol lol

Ayenmol 2019-07-09 17:24:18 

In reply to Larr Pullo

Much of that feeling is probably from your pain staking restoration.

VIX 2019-07-09 17:45:54 

In reply to Larr Pullo

It'll be interesting to see a venn diagram showing the intersection of fountain pen users and test cricket "purists" big grin

black 2019-07-09 17:52:14 

In reply to Larr Pullo

Fountain pens are for people with good handwriting, I'm not one of those people. lol

np 2019-07-09 17:58:54 

In reply to black

Well tell that yellah fellah to STOP using one to sign with. big grin big grin

tigga 2019-07-09 18:08:35 

Man is addicted to sniffing ink and don't wanna confess lol

Larr Pullo 2019-07-09 20:34:01 

In reply to VIX

You got jokes, insect!!! lol lol lol

Larr Pullo 2019-07-09 20:34:27 

In reply to black

It will improve your hand writing. You should try it.

DAVE400 2019-07-09 20:47:09 

In reply to VIX

big grin big grin

StumpCam 2019-07-09 21:11:25 

In reply to Larr Pullo

I use to practice calligraphy once, so I understand.... but who has the time for that these days! Actually, I prefer a quill pen! lol

alfa1975 2019-07-10 05:12:21 

In reply to Larr Pullo I enjoy using a fountain pen. I own several.Strangely enough, you do keep them for a long time,which sometimes is a result or several factors.a) You are careful as to whom you lend the pen,since writing styles matter.b)When you lose or mislay it in your workplace, you soon find it as not too many people can use it,those who can have their own. And c)Nobody wants it, since they can't use it.
I gave one to each of my two daughters on their 10th birthday. I also gave one to my grandson on his 10th birthday, which he promptly took to school and lost.Two months later he got the replacement, for Christmas!.

Khaga 2019-07-10 06:13:59 

In reply to VIX


Khaga 2019-07-10 06:15:31 

In reply to Larr Pullo

Heard plenty stories from Grandfather..Father still talks nostalgic even though he has adapted to the e-writing rather well..
I have moved on..Harder to move on from test cricket though..

Commie 2019-07-10 07:20:59 

In reply to Larr Pullo

From time to time in between saddling up the horse and loading gunpowder into my rifle I like to try to find my fountain pen.

Then I snap out of it and end the black and white movie I’m watching.

Casper 2019-07-10 10:11:26 

In reply to Commie

You have come back as you left.

Welcome back.

cherri 2019-07-10 10:44:32 

In reply to Larr Pullo

Wow...owning a Platinum fountain in school was the bomb.....plenty years later I met this Indian guy while working with Cricket world cup 2007...he gave me a Mont Blanc fountain pen..I felt like I won the lottery..... pulling out your fountain pen to sign a document is pure joy when you see the double take from the others in line.

sudden 2019-07-10 11:21:53 

In reply to cherri

so you gave it up for a Mont Blanc fountain pen? anyway it could have been a stethoscope

Drapsey 2019-07-10 11:24:24 

In reply to Larr Pullo

There's an even older version called the common pen, which requires you to dip the nib into the ink-well.

The school desks were all outfitted with ink wells in which the ink-jugs were cradled.

Have you had any exposure?

alfa1975 2019-07-10 12:33:54 

In reply to cherri You missing the "g" in that pen name.

alfa1975 2019-07-10 12:38:37 

In reply to Drapsey Did using that common pen and filling the jugs of ink and placing it in the inkwells on the desk, come with using the pressbook once a week for using and perfecting the use of that pen?.
Thank God for blotting paper.

Drapsey 2019-07-10 13:04:46 

In reply to alfa1975

I didn't actually use the common pen.

By the time I moved up from using my slate and the slate pencil, the ball-point pen had taken over.

Saw and used the school desks with the ink-wells still 'operational' though.

Ewart 2019-07-10 13:37:06 

In reply to VIX


lol lol lol lol


eXodus 2019-07-10 14:33:23 

In reply to Larr Pullo

if we forego the gray hair, you're definitely showing your age lol lol

I tried once with a fountain pen. Didn't like handwriting is worse than chicken scratch....more in the hieroglyphic territory. That combination wasn't very fetching. I have a British hatred for writing...probably stems from being rebuked for using fine-tipped pens when the teacher was forcing us to use the fat tipped ones. My response was far from student-like lol

pelon 2019-07-10 15:27:25 

I understood this since school days: Nothing I write is worthy of a fountain pen.

lol lol lol lol

sgtdjones 2019-07-11 00:52:32 

In reply to Drapsey

The school desks were all outfitted with ink wells in which the ink-jugs were cradled

I found one of those in a shop in Port of Spain, still have it.

I am a user of Parker Sonnet fountain pens.

granite 2019-07-11 13:42:11 

In reply to sgtdjonesI recall those ink wells as we called it and the pen you dipped and write.I had a handwriting that was really beautiful,and heard that Byros spoil your writing.I have made some half hearted attempts to buy a fountain pen and ink.I remember my father had a pen that was known to be a really top pen,it was called Schafer fountain pen,the nib was partly gold.

tc1 2019-07-11 19:35:22 

Was the classic pen a Parker?

doosra 2019-07-11 19:44:45 

In reply to Larr Pullo

i buy special ones from Austin's often

love fountain pen man

nothing beats it

Ayenmol 2019-07-11 20:23:48 

Even if you hate mechanic work, you can be dragged into restoring a bug...when all is said and done you are going to feel a pride driving that car that you dont feel for any other car... can you love something deigned for executing a task you never do?

Who writes on paper anymore?


Drapsey 2019-07-12 09:22:49 

Looks like this was written with a fountain pen.

mikesiva 2019-07-12 10:32:44 

In reply to Larr Pullo

As a left hander, I hated being forced to use a fountain pen at school, because writing from left to right my hand would smudge the ink.

birdseye 2019-07-12 12:19:23 

In reply to eXodus
Yeah – that goes way back – I can remember the grammar school days with the inkwell built into the desk ---- I still have a Parker fountain pen and pen holder on my desk at home – don’t use it –but its there – the nib is still shines ---don’t have any ink – dot even know where to buy ink