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Because I felt like I needed another interest and money black hole, I have ordered my first "nice" fountain pen - a Pelikan m200, fine tip. I had a pilot fountain pen years ago, and it was cheap garbage, but I loved it all the same. It eventually degraded to the point where I could scarcely write with it and no amount of cleaning or adjustment of the nib would restore it to life, so I tossed it. Then over a decade passed, all the while thinking that one of these days I'd have another fountain pen.

I know we have some fountain pen enthusiasts on the forum. Please share your tips, photos, tricks, do's and don'ts, or any fun anecdotes that come to mind.

I understand fountain pens and inks have a way of multiplying. So, what should I watch out for?


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what should I watch out for?

Leakage. Particularly those carried on the shirt's front pocket, let alone in a suit jacket.

Montblanc seemed to work best in the 70s. But some leaked.


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I don't know if the ink itself is any good, but I've always thought these ink bottles were classy AF.

 
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I would think any high end pen made German, Swiss or Japanese. Will be expensive.

I've used Lamy ball point (German) for 30 years. Birthday gift from wife.


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HOLY C***!

I just saw what Montblancs are going for today.

Jeeesshh...


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Get some ink sampler sets from Goulet Pens. I love Noodlers Baystate Blue on yellow legal pads. It’s a bit purple on white paper but it is perfect on yellow.

I also prefer Pilot Vanishing Point pens. Fine tipped for the next one because medium is quite large.
 
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I don't know if the ink itself is any good, but I've always thought these ink bottles were classy AF.



It is very popular, but I do not consider it a professional ink. It's a lighter blue with a lot of shading.

Noodler's Blue and Noodler's Black (or Heart of Darkness) are pretty standard ones that flow well.

I do not care for a lot of shading.

I do not collect fountain pens. I use them every day at the office.
 
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For starters I have ordered a small bottle of Pelikan's royal blue.

I understand that there's a certain amount of luck and voodoo involved in getting a nib and ink combo that works best, and even then sometimes the paper or stationary is the deciding factor.


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I don't collect, but I have a few.

Keep them clean - run water through them three or four times a year. Don't let ink dry in them - it makes them harder to clean.

I have a particular liking for Parker Centennials.
But the best nib I have is on a Sailor pen. They are Japanese.

I use a lot of Noodler's ink. The price is good and there are dozens of colors.




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I don't know if the ink itself is any good, but I've always thought these ink bottles were classy AF.



That is my go to color and brand. It's great.
 
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For starters I have ordered a small bottle of Pelikan's royal blue.

I understand that there's a certain amount of luck and voodoo involved in getting a nib and ink combo that works best, and even then sometimes the paper or stationary is the deciding factor.


It can be. Sometimes you won't realize it for weeks. There was one I really liked to use but it always dried out in my pen over the weekend. The pen is in fine mechanical shape and no other ink has that issue.
 
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Question.

Why do 19th century and earlier documents seem to be written in brown ink?

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I don't see myself amassing a collection. Rather, I enjoy the experience of writing with a fountain pen.

I might have a small stable of pens, eventually. Maybe just to be able to easily swap inks as suits my mood.


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Question.

Why do 19th century and earlier documents seem to be written in brown ink?

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what should I watch out for?

Leakage. Particularly those carried on the shirt's front pocket, let alone in a suit jacket.

Montblanc seemed to work best in the 70s. But some leaked.


I have a number of modern fountain pens, mostly Pelikan and Visconti, and have never had one of them leak. (Of course, if you grab one with the cap off and flail around with it, you can still spray ink droplets.)

I also have some "vintage" pens and have had several of them leak.

Most of the old pens used natural rubber bladders stuck to the back of the section with shellac. Both the bladders and the shellac were, of course, highly prone to degradation. If either the shellac let go or the bladder broke, ink everywhere.

Modern pens use more durable, stable materials as well as more secure mechanisms (e.g., Pelikan uses the interior of the body of the pen as an ink chamber sealed with a silicone piston).
 
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I don't see myself amassing a collection. Rather, I enjoy the experience of writing with a fountain pen.

I might have a small stable of pens, eventually. Maybe just to be able to easily swap inks as suits my mood.


Pilot plain black Metro pens are about $11 on Amazon. Good desk pens. Medium is actually a fine nib in this particular pen.
 
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Basically, keep them clean and learn how to properly adjust the nib if needed.

Find a good ink and use paper suitable for writing with a fountain pen.

For inexpensive everyday pens, I've had very good results with Pilot Metropolitans.
The nibs on these tend to run a size small, however (Metro med = other's fine).

The hypodermic style needle devices are quite useful.
I use them to refill the spent standard cartridges (disposable types).
Also use them to fill the refillable cartridge types as the needles are less messy than filling through the nib and ensure a complete cartridge fill.

One thing I regret is not having a decent fountain pen when in grade school.
In hindsight, I could have picked up an additional grade or two (A or B) in penmanship if I had not been saddled with the dime store fountain pens of the day.
BIC came out with the cheap ballpoints about the time of the end of my penmanship classes, although those early BICs were not great either.


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Check out nibs.com. I like the Sailor Pro-Gear.
 
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One of my Docs uses fountain pens. He won’t let anyone use them. Says it will ruin them. Seems everyone uses a different amount of pressure when writing. Do any of you share your pen?
 
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