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View Poll Results: Do you write with a fountain pen?
All the time 17 19.10%
Some of the time 17 19.10%
Occasionally 23 25.84%
Haven't used a fountain pen yet 6 6.74%
People still make fountain pens? 9 10.11%
People still make pens? 1 1.12%
People still write on paper? 4 4.49%
People still write? 5 5.62%
The blue one next to the fish 7 7.87%
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Old 09-16-2009, 09:29 AM   #1
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Do you write with a fountain pen?

Do you write with a fountain pen?
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Old 09-16-2009, 09:46 AM   #2
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Very occasionally. On my birthday before last, my mother gave me my father's two fountain pens (one from childhood, one from early adulthood), coincidentally at a time when I was about to buy one new (I almost had my mouse-pointer on the "Add to cart" button). They work fine, though I've thus far used them rarely. I intend to try change that though.

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Old 09-16-2009, 10:29 AM   #3
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My option isn't there!

I used to, but don't have a good pen anymore. I like writing with fountain pen.

Not that I write a lot these days...
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:40 AM   #4
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I owned a cheap one for a while ... cheap ones aren't very friendly to lots of writing. They can look the part, though!
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:51 AM   #5
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My boss gave me one last week. It's a cheapo plastic one, but still, he knows I'm into retro/vintage things.

I have a habit, sometimes, of spinning a pen/penci with my fingers. I need to remember to NOT do that with this pen.
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:52 AM   #6
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I voted always - I do sometimes write with other pens, but not often enough for my fountain pen usage to be classed as "sometimes"

I currently have 8 fountain pens (5 Waterman & 3 Lamy), and two dip nib holders (one is purely for mapping nibs, the other for calligraphy ones).
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:56 AM   #7
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I own a couple of fountain pens. But at work I do use a faux fountain pen.. A Pilot V4 Disposable Fountain Pen
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Old 09-16-2009, 12:58 PM   #8
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I've used fountain pens in the past but they were too messy.
Do they still make blotting paper?
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Old 09-16-2009, 01:10 PM   #9
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My option isn't there!

I used to, but don't have a good pen anymore. I like writing with fountain pen.

Not that I write a lot these days...

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Old 09-16-2009, 01:27 PM   #10
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I've carried a Mont Blanc ball point pen for many years now, it's amazing how very careful l I can be about not leaving a $150 pen lying around to be lost or stolen.

At any rate, I bought a Mont Blanc fountain pen for $220 a few years ago and tried using it. It leaked ink all over my hands, so I took it back and got another. It wrote horribly, either leaving large skips or large ink blobs on the paper. So I took it back and got my money back.

I reverted to my ball point, and discovered a company that makes gel ink cartridges for Mont Blanc pens. These work extremely well, and I have been very satisfied with them for some time now.
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Old 09-16-2009, 01:53 PM   #11
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Unfortunately, if you're left-handed like me, it's almost impossible to write with a fountain pen, since your hand smears what you've just written. I used to have enormous problems in English lessons in school, where we had to use fountain pens.
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Old 09-16-2009, 02:00 PM   #12
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I LOVE fountain pens, but voted occasionally. I have such a hard time finding refills! (I really need to learn to order them online). I am hoping to inherit my Dad's MontBlanc. he got it when he passed the Bar.

those disposable ones look GREAT! I'll have to see if they have them here in the US!
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I LOVE fountain pens, but voted occasionally. I have such a hard time finding refills! (I really need to learn to order them online). I am hoping to inherit my Dad's MontBlanc. he got it when he passed the Bar.
Refills? All you need to refill a fountain pen is a bottle of ink.

Are you perhaps thinking of "cartridge" pens, which use a disposible ink cartridge? They are a different type of pen to fountain pens.
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Refills? All you need to refill a fountain pen is a bottle of ink.

Are you perhaps thinking of "cartridge" pens, which use a disposible ink cartridge? They are a different type of pen to fountain pens.
well the Mont Blanc uses cartridges! and of late I've only been able to find the cheap plastic ones that someone else talked about.


....actually come to think of it... I think the MontBlanc has the ability to refill or use cartridges... or Dad had two different pens and I didn't realize it
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Refills? All you need to refill a fountain pen is a bottle of ink.

Are you perhaps thinking of "cartridge" pens, which use a disposible ink cartridge? They are a different type of pen to fountain pens.
Ahh, but these days you can get pens that take cartridges or can be filled with ink from bottles by means of a converter, so the distinction is blurred

(As an aside, one of my pens is a 1935 lever fill, and at one point it really did demonstrate one reason they might be called fountain pens . It was being a temperamental and not putting ink to the nib properly. What I usually do in these situations is squeeze or twist the sac or plunger. You can't do that with a lever fill, you have to pull the lever on the side. Which I did, without thinking. And a fountain of ink shot upwards and everywhere! I ended up sorting the problem out by attacking the nib slightly with some pliers)
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