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Old 23-03-2020, 13:23   #1
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New Fountain Pen

I'm looking to buy my son a new Fountain Pen for work for his birthday coming up in a few weeks as he uses one a lot for work.

Ive been looking on Amazon but there are so many to choose from and i know very little about them.

I wonder if anyone on here knows anymore about them than what i do, my budget is £50.

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Re: New Fountain Pen

I love fountain pens and have quite a few but my favourites is a Cross Pen.

Full link to Amazon Cross search. ...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=cross+f...b_sb_ss_i_4_14a

add, Unless you know how he likes to fill a fountain pen I would ensure that the pen you buy can, as well as use cartridges, use a converter which would let him fill the pen from a bottle of ink.
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Re: New Fountain Pen

Same here, I use fountain pens all of the time.

For 50 quid you can't go wrong with an Italix pen, particularly the Parsons Essential. The pens are hand finished and tuned in the UK. Stainless steel nib of course at this price point but they're super smooth, even the italics.

http://www.mrpen.co.uk/contents/en-uk/d184.html
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Same here, I use fountain pens all of the time.

For 50 quid you can't go wrong with an Italix pen, particularly the Parsons Essential. The pens are hand finished and tuned in the UK. Stainless steel nib of course at this price point but they're super smooth, even the italics.

http://www.mrpen.co.uk/contents/en-uk/d184.html
It just seemed to end up up in a horrible inky mess when I was a kid. The day we were allowed to use a biro was bliss.
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Re: New Fountain Pen

Personally I think fountain pens are like cars in so far some drive like a dream others like an Oil tanker.

I have 3 Parker 25 fountain pens 1, I bought at school in 1982.

You could give him the money towards one.

I did look at a Monte Blanc Fountain Pen, but £1,500 I thought Nah.
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It just seemed to end up up in a horrible inky mess when I was a kid. The day we were allowed to use a biro was bliss.
The paper in exercise books was never really suitable for fountain pen writing so disaster was inevitable. Flicking ink at your mates (and non mates) didn't help either
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Re: New Fountain Pen

The grammar school I went to had only relaxed the rule on writing with a fountain pen a year or two before I arrived, so a lot of people still used them, and I had one maths teacher who used to persist in writing angry messages in the margin if you submitted homework in biro.

The only fun thing about them was the way you could create Pollock-esque artwork on your classmates’ exercise books.
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Re: New Fountain Pen

Ah thanks for reminding me of an old skill I haven't practised for a while. I might just get myself a new italic fountain pen and start doing some calligraphy again especially as we are now apparently heading for lock down. I never had an expensive pen. Just used a cheap Osmiroid.
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Re: New Fountain Pen

Since I mostly used a keyboard in my jobs, I used to love using a fountain pen to sign contracts, or sign off reports (which needed an actual signature) - my wife bought me a Meisterstück Classique Fountain Pen about 10 years ago, and I still use it for birthday/Christmas cards.
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Re: New Fountain Pen

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Ah thanks for reminding me of an old skill I haven't practised for a while. I might just get myself a new italic fountain pen and start doing some calligraphy again especially as we are now apparently heading for lock down. I never had an expensive pen. Just used a cheap Osmiroid.
Dip pens are fun to use and it's not expensive to get started. Pen holder, nibs, ink and paper then you're good to go.

https://scribblers.co.uk/
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Dip pens are fun to use and it's not expensive to get started. Pen holder, nibs, ink and paper then you're good to go.

https://scribblers.co.uk/
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Understood.

A nice flex nib would be a good option. The best ones are probably the vintage Watermans but demand for good examples is high and the prices on auction sites and at pen shows are eye watering.

There's the Pilot/Namiki Falcon which is a very nice, modern pen with a flexible nib but you don't quite get the same line variation as a dip pen or vintage flex pen. Japanese premium pens are not cheap on the European market either.

https://www.cultpens.com/i/q/PL14800..._BwE#PL14800-M
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Thanks guys i will look into these soon.
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Re: New Fountain Pen

To me a fountain pen is the finest writing instument you can have.
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