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Pen Woes... >.<;

March 1st, 2007 (07:46 pm)

Well, I decided to look for my old notes and scribblings for GH fanfics as well as a fountain pen that I misplaced ~a year ago. No problems... I found some of my stuff (apparently I have (had?) a thing for notebooks; I found ~6 completely empty books for scribbling in), and I found my pen but... when I opened the pen, the nib remained in the cap?? Ummm... yeah, the pen literally went to pieces on me. @_@ The good thing is that it was a pretty cheap pen, and since I misplaced it, obviously I didn't take care of it. (Poor abused thing. At least my Waterman is properly loved.) But having the nib literally go to pieces was... different.

So... I ended up spending a bunch of time hunting down a new everyday pen. >.> Of course, while I was doing that, I saw a bunch of discount pens and... I ended up buying two more pens because they were on sale. >.> And since I really want a pen, I decided to dig out the one I bought in Japan a couple trips ago. I was pretty sure I'd bought a Platinum, but over the past 1.5 years, I essentially became very uncertain about it because I could never find the pen online. ^^;; It wasn't expensive, but it was pretty. I finally found it. It's the one with cranes and Mt. Fuji. ^^;; I still haven't decided if I'll actually use it though. (I don't have a converter for it... actually, I have no idea if it takes a converter). ^^;

And now the plan is to hopefully go to Reid Stationers and see what they might have. If I'm going all that way... I'm hoping that *maybe* they'll have the pen I've been thinking about ever since I laid eyes on it in Japan in Oct. That pen is the Mont Blanc Mozart. I've never really paid any attention to Mont Blanc, but for some reason, that pen just reached out, grabbed me by the throat, and said, "you want to buy me!" Thinking in hindsight and over the many times I've thought about that pen, I should've just bought it then. (My problem was that I couldn't decide between gold trim and platinum trim.) >.< How sad is it that I'm more willing to consider using that pen than I am the Platinum? Weird, I know.

What's really sad is that there are two other pens and two basic pens I wouldn't mind getting on top of the one's I've already ordered. And that's just on looking for a regular use pen! What would happen if I looked for a really nice pen?! >.<

But... does anyone have any suggestions for a good pen that's not too expensive? I really lucked out when I bought the Waterman, but I have no idea how the three I bought today will go. ^^; I think I'm going to have to hunt down some info on proper care for pens, just in case. I don't want to accidentally kill my other pens. >.<;


Posted by: wombat1138 (wombat1138)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2007 03:38 am (UTC)

Do you have a preferred nib size? For the past few years, my default fountain pen has been a slightly older model of what's now called the Namiki Vanishing Point; I bought one when they were first being sold in the US under the "Pilot" brandname instead. The nib peeks in and out with a push of the button on the back, just like a ballpoint; the fine-point nib is *very* fine, and a cartridge converter is available for it. A lot of prestige pens are big monstrous things that I actually have trouble wrapping my fingers around to write with, but this one is very nicely sized.

I'm still carrying around my previous favorite pen, a fine-nib Sheaffer Targa, but I gradually lost my writing calluses, and the last time I used it for a really extended period I ended up with blisters from the little ledge where the barrel meets the cap :b

And I wish there was a fine-point model of the Lyra Calypso; it's a cute rollerball that can use fountain-pen cartridges, or the proper size of cartridge converter for bottled ink. Only available in medium point, though, and the liquid ink does tend to wick outward and broaden the lines even more.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2007 04:52 am (UTC)

I think I prefer fine nibs. So far, I've only bought medium nibs (haven't tried the Pt pen) and they're too fat for my likes. That said, the Vanishing Point looks neat! ^___^ I take it that the medium nib might be better for this one if the fine's really fine? I agree though, a lot of the fountain pens out there are massive. I prefer pens that are larger than your standard ballpoint stick, but... big within reason.

The Lyra Calypso looks interesting, but I can see why you want a fine tip; 0.7mm is getting pretty big. >.<; But if it'll take cartridges/converter... ^o^

Thanks for the info! ^___^

Posted by: barbka (barbka)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2007 09:58 am (UTC)

I don't know how is in your country but in mine we must still use the fountain pen the whole middle school and junior high, so you can choose from 1000 different models. I am still using one, 'cause is my favourite for writhing - even now in the uni.
If you want i can choose one for you and send it :) no problem - they are not so expencive, but I don't know what tipe you like :)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2007 03:53 am (UTC)

Wow! You *have* to use fountain pens? :o (I think we were the opposite and were only supposed to use ballpoint.) ^^;

I *really* appreciate the offer especially since I suspect what you have there is what I'm really interested in finding, but I wouldn't want to put you through the trouble. ^_^ Oh to have many different fountain pens of various kinds to choose from like that... *___*

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: March 3rd, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)

Well it's not a problem for me to buy you one :) you can tell me more on mail if you like. I really like INOXCROM (not cheap models for little kids but the elegant ones that are really cute + not expensive + not made from plastic - 15 US dollars one. I am using mine allmost everyday on the university and I am really satisfied with it.
I can get you one - my tread. ;)

Posted by: barbka (barbka)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)

uuups I forgot to sign...this non name post is mine hehe :)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: March 5th, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)

^_^ Like I said earlier, I *really* do appreciate the offer, but I'll see what I can find locally. ^___^

Posted by: H. C. Frost (shinigami_lust)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2007 12:47 pm (UTC)

I'm kind of curious now, is there a target price range when you say relatively inexpensive. I live in the States and all the fountain pens that I've looked at around here are so darn expensive. It's hard to find anything decent under $100 USD. Rotring and Pelikan might be some good options to look at. Although, honestly, I think it might be more cost efficient to buy it overseas. All the fountain pens that I use, I got from my trip to China, made by a company called Hero. Fountain pens made by a Chinese company may not sound to classy, but they write well and their nibs are generally finer than what I normally find in the states.

Just a thought. :P

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2007 02:22 am (UTC)

Hmm... preferably below $100, I think, but at the same time, if someone knows of a definite performer, I'm willing to look at it. I'm looking for the best of all worlds for this pen, sort of like the Honda Civic of pens--hardy, durable, comfortable (can be used for long periods of time), works well, doesn't need a huge amount of care, and even when neglected will still perform. Looks and name are pretty irrelevant. (Umm... yeah, a bit of a pipe dream perhaps. ^^;;)

Like for you, most of the fountain pens here are more prestige items, but it looks like there are some that are more general use items too. Pelikan has one that has me intrigued, the Pelikano? I think it's supposed to be more of a student pen and is supposed to be ~$20 here. I'm sort of hoping that since it's geared toward student use, it'll withstand lots of writing and will be reasonably comfortable to use. Unfortunately, at the same time, it's described as a big pen which might not work for me. :/

I have no idea if I can get hold of those pens here, but I'll definitely take a look. Cheers! ^_^

Posted by: LKK (lkk)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2007 06:06 pm (UTC)

I apologize in advance for this off-topic comment. But you did mention GH in passing, so it's not 100% off-topic.

I have some GH questions that I hope you would consider answering. Because these questions are extremely spoilerish, I'm reluctant to post them in your LJ. I don't want to spoil anyone accidentally. Would you mind if I emailed you my questions? And if you don't mind me doing that, what email address should I use? (I realize you're very busy with many projects, but the questions are easy to answer. I hope.)

So that I'm partially back on the main topic of your post. ... I think it's cool that you use a fountain pen. When I started reading your post, I was going to suggest using one of those NASA space pens. I had one for years and loved it. Then I lost it. :(

After reading your post more thoroughly, I realized you were asking about fountain pens. I've owned one of those. But I've always been enamoured of them. They're just too expensive and a little too messy for me to actually purchase one though.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2007 02:53 am (UTC)

Sure, if I'm able. You can email me on my yahoo account: tsujirimaccha @ yahoo . ca

^_^ I like all sorts of pens, but dip pens and fountain pens are extra special to me. That said, I only got into fountain pens last year. You should've seen me when I first discovered gel pens though. *___* All those colours and everything... I was like a kid in a candy store. ^^;;

I found fountain pens a bit daunting to get into buying, especially if you can't actually play with a pen first and see how it writes. The mess aspect was probably the least of my concerns since I've dallied in calligraphy a bit. (I don't think pens can get much messier than that. ^^;;) So far the worst mess I've encountered with fountain pens (other than yesterday's ...incident??) would be cleaning them. Mind you, I was a lost soul almost before I began down the fountain pen path what with all those inks and colours! Add to that lucking out with a really smooth-writing starter pen... ^^; Of course when I asked for help before I drowned, ginny_t and wombat1138 promptly gave me links to more pretty pens and things. ^^;

Posted by: LKK (lkk)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC)

Thank you for agreeing to look at my questions. I'll send them off shortly.

Gel pens? I'm not sure what those are and how they differ from fountain pens.

I used to be on a mail order pen company's catalog mailing list. Their catalog was one of my favorite pieces of junk mail to receive. I never bought anything from them. But I loved to look at the variety of pens and inks they offered. There is something sensously elegant about a fountain pen as opposed to a ball point pen.

The closest I ever came to owning a fountain pen was a beginner's calligraphy set I bought once. I never mastered calligraphy but the sheer shape of the pen nib made my wedding invitation addresses look neat and nifty. :)

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: March 4th, 2007 04:13 am (UTC)
have written by skellorg on obsessiveico

Your Platinum pen looks gorgeous!

I see I never replied to this. O_o Then again, considering the Herbin incident, maybe it's for the best…

When the Big Red Bank was paying me well for the privilege of drying my soul and grinding it into a fine powder for its morning elixir, I consoled myself with shinies like pens. (I also had a friend who worked in a pen store. Very bad combination: lots of income + work woes/stress + knowledgeable enabler close at hand.) On the upside, I still have the pens, and the tea has worked wonders in rehydrating what's left of my poor little soul.

One of my favourite fountain pen expressions: if it doesn't suck ink from a bottle, it's not a real pen. ^_^ (That said, I have at least 2 pens that don't suck ink from a bottle. But they write good.)

Posted by: lys (lysiithea)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2007 12:56 am (UTC)

Hi! I've been reading you for Ghost HUnt for a while now. And I've gotten my own LJ, and have added you as a friend. Hope you can do the same. :)

As for pens, what about Sheaffer? My Sheaffer has lasted me for twenty over years and is still usable. It's not a fountain pen though, but I love it. My father gave it to me. It's matt silver and my name's engraved on it. You could get something like that too?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)

Greetings and welcome and added! ^_^

Good pens are really wonderful aren't they? ^_^ There is a Sheaffer that caught my attention in this latest hunt, but I'd definitely want to see it in person before considering buying it. (It's either the Legacy or the Heritage.) Right now, I'm concentrating more on a utilitarian pen since it'll definitely run the risk of serious neglect or possibly even pen abuse. I'd rather not experience another pen disintegration like yesterday, but it's a definite risk. ^^;;

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