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Teach me about fountain pens
« on: November 17, 2019, 04:33:21 PM »
Daughter wants a fountain pen with standard international cartridges.

Thoughts? Caveats? Better setups?
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Re: Teach me about fountain pens
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2019, 06:44:51 PM »
Cartridge pens are slightly less cool than bladder/lever pens but much cleaner and more convenient.

I've got a couple of each, but nothing particularly fancy. The big pen names like Parker, Pilot, Mont Blanc (if you're feeling flush) are more or less comparable and usually have more than one price point.
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Re: Teach me about fountain pens
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2019, 10:58:15 PM »
Any difference in cartridge types? Advantages or disadvantages?
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Re: Teach me about fountain pens
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2019, 11:09:41 PM »
Not really, the cartridge is just a reservoir with a partially perforated spot for the ink tube to poke through.
Some brands are bigger though, so check what size the pen wants, then go nuts.
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Re: Teach me about fountain pens
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2019, 02:03:43 AM »
I used to carry one.
This thread has inspired me to do so again as well as get them fo my kids for Christmas.




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Re: Teach me about fountain pens
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2019, 10:00:55 AM »
One cool thing is to get a restored Esterbrook pen for her. They were common in their day and often used by secretaries with less-than-large cash reserves. At the time they were maybe a $3 pen. They look and function very well (I have 3 different ones), can be nibbed based on the type of use you're planning, and are not as expensive as some other options out there.

There's also a new "panache" about carrying a restored, 60-year-old-pen.
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Re: Teach me about fountain pens
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2019, 06:53:37 PM »
Use to carry one too. There's something cool about them, can't really say what. For brands -- I like everything mentioned so far (except don't know Esterbrook). I had a soft spot for Pelikan.

Definitely something worth shopping around for. Prices can vary a lot from dealer to dealer. Can't offer up a single go-to source.
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Re: Teach me about fountain pens
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2019, 08:30:56 PM »
I see that Esterbrook has been revived as a brand. But I still have my Grandfather's original Esterbrook pen with the ink bladder.

The bladder actually lasts a good while for each fill, but I discovered it was very impractical for heavy writing in mobile situations (eg high school or college notetaking) due to the refilling method. A cartridge is a lot easier to carry a spare and pop a new one in if it runs out during class.

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Re: Teach me about fountain pens
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2019, 11:44:47 AM »
I have several Esterbrooks (Restored by the guy I PMed about). All are nice. I also have a custom one made by a guy who was able to get some of the 300+ year old wood from the stage of the place where they filmed the first 2 Harry Potter banquets (Christ Church College, Oxford) when it was being restored. That's a special one (but it also wasn't "Esterbrook money").





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Re: Teach me about fountain pens
« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2019, 04:49:36 PM »
The school I went to required us to use fountain pens through graduation.   

I can’t understand why anyone would use one by choice.  But that’s just me.

The inconvenience hardly outweighs the subtle flair it adds to handwritten script.

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Re: Teach me about fountain pens
« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2019, 05:09:55 PM »
The school I went to required us to use fountain pens through graduation.   

I can’t understand why anyone would use one by choice.  But that’s just me.

The inconvenience hardly outweighs the subtle flair it adds to handwritten script.

 Did you mean ink wells and quills?  I understand it is very important how you choose your feather....
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Re: Teach me about fountain pens
« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2019, 07:21:29 PM »
The nib is what is really important

https://www.jetpens.com/blog/guide-to-fountain-pen-nibs-choosing-a-fountain-pen-nib/pt/760

Not recommending this site, just what I found on a quick search explaining it.

We can discuss different ink types next, along with paper selection.  Don't forget to wear your pocket protector.  D@mn things leak.
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Re: Teach me about fountain pens
« Reply #12 on: November 20, 2019, 07:59:16 AM »
and here I thought all they did was leak in your pocket and ruin your shirt??
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Re: Teach me about fountain pens
« Reply #13 on: November 20, 2019, 08:28:02 AM »
A fountain pen killed my father
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