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Author Topic: Does anyone use Fountain Pens?  (Read 18200 times)
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« Reply #210 on: July 23, 2016, 01:56:50 PM »

Funny you should mention it, a Kaweco Sport is the top pen on my "buy" list the next time I've got some cash for a new writing tool.

I was always a bit put-off by the fact that you have to buy the clip for this pen as a separate item. Sketchy.

That said, I have a Kaweco Dia2 which is simply wonderful. Their steel nibs are super-nice. They are quiet and smooth.

Beware of cheap Chinese counterfeits. They are out there. I bought a Kaweco from Holland only to find the nib scratchy and blotchy; and a clip that reads "Kawec".
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« Reply #211 on: July 24, 2016, 03:26:40 PM »

Yeah the clip part bugged me too actually.  Don't know what's up with that? 

I got mine from Goulet but another good place is:   http://www.seitz-global.com/   You can get a clip and some cartridges as cheap as just the pen in the US on many of the models.  They sell legit pens too and have great prices on the R&K line of inks.  Free shipping and my stuff usually gets here in 8-10 days.
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« Reply #212 on: July 24, 2016, 03:46:50 PM »

For a pocket pen, the clip aspect isn't that big of a deal for me. But I hear what you're saying. The clip seems like it should be part of the package. I mean, it's a pen.
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« Reply #213 on: July 24, 2016, 08:04:27 PM »

Yeah the clip part bugged me too actually.  Don't know what's up with that? 

I got mine from Goulet but another good place is:   http://www.seitz-global.com/   You can get a clip and some cartridges as cheap as just the pen in the US on many of the models.  They sell legit pens too and have great prices on the R&K line of inks.  Free shipping and my stuff usually gets here in 8-10 days.


Got mine from Amazon. This taught me an important lesson about Amazon: NEVER buy from an overseas seller UNLESS they have a stateside return address. The pen was clearly counterfeit. To return the $120 pen to Holland: $80.

I threw it out and chalked it up to experience. Sending things to America is cheap. Sending things from America to other countries - with the required tracking - is prohibitively expensive. Beware.

I have bought a few pens from Goulet. They are a top-notch retailer for sure. Probably one of the best there is. I am using one their bookmarks now in the book I am reading :-)
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« Reply #214 on: July 28, 2016, 02:53:13 PM »

Got mine from Amazon. This taught me an important lesson about Amazon: NEVER buy from an overseas seller UNLESS they have a stateside return address. The pen was clearly counterfeit. To return the $120 pen to Holland: $80.

I noticed several bad reviews about counterfeits on some LG Ultra headphones I got from Amazon.  Wondered why not just return them since they were sold and shipped by amazon?  Once I got mine they were real LG's but they had loaded more colors other than the black and white.  All the colored ones were from other seller's and not Amazon so I realized I had to be weary even on their site.

Goulet is nice and I like their packing.  Prices are a little higher and they never seem to have sales but I guess they don't need too.  Also a good reference site for nib sizes and color swatches.  But as I'm sure any FP user has found out, the color swabs made from a q-tip compared to a pen nib can vary quite a lot.

Amazon is carrying the full line of Iroshizuku inks.  Many colors are only $21 which is a great deal for Prime members!

The new anniversary J. Herbin 1670 just dropped too.  Caroube de Chypre.

 
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« Reply #215 on: August 02, 2016, 04:03:26 PM »

I just got my TWSBI Diamond repaired. Ink started to leak around the threads of the barrel and pen section. The customer service rep suggested I clean it out between refills because some inks will weaken plastic if left on for a long time. I confess, I rarely did that if ever. Still they replaced it for the cost of shipping, so the fix was cheaper than buying a new pen.
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« Reply #216 on: August 02, 2016, 11:33:55 PM »

I remember some of the TWSBI 540's had an issue of the thread end cracking on the barrel if over tightened.  Luckily TWSBI replaced the barrels free of charge.  From what I've read they solved this issue on the 580's.  Glad they replaced your barrel!  I really like mine.  For a steel nib it writes well and even when capped for a month it writes, right away.   Cheesy
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« Reply #217 on: August 04, 2016, 11:05:23 AM »

I remember some of the TWSBI 540's had an issue of the thread end cracking on the barrel if over tightened.  Luckily TWSBI replaced the barrels free of charge.  From what I've read they solved this issue on the 580's.  Glad they replaced your barrel!  I really like mine.  For a steel nib it writes well and even when capped for a month it writes, right away.   Cheesy

All the ballpoint pens I have at my workplace however are junk and don't write unless I scratch a piece of paper several times for them to get started. My 580, has been used a lot in the last two years since I bought it. Since I got the extra fine sized nib, I only need to refill it once every two weeks, and it writes every time I uncap it.
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« Reply #218 on: March 03, 2017, 12:56:16 AM »

Knocking the dust off...


KWZ ink in Honey!  If you're down for a light brown/gold with shading and nice smell this is one to grab.
https://vanness1938.com/collections/kwz-standard-inks/products/kwz-standard-honey-new-formula

Diamine has dropped several more 'shimmering' inks.  Still haven't tried any but will get some samples or bottles one of these days.

If you like larger pens the TWSBI Vac700 is coming back in the Vac700R.  Updated valve like the one in the Mini-Vac.

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« Reply #219 on: March 13, 2017, 10:19:18 PM »

Bumpin stead of editin... cauz of SPARKLES!!!  Tongue

Diamine Golden Oasis, it's Shimmertastic.  Writes a bit dry in the 1st pen I tried it with but performs fine and has enough shimmer to shine all the way.  Thin lines or flex lines still shows the shimmer.  Full flex really sparkles whether on Tomoe river or 24lb copier paper. 
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