Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

What was your first fountain pen?

Stephanie

My first fountain pen was a red Lamy Safari that I purchased in late 2007 from Pendemonium. I called them to help me select the nib, as I had no idea how it might write when compared to a typical gel pen or roller ball. They suggested a medium which I do believe at the time was a good choice. There is a bit of a learning curve when writing with a fountain pen. You don’t need to bear down on the nib for the ink to flow, but it’s still easy to do so as that’s what historically has been necessary to get the ink moving out of a pen. If you lean hard on a fine or extra-fine nib, you could damage the nib or simply find that it’s too “scratchy” compared to what you are used to. Writing with a fountain pen needs only the lightest touch…

So what was your first, or what will be your first fountain pen?

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36 thoughts on “What was your first fountain pen?

  1. In 1966 when I turned 16 I bought my first fountain pen with my own money. A Mont Blanc 122 with a super luscious Medium nib. My seconf fountain pen purchase followed the same year – a Pelikan 120 with a factory stub nib that I still use and enjoy! My FP love began early and has remained strong throughout my life!

  2. In 1966 when I turned 16 I bought my first fountain pen with my own money. A Mont Blanc 122 with a super luscious Medium nib. My seconf fountain pen purchase followed the same year – a Pelikan 120 with a factory stub nib that I still use and enjoy! My FP love began early and has remained strong throughout my life!

  3. My first fountain pen was a parker vector fountain pen that I bought when I was a kid. I loved that pen.

  4. My first fountain pen was a parker vector fountain pen that I bought when I was a kid. I loved that pen.

  5. Mine was a Waterman Phileas with a medium nib that I bought at OfficeMax in a kit. It came with the pen, cartridges of various colors, a bottle of Waterman black ink, and some blotter paper. After a couple years, I sent it to Pendemonium to have the nib custom ground into an italic cursive pen. A year after that I sold it.

    Now I own two fountain pens. A Hero 330, and a Scheaffer No Nonsense calligraphy pen. I use both daily.

    Bob

  6. Mine was a Waterman Phileas with a medium nib that I bought at OfficeMax in a kit. It came with the pen, cartridges of various colors, a bottle of Waterman black ink, and some blotter paper. After a couple years, I sent it to Pendemonium to have the nib custom ground into an italic cursive pen. A year after that I sold it.

    Now I own two fountain pens. A Hero 330, and a Scheaffer No Nonsense calligraphy pen. I use both daily.

    Bob

  7. My first fountain pen was a Parker 45 that I received as a gift when I entered high school in 1965. I still have it and it still works although I do not use it much anymore.

  8. My first fountain pen was a Parker 45 that I received as a gift when I entered high school in 1965. I still have it and it still works although I do not use it much anymore.

  9. My first fountain pen was a 1930’s Waterman.

    I needed a pen to learn to write in the third grade. It was 1963, and my father gave me his brother’s abandoned pen. I used it all through grade, high, college and grad school and still use it today. Michael Masuyama resacked it a few years ago.

    I used it last year to make some illustrations for Carrier Pigeon Magazine. In some ways it is my quintessential pen; I judge all pens by it.
    And, in a pinch, it can do anything I ask of it.

  10. My first fountain pen was a 1930’s Waterman.

    I needed a pen to learn to write in the third grade. It was 1963, and my father gave me his brother’s abandoned pen. I used it all through grade, high, college and grad school and still use it today. Michael Masuyama resacked it a few years ago.

    I used it last year to make some illustrations for Carrier Pigeon Magazine. In some ways it is my quintessential pen; I judge all pens by it.
    And, in a pinch, it can do anything I ask of it.

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