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  • #16
    Originally posted by Cosmo View Post
    I have horrible handwriting, but I love fountain pens. My daily pen is an Aurora Ipsilon. I have several nicer pens in my collection (a couple Namikis, a lower-end Omas, many Sheaffers, a couple Montblancs, etc.). I also collected demonstrators for a while, but I don't think many manufacturers make them any more.

    Turns out my grandfather was big into fountain pens as well, and I inherited a lot of his pens. Many of them needed some TLC at Fountain Pen Hospital. But it's nice to write with a pen that first wrote on paper in the 20's.
    Officially jealous.
    People will believe anything, which means I will believe anythingI want to start believing in things that have shapeliness and harmony.
    -Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

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    • #17
      I'll see if I can get some pics of them. I don't believe anything he had was valuable or rare, but they are special to me.
      http://brokenspokedesign.com

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      • #18
        Incidentally, Cosmo, maybe you already know this, but as far as the pens needing T.L.C., there's a site somewhere, that I wish I could remember the name of, that specializes in fountain pen repair tools. You can buy replacement ink bladders (which are usually the first thing to go) and the adhesive to attach them to the feed/nib.
        People will believe anything, which means I will believe anythingI want to start believing in things that have shapeliness and harmony.
        -Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Nobert View Post
          Incidentally, Cosmo, maybe you already know this, but as far as the pens needing T.L.C., there's a site somewhere, that I wish I could remember the name of, that specializes in fountain pen repair tools. You can buy replacement ink bladders (which are usually the first thing to go) and the adhesive to attach them to the feed/nib.
          www.fountainpenhospital.com is where I usually go. I don't do the repairs myself. I just send them there and let them do it.
          http://brokenspokedesign.com

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Virgo Nightingale View Post
            That WAS sexy... Now I want one...

            Me too!!!
            "Go ahead, make your logos in PS. We charge extra money to redraw your logo into vector art so it can be printed on promotional product. Cha CHING! " - CCericola

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            • #21
              What's an instrument like that cost?

              I like calligraphy nibs. Never fell for the fountain pen, though occasionally had a cheapy that I used to follow up with a wet brush.

              This thread can't sound anything but kinky, can it?

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              • #22
                Originally posted by PrintDriver View Post
                What's an instrument like that cost?

                I like calligraphy nibs. Never fell for the fountain pen, though occasionally had a cheapy that I used to follow up with a wet brush.

                This thread can't sound anything but kinky, can it?
                I'm not sure about this model, but my Namiki, as well as their most popular model, the retractable fountain pen, ran for about $100. As usual, the Japanese do a quality job at affordable prices.

                For a beginner, Shaeffer makes a line of cheap, plastic jobs with steel nibs that go for about $10 and can be found in the dwindling selection of stationary and art supply stores. Then you get up into the Waterman Phileas (about $40-50) and the Pelikan series (a few hundred), up to the Montblanc Meisterstuck (out of your league, little man).

                Probably the most interesting pricing I ever saw on a fountain pen was a limited edition that commemorated the founding of Isreal, decorated with a Star of David. Price: $1,948 (get it?).
                People will believe anything, which means I will believe anythingI want to start believing in things that have shapeliness and harmony.
                -Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

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                • #23
                  He doesn't use a fountain pen (at least not in the videos I've seen), but Donald Jackson is amazing with a quill pen he fashions himself. He is the Queen's calligrapher, but worked with the St. John's Abby here in MN to for the first time in 500 years create an illuminated bible on vellum. I've seen some of the pages and they are stunning. It took 8+ years to complete the work along with assistants.

                  The video here doesn't give the full version, but his work is so brilliant.
                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BK9oCX5lBLQ

                  This link looks at the whole book I believe.
                  http://www.saintjohnsbible.org/Custom.aspx?VID=7&ID=11

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                  • #24
                    Terrific little clip. Nothing wrong with you Bob. Pen porn is always welcome.

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                    • #25
                      If there is something wrong with getting hot and bothered over that video, there is something wrong with me too. It's so soothing to watch the alphabet appear like magic and how soothing is watching from 2.55: Reason, Purpose etc? I could watch that all day.
                      It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?" Winnie the Pooh

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by PrintDriver View Post
                        What's an instrument like that cost?

                        I like calligraphy nibs. Never fell for the fountain pen, though occasionally had a cheapy that I used to follow up with a wet brush.

                        This thread can't sound anything but kinky, can it?
                        Namikis aren't really all that expensive. There are some brands that are outrageously expensive. Some are way overpriced (Mont Blanc is one) and some are worth every penny. Omas and Montegrappa are a couple of them. Both make pens well over the 4 figure mark. Omas makes them that cost more than my car.
                        http://brokenspokedesign.com

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                        • #27
                          Thanks, now I gotta dig out my fountain pen... if I still have it. I've moved a million times since I last had one.

                          Looking back at my life when I was younger, it's amazing I didn't start out with Graphic Design/Typography sooner. I used to do this for FUN as a kid I found my old sketch book the other day, had years worth of doodling, writing, etc. in it. Different sizes of letters, different colors, types, etc.

                          <3
                          Typos are very important to all written form. It gives the reader something to look for so they aren't distracted by the total lack of content in your writing.
                          - Randy K. Milholland

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Virgo Nightingale View Post
                            That WAS sexy... Now I want one...
                            Yeah me too. I have an old fountain pen from the '40s that belonged to my grandmother. Unfortunately it doesn't work at this time. Someone mentioned pen TLC though, so could be good.

                            I also like my dip-nib pens.

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                            • #29
                              Just found this site today:

                              http://www.fountainpennetwork.com/fo...php?app=forums

                              Now I'm going back looking through all my pens and seeing which one I want to send off for custom grinding...
                              http://brokenspokedesign.com

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                              • #30
                                Just pulled the trigger on this beauty...

                                http://edisonpenco.smugmug.com/Pens/...4576&k=9Qbhnw8
                                http://brokenspokedesign.com

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