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Discussion in 'Other Toys/Hobbies' started by Akh-Horus, Aug 14, 2012.

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    Trying Facebook first - no fees. Biggest issue with that is getting a target audience. www.watchuseek.com is a good website, primarily watches but has a good section on pens being sold but be careful, you may end up with more pens!
     
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    "Good Times"

    The current virus crisis has stretched our medical teams thinly, they work hard in all facets and we appreciate them :)

    I was in a medical facility, and noticed he had a fountain pen on his desk...
    Says me: Couldn't help noticing the Pilot Demonstrator on your desk

    Added 15 minutes to the session! :lol:

    Good times among the bad...

    Hope you're all well :)
     
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  3. Uncle Fester

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    New pen day!


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    Platinum Curidas retractable
    The feed has not cracked, took ages for the ink to fill it, writes nicely
    Fine stainless steel nib, so no line variation, around 156mm long when retracted, may not fit some pockets
    I'm happy with it so far... :)
     
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    How do you think one would go as a daily driver? I am unbelievably hard on my pens, usually sitting in my pants pocket clipped on. I work in supermarkets so they get knocked, fall out due to me squatting or the clips get snapped after a while from my pocket manipulation... And I nearly always end up with ink all over my thigh (because the lid has come off and the nib is pressed against me).

    This means either my pens are ruined (fine with a $15 Jinho, less fine with the $120+ Lamy Studios I love.) or are out of ink when I go to use them... And ink isn't that cheap either.

    Looking at the photo, the nip points up when the pen is clipped somewhere? How much force does it take to push the nib up or is it "locked" in place? I have been eyeing a Pilot VP but with my first kid on the way, its out of my budget, especially for a "test"
     
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    How do you think one would go as a daily driver?

    Short answer: Nup

    Long answer: Its a plastic pen, with the nib retracted, the knock sticks out about 25mm, very easy to break in a pants-pocket. There is no lock, push the knock, nib comes out...

    If you're after a 1-finger-push retractable pen that's rugged, I think you may be out of luck
    Maybe look at Kaweco Classic, Lilliput or Moonman Wancai. They are pocket pens

    Highly recommend Kaweco Classic, you have to unscrew the cap, but it pushes onto the barrel, the other two need to be screwed on to make them long enough to use comfortably
    I still want an Al Sport in "stone wash" because how fckin cool is that? :leet::)
     
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    Got this coming...

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    Mabie Todd 3161, as far as I can gather, about 90 years old
    It's the nib...
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    Looks the goods mate.
     
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    Major car service cost me $2k yesterday, don't need new pens, must resist... must resist...
    Lamy 2000 for $269? Muuust reeesist... :Paranoid::lol:
     
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    Succumb!!!!!!
     
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    The Mabie Todd turned up a week or so ago

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    I checked the Pat App number & it appears this little feller was born sometime in the early to mid 1940s...
    The hard rubber barrel and cap has faded a bit and the clip is a bit squished. Hard-starter initially if not used for a couple of days
    The nib is a lot of fun! I just wish I could write using the flex competently, ah well...

    The sellers' philosophy is great! (paraphrased) 'just make it work, let it keep it's history'
     
  12. Uncle Fester

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    Crickets...
    This is the first year since 2017 I've done nothing for Fountain Pen Day, which is today.
    The FPD website has links to sponsor's specials and raffles, but I've not been tempted

    Meh :thumbup:
     
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    I've backed off on pens, making them at least due to moving house and some renovations. This will change in the near future i hope!
     
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    I think I've lost my old trusty daily :upset:

    Does anyone have any recommendations for a good sturdy clicky-top pen that can take a Fisher Space / standard refill?
     
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    How about a Fisher AG7? Fits the refills nicely, is sturdy :thumbup:

    To digress, a colleague, whom is mildly in to fountain pens gave me this
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    Whilst I'm appreciative of the sentiment...
    There's no ink in the bottle as well...
     
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    Cheers Fes. Looks the goods. I ordered the slightly different CH4.
    ....aaaand of course... literally 5 minutes after hitting checkout, I found my pen haha.
    My EDC was a matte black Cap-o-matic, so I'll keep using that, and I can relegate the new chromey to my work diary.
     
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    Conversely, a County Com pen takes those refills.
     
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    Yeah I'm pretty sure the Fisher refills should be a standard size (and they include an adapter), but you never know.
     
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    I have a gift i want to buy for a pen enthusiast, can anyone recommend me a under $100 gift that someone who likes collecting pens would find useful?
     
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    If they're into fountain pens, maybe a nice ink in their favorite colour? Pilot iroshizuku make some awesome ones or splash out and go montblanc with is a fancy brand and similarly priced. and / or a travelling ink well?
     

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