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Old Fashioned Fountain Pen

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Have Fun, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. Have Fun

    Have Fun pfm Member

    As I looked at the number of plastic pens on my desk a thought occured to me that an old fashioned refillable fountain pen & clutch pencil are in fact a lot greener solution than the throwaway plastic varieties we now use.

    Imagine how much less plastic there would be to dispose of if they made a come back.

    The revolution could start here guys.

    Apart from that my handwriting always looked better when I used a fountain pen.
  2. Darth Vader

    Darth Vader From the Dark Side

    I have never been able to really write with a biro. I still have some fountain pens. However I prefer the little bellows to suck up the ink rather than cartridges.


  3. Have Fun

    Have Fun pfm Member

    I agree I'll have to hunt around my drawers for some

    Yeah the cartridges would have to be refillable & reusable to be green
  4. Darth Vader

    Darth Vader From the Dark Side

    Yup all my fountain pens are Parkers. I remember that a snooty Schaffer had a proboscis that sucked up the ink. The adverts showed some ponce with white gloves filling the pen.

    But a Parker with a cartridge is just not the same. I like the little side lever that compresses the tube to suck up the ink. I used to be able to change inks easily in class from blue, royal blue, blue-black and black. The brighter colours were for girls...........


  5. palpnorte

    palpnorte leaf, heem strong ...

    Pelikan M800, Sailor blue ink. There is no finer writing experience.
  6. concrete

    concrete pfm Member

    Where do you get those bellows? I have a really nice old wooden pen of my grandfather's but no way to use it.
  7. Have Fun

    Have Fun pfm Member

  8. vuk

    vuk \o/ choose anarchy

    good choice. the brass nibs of pelican are the best for writing (as opposed to showing off a la mont blanc).

  9. palpnorte

    palpnorte leaf, heem strong ...

    Montblanc make nice enough pens, but indeed - you are paying for the boutiques, the adverts and Johnny Depp's modeling fees.

    Pelikan's interchangeable nibs (e.g. a pen from the 40's will take an 80's nib), restrained design and piston filling system make them unbeatable, IMO .

  10. vuk

    vuk \o/ choose anarchy


    mont blanc nibs are too stiff. it all feels like writing with a roller-ball, which is what the rich inept klutzes want. a flexing nib gives you more artistic control, but is a disaster in the wrong hands. i also have this parker which i have taken a fetish picture of:


  11. Virtual Dynamics

    Virtual Dynamics Registered User

    I also own the Pelikan 800 and concur with observations.

    I do use gel ink for my daily writing and find it an acceptable compromise given their convenience and not having to worry about losing them during normal daily activities around the office.

    The refills I use fit any Parker Style Pen , are 1.0 mm from the local Dollar Store and I get a two pack for a buck.

    Smooth flowing
  12. concrete

    concrete pfm Member

    Excellent, thanks! Might send it away and get it all refitted, I've no idea how usable it is.
  13. andy831

    andy831 pfm Member

    A Pelikan, a Waterman or a Parker for me dependant on whether I want Blue, Green or Red ink.
  14. hifi_dave

    hifi_dave Hi-Fi Retailer

    I've been using a Parker Duofold Centennial for Donkey's years now. It's reserved for filling in the columns in my business books with Parker black ink and somehow it looks so much neater than doing the same with a Biro, even a good one.:)
  15. blakeaudio

    blakeaudio pfm Member

    i have a dunhill sidecar and a mont blanc. the dunhill certainly has a softer nib and is generally more comfortable to write with, however it is nice to alternate. at work besides a keybord, everything i write is with a fountain pen.
  16. ian r

    ian r 401's Nakman

    As this is a thread inspired by green thinking and the idea of not creating non biodegradable rubbish I do not think references to using throw away cartridges should go unoticed. My wife found a Shaeffer pen ......is there a white dot range ..... besides the law courts in Edinburgh some 20 years ago it had a cartridge in it ....... it still has the same cartridge in it as we refill it from a ancient HP cartridge refiller that I now keep my ink in ... drip free and I believe the cartridge will last longer than those old bladdery things on my other pens ...... all Parkers and Swanns which were repaired at a ridiculous price in Edinburgh pen shop ..... all needed new scrotums fitted ...

    so cartridges OK if refilled not if thrown away...... 'can I have a badge now'
  17. Have Fun

    Have Fun pfm Member

    Now that could be interesting If I could use the same method

    what is the hp refillable bit ? & is it still available?
  18. palpnorte

    palpnorte leaf, heem strong ...

    Just ask for a blunt syringe at the chemists - take care to explain why you want it, and then drink in the relieved yet quizzical look.

    Refilling cartridges works well enough, but you will miss out on the beneficial effects of flushing ink through the nib and section. You can do this by putting it in your mouth and huffing in and out, risking the interesting effects of an inky mouthwash, or alternately purchase the cartridge converter that will undoubtedly be available for your pen at :

    The Writing Desk

    who also supply over 150 colours of ink.

    When I was young it was blue when you were learning, blue black or black when you'd learned, and then anything else for writing peculiar letters to the Radio Times. Happily this is no longer the case. One of my favourites is Noodler's 'El Lawrence', an intriguing little American ink which is a sort of greasy dark green verging on black, a bit like dirty engine oil.

  19. guybat

    guybat [+]

    Thanks chaps. This thread has wasted half my day. I'm now set on a Pelikan of my very own.
  20. palpnorte

    palpnorte leaf, heem strong ...

    But which one? (I'm getting a bit evangelical, I think)

    If you go for a Pelikan, then consider getting it from Niche Pens. Ray is a very nice guy, and they are the cheapest I've found in the UK (and will let you do things like home dem the nibs!)


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