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Fountain Pens

January 19, 2015

I have not been participating in 52 Photos Project recently as I have been travelling but decided to start again with Week 37’s prompt: My Collection.

I collect fountain pens.

So far, it is a small (and not really impressive) collection as it does require some monetary outlay… So adding to the collection has been fairly slow – generally pens only get added once a year, after much deliberation on what the new pen should be.

Fountain Pens

Fountain Pens

Above is the picture of my current collection. The picture is missing a couple of my Sheaffers which were not on hand at that time.

I rotate most of these pens at work as I love writing and taking notes by hand. A brief note on each of the pens above. From the top to the bottom:

1. Silver Grey Lamy Al-Star: This is has a fine nib which I use when I write out my to-do lists.

2. Black Lamy Safari: This has a broad nib which is fairly wet and which I use when I just feel like doodling.

3. Parker 5th : Perhaps technically not a fountain pen but it was made to write like one. I bought this as my colleagues were complaining that I had no pens that they could use!

4. TWBSI Diamond 580: My latest addition. Have filled this with some Noodler’s blue ink and this pen just shines!

5. Lamy 2000: My first piston fill pen. I may need to get the nib fixed on this one though as I dropped it and it has not been quite the same since.

6. Caran d’Ache Ecridor: My first expensive fountain pen purchase. I still remember how thrilled I was when it was in my hand.

7. Caran d’Ache Varius Ivanhoe Black: The pen feels like it has a coat of mail on it. Quite exquisite.

8. Green Lamy Al-Star: This has a 1.1 Italic stub for the days when I feel like something fancy.

What’s Next?

I plan to go on collecting fountain pens as I do love the feel of them when they write… I am currently spying something in the Pelikan Souveran range and I just had a look at some Kaweco ones today. Perhaps even a Montblanc would be a nice addition. I spent some time the other day browsing the Omas website but I think those are a bit out of my price range for now… Time to start looking for 2015’s fountain pen! 🙂

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2 Comments

  • Reply Barbara January 20, 2015 at 4:44 AM

    I love writing with a fountain pen, my favourite at present is my Lamy.

    • Reply smarkies January 20, 2015 at 6:53 AM

      Fountain pens make writing that much nicer! I like the Lamy’s too.

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