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Rudi

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... it's a dying art!

Most people these days don't realise that writing with a fountain pen is actually easier on your hand, and will improve your penmanship at the same time... ... This is the Pelikan M1000 - the largest, most magnificent fountain pen that Pelikan make (and they make some magnificent fountain pens :biggrin:). The M1000 nib has been described by others as "the size of a teaspoon!" :rofl:



And they're not far off - it's a beautiful, smooth-writing 18-carat gold two-tone nib. Notice the tiny ink droplets (Waterman Blue-Black Ink, before you ask):
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Workmanship is outstanding. The attention to detail is second to none:
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Here's a little writing sample for you:
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Comments welcome. Anyone here still use a fountain pen?

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Great photos of the M1000!

I use fountain pens every day. Since I need them to fit in a front shirt pocket, the long pens such as the M1000 don't work for me. I have tried one though, and it was an amazing writer - extra fine nib with some nice flex for a modern pen.

My daily drivers are Pelikan M200s and Parker 75s.

Some of my favorite pens have been sold to finance lenses. Had a beautiful Aurora Optima (burgunde Auroloide) which went this route :frown:.
 

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$500 for a pen? yeah OK. That's another lens for my camera.

Sadly, writing certainly is a dying art. The last time I hand wrote a letter I was a kid I think.

The world and technology evolves. Within my kid's lifetime pens and pencils will be almost like relics.
 

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you are absolutely right about penmanship....it went the away a long time ago when they eliminated that subject in public school......it's thumbs now :2thumbs:!! I had a Parker and a Waterman pen but the rubber tubes wore out and could not get them replaced locally.....sad....but true.:mad:
 

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My penmanship is awful. For that reason my mother always held out hope I would become a doctor.
 

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Great photos of the M1000!

I use fountain pens every day. Since I need them to fit in a front shirt pocket, the long pens such as the M1000 don't work for me. I have tried one though, and it was an amazing writer - extra fine nib with some nice flex for a modern pen.

My daily drivers are Pelikan M200s and Parker 75s.

Some of my favorite pens have been sold to finance lenses. Had a beautiful Aurora Optima (burgunde Auroloide) which went this route :frown:.
Nice to ear from another fountain pen aficionado! :smile: I have a clear M205 demonstrator and a blue translucent M205, use them for coloured inks for highlighting stuff and important notes.

$500 for a pen? yeah OK. That's another lens for my camera.
You don't need to spend $500 on a fountain pen! In fact, you can get a disposable Pilot fountain pen for a couple of bucks, and a refillable one for about double that, if you know where to shop. Good for the environment, AND your handwriting! :biggrin:

you are absolutely right about penmanship....it went the away a long time ago when they eliminated that subject in public school......it's thumbs now :2thumbs:!! I had a Parker and a Waterman pen but the rubber tubes wore out and could not get them replaced locally.....sad....but true.:mad:
There are plenty of places that will repair them, even these days. It's not a well-known fact of course, but it is a fact.

My penmanship is awful. For that reason my mother always held out hope I would become a doctor.
:rofl: How did that work out? :biggrin:
 

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Nice to ear from another fountain pen aficionado! :smile: I have a clear M205 demonstrator and a blue translucent M205, use them for coloured inks for highlighting stuff and important notes.
I ruined a blue translucent M205 a couple weeks ago. Accidentally got rubbing alcohol all over it - has some sort of reaction with the plastic that turns it a blotchy white and released a terrible "your pen is being ruined" smell.
 

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Love a good fountain pen, that is a lovely instrument.

The art of penmanship is indeed on the decline. Recently a newspaper article announced that Oregon schools (where I live) will stop teaching cursive writing in the near future.
 

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You don't need to spend $500 on a fountain pen! In fact, you can get a disposable Pilot fountain pen for a couple of bucks, and a refillable one for about double that, if you know where to shop. Good for the environment, AND your handwriting! :biggrin:
yes. but the pen pictured costs about $500. obviously inexpensive fountain pens exist.
 

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I ruined a blue translucent M205 a couple weeks ago. Accidentally got rubbing alcohol all over it - has some sort of reaction with the plastic that turns it a blotchy white and released a terrible "your pen is being ruined" smell.
Uh-oh! :eek:

Love a good fountain pen, that is a lovely instrument.

The art of penmanship is indeed on the decline. Recently a newspaper article announced that Oregon schools (where I live) will stop teaching cursive writing in the near future.
A lot of schools don't teach cursive at all. I've been in Australia since 1980, and they never taught cursive here since that time.

yes. but the pen pictured costs about $500. obviously inexpensive fountain pens exist.
Yeah, but this pen, if you take reasonable care, will last several generations! It has an all-brass piston mechanism on the inside, and the iridium-tipped nib will still have some tipping left after 100 years of writing. All you have to do is buy some ink once in a while, and that is very cheap. And you can change colours, etc, etc.

I'm not saying that everyone should buy an expensive fountain pen. And I do agree that they are expensive. I just don't think that they are bad value, long-term! (Especially when given or received as gifts). I don't see much point in buying a ballpoint... well... because as expensive as it is, it's still a mere ballpoint! But I do see value in a nice fountain pen. :thumbup:
 

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I've pretty much always used a fountain pen, since I was given one (a Parker Vector in stainless steel) for my A Levels, that I also used all through Uni.

Curiously, when last I met up with some alumni for a "meal" (eat?ha!) I was swelled with pride to hear anecdotally that my notes were general preference to copy from because of the "lovely writing" - from girls no less!

Now I use a Parker Sonnet, it's well worn in and feels lovely, I might get a fancy pen one day, but my wife is just getting used to the lens buying, so I had better stick with the Sonnet and E-p1 for a while :)
 

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Now I use a Parker Sonnet, it's well worn in and feels lovely...
That's what you get when you use a pen for a long time, and get to really know it! When I was at school, I could tell if anyone borrowed my pen while I was out (even though we all used fountain pens, I could tell. The nib "settles" into your precise angle of handwriting, and if anyone uses it for more than just a quick note, you can actually feel the difference. I'm not sure if I could tell the difference these days, but then I don't end my pens out. :biggrin:).

P.S. The Sonnet is not exactly a cheap pen, either. Not these days...

EDIT: Wait, there is *one* model of the Sonnet that is cheaper than all the others, the stainless chrome trim. Around $60, if you know where to shop.
 

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Thanks Rudi for this thread. The photographs are really great! I like them much.
I'm writing using Parker and Lama. And the keyboard of course...
 

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First off, I have horrible handwriting. I have large hands and I don't find pens easy to use. I am more graceful with a pair of chopsticks, and that ain't saying much!

Now I will spend some coin on a good mechanical pencil. As an engineer, a good pencil is invaluable.
 

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Yeah, but this pen, if you take reasonable care, will last several generations! It has an all-brass piston mechanism on the inside, and the iridium-tipped nib will still have some tipping left after 100 years of writing. All you have to do is buy some ink once in a while, and that is very cheap. And you can change colours, etc, etc.
I'm lucky when I buy a pens that a pen doesn't find its way into the wash after a week. Or I leave it somewhere.
 

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Yeah, but this pen, if you take reasonable care, will last several generations! It has an all-brass piston mechanism on the inside, and the iridium-tipped nib will still have some tipping left after 100 years of writing. All you have to do is buy some ink once in a while, and that is very cheap. And you can change colours, etc, etc.
In 2010 an expensive pen is a lot like an expensive wrist watch. They are both very well made, beautiful to look at but not all that useful anymore.

There was a time when I couldn't think of leaving my house without my Explorer II on my wrist. Today I feel that way about my smartphone and the watch lives in its in winding box.
 

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First off, I have horrible handwriting. I have large hands and I don't find pens easy to use. I am more graceful with a pair of chopsticks, and that ain't saying much!

Now I will spend some coin on a good mechanical pencil. As an engineer, a good pencil is invaluable.
A pencil also provides feedback when writing, so it's also a great writing instrument. And I agree - a nice mechanical pencil is a thing of beauty (and function :smile:).

In 2010 an expensive pen is a lot like an expensive wrist watch. They are both very well made, beautiful to look at but not all that useful anymore.

There was a time when I couldn't think of leaving my house without my Explorer II on my wrist. Today I feel that way about my smartphone and the watch lives in its in winding box.
Meh. I still enjoy looking at my nice wristwatch, and I enjoy writing with my nice fountain pen (not always an expensive one). I also enjoy good food and a nice bottle of wine once in a while, etc, etc. Life is too short to go without the little things! If they're not important to you, fine, it probably looks like a waste of money from your point of view. From my point of view, it looks like you're missing out! :smile: And despite what I just wrote, I don't actually own that many things. (I don't drive a nice car for example). But.... the few things I do own, I own for a reason (I enjoy them).

P.S. Re: "not all that useful anymore" - My dog is completely useless! Not useful at all. But I still wouldn't want to give him up... I enjoy his company. :biggrin:
 

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Not a waste of money. I was a commercial still life photographer for 16 years and love things like well made pens and wrist watches.

I just don't find the usefullness in them. I got a Waterman pen as a gift about 20 years ago and it has been out of the box maybe 4 times. I won't carry it around because I'll most certainly loose it. So for me, what am I going to do with it? Use it to take down phone messages at home?

It's all what people like. I'd rather have an M9 than an pricey watch.
 
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