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10-01-2019, 02:04 AM - 1 Like   #16
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I use the fountain pen equivalent of this from Lamy, though I detested the supplied scratchy ExtraFine nib and replaced it with a custom 16K red gold 1.1mm oblique cut nib. I use Noodlers inks, at present I have their vibrant Navajo turquoise ink in my pen.
I have that same fountain pen, and yes - the extra fine nib it came with was atrocious. I replaced it with another Lamy nib - I think it was "Fine" or possibly "Medium" (though I'm pretty sure it was the former), and it was quite nice after that. But I haven't used a fountain pen in the last ten years. I used to use a Parker Duofold which was lovely, if a little "flashy"... I still have it somewhere, I'm sure...


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I refuse to carry pens or pencils in my pockets. This comes from an unfortunate experience in my youth where a freshly sharpened pencil which I stowed in my pocket, the pointed end of which got uncomfortably close to private property.




I use the fountain pen equivalent of this from Lamy, though I detested the supplied scratchy ExtraFine nib and replaced it with a custom 16K red gold 1.1mm oblique cut nib. I use Noodlers inks, at present I have their vibrant Navajo turquoise ink in my pen.

I also use a Faber Castell E-motion 1.2mm mechanical pencil with Ebony wood grip and polished chrome fittings.

For more formal occasions I use a carbon fiber and silver fountain pen from Porsche design.
Finding good inks here can be a challenge. And, your mention of the Faber Castell pencil means that I must remark that I use mine every day. Although, mine's the common ol' blue version.
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I buy a box of cheap pens every year, I don’t remember where they go after that.
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I buy a box of cheap pens every year, I don’t remember where they go after that.
"Somewhere in the cosmos, he said, along with all the planets inhabited by humanoids, reptiloids, fishoids, walking treeoids and superintelligent shades of the color blue, there was also a planet entirely given over to ballpoint life forms. And it was to this planet that unattended ballpoints would make their way, slipping away quietly through wormholes in space to a world where they knew they could enjoy a uniquely ballpointoid lifestyle, responding to highly ballpoint-oriented stimuli, and generally leading the ballpoint equivalent of the good life.

And as theories go this was all very fine and pleasant until Veet Voojagig suddenly claimed to have found this planet, and to have worked there for a while driving a limousine for a family of cheap green retractables, whereupon he was taken away, locked up, wrote a book and was finally sent into tax exile, which is the usual fate reserved for those who are determined to make fools of themselves in public."

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Sass that hoopy slartibartfast01. There's a frood who really knows where his towel is!
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Finding good inks here can be a challenge
It certainly is, my solution was to buy a set of CMYK inks* [ or the manufacturers closest approximation] and put them in dropper bottles so I can create any colour I desire. Though there are specialist hues [ Noodlers Apache Sunset** is particularly nice] that I work with that I use quite a bit so I buy a bottle of it rather than mix it myself.


* For noodlers inks the closest inks to CMYK is Navajo turquoise, Shias rose, Noodlers yellow, and Noodlers forgery resistant Bulletproof black.

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HHGttG sounds better when using his original wording, ‘biroid ‘, though.

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HHGttG sounds better when using his original wording, ‘biroid ‘, though.
You are right I didn't notice it had been changed. Ballpointoid just sounds ridiculous. I stupidly assumed quoted text found on the internet would be correct.

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You are right I didn't notice it had been changed. Ballpointoid just sounds ridiculous. I stupidly assumed quoted text found on the internet would be correct.
I didn't read the full quotation so missed that. What grinds my gears though is when people use "hoopy" as an adjective!

I just had a thought. I know Adam is hot on profanities but I wonder if we could get away with the big one ..... Beginning with B .... European country....
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You are right I didn't notice it had been changed. Ballpointoid just sounds ridiculous. I stupidly assumed quoted text found on the internet would be correct.
it must have been a birocratic mixup!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Digitalis Quote
It certainly is, my solution was to buy a set of CMYK inks* [ or the manufacturers closest approximation] and put them in dropper bottles so I can create any colour I desire. Though there are specialist hues [ Noodlers Apache Sunset** is particularly nice] that I work with that I use quite a bit so I buy a bottle of it rather than mix it myself.


* For noodlers inks the closest inks to CMYK is Navajo turquoise, Shias rose, Noodlers yellow, and Noodlers forgery resistant Bulletproof black.

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Very cunning! I've never thought of going the CMY route.
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I am a retired LEO and used those Fisher Space Pens in my work. I could write tickets in the rain or fill out other paperwork that got wet (I was motor patrol most of the time). For backup I kept pencils handy, yes I actually filled out a ticket using a pencil if I didn't have my space pen.
Motor Patrol for LEO usually means motorcycle patrol if I understand correctly. If so what kind of motorcycles did you use in your work ? Have any preferences in make for this purpose ?

I've owned and ridden a lot of motorcycles over the years, Currently have a '78 Yamaha 500cc single and a '67 Matchless 750 Scrambler. My son ride a BMW G/S which at my advanced age have taken out for a spin or two. It's quite a bit more refined than my vintage bikes.

BTW, I never thought of Fisher Space Pens being used by LEO, but when I think about it, an excellent writing instrument for that purpose.

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Cross. Served me well for many years, plus - lifetime warranty.
I completely forgot my Cross ballpoint pen. Excellent quality, beautiful look.

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I refuse to carry pens or pencils in my pockets. This comes from an unfortunate experience in my youth where a freshly sharpened pencil which I stowed in my pocket, the pointed end of which got uncomfortably close to private property.

A wise man once said, good judgment is based on bad experience.

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QuoteOriginally posted by K-Three Quote
Not an everyday carry, but seems apropos
I have just like it. A few years ago, I ran into a Pentax rep and asked him if he had any Pentax marketing goodies. He very nicely, gave me a Pentax pen, very similar to your pen.
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I ran into a Pentax rep
The same source for mine, I got a black ball cap out of it too, back when my K200D was new, so I've been bouncing around with this stuff for a while
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The same source for mine, I got a black ball cap out of it too, back when my K200D was new, so I've been bouncing around with this stuff for a while
The funny thing is I originally asked the Pentax rep if he had a baseball cap with Pentax on it. He said he didn't, but he did have the pen.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lesmore49 Quote
I completely forgot my Cross ballpoint pen. Excellent quality, beautiful look..
I have a Cross ballpoint somewhere - got it from my dad - he got it as a branded item from some business. Nice pen, but much too skinny for my big hands.
The fountain pens are a bit thicker and therefore nicer to hold.
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