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: Would love to see some of the mid-tier Sailors and Pilots. I love the nibs from these companies. The M-F offering from both is my sweet spot. 823's, Custom 74's, 1911's, Realo's, Pro Gears. Unfortunately both of these companies adhere to very strict selling programs - to the point where grey market may be an issue for this Platform. Stay away from the kit pens - the sections are predominantly too thin and too slippery to be used for longer writing sessions. Note-takers are best served with a snap cap (my favorite of these is the Faber-Castell essentio) - twist caps are better if the pen will be uncapped for longer writing sessions. Be wary of too many Jowo & Bock nibs - these companies supply the majority of nibs these days, and from my perspective this makes things a little boring. While I don't drool over demonstrators, I do like to see how much ink is left in my pen. Staining inks make short work of demonstrators, whereas cartridge-converters can be easily (and cheaply) replaced. The downside is of course ink capacity. I will buy an Aurora 88 some day, but probably never a Visconti or Montegrappa. It's a personal thing - too many of the Visconti's have too much bling, and they've been cursed with poor performing nibs right out of the box for too long.
: I'd like to see some Tomoe River notebooks offered, along with other fountain pen friendly options. Rhodia and Clairefontaine make great things to write on, but a little more diversity would be nice. Kokuyo, APICA, Midori, LIFE, Tsubame, etc.
: Would also love to see more ink vendors in play. The recent past has seen the launch of some excellent ink manufacturers and I've yet to see these (perhaps I've missed them). Pilot Iroshizuku, Pelikan Edelstein, KWZ, Robert Oster, Colorverse, Kyo No Oto, Organics Studio, Platinum, Blackstone, 3 Oysters, etc...are but a few that may serve to spruce up the ink selection here on Massdrop. And there are a ton of others that deserve mention here also but their names escape me.
Caran d'Ache 849 Fountain Pens
[image] The 849 Fountain Pen is about to hit US stores. Aluminum body, stainless steel nib. Available in seven finishes and three nib points; medium, fine and extra-fine. So, who wants one? Which color appeals to you the most? [image] ...
I have their CYS Grey ballpoint (which I wish I could use any other refill with) and it feels great in the hand and...
Vintage DIY-ers interest check
Anyone in the community collect (and repair) vintage pens for use? I find it is often the next step in fountain pen collecting, but it took me about 10 years into the hobby before I built up the courage (and had the income to devote to it). ...
Multiple Esties, Sheaffers, and a Few Parkers.
Copper, Brass and Titanium pens
Anybody interested in a click pen machined from Copper, Brass or Titanium? Would fit G2 pilot style cartridge and Parker style. Brush or tumbled finishes. Maybe some anodized Titanium? [image] [image]
I would love a titanium click pen, and I might buy a few of them (to give them as presents to my friends)
3D-Printed Fountain Pens
[image] You'd think that, with the popularity of 3D printers, there'd be dozens of 3D-printed fountain pens on the market. Thankfully, that's not been the case. I think, for a 3D-printed pen to succeed, it has to bring something new to the t...
Saw these at a show and they are really cool!
Massdrop Exclusive Ideas [added poll]
[image] POLL: https://www.massdrop.com/vote/-Product-I-would-buy-a-Pilot-Capless-Decimo-Vanishing-Point-in-Matte-Black Have you ever been cruising around your favorite pen and paper site, store, or supplier thinking "Why doesn't the thing I...
let's get some product from Galen Leather
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