1. If your ok with used or vintage pens I’d suggest looking for something with a pilot posting nib. It was pretty much purpose built for writing on low quality paper and it does it very well. Your budget should pretty easily cover a vintage pilot elite or one of the pilot supers (I’d go for one that uses a converter that’ll be the easiest to get up and running)

  2. I like the idea of vintage pens, but I guess I've always been a bit nervous about running into a dud. Would you have any suggestions for reputable sellers? Any tips on finding good quality vintage pens and avoiding common pitfalls?

  3. The pilot cavalier is the slimmest pen I can think of and the normal colors cost right around $30.

  4. It’s going to depend a lot on how she holds her pens. For example I’m left handed but I’m also an underwriter so I can use pretty much whatever ink and paper I want whereas if I held my pen differently I’d probably have to pay more attention to ink drying time.

  5. Pilot metropolitan the solid color ones have a nice classic look and they’re all great writers

  6. Pilot cartridges use the same ink as the standard pilot bottled inks. So if you’re running into feathering with black cartridges this one will too. I haven’t tried it but I’ve heard pilot blue black handles low quality paper better than their other standard colors

  7. For me the value question for the Namiki pens comes down to the artwork. If you find a design you like then personally I think they're worth the money. But they're still using Pilot nibs so if you go into it expecting a notably different writing experience from other high end Pilots you'll probably be disappointed. I think my Namiki Yukari is fantastic, I get a great deal of enjoyment from it and the craftsmanship is stunning. But I absolutely bought it for the artwork, blindfolded I doubt I could tell the difference between it and my VP for example purely by how the nibs feel.

  8. The sailor procolor is the cheapest of their pens that still has their feedback that I know of. Last I saw they’re going for about $45 which may or may not qualify as inexpensive for you

  9. Thank you very much. Yes it is affordable. I was looking for something below 50 bucks. Any review on Sailor profit casual steel nib? They are likr 52 bucks without the converter?

  10. I’ve heard they have the same nib but my only sailors are my procolor and my reglus so unfortunately I can’t help much with the profit

  11. My favorite holiday ink is Diamine Holly. It’s a nice dark green that shades red on most of the paper I’ve tried it with

  12. I think the first play was silver snow. I forget the name, but remember the events. You defeat TWSitD, but who actually were they? Where did they come from, and what is up with their weird futuristic technology? They had ballistic missiles for crying out loud. That's not explained at all.

  13. You’ve pretty much played the two routes that give you the least information about what’s going on. Both Crimson Flower and Claude’s route fill in a lot of gaps and you get a much better idea of why Edelgard is doing what she’s doing whether or not you end up agreeing with her

  14. True. Another listing has a single of the same item for $7 and I wouldn't even pay that.

  15. Neither would I but at least that’s a real price and not this I guess?

  16. The last time I saw one up for sale it was around $2,000-2,500 if my memory isn’t failing me. Don’t make poor financial choices of course but at $500 and in as good shape as these pictures make it look that’s awfully compelling even if there ends up being filler problems. I’m pretty sure I’ve heard you can pull the sac and switch assembly off and fit a cartridge on the end too if it ended up totally non functional

  17. There’s a few different models, and this one is the cheapest, although it’s been repaired. If I can move a few pens out of my collection, and this one doesn’t sell at this opportunity, I might make a play for it. Lots of ifs, but this is a stunner and high on my list!

  18. Oh interesting, I know about the C/C version and this switch filler version are there other 500s out there too?

  19. I know everyone is booed about Ellington Pens but honestly I might get one too lol. They work, they write, and that is a good price. Plus - I'd rather take an Ellington to work than a pilot kakuno T_T

  20. At least for me a big part of the issue with them was the price. For $14 I’d be a lot more willing to overlook their questionable marketing and roll the dice on the quality if I found one I liked the look of. The $40 they usually sell for on the other hand is a whole different story

  21. Thanks! Once you’ve got yours I’d definitely be interested in your opinions of it, you’ve got a lot more experience with piston fillers than I do, and if I’m remembering your reviews correctly with cigar shaped Montblancs.

  22. I have a 146 and, while I can use it unposted, I like it a little better posted. I think I will like the Mooman even more when posted because my 146 is the 'Around the World in 80 Days' LeGrand and has a metal piston knob which backweights the pen even compared to a normal 146. The P136 should feel more balanced.

  23. I just experimented with mine by balancing the cap on the end, I think you’ll like it once you get one of the newer ones. Those around the world montblancs look great but if they’re even more backweighted any I bought would probably end up spending it’s life in a display case

  24. Stubs should be very smooth. They're the smooth end of the sharp italic - cursive italic - stub spectrum. Because of the shape of the nib it's easy to be on a corner instead of the nib being perfectly flat on the page. And I can't tell you how many factory stubs I've had to fix out of the box because they're either misaligned or poorly polished. Just a tiny bit of misalignment is much more noticeable on a stub.

  25. I don’t have a huge amount of experience with stubs so correct me if I’m wrong but I’d expect them to be less smooth than a round nib even though they are the smoother end of the italic spectrum. They’re still a squared off nib after all

  26. Depends on how well it's been rounded off, smoothed, and polished. I've got a couple stubs that feel like butter on hot glass. As long as the corners and edges have all been rounded and properly smoothed, they can be as smooth as a round nib. As the stub gets sharpened towards italic, they get less smooth, generally, but can still be very smooth.

  27. That’s one of platinum’s old pocket pens. They’re nice little pens, pretty similar to the pilot elite. Unfortunately they don’t make converters that fit in them anymore but a modern platinum cartridge should fit no problem.

  28. Where is a good place to look for Moonman/MaJohn pens?

  29. Etsy and eBay have worked well for the ones I’ve looked for

  30. Exactly! I keep drooling over the Raden vanishing points, but am unsure about how I’d like the clip location. So I’m planning to get the Moonman to try it out first before shelling out that kind of money. I’d rather waste $30 than hundreds.

  31. If you’ve got a metropolitan you can get a pretty good idea of what a vanishing point will feel like for free. A capped metro has the clip in pretty much the same position as a VP

  32. You may want to stay away from some inks and nib sizes depending on how you hold your pens but lefty’s can absolutely use fountain pens. I switched to them pretty much exclusively my sophomore year of college and haven’t looked back

  33. I'm not a pen person but this seems more like buying a car and complaining that it doesn't drive very well.

  34. To be fair to Fisher they do usual write at least a little better than this, for example

  35. Oh god that doesn't look fun to write with I can tell based on the handwriting, and I have the handwriting of a 5th grader

  36. The pens are still using Pilot nibs so I’d say it all comes down to aesthetics. If you like the artwork and designs of the Namiki pens then you’ll be happy. But if you go into it expecting something noticeably different from other high end Pilots with regards to writing experience you’ll probably be disappointed*. I love my Namiki yukari but if you blindfolded me and had me write with my VP and my Namiki I don’t think I’d be able to tell them apart purely by how the nibs feel.

  37. Most of the online pen retailers list pretty detailed measurements for all the pens they carry. In your case they both come in at 5.5 inches long according the measurements listed by jetpens

  38. If you want a fountain pen that can give you both a thick broad line and a thin precise line there’s a way to do it but it might be pricier than you want. Some of the aftermarket nib grinders, [Mark Bacas](

  39. I’ve used fountain pens as stage props a few times. Including one memorable (painful) time that involved me modifying them so they could be used as darts by the cast.

  40. I always wish polls like this had a more neutral option. I think Rhea is a very well done character, I don’t necessarily like her but I certainly don’t hate her either. I mainly just don’t trust her or think she should be in a position of power for hundreds of years

  41. I’ve gotten good results from all the pilot Iroshizuku inks I’ve tried in my extra fine and smaller nibs. I haven’t tried as many of them but some of the sailor Manyo inks have also been good, specifically manyo kuzu and nadeshiko

  42. I think the main reason I'm on the line is because he's an artist, so he'll most likely be using the pen for drawing and not writing, but I also understand that glass dip pens are annoying to use.

  43. I probably still wouldn’t recommend a glass dip pen honestly, I much prefer drawing with my fountain pens than my glass pen I do it all the time. If you’re not doing something that benefits from changing inks quickly and frequently you loose basically all the benefits of a glass dip pen, and if just drawing is the goal there’s a good argument to be made for a regular dip pen. That way at least you can swap nibs throughout a project rather than just having the roughly medium sized nib of most glass dip pens. Personally I think of glass pens as a weird middle ground between regular dip pens and fountain pens where you get some of the benefits of each but also kind of all the downsides. I like mine and but I really only use it for testing new ink and once in a blue moon when I’m painting and want a clean line somewhere since I’m not about to dip a fountain pen in paint.

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