First Fountain Pen
I finally gave in today. I've been considering getting fountain pen, but haven't broke down and done it. Today I was close to a Staples and had looked at them there, so I felt my Christmas money burning my pocket, so I picked up a Cross Aventura. I had considered a Lamy, but I would have ordered it and with shipping it would have cost about the same as this pen, so I got this one. They had it in blue or black, so I went with the classic black color. I haven't used it much, I won't be using it for work, because I work in fairly rough conditions, but I'll probally be accepting a new job next week and I figure it will get more work then. I can't belive how smooth this pen writes. I'm currently using a Black n' Red book for a journal, and it's so smooth, I can't belive it. Seems to be a great pen from what little I've used it. I had a ball point Cross at one time (then I lost it), and I liked the quality of it, hopefully this pen will give me the same great usage.
Fountain pens are wonderful to write with - enjoy!
I have 2 Cross FP's. A Townsend and a C Series. I enjoy them both and IMO they are great pens!
I love fountain pens
But unfortunately, in my line of work, I have little need for a pen. Pretty much everything I do is based on computer.
I should get another one sometime.
Gilt http://www.gilt.com/invite/cdonaldson has some nice fountain pens come up fairly often way below retail. This winter I've seen ST Dupont, Waterman, Cross, and Visconti a couple of times come up.
I've got a Cross Titanium fountain pen (along with matching roller ball and ball point). I love the Cross fountain pen. I bought it when I got a new job about 8 years ago. I've just got a new job so I treated myself to the matching ballpoint and roller ball.
I find that fountain pens write so much better on quality thick paper.
As a collector and user of fountain pens for the past 2/3 of my life, I will give you this advice...
If you do a lot of writing every day...forms, reports, forms about reports, reports about forms, letters, flyers, bills, cheques...Or maybe you're a teacher or a lecturer and you're marking papers all day...
GET A FOUNTAIN PEN.
Your wallet will thank you.
Your wrist will thank you.
I will thank you.
Fountain pens are excellent for people who have to do a lot of writing, because, as you've discovered, they need NO pressure to work with. They work entirely by gravity and capillary action, so you don't have to do a thing but guide the pen and think.
I speak from experience here. I'm a student. And you never do more writing than when you're a student. Without a fountain pen, I would never have passed highschool or university.
I use my trusty Lamy Safaris everyday! Not the most expensive pens out there but certainly good enough for this chicken-scratcher.
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