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Thread: First Fountain Pen

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2009

    Default 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.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Central Maryland, USA


    Fountain pens are wonderful to write with - enjoy!

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    I have 2 Cross FP's. A Townsend and a C Series. I enjoy them both and IMO they are great pens!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    The far-flung reaches of the British Empire - New Zealand

    Default 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.

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    Gilt 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.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Sunshine Coast, Australia


    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.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Melbourne, Australia


    Hi Jason,

    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...


    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.

  8. #8


    I use my trusty Lamy Safaris everyday! Not the most expensive pens out there but certainly good enough for this chicken-scratcher.
    - Dave

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