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Friday, May 15, 2015

7 Things You Should Know Before Dating a Fountain Pen Addict


You've got a little crush. But your crush has a little crush on the newest TWSBI or Lamy fountain pen.  If you find yourself dating a fountain pen addict you may be immersed in a strange new world. Not only is there a new vernacular, but this person seems to be obsessed with a writing instrument, ink, even the paper to write on! This journey will come with a lot of love letters, but those may be coupled with some unusual habits. Here are a few things to help guide you along the way.

  • Those syringes aren't what you think
See a couple of dirty syringes lying around? They are a legitimate way to fill a fountain pen, not an undercover drug problem.

  • You caught your date red handed? Don't worry, he or she (probably) isn't a murderer.
Ink has a tendency to get on hands. And faces. Sometimes also pets and friends. Embrace this as an endearing quality. Whisper to your friends, "Oh, that? Well (s)he's a writer."

  • Nib Creep -- it's not some creepy guy named Nib
Is nib creep causing your love distress? Don't put on your ninja costume and get ready for a rumble quite yet... it's a totally normal phenomenon of ink leaking and pooling on the pen nib.

  • That smell? It's seriously coming from the Noodler's pen
Yeah, these have a distinct smell. Something along the lines of baby diapers and old chili. Don't worry though! The smell fades... eventually.

  • No, they aren't obsessed with real Baby's Bottoms 
Hearing this phrase thrown around casually may make you pause, but rest assured, it is a real term for describing a certain type of flawed nib. A little micro-mesh can solve this problem and stop the phrase from ruining your dinner.

  • Want to know a bit about their hobby? Expect an earful!
Most fountain pen addicts don't get a lot of time to talk about their favorite hobby. While online forums have changed that for the better, a real life conversation can be really enthralling (to them). If you want to know about the specifics of the pen they are signing the credit card receipt with, be prepared to learn a bit more than you bargained for.

  • Yes, that new pen is essential
They spent how much on that pen!?! When you don't understand the hobby or the nuances of a gold nib vs a steel one, the price tags associated with some fountain pens can be surprising.  Like any hobby, there is a bit of an investment. Dancers spend a lot on shoes, golfers need great clubs, and tools for that wood working hobby can add up. Their hobby adds value to their life, even if you don't understand it.

Some other things to consider -- your fountain pen fanatic will also be romantic, nostalgic, and at the same time practical and creative. Keep that in mind the next time you get hear about the latest Lamy release or get a whiff of that Noodler's pen.

Write on,
Madigan

27 comments:

  1. LOLOLOL... mea culpa!

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  2. MusialWoodworkStudioMay 15, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    What's with the smell? I make wood pens but never had a problem with smell. Is it just manufactured pens?

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  3. It's the material that the pens are made of. It does go away with time though! I absolutely love my Noodler's pens and write with them daily.

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  4. Very nicely done, Madigan! I can see why Brian and Rachel have absolute faith in their team while they are away! Bravo!

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  5. This is hilarious! And truly lovely. Way to go Madigan!

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  6. Love this! SO hilarious! I will be sharing this with my hubby ;) Thank you for the laughs!!! :D

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  7. Hi Mary! That's so nice of you to say. We definitely miss them when they are gone but it is nice to know they trust us! :)

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  8. So glad you enjoyed it, PB! :)

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  9. Hey Tessy! I had so much fun writing it. I hope he likes it too! :)

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  10. Madigan, I knew this was your creation when I read the first few items! This is so much fun, LOVE IT! You had way too much fun putting this together, didn't you? I'd like to see your handwritten notes.
    • No, Ahab is not someone she's running around with, it's her pen.

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  11. Too funny, Madigan. I'd love to know what your funniest story is about explaining this addiction we have. I get the strangest looks talking about Lamy's (not llamas') replaceable nibs, or Pelikans (not Pelicans). It's amazing to me how many people my age (old) have never written with a fountain pen and have no idea what to do with it! I've recently started going to estate and garage sales looking for pens. I love the looks on people's faces when I ask them if they have any fountain pens! Priceless.

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  12. Laughed out loud at this one. So funny! A fountain pen user for over 50 years now, I am nearly blind to ink stains on my fingers. One time I was at the bank, and the teller happened to glance at my arm, and said,'oh gosh, you should get that mole looked at -- it's a really bad color' and I looked down to see a great big blob of reddish brown ink on my arm. Don't ask me how I got ink on my arm. But I just laughed and said it was ink -- she didn't believe me at first, but then just smiled.


    And I still remember the time when I ended a massive pen-refilling session with not one bit of ink on my hands. It was a memorable day, and I thought -- wow, this could be a lifetime accomplishment! ;)

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  13. :) I don´t have curtains in my kitchen and am sometimes worried what people think when they see me cleaning syringes...

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  14. Nice piece Madigan! And spot on.

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  15. Hi Tom!! I had a great time with this one. She may, in fact, be running around with an Ahab... it's just in her purse. :P

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  16. Hi Kathy! I was literally at an antique mall yesterday asking for fountain pens. I mostly gift my enthusiasm- almost all members of my very large family have received one! Luckily, they all seem to be enjoying the experience. :)

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  17. Hey Starchix! I'm very impressed that you managed to fill your pens without spilling any. I can't tell you how many times I've left the office only to discover ink on my face when I get home... I think everyone around here is just used to it! :P

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  18. Hi Lu! Haha! I'm sure they know about your fountain pen hobby? :P

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  19. Thanks Steve!! :)

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  20. I really liked this article, Madigan! Sometimes people see me funny when I walk down the hall in the office while helding syringes on my hands

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  21. That was a well put piece of writing. That will be forwarded immediately. My Noodler's Ahab is 1 year old now and still stinks to high heaven.

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  22. That was a great post, Madigan! Made me laugh! After Fountain Pens became my hobby, my husband got interested in it too, so we have a blast "sharing" the hobby together.

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  23. Great post! I especially liked the last point, and the conversation with the Philistine (er, BIC fine BP user) would go something like this: "Yes, I really DID need that Parker Challenger I found in that antiques mall in West Virginia, and yes, I DID need a backup bottle of Kung Te Cheng. And really, dear. I can *tell* the difference (besides the price) between Black Swan in Australian Roses (old formula) and Iroshihzuku Yama-budo.... And at the cost of those two sumgai 51s it was cheaper to buy them than not buy them. And that Pelikan M400? Sure, it was pricy -- but look how much a *new* M400 would have cost; plus you can't *get* Brown Tortoise anymore...."

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  24. I loved the post, Madigan, and will repost it to my wife (who will find it amusing too). I must say that not all Noodler's pens have a charcteristic smell. I was fortunate to win the race for a Neponset when they first came out, and it has never smalled bad at all. Its classic warm celluloid body and gushing musical nib were everything I had hoped for.

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  25. I don't know how I missed this post, Madigan, but it was a great one! Very funny and true. And don't forget the odd obsession with different kinds of paper. Most people might notice lined or unlined, but fountain pen addicts will finger the textured surfaces and need to know the weight before they will buy it. :D

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  26. This is too good. Great post, Madigan!

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  27. My husband (who only uses ballpoints, and considering how hard he presses, that's a good thing) has been known to come into my office, need to write something down, and say, "I need a REAL pen! Where are the REAL pens?!"

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