Happy Fountain Pen Day!

"Fountain Pen Line-up" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/100 sec, ISO320
“Fountain Pen Line-up” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Well, who would have known, but today is Fountain Pen Day! It’s celebrated on the 1st Friday of November each year by fountain pen otakus around the world. I guess I count myself as a dabbler in the fountain pen hobby.

I really enjoy writing with them and trying out different inks, but my spending limit is relatively low compared to the real enthusiasts. I’d have a tough time spending more than $35 on a pen, but luckily for people like me, there is still a wide variety of good fountain pens below that price!

"Fountain Pens" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/100 sec, ISO250
“Fountain Pens” Cedar Park, 2017

My most expensive is the LAMY Safari, which I bought for about $28, and the cheapest pen is a Jinhao 599 which I picked up for $1.17 on Ebay. The Jinhao is actually pretty good, but I’ve read that because the quality control isn’t so great, it’s a roll of the dice if you get a good specimen or bad one. I guess I got lucky!

Apart from the pens, I think the real fun is choosing and using the different inks. They each have their own character, and there’s such a wide variety that the combination of pen/nib and ink are just about endless. It’s a lot of fun. And I haven’t even mentioned paper! 😄 But since it’s Fountain Pen Day, not Paper Day, I’ll not discuss the notebooks I have.

I hope you had a nice Friday!


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