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PostSubject: Re: Fountain Pens & Pipes...   Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:31 am

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Bring part of the electronic age. Typing was taught in grade school to a much greater extent than penmanship . Wish I had handwriting nice enough to justify getting one.

a handwritten note is something that is unmatched. I got embossed cards with my name on them for high school graduation (a good friends family ran a paper store -- i STILL havent hit the bottom of the box) you don't have to get something this fancy, but some nice quality cards and envelopes are a MUST. condolences, congratulations and thank yous have new meaning, and a nice pen classes them up a bit (at least a rolllerball pen, if you don't want to drop the dime on a fountain pen). you would be surprised how much this does for how others esteem you as a gentleman. on that note, A hand written thank you delivered to a sorority house when i was in college ended up with a feisty coed in my bed later that evening, so there are more immediate results as well...
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PostSubject: Re: Fountain Pens & Pipes...   Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:44 am

"Please clean the kitchen."

You're right, that hand-written note exudes class and respect, I was just afraid the fountain pen script might have made it come off a bit arrogant. Laughing Many arguments averted, for sure!

Thanks, fountain pen! Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Fountain Pens & Pipes...   Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:45 am

i.keenum wrote:
Bring part of the electronic age. Typing was taught in grade school to a much greater extent than penmanship . Wish I had handwriting nice enough to justify getting one.

Try getting a nice one with a gold (solid, not plated) nib and some nice 100% cotton rag paper and give handwritting a try. You might find your handwritting improves with some time Razz And you don't need to learn to write in the old Spencerian script to use a fountain pen! (though it can be fun to try it as it will improve your handwritting Razz )
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PostSubject: Re: Fountain Pens & Pipes...   Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:57 am

they don't even teach cursive in grade school now. They touched on it when I was in school, my younger brother was never taught.
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PostSubject: Re: Fountain Pens & Pipes...   Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:12 am

i.keenum wrote:
they don't even teach cursive in grade school now. They touched on it when I was in school, my younger brother was never taught.

In today's electronic world, I'm sure there are available some instructional videos that teach "cursive" writting! When I was in school, mostly girls took typing, they were gonna be secretarys ya know Laughing , guys took shop classes, we were all gonna be carpenters and mechanics or bosses who hired secretarys to type Laughing , so I had to get a book from the library and teach myself to type. Try it , you might be surprised what you can teach yourself Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Fountain Pens & Pipes...   Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:25 am

Almost any community college or vocational school will teach handwriting improvement, script or cursive. I was taught cursive, but I don't think I have ever once used it. My handwriting has always been terrible, but at 130+ wpm typing, I'm not worried about it. It's a good skill if I need to hand-write code, however. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Fountain Pens & Pipes...   Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:37 am

i.keenum wrote:
Bring part of the electronic age. Typing was taught in grade school to a much greater extent than penmanship . Wish I had handwriting nice enough to justify getting one.

Not to pick on you, Keenum, but considering your age, I'll bet you were never really taught "typing" in school, but rather "keyboarding". Until you've absent-mindedly slapped a computer keyboard onto the floor while hitting the return bar, you're not really typing. Razz
I'm sure a lot of guys these days wouldn't even know what I mean by that, or why it's funny, but I did it plenty of times during the "transitional" years of the late 80s.
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PostSubject: Re: Fountain Pens & Pipes...   Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:41 am

Because of my typewriters, I know how to type, incidentally. It's funny to watch younger guys try and type on a mechanical typewriter. Suddenly they go from Twitter Whiz to "WTF?" Laughing Computer keybeds are to synthesizer keys as are typewriters to a piano--its just a different approach.

I wanted to type out letters to my bombing victims last round, but I didn't have time. I have a 1952 Smith-Corona Sterling with a wonderful letter set.
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PostSubject: Re: Fountain Pens & Pipes...   Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:45 am

George Kaplan wrote:
i.keenum wrote:
Bring part of the electronic age. Typing was taught in grade school to a much greater extent than penmanship . Wish I had handwriting nice enough to justify getting one.

Not to pick on you, Keenum, but considering your age, I'll bet you were never really taught "typing" in school, but rather "keyboarding". Until you've absent-mindedly slapped a computer keyboard onto the floor while hitting the return bar, you're not really typing. Razz
I'm sure a lot of guys these days wouldn't even know what I mean by that, or why it's funny, but I did it plenty of times during the "transitional" years of the late 80s.

AAAAH that satisfying "zzzzzzzzzg/thunk as the carraige returned to start every time you finished a line !! I still have an IBM Selectric I use at times and have thre "type balls" for it! It's a big honker of a machine but sooooo smooth to use Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Fountain Pens & Pipes...   Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:51 am

Here's a fun fact: did you know that the standard qwerty arrangement was actually designed to slow down typing? Early mechanical typewriters would jam up if you typed too fast.
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PostSubject: Re: Fountain Pens & Pipes...   Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:55 am

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Here's a fun fact: did you know that the standard qwerty arrangement was actually designed to slow down typing? Early mechanical typewriters would jam up if you typed too fast.

That's partly true. It was also more ergonomic (for the machine, not the typist) to space out the letters so that the most-used keys were at the center (home-row, as it later became known) and also at the center of U-shaped pivot the letter arms made it easier and less obstructive to hammer out the word. Early typewriter keys were also arranged in a U shape in a few models.

http://site.xavier.edu/polt/typewriters/tw-history.html <---- good resource page.

http://home.earthlink.net/~dcrehr/whyqwert.html <----- QWERTYbits
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PostSubject: Re: Fountain Pens & Pipes...   Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:01 pm

Kyle Weiss wrote:
That's partly true. It was also more ergonomic (for the machine, not the typist) to space out the letters so that the most-used keys were at the center (home-row, as it later became known)

They must have used a lot more semicolons in those days.
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PostSubject: Re: Fountain Pens & Pipes...   Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:08 pm

George Kaplan wrote:
Kyle Weiss wrote:
That's partly true. It was also more ergonomic (for the machine, not the typist) to space out the letters so that the most-used keys were at the center (home-row, as it later became known)

They must have used a lot more semicolons in those days.

...and a lot less exclamation points!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <----(that would have taken some doing back then) Laughing
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PostSubject: Fountain Pens & Pipes...   Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:37 pm

...some of you have commented that schools don't teach handwriting/penmanship any more...That is true...and it is a vanishing art. Years ago, I re-taught myself how to write in cursive...bought a third grade writing tablet with the cursive letters, and just practiced. I rather enjoyed the challenge, and used my fountain pens, quill, glass tipped, even learning how to cut my own quill for use.

..also noted, there's nothing more appropriate than a hand written note to someone...especially thank you notes or congratulation notes. Every once in a while I pull the writing tablet out and see what improvements I need to make.

I've enjoyed your comments...Many Thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: Fountain Pens & Pipes...   Wed Jun 20, 2012 5:52 pm

monbla256 wrote:
Remember the old colored barrel Schaefer cartridge pens that leaked like a sieve ? Razz

Does that ever bring back the memories! That type of pen is all I used through high school and into college. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Fountain Pens & Pipes...   Wed Jun 20, 2012 6:41 pm

Well, you might as well run the full risk of another addiction:

http://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/
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PostSubject: Re: Fountain Pens & Pipes...   Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:56 pm

I write my name in cursive. But everything else is a print, mostly. Printing is faster when copying Morse code than cursive. So I do everything pretty much the same way.

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PostSubject: Re: Fountain Pens & Pipes...   Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:52 am

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PostSubject: Re: Fountain Pens & Pipes...   Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:15 am

Harlock999 wrote:

Weirdest looking fountain pen I've ever seen Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: Fountain Pens & Pipes...   Thu Jun 21, 2012 12:47 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Fountain Pens & Pipes...   Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:26 pm

A few years ago I decided that my handwriting had devolved enough and bought myself a cursive handbook and some disposable fountain pens. Then in dribs and drabs I picked up a Schaeffer No-Nonsense, Esterbrook, an old Kaweco pocket pen, a Lamy 2000, and a Montblanc Mozart which I literally fished out of the trash (it had a broken sectio) and had it repaired. I used them everyday until I got a job where the boss had a penchant for borrowing pens and absentmindedly walking away with them. Now that I'm at a new job I need to get back into the swing of things. Nothing comes close to the feel of a fountain pen.
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PostSubject: Re: Fountain Pens & Pipes...   Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:41 am

I feel like you all might be interested in this:

pipe and pen set on ebay
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PostSubject: Re: Fountain Pens & Pipes...   Sun Jul 22, 2012 3:55 am

I started thinking and realized I hadn't seen a thread on fountain pens. I decided to search the forum to see if any had been started that I missed, so thought I'd post here instead of being a boob and starting a new one. Here are the two pens I have right now, but plan on buying plenty more. I love writing with a fountain pen because they write so smoothly, i love the classic look, it's unique (I don't know of another 21 year old that uses them, or even writes by hand anymore), and I really like the way they make my handwriting come out aka fancy chicken scratch Razz Here is my Waterman Laureat and my Waterman Hemisphere. The Laureat was used by my grandfather until he handed it down to me and the Hemisphere was a Christmas gift last year.



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PostSubject: Re: Fountain Pens & Pipes...   Sun Jul 22, 2012 4:03 am

monbla256 wrote:


AAAAH that satisfying "zzzzzzzzzg/thunk as the carraige returned to start every time you finished a line !! I still have an IBM Selectric I use at times and have thre "type balls" for it! It's a big honker of a machine but sooooo smooth to use Razz

I used to have a typewriter that belonged to my grandmother. I wish I still had it, but my parents got rid of it because they were tired of it taking up space in my room. I'd much prefer to type up my papers on that over a computer...maybe it's time to start poking around to see if I can find one.

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Bring part of the electronic age. Typing was taught in grade school to a much greater extent than penmanship . Wish I had handwriting nice enough to justify getting one.

This is going to sound crazy, but I sat there and practiced writing things out to try to improve my handwriting. Looking at it you'd be appalled at the thought that it could be worse though. I would spend about an hour a day for a few months writing things down from books, keeping a journal, copying scripture verses, whatever I was doing I would try to find a way for me to practice my writing. My writing improves when I'm back at school seeing as I write every day. If you want one, get it. As people have said, a handwritten note is unrivaled. Having that cool handwriting done with a cool pen only makes it better.
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PostSubject: Fountain Pens & Pipes...   Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:00 am

...Zach, Glad to see a post from someone younger! the two pens you show are fine pens indeed...continue to enjoy writing and smoking... study
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