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2013-11-07 11:41:33 AM
Well played, Subby

It got me to look at the article, though next time, please proof-read your article.
 
2013-11-07 11:42:06 AM
My penis used everyday, if not by me then by someone who asks to borrow it.
 
2013-11-07 11:44:18 AM
So the Pen15 club will soon be gone forever?
 
2013-11-07 11:44:22 AM
The penis meatier than the sword
 
2013-11-07 11:46:13 AM
The pen is mightier than the sword...but no match for a gun.

The Beach Boys?
 
2013-11-07 11:48:29 AM
l.yimg.com
 
2013-11-07 11:49:42 AM
It's a fact.

You can't say "happiness" without saying "penis".

It's a fact.
 
2013-11-07 11:49:53 AM
Someone asked me to write something that was not my name in cursive the other day...I literally could not do it. I tried writing a cursive "T" and it looked like I was having an epileptic seizure.

I wonder how much longer until my ability to write block letters leaves me?
 
2013-11-07 11:50:41 AM
"You have a nice pair of shoes, you have a nice belt, you have a nice handbag and you have a nice pen," Bodart says. "Nothing bothers us more than seeing a business person pull a Bic out of their pocket."

You sound like you need to be punched repeatedly. Forever.
 
2013-11-07 11:50:53 AM
BIE


/penis in your e-mail box if requested.
 
2013-11-07 11:50:57 AM
billandkent.typepad.com

/oblig.
 
2013-11-07 11:51:18 AM

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: It's a fact.

You can't say "happiness" without saying "penis".

It's a fact.


www.tvquotes.net
 
2013-11-07 11:51:51 AM
Space . . .the final frontier.
 
2013-11-07 11:52:31 AM
I tend to write on a keyboard, but I still take a lot of notes in longhand. Cursive with a Pilot Vanishing Point fountain pen on a high quality piece of paper FTW. Nothing quite as classy for a thank you note or a love letter, either.
 
2013-11-07 11:53:32 AM
Apparently some people think their penis bigger and better than others.
 
2013-11-07 11:55:48 AM
love this comment

I own a mont blanc fountain pen that cost me $400 and I love it. No computer can match it's beauty or flow on a good piece of Arches acid free paper. I use it because I'm worth it's sophistication............ and it still works when the electric goes out, lol!


a.disquscdn.com

//plus, when no one is looking I like to diddle myself with it
///and pretend Mark Twain is watching
 
2013-11-07 11:58:02 AM
Pelikan Souveran m1000 from Germany - my fave.
 
2013-11-07 11:59:01 AM

Horsebolt McStabledoor: love this comment

I own a mont blanc fountain pen that cost me $400 and I love it. No computer can match it's beauty or flow on a good piece of Arches acid free paper. I use it because I'm worth it's sophistication............ and it still works when the electric goes out, lol!


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//plus, when no one is looking I like to diddle myself with it
///and pretend Mark Twain is watching


Then you need a Conklin crescent filler - the pen Mark Twain helped advertise.
 
2013-11-07 12:01:29 PM
"electronic" keyboards? Pretty sure I haven't seen a mechanical keyboard in over 30 years now. Or is this one of those cases where a perfectly good word now means something completely different? Why don't you call them "solid-state"? We've already re-defined that term, I don't think I can handle another re-defined term.
 
2013-11-07 12:03:31 PM
My penis priced at  $1,470,600.

This PENIS diamonds.

www.all10list.com
 
2013-11-07 12:03:45 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: "electronic" keyboards? Pretty sure I haven't seen a mechanical keyboard in over 30 years now. Or is this one of those cases where a perfectly good word now means something completely different? Why don't you call them "solid-state"? We've already re-defined that term, I don't think I can handle another re-defined term.


I guess they didn't want you to confuse it with a "Key Board", a board that one hangs all their keys on.
 
2013-11-07 12:05:13 PM
I have a tech/coder friend who is always working on his fancy style cursive handwriting when he has time to kill.  He uses it for cards, letters, etc... to the fairer sex.  At first I thought it was a bit odd, but eventually it just struck me as classy.  It's nice to see someone working on their craft like that for the sole entertainment of others even if it's in a very casual way.
 
2013-11-07 12:05:32 PM
subby please fix your keming
 
2013-11-07 12:06:31 PM
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2013-11-07 12:07:40 PM
Yes, despite technology being more and more prolific writing my hand will never go away. It'll always be necessary. Unfortunately today more and more people are neglecting learning how to write in general because of that. Both in neglecting cursive as they deem it unworthy of learning and in the refusal to try to have anything resembling neat handwriting at all.

Personally, I have fairly neat writing. I also like a good pen. Even though fountain pens aren't new ideas that hasn't stopped modern technology from being adopted into them. I have, and make much use of, a modern day fountain pen.

img.fark.net

They write smoothly and feel much better in the hand than a cheap disposable ball point. I also have a ball point, btw, but a nice stainless steel refillable one. These modern fountain pens use cartridges instead of ink wells. Each manufacturer has their own cartridges in a variety of colors. Ink wells are still made so if you find someone who makes ink that you particularly like you can get a refillable cartridge and load it from any ink well.

They're not that expensive, either. Lamy is a good brand for cheap-ish but good quality pens. The Lamy Safari is their most popular model and reasonable priced at around $22. You can get cheaper fountain pens in the $10-15 range but quality varies.

If you want a cheap disposable fountain pen then go for a Pilot Varsity. They're about $4 which is on par with a nice roller gel pen.

And with all that I'll put up my flame shield now and this is Fark so there will probably be people who are more than happy to call me a hipster, oh so edgy, etc and try to tell me how wrong I am for advocating for nice handwriting in the modern age for some reason.

/Carry on
//My wayward son
 
2013-11-07 12:08:07 PM

sprawl15: subby please fix your keming


I see wh at yo u didth ere
 
2013-11-07 12:08:10 PM
I love and use fountain pens fairly regularly, though not as much as I would like.  Most people nowadays haven't even picked one up, since everyone uses ballpoint pens, if anything.

They're a bit geeky, I'll admit.  But, I love how the line width changes with a flex nib, or how the colors change shade as lines overlap.  The variety of inks available is just astounding, considering how few people actually use them.  And I have to agree with many that the feeling of a great nib on high-quality paper is smooth as silk.  I just wish I had more reasons to write on paper with them.
 
2013-11-07 12:10:52 PM
As soon as you can get me a tablet where I can draw quick diagrams and stuff free-hand with the detail I can get with a fine-point pen and graph paper, they will always have a place.
 
2013-11-07 12:12:22 PM
Sorry, couldn't find the pic of Ron Jeremy playing the keyboard with his junk.
 
2013-11-07 12:12:50 PM
I write way too hard to use a fountain pen. I love the way they write, but I end up with blotchy letters and ink stains on the outside edge of my hand.

Custom-made* ball point for me.


*from a stave of Glenfiddich barrel
 
2013-11-07 12:12:50 PM
Clever Neologism: As soon as Until you can get me a tablet where I can draw quick diagrams and stuff free-hand with the detail I can get with a fine-point pen and graph paper, they will always have a place.
 
2013-11-07 12:14:22 PM
No love for the Bic 4 color pen?  This was da bomb back in the day

www.ryman.co.uk
 
2013-11-07 12:16:06 PM
What a pen is afficianado might look like...

ts4.mm.bing.net

www.tobeinstyle.net
www.natmagnewsletters.co.uk
 
2013-11-07 12:16:22 PM
The girl in the next cubicle keeps asking to borrow mine, but I've seen the way the chews up the ends.
 
2013-11-07 12:18:14 PM

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2013-11-07 12:19:19 PM
As a lefty, I just like whatever pen doesn't have wicked smudgy ink.

p.s. Pens are too mainstream. I prefer cuneiform styli.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-11-07 12:21:12 PM
CtrlAltDestroy:

They're not that expensive, either. Lamy is a good brand for cheap-ish but good quality pens. The Lamy Safari is their most popular model and reasonable priced at around $22. You can get cheaper fountain pens in the $10-15 range but quality varies.

I love my Lamy Safari!  It's a really smooth writer.  I don't know that you can beat it, for the money.

Currently, I have my Noodler's Ahab flex pen inked with black.

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2013-11-07 12:22:04 PM
I have two rollerballs (tee hee). One is a Mont Blanc and one is a Waterman; both are gorgeous and they are sheer joy to use.

I don't carry them every day, though. They're more of an indulgence.
 
2013-11-07 12:22:52 PM
I hate fountain pens.   They leak way too easily.  A nice ball-point pen for me, please.
 
2013-11-07 12:23:25 PM

kid_icarus: "You have a nice pair of shoes, you have a nice belt, you have a nice handbag and you have a nice pen," Bodart says. "Nothing bothers us more than seeing a business person pull a Bic out of their pocket."

You sound like you need to be punched repeatedly. Forever.


Why?
Like it or not, being a professional means presenting an image of success, and doing that means you upgrade the possessions that the people you deal with professionally are going to see. So that you don't look like a slob. Like driving a car that's not worn out, and wearing clothes that aren't worn out, buying shoes and a watch that cost more than $20, and having possessions that weren't purchased at Wal-Mart.

That doesn't mean you carry around a $500 fountain pen for daily use. But it also means that whatever you keep in your inside coat pocket to sign the receipt for lunch is not a ten cent piece of white plastic.

A steel Cross or Parker pen is $20 and if you take care of it you will own it forever. Pretty cheap investment to not look like a schlub.
 
2013-11-07 12:25:14 PM

In all seriousness, I've used many pens in my lifetime.  Once I came across the Papermate Gel (.7mm), I was hooked.  By far the most reliable disposable pen on the planet.


daviswebtech.files.wordpress.com

 
2013-11-07 12:26:06 PM
Just bought this one:
3.bp.blogspot.com

Carbon fiber w/matte finish, black accents, black nib.

/partial to black
/gouletpens.com (not my site, but where I bought it)
 
2013-11-07 12:27:33 PM

tuna fingers: In all seriousness, I've used many pens in my lifetime.  Once I came across the Papermate Gel (.7mm), I was hooked.  By far the most reliable disposable pen on the planet.
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For disposables, I'm a big fan of the Zebra Sarasa blue .7mm. Fantastic pens. I've been using them for years now at home, work, and in classes.
 
2013-11-07 12:28:01 PM
Pardon my obvious ignorance on the subject, but does the casing really have anything to do with how a pen writes? I mean, even if you drop 5k on a nice pen, the part that actually transfers the ink to the paper is, what, 30 cents worth of material? Couldn't I just buy the refill and place it in my $5 cheap ass pen and write as well as the joker who has a Waterford?

/spend my entire day writing on paper, so this is relevant to my interests
 
2013-11-07 12:29:11 PM
That article is dildos
 
2013-11-07 12:29:15 PM
Came for SNL Celebrity Jeopardy was not disappointed
 
2013-11-07 12:30:19 PM

voodoomedic: Pardon my obvious ignorance on the subject, but does the casing really have anything to do with how a pen writes? I mean, even if you drop 5k on a nice pen, the part that actually transfers the ink to the paper is, what, 30 cents worth of material? Couldn't I just buy the refill and place it in my $5 cheap ass pen and write as well as the joker who has a Waterford?

/spend my entire day writing on paper, so this is relevant to my interests


Those very expensive pens tend to have high quality gold nibs, which write very, very smoothly. The refills are not like the refills for your disposable. They are either ink cartridges or liquid ink drawn into a reservoir in the pen.
 
2013-11-07 12:32:00 PM

Prevailing Wind: What a pen is afficianado might look like...

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[www.tobeinstyle.net image 850x849]
[www.natmagnewsletters.co.uk image 628x400]


The girl in the last image is holding a Waterman (Paris).  I know because I received the same pen as a 5-year anniversary gift from Booz Allen.
 
2013-11-07 12:33:17 PM
Parker 51.

That is all.
 
2013-11-07 12:34:21 PM

voodoomedic: Pardon my obvious ignorance on the subject, but does the casing really have anything to do with how a pen writes? I mean, even if you drop 5k on a nice pen, the part that actually transfers the ink to the paper is, what, 30 cents worth of material? Couldn't I just buy the refill and place it in my $5 cheap ass pen and write as well as the joker who has a Waterford?

/spend my entire day writing on paper, so this is relevant to my interests


While much of the cost is due to the name associated with these products, not every fountain pen writes the same.  Cheap pens usually have a scratchy feeling when writing.  Buying an expensive pen also means a high-quality nib and feed for reliable ink flow and smoothness when writing.  These nibs tend to be 14k gold or better.  There's actually a lot of work that goes into a great nib.  I've seen nibs alone (no pen, just the nib) that cost $500+.

So, to answer your question:  no, you can't just buy a refill and toss it in  your cheap-ass pen and have a great writer.  Just as with most other things in this world, you do get what you pay for when it comes to fountain pens.  But for $25 you can get a Lamy Safari, which is about the best starting point you get get with them.

Nytfall: Just bought this one:
[3.bp.blogspot.com image 750x500]

Carbon fiber w/matte finish, black accents, black nib.

/partial to black
/gouletpens.com (not my site, but where I bought it)


Nice pen!  I saw those and had to grab a napkin to mop up the drool.  I also have to give props to Goulet Pens.  They have excellent service and decent prices on everything.  Can't forget all the ink samples, too!
 
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