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Apr 5, 2021 07:52:39   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
I used my last eBay Bucks the other day. As you probably know, they have ended that practice, probably "in order to provide better customer service."

I had $2.62 accumulated, so I ordered a fountain pen - final cost: $6.30. It's on its way from China as I write this. I've neglected several eBay Bucks, and I didn't want to lose this last one.

Apr 5, 2021 08:25:30   #
Soul Dr. Loc: Beautiful Shenandoah Valley
 
Yep, I used my last ebay bucks of $19 and change the other day.
I will miss that feature.

will

Apr 6, 2021 16:08:03   #
limeybiker
 
jerryc41 wrote:
I used my last eBay Bucks the other day. As you probably know, they have ended that practice, probably "in order to provide better customer service."

I had $2.62 accumulated, so I ordered a fountain pen - final cost: $6.30. It's on its way from China as I write this. I've neglected several eBay Bucks, and I didn't want to lose this last one.


I am in to calligraphy, I bought a very nice pen from China $6.00, writes, better than my expensive Parkers and Sheaffers.

Thanks for the reminder I have $2.50, to spend, like you I have lost a couple.

 
 
Apr 7, 2021 00:22:51   #
RodeoMan Loc: St Joseph, Missouri
 
jerryc41 wrote:
I used my last eBay Bucks the other day. As you probably know, they have ended that practice, probably "in order to provide better customer service."

I had $2.62 accumulated, so I ordered a fountain pen - final cost: $6.30. It's on its way from China as I write this. I've neglected several eBay Bucks, and I didn't want to lose this last one.


You can pay a lot more than that for a fountain pen, but I have been using FP's my entire adult life and while I have used some excellent pens from old line manufacturers such as Sheaffer, Parker, Cross, Waterman, and many others, I have to say that the best pen I have ever used for putting ink to paper is a Chinese pen, the Nemosine Fission that didn't cost me much. If you have any questions about fountain pens or related subjects such as paper choices a good source of information is fountainpennetwork. As far as Ebay bucks, I never took advantage of these so can't miss them.

Apr 8, 2021 09:29:14   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
RodeoMan wrote:
You can pay a lot more than that for a fountain pen, but I have been using FP's my entire adult life and while I have used some excellent pens from old line manufacturers such as Sheaffer, Parker, Cross, Waterman, and many others, I have to say that the best pen I have ever used for putting ink to paper is a Chinese pen, the Nemosine Fission that didn't cost me much. If you have any questions about fountain pens or related subjects such as paper choices a good source of information is fountainpennetwork. As far as Ebay bucks, I never took advantage of these so can't miss them.
You can pay a lot more than that for a fountain pe... (show quote)


After watching so many pen reviews on YouTube, I now have 52 fountain pens, many from China. It's annoying that the Sheaffer doesn't come with a converter or any other way to fill it, while the Chinese pens do. And the Sheaffer converter is proprietary and not inexpensive. I bought a converter for an old Sheaffer I have, but it doesn't fit. So, they have different converters for different models.

Thanks for that link.

Apr 8, 2021 15:06:21   #
RodeoMan Loc: St Joseph, Missouri
 
jerryc41 wrote:
After watching so many pen reviews on YouTube, I now have 52 fountain pens, many from China. It's annoying that the Sheaffer doesn't come with a converter or any other way to fill it, while the Chinese pens do. And the Sheaffer converter is proprietary and not inexpensive. I bought a converter for an old Sheaffer I have, but it doesn't fit. So, they have different converters for different models.

Thanks for that link.


You're welcome. I have been keeping a daily journal for decades. For every year, each week I use a different fountain pen with a different ink. This week I'm writing with a Conklin Victory Fine nib using Noodler's Black Swan of Australian Roses. I buy a lot of ink samples which allows me to try different colors and shades of ink. I get my samples mostly from Goulet Pens and Anderson Pens. There are also other places such as Vanness Inks out of Arkansas.
I also do not have a converter for my Shaeffer pens. I usually use them as a dip pen. Another solution I have used is to take a hypodermic needle and fill the barrel from whatever container of ink I am using and then place the needle into an empty Shaeffer cartridge and fill that up. I got the hypo needle I'm using now from my vet. I got one with a larger diameter tube to allow the ink to be drawn up more easily. Despite all the advances in writing, I still have not found anything that puts ink to paper in a more satisfactory manner than a well-balanced fountain pen with a good nib. And there is an undefinable sense of "this just feels right" one gets when writing with a good pen, similar to that what a person would experiencing any quality tool including an old workhorse Leica in good condition. Thanks for your reply.

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