Thursday, January 29, 2009
You are now a proud owner of a fountain pen. But if you are like me, you are the only person you know that uses one...
So where can you go to talk to other fountain pen enthusiasts?
I highly recommend the The Fountain Pen Network but I'm warning you now... It can be very addictive. It's one of the friendliest groups of people, (over 20,000 registered users) willing to help with questions, or just to discuss fountain pens, fountain pen inks, and the best paper to use with your favorite pen/ink combination.
There is a marketplace section where you can buy/sell/trade pens and inks, a section to get repair advice, as well as brand specific areas for discussion pen manufacturers such as Pelikan, Montblanc, Sheaffer, etc.
Lots to see, but thankfully, no annoying ads on the site. Membership is free- the site being user supported through member donations, and also via sales of exclusive Noodler's brand inks created specifically for the FPN.
I've also recently been made aware of an Asian forum, called MoonBang SamWoo which is the Korean forum similar to othe FPN. They have over 4100 active members including many members in Korea, China etc.
Per my friend Kevin, "MoonBang Sa Woo (Sa meaning 4) in Korean & Chinese means 4 friends of the writer/thinker: Brush/pen, Paper, China Ink stick, and Ink grinding stone. They named their organization MoonBang Sam Woo (Sam meaning 3) as they are into fountain pens and 3 friends (Pen, Ink, and Paper/notebook).
Moon (Writers) Bang (Library/room) Sam (3) Woo (Friend) **Rooted from very old Chinese word."
Now be sure to go and mingle- and tell them Biffybeans sent you!