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Very nice pen, I got it as part of the last mystery box, but what I'm stuck wondering is, what is the empty cartridge for? I opened the pen and there were two in there, and I can't figure out why I need an empty one. Is it for shipping? Other companies don't do that, or is there some other purpose I'm missing due to my own ignorance?
Zeired
I think it’s just a spacer for when you’re using short international cartridges, like the one it comes with.
Zeired
It's not actually an extra cartridge but rather a hollow one. You can use it as a spacer with a short cartridge or you can use it to help clean the pen. Just pop it in like a cartridge and since it's hollow you can shoot water through it and out the nib for example using a bulb syringe. You can flush the pen in just a few seconds that way! (You can of course clean the pen with a bulb syringe without using the hollow cartridge, but I've found that adding it helps the process go even faster and reduces the chances of water/ink dribbling or accidentally squirting out in some random direction.)
Edit: stupid auto-correct.
awesome price for this pen. I paid 40 bucks for it and regret my purchase of lamy safari and pilot metro.
Where is this made?
Massdropist
I believe F-C manufactures plastic - body pens in China with their higher end ballpoint and brush pens made in Peru and fountain pens in Germany.
Regardless of where its manufactured, this is a fantastic pen!
Echoing the praise this pen deserves. I was on the fence through several drops and finally bought one this summer. It has an excellent weight unposted and writes smoothly. My hands can be a little sweaty at times, but it this has not been the issue I thought it might be. The only small issue is that there seems to be some ink getting out of the space between the nib and the grip section. I think the nib section might need to be pressed in, but haven't tried pushed too hard for fear of damaging nib. Anyone else have this issue?
I was just about to buy one as a gift then saw the drop and got excited, then I saw the ship date and was sad.
These are great Pens. FC makes some of the best and most consistent steel nibs available. I would caution you that the nib sizes run larger than expected and if you like a fine an EF will probably be a better choice.
Note that this fountain pen depending on configuration can be obtained from Amazon.de for as little as EUR 20 with an additional 19% VAT exemption if shipped outside the EEA.
Very bad experience with this drop. One of the pen's body have many scratches to it. And both pens came without cartridges. i added a converter and they list it valued the same as the pen itself, resulting in issues with tax payment. worst experience so far.
Any updates on this drop? The estimated ship date is rapidly approaching.
choiceweb0pen0
Just received a shipping notification.
Anyone know of this comes with an actual usaable full cartirage, or is it empty which needs filling, i couldn't see anything upon reading. Also does the actual clip part come off at all, would love to hydrop dip it. I know it's probably not worth it but jusf purely fo experimental purposes. Some.sweet designs you can get, would look awesome against the piano white colour etc. Cheers
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I wish. I live in Texas, but I've been to Aus about 18 years ago for a semester of uni. Loved it.
choiceweb0pen0
top stuff =)
I've had a loom for about six months. This pen would be a bargain at $60, let alone the mark of 40 that I paid, or the 33 massdrop wants.

This pen has one of the finest steel nibs ever made. It's absolutely flawless, perfectly tuned with the barest hint of very deliberate feedback. Wet, butt not gushing, and the M I have is usable even on cheap paper (reverse writes a nice, smooth, fairly wet needlepoint) though for everyday use on copy paper, go for an extra fine or fine.

The only issue I have with it is the cap snaps on almost too tightly. This thing is never coming off unintentionally. It has eased up a bit as it has been broken in, but it's still pretty much a two hand affair to uncap.

The body is nicely weighted, not a lightweight pen, but very comfortable for notes or long writing sessions. The grip is very secure and comfortable. The cap is light, but very well made and the clip is perfection.

Get a converter. If this is your first pen, get a bottle of "sailor jentle" ink in your choice of color (i like yama dori , turquoise, Oku yama, red, or souten, blue) on Amazon. The whole joy of fountain pens is the ink.
What is the benefit of the converter?
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alright thanks
One caveat is that Higgins brand ink (found at art stores like Michaels, AC Moore, Hobby Lobby and some higher-end art stores and boutiques) says on the bottle "For Fountain Pens" but it is not for these fountain pens. It's made for dip pens and it will clog these pens.

I'd visit Vanness1938.com, GouletPens.com, AndersonPens.com or others as they all sell ink samples in small vials so you can test out inks beforehand. If you want cartridges instead of bottles, you can get cartridges as well from those vendors (among others).

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