Crafts, Writing

I Bought My First Fountain Pen, and I Love It!

You guys, crafting is a slippery, slippery slope. I started crocheting and sewing when I was 12. I’ve always hoarded and loved paper supplies and notebooks. I’ve been writing since I was 7, I wrote a book about a fairy giving a bunny family never ending carrots, complete with pictures. Around 18, things started picking up quickly. I got into scrapbooking, then spinning yarn, weaving, and knitting. Planning has been the most recent slope. I’ve always had a planner, but in the last few months I discovered bullet journaling, traveler’s notebooks, Erin Condren, Happy Planner, and more. I’ve been blog and Instagram stalking all about fountain pens lately. So, I caved. I bought my first fountain pen.

Being a lefty, my preference has always been ballpoint pens as opposed to gel rollers because of the ink wetness. I watched a lot of YouTube videos about lefties and fountain pens, and I felt confident that I should be able to have some success! Plus, I just really love watching YouTube videos of people writing. I have a thing for handwriting, haha. For my first pen, I didn’t want anything crazy expensive, and a good beginner fountain pen.

I bought the Pilot Metropolitan Retro Pop in Turquoise. It’s gorgeous!

Look how pretty it is!

I figured Turquoise would look good with the different color inks I wanted to use – warm jewel tones. Admittedly, I did have to show constraint so I didn’t buy all the retro pop colors. They’re beautiful! I also bought a cartridge of purple ink by Pilot Namiki. I figured I’d practice with a cartridge before using a converter for bottled ink.

Here’s everything all together, yay! I wasn’t expecting the case it came in!

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I unscrewed the pen and there was a converter inside. The Metropolitan also came with a cartridge of black ink, so that’s handy.

 

 

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I took the converter out and placed a cartridge of my purple ink I bought.

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I screwed the pen back together and started testing it out!

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I took a picture of me testing it out, don’t mind my handwriting and rambling!

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So all in all? I totally love it! I plan on buying several more retro pop pens and tons of ink samples. It’s a slippery slope, but it sure is fun! Do you have a favorite fountain pen? I want to hear all about it!

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