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Florent Pillet Nov 18
In these all-digital times I like taking the time to write down notes, especially when I'm designing something. I use fountain pens exclusively. Love the tactile feeling of laying down ink on paper. Slows me down, helps me think while practicing the lost art of handwriting.
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Florent Pillet Nov 18
Replying to @fpillet
Once you fall into this rabbit hole, you quickly get into inks. Finding your favorite ones is a try-fail-repeat job, until a few ones stand out. I have like 20+ ink bottles and some of them are absolutely outstanding. Takes time to find yours!
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Florent Pillet Nov 18
Replying to @fpillet
I also have a few "more expensive" fountain pens. I have been disappointed with most of them for various reasons (poor quality control, poor ink versatility, etc). The only one that stands out is a Montblanc I got as a gift from my best friend. Writing with it is pure joy
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Florent Pillet Nov 18
Replying to @fpillet
Once you're there, your desk is filled with pens and you want to use all of them. Just make up a reason to write down stuff, so: design something! You quickly find yourself filling up sheets of paper with designs, thoughts and todos. Lots of fun.
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Florent Pillet Nov 18
Replying to @fpillet
A common point between all these pens: none of them use pre-made cartridges. The few ones (Lamy, mostly) which don't have a piston mechanism use a "converter" tank you can fill with the ink of your choice. Once you get hooked on piston ink filling, there's no way back 😅
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Florent Pillet
Of course as a Cocoa developer you'll discover that a nib is not what you thought... and there are so many amazing variations to try out. I mounted a custom Italic nib from on one of my TWSBI Diamond Mini pens and the result is ... beautiful handwriting!
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Florent Pillet Nov 18
Replying to @fpillet
I'll close this topic here but feel free to DM me with questions. Nibs themselves are fascinating. Richard Binder has accumulated a wealth of knowledge about them at . In particular this nib breakdown in three parts
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