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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Free fountain pen giveaway! Don't miss out on this one!

Here's a deal you don't want to miss out on! I'm going to be giving away a free fountain pen. But not just any pen... This pen will be sporting a 777 Pen Repair custom grind! The grind on this pen is one of my smooth, buttery, crisp cursive italics! You don't want to miss out on this opportunity to try out one of my CI grinds for absolutely free. The nib comes attached to an awesome Jinhao 500 fountain pen. These heavy-weight Chinese-made pens are of superb quality and are really fun to use. This pen is a c/c filler and comes with a converter included. It also comes with a soft felt "gift-pouch". This pen with the grind is worth over $45.00, but it could be yours for nothing!

By now you're probably asking "how do I get it!?!". Well I'll tell you!



First, just to get you drooling, take a look at these pictures! This is what's up for grabs:












All you need to do to win is simply post a comment in this thread. The comment must give a name (a username is fine) and tell what ink you will use first in the pen. The comments will be numbered by the order they're posted in. Example: the first comment is #1, the second comment is #2, and so on...

I'm sure you're wondering "alright Tyler, what's the catch?". Yes, there's a "catch" so to speak for everything, but I think you'll find this one quite appealing! You'll notice I've given no date for the end of this giveaway. That's for a reason. Here's why: This pen will not be going anywhere until I've gotten 100 new subscribers (old ones don't count, sorry... ) to my blog via feedburner. Here's how it works. You do not have to subscribe to win. Subscribing however, is your incentive! You won't have any chance of getting the pen unless I get the 100 new subscribers. So  then, here's what you're going to want to do:

  1. If you haven't already, subscribe to my blog right now. That's 1 subscription closer to the goal! If you don't know what subscribing is via-RSS then take a look at this post I did on it. It'll give you a run down of what RSS is and how it works.
  2. Tell a friend or two about this give-away. Let them know about it so they can participate.
  3. Post a link to this giveaway on your own blog if you've got one. This will help spread the word.
Now you've got your incentive. This is a good incentive because it's not mandatory for entering the give-away. Just remember that the pens not going anywhere until I've gotten 100 new subscriptions!

I suppose you're wondering also "why would I want to subscribe?". Well, lots of reasons! Here's just a few of them:

  1. Keep on top of the latest news - Subscribing will keep you updated so you can be first to get there for all my future give-aways.
  2. Manage your favorite content better - Subscribing will help you keep track of all the new content I put out.
  3. It's free - no strings attached - What can you say to that! Subscribing costs you nothing and can only benefit you! All you need is an account with Google or any other subscribing platform.

Regards,
777 - Tyler Dahl

229 comments:

  1. I love the graph checkerboard - neat looking pen. I will fill with Di. Majestic Blue if I win the pen, as I love that in an italic pen. I've added you to my reader and look forward to checking out past posts. Great marketing technique BTW. 
    Ginigin

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  2. Hello Gini,

    Looks like you're #1 in this giveaway! It's good to have you here.

    Diamine Majestic blue looks like a very nice shade of ink. I've never tried it myself but the reviews I've seen are very positive. I love that reddish sheen on the top of the dried ink. Looks very good. :)

    I hope you enjoy reading through my previous and new posts. I've got a ton of good content out there just waiting to be discovered.

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  3. Hmmm...  I keep trying to buy Jinhao pens, they look great, but write terrible.  I would love to try one that has actually been worked on by someone with more knowledge.  I am thinking that pen is calling for Noodler's Black.

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  4. Very nice Tyler. Good to see this Jinhao isn't throwing any fits.  I've got a few Jinhao's and it's hit and miss when it comes to ink reliable flow. I would use Namiki/Pilot Blue in this pen. I always use a very well behaved ink in a new pen. Once we get to know each other - then we move on to more exotic stuff. Regards, David in Jakarta

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  5. Tyler, what a great give away.  I think that pen calls out for an ink with a strong red-purple like Diamine Syrah.  It will be fun to see how this goes.  All the best to you.

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  6. Lovely looking pen. With Black Swan in Austrailian Roses I think?

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  7. Rolling the dice...

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  8. Tyler, I've never heard of this brand before, so something new to add to the collection would be welcome. That bold patterning calls for a bold color, Noodler's Nightshade; dark, dramatic, desirable..... Thanks

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  9. Became a subscriber months ago, when I first happened across your blog.
    And became a very happy customer, as well, shortly thereafter.
    But count me in !

    In my Esterbrook LJ in Copper, I love the vintage look of J. Herbin's
    "Cafe des Iles"...    sort of a soft coffee brown.

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  10. Yes, with this Jinhao you're assured of a very nice writing experience!

    You're #2 J.T.! It's good to have you here.

    Noodlers black, that's an ink that's next on my list to get. Good choice!

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  11. Hey David, good to see you here. You will be #3 in this fun give-away!

    I've never tried one of the Namiki inks but they sounds nice. It is indeed good to start with a well behaved ink in a new pen. I'd better go and find a review of Namiki Blue so I can see what it's like!

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  12. Hey Freddy! You're #4 here!

    Diamine Syrah - Excellent choice. I've not tried it myself yet but it's been recommended to me many times. Looks like a great color!

    BTW - The Parker 45 video is next on my list... :)

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  13. Hey there, looks lie you're #5! Good to have you here with us!

    I just saw a review of this ink last night. It's a lovely slightly understated color. Looks gorgeous! A very good choice of ink.

    For anyone else interested in this lovely ink, check out this review here.
    http://www.carpedavid.com/2011/03/noodlers-black-swan-in-english-roses.html
    The guy who does these reviews has some pretty awesome handwriting!

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  14. Hello Marco, you will be #6. Good to have you here!

    What ink will you put in this pen if you win? I'd love to hear.

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  15. Hello Karen, you're #6!

    Jinhao's (as far as Chinese-made pens go) are one of the top brands. Still, many people haven't heard of them. When purchased from a nibmeister where you're assured they write well, they are great pens. Value for dollar they are excellent as well.

    Noodlers Nightshade, looks like I'm off to go find another review. :) I enjoy looking up new (to me) inks.

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  16. I might buy some Noodlers if I win this thing.

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  17. Hey there, old subscribers are welcome too! You're #7 in "the great give-away".

    Esterbrook in copper with a brown ink - I love matching Esties to ink colors! My favorite copper Esterbrook ink is Private Reserve Copper Burst. Lovely color. I've not tried any J. Herbin inks yet. I better get one soon... :)

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  18. Hello Jonathan, you're #8! It's good to have you here.

    So you've never tried any noodlers before? Well, this would indeed be a good oportunity to get some. :)

    They've got to many colors for me to recommend just one but I would go and check out Gouletpens.com They've got every noodler ink (and other brnads) swabed on paper so you can look at and compare them. Very handy to have!

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  19. Hey Tyler, just wanted to see if a friend I sent here had checked in yet (no), and I noticed that you have me and the person before me both listed as #6. You might want to check that. Thx. P.S. Check out last Friday's Ink Nouveau. He has a guest blogger that did a sketch in Nightshade.

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  20. I subscribed yesterday.  Did I make it into the 100?  Noodler's green for me.

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  21. jor412 - I just dropped by to see what was new a

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  22. Hi Tyler, I subscribed to your blog as soon as Pocket Blonde posted about your pen restoration skills. This pen has a crossword puzzle look and therefore, if I won it, I would have to give it to my husband, the crossword puzzle fiend. I would ink it with Iroshizuku Syo-Ro.

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  23. sorry about the cut post. i just dropped to see what was new. beautiful pen. i'm waiting for some ink i ordered. i'd want to try private reserve electric dc blue in this. it's a pretty brilliant blue but still dignified, imo. :) cheers

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  24. I am one of your followers since I have a serious fountain pen addiction!  I believe that Lierre Souvage (a gorgeous bright emerald green) would be absolutely wonderful in it.  (Keeping my fingers crossed)

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  25. Sorry about that... :) I edited them to say the correct thing now.

    Thanks for the heads up!

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  26. Hello Carter, you get to be #10! Yep, you're in with the 100. :)

    Noodlers Green. Another ink I've been interested in. Right now my favorite green remains PR sherwod Green. Lovely color...

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  27. Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful pen!  I subscribed to your blog via Google Reader.  If I won this pen, I'd try either J. Herbin Violette Pensee or Noodler's Bad Blue Heron in it!  :-)

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  28. No problem about the cut post. I've removed it do de-clutter the comment thread. :)

    You're #12 in this give-away!

    PR Electric DC Blue. That's a vibrant color! Sounds like a good match!

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  29. Hello Erin, You're #11!

    Good idea about the crossword puzzle matching. Sounds like a good pair! :)

    Iroshizuku Syo Ro... A very nice subdued yet pretty color. Yet another good choice!

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  30. Hello Julia, looks like you're #13!

    Always nice to meet another with a serious FP addiction!

    Lierre Souvage sounds delightful! Never tried a J. Herbin ink but I really should... :)

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler dahl

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  31. Hello there, looks like you're #14!

    Good ink choices as well... :)

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  32. Great job, Tyler. I hope you're able to get a lot of subscribers from this giveaway.

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  33. Hello Tom, you're #15 in my give-away. It's good to have you here.

    What ink would you like to put in this pen if you own? I'd love to hear. :)

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  34. I hope there is still time for me to get in, I will get subscribed when I get Google Reader on my iPhone tomorrow! USERNAME: Gobblecup (FPN).... Ink choice... I think I would go with Pilot Blue, it has simply become my favourite blue! But maybe Sailor Jentle Grenade for some awesome shading with that CI! :D

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  35. Hey there Gobblecup, good to see you on here! :) You're going to be #16 here.

    Another vote for pilot blue. Must be a good ink! I probably out to look into it... :)

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  36. Just stumbled across your blog when researching Esterbrook pens. I'm a newbie when it comes to fountain pens, but I just ordered some Diamine Majestic Purple, so would try that out.

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  37. Hello Menno, good to have you here.  You're #17.

    Always refreshing too see someone new to this hobby. :)

    Another nice choice of ink.

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  38. Wouldn't have to think twice - first ink into the pen would be Diamine Quartz.

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  39. Just added you to my RSS Feed, good luck with the new Business Tyler. If I win the pen I'd probably use Noodler's Red Dragon in it.

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  40. I've had my RSS feed piped to me via Google for a while now. :)

    I would probably fill the pen with Private Reserve Naples Blue.

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  41. Just added your feed. I would more than likely fill the pen with Noodler's Polar Blue or J.Herbin Eclat de saphire...haven't decided yet.

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  42. Great giveaway! I'd have to start out with my two baseline inks, Noodlers or Sheaffer black. Not dramatic, but helps me.

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  43. I want it! Beautiful FP!

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  44. I like that kind of nib. I am sure that whoever gets the pen will enjoy it. I do have a JinHao, a different model and would like to have this done to it. Did you do the nib yourself, or did you send it away, and if so, to who?

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  45. Fromheart2page here (FPN forum). That is quite a nice looking pen and I thank you for the opportunity to win it ;) The first ink I would use in this pen is Diamine Red Dragon.

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  46. Hey Craig, looks like we've got a #18 now!

    Diamine Quartz. Sounds like you've got a thing going with this ink... :) Must be pretty nice if you don't give it a second thought.Regards,777 - Tyler Dahl

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  47. Hey Ivan, you're #20! We're getting up there now!

    PR Naples Blue - Another nice choice.

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  48. Hello there, you're #21!

    J. Herbin Eclat De Saphire. I've always wanted to try that one. I love the subtle blue/purple coloration of it.

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  49. Hey mwpannell, good to have you here. You get to be #22.

    That's always good to start out with a steady, dependable ink for the first time-around.

    Regards,777 - Tyler Dahl

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  50. Hey Joe, you're #23!

    Yes, it's a pretty pen, isn't it!

    Regards,777 - Tyler Dahl

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  51. Hey Spanchak, you're #24!

    Yes, this nib was ground by me. I grind nibs as a profession along with repairing pens. If you'll take a look at my pricing/services page (found on the top link bar) you can read more about my nib grinding services.

    Regards,777 - Tyler Dahl

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  52. Hey there, always good to see a FPN member here... :) You're #25!

    Diamine Red Dragon - an excellent choice! That would make a good match with this pen!

    Regards,777 - Tyler Dahl

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  53. Hey Surfbits, good to have you here. You're #19!

    Noodlers Red Dragon... I can't seem to find that ink. Do you mean Diamine Red Dragon? Or Noodlers Dragon Napalm?

    Either one sounds cool. I'm going to get a bottle of Diamine Red Dragon very soon.

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  54. Zenadier (also from FPN) After drooling my way through I think my first ink I would use in this pen would be Iroshizuku Asa-gao. Thanks for the chance to win this lovely pen.

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  55. Hey there, including you, we're at #26 now!

    Another Iroshizuku choice. I love my Iroshizuku ink. I only have Kon-Peki but it's enough to tell me that Iroshizuku inks in general are very nice!

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  56. Sign me up. If I win, I will put Iroshizuku Kon-Peki in it.

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  57. You're signed up! As #27 to be precise... :)

    I love Iroshizuku Kon-Peki! I've got a review of it in case you're interested.

    http://777penrepair.blogspot.com/2011/05/ink-review-iroshizuku-kon-peki.html

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  58. I would love to win.  I'm new to this whole fountain pen game, but trying to learn more.  As for now, the only real ink I have is Noodler's Polar Blue, so that'll go in it unless I find more before then.
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    -Kitz

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  59. sign me up.  I'd put either J. Herbin Blue Myostis or Diamine Mediterranean Blue into it first as those are currently my two fave inks. 

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  60. Hey Kitz, now we're up to #28 with you!

    Only noodlers Polar blue... Well, in the event that you do win I'll have to send along a sample of another ink for you to try out. :)

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  61. Hey there, you're #29. Almost to 30... :)

    Sounds like you've got a thing for blue inks! Two very nice choices.

    Regards,777 - Tyler Dahl

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  62. That's a beautiful looking pen. I would ink it up first with Iroshizuku YamaBudo; a lovely ink for a lovely pen I think!

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  63. Nice looking pen! I'd put Aurora Black or my Custom green in it.

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  64. Wonderful Pen. I look forward to using it. I have no choice for ink yet but I hope to use this pen to find the best! The color will be Black or dark blue.

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  65. Hey there, you're #30!

    Oh wow, Iroshizuku YamaBudo! I saw review of that once and said, "gotta' have that ink". Sadly Iroshizuku raised the prices and all that stuff... Oh well, maybe I'll end up buying it anyway. :) Definitely a good choice of ink though!

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  66. Hey there, we're at #31 now.

    I'd love to see what your custom green is like. I enjoy ink mixing a lot. I've heard Aurora black is one of the best "pitch-black" blacks out there.

    Regards,777 - Tyler Dahl

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  67. Hey Dalemont, good to see you here. You're #32!

    If you win, I will look forward to hearing what ink you'll put into it. :)

    Regards,777 - Tyler Dahl

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  68. Tyler, I really like this Jinhao 500 pen! I would like to try a Magenta ink in it, but I also would use the Mont Blanc Bergundy occasionally; the one you put in my last pen.
    Mark

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  69. Hey Mark, looks like you're #33 in this "contest"!

    I would recommend Diamine Deep Magenta for a good ink of that color. You can find some here at Goulet Pens: 

    http://www.gouletpens.com/Diamine_80ml_Deep_Magenta_Ink_p/d7030.htm

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  70. Hi there.  I would definitely give Diamine Ultra Green OR Diamine Turqoise a whirl in this beauty! 
    Hershamboy

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  71. Hey, looks like you're #34!

    Sounds like some nice inks. Diamine Ultra Green looks very good. :)

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  72. Noodlers black swan in english roses in this work of art :) the black to red will realllly show with that italic nib!

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  73. I think I'd have to try Noodler's #41 Brown in this pen as soon as I got it! This pen is gorgeous!

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  74. Hey there, we're up to #35 now!

    Another person for Noodlers Black Swan in English Roses. That ink really would look great in this nib!

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  75. Hello Aaron, you're #36!

    Good ink choice. I've never bought #41 Brown but I've been close to getting it before. Lovely brown color...

    Regards,777 - Tyler Dahl

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  76. I have a bottle of Noodler's Black Swan in English Roses coming my way, so I would definitely try that in this pen.  I would love to see the line variation with that particular ink.  Love the blog, Tyler!  Keep up the good work!  

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  77. Hey kp, good to see you here! :) You're #37!

    Wow, another one with Noodlers Black Swan in English Roses! I'm really gonna have to buy some now. It seems very popular, and it looks so good.

    Glad you like the blog, it makes me happy to know that my hard-work is going to a good use. Makes the work easy actually. :)

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  78. I would have to go with Sheaffer Skrip Red, slight shading, but it's a really beautiful colour when using wider nib widths.

    Since I didn't post on your CI grinding video, I'll comment on it here. Fantastic video, and it's inspired me to try it, for fun, and because I'll be rather free once exams end. My cheap Hero 616s will be sacrificed...

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  79. Hey, looks like you're #38!

    Sheaffer Skrip Red... I've heard some say that that ink is "the" red. Sounds nice.

    Glad you liked the CI grinding video. I hope your grinding goes well. :)

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  80. Thank you!  =)  
    Tyler I don't mind sending you a sample vial when my bottle arrives.  FPN'ers have been very generous to me, and I'm happy to pay it forward.  Let me know!

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  81. Hi Tyler,
    I'm starting to get back into fountain pens after about a six year hiatus and just found your blog. I'm really loving the content and love the cleanness of the look of your blog too. Can't wait to delve in a bit more.

    What a nice pen! Ink...hmmmm....lately red/burgundy/black cherry appeals to me like so many others and I've got some Private Reserve Black Cherry heading my way since I'm having trouble finding Noodler's Black Swan in English Roses and have always loved PR..

    Keep up the great work here!

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  82. Hey Lee! We've got #39 now with you!

    What a neat story, back again from a 6 year halt... Glad you like the look of the blog, I've been fumbling with different designs until I could finally put this one up. It was a work in progress. It's all done now though! Of course, there's always room for improvement. :)

    Don't know if you have already but you should check out gouletpens.com. They're an awesome home-run business that sells pens, inks, paper, and does lots of cool reviews and videos. They may have Noodlers Black Swan in English Roses.

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  83. Hello, Tyler!
    If I won this, it would be my very first fountain pen.
    My username is racheldevin.
    I think for an ink I would use one of my brother's custom-made inks, probably a pure purple one he made. He is very much into fountain pens, and does a really great job of repairing and restoring them. He's the one trying to get me interested in them. :)
    By the way, your blog is really fantastic. And thank you again for linking to my website! I really appreciate it!

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  84. Hey kp, first, I must thank you. You're the first person to ever "hold a conversation" on this blog! Meaning, you commented, I replied, and then you replied back. Many people seem hesitant about leaving comments and especially about replying back. Glad you're not. :)

    Wow, I'd love to try a sample vial. Perhaps we can work out an ink exchange, I've got some pretty colors too!

    Shoot me an email to 777penrepair @ gmail.com and I'll see what we can work out!

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  85. If I win this it will be my first Chinese fountain pen. My username is RCARLISLE. I would use J. Herbin Orange Indien in it first.

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  86. Hello Devin! You're #40.

    Purple ink is always cool. :)

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  87. Hello there, Looks like you're #41.

    J. Herbin Orange Indein is a cool ink. A very nice choice.

    Regards,
    777 - Dahl

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  88. I'd love a chance to win. I already follow on RSS so I'm not sure if that improves your count or not.

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  89. Hello there, you're #42 in the giveaway! Good to have you here.

    Sadly, I'm still in need of 85 new subscribers before the pen can be given away... I'm sure that we'll be there in no time though!

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  90. Noodler's purple. It is a great colour and my go-to i

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  91. Hello Kathleen! You're #43!

    Noodlers purple, sounds nice! I'll have to look into it... :)

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  92. I would love a chance to win.  I would fill it with Pilot Iroshizuku Yu-Yake.  All of my pens so far have either a fine or extra fine nib.  This would be quite the departure from the norm for me.

    I also subscribed to the blog.  Thank you for the chance to win.

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  93. Put me in the lottery!...and I'd probably fill it with Waterman Blue-Black.

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  94. Hello Shawn, good to have you here! You're #44!

    Iroshizuku inks are great.

    A, your first "big-nib"! Let me tell you it's a dangerous road. :) It involves a lot of money... :( And a lot of fun! I switched form XF and F's to a monster 1.3mm stub (a BB)! I love my big nibs! I do still keep a small nib inked up for those tasks which need that sort of thing...

    Thanks for subscribing, it helps. It will also help you greatly. I hope you will enjoy the future content I put out. :)

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  95. Hello there, looks like you're #45!

    I've heard that waterman blue-black is a good "safe" ink. Meaning it doesn't stain, clog, or do any other weird things. Sounds nice.Regards,777 - Tyler Dahl

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  96. It sure is! Looks like you're #46!

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  97. Hello little brother.  I'd fill it with Diamine Deep Magenta: one of my favourite colours, as you know.

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  98. My favourites: Pelikan Turquoise or Puple, never could decide which I like better.

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  99. Hi Connor, good to have you here! :) #47 you are.

    I love the Diamine Deep Magenta too. I want to fill my new TWSBi with it...

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  100. Hello there, you're #48!

    I've never tried a Pelikan ink but they sound very nice.

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  101. If I were to win this pen - and I truly hope I do - I think my first ink would be Private Reserve Midnight Blues.

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  102. Hello there, you're #49! Good username, if I may say so. :)

    PR Midnight Blue. I think I had a bottle of that a loooong time ago... I can hardly remember what it even looked like.Regards,777 - Tyler Dahl

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  103. Well...I am probably far too late to win this great pen. But am interested in learning more about repairing nibs & pens. It looks like you have made this Jinhao nib into something really specail. Well done!

     So this looks like a good place to seek advice, Tyler.

    And as for the lovely chekerboard pen, well, I'll dream of winning it. After all, penguins CAN fly can't they?

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  104. Hi Tyler,
    Love the blog and the YouTube videos!
    The first ink I think I would probably use in the Jinhao is Pilot's Iroshizuku Tsuki-yo ink;it's a beautiful color and such a well-behaved ink. You did a nice job of customizing the nib and I think it deserves a nice ink :)

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  105. Hello there, you're #50! Good to have you here.

    I just got a sample bottle of Tsuki-Yo a few weeks ago. Very nice color.

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  106. Hi there, Tyler,

    I'm a brand new visitor to your blog--I clicked the link on your signature from FPN. I don't even know what subscribing to a blog means, but I will try to do it--I looked through the first few posts and this looks like a helpful and fun site.

    I would ink this pen up with Noodler's Navajo Turquoise first, I think. Any sort of italic always makes me want to reach for inks with some real shading.

    I've used Jinhaos normal-as-they-come in the past. I really like them: I'd love to know how it feels and performs with any italic grind.

    Thanks, and nice to meet you.
    Matthew Newell

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  107. Hello Matthew! It's always good to have new visitors. :)

    Subscribing is super easy. You simply click on the big "RSS" button (the orange squarer with two lines and a dot in it) and it'll take you to my feed. Then you can subscribe via a reader, or even easier by email. You just click on whichever method you with to subscribe by.

    Noodlers Navajo Turquoise was my second ink. I think it's a great color!

    Good to meet you, and I hope you're able to gain much useful information from my site. :)

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  108. Checker Tile Pen. Love it! Win!

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  109. Ooh, droolworthy! And I just got a bottle of Black Swan in Australian Roses that I haven't even opened yet...

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  110. Hello Susan, you're #53!

    Good ink choice. I need to try that color myself... :)

    Regards,
    777

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  111. Lovely pen, count me in! I have a bottle of Iroshizuku Shin-ryoku that I've been meaning to break in to, so that'd almost definitely be the first fill.

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  112. Hello there! You're # 54.

    Good ink choice. I love Iroshizuku inks.

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  113. Thanks for this offer.  (I hope I win!  :-)  )

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  114. Hello Norman! You're #55!

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  115. Hello there! Good to have you here. You're #51!

    Another Iroshizuku ink vote. People like that ink! I love mine... :)

    Regards,
    777

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  116. I'll have a go!, I'd use it with PR Blue Suede or Noodler's Black Swan in Australian Roses

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  117. Hello there! You're #52!

    More good ink choices!

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  118. Hello there! You will be #53!

    What a neat idea - grading papers in style. :)

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  119. Diamine "Blaze Orange" is a super cool bright color, any time of the year. Especially dramatic with a cursive italic nib. I want that pen! 

    Remember though you need to be sure your pen is perfectly clean before using this ink. It just is not the same if there is any contamination.

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  120. I am curious if you (or if it can be done) can grind a rhodium plated nib from an M to an EF? I just purchased a Plelikan Indian Summer but it only came in an M size nib. If I were to win the free grinding, this may be the one I chose to have done. Nice blog you have.

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  121. Hey Dan! You're #55!

    Yes, if you win I can grind your nib down a size. :)Regards,777 - Tyler Dahl

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  122. Hi Tyler,

    It looks as if you started renumbering from 51 after you reached 55.  It seems you have two 51s, two 52s, two 53s, two 54s, and two 55s.   

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  123. Duh! Why didn't I see that... :\


    Thanks for letting me know Freddy! I've fixed it now. :)

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  124. Very nice pen!  I would fill this with some Noodler's Saguaro Wine for the shading with the italic nib.  I just subscribed and I read you using google reader.  Works well!  Nice nib on this pen....   drool...

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  125. Hello Shaun! You're #61!

    Very good ink choice. I've had this ink recommended to me before though I've never tried it. Yet... :)

    Thanks for subscribing! It helps a lot, really it does.

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  126. Wow.  I love fountain pens and have only just found your blog.  I subscribed, but didn't know there was such an array of ink out there.  I am still using a bog standard bottle of Quink Ink as that's what my dad always used.  I'm sure there's much better out there now so any recommendations would be great.

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  127. Hey Katherine, just a suggestion, but if you haven't gone to the site gouletpens.com then I highly recommend it.  It is run by a husband and wife team who offer terrific service as well as a wide selection of inks.  In fact, you will be awed at what they carry in inks and, if you don't want to order a full bottle of a particular color, they offer the option of ordering a small sample of any ink they have for a nominal price. 

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  128. Just ordered Pilot Kon-peki so most likely thats what going in if I won. Outside of Sailor and Pilot I'm not very familiar with other asian FP brands... didn't know they had good designs... 

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  129. Hello Katherine! You're #63! Good to have you here. :)

    Ink suggestions, let me give you a few of my favorites:

    - Noodlers Cayenne (a beautiful red with orange undertones. Looks just like a cayenne pepper)

    - Private Reserve Sherwood Green (a deep, rich, and lush green. My favorite so far)

    - Iroshizuku Kon-Peki (this inks a little expensive but it is great ink. I was given a bottle but I normally wouldn't buy it)

    - Noodlers Navajo Turquoise (a lovely, semi-bright, blue-turquoise color)

    These are just the ones I like out of the ones I've tried. I actually haen't tried that many inks.

    Like Freddy said, check out gouletpens.com. They have ink swabs of almost every ink ever made! It's a really useful tool for comparing and buying new inks. You could get a bunch of sample bottles, pick you fav's, and then go order the real bottles.

    Hope this helps. :)

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  130. Hey there! You're #64! Good to have you.

    Good ink choice. If I could afford it I would always have Kon-Peki as my standard blue ink. Sadly since the price jump I've just been using 1 bottle that was gifted to me by a friend. Once that runs out I'll be looking for substitute colors.

    Yea, I think these Jinhaos are nice looking pens. Some of there other designs are even more nice than this one!

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  131. Elizabeth PorterJune 20, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    I'd stick some Diamine Graphite in it, and probably draw a bird. ;)

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  132. Hello Elizabeth! You're #65!

    I've heard about Diamine Graphite before but have yet to even see a picture of it. I'd better go look for a review. :)

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  133. Subscribed, and would love to win this pen - it looks gorgeous :D

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  134. Hello there! Looks like you're #66.

    Thanks for subscribing, I appreciate your participation!

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  135. I would fill it up with J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary ink (Hematite Rouge).  I like the way the gold flecks shimmer in the deep red ink.

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  136. Hello! You're #67!

    Great ink choice. I've never gotten a hold of a bottle of that ink but I've seen reviews and it was enough to tell me what a gorgeous ink it was. :)

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  137. Looks like a nice pen. I see that it used to have a ball of tipping material which was ground away what tools do you use to get such an even surface? If I had this pen I would probably use some Pelikan Royal Blue, as I like the colour and how well behaved it is.

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  138. Hello! You're #68!

    As far as grinding. I begin with a high-speed rotary tool and then proceed to extremely fine grades of sandpaper finishing with micro-mesh and mylar.

    I've heard good things about Pelikan Royal Blue. A good choice. :)

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  139. Wow, this pen looks lovely. I would use this with Sailor Jentle Sky High-- hoping the italic nib can enhance the red sheen effect!

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  140. I would want to try out my new favorite color, J. Herbin's Poussiere de Lune - except it's still shipping, aish. This is quite a beautiful pen, and I love italic nibs! I will go subscribe now!

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  141. I would want to try out my Iroshizuku Yama-Guri in this stunning pen...

    Bill

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  142. Hello. Looks like you're #69!

    I haven't tried any sailor inks yet. They're a bit expensive... Sounds nice though!

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  143. Hello! You're #70!

    I love italic nibs too. I just love line variation... :)

    Thanks for subscribing. Your participation helps!

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  144. Hello! Looks like you're #71.

    Good ink choice for a nice nib! :)

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  145. If I got this pen, I think I'd probably start it out with Vert Empire.  Probably doodle something on my kid's homework, just to drive her nuts.

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  146. New Subscriber, just found your blog through FPN.  I'm a bit of a FP newbie so if I won this pen it would officially be the nicest one I would own.  Loving the pictures in your reviews.

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  147. Hello Katherine. Always good to see someone new to fountain pens here!

    What pens do you currently own?

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  148. I would probably put Diamine Pumpkin in it.  I don't really have a lot of ink yet but I really love that orange.

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  149. By the way I also subscribed and posted to Facebook.

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  150. Hello Andrew! You're #74!

    Good ink choice. I've considered buying this ink many times though I haven't yet. I can't decide between it and plain Diamine Orange.

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  151. Good looking pen you've got there. I think it's begging to be filled with Noodler's Red-Black and I'd I win it, that's exactly what's going in.

    Cheers,
    -Av

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  152. The ones I use most frequently are a pair of Pilot Plumixes partly because I love the italic nib and partly because of the design and smoothness of the pens.  Found an unidentified Parker at a Tuesday Morning and a Sheaffer calligraphy set at a craft store while visiting relatives.  Recently I got a Platinum Plaisir, a Pilot Petit1 Mini, and an Ohto Rook from JetPens.  The Rook actually skips more over nice paper, but it works just fine at work on receipt paper and Post-It notes.

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  153. Nice Jinhao! I'd put Diamine Steel Blue in it.

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  154. Hello Jessica! We've got #75 with you now.

    Interesting color choice. I'll be looking for a review of this ink. Sounds cool.

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  155. So I'm intrigued! Have never had the good fortune to use a custom nib, but I have used Jinhao pens, and they do have a nice heft to them.

    I would use Noodler's Bulletproof Black in it first. It's a reliable ink, I've used it for years so can weed out its behavior from the nib's own qualities, and, well in truth I work in healthcare and they frown on my prettier choices.

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  156. Hello! You're #76. Good to have you with us.

    A very nice ink choice. This ink is next on my to-buy list. It looks like a really great, well behaved black.

    To bad your work doesn't let you use "prettier" inks. I've always been home-schooled so I was allowed to use any ink color I wanted too. :)

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  157. I would like to try writing with this pen. Hope I win.

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  158. I would use Apache Sunset in the pen.

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  159. Apache Sunset is by Noodler and is my favorite color. I think the shading would look great with that nib.

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  160. I would use Noodler's Heart of Darkness. Smooth, chic, and lasting, like I hope the pen would be.
    -Rachel Tell

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  161. Hello there! You're #77!

    Good ink choice! I've been wanting to try that ink for while. I'm thinking of throwing in a sample of it with my next Gouletpens.com order.

    By the way - I compiled all of your comments into one. Just to clean the thread up a bit. :)

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  162. Hello Rachel. You're # 79! You'll probably notice I "missed" #78... #78 is posted in the alternate give-away thread. He's still in the contest, you just can't see his comment on this page. :)

    Nice ink choice. This ink was in close competition when I was deciding on a black ink. I ended up choosing Noodlers black for two reasons:
    - It was cheaper
    - I heard it behaved better. I'm not sure if that's exactly true though.

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  163. Shubhangam AgrawalJune 24, 2011 at 5:42 AM

    I would use the boring old Lamy Blue on this pen, because I live in India and I can't find better inks around :( Working hard on sourcing Waterman Florida Blue to try it out though ;)

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  164. Hello there! You're #80!

    To bad on the ink thing. I hope you're able to find a way to get the color you want. :)

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  165. Thanks, I kept forgetting to include pertinent information.

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  166. No problem! :) I enjoyed reading your ink choice.

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  167. That's a gorgeous pen! I'd use J Herbin's 1670 Anniversary Ink in it -- my latest favorite, and I've always loved the combination of black-white-red.

    I've subscribed via Google Reader on one of my alternate emails. :)

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  168. Hello Mia. You're #81!

    Excellent ink choice. I still need to find a sample of this. I'm going to check with some folks on FPN for that. To bad it was a limited edition ink!

    Thanks for subscribing - I appreciate it! I hope you will enjoy reading my future posts.

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  169. That is a pretty pen..  I've never tried a pen with a nib grind, perhaps this is my chance

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  170. Interesting pen. Since I am new to FP, I do not know the ink to use, but I sure would like to find out.

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  171. Hello Matt,

    You're #83! I've purposely skipped #82 because he's still present, but posted in a different location.

    I hope you will get to try out a pen with a ground nib very soon. They're a lot of fun!

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  172. Hello Rob,

    Always nice to meet someone who's new to FP's.

    You're #84!

    Perhaps you could visit gouletpens.com and pick up some ink samples. That's a great way to try out different inks for cheap.

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  173. Just stumbled upon your blog, and of course I subscribed.. The first ink I would use if I got this free pen, is something a little different. How bout some Noodler's Summer Tanager since we are in the summer months.. 

    Thanks for doing this giveaway

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  174. Hello Jay! You're #85!

    Very interesting ink choice. I'll need to find a review of that. I've never even heard of it before. :) I don't know that much about different inks actually... Just the ones I like!

    Thanks for subscribing! I do appreciate it!

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  175. The first ink I would use if I won this pen is Noodler's Golden Brown.  This ink shades well in a fine nib, and is fabulous for shading in an italic.  Great TWSBI review - enjoying it so far, and looking forward to the completion.

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  176. Hello there! You're #86!

    Oooh, that sounds like a nice ink! I need to look that one up. :)

    Glad you're enjoying the TWSBI review - I'm having a lot of fun putting it together!

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  177. Hi!  I'm still pretty new to fountain pens (and totally new to this blog), but I'm guessing I'd start with Waterman's Florida Blue since it seems to run well in every pen I've tried.

    Also, I hope you put up more tutorials!  They're great, especially the Sheaffer vac-fill innards video... I couldn't get my head around the diagrams on the web at all, but the video made a lot more sense.

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  178. Hello there! goo username. ;)

    You're #88. #89 is posted in the alternate thread so that's why we're jumping from #86 to #88. :)

    I've heard a lot of good things about Waterman Florida blue. Mainly its excellent behavior in any pen.

    Glad you're liking the videos! I've got more coming pretty soon. I'm just trying to finish up this ultimate TWSBI review thing before I do any more stuff. :)

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  179. Is there possibility to subscribe to mailing list? By the way, very interesting clog!

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  180. Hello, you will be #89!

    Yes, subscribing via email is easy. First, click on the subscribe button (that big orange one at the top-right of each page) and you will be taken to my feed. Then, on the right side there will be a box that say "Subscribe Now!" with a list of different readers and buttons. At the bottom of this box there is a blue button with a mail icon inside it. The button is right next to the words: "Get 777 Pen Repair delivered by email". click on the words and follow the steps! that's it!

    Glad you like the blog. I've fixed the typo in your comment. :)

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  181. I think the first ink I'd run through it would be Aurora Blue, my new favorite this year; thanks for all the reviews, they've been extremely helpful!

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  182. Hello Oren,

    You're #90! We're getting very close now. 83 subscribers - only 17 more to go!

    Interesting ink choice. I've never been to interested in Aurora inks (I didn't even know they existed 6 months ago...) but the Aurora Black seems like a really nice color. I heard it's one of the darkest black-inks ever made.

    Glad you like the reviews! I enjoy making them. :)

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  183. The first ink - Diamine Dark Green. Maybe that's a bit boring, I don't know - I just love the colour. I haven't tried it yet, as I'm fairly new to this online world of fountain pens. I'll take the advice you gave lower down though, on getting some ink samples from Goulet though, thanks! 

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  184. I'd ink it up with Diamine Red Dragon.  I've always thought red looks great against a black and white checkerboard!

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  185. Hello there,

    You're #91. Good to have you here!

    Your ink choice doesn't sound boring - in fact know you've got me intrigued. I need to go see what Diamine Dark Green looks like. :)

    gouletpens.com is such a good place to buy from. Top-notch customer service! I'm going to be getting a bunch of samples myself fairly soon... Ink is so much fun!

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  186. Hello there, You're #92.

    Good ink choice! I've been wanting that ink for quite some time. Now that I'm running low on my other colors it's about time for me to get some too! :)

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  187. Hi Tyler, I hope I haven't missed the giveaway. I'm new to the use of different inks so,I will need to read up on them to see what's new that I might want to try. I've never tried this type of FP either. It sounds like fun!

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  188. Hello! Looks like you're #93!

    you most certainly haven't missed it, but we're getting close to finishing now. only 15 more subscribers left. :)

    I hope you have fun browsing the many available inks on the market. I always recommend gouletpens.com! They have a "swab-shop" where you can see a real picture-swab of any ink they sell. They also have samples of all their inks so you can try before you buy a whole bottle.

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  189. Can I suggest a mix?

    Pelikan 4001 (4 x Brilliant green) + (1 x Brilliant Black) = nice light green

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  190. Hello.  I just found your blog via FPN and look forward to going through your archives.

    As far as ink goes, I favor Diamine's Majestic Blue in italic nibs.  It has a gorgeous red sheen that absolutely sings when you use an italic!

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  191. Hello Kristen - You're #94! Good to have you here.

    Interesting ink - A blue with red undertones. Mmmm... :) Sounds nice!

    Glad you're enjoying the blog. I've got lots of great information "floating around" if you're willing to do a little digging for it.

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  192. Hi :)
    At the moment I am using Florida Blue ink. I had spent so long with Blacks that the Florida Blue is superb. Writes so well in my Design.Y notebook!

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  193. Hello RPB, You're #95 in the contest!

    Florida Blue - is this Waterman's ink? I hear waterman makes very well-behaved inks. I have yet to try any but I will eventually. :)

    Regards,
    777 - Tyler Dahl

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  194. Thanks for running this giveaway.

    +1 for Pelikan 4001, as recommended in Calligraphy For Dummies. I'd go for brilliant brown.

    All good wishes

    Ed

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  195. Hello there. You're #96!

    You're most welcome. - I'm also enjoying this giveaway. I can't wait till the winners are chosen. :)

    Regards,
    777

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  196. I'd go for a Noodler's Nikita. I love red inks on italic nibs

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