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I attended the Seattle Pen Club meeting on February 15, 2014. As usual, it was loads of fun and there were loads of beautiful red pens! I enjoyed getting to know Rudy Rostro a little better.
Rudy Rostro, Bill Sexauer, Philip Arny, Dave Gruhn, Alex McHugh, Jim Wolfe
Bill Sexauer shared his red pen collection. We talked a little bit about pen shows as a least two Seattle Pen Club members were at the Los Angeles Pen Show. Bill helped me by listing his pens. Let me know if I got any of these wrong!
Top Row: S. T. Dupont Vertigo, S. T. Dupont Vertigo II, S. T. Dupont Laque Ecaille II, S. T. Dupont Montparnasse, Classic Pens LM1 Flame Red. Bottom Row: Cross Metropolitan, Cross Pinnacle, Aurora Ipsilon Deluxe, Sailor Arrow, Reform Komma Junior-K
Sheaffer PFM-II, Sheaffer PFM-III, Sheaffer Tuckaway, Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman, Sheaffer Triumph 440, Sheaffer Fineliner Pencil, Sheaffer TRZ Ballpoint, Sheaffer Prelude, Sheaffer Prelude, 1997 “Snow Pen” Holiday Special Edition, Sheaffer Triumph, 1996 “Holly Pen” Holiday Special Edition 3-pen set, FP, RB and BP
Sheaffer Triumph Autograph, Vac-Filler, 1943, Sheaffer Triumph 1250, Vac-Filler, 1942, Sheaffer Balance, 1939, Parker Vacumatic, 1933, Parker Vacumatic, 1946, Sheaffer Cartridge Pen, Late 1950’s or so
All of the items on the left page are Sheaffer Targas. The third and fourth items on the top row are pencils. All of the other ones with tapered tips are ballpoints. The remainder are all fountain pens.
Bill said that he purchased some very special pens at shows. He says the Pilot Custom 823 “Amber” Mottishaw ground .7 mm cursive italic has been in his his daily carry since he purchased it (the first pen). Pilot Custom 823 Amber (Chicago Pen Show, 2010), S. T. Dupont Vertigo (LA Pen Show, 2011), Classic Pens LM1 Flame Red (Dallas Pen Show, 2012), Classic Pens Black Resin Legend Prototype* (Dallas Pen Show, 2012), Blue Parker Vacumatic (Dallas Pen Show, 2012), * Note, this pen has an 18K (18 Karat) nib.
A writing sample from the Pilot Custom 823.
Jim Wolfe let me photograph a favorite fountain pen, at Pilot 14 #10 nib model 742 with a custom ground Mottishaw Spencerian conversion. It’s interesting that two people said one of their favorite pens had a custom ground nib done by John Mottishaw (check out Mr. Mottshaw’s site at http://www.nibs.com)
I was pleased to attend the January Seattle Fountain Pen Club Meeting in Lake Forest Park, Washington. I met wonderful new people who love fountain pens. As I love ink and fountain pens, I brought my ink sample collection, some ink samples to share and of course, fountain pens. (Many thanks to George for corrections and Maja for her guesses 1/31 ijh)
My friend was there, Jim. He agreed to fix three pens. I left him a Sheaffer Balance, grey striped, Parker Vacumatic Blue Striped and a green Esterbrook. He’s done a good job with several pens and I have confidence with him. I’m looking forward to using them once repaired!
Carl, Gina and Julia were visiting from Yakima, Washington. I thought I had a long drive coming from Olympia, they have me beat.
Carl and Gina are starting a new manufacturing business and are getting ideas from fountain pen enthusiasts. It’s an interesting idea, starting a fountain pen business. During the last ten years or so, many people have started new fountain pen focused businesses, The Goulet Pen Company, Edison Pens, Inkpen Vintage Pens, the Fountain Pen Network and Fountain Pen Geeks just to name a few. I encourage Carl and Gina to explore visit these companies and wish them good luck!</p Carl's pens
John brought a nice collection of pens, can anyone identify these pens? A hint, I think the first one is a Sheaffer Pen for Men demonstrator.John showed me his Sheaffer Tuckaway first year 1940 pen. It is a tiny wonder.
Al let me try his Platinum Briarwood pen with Iroshizuku Yama-Guri ink. It’s a really good pen with a nice light feel. I also tried his Sailor 1911 with Noodler’s Black ink. The Sailor is a very nice pen with a super responsive nib. I’ll have to put that one on my wish list.
George let me try is Montblanc 149 with a medium nib. It is a little bit big for my hand. I think I’ll stay with my Montblanc 146. George was impressed with my nib tuning skills. I tuned the nib to being a little more toward the cursive italic and was pleased with it. I was proud that George thought I had done a good job.Here’s a writing sample
I thanked George for helping my daughter, Jessica select my Christmas gift. She chose a white Tulle Lady Sheaffer. It’s a delightful addition to my fountain pen collection.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for my blog. Here’s my resolution for 2014, blog more!
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,300 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.
What have I been doing latest lay? Collecting fountain pen photos, calligraphy and journal art images on Pintrest! Click on the link.
I had a fabulous time at the Portland Pen Round Up on July 13, 2013. It was a small as far as what I’ve heard of fountain pen shows, though it was not a pen show, and I liked it very much because of that. I met an old friend, Bill Sexauer and several new friends: Michele, Larry Jones, John Strother, Michael McNeil, Jim Leonard and Stuart Hawkinson. I bought some pens and was able to try many more. I’m impressed with the mid-80s Omas Paragon that Jim let me try. Larry has an extensive pen collection that he’s selling. Jim and Stuart spent the last hour talking pens, pen shows and drinking beer. What a perfect day.
On April 20, 2013 I drove from Olympia to Bothell, Washington for the Seattle Pen Club meeting. It was great to see many of the people from I met during the October meeting and many new people too. I so enjoy being with people who love fountain pens. Often they will let you hold one of their treasured pens. Alice let me write with her beautiful Visconti Opera Master demonstrator. Gorgeous pen.
Jim Wolfe and I visited for quite awhile as we both like antiquing and vintage fountain pens. Jim showed me some of his recent finds, a beautiful black chased hard rubber Conklin engraved with “Bill,” a couple of Watermans and three especially nice vintage blue Parker Vacuumatics. I believe he’s going to restore one and sell it too me. I can’t wait. Jim is going to restore a couple of my Sheaffer touch downs and an Esterbrook that need new sacs. He’s going to the Chicago Pen Show and agreed to try to find a cap for my black Sheaffer Crest. I appreciate his willingness to help me get these pens repaired, they’ve been laying around for quite awhile. I hope to hear about his Chicago Pen Show experience. Many people say this show is a must for vintage pen collectors. One day I’ll get to go to a pen show.
George Long and Phil
Carolyn and Jim
John Mills brought his awe inspiring Sheaffer Balance Collection.
William (Bill) Sexauer let my try his Dupont Vertigo, Sheaffer Emerald Green, Parker 25, and Pilot 823 Italic fine. The Pilot 823 ink flow can be turned off and on using the blind cap. It is and excellent writing pen with great balance.
George asked me to take photos of this adorable mini fountain pen. I’ve asked George for the name of the pen, or if anyone knows, please comment. I like the aquamarine and red coloring.
Early each month I receive a delightful package of ink samples from Goulet Pens. This month was a bevy of purple and red in celebration of Valentines Day. Purple and red are my favorite ink colors and this ink drop include De Atramentis Auburgine, Diamine Deep Magenta, Iroshizuku Yama-budo, Rohrer and Klinger Cassia and Sailor Jentle Grenade.
I’ve been using De Atramentis Auburgine in my Pilot Custom, fine point fountain pen. It is very dark and shows up well in this fine point pen. It’s too dark of a color to shade well and is quite different than my other purple inks, it’s more red. I might have to purchase a bottle of this ink at a future time.
Diamine Deep Magenta is a bright, vibrant ink. I enjoy pink and this one is very cheerful. It’s not as bright as De Atramentis Dianthus though in the same color family.
Rohrer and Klinger Cassia is a new purple and I like it. If I didn’t have several purple inks I would order a bottle of this ink right away. It’s behaving well in my Pilot Metal Falcon .
My Pelikan M400 Souverän White Tortoise is one of the prettiest fountain pens I own. The green, brown and golden striated barrel, with white cap, section and blind cap, gold ring accents and gold Pelikan clip is just stunning. It has a broad oblique nib that makes a beautiful shaded line especially with Caran d’Ache Amazon. This ink shades beautifully with this nib. The nib is white and yellow 14 karat gold and has lovely incised scroll designs and a line inscription of a mother Pelikan with two chicks. I ordered this pen from Printhardcopy on the Fountain Pen Network who has a good inventory available most of the time at good prices. He ships very quickly.
Last summer I purchased a Montblanc 22 and when it arrived, within a day I broke it. I was crushed, I’m not sure if I actually cried, but I felt like it.
The Fountain Pen Network and the wonderful people who participate in sharing their knowledge, skills, wisdom and sympathy came to my rescue. Yes Vande Weert of Belgium repaired my pen and I am so grateful.