Seattle Pen Club, February 15, 2014

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.
DSCN0312 Rudy Rostro, Bill Sexauer, Philip Arny, Dave Gruhn, Alex McHugh, Jim Wolfe

DSCN0313 Philip Arny, Dave Gruhn, Alex McHugh, Jim Wolfe, plus Mont Teague

DSCN0314 Seattle Pen Club President George Long, Ken Schillinger

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!

DSCN0321 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

DSCN0320 Top Row: Pilot Gold Band, Pilot 78G, Esterbrook J, Parker 45, Parker Jotter Ballpoint. Bottom Row: Lamy Safari, Lamy Safari, Yves Saint Laurent, Marceau, Parker “Big Red” Ballpoint, Parker 51

DSCN0319 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

DSCN0318 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

DSCN0317 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.

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A writing sample from the Pilot Custom 823.

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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)

Pilot742 Levenger-Omas Articula, Blue, 14K Semi-Flex nib

January 18, 2014 Seattle Fountain Pen Club Meeting

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)

Seattle Fountain Pen Club George Long

Seattle Fountain Pen Club President George Long and friends, Mort, Bill, Bud and R.P.

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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!

Esterbrook, Sheaffer Balance and Parker Vacumatic

Esterbrook, Sheaffer Balance and Parker Vacumatic

Carl, Gina and Julia were visiting from Yakima, Washington. I thought I had a long drive coming from Olympia, they have me beat.

Carl, Julia and Gina

Carl and Gina Hill and Julia Ogden

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 A few of Carl's handmade kit 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.

Jim Miller's pens

John Mills’ pens

John showed me his Sheaffer Tuckaway first year 1940 pen. It is a tiny wonder.
Sheaffer Tuckaway

Sheaffer Tuckaway

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.

Montblanc 146

Montblanc 146

Here’s a writing sample
Montblanc 146 writing sample

Montblanc 146 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.

Lady Sheaffer White Tulle

Lady Sheaffer White Tulle

2013 in review

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.

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Portland Pen Round Up July 13, 2013

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.

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I love all types of pens

I love fountain pens and all types of pens and pencils, each had a place in my writing instrument universe.

Fountain pens are for writing in my journal, when I want to share my deepest thoughts and want to handwrite at length, the fountain pen is the thing. I like to use different pens as my hand gets tired easily, differences in barrel width, nib drag on paper and ease or difficulty in creating the line on paper all factor into my decisions on which pen to use.

For many years I’ve been working on improving my handwriting and have practiced calligraphy to facilitate this effort. Now there are so many more resources on the web, it’s a joy to explore. Gaining access to flexible nibs with their super expressive line widths such as the Montblanc 244 or the the Namiki Falcon Metal soft fine nib are fabulous. I’ve discovered the varied line widths found in the oblique nibs in the Pelikan M800, M400 and vintage 140. I’ll do write up on the Montblanc, Namiki Falcon and Pelikan in the future.

A partial list of the pens in the photos: Pilot M90, Tornado Retro pencil for Sudoku, brown Platinum, Platinum PG-200 (the short fountain pen with the pink barrel), Pilot with Arabeque designs on the cap and barrel, two Platinum Sterling Silver with 18kt white gold nibs, four more PG-200s (I use different colors in each pen and match the barrel color, Pilot PG-200 type in White with Pansy flowers on the cap, another Platinum with stripes and vines, leaves and flower designs in a band on the cap, this one has an 18 kt gold nib, Namiki Vanishing Point, Cross roller ball, Waterman Carene, Cross ball point, Pilot H1076, Sheaffer Targa, Waterman cartridge fill and multi-lead pencil for highlighting.

Why so many types you might ask? Each one is useful for a different purpose, I use the pencils for sketches or if I really need to write with an instrument that has no drag on the paper and need to write fast. The downside of pencils is their line is impermanent and doesn’t copy well. However, if I’m doing a pen and ink drawing, often I’ll use a pencil for the preliminary sketch.

You can probably see the photos of part of my collection that I use and own, “gasp” rollerball, pencil and ball point writing instruments. Sometimes you need a pen that can write on soft paper, like Moleskins or copy paper, ball points are great. When I write a check, I use a ball point pen as I have duplicate checks and need to press a little harder. Happily, check writing is nearly becoming a thing of the past. Rollerballs are great because they often have a wider, more expressive line. The durability of the written word with the ball point pens are rarely matched by roller balls, gel pens or fountain pens. Sometimes, I’ll discover my calligraphy practice sheet has wet paw prints from my buddy, Chaz.

Part of my collection

Part of my collection

Close-up of the collection

Close-up of the collection

More of the collection

More of the collection

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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To everyone who viewed my blog, thank you and have a very happy new year!