Seattle Pen Club Meeting November 18, 2012

I was very fortunate to attend a meeting of the Seattle Pen Club! This was my very first fountain pen club meeting and it was wonderful. Everyone was welcoming and so willing to share their wisdom and talk about fountain pens and inks. I was so impressed with the pen collections. As our host, George Long, requested, everyone brought their fall colored pens. You can see by the photos there were impressive pen collections at the table.

I got to try a Sailor 1911 with a John Mottishaw nib. Bill Sexauer says, try this pen. I tried it. It was so smooth and light to the hand, the line it laid down was expressive, not too wide. Wow. He said, it’s the best writer I’ve ever had. I said, Bill this is one of the best writers anyone could have. I have a Pelikan 800 M with a Greg Minuskin 1.1 stub, it is also an excellent pen with very good nib, the Mottishaw is better in my humble opinion.

I brought my collection of ink samples, most of them are from Goulet Pens. We had a great time trying different colors in pens. Jim Wolfe did a beautiful pen lettering trial of J. Herbin 1670 Rouge Hematite. This ink if you haven’t tried it, lays down red when wet and dries to a red shading to brown sheen. It was spectacular in Spencerian script. I’ll post a picture of the lettering tomorrow. Jim took most of the pictures of the pen club meeting, the non-blurry ones.

I was able to see an Esterbrook sac replacement. In what I’m learning is typical fountain pen enthusiast generosity, Ken Schillinger replaced the sac. He also shared information on what he was doing, the adhesive and talc he used. I was so impressed. John, the person who brought the pen, he said now he can write his Christmas cards and tried to talk Ken into letting him buy him a cup of coffee. Ken said, now you know how, do one for someone who needs a sac replacement.

If you look at the pictures, you’ll notice a father and son. The boy is looking on with real interest as a member was talking pens.

I didn’t get to talk to everyone and if I’ve mangled some names, please accept my apologies, again my thanks.

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I think everyone needs to do what is right for themselves. I have every computer overuse syndrome there is, so hand writing is a relief.. However, I prefer fountain pens because they have less drag on the paper than ball point pens. I also find relief I with using more than one pen as I need relief from gripping a pen. A simple change from a Namiki to a Sheaffer will give me many more minutes of writing time. Then, of course, a change in ink color is just a delight to the eye.

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It’s true. “Michael” submitted a comment to my “Does It Hurt To Write? Get A Fountain Pen!” post that is the absolute opposite of my experience.

I write for a living and I get through an A4 jumbo pad in half a day.
This business of fountain pens being easier is a complete fallacy. Ballpoints require no more pressure than is needed to keep the tip on the paper and the idea that a fountain pen can write with just the weight of the pen is nonsense, I gave up the messy, inky things when I left school in 1969 and good riddance to them. Rollerballs and gel pens just fall between two stools and they are expensive to refill.
I’ll stay with ballpoint or pencil.

Is this guy right? What do you think?

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Sheaffer Masterpiece 14 kt cap & nib

I purchased this pen in group of Sheaffer fountain pens many years ago. I didn’t know what a gem I had until I sorted the group. One of the pens had a cap that didn’t fit. With some trial and error I put the right pen bodies and caps together.

The cap on this pen stood out because it had the 14 carat mark engraved on the clip, very near the top. The cap has a faint tartan pattern of horizontal lines across vertical lines. It has a very nice fine/medium Lifetime nib 14 carat in white and yellow gold. The body of the pen is dark brown translucent and measures about 5 3/8 inches closed.

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