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.



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

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

Seattle Fountain Pen Club Meeting on April 20, 2013

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.




2012 in review

The 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!

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.