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

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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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.

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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.

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George Long and Phil

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Carolyn and Jim

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John Mills brought his awe inspiring Sheaffer Balance Collection.

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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.

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2012 in review

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Ink comparisons, Let’s go pink!

I’be been trying lots of colors in my fountain pens, going through the color wheel in inks. 

In the pinks I’m starting J. Herbin Larmes de Cassis (Tears of the Black Currant), which is actually a dark burgundy.  This ink is one of my go to inks.  It behaves well in fountain pens, doesn’t dry in the pen too quickly.  Rinses out well and is a yummy color.

Next to it is De Atramentis Strawberry, this color is a nice medium red with a hint, a breath of orange.  Just enough to remind you of the blush of red that rests on the surface of those lovely summer berries.

 J. Herbin Rouge Bourgogne is a bright pink that shades well and like al the J. Herbin ink behaves well in fountain pens.  I liked it so well I used it twice in this sample.

I was introduced to Larmes  Noodler’s Rachmaninoff.   This ink is heavy on preciptants so I rinsed it out of my Platinum PG-200 soon after I wrote this sample.  It was clogging my pen.

De Atramentis Dianthus in my Sheaffer Demonstrator with an M8 nib is such a nice bright deep pink.  I been using this ink from tiny ink sample vials and I think I’ll have to buy a whole bottle.  It behaves well in pens, flows smoothly and I just love this color.

Once I rinsed out and dried the pen that had Rachmaninoff, I loaded Noodler’s Hellfire.  This ink is so light on paper, I think it is meant to be used as a highlighter ink.  It is a little dry in the pen so I’ll rinse it out soon. 

Private Reserve Arabian Rose in my Namiki Vanishing Point Medium Nib.  When I wrote this sample, I was surprised to see the nib flex just a little so it showed me that this ink does shade.  I’m remembering this once I improve my pen collection with more pens that have flexible nibs!

Noodler’s Saguaro Wine, if you love a rich pink that has plenty of saturation and shades toward blue, ooo baby this ink is the one for you!  It does shade a tiny bit.  This ink behaves well in pens, rinses out well and lays down well on the paper.

Noodler’s Catus Fruit Eel flows well.  It is an eel  ink after all, Noodler’s formulated these inks to increase their flow ability.  It’s a little brighter that Saguaro Wine and is such a great color.  This ink is a favorite of mine. 

Iroshizuku Yam-budo (Crimson Glory Vine) is less bright that Saguaro Wine or Catus Fruit Eel.  It has just a hint of duskyness that I like.  All the Iroshizuku inks be outstanding performers in pens, beautiful colors and behave well in my fountain pens.scan0001

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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