Always Inked – September 30, 2014

It’s been over six months since my last “Always Inked” post and the pens have changed. Plus, it’s time for another “Currently Inked” post and I’m tire of squeezing these same four fountain pens into the picture. I always have these four pens inked. At least that’s been true the since the beginning of this month and will be into the foreseeable future. The one thing they all have in common is they can stay inked for months and not have any problems.

Esterbrook Dip-less in an empty #407 inkwell

Esterbrook Dip-less in an empty #407 inkwell

The Esterbrook Dip-less is my newest always inked pen. Since it’s a dip pen it’s desk bound. I primarily use it for short notes and it still has the Esterbrook #7550 extra fine nib. There’s Sheaffer Red in the inkwell which is a nice bright red ink that suitable for the way I use the pen. It’s the only pen of the four that I clean off every couple of weeks. The red ink dries around the collar so I clean it off before it has a chance to permanently stain the pen. Plus, it starts to look cruddy on an otherwise pristine pen. The dip pen gets used nearly every day, although probably for less than 20 words each day.

 

Franklin-Christoph Model 66 with R&K Blau-Schwarz

Franklin-Christoph Model 66 with R&K Blau-Schwarz

If there’s a perfect fountain pen and ink combination this has to be it. They’ve been together for well over a year. The Model 66 went over a year just being refilled, no cleaning and it was problem free. It’s mostly desk bound since it’s so big, and clip-less. Because the Esterbrook Dip-less sits on the same desk and I now use the Model 66 less often, it does leave the desk at times so that it gets used.

Kaweco AL Sport Raw Aluminim postedKaweco AL Sport Black Stonewashed photoI couldn’t decide which Kaweco AL Sport to carry, so I carry two of them. Both have finishes designed to be abused so I carry them in the same pocket as my keys. In a bit of irony, even though I’m always carrying these pens they are used the least of all my inked pens. I usually have another pen in my shirt pocket which gets used first. So these get used when I don’t have another fountain pen, or when I need additional ink colors. Maybe it’s because they bounce around in my pocket all the time, but I never have any hard starts. I also don’t have a lot of ink in the cap either.

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Commonwealth Pen Show Recap

I visited the Commonwealth Pen Show earlier today. I didn’t take any pictures and didn’t leave with a large (or even medium) haul but it’s worth a recap.

While there was a Boston Pen Show last year the 2014 show is put together by different organizers and is outside Boston. The show was at the Somerville Holiday Inn and in a relatively small ballroom. I heard there were 18 vendors and that seemed about right (I’m terrible at estimating these things). The venue was nice, I really appreciated the free parking right at the hotel. It’s also about a half-mile from the local MBTA station. The room was well lit and didn’t feel congested. Even though 18 vendors is on the small side the room was obviously sold out as there wasn’t any more room for tables without making things feel cramped for the sellers or attendees. There was enough room to walk around and browse, at least when I was there from about 10 to 11:30 am.

Most of the pens were vintage. Richard Binder and Paradise Pens were the only vendors I saw that had primarily new pens, so the brands were limited. Richard Binder was also doing nib work. Also, I think it was Jim Baer I also saw doing pen repairs or nib work.

Jay Potter from PaperForFountainPens.com was also there with pads made from Tomoe River paper. I made my only purchase of the day from Jay. A hard cover notebook of white, blank Tomoe River paper. A review of the notebook was done by The Unroyal Warrant. Jay had only brought seconds to the show so the price was only $20 (regularly $29). I couldn’t tell what the defect was, if I had to guess I’d say it’s because the paper is ever so slightly misaligned where it’s glued into the covers.

A couple Sheaffers caught my eye but I resisted buying them. There were a lot of flex pens being sold, at least they claimed to flex. Since flex is lost on me I skipped those. There was a lot of variety among the vintage pens. I’m not familiar enough with pricing to know if there were good deals or not, but there did seem to be a lot interest in the pens that were there. If I had gone there wanting to buy a pen, rather than show restraint and wait for a perfect pen, I could easily have found one.

The small show size worked in my favor since I had to leave by noon. There was enough time for me to see everything and visit with a few people. I could be wrong, but I would guess that it would get busier after lunch but there seemed to be a good turnout when I was there. Hopefully there were enough attendees and sales to bring the show back next year.

Pen Show Weekend

Wow, looks like there’s three fountain pen shows going on this weekend.

The east coast (of the U.S.) has the Commonwealth Pen Show, just outside of Boston in Somerville, MA. It’s one day only, just Sunday September 28th from 9am to 5pm. I’m hoping to make it to this show.

It’s not exactly the west coast but it is the other side of the Mississippi, the Dallas Pen Show started today and also runs on Saturday. No Sunday show according to their site. {Update: Chris posted in the comments that the show does run on Sunday too – it was a last minute change].

There’s also the Tilburg Pen Show in Holland (aka The Netherlands). I couldn’t find a website for the show but it’s on Saturday. This FPN thread has details.

I put together my pen show list, although my pen budget (aka my PayPal account) is low at the moment.

  • A extra fine nib for my Pelikan M620(s) – I really like the look of all three of that I have but don’t use them enough because of their wide nibs. OR Get my Pelikan M620 medium nib ground down. It seems a waste of gold tipping to get a medium nib ground to an extra fine, but it would be cheaper than a new nib.
  • Sheaffer Crest (modern) Ultramarine Blue or Cadium Yellow – my current obsession is the modern Sheaffer Crest. While there were more variations I’m looking to get all four that have the Nova pattern. I’m half-way there.
  • Any Esterbrook nibs I don’t already have.
  • Any Esterbrooks or Sheaffers at bargain prices.
  • Just browse any Sheaffers or Esterbrook eye candy that may be there.

Anyone else visiting a pen show this weekend?

 

Pens For Sale

I just added two pens to my accumulation so I’m offering two pens for sale and dropped the price on the one remaining from the previous thinning. I’ll entertain reasonable offers, especially for multiple pens, but I’m not looking to trade. Paypal only. Pen boxes and accompanying paperwork is not included with any of the pens.

Shipping in the U.S. is $6 per order (any number of pens in one shipment) and includes tracking. You can contact me for a price on international shipping. You can use the contact form on the For Sale page or email me at ray [at] fpquest.com. A firm “I want it” along with your paypal address and I’ll send a paypal invoice and then will send the pen(s) within 2 days of receiving payment.

Three pens for saleThree pens for saleStipula Model T with the Titanium nib. The pen is reviewed here. The pen is the Malachite (green/black) design and includes the converter and the eye dropper. The barrel is hard to unscrew from the section, I often need to use gripping material. The pen is in excellent condition. The o-ring for eye dropper conversion is still in the pen the and in good shape. (I’ve never used the pen as an eye dropper.) SOLD

Sheaffer Intensity Carbon Fiber with a fine nib. This pen was reviewed here in April and hasn’t been used since then. I can’t believe I’m selling a Sheaffer, a carbon fiber one no less, but that metal and relatively thin section keep me from using the pen. SOLD

Sailor 1911M in Yellow with gold trim and black tips. It has a 18K broad nib. The nib is engraved “H-B”. The pen was purchased in 2005. There are dots of ink stains on the threads which I’ve tried to show in the photo below. There’s some minor blemishes on the clip. Otherwise the pen is in excellent shape. A converter is included. SOLD

Additional photos for the Sheaffer and Stipula are in their respective reviews. The Sailor 1911M is below.

June Ink Sample Giveaway

The comments are closed. There was a winner.

I reviewed four inks in June and thought it would be a good idea to let someone else try them out. So I’m giving out sample vials of each ink to one winner. The vials have about 3 ml of each ink. This is open internationally but I will use the absolute cheapest delivery method so it may take awhile (read that as many weeks) to get to some countries.

The inks I reviewed in June were:

Franklin-Christoph Black Magic

Montblanc Midnight Blue

Diamine Syrah

Montblanc Mystery Black

To enter – add a comment to this post before 11:59 PM EST on July 4th that tells us what your favorite ink is. I will post the winner on July 5th and you’ll have 14 days to contact me.

WordPress comments do require a an email address but his address does not have to be valid. If it’s not valid I would ask you use something you remember so I can use it to verify it’s really you and not someone trying to hijack your prize. I’ll never share your email address or use it for anything other than this giveaway.

One entry per person please.

All comments are numbered 1 to whatever in the order they appear under this post. I’ll use random.org to pick the winning number.

Good luck!

 

 

 

Thinning the Accumulation Part 2

It’s time to thin the herd again, especially since I just added a pen. So I’m offering another six pens for sale and dropped the price on the one remaining from the previous thinning. I’ll entertain reasonable offers, especially for multiple pens, but I’m not looking to trade. Paypal only. Pen boxes and accompanying paperwork is not included with any of the pens.

Shipping in the U.S is $6 per order (any number of pens in one shipment) and includes tracking. You can contact me for a price on international shipping. You can use the contact form on the For Sale page or email me at ray [at] fpquest.com. A firm “I want it” along with your paypal address and I’ll send a paypal invoice and then will send the pen(s) within 2 days of receiving payment.

Seven pens for saleSeven pens for sale - uncappedSee the gallery at the end of this post for more pictures.

The pens are listed in the same order they appear in the tray.

First up is an Edison Nouveau Encore Limited Edition. The material is Flecked Tortoise and the pen is number 7 of 70. The pen is too small for me so it’s barely been used and is nearly new. It has a two-tone fine steel nib. The converter is included. My first impressions and some photos are here. The price is $150.00 (Sold)

Edison Nouveau Premiere Limited Edition. The material is Cherry Cordial Ebonite with gold trim. The nib is a two-tone fine steel nib. I reviewed this pen here. A converter is included. The pen is in excellent condition. The price is $150. SOLD

Next is a Sailor 1911M in Yellow with gold trim and black tips. It has a 18K broad nib. The nib is engraved “H-B”. The pen was purchased in 2005. There are dots of ink stains on the threads which I’ve tried to show in the photos. There’s some minor blemishes on the clip. Otherwise the pen is in excellent shape. A converter is included. The price is $90 $70.

Namiki Falcon Resin fountain pen. Black with gold trim. This has a 14K soft medium nib (labeled “SM” on the nib). The pen was purchased in 2004. These pens are known for their soft nibs. This pen has significant cosmetic wear including some significant scratches on the cap (see photos) but is in great writing order. A twist converter is included. This pen was purchased in 2004 and carries the “Namiki” brand. Starting in 2014 they are branded “Pilot”. The price is $50. Sold

Pilot Vanishing Points

I’m listing two Vanishing Points, each with a nib unit. But since nib units are easily swappable I have a fine nib which I can substitute upon request. The fine nib is 18K gold that’s gold color.

Pilot Vanishing Point green with gold trim, 18k gold broad nib that’s gold in color. The pen has some pocket wear, mostly on the clip (see photos), but is in otherwise excellent shape. This pen was purchase in 2003. A Con-50 converter is included. It is the older style without the metal piece inside. The metal ink cartridge cover is also included. The price is $80. Sold

Pilot Vanishing Point yellow with rhodium trim, 18k gold medium nib that’s gold in color. The pen was purchased in 2010. The pen is in excellent condition. A Con-50 converter is included. It is the older style without the metal piece inside. The metal ink cartridge cover is also included. The price is $90. Sold

The Bexley America the Beautiful is still available so I’ve lowered the price. The pen is black with gold trim. The pen was purchased in 2005 but lightly used and is in excellent condition. The nib is a 18k gold stub (it’s a factory stub) and the convertor is included. The ball clip allows it to slide easily over material. Both the clip and trim are gold. The price is $120. SOLD

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