Sunday Notes and Links

Sheaffer Balance Oversize - Marine Green
My favorite pen/ink combo for the week

My favorite fountain pen and ink combo for the week was an easy choice, despite having several good choices. While I can be fickle, the Sheaffer Marine Green Balance is my favorite fountain pen based on looks. The stub nib doesn’t hurt its standing either. The Montblanc Daniel Defoe ink has grown on me over time and it really shines in this pen.
I updated my Resources Page with the newly (more or less) found pen blogs. I also deleted some dead and dormant links. If you’ve got a fountain pen or stationery related blog that’s not listed please let me know.
I’m changing up the “links” part of Sunday Notes and Links starting this week. They won’t be going away, but there will be fewer links. For one, ink reviews will nearly vanish. I used to link to them so I could search my blog when I wanted them in the future. Now I search Pennaquod : Pen Blog Searcher when I’m researching inks. There will probably be fewer links to reviews of common pens and paper for the same reason. Pennaquod is a great resource to find reviews when you’re researching a pen or paper.
I still go through my RSS feed every day and tag fountain pen related articles. These will now go out on a Tumblr hosted website for those of you who like lots of links. This will contain more links than I ever linked to in the past since it’s what I would typically start with and wittle down to the links post. The website is at Fountain Pen Links.
Some links of interest…
MI Pen Show // The Michigan Antique & Collectible Pen show is Friday October 17th and Saturday October 18th
Stipula Passaporto fountain pen – On Fountain Pens // I’ve never seen one of these in clear. Small, but as the review says up front – “Cute pen alert!”
Twist Bullet Pencil. Vintage Meets Modern with a Twist. by Metal Shop and Huckleberry Woodchuck — Kickstarter // Pencils still haven’t caught on with me, but this is the second bullet pencil I’ve backed on Kickstarter. They might just replace one of the Kaweco AL Sports that I carry
Tale of a Vandal Pen Collector: Unexpected Acquisition – Peaceable Writer // I love reading about these old cheap fountain pen finds. Double points since it’s a Sheaffer. And kudos for breaking the seal and inking it up.
A pair of Edison pens – Leigh Reyes. My Life As a Verb // Gorgeous photos
Beautiful recreations of the Ink Labels – Noodler’s Ink // I usually don’t link to blatant marketing, but I’ve always liked the Noodler’s ink labels, but I’m not sure they translate well to a larger size.
Epic ink test – R2M2t – Fountain Pen Physicis // I don’t know of anyone else doing ink tests like these
Sailor Kobe No:3 Sepia Ink Review / Sailor Kobe No:3 Sepia Mürekkep Incelemesi – Write to Me Often // I’ve had a recent interest in Sepia inks.
Off-topic: Software withdrawal and discontinuance of support: Lotus SmartSuite , Lotus Organizer and Lotus 123 // Wow, this brought back memorizes. I was a Lotus Organizer fan long ago. And Lotus 1–2–3 was a trailblazer. Times have changed.

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.

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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Time to Thin the Accumulation

It’s time to start thinning the fountain pen accumulation and make room for new acquisitions. I bought these pens to use and now I have too many to use regularly. So some have to go. I’m starting with the Bexleys in this post. Full details are on my Pens For Sale page and there’s more photos in this Flickr gallery.
All these pens have been sold
tray of Bexley pens
tray of Bexley pens
tray of Bexley pens
 
All the Bexley pens were purchased from Richard Binder and had the nib “binderized” (tuned) before shipping. None of the pens in this post include a box or paperwork. All include a convertor.
Shipping in the U.S. is $6 per order (no matter how many pens in the shipment). You can contact me for international shipping costs. You can use the contact form on the for sale page or email me at ray [at] fpquest.com.
Bexley Poseidon Magnum in Duofold Red with a medium steel nib sold
The pen was purchased in 2011, was lightly used, and is in excellent condition with a smooth nib.The convertor is included. The clip and trim are gold.
Bexley Intrepid in Mandarin Yellow with a fine steel nib Sold
This pen was purchased in 2011 and is in excellent condition with a smooth nib. The convertor is included. The clip and trim are gold.
Bexley Imperial in Red/Black Ebonite with a fine steel nib Sold
This pen was purchased in 2012 and is excellent condition with a smooth nib. The convertor is included. The clip is gold. The pen does post securely so if you must post your pens this one isn’t for you.

Bexley America the Beautiful in black with a stub 18 kt gold nib Sold

The pen was purchased in 2005 but lightly used and is in excellent condition. The nib is 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.
Bexley 2007 Owners Club in Mahogany Ebonite with a medium18 kt gold nib Sold
The pen was purchased in 2007 and is in excellent condition. The pen has silver trim on the dark ebonite and is engraved 063 on the section. The convertor is included. The ball clip allows it to slide easily over material.
Bexley 2007 Owners Club in Amber Ebonite with a stub18 kt gold nib Sold
The pen was purchased in 2007 and is in excellent condition. The pen has gold trim on the woodgrain-like ebonite and is engraved 063 on the section. It’s a factory stub two-tone nib and the convertor is included. The ball clip allows it to slide easily over material.