Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – April 14, 2019

There’s not much news on the fountain pen front. I’ve been busy and they got vey little use last week.

I’ve added one more fountain pen to my for sale list, the Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black with a Fine 21Kt Gold nib. The price is $175 plus shipping. I wanted to give my readers first crack at it before I promote it elsewhere. More details and photos are on my for sale page. I also updated the sale page with the remaining unsold pens. The price of the Conway Stewart FPH [pen has been lowered.

Links

Review: The Omas Tokyo – Pen Thoughts

Travels with pens: York, and a visit to Signatures | UK fountain pens

Vintage Pen News: Shellac on sections

Inky Pursuits round-up. | Fountain pen blog

Waterman Carene – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Book Review: Andy Russell – 50 Years of the Dinkie – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Meet The Vermeil Souveräns: A Look At The Nifty Fifties « The Pelikan’s Perch

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For Sale: Retro 51, Esterbrook, Caran d’Ache

The photos in this post are all current. Feel free to contact me with any questions, although the first firm “I want it” gets the pen.

If you’re interested, reach me using [ray [@] fpquest.com] or contact form here.

U.S. shipping is $7.50. This is the cost for as many pens as will fit in the small flat-rate box

International shipping is available but very expensive. You can contact me for the cost, but even the low-cost countries start above $27. I require insurance & tracking for all international shipments.

Click any image for full-size photo.

Esterbrook Estie, Tortoise w/Silver Trim, Fine Steel Nib – $90 (SOLD)

 

Includes the box, converter, and paperwork (a marketing pamphlet). Excellent condition. I’m selling this because I’ve replaced it with the Evergreen/Silver version. The pen is translucent and as I mentioned in my review, under the right light some machining is visible inside the barrel.

Caran d’Ache Ivanhoe, Chainmail,18K Gold Fine Nib – $155 (SOLD)

 

Retro 51 Lincoln Tornado Fountain Pen, Copper, Medium Steel Nib – $35.00 (SOLD)

 

 

The pen is in excellent condition. The pen has a darker patina then when new. I’ve never polished it. Includes a converter. No packaging or paperwork.

Optional: Retro 51 Tornado Rollerball. Only sold with Lincoln fountain pen. $15 (no additional shipping) (SOLD). Excellent condition. The pen has a darker patina then when new. I’ve never polished it. Schmidt P8126 black refill (no idea how much ink it has. It writes today, but assume that it’s on its last drops.) No packaging or paperwork.

 

If you’re interested you can reach me using [ray [@] fpquest.com] or the contact form here.

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – April 7, 2019

Esterbrook Estie in EvergreenNo change in my fountain pen usage. I did add one pen, the Esterbrook Estie in Evergreen with a extra fine nib will replace my Estie in Tortoise with a fine nib. The Tortoise will go up for sale on Monday.

I realized that my pen show calendar page wasn’t update for 2019. I’ve removed the page link from the site menu. The page still exists on the site to avoid broken links but now refers visitors to Indy-Pen-Dance which seems to have a comprehensive list.

Life is getting busy again, so things will slow back down again, at least for a week or so.

Links

Kaweco AL Sport – Deep Red fountain pen and mechanical pencil set – The Clumsy Penman’s InKfusion Site

13 hard-learned lessons from a veteran fountain pen addict | UK fountain pens // I somehow missed this the first time around. Found it when catching up on The Gentleman Stationer.

Sheaffer Imperial IV – Goodwriterspens’s Blog // Mmmm, Sheaffer

A Short List Of Easy Inks | An Inkophile’s Blog

Make Your Fountain Pens Happy | An Inkophile’s Blog

New Orleans is a Pen Destination — The Pen Addict

My Favorite Pens – Sheaffer Military Clip Balance | Anderson Pens Blog // Video

Flex Nibs Part 2: Vintage Flex Nibs – Pen Thoughts

For Sale: Gate City Pens

The photos in this post are all current. Feel free to contact me with any questions, although the first firm “I want it” gets the pen. The pens were cleaned just before the photos so the photos show water in the barrels.

If you’re interested, reach me using [ray [@] fpquest.com] or contact form here.

U.S. shipping is $7.50 for “just the pen” shipments. See the listing for shipping on pens with a box included.

International shipping is available but very expensive. You can contact me for the cost, but even the low-cost countries start above $27. I require insurance & tracking for all international shipments.

View my For Sale page for the latest availability.

 

If you’re interested you can reach me using [ray [@] fpquest.com] or the contact form here.

Saying Goodbye: Two Platinum Fountain Pens

Platinum #3776 Century BourgnoneI sold off another couple of fountain pens this past week. Both were Platinum 3776 Century pens. One with an extra fine nib, the other with a fine nib. Being Japanese nibs, they were on the thin side of fine and extra fine. I should love them. I haven’t used either pen in the five or so years that I’ve been keeping track.

This isn’t the first time I considered selling the pens, but it’s the only time the potential of those nibs didn’t make me keep them.

I’m not a fan of translucent colored pens or gold trim. So, I kept passing over these pens when considering what to ink up next. Yes I know, the Pilot Custom 823 has both these traits and I love it. In my defense, should the 823 become available with a clear (or solid) barrel and with silver trim, I would replace mine without a second thought.

For a while, I used the low resale price to justify keeping these pens. Since they sell for considerably less in Japan (or on eBay and Amazon) than in the US (nearly 1/2 the price), the resale price would be substantially less than what I paid. But with my current mindset of a pen needing to earn its place in my accumulation I couldn’t keep a pen that never got used. I inked them up for testing. While they wrote perfectly, neither made me want to keep it inked up in place of one of my currently inked pens. So they both went up for sale and have since moved on to more appreciative homes.