Friday, January 12, 2018

September 2017 meeting photos--Part 4!

As I was going through my phone earlier this week, I found some photos I took at our September 2017 meeting which I forgot to post here. They aren't the greatest quality (I have a very old iPhone, so I always use my Panasonic Lumix LF1 digital camera) but some are of pens that weren't included in previous posts about that meeting (Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3) so I'm glad I found them.

Our primary topic was "THEY DON'T FAKE 'EM LIKE THEY USED TO!" (knockoffs/clones/fakes/"tributes") and our secondary theme is always Newest Acquisitions, so without further ado, here they are (~click on images to enlarge~)...
Jerred's Wancher "Forward" fountain pen, which looks a lot like a Lamy 2000 when capped. Jerred and I traded fountain pens at the next meeting, so I wound up getting this pen in trade in October. I'm very pleased with both its quality & the way it writes. Thanks again, Jerred!
Martim (Ricardo's brother, visiting from Portugal) brought along his TWSBI Diamond 580. It's not a clone, but a very well-made fountain pen that borrows some style features from the iconic Pelikan M800.
A lime-green TWSBI 'Eco' fountain pen (bottom) and its knockoff---the Lanbitou '3059' model, both owned by Stanley.
More fountain pens brought in by Stanley for our topic---a brass Delike "Alpha" fountain pen and the Kaweco "Sport" which inspired it. Next to them are a genuine stainless steel Parker "Sonnet", flanked by two copies.
Stanley's WingSung '618' model, a Parker 51 demonstrator clone.
On the left, Stanley's Jinhao '992' fountain pens (copies of the Sailor ProColor) and his colourful array of TWSBI 'Eco' clones --the Lanbitou '3059' models (which are also piston-fillers!).
CaliArts "Ego" piston-filler demonstrator model, a recent acquisition of Stanley's (Jerred brought in a solid pale blue version to our October meeting, which I photographed here)
(Left to right): Bruce's CONID Bulkfiller fountain pen, TWSBI Diamond 530 (or 540?), Pelikan M800, OMAS 'Paragon' and the Wahl-Eversharp 'Doric' which inspired it, and a Hero '616' fountain pen (Parker '51' clone, made in China).
Mindy's Jinhao "Shark" fountain pen and her clear Pilot 'Penmanship' pen above it. I like how Jinhao took the overall shape of the Pilot and turned it into a cool-looking writing instrument :)
Mindy's genuine Montblanc Heritage Rouge et Noir fountain pen and its beautiful knockoff. Which one is which? I have no idea, because they both look great!

Don't forget: our next VPC meeting is next Thursday, January 19, 2018 at the Oakridge library (all details in this post: link). No need to RSVP---just drop in and see what our pen club is all about!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Christmas 2017 gifts

Lamy 'Aion' fountain pen (from my in-laws), Pelikan K600 ballpoint (from my parents), and Sheaffer 'Intensity' fountain pen (from my good friend Glenn in Australia)
What pen-related gifts did you get this holiday season? :)

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Topic for our January 2018 meeting

Our theme for the January 18 meeting (full details here: link ) will be Iconic Fountain Pens, and I've now confirmed that the short presentations will be on these particular models: the Esterbrook "J", the Montblanc 149 and 146, the Sheaffer Balance, and possibly the Parker '51' (not confirmed yet).

I'll be talking about the Esterbrook "J" model, Ray will discuss the Montblanc 149 and Montblanc 146 pens, and Stuart will tell us about the vintage Sheaffer Balance. If you have examples of these pen models (including matching mechanical pencils/ballpoints/rollerballs), please bring them with you to the meeting.Oh, and if you have a modern Sheaffer Balance, bring it along, too, so we can compare the vintage and modern ones. Someone might be doing a talk on the Parker '51' pen, however I am still waiting to hear back from him...but if you want to bring your Parker 51's just in case, that would be great.

If you don't have any examples of these pens, please don't worry---come and see what others have brought and enjoy the short presentations! Don't forget---our secondary theme/topic is always NEWEST ACQUISITIONS, so if you've received/bought any new pen-related stuff (pens, inks, accessories, paper, etc), please bring them with you to show our members.

If you want to do a short talk on another iconic/famous pen model at a future meeting, please let me know (we already have someone who's planning to talk about the Parker "Vacumatic" at the February meeting). Many thanks to VPCer Mark H. for the theme/topic idea!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!


Vintage Aurora '98' cartridge-filling fountain pen & ballpoint (~click on image to enlarge~). There's a nice article on this model and its cousins (the famous Aurora '88' et al.) here.

Monday, December 18, 2017

January 2018 meeting info!

A big 'thank you' to everyone who came to our meetings in 2017! It's been a great year for our club (I still can't believe we celebrated our 100th meeting back in February!) and we have some interesting new topics/themes planned for our 2018 meetings, so I hope you can make it to at least one of them.
Since we don't have meetings in December, the next one won't be until January...but here is some info about it:
January 2018 Vancouver Pen Club meeting info:

Date: Thursday January 18, 2018

Time: 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Place: The Community Room (Meeting Room) of the Vancouver Public Library's Oakridge branch (at the back of Oakridge Mall), 650 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, BC.

Topic: To be announced (soon!) Iconic Fountain Pens

One of our longtime members (Mark H.) recently suggested we do series of short talks on some famous fountain pen models. I asked if any of our members wanted to do presentations, and I got some responses, so here is what our January meeting topic/theme will be about:
the Esterbrook "J" (I--Maja--will be talking about them), the Montblanc 149 and 146 (Ray G), the Sheaffer Balance (Stuart), and possibly the Parker '51' (not confirmed yet).
If you have examples of these pen models (including matching mechanical pencils/ballpoints/rollerballs), please bring them with you to the meeting. Oh, and if you have a modern Sheaffer Balance, bring it along, too, so we can compare the vintage and modern ones. Someone might be doing a talk on the Parker '51' pen, however I am still waiting to hear back from him...but if you want to bring your Parker 51's just in case, that would be great.

Our secondary theme is always Newest Acquisitions, so if you've acquired any new pen-related items (pens/inks/pen cases/paper/etc), please bring them with you to show us.

Until the next meeting, have a safe & happy holiday season!
~Maja (Vancouver Pen Club President)

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Inventive packing! (my new Jinhao 992)

Unpacking my brand-new ivory white Jinhao 992 fountain pen, an eBay purchase that arrived from China earlier this week:
At first glance, I thought the seller had sent the pen in a box, but it felt like styrofoam...
...and it was styrofoam! Removing the packing tape from the styrofoam left a bit of a mess...
...but it was worth it, to find out that the pen was safely nestled inside! (clever, huh?)
Photo below: At first I thought the pen (essentially, a clone of the Sailor ProColor 500) had a defect in its plastic, but it turns out that this little 'bump' on the barrel end is a feature of the Sailor Procolor 500 model, as well!
I own an original Sailor Procolor 500 (one of Sailor Procolor 500 Shikisai's---"Four Seasons"---series) which I love--it's in the last photo in this old post ---but this Jinhao is a great value at $4.49 USD (shipped!), if you're looking for an attractive, inexpensive pen.

Please note: I have heard of some cracking issues with some of the clear Jinhao 992 pens (at the barrel end) so I opted to buy a solid-colour model. I don't know if the solid colours are less prone to cracking during the manufacturing process or not, but my ivory white pen doesn't have any cracks that I can detect.

My new Jinhao

An arty shot of my wonderful new Jinhao X450 fountain pen in stainless steel and beautiful 'thank you' card (a creation of longtime VPC member Glenn Marcus, he of GlennsPens.com)---gift items I received at this month's VPC meeting :)