Sunday, July 10, 2016

VPC Summer Dinner ~ information for members

The annual summer dinner for VPC members will be held on Thursday July 21.
VPC members - please RSVP me no later than July 18 as per the instructions in the members' group emails I sent on July 5th and 9th.

Please note: this is not a regular meeting, and there will be no regular meeting in July, just the dinner.
We will return to our regular "themed" meetings at Perks on Thursday August 18 (theme: to be announced). Have a great summer, everyone! :)

Sunday, June 5, 2016

May meeting photos

We had good attendance for the May 17th meeting held at our usual venue, Perks pen store at 5844 Cambie Street, Vancouver. Sixteen members, including three newcomers (Bart, Jas and June), showed up to see and discuss our May topic, fountain pens with extra-fine (XF) nibs. We saw a wide variety of pens, both modern and vintage, and I snapped some quick photos of them (VPC group photos by Richard).

Here is what our members brought for the topic:
Alejanda: Parker '51'
Bart: Lamy 2000 & Pilot Metropolitan.
Catherine: (didn't bring it, but has a Lamy Safari with an XF nib)
Charles: Sheaffer Snorkel, Sheaffer Balance, Sheaffer Craftsman, Sheaffer Admiral and two Parker '51's.
Christopher: Parker Moderne, Esterbrook Dollar Pen in the hard-to-find "Cracked Ice" pattern, Peter Pan, Esterbrook Skyline & Parker Victory.
Jerred: Pilot FK-700R, Lanbitou 'Missile', Reform 1745, Kaweco Sport, Delta Passion.
June: Lamy Accent.
Maja: Esterbook desk pen, Esterbrook SJ w/9128 (XF flexible) nib, Pilot Custom 74, Cross Radiance, Online Vision, Lamy Safari w/custom barrel by Penchetta Pens & Knives, Sailor Procolor 500 in the Hoshizuku (Stardust) pattern.
Mark: Parker Slip Cap Eyedropper filler with middle joint (ca. 1903)
Mido: Montblanc Generations, modern Parker Duofold.
Mindy: Esterbrook J with #1550 nib, Pilot Penmanship, Sailor Pikachu Special Edition, Pilot Falcon.
Stuart: Sheaffer flat-top ringtop, Sheaffer Balance with Military Clip, Waterman CF, Eversharp Skyline, Parker '21' Deluxe & several Sheaffer Snorkels.

And now, without further ado, here are the pics (click on photos to enlarge)...

(From Left to Right: Some of Maja's XF-nibbed pens: Esterbook desk pen, black Pilot Custom 74, black Cross Radiance, red Online Vision & red Esterbrook SJ)
(L-R: Lamy 2000, Eversharp Skyline, Sailor Procolor 500 in the Hoshizuku (Stardust) pattern, Sheaffer PFM, and a red & black marbled Lamy Safari with custom barrel made by Penchetta Pen & Knife. In the background is Jas' newest acquisition, a wonderful Parker Duofold "Big Red" fountain pen)
Our secondary topic is always Newest Acquisitions, and in the photo above, you can see Graham's red Pilot FK-700R & blue Pilot Decimo, Maja's new orangey Stipula Duetto (in the Cognac colour) & a black MB 146 clone with rose gold trim that she found on, and June's new Noodler's Neponset in the "John Mung" acrylic pattern (white with red swirls). June recently acquired a gorgeous Pelikan M600 in the pink-striped barrel pattern and Bart brought his cool new Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze Age (both not pictured).
(Maja's newest acquisitions: (in foreground) stainless steel Waterman Hemisphere fountain pen, grey Parker Touché felt-tip pen, green-marbled Wearever fountain pen, and PaperMate's first ballpoint model)
Just above the ink bottle cap, you can see Mindy's clear Pilot Penmanship fountain pen. She actually came up with the idea for our May topic, so many thanks again, Mindy!
The fountain pens that Jerred brought for our topic (along with a new Parker Sonnet) can be seen laid out on the cloth pen case with blue trim above, and somewhere in the photo there should be a new acquisition of Bob W's - a Sheaffer '100' he won in a draw at the Vancouver Pen Shop.
Group photo! From L-R: Christopher, Charles, Maja, Catherine, Alejandra, Mindy, Jerred, Stuart, Jas, June, Bart, Bob W, Graham. Present at meeting but not pictured: Richard, Mark and Mido.
Jerred's black Pilot FCM-500R and Graham's version of the same pen model in red. This is the gold-nibbed fountain pen that costs less than $65 CAD, available from . Amazing price and a really nice writer. Thanks for the heads-up about this great deal, Jerred!
Mido's modern Parker Duofold and a Montblanc Generations in the harder-to-find purple colour.
Christopher's Peter Pan fountain pen made by Salz. It's difficult to see the scale, but it's a very tiny fountain pen. There's some info on this model on Richard Binder's helpful site here.
Stuart's newest acquisition, the Lamy Safari 2016 Special Edition in Dark Lilac. It's a lovely matte purple material which looks even better in person!
These are the XF-nibbed fountain pens Stuart brought in for our May topic, along with his new Safari.
I'm trying to remember if any of Stuart's other pens here have XF nibs or not...Apologies, Stuart!....I do recall that the nice burgundy Sheaffer Connaisseur (2nd from the left) was a fairly new acquisition for him. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday June 16 at the Perks pen store at 5844 Cambie Street, in Vancouver(our usual venue) from 6:30pm-8:30pm and will feature Limited Edition fountain pens as our June topic/theme, so if you have any to show, please bring them with you. As always, Newest Acquisitions is our secondary topic. No need to RSVP for any meeting at Perks. Hope to see you there!
Cheers ~ Maja

Saturday, June 4, 2016

June 16th meeting info

Date: Thursday June 16, 2016
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm (members may arrive a little bit early--at -6:00pm---to chat beforehand)
Place: Perks pen store, 5844 Cambie St, Vancouver (the usual meeting place)
Topic: Limited Edition Fountain Pens
These are the kind of pens that were produced in limited quantities, usually having a serial number indicating the particular # for the pen (e.g. pen # 009 of 100 made). If you want to bring your Vancouver Pen Club LE from Delta, please feel free to do so :)

Our secondary topic is always Newest Acquisitions, so if you've acquired any new pen-related items, please bring them for us to see.

Many thanks to Richard of Perks pen store for hosting our meetings. Please note Perks' new store hours are Wed - Sun : Noon to 5PM (changed from 11am to 5pm). The store is still closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Our summer dinner will be held in either July or August. It's our way of showing our appreciation to Richard for his generous hospitality in hosting our pen club meetings since November 2007. Thank you, Richard!

Hope you can make it to the meeting this month! (I'll post the May meeting pics this weekend) No need to RSVP for any meeting held at Perks. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at
Cheers ~Maja

Friday, May 27, 2016

The 4th Annual Northwest. Pen Round-Up! (Saturday July 16th ~ Portland, Oregon)

Just passing along some information about this fun (and free!) annual summer pen event held in Portland, Oregon sent to me yesterday by co-organizer Stuart Hawkinson...

Stuart writes:
"The 4th Annual Northwest Pen Round-Up! will be held on Saturday July 16th, 2016, at the Lucky Labrador Brewing Co., 1945 N.W. Quimby Street, Portland Oregon from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Table setup will start about 10:00-10:30 Saturday morning. Show tables are smaller size than normal, but we try to be flexible. Tables are $20ea payable on the day of the show. We will have room for about 20 tables.

It is the same weekend as the largest antique show in the Northwest, the Christine Palmer Antique Show (show's official website here).

All pen collectors and users are invited, wherever you are. We do not limit this event to just people from the Northwest or the West Coast.

General admission is free.

Please contact Stuart Hawkinson or Michael McNeil for more information
Stuart Hawkinson" ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In Vancouver Pen Club-related news... I'll post the photos from our May 19 meeting sometime this weekend, so watch this space!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

May meeting details

Date: Thursday May 19, 2016
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm (members may arrive a little bit early--at -6:00pm---to chat beforehand)
Place: Perks pen store, 5844 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC (we're back to the usual meeting place)
Topic: Extra-Fine Nibbed Fountain Pens (please bring examples of some of your XF-nibbed pens) Many thanks to Mindy for the topic idea!

Our secondary topic is always Newest Acquisitions so if you've received any new pen-related items, please bring them for us to see. Hope you can make it...oh, and no need to RSVP for any meeting held at Perks!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Yes, modern flexy nibs *do* exist!

In honour of my upcoming birthday, I acquired a wonderful new fountain pen from Kim at Meet my new Stipula Duetto in the "Cognac" colour:
(~click on images to enlarge~)

The pen is made of Cellocride®, Stipula's name for the cellulose acetate they used in the Duetto and some other pen models, such as the Ventidue '22' (sadly, both of these pens are no longer made). The placement of the Cellocride® slabs creates a lovely effect when light hits the pen. My photos don't do it justice, but trust me, it's a stunning writing instrument.

In addition to being a gorgeous fountain pen, my Duetto has a wonderfully flexy Titanium nib, as you can see in the writing sample below (ink: Noodler's "Galileo Manuscript", created exclusively for the Fountain Pen Network ):

Thanks again, Kim, for this wonderful addition to my Italian pen collection!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Akkerman ink

A couple of photos of some Akkerman ink I acquired from an online store in The Netherlands last November with the help of Ken C (thanks again, Ken!). The ink bottle has an elegantly simple system for trapping the ink in the upper part of the bottle, thus allowing for easier filling.

From their official website : "To mark our 100 years of existence, PW Akkerman introduced in 2010 his own ink line. This ink’s came in large 150 ml bottles, these large bottles are now completely sold out.
Due to the worldwide success of this unique bottle we decided to continue, but now with a smaller sized bottle with a content of ca 60 ml. The new bottles will be available in the same 31 colors as before. The Akkerman inks have been given names related to the city The Hague."

Here's my bottle of "Shocking Blue" ink:
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My Akkerman ink, my favourite pen case (by Delta) and two of my all-time favourite pens, the orange and black Delta Dolcevita Slim I received as a present from Delta Pen, and the special limited edition Delta Dolcevita that was made for our pen club in late 2014 in a gorgeous chocolate light and dark brown celluloid. :
I reviewed these lovely fountain pens here and here.