Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Delta Limited Edition Indigenous People Kanaka Maoli Hawaii, fine nib. $750.00. Visconti Divina Medium Size, fine nib. $700.00. Graf Von Faber Castell Intuition Platino Grenadilla, fine nib. $725.00. Delta Limited Edition Special Indigenous People Native American, fine nib. $800.00. Montblanc StarWalker, Metal Rubber. Fine nib. $350.00. Visconti Opera Crystal Demonstrator. Fine nib. $650.00. Montblanc Meisterstuck 149 Fountain Pen, medium nib. $775.00. Most of these pens were inked but not used.  These pens are listed on Craig’s List Vancouver under collectables. I’m open to offers. You can contact me at alfo2010@gmail.com 
Al Brunelle

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Fountain Pen Day 2014 ~ Friday November 7th!

From the official website :
Taking place on the first Friday in November each year, Fountain Pen Day is celebrated by enthusiasts worldwide as a time to embrace, promote, and share the use of fountain pens.

How will you celebrate Fountain Pen Day? :)

Monday, November 3, 2014

November meeting (and Ink Swap) info!

Our last meeting of 2014 is coming up (we don't hold meetings in December), so here is some info about it:
Date: Thursday November 20, 2014
Place: Perks pen store, 5844 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm ("early birds" welcome at 6:00pm, to chat before the meeting).
Theme: Flagship pens

This theme idea came from longtime VPC member Bruce Reeves, who described it thusly: Flagship pens are the model that epitomize a brand and can legitimize a manufacturer's lesser, though much higher volume, lines. I'm thinking of the Montblanc 149, Visconti Divina Proporzione, Pelikan M1000, Pilot 845, etc. Works for vintage pens, too.
Our secondary theme is always "Newest Acquisitions", so if you have any new pen-related stuff to show, please bring it along. Don't worry if you don't have any examples of either theme to bring to the meeting----just come and see what others have brought---it'll be fun and (hopefully) informative!

We will also be having our twice-annual Ink Swap at the November meeting, so please bring any unwanted inks or ink samples to trade with other VPC members during the meeting (you can do this before the meeting starts or at the end of the meeting---it's up to you). Oh, and the inks can be in bottles (which do not have to be 100% full), cartridges or small plastic sample vials. This Ink Swap is completely voluntary, so please don't feel obligated to bring any ink if you like all the ones you already own :)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pilot & Jinhao

My wonderful new fountain pen ink ---Pilot 'Iroshizuku' "yama-budo" (which translates as "crimson glory vine")---- and my lovely ivory Jinhao X450 fountain pen. The ink was recently purchased at Nikaido in Richmond, and the Jinhao from Tyler Dahl of Tyler Dahl Pens a while back. Tyler modified its nib to a really nice 0.7mm stub, and it has become one of my favourite writers. Many thanks to Sara & Joe at Nikaido, and Tyler for the excellent customer service!

Monday, October 20, 2014

October meeting photos

Our latest meeting was held on October 16th, and fifteen members (including two newcomers---Arvin and Nathaniel) showed up to hear about the topic "Stubs & Flexy Nibs". We also had a special guest from overseas---Sandy Choo from the Singapore Fountain Pen Lovers group (their Facebook page is here). Perks' owner Richard was kind enough to snap some photos for us:
From L-R: Maja, Bruce, James, Barry, Stephanie, Patti, Stuart, Glenn Marcus, Tony, new member Arvin, Mike M. and Anne. That's Sandy wearing a hat (and a big grin) at the bottom of the photo.
Sandy was good enough to bring some pens for the evening's topic, and did some handwriting examples with a modified Noodler's "Konrad" fountain pen (there is a close-up of the pen further down this post).
Photo above: (L-R) Mark, Anne, Brian and Sandy.
Bruce (far right) watches intently. I didn't snap any photos of the fountain pens he brought, but Bruce has an amazing collection of Italian pens with lovely nibs. Many of his unmodified Visconti B (Broad) and BB (Double Broad) nibs have a stubbish quality to them.
This is the Noodler's "Konrad" fountain pen I mentioned above. Sandy had it modified to make the nib ultra-flexy. As you can see, the results are pretty amazing...
Lots of stubs and flexy nibs on display!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Our last meeting of 2014 will be held on Thursday November 20 at the usual place---Perks pen store, 5844 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC. Topic: To Be Announced!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October meeting info

Date: Thursday October 16, 2014
Place: Perks pen store, 5844 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm ("early birds" welcome at 6:00pm, to chat before the meeting)
Theme: Stubs and Flexy Nibs! Bring your favourite fountain pens that have a stub nib or a flexy (flexible) nib...or pens that have a nib that is both a stub & flexy!!

Our secondary theme is always "Newest Acquisitions", so if you have any new pen-related stuff to show, please bring it along. Don't worry if you don't have any examples of either theme to bring to the meeting----just come and see what others have brought---it'll be fun and (hopefully) informative! Hope you can make it!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September meeting photos

Nineteen VPC members (including four newcomers---Dipak, Ellen, Nick and Rick) showed up at Perks for our September 18th meeting. The topic of the meeting was "Back to the Drawing Board", which was about fountain pen models that have changed/evolved over the years. Here are some quick photos taken at that meeting (~ click on photos to enlarge ~)
(Tony shows us his Montblanc 149 (or was it his 146?) fountain pen, a model that has had subtle design changes over the years)
(Bruce and some of his fine Italian pens, including some OMAS Arte Italiana pens that were redesigned several years ago)
(Glenn Collins showed us three very old English fountain pens made by Onoto, and their design progression. These pens featured the original plunger-filling mechanism. Very interesting stuff--thanks for bringing them in, Glenn!)
(That's me--Maja--with some pens I brought for our topic. The pens in the top row are some Sheaffer Balances (both vintage & modern) and Cartridge Pens, and in the bottom row are (L-R) two Parker 21s, some Pelikan Pelikanos and then some modern pens and their vintage counterparts with the same model names---two Sheaffer Crests, two Conklin Crescent Fillers, two Conklin Gliders---and lastly, a vintage Wahl-Eversharp Skyline. I brought the 1995 Skyline model too, but forgot to photograph it).
(Peter showed us his newest acquisition, a lovely handcrafted pen coated with urushi lacquer, made by the Japanese manufacturer Nakaya)

I'll post info about our next meeting (on October 16 at Perks) later today. Hope you can make it!