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!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

One more photo.....

This one was taken by a mutual friend of mine and Bill Kempton's---Glenn Garside from Australia. Glenn is an avid collector of fountain pens and has a special fondness for Parkers. Since he was in town, Bill and I invited him to our pen club's summer dinner and we're so glad he came to it :) Thanks for the photo, Glenn!
(Back row (L-R): Bill Kempton, myself (Maja), Richard and Glenn Marcus (yes, we had a lot of Glenns in attendance that night!). Front row (L-R): Aaron, Anne, Stuart and Sienca)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

September meeting info

Date: Thursday September 18, 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: "Back to the Drawing Board"---fountain pen models that have changed/evolved over the years .

To give you an example of our theme...The Parker 'Duofold' fountain pen started out as a vintage button-filler back in 1920, but was reintroduced in 1988 as a modern cartridge-converter-filling fountain pen. Another example is the German-made Pelikan 'Pelikano', a popular school pen that came out in 1960, and has had a long history of subtle (and some not-so-subtle) changes--take a peek at its history here. It's still being produced, but does it ever look different now! These are just a couple of examples of fountain pens that were redesigned, but which still remain popular to this day. Please bring examples of fountain pens that match this theme to our meeting, if you have any. There are many more examples---e.g. the Eversharp 'Skyline', the Parker '51', Sheaffer's 'Balance', just to name a few.

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!
Late note: Many thanks to longtime VPCer Bruce Reeves for this excellent meeting theme idea!

Photos from our 2014 Summer Dinner

As you can see, we had good attendance (19 people) for our summer dinner at the White Spot inside Oakridge Mall on August 21. This annual event is our small-but-heartfelt way of saying "Thanks!" to Richard Clarke of Perks pen store, our pen club host since 2007. Many thanks to Ralph for taking the photos below!

(click on photos to enlarge images)
Photo above: That's me (Maja) next to our Guest of Honour, Richard.
Longtime VPC member Glenn Marcus (center), flanked by Stephanie & Charles to his right, and Glenn Collins to his left.
That's Stuart on the far right, sitting next to Sienca.
Mike & his wife Kathy enjoying their dinner at White Spot.
From right to left: Barry K (wearing the white & yellow striped shirt), Peter, Aaron, Anne, Stuart, Sienca and Glenn C.
A toast to Richard!!
Above: Peter chillin', while my friend Glenn Garside (with orange shirt) from Australia snaps some souvenir photos. I think Glenn definitely earned the "Traveled Furthest to Attend This Event" award this year! ;)
Richard and Glenn discussing (what else?) -- fountain pens!
Though the dinner wasn't a regular meeting, many members brought fountain pens (new acquisitions, mostly) to show their fellow VPCers. That's another one of our longtime members, Bruce (far left) trying out a pen while Peter, Glenn C and Sienca look on with interest.
Isn't it handy having a tablet to look up pen-related info? Barry and Mike think so :)
Just realized I didn't identify a couple of members in the photos above. That's Marey (one our newer members) in the lower left-hand corner, and Bill Kempton (one of our founding members) sitting between Glenn Marcus and Glenn Garside. My apologies for the oversight!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Report on the 2014 Portland Pen Round-Up!

Three members of our Vancouver Pen Club (Brian, Dave M and Aaron) attended the 2014 Portland Pen Round-Up! which was held on July 12th, so I thought it would be of interest to our members to post a report written by Round-Up! co-organizer Michael McNeil of the Portland Pen Club. The Portland event is the closest thing to a mini pen show in the Pacific Northwest, and it's a good opportunity to meet other pen people, as well as buy, sell & trade writing instruments. There are plans for a 2015 Round-Up! and I will post info about it here when I get the information from the show organizers (probably not until next year, though).

Without further ado, here is Michael's report.....

Hi all,
The 2nd Annual N.W. Pen Round-Up! was held on July 12th in Northwest Portland, Oregon.

Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and the pens and there was quite a bit of commerce going on. I enjoyed the event. Part of my fun is finding pens to buy and I bought quite a few fountain pens and a couple of mechanical pencils. I know others were buying pens as well. Some of us found pens and mechanical pencils the day before, at the antique show.

I met quite a number of people who attended, that I had some long discussions with them, and felt like I spent most of the day talking. It was very good to see longtime friends, also. Rick Propas and his wife Sharon were here in Oregon on vacation and touring around parts of the state. Another friend, from the San Francisco Bay area, came by for a time and I was quite surprised to see her! A couple of our friends from British Columbia brought pens and sold at the event.

It looks like we will plan to have the 3rd Pen Round-Up! In 2015. We would like to invite everyone reading this to attend, whether you live in the Northwest U.S. or not!

I would like to share a link to Rick Propas’ “The PENguin Blog”:
Rick has posted articles and some fantastic photos of their trip here to Oregon.

I would like to thank Rick, John Gram and John Schwab for the use of their photos taken at the N.W. Pen Round-Up! We would also like to thank Pen World International for donating a large stack of the June edition of Pen World magazines. I would also like to thank all of those who helped with advertising, getting the word out and made the event come off without a hitch, especially Stuart! Also thanks to Mike Rosen, who originally had the idea and gave it a name!

(~~~ Report by Michael McNeil ~~~)

A couple of photos of the show floor:
Photo below, from L-R: Show co-organizer Michael McNeil, Beau and his father Bud (both from the Seattle Pen Club) and Rick Propas.
Photo below, from L-R: Show co-organizer Stuart Hawkinson, Dave M. from our Vancouver Pen Club, Portland Pen Club member Ron Church, and an unidentified gentleman.
Photo below: VPC member Dave M. peruses the wares for sale.
Photo below: Vancouver Pen Club's Brian J. (in blue t-shirt) was at the show, and was a blur of motion!

To see more photos from this year's event (and some from 2013's), go to and click on individual photos to enlarge. Many thanks to Michael for the show report, and to Rick Propas, John Gram and John Schwab for the photos!