Friday, November 28, 2014

VPC Members' Marketplace

Quick reminder to Vancouver Pen Club members:

VPCers who wish to post pen-related items for sale/trade/wanted to buy may do so by leaving a comment in the VPC Members' Marketplace on our club's website. The link is below the Perks logo on the left-hand side of our homepage (or by clicking on this link). Peter and Al recently posted some nice pens for sale, so please take a peek at their sales offerings!

Wow! (record attendance at our November meeting!)

We broke our previous record for attendance (25 people, back in November 2012) at our last pen club meeting on Thursday November 20th. A total of 31 (!!) VPC members showed up at Perks to listen to members talk about Flagship Pens, our topic for the evening. Many thanks to all who attended, including new members Harry, Mario, Penny, and the two Williams.

We saw some excellent examples of flagship pens, both vintage and modern, including: Glenn M's Montblanc 149, Pelikan M800, Waterman Man 100 & Edson pens, Glenn C's vintage Parker Duofold 'Big Red' & Parker '51', as well as a lovely vintage Conway Stewart '100' model, Bruce's OMAS Paragon & Visconti 'Divina', Nick's Delta Dolcevita , Maja's Lamy '2000, Sheaffer PFM & Legacy, Louise & Norm's oversize Wahl Doric, Barry's vintage Parker '75' in sterling silver 'cisele' pattern, Jeff's Waterman '100 Year Pen' and Maja's vintage Conklin Crescent-Filler and Bill K's modern incarnation.

Please note: Our next meeting will be on Thursday January 15, 2015 at our usual place (Perks on Cambie Street) as we do not hold meetings in December. Topic: To Be Announced.

Some photos from the November meetup (group photos by Richard):
Barry K's Parker '75' fountain pen, a flagship model for Parker, and his new Levenger pen case
Tony transferring some Caran d'Ache ink into an ink sample vial (photo by Barry K.)
Peter's Pilot 742 with FA (flexy) nib

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!