Friday, August 14, 2020

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 59

I couldn't resist picking up this Cross 'Bailey Light' fountain pen in white from to go with the grey and teal models I bought this Spring (I reviewed the grey one here):

(photos by Maja ~ click on images to enlarge)

Happily, this newest one has no start-up issues at all, and the Medium steel nib (which has a drop of ink on it in the photo above---oops!) is very smooth...

I love how the glossy white of the resin material goes so well with the shiny chrome trim ...

In addition to white, teal and grey, the fountain pen also comes in blue and black. It's also available in ballpoint and rollerball form, although I didn't see the latter on I'm debating whether or not to get the other two fountain pen colours; at less than $20 CAD apiece, it's very tempting ;)

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 58

And now for a modern fountain pen with a very interesting (and useful) feature - Lina's new IndiGraph fountain pen!

(all photos courtesy of Lina ~ please click on images to enlarge)

Lina: "Here are some pics and info from my relatively new IndiGraph fountain pen. It is an innovative fountain pen that differs from the rest because of a unique feature: its ability to keep the nib constantly moist, preventing the inks from drying out. This allows you to use almost any kind of ink with this pen: India inks, pigment inks, acrylic inks, etc."

"The pen was created by an artist who wanted to use waterproof ink with fountain pens to be able to draw with fountain pens and use watercolors on top of the linework."

"The pen is made with aluminium and it is a bit heavy, but not too much. I bought the pen second hand, and it is the first edition of the pen, so the nib is a steel nib. But newer editions come with gold nibs and calligraphy nibs as well (I'm attaching the website as well if you would like to check it out:" 

  "The pen has a small chamber at the top of the cap that you fill with water so it keeps the nib moist. I've been using it for over a week now with India ink and the pen has not clogged or dried up. It has a little window so you can see the water level."  


Wow, what a great invention! For more details about the technology behind this cool fountain pen, check out IndiGraph's official Kickstarter page. Many thanks to Lina for sharing her new acquisition with us!

Monday, August 10, 2020

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 57

If you've been reading the virtual "show & tell" posts here, you might have noticed that longtime VPC member Stuart has acquired some lovely desk sets over the last few months. So far, we've featured two made by Sheaffer (this one and this other one), one by Esterbrook and a modern set made by Platinum. Today's "show & tell" item is another desk set Stuart recently purchased---an Eversharp 'Skyline' desk set (the desktop counterpart of the famous Eversharp 'Skyline' fountain pen)

(all photos courtesy of Stuart ~ please click on images to enlarge) 

Stuart: "Here are the pics of the Eversharp Skyline desk-set. The first shots are with the base the pen comes with, a nice rectangular onyx one."


  "The other pics are with the circular onyx base I got last year as a bonus included with a boxed Sheaffer set from Nebraska." 



 "I actually like this (circular) base better, the shape is more interesting and the colour veining livens it up. The sockets and hardware are the same for both bases. So I now have in effect two Skyline desk-sets! Maybe I’m nuts, but the pen with the circular base makes me think of that giant raindrop sculpture at Canada Place."

(I agree---the circular desk set does look like "The Drop" sculpture :) Many thanks for all your contributions to our online show & tell, Stuart!

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 56

And now, another lovely vintage writing instrument recently acquired by René--his rolled-gold metal overlay Eclipse fountain pen...

(all photos courtesy of René ~ please click on images to enlarge)

René: "As many of you know I collect Eclipse pens. The Eclipse company was started in San Francisco in 1903, and eventually moved operations to New York. Depending on where you set your marker, a branch of Eclipse was started in Canada in 1925-28. The Great Depression took a toll on the American branch of the company, and it (ironically) eventually became mostly under the control of its subsidiary branch in Canada by the mid to late 40s. The company lasted until the 60s before disbanding."

"Like many other companies of the early to mid twentieth century, Eclipse also supplied pens for other companies and made several no-name pens and sub-models, including Keene, Ever-Ready, and Marxton. Some tell-tale marks of the Eclipse brand are the Klein clip (sort of a clip clipping on a clip which clips into the pen cap), which they patented in 1923, the suspiciously Waterman-like lever box (except that the top is U-shaped, instead of having a semi-circular piece of metal end), and the laurel wreath on a circular lever end (though some other companies had something similar as well)."

"This is my third rolled-gold metal overlay Eclipse pen, but my first that was made in Canada. It has a pseudo-checkerboard pattern with an personalized inscription that says, "NDB." It needed a lot of metal polishing and cleaning, but, like the other two rolled-gold overlay pens, it cleaned up beautifully, though this one has some slight cosmetic damage to the metal, close to the section, and a hairline crack on the cap metal from the lip (which, thankfully, is just on the metal overlay, so it's not a structural issue, and it's rather hidden by the chasing pattern). It dates from the later 20s (after 1925, of course), and possesses the Klein clip. It is yet to be restored."

"The nib is a Warranted nib (like my other two Eclipse overlays) which appears to be rather broad, with some flex to it, and is Canadian."

(closeup of the pen's Klein clip mentioned above)

For more information on the history of the Eclipse Pen and Pencil Company, check out this website and this one, too. For lots of great photos of various Eclipse fountain pens and pencils, head on over to this page.

René-thanks so much for another great contribution to our virtual "show & tell".
VPC members--please keep those photos of your newest pen-related acquisitions coming! It doesn't matter if your new pen cost $5 or $500---we'd love to see it :)

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 55

Many thanks to Jerred for sending photos and a mini-review of his latest acquisition. It's a modern fountain pen made by a European brand that's never been mentioned on this blog before, and it has a very unusual nib.

Wondering what it is?

Keep on reading.....

(all photos courtesy of Jerred ~ please click on images to enlarge)

Jerred: "This is an Inoxcrom Model 77. Inoxcrom is a Spanish maker of fountain pens, founded in 1942 and still around today. It's notable among European brands in that it produces its own nibs, instead of buying them from an established maker such as Bock or Jowo."

 "The Model 77 itself is relatively common, and is most often found with an inset (or "fingernail") nib. The variant pictured here, however, is much less common in that it uses a Sheaffer-styled inlaid nib instead."

"Of particular interest is the two extra slits on the nib visible in the picture above, on either side of the ink channel. As far as I know, these were added to prevent heavy-handed writing from popping the nib out of place on the pen. Unlike the vast majority of Sheaffer inlaid nibs, the Inoxcrom nib has a decent amount of give, and it's a lovely writer."

Great find, Jerred!

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 54

After avoiding nearly all non-essential shopping since mid-March, I swung by the Nikaido gift & pen shop in historic Steveston shortly after their June re-opening to say 'Hi' to Sara and Joe (Nikaido's friendly owners) and meet Billy, their cute new dog/store mascot (we miss you, dear Beckett :( ...

(all photos by Maja ~ please click on images to enlarge)

...and here's what I acquired there---(L-R) Diamine Shimmering "Enchanted Ocean" ink, a Kaweco 'Perkeo' "All Black" fountain pen, a Parker 'Jotter' ballpoint in "Portobello Plum" and a Faber-Castell 'Essentio' ballpoint pen.

The Kaweco 'Perkeo' is a faceted, full-sized, entry-level fountain pen made of sturdy resin measuring 13.5 cm capped (a shade under 5½ inches) and 15.9 cm posted (nearly 6¼ inches). Don't let the posted length put you off, though---at 12 grams, it's a very light fountain pen and it's well-balanced, posted or unposted. It's also a very comfortable fountain pen to hold, thanks to its triangular grip section. The 'Perkeo', however, doesn't come with a clip (and Kaweco's 'Sport' clips won't fit), so that may be a deal-breaker for some people...

The pen takes international ink cartridges or converters and the black stainless steel Medium nib looks cool and writes beautifully out of the box---no nib tuning required on mine!

The 'Perkeo' is available in a variety of colours (most of which aren't as conservative as the "All Black" model!) and two nib widths (Fine and Medium) so if you're looking for an affordable, well-made, portable, reliable lightweight fountain pen, I'd recommend it.

My two newest ballpoints---(bottom) a Parker 'Jotter' in "Portobello Plum" (named after the famous road/market) to add to my growing collection of London-themed 'Jotters' , and a Faber-Castell 'Essentio' in anodized aluminum (a little pen trivia: in January 2018, the Faber-Castell 'Basic' writing instrument line was renamed 'Essentio')

Many thanks to Sara and Joe for the great pens & ink, and their always-excellent customer service!

Monday, August 3, 2020

Support your local pen shop :)

Happy BC Day! Now that our province is well into Phase 3 Reopening, I thought it'd be a good time to remind anyone looking for writing instrument supplies to consider shopping locally. We're fortunate to have so many pen stores in the Lower Mainland, and I know they'd appreciate your patronage and support in these difficult times.

Here's a list of some Vancouver-area stores that sell fountain pens and inks:

The Vancouver Pen Shop - 512 W Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC - official Facebook page
Charals - 171 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC -official website
Nikaido - 3580 Moncton Street #150, Richmond (Steveston), BC -official website
Paper-Ya -1666 Johnston Street #9 (on Granville Island), Vancouver, BC -official website
Buchan's Kerrisdale Stationery - 2141 W 41st Avenue, Vancouver, BC -official website
Warriors & Wonders - 555 W 12th Ave #21 (City Square Mall), Vancouver, BC -official website
Opus Art Supplies - various locations in BC - official website
Perks - 123 Carrie Cates Court (Lonsdale Quay), North Vancouver, BC - temporarily closed due to COVID-19

Many thanks to VPCer Christopher for the image of the old advertisement above. In his email, he writes:"I ran across an old 1930s Parker Vacumatic in-store ad. The repro was not incredible, so I enhanced it and colourized it, marrying it with a snap of one of my favourite Parker sets. The strange thing about it was that both the ad and my set hail from the same year. Makes you wonder if one of the Vacumatic sets in the dealer’s cabinet in a Vacumatic clamshell display box could actually be mine. Dream on Christopher, but nice thought!"

Stay safe, everyone!