Monday, February 4, 2019

More pocket fountain pens

A few more shots of pocket fountain pens---these taken by Stuart and myself (Maja) after the January meeting (photos taken during the January meeting are in this previous blog post).

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Left to Right: Stuart's Kaweco 'AL Sport' fountain pens in Stonewashed Denim and Rose Gold, a Sheaffer 'Tuckaway' Sentinel Touchdown Filler fountain pen, and a vintage Waterman 'Taperite' Lady Garland:
So, just how short are those pocket pens??

Length-wise, the Kawecos are 10.7 cm long when capped (ie. with their caps on the nib end of the barrel), the Sheaffer is 11.8 cm, and the Waterman is 11.6 cm
My collection of Platinum Preppy fountain pens and two Kaweco 'Sport' fountain pens (a red/clear 'Sport Ice and a blue 'Sport Classic'):
The Kawecos don't come with clips...so do they really need clips??

Well, it's up to you, but you have some choices if you go the clip route; my red/clear Kaweco sports (ha!) the Kaweco straight chrome clip, whereas its blue counterpart has the Kaweco curved clip in gold finish (which looks like the clips found on some vintage Kawecos). If you are considering purchasing a clip for your 'Sport' fountain pen, make sure you get the right kind-there are similar-looking clips for the Kaweco 'AL Special' and Kaweco 'Liliput' models, but they will not fit the 'Sport' fountain pen line.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Waterman 'Champion 501' advertisement

Waterman 'Champion 501' advertisement ca. May 1953
(image courtesy of Christopher R, taken from an old issue of Meccano Magazine")

The Waterman 'Champion 501' was an English-made fountain pen made after WWII. Though it was considered an economy model by some, it nonetheless sported a 14K gold Waterman nib.
This is the first ad I've ever seen for this particular Waterman model (I did a Google search and came up with nothing) so many thanks to Christopher for the advert!
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Photos from our January 2019 meeting

Seventeen Vancouver Pen Club members came to our January meeting, held at the Kitsilano branch of the Vancouver Public Library on January 17th. A good time was had by all who attended, so without further ado, here are some photos taken at that meeting!
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Our theme for this meeting was "Pocket Fountain Pens" (a topic suggested by Jerred) and we saw some very interesting examples, both modern and vintage, that night.

Peter (in the white shirt) brought a burgundy & black vintage Parker 'Duofold' vest pocket fountain pen (ca. early 1930s). These small pens were designed to be attached to a watch-chain (via the ringtop on top of the pen's cap) and kept in one of the two watch-pockets of a waistcoat (also known as a "vest").
This is Jenny's Pilot 'Elite' 95S (or E95S), a very cool modern pocket fountain pen with an elongated cap and shortened barrel that, when posted, becomes a full-sized pen:
The 'Elite' was inspired by Pilot's famous long-short pens from the 1960s and comes with Pilot's distinctive inlaid nib in 14K gold. Jenny also brought in her Kaweco 'Sport' fountain pens and a Franklin-Christoph 'P40' for our topic (pens not pictured).
Ray (on the far left of the photo above) brought in a couple of Montblanc pocket pens for our meeting's theme, one of which was this beautiful Montblanc Boheme fountain pen:
The Boheme model came in three sizes. Ray's particular Boheme is a cartridge-only pen and features a retractable-nib mechanism (you can see the nib retracted in the photo below):
Here's is Ray's other pocket fountain pen----his petite Montblanc '114' (aka Montblanc 'Mozart', created as an hommage to the composer), next to his Montblanc 149, the largest Montblanc fountain pen model :
Sabrina (center of photo, in light blue sweater) brought in three nice examples of pocket fountain pens---a Kaweco 'Sport' (a favourite pocket pen of many users!) in the wonderful "Lagoon Blue" colour, an aluminum Ohto 'Tasche' ("tasche" means "purse" or "bag" in German), which becomes a full-sized fountain pen when posted, and the Pilot 'Petit', a very affordable mini fountain pen.
"Newest Acquisitions" is always our secondary theme/topic. Here are Sabrina's - a green Sailor '1911' “Sea Glass” Special Edition/Limited Edition made for retailer Goldspot (limited to 100 pieces in the standard size and 100 in the larger) and the Sailor '1911' "Peacock" SE/LE made for Anderson Pens (limited to just 100 pieces worldwide):
Sabrina's newest ink - Markham, Ontario-based Ferris Wheel Press' "Bluegrass Velvet" ink (a recent Kickstarter campaign) which comes in a whimsical glass bottle that holds a generous 85mL of fountain pen ink:
(Below) Sabrina, René, Tony, Barry and Mark (photo courtesy of Christopher).
Tony brought in a Muji compact/pocket metal fountain pen (essentially a re-branded Ohto 'Tasche') for our topic and Barry brought his vintage Waterman 'Lady Patricia'.
(Below) One of René's newest acquisitions - a vintage Wahl-Eversharp 'Equi-Poised' fountain pen (excellent info on this harder-to-find pen in this post by Wahl-Eversharp expert Syd Saperstein). Not pictured are the pocket fountain pens René brought in for our topic--a TWSBI 'Mini', a Parker 'Jotter' fountain pen and a Kaweco 'Sport Luxe' (an upscale version of the ever-popular 'Sport').
Mark always manages to find some very interesting vintage fountain pens, and this glossy black Waterman '52' fountain pen is no exception. This "pre-clip" model is ca. 1910, which makes it a true antique!
Mark's gorgeous Parker 'Vacumatic Imperial' set (fountain pen and mechanical pencil), and Christopher's lovely green Parker 'Vacumatic' fountain pen. For our topic, Christopher brought in a vintage Eversharp 'Fifth Avenue' fountain pen in the "Stowaway" model (not pictured), a short, clipless pen meant to compete with Sheaffer's 'Tuckaway' (more on that below) .
(Below) That's Tim, the founder of our pen club, on the far left (wearing orange).
Tim brought in two great examples of pocket fountain pens---his bright red Kaweco 'Sport' and a vintage Sheaffer 'Tuckaway' fountain pen. The 'Tuckaway' model was a unisex writing instrument line made from 1940-1950 and designed to be carried in a man’s jacket/pants pocket *or* a woman’s purse.
Longtime VPC member Stuart (in the red plain shirt) also brought in a Sheaffer 'Tuckaway' Sentinel Touchdown Filler, a vintage Waterman 'Taperite' Lady Garland, and two Kaweco 'AL Sport' (the aluminum version of the plastic 'Sport') fountain pens in Rose Gold & Stonewashed Denim (there's a photo of the latter pen here taken at our November meeting).
(Below) Jerred inspecting a fountain pen with nib "issues".
For our topic, Jerred brought in an Ohto 'Tasche' and a cool Delta "Monza Racetrack" fountain pen. New VPC member Karl (wearing a toque in the photo below) brought in his brass Kaweco 'Sport' fountain pen.
Jenny's lovely Pelikan M400 Tortoiseshell Brown (2016 Special Edition) fountain pen:
Another beautiful modern pen belonging to Jenny--her Sailor Pro Gear Usagiya Exclusive Mizuki Limited Edition, which was produced in 2016 and limited to 120 pieces:
One of Ricardo's Christmas gifts---a gorgeous Visconti 'Homo Sapiens' in the "Red Wine" colour:
Another new pen of Ricardo's - a Visconti 'Mirage' in "Coral" (I love that colour!). This model has a grooved body, giving the impression of a mirage:
I'm sorry we didn't have time to snap photos of everyone's pens (e.g. Melodie's new Opus 88 'Fantasia' fountain pen which is now on my Wish List :) and inks (e.g. Binal's Lamy "Vibrant Pink" shimmer ink) but we appreciate everyone who came to the meeting, whether you brought anything to show or not! Special thanks to Ricardo & Christopher for the photos, and to Jerred for the topic idea.
Details about our upcoming February meeting can be found here.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

February meeting details!

When: Thursday February 21, from 6:00pm to 8:30pm.
(Don't worry if you're late---we usually start at around 6:30 pm)

Where: the TERRY SALMAN branch of the Vancouver Public Library at 4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver (on the lower level of the Hillcrest Community Center) by Nat Bailey Stadium (near Queen Elizabeth Park). This was where our September meeting was held. The meeting will take place in their Community Room (meeting room)--same place as before.

No food allowed but covered drinks are ok. There's a little café inside the Community Center and vending machines, if you need to have a snack before the meeting.

Topic/Theme: "Tips on looking for and buying vintage pens on eBay" and will feature a short talk on the subject by VPCer René.

Please bring one or two fountain pens that you got on eBay at a bargain price and/or pens that you acquired via eBay but later regretted due to hidden flaws, inaccurate descriptions, etc.
If you don't have anything for the topic, don't worry---please come anyway and see what others have brought! Our secondary topic is always NEWEST ACQUISITIONS (pen-related)---eg. new pens/inks/paper/pen cases/other accessories/etc, so if you have any you wish to show, please bring them with you.

Hope you can make it to our next meeting! Thanks in advance to René :) No need to RSVP for this meeting or any other not held at a restaurant. Photos from our January meeting will be posted soon!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Better late than never... (November meeting photos)

Twenty-eight VPC members (including newcomers Tavinder and Karl) showed up at our November meeting at the Oakridge branch of the VPL to hear a very interesting and informative talk by Ray about Porsche Design (our November meeting topic/theme). Ricardo was kind enough to take photos of people and pens during the meeting, so without further ado....

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(photo above) Ray showing us just one of the many wonderful Porsche Design writing instruments from his extensive collection.

Porsche Design was founded in Stuttgart, Germany in 1972 by Ferdinand Porsche (who also designed the famous Porsche 911 car) as an entity separate from the Porsche automobile division. Their first designs were timepieces (PD made one of the first all-black watches) but they later designed eyewear, pipes, typewriters, knives and yes, writing instruments. PD writing instruments were made by Faber-Castell but production switched to Pelikan in 2010. In 2017, Porsche Design merged with their automobile division and continues to design sophisticated, luxurious-yet-functional products.

Ray brought many examples of PD writing instruments for his presentation but we couldn't photograph them all individually...
...but here is a sampling of what we saw that night...
Porsche Design P3130 Mikado mechanical pencil, made of 17 stainless steel rods which twist and straighten as the point is retracted or extended :
Porsche Design P3150 Leather Black fountain pen:
An early Porsche Design mechanical pencil (possibly from the 1980s) :
In addition to these writing instruments, we also saw Ray's P3110 TecFlex fountain pen (whose braided metal design was inspired by Porsche's coiled brake hoses), his P3140 'Shake' ballpoint pen (aka "the world's fastest pen") and my personal favourite---Ray's wonderful P3120 triangular grip ballpoint made for Porsche Design by Pelikan. At first I was doubtful I'd like the pens because they were all-metal and I thought they'd be too heavy for me. Although weighty, they are very well-balanced and felt wonderful in my hand....and they are very well-made. I'm glad Ray also brought in a few non-writing-instrument PD products, such as a pocket knife with titanium body, a titanium watch (ca. 1980), and some stylish sunglasses for us to see.
Group shot! (left to right): Barry, Jerred, Mindy, Natasha, Alejandra, Maja, Tony, Karl (one of our two newcomers), Stuart, Rene, Bruce R, Bruce T, Bob W.

Newest Acquisitions is always our secondary topic and we saw many examples of some great pens, some of which are pictured below (all photos by Ricardo)....
Jerred's beautiful Visconti 'Van Gogh' fountain pen - "Vincent's Chair" model, inspired by the painting of the same name. The Van Gogh series draws its inspiration from Vincent Van Gogh's paintings and uses resins mixed to represent the oil paints used in their respective paintings...

(Above) Another new pen brought in by Jerred---a PenBBS '456' fountain pen that uses a vacuum-filling mechanism:
Sabrina's yummy-looking Sailor Pro Gear Slim "Morita" Special Edition in robin's-egg blue, made for the Morita pen shop in Osaka, Japan:
Another great Japanese fountain pen-a Sailor Pro Gear model made for the Japanese retailer Wancher. This lovely pen belongs to Melodie:
Rene's stunning Platinum 'Century 3776' fountain pen in the Kanazawa-Haku (gold leaf) Syou-Ru (ascending dragon) Limited Edition:
Look at the workmanship!
And now for something completely different....Jenny Z's uber-cool 'Double Helix' fountain pen by Additive Pens which has a 3D-printed barrel! I think Jenny just got the pen the day of our meeting so it was uninked, but I believe the ink goes *through* the spiral channels in the barrel, creating an amazing effect...
An elegant glass pen that Tony received as a gift, purchased in Bangkok, Thailand:
Maja's newest acquisitions--Left to Right: Platinum 'Procyon', Sheaffer 'Pop', Oberthur 'Rumba', Monteverde 'Catalina', ThINK rollerball in the "Hippie" (heh) design, Bexley 'BX802' prototype:
More of my newest pens (not all were bought in October/November! Also, I bought the Sheaffer and Oberthur at the Nov meeting from Jerred :)--Left to Right: Pelikan 'Up', three Retro 51 rollerballs, an ACME ballpoint with a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired design, Caran d'Ache 888 Justice League ballpoint with the "Wonder Woman" design:
Newest Acquisitions can be pen-related accessories, too, such as this nice leather zippered pen case/wallet handmade by the Galen Leather Company, belonging to Stuart:
Natasha's cool pen roll made by Rickshaw Bags, a San Francisco-based company:
Jim and one of our newest members, Tavinder (Dana is in the background). Jim went to the Scriptus 2018 event---Toronto's annual pen show---and brought back a couple of very nice fountain pens made by Franklin-Christoph and Opus 88 (a Koloro demonstrator)--not pictured.
Left-Right: Grace, Natasha, Sabrina and Sam. Grace and Natasha brought in some really nice new pens to show us from Opus 88 (Grace's 'Picnic' fountain pen, Natasha's 'Koloro' Demo clear fountain pen) and JRL custom pens (one of Natasha's new fountain pens). Sam brought in the newest addition to his great Lamy 'Persona' collection:
Ray talking with Ralph, one of our longtime VPCers. Many thanks to Ray for an excellent talk on Porsche Design--a luxury brand that we don't see very often at our pen club meetings (but not due to lack of interest ;) and to Ricardo for the great photos!
Thanks to all who came to our November meeting, whether you brought stuff for the topics or not---it's your enthusiasm and love of writing instruments that make our meetings so fun!
Hope to see you at our January meeting being held today (Thursday January 17) at 6:00pm at the Kitsilano library (all details in this older post--link)