Sunday, May 26, 2019

Sheaffer desk set (ca. 1927-1930)

A couple of quick shots of the Sheaffer desk set Stuart brought to the April meeting for our secondary meeting theme, which is always Newest Acquisitions:

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

Stuart writes: "The nib reads “Sheaffer Lifetime - Made in USA”...I believe the set dates from 1927-1930. I base this on the overall look of pen and base, and also the fact that the penholder does not lie down flat for storage - a Sheaffer ad in National Geographic from late 1931 advertises this feature, which was a new advance at the time. So my set predates late 1931."
A very classy vintage set from the Sheaffer pen company, who made (literally) hundreds of desk sets (according to Sheaffer desk pen collector Roger Wooten , they made 660 different desk set models between 1925 and 1941 alone !!). It's easy to find Sheaffer desk sets on eBay---there are so many---so pick one up for yourself and see how cool it is to have one on your own desk!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Fountain pens with animal themes (April 2019 meeting topic)

Our April meeting (held on April 18th at the Terry Salman branch of the Vancouver Public Library) was well-attended, with 24 members in attendance, including three newcomers (Astoria, Ben, and Mary Anne) and one guest from Victoria, BC (Michael C.)

Our topic/theme for this meeting was "Fountain Pens with Animal Themes" and it was well-represented (see the list at the end of this blog post), but unfortunately I didn't bring my camera. My apologies to everyone for this oversight. I did, however, snap a few photos of my own animal-themed fountain pens at home the next day, so here is what I brought to the April meeting for our theme/topic...
(~ Click on photos to enlarge ~)

(Above, from L-R): Kaigelu '316', Genius 'Bucky' (with elephant-shaped clip), Namixin dragon pen, Hero hooded-nib pen (with a handpainted crane on it), Crocodile '215' "Cayman Mouth" pen (the nib's hood has two jewels "eyes" and is shaped like a caiman's head), Online 'Campus' in the "Red Dragon" pattern, a no-name Bugs Bunny fountain pen made in India, three Parker Vectors (Taz, Sylvester the Cat, Clownfish), and two rabbit pens by Dianshi (model number DS-980) purchased at a Uniqlo store:
Close-up of the Kaigelu's nib, with their kangaroo logo engraved on it:        

(Above, from L-R): Two bear pens by Dianshi (same model # as the rabbits), a vintage Eagle brand lever-filling fountain pen, a vintage Mabie Todd 'Blackbird' twist-filler , a Mabie Todd 'Blackbird' "Self-Filling" fountain pen, Faber-Castell 'e-motion' in "Crocodile Ivory" resin, a vintage Waterman C/F set (fountain pen & ballpoint) in the "Crocodile" pattern, and a Kaweco 'Sport' in the Fox colour. The last two pens in this row are unrelated to the topic, but were recent acquisitions (which is always our secondary topic)---a clear purple Ooly 'Splendid' fountain pen that I found at Buchan's Stationery store in Vancouver, and a lavender-blue coloured Campo Marzio 'Manhattan' fountain pen I found at a Value Village for $2:

He couldn't make it to the April meeting, but longtime VPC member Christopher sent me this photo he took of his beautiful vintage Mabie Todd "Swan" fountain pen, ca. 1946:

List of animal-themed fountain pens brought to the April meeting for our topic by our members:

Jerred: Online 'Campus' Red Dragon, Pelikan 'Pelikano', PenBBS 471 in "Amber the Cat" colour, Fuliwen model with faux animal skin, Retro 51 in 'Marlin' (a lovely blue acrylic meant to resemble the ocean at night), Delta Markiaro 'Posillipo' fountain pen (with a starfish--the Markiaro symbol--engraved on its nib).
Candice: Platinum 'Preppy' "Hello Kitty" model, Pelikan, Jinhao 'Shark', Benu 'Chameleon'.
Rene: Pilot 'Metropolitan' in the "Bronze Lizard" pattern, Baoer 'Eight Horses', JInhao 5000 dragon, vintage Eagle fountain pen set, Platinum 'Century 3776' in the Kanazawa-Haku (gold leaf) Syou-Ru (ascending dragon) Limited Edition (there's a photo of it here from a few months ago), vintage Wyvern fountain pen, Mabie Todd 'Swan', Mabie Todd 'Blackbird' and Mabie Todd 'Jackdaw' fountain pens.
Derek: Mabie Todd 'Swan' black hard rubber fountain pen (ca. 1915), Parker '50' (aka 'Falcon') which was made from 1978-1982, vintage Camel fountain pen (ca. 1930s), a modern Parker 'Snake' Limited Edition fountain pen from 1997 (not to be confused with the legendary vintage Parker #37 'Snake' from 1906)
Dana: vintage Pelikan in "Tortoise" colour, Jinhao 'Shark'.
Justin: Montegrappa 'Game of Thrones' House Targeryan (dragon)
Jenny: Sailor 'Pro Gear' Nonble Kinokuniya Limited Edition (only 100 pieces made) in "Ice Blue" with a penguin engraved on its nib, and Visconti's "Garden of Eden" Special Edition made for Italian pen retailer Giardino Italiano with a hidden snake in the design (there's a nice article on the pen here)
Melodie: a beautiful custom-made fountain pen from featuring two rabbits.
Joie: Sailor 'Sapporo Mini' "Hello Kitty" Special Edition.
Julienne: various Spanish school/inexpensive fountain pens in a "Nature" series.
Astoria: Lamy 'Safari' Pikachu" (a mouse :), a 2018 Special Edition only available in China.

Many thanks to all who came to the April meeting, whether you brought stuff for our topic/theme or not, and thanks again to Jerred, who suggested the topic!
(Blog post by Maja)

Friday, May 3, 2019

May meeting info!

Vancouver Pen Club - next meeting info!

When: Thursday May 16 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm
(Don't worry if you're late---we usually start at around 6:30 pm)

Where: the OAKRIDGE branch of the Vancouver Public Library at 650 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, BC.
The entrance to the library is on the outside of Oakridge Mall (on the west side of the mall, near the fish market). Parking at the mall is free for 3-4 hours and plentiful. The meeting will take place in their community room---you can't miss it, as it's the only meeting room at that library branch. No food (except covered drinks) allowed in the library, but there's a food fair inside Oakridge Mall (Safeway sells some fast food--chicken, fries--too) where you can grab a bite to eat before the meeting.

Topic/Theme: Fountain Pens with Unusually-Shaped Nibs (integrated nibs, inlaid nibs, semi-hooded or hooded nibs, conical nibs & others!)

If you're not sure what that means, there is a nice list of integrated/inlaid/semi-hooded/hooded nibs at (it's an old post so there are newer examples not on that list---e.g. some newer brands of Chinese-made pens). Other examples of oddly-shaped nibs that would fit our topic are the modern Conklin pen company's "Omniflex" nib (which is harpoon-shaped) and the beak-shaped nib on Pilot's "Falcon" fountain pen. As for conical nibs, the Sheaffer fountain pens with "Triumph" nibs are great examples. I have a Chinese-made knockoff of that nib type that I will bring as well. Please try to limit what you bring to just a few examples per person. Incidentally, Jerred had suggested "Inlaid Nibs" to me as a topic, but I wanted to expand it a bit more so I added a few other weird nib types. Thanks for the idea, Jerred!

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! No need to RSVP for this meeting or any other not held at a restaurant. Any questions or concerns? Please let me know at

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

March meeting pics

The VPC welcomed three new members (Chuck, Neil and Sasha) to our March meeting, held at the Kitsilano branch of the Vancouver Public Library on March 21st! Attendance was down a bit (perhaps due to Spring Break holidays) but those who came to the meeting had fun chatting and seeing some wonderful & unusual fountain pens.

Group pic (clockwise from bottom left): Sasha, Joie (hiding), Julienne, Jenny, Dana, Jimmy, Daryl, Justin, Jerred (leaning in), Christopher, Maja, Tristan, and Neil:
All pen photos below are courtesy of Dana (~click on images to enlarge~)

Our theme/topic for the meeting was "Non-Round Fountain Pens". The topic (which we've never used before) was Jerred's idea and he kicked it off by showing us a great example---his Visconti Van Gogh in the "Sunflowers" pattern (inspired by the Van Gogh paintings of the same name), an 18-sided fountain pen:
A Levenger 'Facets'- a twisty, six-sided fountain pen owned by Jerred (sadly, this model was discontinued a few years ago):
Another cool pen belonging to Jerred--his new PenBBS '380', an eight-sided aluminum fountain pen, also with a twist design:
A vintage classic--Christopher's lovely twelve-sided Wahl-Eversharp 'Doric' with adjustable nib (there's some excellent info on this model here)
A Visconti Divina Elegance Maxi in Blue belonging to Jimmy. This spiral, five-sided pen is made of swirly blue vegetal resin with a Sterling Silver inlay spiraling around the pen's cap and barrel. Visconti designed the Divina models based on the Golden Ratio and you can read about those design features here:
Jimmy's wonderful Montblanc Jonathan Swift Limited Edition fountain pen, which features a triangular cap:
Montblanc Jonathan Swift LE-nib and cap closeup. From Montblanc's official description: "Its design is inspired by his novel “Gulliver’s Travels”. The barrel is made of black lacquer and decorated with multi-layered inlays reminiscent of the ropes that were used to bind Gulliver on the beach of Lilliput island. The cap is made of precious black resin and shaped like Gulliver’s tricorn. It bears the signature of Jonathan Swift. The clip depicts the staircase the mayor of Lilliput had to climb to be able to talk to Gulliver. Both clip and fittings are platinum-plated. The rhodium-plated 18 K gold nib is decorated with an elaborate engraving showing the imperial army of Lilliput marching between Gulliver’s legs."
An Sterling Silver octagonal Montegrappa 'Privilege' fountain pen in the "Deco" pattern, owned by Jimmy:
Nib closeup of the Montegrappa:
We always feature newest pen-related acquisitions as our secondary topic. This is Jimmy's new Waterman 'Edson' fountain pen:
The distinctive 'Edson' nib:
Jimmy's new Delta DolceVita Oversize, a classic modern fountain pen:
Delta DolceVita Oversize nib:
Another great new acquisition of Jimmy's---his new Pelikan 'Silver Screen' Limited Edition:
The 'Silver Screen' LE was limited to only 420 pieces worldwide, with the individual piece numbers engraved on the filling knob:
A very nice wood turned ballpoint pen, owned by new VPC member Chuck:
Chuck's Sheaffer '300' fountain pen in glossy black:
A no-name calligraphy fountain pen, also owned by Chuck:
Dana's brand-new Kaweco 'Student' fountain pen in the "70's Soul" (love that name!) colours:
Kaweco 'Student' cap & clip close-up:
A few pics of Dana's cool Sheaffer 'Pop' "Star Wars" fountain pen in the Darth Vader pattern:
Jenny's Visconti Van Gogh in the "Starry Night" pattern (below). Both Jenny and Jerred's (shown in the second photo in this blog post) are the new-style Van Gogh fountain pens which are faceted. The original Van Goghs had round barrels and caps.
Something you don't see every day---a TWSBI 'Eco' Special Edition made for Bungubox, owned by Jenny:
Closeup of the Eco's beautiful hand-painted floral cap:
Joie's Waterman 'Exception' in Raspberry, a elegant, four-sided (ie. square :) fountain pen:
Waterman 'Exception'- nib closeup:
Benu 'Chameleon', a gorgeous three-sided fountain pen belonging to Candice:
The Benu 'Chameleon' in closeup. The model name comes from the fact that the pen changes colors depending on the angle at which it is viewed:
Justin's lovely Benu "Briolette" fountain pen, a faceted fountain pen:
New VPCer Neil's TWSBI 'Eco' (a reliable, economical fountain pen) in clear blue:
Neil's TWSBI '580', a great fountain pen that started out as the '530' model wayyy back in 2010:
TWSBI 'Go'--another pen belonging to Neil:
Two pocket pens owned by Neil---Pilot 'Petit' (clear pen) and Midori 'Traveler's Company' brass fountain pen. The Midori's cap has a ring on it, so you can clip the pen to a bag/key chain or you can unscrew the ring to remove the clip, if you prefer a clipless fountain pen. Handy!
A Hugo Boss fountain pen, owned by Tristan:
The Hugo Boss insignia on the cap top:
A beautiful DuPont fountain pen, also belonging to Tristan:
Tristan's (new-style) OMAS 'Paragon' in the stunning brown Arco celluoid material. This 12-sided fountain pen is many people's (including mine :) Grail Pen:
OMAS Paragon's nib:
A beautiful Namiki 'Impressions' Medley fountain pen made of marbled celluloid, also owned by Tristan:
Namiki side view:
Julienne's Rotring '600', a classic hexagonal pen that (some say) resembles a tactical pen:
Rotring '600' nib:
Julienne's wonderful OMAS 360 fountain pen, a triangular model that was launched in 1996. The triangular shape enhances both the user's grip and comfort while writing with the pen:
OMAS 360 back view:
OMAS 360 nib:
So, there you have it--fountain pens with 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 12 and 18 sides! We didn't get a chance to photograph everyone's fountain pens (e.g. I know Sasha brought in a Lamy 'Nexx' for our topic) but many thanks to all who attended, and special thanks to Dana for the great pen photos!

Our next meeting is tomorrow (Thursday April 18) at the Terry Salman branch of the VPL from 6:00pm-8:30pm (all details here in this post) so I hope you can make it! (no RSVP necessary)