Thursday, May 29, 2008

Namiki Vanishing Point

Here’s a plug for a pen shop I must pass along. I was looking for a Namiki Vanishing Point, and Maja recommended Oscar Braun, who are in the Detroit area of USA. She said their prices and service both are second to none. So I checked them out, and can only agree in both respects. I received my pen promptly, and at a very good price. Their website is:

While not a heavy-duty pen collector, I knew I had to have the VP after seeing another member’s. This pen necessarily has quite a heavy barrel, but I like that, plus I was fascinated by the mechanism, as well as the history of this pen – it being virtually unchanged since its arrival in the mid 1960s.

Here it is stripped down. Really it's just a very thin fountain pen, enclosed in a retractable body. And yes, there's a little hatch that closes behind the nib to prevent it drying out.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Come one, come all! (May 2008 meeting of the VPC)

Date: Thursday May 15th, 2008
Time: 6:00 pm -- "Meet & Greet"; 6:30 pm-- Start of meeting
Place: Perks pen shop, 5844 Cambie St (at 42nd), Vancouver (across from Oakridge Mall...same place as last month's meeting)
Theme: Pens you would never sell ...or the first pen you bought for a future pen collection
If you have a sentimental favourite, or a pen that was the start of a collection (or both), please bring it/them to the meeting, along with any other pen-related items that you'd like to show to the other members...

Thanks in advance to Richard Clarke of Perks ( for volunteering to host the meeting at his fabulous pen store. This might be the last meeting before the VPC summer break so I hope we get a good turnout.