Friday, April 3, 2015

Next Vancouver Pen Club meeting - Thursday April 16, 2015

Here's what you need to know...

Date: Thursday April 16, 2015
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: Best Modern Fountain Pens Under $50 (please limit to 2 pens)

I was going to re-use an old theme, but then thought of this one as we've never done it before; I think it should be interesting. Initially I was going to call it "Best Modern Fountain Pen Under $50" ("pen" being singular) but I didn't want 25 people each bringing in a Lamy Safari, lol , so you can bring 2 fountain pens that fit the theme, if you want. If you just have one pen that you want to bring for the theme, that's fine! As always, Newest Acquisitions is our secondary topic, so if you have some new-pen related stuff you want to show, please bring it with you. Hope to see you there! No need to RSVP for any meeting held at Perks pen store.

The 3rd Annual Northwest Pen Round-Up! ( Saturday July 11, 2015)

Just passing along some information about this fun annual summer pen event held in Portland, Oregon sent to me by co-organizer Michael McNeil....

Michael writes:

The 3rd Annual Northwest Pen Round-Up! will be held on Saturday July 11th, 2015, at the Lucky Labrador in Portland, Oregon, from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. It is the same weekend as the largest antique show in the Northwest, the Christine Palmer Antique Show.

We had a good turnout last year. We hope to make this event even bigger this year. There were people there from B.C., Washington state, Oregon, California, and possibly from states that I was not aware of. There were plenty of fountain pens, mechanical pencils, and desk top items. There was plenty of commerce in writing instruments and plenty to buy, sell, trade, admire, learn about and discuss.

All pen collectors and users are invited, wherever you are. We do not limit this event to just people from the Northwest or the West Coast.

Admission is free. We only charge a nominal fee for vendors who want to set up. If you would like table space, please contact us early, as space is very limited.

If you would like to reserve table space please contact Stuart Hawkinson at or me -Michael McNeil- at

The address for the Lucky Labrador Brewing Co. is 1945 N.W. Quimby Street, Portland Oregon, U.S.A. The Lucky Lab offers very reasonably priced food and libations in a converted industrial space, near downtown Portland with easy freeway access.

Anyone coming should consider taking in the Christine Palmer Antique Show, at the Expo Center. It is the oldest and largest antique show in the Northwest. Early admission to the antique show is Friday and the show is Saturday and Sunday. The Summer show is the largest of their shows and has many booths indoor and outdoor. The weather in Portland is usually very mild compared to the rest of the country in the Summer. There are lots of things to do in Portland and it is often voted one of the more livable cities in the country.

A couple of photos from past Round-Ups.

Michael also wanted me to mention that longtime pen dealers Sam & Frank Fiorella of Pendemonium will be there with goods to sell. Sounds like it should be a fun time this summer at the Round-Up! Hope you can make it :)

March meeting photos - Topic: Green Fountain Pens

Twenty-four VPC members (including newcomers Ben, Bethany, Kristina, Greg, Lawrence and Nina) showed up at our March meeting to hear about our topic "Green Fountain Pens". Both vintage and modern pens were well-represented; many thanks to those who brought examples for the night's theme. No worries if you don't have anything that matches a meeting theme---just come and see what others have brought!

Now the photos (group photos by Richard, the rest by Maja) ~ Click on images to enlarge ~
Photo above: Going around the table counter-clockwise, from lower left corner: Ralph, Maja, Bethany, Penny (hiding behind Bethany), Bill M, Mido, Tony, Kiyoshi, Ben H, Glenn M, Michael Q, Lawrence, Bill S, Arvin, Kristina, Greg, Stuart, Peter and Bruce. Not pictured: Suzanne (Bill S' wife) and Richard (photographer).
Photo above: From L-R, from center of photo: Jeff, Nasya, Richard's friend Joyce and new Perks employee Assaad.
That's Mido's vintage Sheaffer flat top, a fountain pen which was first produced in 1924, and was the first successful plastic fountain pen (there's an interesting article on this model here on Jim Mamoulides' invaluable website). These particular flat-tops were made of cellulose nitrate (Sheaffer's called theirs "Radite"), a celluloid material that discoloured over time due to outgassing from the rubber sacs holding the ink. In any case, it's a classic vintage pen from a pen company that is still around!
Penny brought several green pens and you can see my own 24-pen case in the background. I forgot to snap a photo of it, but I might add one later to this post.
A close-up of the green fountain pens Penny brought. If you click on the image to enlarge it, you will see (from top to bottom) a TWSBI 'Diamond 580' in green, a vintage Waterman '3V' model, a Monteverde 'Prima' in Green Swirl, a vintage Parker striped 'Duofold', a modern Waterman fountain pen (sorry, don't know the model), a Parker Vacumatic, a vintage Wahl-Eversharp 'Skyline' and a Parker '17 Lady' fountain pen. A nice mix of modern and old pens!
Glenn M brought in some really nice modern fountain pens in green, including (from L-R in the pen case above) a three-pen modern Waterman 'Patrician' set, a lovely Satin Green Dolcevita Fusion Star (Glenn did a nice writeup on it here ), a Waterman 'Edson' set and a Pelikan M800 (I think...or it could be a M1000!).
That's Glenn trying out the green TWSBI Diamond 580 Penny brought to the meeting. It's a great value for the money, and will probably be one of the pens members bring in for this month's meeting, whose topic is "Best Modern Fountain Pens Under $50".
That's Bill S, one of our club's founding members, talking while new VPCer Lawrence looks on. Bill brought an assortment of green fountain pens:
Included in the pens Bill brought are a couple of lovely green Sheaffer 'Targa' pens, a model by ClassicPens, and some rare Parker '75' pens in green.
This is Stuart's beautiful vintage Sheaffer ringtop...Note that there is less discolouration of the celluloid material in this example compared to Mido's flat top above. Pens with no discolouration tend to fetch higher prices compared to their discoloured counterparts.
That's Bruce's Retro 51 'Double Eight' in the limited edition green colour. A lovely modern pen made of gorgeous material.
Bruce giving us a writing sample of the pen above. It's not a small pen and can be held comfortably unposted.
The ever-popular and highly-desirable Omas Arte Italiano Arco fountain pen. I believe Bruce's example in the "Verde Green" colour is the old style pen.
Now a couple of new acquisitions! The uber-cool pen above is Arvin's Visconti 'Opera Master' Demo Clear fountain pen ("Demo" being short for "Demonstrator")...
...and this is Peter's Platinum 3776 Demonstrator in Chartres Blue, a new pen he recently bought. It is filled with Noodler's Baystate Blue, a lovely ink that can stain materials, but with a blue pen that isn't so much of a worry ;) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Well, that's all for now! Our next meeting will be held on Thursday April 16th at Perks on Cambie Street, at the same time (6:30pm - 8:30 pm or so) and the topic will be "Best Modern Fountain Pens Under $50" (please limit to 2 pens). Hope to see you there!