Saturday, July 20, 2019

"One small step..."

Apollo 11 plaque inscription: 

"Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon July 1969, A.D. 
We came in peace for all mankind."

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing with my Retro 51 'Apollo 11' rollerball!
(~ post by Maja ~)

Thursday, July 4, 2019

July meeting details


When: Thursday July 18 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm (please note: the 8:30pm is a strict deadline by which we have to leave). Don't worry if you're late-we usually start at around 6:30 pm.

Where: the KITSILANO branch of the Vancouver Public Library located at 2425 Macdonald Street (between Broadway and West 8th) in Vancouver. The meeting will take place in the Branch Meeting room in the library's basement (this is where our club met in January and March of this year). No food or drinks allowed, but covered drinks are ok.

Parking: There is free parking in front of, and at the side of the library, as well as on residential streets (please check signs for parking limits/regulations) and the Safeway parking lot (again---please check the signs for parking limits/regulations). Parking on West Broadway is metered parking, I believe.

Topic/Theme : ASTRONOMICAL! (large fountain pens & any type of pens relating to space/astronomy)

Definition of astronomical:
adjective: astronomical
relating to astronomy.
(of an amount) extremely large

In honour of the 50th anniversary of the Lunar Landing (July 20, 1969), we will be featuring "astronomical" writing instruments--ie. big fountain pens---modern or vintage---and any pens (ie. ballpoints/fountain pens/rollerballs) relating to astronomy/space. Please limit what you bring to 3-4 items per person for our theme/topic, due to time limitations. Many thanks to Jerred for suggesting large fountain pens as a topic. I also wanted to include space pens in July's meeting and the word "astronomical" fortuitously popped into my head, giving me an idea for a theme that included both :)

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 July meeting! No need to RSVP for any meeting/event unless it's being held at a restaurant.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

May meeting photos ~ Part 2

Part 2 of our May meeting photos - these courtesy of Ricardo (part 1 can be seen in this blog post)...

(~please click on photos to enlarge images~)
(L-R) Jim M, Justin, Jerred and Leo...
Jerred's Sheaffer "Valor" (with inlaid nib), a fine example of our May meeting topic - "Fountain Pens with Unusually-Shaped Nibs"
(L-R) Leo, Glenn M and Ben ...
(L-R) Leo, Glenn M, Ben and Mary Anne.

Ben and Mary Anne came to their first VPC meeting in April but, unfortunately, I didn't snap any photos during that meeting, so we're glad they came back for another one ;) Ben brought in a 'TiScribe' fountain pen (a project) to show us (not pictured)
Candice's cool Sailor "Trident" pen (I wrote about the pen in part 1 of our May meeting pics)
(L-R) Stuart, newcomer Jim Z, Rene and VPC co-founder Bill K.

Stuart brought in a Sheaffer 'Triumph' Sentinel fountain pen and a Conklin 'Omniflex' fountain pen for our May meeting theme.
(below) A close-up of Jim Z's Sheaffer nib on his newly-restored vintage Sheaffer 'Balance':
(L-R) Rene, Bill, myself (Maja) and Alejandra sharing a laugh at our May meeting.

Bill brought in a Parker 'Ellipse' for our topic, as well as some new fountain pens to show us (a Lamy 'LX', Pilot 'Prera' and Parker 'Sonnet')-- all recent birthday gifts from a generous friend in Australia. Rene always brings in great examples for our meeting themes/topics so I'm sorry we forgot to photograph the fountain pens with unusual nibs he brought to our May meeting; the pens included a Pilot 'Parallel', a Waterman 'Carene', a Conklin 'Omniflex' Goulet Pens Special Edition, a vintage Eclipse 'Knight' and three Parker fountain pens--a '21', a '41, and a '45'.
(Below) Longtime VPCer Tristan (wearing a cap) brought in some interesting fountain pens
(Below) Julienne showing us a fountain pen (a black Sheaffer 'Imperial' with inlaid nib) she brought in for our topic, with Mindy to her left:
(Below) Mindy's Waterman 'Expert' I (the first 'Expert' model) with its unique cutaway nib:
Julienne and Mindy, with Barry K looking on...
(Below) Barry's newest acquisition---a vintage Conway Stewart black hard rubber fountain pen:
Barry talking about the amazing flexy (flexible) nib on his vintage Conway Stewart fountain pen (Jim M and Justin are to his left)
(Below) Our secondary topic for each meeting is always "Newest Acquisitions". Jim M brought in his new Namisu fountain pen (not pictured) and his beautiful new Visconti 'Rembrandt' in orange:
(L-R) Barry K, Jim M, Justin and Daryl:
Daryl (center) talking about one of his newest acquisitions--a fountain pen by Chinese manufacturer 'Picasso'.
(Below) Daryl's new Cross 'Century' (or 'Century I') fountain pen. Daryl also brought in another new pen--a Kaco 'Edge' (not pictured); there's a nice write-up on the Kaco here on this blog.
That's Jenny talking to Leo on the far right of the photo. Jenny always has some interesting new fountain pens to show us, and May's meeting was no exception...
(Below) Jenny's lovely white Pilot 'Decimo' limited edition in the "White Art Deco" design (made for the Japanese Mitsukoshi department store chain, only 100 pieces made):
Another pen with an unusual nib--Jenny's Pilot 'Elite' 85S fountain pen:
(Photo below) A new acquisition of Jenny's - a Sailor 'Realo' demonstrator fountain pen:
Ricardo's famous notebook with pen drawings from our pen club meetings!

Many thanks to Ricardo for taking the time to snap photos during our meeting (and for sharing his pen and nib drawings :)

Next up: June 2019 meeting pics!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

May meeting photos ~ Part 1

Last month's meeting was held at the Oakridge branch of the Vancouver Public Library on May 16th, with twenty-one members in attendance.

The topic for May's meeting was "Fountain Pens with Unusually-Shaped Nibs" and we saw some very interesting examples. I snapped a few photos of the fountain pens some of our members brought in for this theme, so without further ado...

~Please click on images to enlarge ~
Jerred (who suggested the evening's theme) kicked off the meeting with three examples of fountain pens with unusually-shaped nibs (top to bottom): Sheaffer 'Valor' (which features an inlaid nib), Pilot 'PIG' and Pilot 'E'. Both Pilots have inset 'fingernail' nibs (so-named for their appearance). Jerred also brought in a Waterman 'Carene' (which has an inset nib) for our topic (not pictured.)
This cool Paidi fountain pen (also owned by Jerred) was made by the Chinese pen company Hero and sports an integrated (or integral) nib which is part of the pen's metal section:
Julienne's stainless steel Parker '95' and black Sheaffer 'Imperial'. The inlaid-nibbed 'Imperial' model was Sheaffer's forerunner to the 'Valor':
Leo's crosshatched Pilot 'Elite', a fine example of a "long-short" fountain pen - a short pen with a long section that posts to full length. Leo also brought in a Parker '75' for our topic (not pictured)
The 'Elite''s 18K white gold inset nib:
Jenny's Pilot 'E95S' and her TWSBI 'Eco' LE (Limited Edition) made for Bungubox with handpainted cap. The TWSBI has an "Arrow" nib made by
Another limited edition pen owned by Jenny - a white Pilot 'Decimo' limited edition in the "White Art Deco" design (made for the Japanese Mitsukoshi department store chain, only 100 pieces made) and Alejandra's Pilot 'Decimo', a regular (non-LE) issue model in Burgundy. The Decimo is a capless fountain pen with a retractable "click" mechanism (like many ballpoint pens). You can't see it in this photo, but Decimos have long, narrow nibs:
Alejandra's vintage Waterman 'Lady Garland' from the 1940s. This model was the feminine (and shorter) version of the larger Waterman 'Taperite'. Both models, however, came with the same diminutive nib. Alejandra also brought in her hooded-nibbed Parker '51' for our topic (not pictured).
A close-up of the Waterman's cap, which has a feathery engraved design on it:
Here's something you don't see every day---a three-tined fountain pen! This is Candice's Sailor 'Trident' (ca. 1983), an all-angle fountain pen made to compete with the ballpoint:
The Trident's three nibs enabled its user to write at any angle and any rotation. The model name came from the three-pronged spear belonging to Poseidon/Neptune, the Roman/Greek god of the sea. There's a nice writeup on this model here on Russ Stutler's website.
(Below) For our meeting topic, Mindy brought her Waterman 'Expert' fountain pen. This is the first generation of the 'Expert' (known as the 'Expert I')--later generations have a traditional nib:
A closeup of the Expert's nib, with its teardrop-shaped cutaway design:
(Photo below) My (Maja's) fountain pens with oddly-shaped nibs (I brought a lot of examples in case others didn't bring the ones I had :) Extreme upper right-hand corner (top to bottom)--red-striped Sheaffer 'Triumph' vacuum-filler, vintage Sheaffer 'Crest', Sheaffer 'Triumph' lever-filler (all three featuring Sheaffer's iconic "Triumph" nib), modern Sheaffer 'Crest' (with a modern "Triumph" nib), Sheaffer 'Imperial I'(with an inset nib) and 'Imperial III' (with a short two-tone conical nib). Extreme left-hand corner (top to bottom): burgundy Sheaffer 'Pen For Men', Sheaffer 'Imperial VIII', Sheaffer 'Targa' (all three with inlaid nibs), Sheaffer 'Lady Sheaffer' (short conical nib), green marbled Wing Sung (which has a conical nib definitely inspired by Sheaffer's "Triumph" nib) and a clear green Jinhao 599 (the 3rd generation of this model, which features a hooded nib).

Lower right-hand corner (top to bottom): stainless steel (aka "Flighter) Parker '51', Parker '100', Parker '21', Parker '17' (all four with hooded nibs), Parker '45' (semi-hooded nib), Parker '25 (with a wraparound nib). Lower left-hand corner (top to bottom): gold-plated Parker '65' "Consort Insignia" (partly-hooded nib), Parker '105' (with a nib that's hard to describe -- "long fingernail" maybe? There's some good info on it here on Tony Fischier's excellent Parker website), Waterman 'Liaison' (with a wraparound nib), Waterman 'Carene' (inlaid nib), Pilot M90 (integral nib) and vintage Pilot 'E'(with inset "fingernail" nib).
Our meetings' secondary topic is always 'Newest Acquisitions', such as Barry's "new" vintage Conway Stewart fountain pen (made of black hard rubber) seen below. Barry also brought in a Parker '51' and Parker '75' for our topic (not pictured):
Newcomer Jim Z brought along his newly-restored vintage Sheaffer 'Balance' in the "Marine Green" colour (ca. 1931-32):
The 'Balance' was introduced in 1929 and was the first streamlined fountain-a radical departure from the traditional "flat-tops" (such as the famous Parker 'Duofold') of the time:

Many thanks to all who attended our May meeting! Our next meeting is Thursday June 20th at the Terry Salman branch of the VPL (all details here). No need to RSVP for this meeting or any other not held at a restaurant.

Part 2 of the May meeting photos (courtesy of Ricardo) to follow!

Monday, June 10, 2019

National Ballpoint Day ~ June 10th

My newest acquisition - a 2004 Parker 'Jotter' Premier Edition ballpoint in "Saffron Yellow":
(click on photo to enlarge)

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its iconic 'Jotter' ballpoint (which rotates 90 degrees with each 'click', so that the ball wears evenly as you write), Parker released a special Jubilee anniversary edition in 2004. According to, the design of this ballpoint was based on the original 'Jotter' Filigree introduced at the New York Fair in 1959, and the featherless clip was similar to that on the earliest Parker 'Jotters'. This 50th anniversary special edition was made in England and features a sterling silver cap, button (engraved "50") and filigree sleeve barrel. The two finishes made for this model were "Licorice Black" and "Saffron Yellow".

This particular pen had been on my radar for several years, but was becoming harder and harder to find, so I was happy to find one on recently for a very good price. Many thanks to Lisa & Brian Anderson for their always-excellent customer service! (photo & post by Maja)

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Next meeting ~ Thursday June 20th


When: Thursday June 20 from 6:00pm to 8:45pm
(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 April meeting was held. The meeting will take place in their branch 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 as well, if you want to have a snack before the meeting. Hillcrest Community Center parking is free.

Topic/Theme: Fountain Pens Made of Natural Materials
Please bring your fountain pens made of/with wood, hard rubber (ebonite), urushi, abalone/mother of pearl, lava and casein (basically anything *except* plastics or metal) for the theme. The fountain pens do not have to be entirely made of these materials, but should have at least one part made of one (or more) of these natural materials (e.g. if you have a fountain pen with an ebonite feed, that counts). Many thanks to Jerred for this great theme idea (which we've never done before, amazingly enough!)

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

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!