Sunday, February 3, 2019

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!
(all photos by Ricardo, except where noted ~ click on images to enlarge ~)
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 lovely green Parker 'Vacumatic' Jr. fountain pen.
(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, and Christopher (seated between Jerred and Karl) brought in a vintage Eversharp 'Fifth Avenue' fountain pen in the "Stowaway" model. The "Stowaway" model was a short, clipless pen meant to compete with Sheaffer's 'Tuckaway'.
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.

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