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...
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(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 18111.com 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)

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