Thursday, January 7, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 132

A few days ago, we featured some of Daryl's newer acquisitions, including a red oak pen stand that he made. Today's spotlight is on two more wooden pen stands also made by Daryl, and the writing instruments they currently hold... 

Daryl: "The pen block with the single row of holes (photo directly below) is Douglas Fir, named after Scottish botanist David Douglas, (though the scientific name is in honor of Archibald Menzies, who first described the tree in the 1790s). Douglas-Fir is technically not a true Fir (Abies genus), but is in its own genus: Pseudotsuga." 

"This piece is an off-cut from a recycled beam in a local building. I don't have specific details on the building, where the beam spent its working life, but it was likely a harsh environment as the exposed 'spring wood' is heavily oxidized and was easily removed resulting in a heavy texture."

(all photos courtesy of Daryl ~ please click on images to enlarge)

"The fountain pens are fairly common (left to right): a Parker Vacumatic Debutante, a Parker Vacumatic standard (not working), my 2019 VPC pen, a vintage Pelikan 400, and a Pelikan 120N.

-Parker Vacumatic Debutante: The nib is marked "WARRANTED; WING-FLOW; U.S.A" My on-line research doesn't mention anything about this nib, and I'm curious to know more about this downturned nib. I'm not able to read the date stamp; but I think the pen dates to about 1942 based on the single jewel, pocket clip and plastic plunger ( The dimensions are just a hair smaller than Debutante, so might be a sub-Debutante? (

-Parker Vacumatic standard: 1944 blue diamond clip, chased single band. Currently on the waitlist to restore it to working condition.

-2019 Vancouver Pen Club Leonardo "Momento Zero" Limited Edition, pen numbered  #12/26.

 -Pelikan 400 Gunther Wagner; 1956(?), "M" marked on the blind cap but the nib looks like a 0.9 mm Cursive Italic stub. A very relaxing pen to use. Smooth on paper, not dry not wet, "M" is similar to Pilot Cursive Italic. To my hand, the nib is super 'soft'. If I knew how to use it, I expect this would be a 'wet noodle' nib.

-Pelikan 120N: I think (?) this is a 2016 re-release of the mid-50s school pen. The "F" nib writes very smooth, like an M." 


"The pen block with two rows (photo directly above) is 'lacewood'. The name “Lacewood” is used very loosely and can be applied (and misapplied) to a number of different wood species. In its vaguest sense, the term “lacewood” is used to describe any wood that displays figuring that resembles lace.

The pens in the lacewood holder are (L-R): Manuscript, a fountain pen from AliExpress, Conway Stewart Le Tigre No160, Advokat, Hero "LUCKY", Cross Townsend ballpoint, and an AliExpress ballpoint.

 -The Manuscript fountain pen was bought at DeSerres. Heavily discounted as a return, as it was missing one ink cartridge in the set. Turns out the missing ink cartridge was jammed upside down in the barrel, which was really easy to remove. A fun pen, although the F stub nib has really crisp edges (not cursive italic with slightly rounded corners), I have to focus to find and maintain the 'sweet spot".

- Conway Stewart Le Tigre No160 fountain pen: A lever-fill mid-50s to mid 60s pen, 14kt "1st Quality" nib, Conway Stewart manufactured for the Benelux Market. Very comparable to my Pelikan 400.

-Advokat fountain pen: I believe this would be comparable to the 1950s Pelikan 120. It has a Bock B nib. Unfortunately, the pocket clip was missing, but the pen was wonderful to use. Recently the blind cap has jammed and I'm nervous to damage it trying to resolve (when I don't know what I'm doing).

-The Hero "LUCKY" fountain pen is, I believe, an original Hero 100, which in turn is a homage (aka knock-off) of the Parker '51'. The F nib is a little fine for me, but also relatively smooth, or at least smooth enough to be usable for me.

-Cross Townsend: 1960s, 1/20 10ct rolled gold, ballpoint."

Daryl--love your handmade pen stands! Many thanks for sharing them (and the pens in them) with us :)

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