Archive for the ‘Fountain Pens’ Category

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Sunday Reads: Edison, Italics And A Crush

07/14/2019

Confession: I can’t use a BIC without feeling like I’m slumming. Am I a snob?

Favorite traveling companions…

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Sundays Reads: Filofax, Esterbrooks And A Fab Ink Video

06/23/2019

Interested in a vintage Esterbrook fountain pen? Anderson Pens has a wide selection, serviced and ready to write.

Watch through to the end.

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Sunday Reads: Pens, Inks And Doodles

06/16/2019

I thought I had a lot of ink samples until I saw Nick Stewart’s collection…

From the archives, a Nemosine Singularity 0.6mm italic nib


Nemosine Italic Nib

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Sunday Reads: Books, Pens, Kids, And Dogs

06/02/2019

It was a hectic and eclectic week so my links have no common thread. However, I did come across a video about keeping a commonplace journal that rekindled my interest in that genre. If regular journaling lacks appeal, a commonplace book might be just the right rhythm for you…

A Paperblanks journal that has been languishing in my collection for years and would make a beautiful home for a commonplace book.

Available at Amazon through my affiliate link.

 

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My Wishlist And The Desire To Acquire

05/22/2019

While sorting through some old posts, I ran across a wishlist from two years ago. Of the ten items on the list, only two were purchased: a small packet of Tomoe River paper and a Robert Oster ink. The ink went to a friend and the paper is on my desk as yet unused. Wishful thinking on the other items. I don’t miss them. There are other pens, paper, and ink on hand to keep me content.

Had I acquired all of the products, would I still be using them or would I have lost interest? Mostly the latter. It’s a lesson in buying stuff. So many items are unnecessary if gorgeous and satisfying to own. Regardless, there are essentials and of those, I have an abundance. Who really needs anything more?

In the future, I intend to keep a more regularly updated, dated wishlist. Reviewing past iterations is amusing in a “what was I thinking” sort of way.

Do you keep old versions of your wishlist? Does it include things you would/could never purchase or is your list comprised of items you might truly acquire?

My favorite stock-nibbed pens list has remained the same for years. The only one I would add today is the Pilot Metropolitan medium. Which just proves I can be happy with what I have even if my wishlist is everchanging.

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Esterbrook Nibs Find A New Home

05/17/2019

As I became unenamoured with lever fillers, Esterbrooks took a backseat to piston fillers and converters in my rotation. However, I missed their vintage nibs that were produced in great variety including italic and flexible models. Quite a few can still be found on eBay though from reading descriptions, many of those pens will need professional maintenance to regain the capacity to write well. Look for a pen with a new sac if you decide to grab one and it should provide years of good use.

The Esterbrook brand was resurrected a few years ago to the delight of many FP aficionados. I haven’t used one of the new pens so I cannot speak from experience. However, they do offer a Modern to Vintage nib adapter for combining a vintage Estie nib and feed with the modern pen body.

Think about that. A vintage Estie nib can be fitted to a newly manufactured pen body. My old nibs are begging to try out a posh, new home. One of these days…

Esterbrook fountain pen

writing sample

 

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Sunday Reads: Fountain Pens, Ink And A Diplomat

04/28/2019

Sonal Kalra has some excellent tips for dealing with pen borrowers…


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