Monday, 19 September 2011

pens with names

I like pens with inscriptions.
Many people don't like inscriptions but that's even better for me as I can get them cheaper!
My favourite is the Parker Vacumatic with dedication, I get a warm fuzzy feeling every time I use it and read the names and date.
I don't care much for initials though, real names are better, dedications are the best :)

(the white paint is just a coloured pencil, easily removable and acid free)

Monday, 4 July 2011

In a galaxy far far away... there was a flea-market

I started visiting flea-markets when I was a kid following my father who was always looking for second-hand tools for his job. At first markets were just tiring and boring, I couldn't find anything interesting for a little girl, until I started looking at shiny coins, pen nibs (sadly many lost now) or old books... and I was hooked!

This is the small flea-market in my town, well part of it. Every time I visit a market it's a different adventure, no matter how many times I've been there before. Sometimes I'm lucky and find many great treasures, some other times I go back home empty handed, but it's a great experience either way because I get to see many different things I never thought I'd see for real or even imagined they existed.
Last weekend I made a nice loot if I can say so myself, especially since I picked everything up for a few bucks: a flock of Pelikan pens and three brand new, yet unreleased, Moleskine Star Wars LE notebooks.

The pens were all in the same box and the first to catch my eye was the barely used (see sticker) Pelikan P470-ST or Pelikan Steno for friends. It's a pretty sturdy pen from the '80s, made to last and take much abuse, with a special flexible nib made for shorthand writing. I hated shorthand in school so I nearly didn't pick this pen!
Then in red and attractive purple a couple of simple school pens from the late '80s I think, but they sport a nice M steel nib I can always grind down and play with.
And last one of these elusive mystery pens I already found last September. Some people over at FPN said it could be a M150 version for the Japanese market that somewhat was distributed in Italy, who knows if it's true. Anyway it's in a nice shape, smoothly-working piston filler, gold plated F nib, really an amazing find for the price I paid.
The Moleskine notebooks appear from time to time in a stall at this market, usually well in advance before sold in stores. This time they had some great Star Wars LE edition :) I think these might be some kind of sales representatives sample or better test copies from the firm that makes them (remember: printed in China, assembled in Italy).
I'm glad anyway, the price was great, and even managed to haggle a little as a long-time customer.

Sadly many markets around here are closed in Summer, I shall rest and save for the next time! 

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Tweeted late at night.

Zen and the Art of Fountain Pen maintenance...

Breathe, don't use strength, don't use blunt objects, wipe don't soak...

Breathe, swear.

Repeat, especially the last part.

Monday, 11 April 2011

Spring in the countryside

I had good intentions, I swear!
I started sketching but then I laid down on the warm grass...and took a nap!

Friday, 8 April 2011

Puzzle anyone?

It's never a good sign if a pen package sounds like a pack of cereals... those were my first thoughts upon handling a light bubble-wrap envelope, and I was right.


Today is just not a good pen day, so I'll have to grin and bear and hope to salvage the cap (slightly cracked) and nib. That used to be a McNiven and Cameron Wavelery pen, it was around for 50+ odd years but didn't survive the postal system.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

5 April 2011

Added a couple of pens I need to test to my arsenal this week/month.

I don't use them all together! I usually choose two with contrasting ink and they stay on my desk all day, doodling, making notes on worksheets, doodling again, writing useless notes on worksheets once again.

TWSBI Diamond - Sailor Rikyu-cha
Mabie Todd Swan - R&K Scabiosa
Parker Duofold (Black & Pearl) - DIY dark brown mix
Parker Duofold (Dusty Red) - Sailor Yama-dori
Noodler's Flex pen - dirty mix of blue and purple

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Flushing day

When I clean my pens I often spend more time looking at the pretty patterns ink makes in water than actually flushing the pen.
For the record they are Noodler's Nightshade and Herbin's 1670.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Not dead

Yes, I'm still around but my desktop computer has finally decided to give up its ghost, again.
This time it's serious and it needs intensive care to replace several parts, if I had the money I'd get a new computer right away but I don't so I'll repair it the old way.


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