Inks with Sheen

by Paul Hurley


Fountain Pen, while beautiful on their own, are ultimately the conveyers of ink to the page.  Over the past year I have been accumulating a nice collection of fascinating inks.  Sometimes it is the color (I started off being very bored of blue, not now), or the shading and sometimes it is even the bottle.  But with growing interest I find myself attracted to inks with sheen - the shiny secondary color that is left on the page under the correct conditions.

Check out the photos of some of the inks in my collection with sheen on my INK section.



LA Pen Show 2014 - Quick Posting

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I attended my first pen show this past weekend in Manhattan Beach (Los Angeles) and it was an amazing experience.  I will be posting more in the coming days but thought I would start by showing off some of my acquisitions.

Franklin-Christoph

Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Intrinsic new Smoke and Ice non-clip version (only models with a clip are currently available from the website).  Converted into an eyedropper pen, filled with Diamine Oxblood.  Medium cursive italic Mike Masuyama steel nib.

Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Intrinsic new Smoke and Ice non-clip version (only models with a clip are currently available from the website).  Converted into an eyedropper pen, filled with Diamine Oxblood.  Medium cursive italic Mike Masuyama steel nib.

Franklin-Christoph Model 03 Iterum non-clip Ice prototype - only four pens were produced - fine steel nib.  Eyedropper conversion with Diamine Steel Blue ink.

Franklin-Christoph Model 03 Iterum non-clip Ice prototype - only four pens were produced - fine steel nib.  Eyedropper conversion with Diamine Steel Blue ink.

Edison Pen Company

Edison Collier - Blue Steel with a medium steel nib:  Purchased from Anderson Pens at the LA Pen Show

Edison Collier - Blue Steel with a medium steel nib:  Purchased from Anderson Pens at the LA Pen Show

The new Blue Steel option for the Edison Collier joins one of the most beloved pens in my collection, a Collier Persimmon Swirl with a broad steel nib; a finalist for being the smoothest nib I have ever used.  One of the reasons for attending the show was that the Edison Pen Company would be there.   I ultimately decided to purchase two pens from their Signature Line, spending a wonderfully long time with Brian and Andrea Gray selecting the models, body materials, filling systems and nibs (folks, this is why a pen show is a must for any enthusiast - you simply cannot experience the quality of the pens and the people any other way).  The ETA the pens is about 4-5 weeks and I will post photos and details when the pens arrive in the spring.

Wahl-Eversharp

Wahl-Eversharp SKYLINE Demonstrator Nile Blue with medium semi-flex ceramic coated steel nib and Palladium plated cap - from Anderson Pens

Wahl-Eversharp SKYLINE Demonstrator Nile Blue with medium semi-flex ceramic coated steel nib and Palladium plated cap - from Anderson Pens

The reborn Wahl-Eversharp company was launched at the 2013 LA Pen Show.  The new pens are specifically designed so parts are fully interchangeable with Wahl-Eversharp vintage pens.  Anderson Pens at this year's pen show announced they would be an authorized re-seller.

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The packaging for Wahl-Eversharp is very impressive, with a fur-lined, brass hinged black piano lacquered wood case. The pen is suspended in a separate clear hard plastic sleeve, nestled into a depression in the white fur. 

 

Nakaya

Nakaya Matte Briarwood Deep - 14k extra broad nib from Classic Fountain Pens filled with Conway Steward Kingsand ink. Nib custom ground to right oblique by John Mottishaw.

Nakaya Matte Briarwood Deep - 14k extra broad nib from Classic Fountain Pens filled with Conway Steward Kingsand ink. Nib custom ground to right oblique by John Mottishaw.

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Speaking of outstanding packaging, the Nakaya box with beautiful pen wrap, is impressive in its own right.

Lamy

 
Lamy 2000 - 14k MK nib with Sailor Jentle Ultra Marine ink.  

Lamy 2000 - 14k MK nib with Sailor Jentle Ultra Marine ink.  

This is my second Lamy 2000 (the other being a fine).  Purchased from Lamy expert Bob Nurin, who explained that the MK nib (no longer in production) may be more comfortable for lefties (such as myself) - I agree.

Vintage Pens

Not all of the pens purchased at the show were new.  I also added a few vintage pens to the family.

OMAS

OMAS FAO 50th Anniversary Limited Edition (6000 made) - 18k broad with Sailor Jentle Sky High ink.

OMAS FAO 50th Anniversary Limited Edition (6000 made) - 18k broad with Sailor Jentle Sky High ink.

My first OMAS and it is a beauty.  Released in 1995 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the body is made from a deep green vegetal resin.  My sincerest thanks to Brian and Lisa Anderson for recommending the vendor (John Colton) and this pen.  My exploration of fine Italian pens takes a big step forward.

Parker Vacumatic

Parker Vacumatic Debutante Emerald Pearl with fine 14 k nib inked with Stipula Verde Mushiato (Musk Green)

Parker Vacumatic Debutante Emerald Pearl with fine 14 k nib inked with Stipula Verde Mushiato (Musk Green)

Parker Vacumatics are beautiful and relatively easy to find, making them a nice vintage pen to collect.  The Emerald Pearl body is bright and in good shape.  This is definitely the finest nib (regarding the ink line it puts down) of my current four Parkers.

Parker Canada Vacumatic Burgundy Pearl with "Split Arrow" clip inked with Visconti Bordeaux.

Parker Canada Vacumatic Burgundy Pearl with "Split Arrow" clip inked with Visconti Bordeaux.

The Vacumatic's body and nib are marked "Canada" and as is often the case with the Canadian versions the gold nib is a flexible extra fine.  The clip is referred to as a "Split Arrow", which would suggest the pen dates from around 1937.  

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What I know for certain is its beautiful deep red color and flexy nib makes this a very welcome addition to my collection of vintage pens.  

 

The Golden Pearl is the sole missing striated color to round out my Parkers.


A Beginning....

by Paul Hurley


A Blog has to begin somewhere...  For a blog about pens, inks and paper, it is likely best to begin where the obsession started; the first fountain pen.  In my case it was over 20 years ago, with the purchase on a whim of a Cross Century black lacquer with a medium nib at a local office supply store.

The pen did not come with a converter, so I used Cross cartridges and was from the beginning dissatisfied with the experience.  The nib was scratchy.  I therefore did not use it frequently (meaning I did not take it to the office) and was constantly having to clean dried ink from the feed and section to get the pen to write.

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It was only years later, as my interest in writing instruments was rekindled, that I learned about the maintenance needed to ensure a functional fountain pen.

Perhaps the Cross Century should be considered a false start; while my interest in fountain pens remained I had not yet found the correct combination to make me want to use use one every day.

The reboot of my interest and awareness of pens began with a couple of postings in a technology blog I follow daily from Shawn Blanc and his excellent site Tools and Toys, which talks about well designed gadgets and software.  

It was Shawn's blog about the Signo DX that had me ordering the first pen I consciously wanted to try.  A few weeks later, Brad Dowdy's guest post expanded my interest by suggesting a few more gel pens; Pilot Hi-Tec-C and Zebra Sarasa Clip.  It also introduced me to Jet Pens, a US-based web reseller specializing in Japanese pens and paper products.

I re-entered the fountain pen waters with Brad's Pen Addict review of the Platinum Preppy, in April 2012.  The coup de grace was another Tools and Toy's guest post by Brad where he provided recommendations for three levels of fountain pen users; Lamy Safari, TWSBI Diamond 580 and Pilot Vanishing Point - The Tools & Toys Guide to Fountain Pens

An entire world of writing was opened up to me.  I had a place to begin, with helpful friendly experts and web stores that carried these recommended pens (and more) - things would never be the same ....