Tag: pen memories

October Mini Pen Meet

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Yes, that is a storm trooper hugging my Kaweco Liliput.

It’s always fun to meet up with friends who share the same hobbies as you. Yesterday, I braved the traffic of Manila (which I consider to be cruel and unusual punishment) and commuted all the way to Shangrila mall to meet up with wonderful people. Dean (that super talented artist behind Color Me Doodle adult coloring books), showed us how to use oblique holders and brush pens. I will admit that using those gorgeous holders of his makes me want one for myself. Those are works of art themselves, and they’re just positively exquisite. 🙂 I learned about how to use oblique holders, different kinds of nibs, priming the nibs, etcetera. It was a very educational and fun meet. Look a that gorgeous ornamental bird that he made with flourishes of his nib. That’s just pretty awesome.

There were pen testings, ink exchanges, etcetera. As always, the clutter on our table is directly proportional to the fun we were having. There was a lot of clutter. The awful commute was so worth it. 🙂

First Big Pen Meet

I attended my first big pen meet today! Being a little introverted, it’s difficult for me to meet new people. This group is quite different, though. Everybody’s very nice, polite, accommodating and self-possessed. One of them repaired my Parker 51 Special pencil (so glad to have that back). Here are some of the pens that I saw at the meet:

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It was my first time to see Montblanc’s Writers Editions and wow, they’re pretty amazing. My favorite is the Jonathan Swift and Mark Twain. Really gorgeous pens.

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That is a gorgeous sight. And below, a closer look at the Mark Twain and Jonathan Swift pens.

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Perhaps one of my favorite pens at the meet was this demonstrator Parker 51. I loooove Parker 51’s, and I’ve never seen a demonstrator in person. It’s absolutely lovely.

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There were also Pelikans that I’ve never seen before.  Continue reading “First Big Pen Meet”

Custom Painted Pilot 78G and Makers Market Stash

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I got this beautiful pen from our exchange gift this afternoon at a mini pen meet that I attended. It’s a red Pilot 78G, which is a great budget pen and all, but what made it really special was that it was painted by a local artist maki-e style. It’s kinda hard to capture the gold and silver colored flecks lacquered into it. Quite a gorgeous pen.

IMG_0537It’s a medium nib, and from what I’ve read about this pen, a very reliable workhorse of a writer. The body is plastic and very light, and would seem like a very nice pen to use for prolonged writing sessions (which is what I normally use them for). Also looks to be a Japanese medium, which is closer to a European fine. I’m excited to write a review about it. I’ve been meaning to go to Cosmos Bazaar and check if they had this in stock. Of course, being a work of art makes it quite unique and special. 🙂 I’m happy to have it in my collection.

I’m also very happy to have my Micarta back from one of our group’s nibmeisters, Pentangeli.

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I know, I know, my penmanship sucks.

Pentangeli’s work on the nib is, as usual, quite amazing. It’s gone from a very boring factory medium to a cursive italic with all the fun line variations. The smoothness of the nib is also quite delicious. That touch of feedback is really growing on me, and (as silly as it sounds) makes me giggle with delight, haha.  Continue reading “Custom Painted Pilot 78G and Makers Market Stash”

Polishing Gold-Plated Pens

I wrote a couple of days ago about some pens that I found in one of my mom’s pencil cases. I almost overlooked them because of the condition they were in, but these Cross Century classic pens clean up quite well. I was going to buy some metal-polishing chemicals to help speed up the cleaning process. Good thing I asked a friend first about how to properly go about it. 

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After several hours of patiently polishing it, they look very different from the first time I found them. The discoloration are almost completely gone. There were so many little scratches and signs of wear all over it but they’re growing faint as the body becomes cleaner. 

The trick is to just patiently polish it with a cotton cloth. No harmful chemicals needed at all. I didn’t need to submerge it in water or anything either. No need to expose the inner mechanism to what could probably damage it in the long run. 

I can imagine all the journal entries my mom wrote with these, all the checks and documents signed before they ran out of ink. My mom was not one to to take extra special care of pens as she didn’t collect them. Her approach was more utilitarian. She enjoyed them as she used them. I was the same way, until I started my collection this year. I never put my pens on hard surfaces in order to avoid scratching them. I keep them in a pen wrap with individual pouches so they don’t rub up against each other while in storage. I always keep in mind that I will preserve these pens so that they can be enjoyed by the future generation as part of the family history. 

I love these pens but I think they’re a bit too pretty to carry around with me, haha. I keep them safe in a pen wrap while I plan my display cases. What I carry around is my father’s Parker 45 Harlequin. When I write with it, I sometimes feel like I’m holding his hand. What can I say, I’m a Papa’s girl.