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Dallas Pen Show 2017: Of Pens and People

Q: What are your favorite pens? A: The ones I can sell. Q: Hahaha… what do you collect? A: The ones I can’t sell. That was me, chatting with David Ushkow (pen-site.com) — who came from New York — at one point on Friday, with his east-coast, Nu-Yoak, matter-of-fact … charm After I re-composed myself… Read more »

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Artus and LAMY: Old and New Brands in One Pen

I am willing to bet that at the time of this writing, 99% of the niche sub-culture (albeit global) called Fountain Pen users and collectors have heard of, owned one (or 100) Lamy Safari fountain pen.  The LAMY brand is one of the most popular in the world.  Newcomers to fountain pens will be introduced… Read more »

the navy pen

A Clone Made in Japan

The Eversharp Skyline is a very distinctive-looking pen, even among other distinctive-looking vintage fountain pens. Once you’re familiar with its profile and features, you’ll recognize it anywhere, including within typical ebay photos. What makes the pen so recognizable? The pen has a large rounded cap with a very stylish clip that resembles a medieval warrior’s… Read more »

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The Road to a Nakaya Fountain Pen

About 14-15 months ago, I started to become fascinated with fountain pens. Before, as an IT guy almost all of my life, I never paid any attention to writing instruments other than their practicality and reliability. Just like any other reasonably sane people, I just toss out a ballpoint that ran out of ink without… Read more »

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2016 Dallas Pen Show Take-aways

Okay, now that my second Pen Show has settled down in my memory, I think I can write up something. First, let’s go through my “wish-to-do” list: 1. Shake hands with the masters: Danny Fudge, Mike Masuyama, Jim Rouse, Andreas Lambrou. And as a bonus, I get to introduce them and what they do to… Read more »

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San Francisco in B&W

One week trip. It rejuvenated my love for B&W photography.

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Delta “The Journal”

Italian fountain pens are known for their beauty and bold design. The Stipula Passaporto was my first Italian pen, now this pen follows as my second pen made in Italy. While the Stipula wins the bold design contest between the two, the Delta snags the crown for beautiful material and superb craftsmanship. This Is A… Read more »

italix parson

Parson’s Essential Is Now Also Mine

There are a few cultures in the world that I both admire and am fascinated with. One of them is the British culture. Now, before I continue, I’d like to make it clear that when I say “British culture” what I mean is the culture of the people who live in the United Kingdom as… Read more »

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Restoring The “Balance”

Sheaffer is a well-know vintage fountain pen brand. There are a lot of things written and said about this brand which is rich in history and even richer in marketing tactics and rationalizations behind the release of each model. Very interesting reads can be found online. So why make another review? All that said, this… Read more »

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Parker Challenger (1934-1941)

This, A School Pen? Boy, those who live in the 1940’s must have a very refined taste. I am well beyond the student age and I would not hesitate to bring this pen to an important business meeting or in formal occasions. Parker Challenger is often overlooked by people who collect vintage pens. They are… Read more »

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  • 36311542454_954cc9ae6d_b

    Dallas Pen Show 2017: Of Pens and People

    Q: What are your favorite pens? A: The ones I can sell. Q: Hahaha… what do you collect? A: The ones I can’t sell. That was me, chatting with David Ushkow (pen-site.com) — who came from New York — at one point on Friday, with his east-coast, Nu-Yoak, matter-of-fact … charm After I re-composed myself… Read more »

  • 32745295446_3f0857083a_c

    Artus and LAMY: Old and New Brands in One Pen

    I am willing to bet that at the time of this writing, 99% of the niche sub-culture (albeit global) called Fountain Pen users and collectors have heard of, owned one (or 100) Lamy Safari fountain pen.  The LAMY brand is one of the most popular in the world.  Newcomers to fountain pens will be introduced… Read more »

  • the navy pen

    A Clone Made in Japan

    The Eversharp Skyline is a very distinctive-looking pen, even among other distinctive-looking vintage fountain pens. Once you’re familiar with its profile and features, you’ll recognize it anywhere, including within typical ebay photos. What makes the pen so recognizable? The pen has a large rounded cap with a very stylish clip that resembles a medieval warrior’s… Read more »

  • blog_featured_image

    The Road to a Nakaya Fountain Pen

    About 14-15 months ago, I started to become fascinated with fountain pens. Before, as an IT guy almost all of my life, I never paid any attention to writing instruments other than their practicality and reliability. Just like any other reasonably sane people, I just toss out a ballpoint that ran out of ink without… Read more »

  • dallas pen show 2016 tour md

    2016 Dallas Pen Show Take-aways

    Okay, now that my second Pen Show has settled down in my memory, I think I can write up something. First, let’s go through my “wish-to-do” list: 1. Shake hands with the masters: Danny Fudge, Mike Masuyama, Jim Rouse, Andreas Lambrou. And as a bonus, I get to introduce them and what they do to… Read more »

  • 20160816_150158~2~2-Edit-Edit

    San Francisco in B&W

    One week trip. It rejuvenated my love for B&W photography.

  • delta the journal

    Delta “The Journal”

    Italian fountain pens are known for their beauty and bold design. The Stipula Passaporto was my first Italian pen, now this pen follows as my second pen made in Italy. While the Stipula wins the bold design contest between the two, the Delta snags the crown for beautiful material and superb craftsmanship. This Is A… Read more »

  • italix parson

    Parson’s Essential Is Now Also Mine

    There are a few cultures in the world that I both admire and am fascinated with. One of them is the British culture. Now, before I continue, I’d like to make it clear that when I say “British culture” what I mean is the culture of the people who live in the United Kingdom as… Read more »

  • sheaffer balance

    Restoring The “Balance”

    Sheaffer is a well-know vintage fountain pen brand. There are a lot of things written and said about this brand which is rich in history and even richer in marketing tactics and rationalizations behind the release of each model. Very interesting reads can be found online. So why make another review? All that said, this… Read more »

  • parker challenger red

    Parker Challenger (1934-1941)

    This, A School Pen? Boy, those who live in the 1940’s must have a very refined taste. I am well beyond the student age and I would not hesitate to bring this pen to an important business meeting or in formal occasions. Parker Challenger is often overlooked by people who collect vintage pens. They are… Read more »