While I don’t think this was my first pen, the Parker 25 set certainly saw me through much of my teen school days. I’m certain at one point I had most, if not all the pens in the range, though alas at present I can not find the fibre tip or roller ball. Thus below you’ll be able to see two of my two fountain pens, plus the propelling pencil and ballpoint.Continue reading
If you’re a follower of the big pen blogs or a regular at US pen shows then it is hard to miss Yoshi Nakama’s pens sold under the 18111 brand. Each unique, made by laser engraving acrylic then filling in the pattern with gold, silver, and coloured dusts, before lacquering over and polishing. Almost a modern version of the Japanese Maki-e art. In addition the pens come with roll stops, each of which is made by making a 3-D printed template, creating a mould, then casting in brass.Continue reading
Quite possible the seminal Parker fountain pen. First produced in 1941, introducing the concept of the hooded nib and with a production run in multiple countries which lasted for just over 30 years, this must be one of the best known modern day writing implements. Too young to have received a 51 before they stopped production, I came in to possession of mine after my paternal grand father died in the late 1970s/early 1980s (think I was 10-12 at the time).Continue reading
Mid 1982 and I received a present from either relations or friends of the family. A Parker 45 Harlequin fountain pen and ball point set, complete in a brown and beige hinged box. The latter in hindsight was appropriate to a young teenager for the Flighter, as the Parker 45 was also known, looked distinctly dated compared to the modern and edgy 25s I was using at school.Continue reading
I must have been around 10 or 11, maybe slightly younger, when I bought a Platignum fountain pen with my pocket money. I don’t think it was my first and I doubt I would have been allowed to use it at school as they provided free pencils, plus dip pen shaped ballpoints to those in the final year who had passed the writing test (so everybody by the final term in theory). This calligraphy set will have come later, but I suspect I still bought it before I was 14 or 15, which in some respects was odd as I hated writing and my calligraphy (from mandatory art classes) was poor at best.Continue reading
Just a quick note before today/tomorrow’s regular post. While I know quite a few of you are looking forwards to my present views on my Parker 25, at present it (and the 45) are being used as dailies to remind me what they are like and what I think of them now. As a result the probable order will be:
- Platignum Calligraphy Set
- Parker 45
- Parker 25 (including the non fountain pens)
- Parker 51
- Parker Inflection
- Parker IM
- Lamy Al-Star
A mixture of the present lock down situation, plus posts from other bloggers has got me to thinking back about earlier pens. Thus in the near future I will start reviewing the ones I still own as a trip down my memory lane, but for today a little personal fountain pen history.Continue reading
Not sure anything else raised so much hype, confusion, divisiveness and controversy in the fountain pen world in 2020 (so far). Limited supplies, production/design problems, different perceptions on costs have already created plenty of bandwidth on the various on line forums. But is the Platinum Curidas any good? (for me the title may be a bit of a give away).
Franklin-Christoph must be one of the worst kept secrets in the fountain pen community. A small North Carolina based company who only sell on line and at US pen shows, yet try finding a fountain pen club around the world where at least a few of their members do not own one or more of their pens.