help me, I think I’m falling

in love too fast…

So, I went to my first pen show and I actually followed my list and did everything on it. Almost.

Right off the bat I saw a man with an amazing Conway-Stewart for sale. I asked him if he fixed them and told him about my pen. He told me that they were worth a lot of money. Not really, I argued (because, hey, I am a flipping expert right?) but it turns out that mine is worth quite a bit because of the colour. It is gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous purple. I left the pen with him to get restored.

Got my Scriptus Northern Twilight ink made especially for the show by KWZ. Got a second ink called Brown Pink by KWZ which is quite similiar to J. Herbin Moon Dust but a bit duskier.

I could not find much in the way of modern pens. The vendors were mainly selling vintage. I did see a fair number of the Parker Vacumatics like the one I wrote about with green stripes. A couple with grey. One with blue. And then, then, then, this one:


Yes, pink! Oh dear, my heart went BOOM! Boom boom boom. I am now the proud owner of a 1952 Parker Vacumatic Debutante. Made in Canada, no less and with an extra fine nib. That has completely pierced my heart. It is perfect.



I am going to my first pen show tomorrow. Not only going, volunteering. Yours truly is manning the merchandise table from 9 – 11. Not sure what that will entail (but hoping it doesn’t involve math). Yeah, I am pretty excited. So much has been going on in my teeny-tiny pen world.

  • found my vintage pen
  • got a vintage pen from my dad
  • just about finished my first full journal
  • went to the Pelikan Hubs meet
  • got my first (ha ha) Richard Binder nib
  • lost another pen
  • killed another pen
  • discovered I made a mess of a cherry wood kitchen cupboard with some ink

A ton of stuff. I have listened to enough Pen Addict to know that I should plan out my visit. Which I have been doing for months. But my focus has changed now that I have scored a couple of vintage pens (although I am not saying that if I don’t see an amazing Parker Vacumatic, I won’t be tempted). Right now, my list looks like this:

  • Get hooked up with someone who can fix my Conway Stewart
  • buy the Scriptus 2016 ink
  • get a new journal
  • buy a new pen with an Italian cursive nib

We will see what happens!


A Tale of Two Twisbis

twisbi-stubWhy am I so in love with my Mini Twisbi? I am sure that the largest part of it is the stub 1.1 nib– although that came later so that can’t be the full story. I liked it the minute I purchased it. It was a Frankenpen. I bought it at a brick and mortar store and the nib was a medium. I wanted a fine and the proprietor simply swapped out the nib unit with one from a black Mini. So, my clear Mini had a mini Classic section which is black. Didn’t dampen my love by one smidgeon. Compared to my Lamy’s, it felt like a dream pen. It was small and cute and wrote wonderfully.

The fine nib hit a sweet spot for me. Not as hairline fine as my Japanese pens but nowhere near as clunky fine as my Lamy’s. Sweet indeed.

I did not appreciate the piston filler. Mine is quite balky and difficult to use. I know I am supposed to take it apart and make it work. I think it even comes with the tools and illustrations to do it. Someday I will. My Twisbi skips from time to time. And posting it is a royal pain in the butt. You have to line the threads up properly in order to end up with the clip and nib aligned. Laborious. I never post it anymore and it turned me from a poster to a non poster. That is how much I loved this pen.

Even though, all in all, it sounds like a pen to dislike.

But I didn’t and don’t. And when I decided to try a stub nibin it, that was when the penny dropped, as did my jaw, and I was hooked. Line and sinker. All the way. Not only did my stub nib come with the clear section (rehabilitating my Frankenpen), it came with a super magical ability to make my handwriting look uber cool. For reasons unknown, I write far more consistently with this stub. It is one of the only pens I own where I can say I like the look of my cursive writing. And that makes its value beyond pricing.

It is possible to love too much. And it is possible to document how love can make you blind.

My original intentions were to buy a second mini Twisbi, itching a scratch for try a stub nib (and not fully acknowledging the scratch of an incipient addict who needs another pen). The brick and mortar proprietor talked me into just buying the stub, sagely noting it is very easy to switch out the nibs and I should check out the stub before buying another Mini. They even offered to me just a body for the stub nib if I decided I definitely wanted two. I decided to buy a different Twisbi. First mistake.

At this point, the Eco had come out and was getting rave reviews but I could not buy it. I went to the store to buy it and could not pull the trigger. The plastic finial was an absolute show stopper. I get that this pen is priced super cheap. But the mini is not that expensive. And the finial is actually gorgeous. I just could not buy the Eco. I had lusted after a green 580 aluminum. At this time they did not have all of the colours now available. There was green and orange. And I wanted that green. Sadly, though, I had just killed my orange Sailor Regulus. I felt I had to get the orange in memoriam. And I did. At a brick and mortar store. So I bought a 580 AL orange and paid a little more to get a stub nib in it.


I ignored the size (it is ginormous compared to the Mini). Got it home. Inked it up. And was shocked and appalled at the Niagara Falls of ink that gushed from it. Gushed! I could not write a legible word with it unless it was inch high lettering. I changed the ink. The stream continued. With a sinking heart I got out my Mini and compared the nibs. Well, duh! How stupid can you get? The Mini stub was significantly tinier than the 580 AL stub. No kidding. I had been so freaking in love with my Mini stub I didn’t even try the 580 stub in the store.

I had to go back and buy a fine nib for the 580 AL. And even then I should have probably opted for the extra fine. On the plus side, the fine is a medium in my mind and it is a good office pen. But I have to confess, at the end of the day I ended up with a pen in a colour I didn’t want with two nibs I don’t really like. At least I don’t have to fret about posting this monster. It is like a yardstick posted.

Falling for Vintage

A woman at work saw me using a fountain pen and said that she had some at home. Could she bring one in to show me? Heck yes! I actually recognized the darn thing. I sincerely wish my photography was up to snuff because this pen is truly beautiful. It is a Parker Vacumatic. I was able to clean up the nib a little but could not get the pen to work. It needs real love. Not sure if the woman is going to get it repaired which is such a shame. This dull photograph does not show how lovely the horizontal stripes are. I can only imagine how it looked in its prime. I did dip it and write a paragraph or two. Inked it with Iroshizuku Gentle Pine. My heart still sighs.