Monday, March 19, 2018

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Pen Mail - Montegrappa Game of Thrones Westeros and Vintage Sheaffer Cadet

In today's pen mail, I show you my Montegrappa Game of Thrones pen, Westeros edition, and my Vintage Sheaffer Cadet.

Monday, March 05, 2018

Pen Mail - Visconti Homo Sapiens Jade, Sheaffer Taranis, Jinhao Dragon Pen

Since the last pen mail day video, I have received a Sheaffer Taranis, which has been on my hit list for a while, another Jinhao Dragon Pen, and a Visconti Homo Sapiens Jade that is on loan.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Vintage 1950's USSR Soyuz Leningrad Fountain Pen

One addition to my collection that has seen a lot of use lately is a 1950's vintage Soviet Union Soyuz fountain pen manufactured in the Leningrad factory. I share the pen and my thoughts on it.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Thornton's Novice Disposable Fountain Pens

I purchased some packs of Thornton's Novice disposable fountain pens hoping to find a nice, inexpensive pen for use, travel, and giveaway. Were they just that? Watch and find out.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Sheaffer Imperial II Deluxe Vintage Fountain Pen Review

Today I review my vintage Sheaffer Imperial II Deluxe fountain pen. I love both new and vintage fountain pens, and enjoy a good old Sheaffer.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Birmingham Pens Model A Fountain Pen Review

Today I am reviewing the new Birmingham Pens in-house turned Model A fountain pen. This is the first batch of handmade pens created by Birmingham Pens of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I was fortunate to get in on the first ten ever created for retail sale. As a repeat customer of Birmingham Pens, I wanted to check out the latest incarnation of their business. Here is the Birmingham Pens Web Site

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Latest acquisitions - Playboy, Wancher, Waterman, Italix, Birmingham

Since my last pen mail video, I have acquired a Wancher urushi maki-e, a couple of Watermans, an Italix Deacon's Doodle, a collection of Playboy Magazine branded pens, and the very first Birmingham Pens' offering of their Model A hand-turned pen.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Another pen mail day! Lamy Aion, Retro 51 Tornado, inks, etc.

Today was yet another pen mail day! From Anderson Pens, I got a new Lamy Aion, a Retro 51 Tornado, some ink samples, bottled ink, and a few other little goodies.

Monday, February 05, 2018

Pen Mail Day - Vintage Style

In today's pen mail, I got a Vintage Sheaffer Imperial II Deluxe Touchdown model and a Parker 95 in Laque Thulya finish.

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Friday, February 02, 2018

Pen Mail - Lamy Nexx, Conklin Duragraph Purple Nights, Osmiroid 65, and ...

Today was pen mail day! I show the newest arrivals, which include a Lamy Nexx, a Conklin Duragraph Purple Nights, two Jinhao demonstrator models, and Waterman C/F cartridges.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Wing Sung 3008 Fountain Pen Review

Today I review the Wing Sung 3008 fountain pen. This pen has gotten a lot of attention lately. Is the attention warranted? I will let you know what I think.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Finally back to doing a video. Recent acquisitions, recent experiences, ...

After a hiatus out of necessity because of work, vacation, and family, I finally was able to sit and record a video. I cover a few recent additions, upcoming additions, and where we are going next.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

By Request: Jinhao 15 Fountain Pen Review

By request, I review the Jinhao model # 15 fountain pen. I used a different nib than came with the pen, however. I used a fude nib (that was given to me by chrisrap52 here on YouTube) instead of the erroneously sent fine nib that came with the pen. On a side note, I tried using a different microphone and was horrified to hear its results. I won't be trying that mic again.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Latest acquisitions and shopping advice

Today I cover some of my latest acquisitions, which include several Watermans, some Esterbrooks, Thornton's disposable fountain pens, a Baoer, a Jinhao, Montblanc 221, Monteverde Indicia; I also cover pen storage, ink sample vials, and the use of and lessons learned from wish lists.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Just an update

When your 5-year-old gets on your computer

This is what happens when you are not in your office and your five-year-old knows how to open your webcam software. He has done this more than once.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Aline Kelly's Life Remembered

This is the video that the funeral home provides to the family for the remembrance service and for posterity. They take scanned photos provided to them and produce a simple video in a generic template, but it is nice to have and see. This is what played during the visitation service for Grandma Kelly.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Cross 3506 (Century) Fountain Pen Review

Today I review a somewhat vintage Cross 3506 fountain pen in lustrous chrome. For decades I have owned Cross ballpoints and was familiar with the quality of the Cross name. Cross now makes this pen under the Century model name.

Monday, December 04, 2017

PEN MAIL - Vintage Sheaffer Fineline, Waterman Jif, and Hero 91

It is another pen mail day in our household. My wife has been getting a lot of inexpensive Chinese pens from lately. The one I am showing today just happened to arrive this morning and it was still on my desk, so I am showing that one to you. I also show you the Waterman Jif I got since the last pen mail video. To top it off, I got an old Sheaffer Fineline pen that I was able to restore back to some semblance of glory and working order today.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Homemade Pen Flush for Fountain Pens

I have been asked more than once how to make homemade pen flush rather than purchasing it from an online retailer for $11 per pint. Well, here is the top secret recipe.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Matthew's latest pen mail from viewers Nov. 2017

Matthew wanted to share his latest pen acquisitions that he received from generous viewers of our YouTube channel. He was impatiently waiting for days to get his pens cleaned up, inked, and to be able to do this video together.

The YouTube channel for Grandmia Pens that we mentioned in the video is Check out Stef's channel if you have not already, subscribe, and learn from him as I have be able to do.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Jinhao 911 Fountain Pen Review

By viewer request, I am reviewing the Jinhao 911 fountain pen. It is actually a pleasant surprise, so you may want to stay tuned.

Monday, November 20, 2017

J. Herbin Clear Demonstrator Fountain Pen Review

In this video, I review the J. Herbin clear demonstrator fountain pen that I got through

A Phenomenal Pen Mail Day!

This has been a phenominal pen mail period. We have gotten some Platignum, J. Herbin, Jinhao, and Chren brand pens. Some pens were specially requested by viewers for a review. My son got pen mail from two different viewers, and a video will be forthcoming on that. And to top it off, I got four exquisite Danitrio fountain pens. I am a huge fan of older Danitrio pens and their exquisite detail and quality.