Friday, August 18, 2017

Recent out takes from Troy and Matthew video sessions

I am just sharing some recent out takes from our videos. Enjoy.

Hero 901 Fountain Pen Review

Today I review the Hero model 901 fountain pen. It is a beautiful, inexpensive Chinese made fountain pen. Is it worth the few dollars to buy one? I'll tell you what I think.

IT'S GIVEAWAY TIME! Matthew and Troy present our giveaway video.

We reached our first milestone of 250 subscribers to our YouTube channel and now it is time for the giveaway that we promised. In our giveaway prize box will be:
- A Knox Galileo Cherry Red fountain pen
- A bottle of Birmingham Pens Fred Rogers Cardigan Red ink
- Two Claire Fontaine notebooks
- One leather pen slip
The entry period will last through midnight on August 25, 2017. One winner will be selected at random from all that enter. To enter, simply comment below that you are in for the giveaway and maybe even some commentary on anything we have presented, that you want us to present, etc. Any negative, hateful, or spamming comments will be deleted and left out from consideration. We will contact the winner via YouTube. If we don't get a response from the winner with the needed shipping information within three days, we will move on to the next person who will potentially be the new winner.
Thank you everyone for getting us off to a solid start and getting us here after only a couple of months of doing this. When we reach 1000 subscribers, we will have a nicer, bigger giveaway.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Conklin All American Old Glory Fountain Pen

Today I review the Conklin All American Old Glory fountain pen. I had bid in auctions for these over the months this year but been unsuccessful in getting a bargain on one until now. I also reveal what our subscriber giveaway will include.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Something to look out for when buying fountain pens on ebay

Today we ran across something when my wife's ebay order arrived for what was advertised as a "Pilot Animal" fountain pen. It is actually a Metropolitan, even though the ebay description said nothing about it.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Jinhao Fountain Pen Collection Review and Advice with Matthew

Today my son, Matthew, and I introduce various Jinhao fountain pens for those who are starting to collect pens, want to expand their inexpensive pens, want something inexpensive on which to practice, or want ideas for pens to give to introduce others to the fountain pen collecting hobby.
In the video we mentioned Larry's Fountain Pens channel at
and a previous Jinhao giveaway video at

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

My MontBlanc Meisterstück 149 fountain pen experience and review

Over the weekend I purchased a MontBlanc Meisterstück 149 fountain pen. This is the story behind my experience with the purchase, the problem, and the resolution as well as my impressions of the pen.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Monteverde Giant Sequoia review

I review my Monteverde Giant Sequoia fountain pen that I recently acquired.

Parker Vacuumatic Writing Sample

I was asked to give a writing sample for my newly acquired Parker Vaccumatic fountain pen, so here it is.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

DC Pen Show 2017 haul

In this video, my eight-year-old son Matthew and I cover our pen show haul from the DC Pen Show 2017 this weekend. We got pens of all price ranges and quality, inks, notepads, samples, supplies, etc. We cover the Pay It Forward program for children and what they are now doing at pen shows for kids. Matthew ended up with six pens of his own added to his collection and I bought three.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Vintage Wearever Fountain Pens

I got another vintage Wearever fountain pen in today's mail. Here are the challenges I had with it and my assessment of that brand of pens considering my experiences thus far.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The 250 Subscriber Giveaway

My YouTube subscriber count has been growing a lot lately, and I am very thankful for that. Once I hit the milestone of 250 subscribers, I will have a giveaway that will be open to my subscribers. #thankful

Two Monteverdes, Conklin Nighthawk, Platinum 3776, Wing Sung 590

Today's mail brought five new pens.
Monteverde Prima
Monteverde Mountains of the World - Mount Denali edition
Conklin Nighthawk
Platinum 3776
Wing Sung 590

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A few more lessons learned and experiences in fountain pen restoration

I got an old Waterman pen with the goal of learning more on how to restore and polish one up nicely. This is my experience thus far with it. There are very knowledgeable people who do a much better job than I and who are professionals for a reason. I learned that I cannot just follow their video guidelines and expect the same results they show in their videos.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

An 8-year-old's latest pen haul

Today, my son Matthew wanted to go over his new pen acquisitions that he got from a generous fountain pen aficionado, Larry. Larry's YouTube channel link is

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Pilot Decimo Vanishing Point, TWSBI Diamond 580AL, and Delta Dolcevita

I go over the recent additions to the pen family that include a Pilot Decimo Vanishing Point, a TWSBI Diamond 580AL, a Delta Dolcevita, a replacement Aihao, a Lamy Vista, and another Esterbrook. I compare the TWSBI 580 with the Eco.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Does a Visconti Really Cost like a Mont Blanc and Write Like a Noodlers ...

I have heard several times the criticism of quality control with Visconti products and the saying that "Visconti costs like a Mont Blanc but writes like a Noodler's Ahab". Is that really the case? Is the value there for the more expensive Visconti line?

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

4 Watermans and a Lamy ABC School Pen

It was a great mail day for us. Today we received four Waterman pens, three of which are vintage. I also got my son's birthday present in the mail of his Lamy ABC School Pen. What were some of the challenges? How does this fit perfectly with my previous video? Watch and find out.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Tips for collecting vintage fountain pens for newbies

I collect both new and vintage fountain pens. I wanted to share my experiences and lessons learned in collecting vintage/antique fountain pens so far. I am by no means an expert, but I have learned a few things along the way.

Monday, July 10, 2017

My son's birthday pen haul and my recent arrivals

My son just had his 8th birthday party yesterday and his gifts focused on his fountain pen hobby. In this video we cover or mention the following pens: Lamy Studio Pilot Metropolitan Parker Vector Waterman's Crusader Esterbrook Charles Schulz Limited Edition Jinhao 992 Fountain Pen Revolution Guru Lamy ABC Student Pen Baoer 508 Esterbrook LJ

Friday, July 07, 2017

A few Esterbrook problems and upcoming acquisitions

I share a few problems I have been having with Esterbrook vintage fountain pens lately and share what will be added to my collection soon.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Pocket Pens, Kaweco, Fountain Pen Revolution, and Waterman Hemisphere

Today I cover my recent additions to my pen family, a Kaweco Sport and how it compares to other pocket pens I have from Ohto, two demonstrator pens from Fountain Pen Revolution, a Jinhao 1200, and a Waterman Hemisphere. I also compare the Waterman Hemisphere to the Waterman Executive and the Waterman Carène.

Here are the links I promised in the video.

Fountain Pen Revolution:

Podcast about Alexander Hamilton:

Friday, June 30, 2017

Why I take my own advice and a few more pens arrived today

I cover a few new arrivals to my collection today and I explain why I gave the newbie advice that I did in my last video. I take my own advice on some things and it pays off. I also show three different ink colors from Birmingham Pens that I have used so far.

The link I put in my video is

Thursday, June 29, 2017

More tips for fountain pen newbies and recent acquisitions

I had more tips for newbies to the fountain pen hobby that I never got to discuss but cover some in this video. Also, more great pens arrived in the mail recently, so I cover those.