Friday, October 20, 2017

Vintage Wahl-Eversharp Skyline Review

The vintage Wahl-Eversharp was manufactured between 1941 and 1950. This particular pen has quickly become one of my favorite pens in my entire collection because of its looks and how well it writes.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Aihao 202503 and Uranus fountain pens

In recent pen mail, we got two inexpensive Chinese manufactured fountain pens, the Aihao 202503 and the Uranus (made by Duke). Both are decent writers for the small price paid for them. I have long said that collecting fountain pens does not have to be expensive if you don't want it to be.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Vintage Waterman Crusader

Today I review the vintage Waterman Crusader, second generation, circa 1948 - 1953. I got a second one and refurbished my first one. I compare the two, discuss what I had to do to get them both to optimum performance, and share some details.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Levenger True Writer, Zenzoi, & Jinhao Dragon Pen

Our recent additions to our pen family are an amethyst colored Levenger True Writer, which is a joy to write with, a relatively unknown brand called Zenzoi, which is based in Wyoming but manufactured overseas, and the Jinhao Dragon Pen. Jinhao has really improved their quality and presentation lately.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Monday, October 02, 2017

Pen Mail - 3 Russians, One US Vintage Waterman, & One new German

In today's mail, I got three Soviet Union surplus pens from the Ukraine, another Waterman Commando, and a Schneider pen (my wife's new purchase).

I have already restored the Waterman Commando since getting it today and it writes AWESOME! It was already in great condition and just needed a little polishing and a new sac. Two of the Russian pens have been smoothed out and write well. One is a problem child still and needs more work.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Matthew's September 2017 Pen Haul

A nice and generous viewer sent Matthew some new pens and notebooks this week. Matthew wanted to go over them together and share them with you.

Waterman Commando Vintage Fountain Pen size comparisons

I was asked to do a size comparison between the Waterman Commando and other fountain pens, since it is a vintage pen and no longer in production.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Waterman Commando vintage fountain pen review

Today I review the vintage Waterman Commando, manufactured in 1940. I am a fan of Waterman pens, and this particular model was on my wish list ever since I first saw them.

The Centropen 242 fountain pen review

Today I review my Centropen 242 Czechoslovakian manufactured pen. It was made in 1989 for the Bulgarian Communist Party 14th Congress that took place at the beginning of 1990.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Happiness is the resurrection of an old friend

On a whim, I dug out my very first fountain pen today and got it writing again. Joy!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Today's pen mail and a cute little arrival

I ordered an old lever filler pen hoping to be able to cannibalize parts to fix some of my other pens, but what I got was surprisingly small.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Currently inked fountain pens

Sometimes people ask about what pens I have inked.  I used to keep a lot more pens inked up than I do now.  Actually, I have some inked up that are not even on this list, but these are the ones in my rotation at the moment.  I always keep an old reliable Esterbrook desk set inked and on my work desk.  I have a few pens that are inked and need a little work, but I have not put them into my rotation list, so I did not filter for them on my spreadsheet.  As some of these run out of ink, I will probably just flush them out and put them away.  Some of these I will most likely keep inked at all times, since I am partial to them.  I will probably go to a system of having just a half dozen or so inked at any given time and have a weekly rather than a daily rotation system. 

Delta Dolcevita Federico  broad orange/black Birmingham Pens Allegheny Arsenal Gunpowder Black black
Sheaffer Snorkel fine pastel blue Waterman Serenity Blue blue
Aihao 2025 fine white De Atrementis Blackberry purple
JinHao X450 med red Birmingham Pens Fred Rogers Cardigan Red red
TWSBI 580al med clear Birmingham Pens Point Park Fountain Turquoise turquoise
Waterman Carene med blue Waterman Serenity Blue blue
Esterbrook Transitional 1551 red Pilot Iroshizuku chiku-rin geen
Visconti Van Gogh Irises med green Akkerman Nassau Blauw blue
WingSung 698 fine clear Diamine Imperial Blue blue
Pilot Vanishing Point med blue Papier Plume Peacock Blue blue
Lamy Studio med black Robert Oster Blue Water Ice blue
Lingmo Lorelei med clear J. Herbin Poussiere de Lune purple
Pelikan M150 fine green Rohrer & Klinger Verdura green
TWSBI Eco med clear/black Pilot/Namiki Blue blue
Faber-Castell Loom med blue/silver Noodler's 54th Massachusetts blue/black
Kaweco Sport med black cartridge
Conklin All American Old Glory med red/white/blue Pilot Iroshizuku asa-gao blue
Waterman CF med red Noodler's Dragon's Napalm red
Lamy Vista med clear Noodler's Bay State Blue blue
Monteverde Prima med turquoise Sheaffer Turqoise turquoise
MontBlanc 149 med black Montblanc Mystery Black black
Parker Vacumatic med gold/brown Diamine Imperial Blue blue
Parker Vector med silver Noodler's Bay State Concord Grape purple
Pilot Plumix med blue cartridge
med blue Pelikan Royal Blue blue
Levenger True Writer med foliage J. Herbin Ambre de Birmanie gold
Wortman Elite med flex burgundy/gold Robert Oster Fire and Ice blue

Monday, September 18, 2017

Wearever Vintage Fountain Pen Review

After having another bad ebay experience with vintage pens recently, it is good to have a good one. Today I talk about the Wearever lever filler pen that I got on ebay and restored to its former glory.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Kritzler Vintage Fountain Pen & the ebay blues

Today I talk about the vintage Kritzler fountain pen I got along with an unbranded pocket fountain pen I recently got. I also cover some of the caveats of collecting vintage pens and purchasing on ebay.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Wortman Elite Vintage Fountain Pen

Today I do show and tell with my Wortman Elite German manufactured fountain pen.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

New fountain pen acquisitions Sept. 7, 2017

In our pen mail today, we added five pens in the family. We got an unknown model older Danitrio, a Levenger True Writer, a Pilot Plumix, a Dikawen 898, and a Jinhao 886.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Answering the question, "What's your favorite fountain pen?"

I was asked yet again which of my fountain pens is my favorite. This is my answer.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Vintage Sheaffer Snorkel Fountain Pen Review

Today I review my "new to me" vintage, restored Sheaffer Snorkel from the 1950's.
Here are a couple of the web pages I showed in the video for your reference.

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