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

By request: The Platignum No. 5 Studio fountain pen

By viewer request, I am reviewing the Platignum No. 5 Studio fountain pen.

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.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Another Pen Mail Day? Mais Oui!

I share the latest in pen mail that arrived, a Waterman student pen, a Waterman semi-hooded aerometric filler, and a Hero Chinese manufactured pen.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Troy's fountain pen nib smoothing technique

In this video, I go through the process that I use from start to finish in smoothing out a fountain pen nib. This is the most requested topic that I am asked to cover in a tutorial video. This video does NOT fully encompass issues like tine alignment (though I touch on it), making a pen write wetter or drier in its ink flow. This tutorial is totally for the purpose of demonstrating the technique that I personally use on every nib smoothing job that I perform from start to finish. It should be noted that the technique that I am using assumes that tine alignment has been checked already. It also assumes a fairly new nib that is in good shape, since that is what I am using in this video. I am using a personal pen that has been in my collection for quite a while but was not a smooth writing pen, hence the reason I chose to use it for the video. I take the pen from a scratchy writer with a few skips to be one that writes smoothly.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Monday, November 06, 2017

Monteverde Monza review and a real life comparison to the Lingmo Lorelei...

As requested by a viewer, I review the new Moneteverde Monza fountain pen and compare it to similar pens on the market like the Jinhao 992 and the Lingmo Lorelei. I compare them side by side, their features, nibs, and writing samples. I will also give you my personal recommendation in looking at all three similar pens.

OMAS, Waterman, Wearever, pen mail, and a new project announcement

I go over pen mail since the last video and tell about an upcoming project that I am working on for pen newbies.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Jinhao 159 fountain pen review

This was going to be Matthew's solo debut, but he was feeling a little shy about doing it all on his own, so together we review the Jinhao 159 fountain pen.

Friday, November 03, 2017

Waterman Lauréat fountain pen

The latest addition to the Watermen fountain pen family is the Waterman Lauréat. I will also compare the Lauréat to some of its similar slender bodied Waterman siblings. Both the Lauréat and Executive models discussed in the video are no longer in production.
Executive (c. 1976 – c. 1989)
Lauréat (c.1985 – c. 2000)
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Thursday, November 02, 2017

Pen mail, pens to arrive, and future video plans

A new package from Anderson Pens arrived with inks, pens, notebooks, and pen repair supplies. I also show a preview of the Waterman C/F addition to the collection.