Monday, August 19, 2019

Colon Blow - SNL

My wife, Sharon​, and I were watching YouTube videos about our next cruise itinerary that includes Key West, FL. A couple the vlogs showed that they found a box of cereal called Colon Blow in a store there. I assume it is in tribute to this old SNL skit. Enjoy.

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

What A Democratic Socialist Convention Is Like

Sadly, whiny wusses like this actually vote.

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Esterbrook Dollar Pen Vintage Fountain Pen

I have been collecting some Esterbrook vintage fountain pens for a couple of years now. My latest addition is a pristine Dollar Pen from 1939. I will show you the Dollar Pen and show how it is compared to the J Series.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Delta Israel 50th Anniversary Commemorative Fountain Pen

I crossed another one off of my pen wishlist when I got the Delta Israel 50th Anniversary commemorative fountain pen.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Lamy Dialog 3 & Waterman C/F Vintage Fountain Pen - Pen Mail

Today I will show you my new Lamy Dialog 3 fountain pen, as well as a vintage 1950's Waterman C/F that I recently acquired. This is probably the nicest C/F in my collection.

Upcoming Giveaway

Friday, March 15, 2019

Jinhao 995 Swan Fountain Pen Review

The Chinese pen manufacturer, Jinhao, makes a number of different fountain pens. One of their latest is the 995 Swan. It is an inexpensive pen, but how does it perform for the dollar price tag?

Monday, March 04, 2019

Pen Mail - Visconti Homo Sapiens Elegance, Sheaffer Taranis, Lamy Pur

Four new pens showed up in today's mail. I received a Visconti Homo Sapiens Elegance in midi size, as well as three pens from auctions at Newton Pens has monthly pen auctions to benefit the Newton Pens Scholarship Fund. I won three pens in February, two Lamy Pur fountain pens and one Sheaffer Taranis.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Circa 1900 - 1910 Vintage Eyedropper Fountain Pen - Pen Mail

Today I got a vintage eyedropper fountain pen that is of unknown manufacturer or date. There is no branding on this pen at all except that it has a Sengbusch brand nib on it. It is possibly circa 1900 to 1910, but there is no documentation on this.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Vintage Pen Mail - A Hi-Writer and an unbranded lever filler

In pen mail today, I got two vintage additions to my collection. One is a circa 1920's or 30's third tier manufactured Hi-Writer. I have not been able to find any information on that brand in all of my searches. The other is an unbranded lever filler with a hooded nib, probably from the 1950's. It reminds me a lot of a Universal brand pen I have in its construction.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

FOLLOW UP: Esterbrook Phaeton 300r

I wanted to follow up with more information I omitted in my last video on the Esterbrook Phaeton 300r fountain pen. Also, I correct one mistake I made in the video.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Esterbrook Phaeton 300r Fountain Pen Review

Today I review the Esterbrook Phaeton 300r, the newly "reborn" release of the 1964 pen.

Monday, February 11, 2019

1930's Packard Fountain Pen & Pencil Combo

In pen mail today, I got a 1930's Packard fountain pen/pencil combination. Packard was a third tier manufacturer. I was never excited about combination pens like this, but picked one up finally out of curiosity. Side note: since the recording, I have cleaned and polished the pen a bit and it does look a little better.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Parker Duofold Senior - Vintage Pen Mail

Today I show my newly restored circa 1932 Parker Duofold Senior.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

GRAIL PEN DELIVERY! Waterman Edson Boucheron AND Newton Pens Shinobi

For a long time I have been wanting a Waterman Edson. I especially wanted one when I saw the Edson in a Boucheron edition. I finally got one. It was my very first "Grail Pen" I wanted. ALSO, the wait is finally over and I got my Newton Pens custom made Shinobi. I ordered the pen in September of 2017 and it arrived in my mail delivery just today. I unbox and show them both in today's video.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Leonardo Momento Zero Positano and Waterman Forum - Pen Mail

Today was a decent pen mail day. Several days ago I got my Leonardo Momento Zero Positano and today my Waterman Forum, Waterman Student Pen, and Pay It Forward Kickstarter reward arrived.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Pelikan Jazz Elegance Fountain Pen

Today I will share with you my experience with the new Pelikan Jazz Elegance.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Bricks and Boondoggles

My local town purchased an old building to become a new "civic center".  There are only about 6,000 residents in our town, and the majority of those people do not own their homes.  They are property renters, which means that they vote but do not directly pay property taxes to the municipality.  Our town sometimes falls prey to the idea that because something is a nice idea that we must spend taxpayer money on it.  I highly differ.
When it comes to this civic center, it was a boondoggle from the beginning.  It was an old building owned by the American Legion.  Well, the leader of that post is now on our town council.  The woman who was leading the charge to purchase the building and renovate it is also now on the town council.  At least the building was purchased by the town prior to her being elected.
The problem is that we already have a civic center building for public use.  We also have an unused Lion's Club building in town.
The idea was to get private donations to renovate the building.  The building cost the town $60,000 and the renovation to make it usable was going to be $300,000.  Private donations were never going to cover the cost.  So what do fundraising leaders do?  They look to handouts from government grants, of course.  What does an empty building in a rural town have to do with the USDA?  Why are our federal tax dollars funding a civic center in Podunk, NC?  What business is it of taxpayers in Arkansas or California to help fund a boondoggle project in Selma?  The only positive side to this is that it was not a loan, so we are not being taxed on the front end to supply the funding by the federal government and taxed locally on the back end to repay the loan.
Well, the fundraising is not quite over yet.  The town is still taking donations/purchases of bricks to fund the project further.  I have purchased a brick to pave a veterans' memorial before, and they were about one fourth the cost of what the town is asking.  But, IF the town is willing to take my $100 to engrave the brick I want to purchase with the message I want, I am willing to buy one before the upcoming deadline.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Parker 95 Fountain Pen Review

I share the Parker 95 fountain pen today. This one is a Laque Thuya. The Parker 95 was introduced in 1988 and was in production until 1994. These pens are still fairly common in the used market. I give my evaluation here.

Bulgarian Rekord 66 Vintage Fountain Pen - Pen Mail

Today I got a package from Bulgaria that contained a Rekord 66 piston filled fountain pen, circa 1961. Is this communist made vintage fountain pen worth considering?

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Vintage Waterman Safety Pen 12s

I finally got the chance to ink up my newly restored Waterman Safety Pen 12 s, circa 1905 - 1935. Stef from Grandmia Pens did an awesome restoration job on this old piece of history.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Montblanc Meisterstück 146 Fountain Pen

Today I show you the Montblanc Meisterstück 146 fountain pen. It is an elegant luxury pen that was on my wishlist for a long time.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Kaco Edge vs. Lamy 2000

The new Kaco Edge Chinese made fountain pen is being compared to the Lamy 2000. There are both similarities and differences. Is it a good substitute for the Lamy or just a cheap knock off? I compare and contrast them here.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Esterbrook Phaeton and Stipula Pasaporto Unboxing

It took the US Postal Service seven days to get this package from Goulet Pens to me once they had it in their local distribution center, but I finally got to unbox my latest pen mail order. You see it as I see it. I got a few pens for giveaway like a Lamy Safari, a Nemosine Singularity, and a Platinum Preppy marker. I also picked up a bunch of ink samples that were on sale. The main two items that I wanted to play with, however, were a modern Esterbrook Phaeton 300R and a Stipula Passaporto.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Ben Shapiro PERFECTLY Explains Why Socialism Always FAIL

BENU Briolette Fountain Pen Review

BENU is a Russian made fountain pen brand that has been gaining popularity here in the USA. Here is a review of their Briolette model.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

The Tool Pen by Monteverde

Today I show you the Monteverde Tool Pen fountain pen that my lovely bride gave me for Christmas. It has decent utility, is pretty indestructible, has some novelty, and writes well.