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.