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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Bic Atlantis Giveaway

I apologize for the lack of posts as of late. I've been meaning to post a review of a vintage Waterman's #5, but haven't had time. I'll try to get that up ASAP.

In the meantime, I was on Facebook this morning for a moment and saw an advertisement for entering to win a Bic Atlantis pen. I entered their little Facebook drawing and ended up winning one! :)

If you want to try to enter to win one, the link is here: http://www.facebook.com/bicpenpals

I have no affiliation with Bic what-so-ever, I just like freebies and thought I'd share the "wealth".

Stay cool everyone, and enjoy the rest of the Olympics. Go USA!

Derek

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sheaffer Connaisseur Review/First Impressions

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Close-up of the 18k nib. I apologize for the blurriness -- my macro wouldn't cooperate.

From top to bottom: Sheaffer Valor, Sheaffer Connaisseur, Lamy Safari, Parker "51", Pelikan M200



When I get a chance, I'll be posting pictures of my pen pilgrimage to Janesville, WI and Fort Madison, IA.

Edit: I just noticed that Sheaffer spelled "Connoisseur" as "Connaisseur", but my original written review still reveals the "incorrect" spelling.

-Derek (ThirdeYe)

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Vacation -- What pens to bring?

Next week I will be going on vacation and I'm having a difficult time picking out what pens to bring with me on the voyage.

I'll be going to the Sheaffer Pen Museum in Fort Madison, IA, as well as the southern Wisconsin area (including Janesville, where I plan to drive by the famous Arrow Park), so I'm naturally planning to bring Parkers and Sheaffers with me on the trip. Also on the agenda are plans to visit antiques stores in the areas I am visiting. Maybe I'll find a good pen or two.

In my pocket, I plan to use either my Parker "51" Special with 1940s Parker Quink Washable Blue, or my Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman with 1950s Sheaffer Skrip Peacock Blue (depending on which state I'm in!). I will be keeping those company with a Parker Jotter ballpoint or a Sheaffer Sentinel ballpoint (again, state dependent).

For permanent writing in my journal while on vacation, I am bringing 3 pens: my 1940s Sheaffer Tuckaway with Noodler's Bad Belted Kingfisher, my 1970s Sheaffer 444x with Noodler's Black, and my 1970s Sheaffer 330 with Noodler's Blue-Black.

Picking out the "permanent" pens was the toughest task for me. My Tuckaway starts hard if I don't use it everyday, so I wanted to have a back-up with me in case it failed to perform. I couldn't choose between the 330 and the 444x, so I just decided on bringing both.

This is subject to change, of course! :) I'm tempted to bring a Parker in place of one of the two 1970s Sheaffers... or maybe I won't bring the unreliable Tuckaway with me, even though it should be a great travel pen (in theory). Perhaps another Parker "51" or a Parker 45? Decisions, decisions... :)

Have a great week,

Derek (ThirdeYe)


Edit: I decided not to bring the unruly Tuckaway and I'm going to be bringing one of my Parker 45s instead. Now I have a nice, comfortable mix of Parkers and Sheaffers for my pilgrimage ;)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Parker "51" Special -- Diamine Syrah

Here is a short review of my "new" Parker "51" Special in Burgundy, with Diamine Syrah ink. The paper used was Staples Sustainable Earth.

Enjoy! :)

Left to right:
1944 Parker "51" Vacumatic in Dove Gray
1950s Parker "51" Special in Burgundy (reviewed)
1942 Parker "51" Vacumatic in Cordovan Brown
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-Derek (ThirdeYe)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sheaffer Valor Fountain Pen Review -- Fine Nib, Blue/Rhodium Trim

Here is a small review of one of my favorite fountain pens, a Sheaffer Valor with a fine nib that I received for Christmas. I can't seem to put it down, so I thought I'd review it.

Please note that the Skrip Blue looks nothing like it does in the scan. It's much lighter and brighter than it appears. I also apologize that my camera isn't the greatest, but hopefully one can get the gist of the look of the pen from these pictures.








Normal lighting, no flash.


With flash, to bring out the blue shimmer detail of the amazing looking acrylic.



Questions/Comments Welcome!

To purchase the Sheaffer Valor from Amazon: Click Here

-Derek (ThirdeYe)