Sunday, July 6, 2014

A free Waterman and a free Sheaffer

I was given a ziplock bag full of pens from some of my relatives that were in the process of cleaning house for a move. Most of the pens were inexpensive, no-name ballpoint advertising pens but as I looked closer, I found a few gems mixed in with the lot. One is a black Sheaffer Award rollerball that's in very good shape for being tossed around. The refill still works, but not well. The Waterman is pretty scratched up and the paint is coming off in a number of spots, but still works flawlessly. What's more fun is that I have a fountain pen that almost matches it that I bought at an antiques mall a few years ago. The fountain pen is a Laureat II, but I am not sure exactly what model this ballpoint is. It looks a lot like the Laureat or the Preface, but this one has a tapered top and the others are flat. They are both advertising pens, but definitely not your run-of-the-mill Bic or Paper Mate! The Waterman says "GM Protection Plan" and the Sheaffer has various logos on it (UAW, Visteon, EDTP). Definitely a pleasant surprise! I hope everyone had a safe and great 4th of July.

-Derek (ThirdeYe)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


I have been going through and updating my blogroll. I just realized that I left a few very good blogs off of my list when I had originally thought they were on there, so that has been rectified. I also removed some that were no longer valid links. If you'd like to have your blog added, please comment below and I'll check it out and add it to my list. :)

Take care,
Derek (ThirdeYe)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A good, red ballpoint?

I've been using Bic Cristal red pens at work for a while now, but I can't help but notice how "pink" the ink looks. It doesn't really look like a dark, vivid red at all. Does anyone else know of any other good red ballpoints I can use that don't look pink? I've tried quite a few, and none have really met my expectations. I'm currently using a Uniball Onyx in red instead, which is nice and red but it doesn't work when writing sideways, which I do sometimes at work when filling out paperwork.

Derek (ThirdeYe)

Monday, January 13, 2014

Upcoming Posts

Hello fellow pen enthusiasts,

Hopefully you all had a fantastic Holiday season.

I have been wanting to update my blog more frequently, so I've been coming up with some ideas on what topics to cover in the coming months. Here are my ideas so far:

1.) Dixon Ticonderoga Black vs. Paper Mate Mirado (pencil comparison)
2.) What I use daily (at work and at home)
3.) My Sheaffer Snorkel collection
4.) My Parker "51" collection
5.) More fountain pen ink reviews.

If anyone has anything they'd like to see (within reason), let me know. Also, if you have a preference on which topic you'd like to see covered first, please post a comment and let me know. I can change the order around, no problem!

Derek (ThirdeYe)