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Breaking Down a Parker Vacumatic Filler Unit

One of the giants of American pen manufacturing, Parker, produced millions of pens using the vacumatic filling system. It proved to be reliable, provided for a huge amount of ink storage, but also intimidates many collectors. We hope that this complete tear-down will remove much of the mystique from this venerable but reliable piece of […]

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The Fountain Pen Convert: A Cautionary Tale

Messy stainsfingers Leaky scratchy Bleeds-through-the-paper Old-fashioned To me, that was the fountain pen. Dip pens were worse. When I was a teenager, I was into calligraphy, and had a beautiful old dip pen with many nibs. Although I did enjoy using it, I found it frustrating because of the lack of quality paper. It was […]

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Review: The Marbled Paper of Robert Wu

We have a serious weakness for arts and crafts. The kind of high-quality, useful things you just can’t find in regular stores anymore. So, we made a pilgrimage to the One of a Kind arts and crafts show in Toronto this past November, with a special eye out for our specialty: reading and writing paraphenalia. […]

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The Toronto International Pen Show

We are happy to be attending the Toronto International Pen Show this year, for the first time. The show runs from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday October 23, 2010, at the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites. We have booked an eight foot table, and will easily fill it. Amongst our inventory will be […]

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Tools: an Introduction

Ah, tools! A tool is a thing which can do what your hands can’t: spin at 8000 rpm, slam bits of metal with great force, reach down a wee hole to pluck a delicate part out. There are even tools (my favourite) for making more tools! And we love them. They can be clean or […]

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Waterman’s “Ideal” Fountain Pen Ephemera

Ephemera—the various pieces of paper that are a part of everyday life—are, by definition, disposable. In many cases (thinking of my shopping lists), that is no great loss. However, there are times when it would be more than just idle curiosity to see what is on those old papers. Being the sharing types, when we […]

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