Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Faber-Castell Loom Review

I was looking for a nice writing fountain pen for under $50 and I found it.  The Faber-Castell Loom pen is perfect.  It comes in a variety of colors, including metallic.  I picked the newest color - Purple, though the Lime was good looking too.  The box surprised me for an inexpensive pen.  Most of the time the boxes are throw away, but this one is a keeper, due to the heavy construction and clean styling of it.

The pen wrote the first time out of the box with no issues.  The Extra Fine nib is very smooth and doesn't skip at all.  I also purchased a Faber Castell converter, even though it will accept any international converter or short ink cartridge.  It may be just my opinion, but the Faber converter seems to hold more ink.

The grip was a little slippery, but still comfortable.  The shiny barrel does seem to keep fingerprints on it as well.  This is easily fixed with keeping a clean cloth around.

The pen is balanced well and is not top heavy. The cap fits in with a snap so you know it is closed and the cap also posts well.
I am very pleased with my new purchase and plan on using it for years.

- Joy
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Visconti Impressionist Van Gogh 2011 Collection.

Believe what you will about his reputation, but there is no one in the world that can say Vincent van Gogh is not one of the most influential artists the world has ever seen. Despite his complicated personal life, continuous bouts of mental illness and that dreadful ear incident everyone is familiar with, van Gogh’s artworks have become world-renowned for their rough beauty, emotional honesty and bold colors that are just as captivating as they are striking. In fact, these are the very feelings Visconti wishes to convey in their newest Van Gogh Impressionist collection. The original collection enjoyed more than ten years of success worldwide before being discontinued in 2008. Three years later, Visconti’s innovation of their original idea has turned the collection into something unusually beautiful. Instead of dedicating the series to the overall magnificence of van Gogh, each writing utensil will be inspired by not only his heritage, skill and technique, but by the emotion and personality of each individual painting. Visconti has honored each of his most famous works, from Sunflowers to Room in Arles in a collection that is sure to enthrall any art-lover – and anyone who simply appreciates finely crafted work.
The gift boxes themselves are unique treasures of ingenuity that can be appreciated all on their own. They are made of smooth, dark brown leather, and shaped like an elongated triangle with the Visconti symbol imprinted on the cover. When opened, the inside is reminiscent of a picture book. On the right is a picture of the dedicated painting and on the left, in all its majesty, is the writing utensil with a collection booklet tucked underneath.
Now it’s time for the fun part: the designs. Let us begin with Sunflowers. A still life painted in 1888, the painting utilizes a very unique range of yellows, browns and greens. The yellows, traditionally meant to be bright, are muted to more somber shades, while van Gogh manages to make the browns come alive and steal the show. The pen’s barrel and cap are commendably-crafted works of art that artfully combine Sunflowers complicated palette of colors into a surprisingly beautiful collage. (Think about it, the very thought of meshing yellow, gold, brown and green together just sounds ugly, but hey, that’s Visconti for you. They make daisies into diamonds!) The top of the cap is nondescript and simply boasts the Visconti logo on a slightly raised silver background. The pen’s ring is thick, and like every other member of the collection, has the title of the tributary painting engraved in all capital letters, as if it would ever be possible for you to forget.
The second addition to the collection is based on Room in Arles. (Don’t even think about asking me where that is. Narnia, I imagine.) This one must have been particularly difficult to design, since nearly every color in the entire spectrum had to be included. Van Gogh’s use of blue, brown, red, yellow, orange, black (And once again, I repeat, doesn’t that just sound ugly?) brings to life the smoothness of polished wood, the coolness of the blue walls, and the homey feeling of a lived-in room, a feat he accomplishes quite nicely. The colors are arranged in a swirling pattern that allows them to flow together instead of crashing and creating a jarring image.
Last but most certainly not least, is the dedication to the painting Starry Night. (Thankfully, possible color clashes with this palette are not as alarming as the others.) Browns, blacks, whites, blues and yellows, each a color of the night lay over one another with a familiarity that comes from centuries of being blended together. This one is my absolute favorite. The blues give off a cool mystique while the striking yellows and browns lend it an air of sophistication. The finished result is a pen that is the embodiment of power carefully shrouded in elegance.
From these three designs alone, this series has the class, character and craftsmanship to be a completed masterpiece, but Visconti does not stop there. Far from done, they have planned to add dedications to A Pair of Shoes, Iris, Self Portrait With Hat and others to this already impressive repertoire of designs. It will be a while before they’re released, but the original three have enough specs and appeal to keep us entertained until that day comes.
The series is available as ballpoint, rollerball and fountain pens, but the hidden treasure to look for is the eco-roller. It has the same traditional tip as a rollerball pen, but it fills by an ink cartridge. Rollerball pens have a permanent cartridge that must be thrown out, nib and all, when the ink runs out. Instead of having all of this excess, unnecessary waste, the much more economical eco-roller only requires the abandonment of a small plastic cartridge. (That, and the whole design makes everything much, much more convenient, and I’m all about convenience.)
Brilliance inspires brilliance, creativity inspires creativity and innovation inspires innovation. Vincent van Gogh, a leader in all these qualities, has been paid homage to by a much more recent master in a tribute that will forever set a new standard. Visconti has risen above their peers in terms of ingenuity and dedication and presented to the world a collection that they, and most importantly, van Gogh, can be proud of.

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Visconti Rembrandt Review

Visconti Rembrandt Fountain Pen
Visconti Rembrandt Fountain Pen
The Visconti Rembrandt has become a staple of the Italian pen maker’s line.  It is priced well, attractive and handles beautifully.  The body and cap are constructed of a variegated resin, which gives it a look reminiscent of chiaroscuro (hence the Rembrandt moniker).  This pattern of light and dark varies between each pen, meaning that any single piece will differ from the rest with its own unique look.  Visconti has taken a different approach to the Rembrandt line by utilizing a magnet inside of the cap to keep a secure hold onto the body of the pen while not in use.  This alleviates any chance of damage to the pen through cross-threading.  The cap posts onto the back of the body via friction.  The stainless steel nib resides within a metal front section which provides a nice color contrast as well as some weight to the body of the pen. There is not a dramatic step-down in size between the body of the pen and the front section, which along with the lack of threads provides for a very comfortable experience while writing.  International size cartridges are used and a converter is included.

The Rembrandt is without a doubt a smooth writer.  I do find that it balances better when the cap is posted, as the magnet in the cap adds weight to the rear.  The use of international size cartridges is a huge plus as it opens your ink selection to a wide variety of brands and colors and especially if you do not want to use the converter for any reason (travel, etc.).  The fact that the nib can be easily removed from the front section is a boon to a thorough cleaning and something which I have come to appreciate when cleaning pieces we have demoed for customers.  The size of the Rembrandt is just right – not so large as to be an encumbrance, but not so small as to lead to cramps while writing for long periods.  This is obviously a personal preference, but I have found this series to be a good fit for most.

If you’re looking for a quality piece that doesn't break the bank and yields a great writing experience, give the Visconti Rembrandt a hard look.  I think you’ll be happy with the results!

- Joe (Pen Boutique Limited, 5560 Sterrett Place, Columbia, MD 21044)

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Montblanc Jonathan Swift Writers Edition -

A good satirist is arguably one of the cleverest, funniest and most informed members of society. They
are skilled in one of the most enviable genres in the literary world, and just about every author or young
protégée with a pencil and notebook crave the wit and humor that satirists use to showcase and ridicule
the vices, abuses and follies of society with the intent to shame society into improvement. (Although
satire is usually meant to be funny, its greater purpose is constructive, social criticism that uses wit
as a weapon. Satire features strong irony, sarcasm, parody, exaggeration, comparison, analogy and
double entendres to create a humorous piece that amuses just as effortlessly as it informs. In fact, most
scholars regard it as the easiest and most insightful way to understand and judge a society and social
Greater purposes aside, satirists of the English language have enjoyed particular success and
emulation since the genre’s conception. So it is a little bit, dare I say, ironic that one of the most timeless
masters of the craft was born in a country that has had a rather complex history with the language’s
mother country.
Jonathan Swift was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1667, after the death of his father. Subsequently,
his mother moved him and his brother to England where he was predominantly cared for by his
powerful uncle who had connections with some of England’s most elite literary professionals. Despite
much of his youth being spent in England and it being the publishing birthplace of many of his works,
Swift spent most of life in the city of his birth.
His success as a writer started humbly enough. In the early 18th century he published A Tale of
a Tub and The Battle of the Books, two pieces that successfully kick started his career as a writer and
allowed him to become accepted into England’s most prestigious and influential literary circles. He soon
became lifelong friends with other legendary writers such as Alexander Pop and John Arbuthnot. They,
along with other writers, formed the core of the Martinus Scriblerus Club. (Not quite as cool as the
Illuminati, but cool enough I suppose.)
Now, I could go on and on about all of the political intrigue he was involved in with England’s
Tory Party; acts that included, but were certainly not limited to, ending the War of the Spanish
Succession, First-Fruits and Twentieths, and the drama that followed the death of Queen Anne in 1714
leading to many Tories being tried for treason, but I digress. Those are stories for another day. What I
will talk about are two pieces of work that made Jonathan Swift a classical author and one of the most
successful trailblazers of his genre.
First, there is A Modest Proposal; a cleverly versed, short story that even now, almost four
centuries after it was written, still manages to delight its audience. An audience that sadly, has been
whittled down to a High School Honors English class or two. The story is targeted towards a turn of the
century Ireland that has suffered extreme cases of famine, poverty, mass immigration and oppression.
The story suggests, in complete and utter seriousness with no sense of theatrics, that to prevent Ireland
from falling into a deeper state of depravity, adults should either sell or eat their children. In a blunt,
strikingly, unapologetic tone, Swift proceeds to give accurate statistical facts about the condition of
the Irish people, and provides truly valid reasons as to why selling children by the pound when one has
too many and eating young toddlers for their nutritional value is the key to bringing Ireland out of its
depression. Now, all of this is clearly not meant to be taken seriously, but Swift presents the argument
in such a convincing, glowing suggestion that by the story’s end you’re halfway convinced that this is
clearly the solution the Ireland’s problem. This is the true nature of satire – taking a ridiculous idea and
presenting it in a totally serious manner, or vice versa. The humor is in the contrast and the greater the
contrast, the more humorous.
Swift’s undeniably most famous work, however, has and probably always will be, Gulliver’s
Travels. A roaring success from the moment it was published, it tells the story of a man named Gulliver
who travels to various exotic lands and explores the variations of human nature and social philosophy.
(Or so I have been told. I’ve never read the book and have only seen the movie version with Jack Black,
and I am not sure how accurate it is.) Nevertheless, Gulliver’s Travels has been hailed as a study of
corruption, government ideals and racial discrimination told in a style decades, even centuries before its
time. It is a unique, artful play of contrasts in human belief systems that manages to highlight, scrutinize
and even mock human preconceptions that has become second-nature over the course of time.
A literary powerhouse with a work of art to match, Montblanc’s Writers Edition has chosen
to honor this forefather of classical satire. The Jonathan Swift Montblanc Pen’s black lacquer barrel is
decorated with multilayered inlays designed to represent the ropes that were used to bind Gulliver
when he visited Lilliput, the land of the tiny people, in his first adventure. The precious black resin cap
is shaped like Gulliver’s tricorn and bears Jonathan Swift’s signature. A platinum-plated clip depicts the
tall, beautiful staircase of the mayor of Lilliput while the delicately designed rhodium-plated 18K gold
nib boasts an elaborate engraving of the Lilliput Imperial Army. The Jonathan Swift is a limited edition
piece with restricted worldwide access. It is a gem of its generation. An impeccable, stylish dedication to
a book and a man, who managed to carve a place in the history of the English language.
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Pelikan Edelstein Fountain Pen Ink Bottle

Seven vibrant colors from Pelikan named Edelstein is now in stock here at Pen Boutique stores/warehouse to be shipped out and tried by the pen/ink lovers all around the world. The word about this ink bottles is out since mid of 2009 and stocks are depleting fast enough as there was many preorders for this ink bottle.

At the first glance it looked like we are getting about 30ml of ink in the bottle,but wait the bottle says 50ml. It looks like the ink is stuck on the ceiling of the ink bottle .The glass is an absolute beauty and the base of the glass is spread across giving it the extra curve to hold more ink.The bottle is called ‘flacon’ .Bottle is pretty heavy and the ink along with bottle weighs 9.6 ounces.The ink is Made in Germany and Pelikan calls it the Extra Soft Ink.

Now an ink like this is definitely worth trying. So I filled my Pelikan M215 Fountain Pen with one of the colors ,every color looked good,so I selected a random color JADE(sounded like a pretty nice name). The writing was pretty smooth and I felt that ink was drying at a pretty decent pace.The color of the ink was elegant soft green and the ink never skipped while writing. Need to try another color (guessing Mandarin as its close to the Rhodia note pad that I use everyday as my mouse pad)

It is definitely worth to have each color in your collection. Each bottle costs 20 dollar and there are 7 colors with a gemstone theme: Ruby, Mandarin, Aventurin, Jade, Topaz, Sapphire, and Onyx.Edelstein is the German word for ‘gemstone’ . The Edelstein collection has stirred a lot of interest among the pen lovers as it has been quite sometime that an company has released fancy ink bottle.Well,guess the wait is worth it.But only time will tell whether it has been accepted by ink lovers across the globe.Waiting for comments from users.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pilot E95 Black and Burgundy/Ivory Fountain Pen Review

Pilot E95 Burgundy/Ivory Fountain Pen
Pilot E95 Burgundy/Ivory Fountain Pen
The Pilot E95 is the latest in a long line of 14k gold nib pens.  It comes in two versions, black and burgundy/ivory, both with gold trim.  The standard Black with Gold trim is nice, but the Burgundy/Ivory really caught my eye.

It is a shorter pen, only 4.7" capped and 5.8" posted, but perfect for my hands.  The pen would probably be too small for someone with large hands. It has that vintage look from the 1960s and still is very classy and sleek.  The scripted "E" on the cap and the gold inlaid nib add to this look.  The cap is threadless so I don't have to worry about unscrewing the cap every time.  I can just pop it off, post and go.

The pen accepts the standard Namiki ink cartridges and also comes with the Con-20 converter.  I'm not a big fan of the Con-20 and so tried the Con-50 and Con-70, but both are too large to fit in this pen.

The Extra Fine is very fine and so would be perfect for those who write small and fast.  The Fine is super smooth and the Medium is a nice wet writer.  The nib can be customized into many other options, including oblique.

I used Noodler's Black ink on Lokta paper for my test run and was very pleased with it.  The Extra Fine nib did not grab at the fibers in the paper, as I thought it may.  It did not feather and was smooth and quiet while testing.

I can't wait to continue to use this pen as I feel it may become my every day writer.

- Joe (Pen Boutique Limited, 5560 Sterrett Place, Columbia, MD 21044)
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Fisher Space Cap-O-Matic Paired With Maglite Flashlight Chrome or Black Plated Ballpoint Pen

The temperature is 250 degrees Fahrenheit, its pitch dark and only thing you can see is the color created by God and hated by humans, and you are upside down in a container trying to avoid an eye contact with alien. You want to write a message in a sheet of paper and throw it to the next space vessel ,from which you got separated, that would probably save mankind. Wish you had a pen that could just write here in space !!!!

Couple of days back….
You are all packed to go for the space mission. You pass fitness test, get your new space suits (the best part about going to a space mission is that you don’t do any kind of shopping ,for rest of all long journeys shopping is a necessity) . You are in the first ever manned space mission of your life and your best friends throw a nice see-off party. You get numerous gifts that you cannot take on a space mission but you find one which doesn’t make sense. The Fisher Space Pen ..writes on everything …why on earth would you require a pen like this..well..never know..you are not on earth.You open the cover and put that pen in your pocket along with the flashlight.

Back to space mission…

Alas,you have something that will help you now. You find that little filthy oily paper stuck on the container, take out your pen from the pocket and write the command sequence to exterminate the alien .You wonder if it would write as no other pen in the world can do it. But you are in for a surprise that’s Fisher Space Pen for you. It writes on anything, everything and anytime.Now that a gift that is worth a mankind.

Fisher Space Pen known for its pressurized refill and supposedly the only pen to be successfully used in space missions has this special edition for you which is on the verge of discontinuation.
Along with Maglite , a company selling aluminum based Flashlights ,fisher space pen are selling this as a gift set for a limited period of time.

Maglite Flashlight

These unique manufacturers joint venture together in one package is a sure guarantee to function in situation in which other similar products would falter.
Fisher Space Pen writes Underwater,In freezing cold,In burning heat( I would rather refrain myself from doing all this test),at any angle and upside down.It has been selected by NASA and used by astronauts on space mission.Maglite Solitaire is constructed of Aluminum,Water Resistant ,shock resistant and focused beam.
Fisher Space Pen

The product comes with a AAA battery for the flash light, Key lead so that the flash light can be with you always,Fisher Space Pen M4C Cap-o-Matic which contains a black ink ,medium point,pressurized cartridge filled with fishers patented thixotropic ,visco-elastic ink (now this is the technology that saved our astronaut)
. It comes in two colors for your selection. Fisher Space Cap-O-Matic Paired With Maglite lashlight Shiny Black Ballpoint Pen and Fisher Space Cap-O-Matic Paired With Maglite Flashlight Chrome Plated Ballpoint Pen

Get before the alien gets hint of this technology….:)
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Lamy Logo

A Review of the Lamy Logo
By Wesley James Young

I know, you know, everybody knows; when you place the words cheap and reliable in a statement about fountain pens, Lamy is bound to make itself known. Countless backpacks and satchels have a Safari or an Al-Star tucked away somewhere waiting to leave their mark. But some are not pleased by the bulk or the pedantic shape of that triangular grip section. If you count yourself among that lot, you may wish to consider the Lamy Logo pens!

Appearance & Design

The Lamy Logo is available in two finishes; a brushed stainless steel and what is called a matte steel finish (personally I think shiny is a more accurate descriptor).  Like many of Lamy’s best products, the design is very clean and simple. A cylindrical tube with evenly spaces ridges at the point where the fingers should rest gives a nice marriage of form and function.  The simple curve of the spring loaded clip is a perfect complement to the rest of the design. 

Construction & Quality

The cap is a simple friction fit involving a metal clutch-ring gripping onto the black band above the nib. The cap securely posts to the back of this pen with crimps on the back end, holding the cap secure.  The threading on the section is metal, as is the threading in the barrel. This will likely last much longer than some other pens would.  Overall, a well made piece.

Nib & Performance

The nib is stainless steel and attaches to the plastic feed by friction.  The pen evenly when ink is drawn into it and writes smoothly until the last drop. The full range of nibs from Extra Fine to Broad are available, as well as 1.1, 1.5, and 1.9 mm Italic nibs. Notice how well the fine performs with Sailor Ultramarine in the picture below:

Lamy Logo
Lamy Logo 

Filling Mechanism

The pen can use either Lamy cartridges or the z26 converter(not included with this pen). Personally, I recommend using a converter since there is a cornucopia of inks you can use with this pen. But Lamy does have a series of moderate looking ink colors (Black, Blue, Blue-Black, Red, Turquoise, and Violet), if you prefer cartridges.


The brushed steel finish retails for $50 and the matte finish retails for $44, a little more money for a lot more style.

Final Remarks

If you want to step up from the Safari or Al-Star and the Studio is not to your taste, this is definitely something worth a second look.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Delta Horsepower Pen Review

Delta Horsepower Pen

"Have you ever wondered what it's like to go from 0 to 100 m.p.h. and back to 0 in 5 seconds? Look no further than the Horsepower from Delta! Very rarely can I simply look at a pen and get a rush of excitement. Maybe it's due to the already known high performance from Delta. Or maybe it's the stylish beauty of Italian resins and the woven carbon fiber. Either way, the Horsepower laps other pens on the paper race track with ease! Come for a test drive today and get a feel of comfort and great balance. It's wonderful balance of elegance and aggressiveness is exactly why I looked no further. "

- Julio (Pen Boutique Ltd, 7101 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda. MD 20817)
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Time to Count the Touchdowns: It’s Football Season

Surely, the energy that usually surrounds the National Football League hasn’t been the same this year. While the indefinite suspension of Baltimore Raven’s running back Ray Rice (after the video of assaulting his wife was released) is peaking the controversy-laden season, the game itself so far has been rather amusing to say the least. Headed for Week 3, the NFL season has already seen some surprising outcomes, with the Buffalo Bills unexpectedly moving forward and the New Orleans Saints still winless. Will the defending Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seattle Seahawks remain undefeated, or will a new champion surface? Who knows, what curveball will we see coming (or not) this year.

But isn’t that, what football season is all about; the unforeseen, the drama, the victory, the tears? So, keep track of where the game is headed. Keep rooting for your team and stay vigilant. Count the yards and pen the touchdowns in the game book. In any case, if you are the Super Bowl fanatic that we think you are, take the madness a notch higher with Super Bowl collectibles and memorabilia. One of the finest amidst heaps of mugs, caps and key rings is undoubtedly the Retro51 BIG Shot Tornado Popper Pigskin Limited Edition Rollerball Pen. With just 500 of these available globally, this football inspired, copper finished pen, with acid-etched barrel and printed laces the ultimate weapon you need while you watch the games; and of course, sticky barbecue pork ribs and chilled beer. Enjoy the game while it lasts. Cheers!!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cross Botanica Red Hummingbird Vine Design Century II Roller Ball CR_AT0645-3 Review

Cross Botanica Red Hummingbird Vine Design Century II Roller Ball

I find the new Cross Botanical designs to be a winner! The traditional slim body Cross formation is only enhanced by the floral patterns Henna designs. It is available in fountain pen, roller ball and ball point. The new offerings include Golden Magnolia, Purple Orchid and my favorite, Red Hummingbird Vine. The Hummingbird Vine design is an informal term used for certain climbing plants whose flowers are pollinated by hummingbirds.They are often planted in American gardens to attract these birds. The Arabic and Indian heritage Henna designs are patterned over pearlescent white lacquer, giving the pen a look of a more expensive writing instrument, such as the Cross Pen of the Year group, making it appear to be a custom design.

Custom design variations requires extra preparation and materials. They help make the pen unique and sometimes more valuable. The extra care Cross provides in crafting these pens, offer the same esthetic.

The Cross functionality is not deterred by this new decorative casing. It still performs in the tried and true way with continued solid performance. It is a performance we have come to expect.

The styling of this series provides an expressive way to show your design sensibilities by adding personal flair and the appearance of a little bling to your everyday writing activities!

- Vicki Marshall(Pen Boutique Ltd, Columbia Store)
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Parker Duofold Lapis Lazuli Ballpoint Pen

The definition for Lapis - "deep blue, semi-precious stone that has been prized since antiquity for its intense color."

Gladly, Parker has brought the Lapis rich color back in their line-up with their newest run of the classic Duofold pens. The Duofold pen was first introduced in 1921 with the deep blue color following in 1927. Other popular colors of the time has been brought back. The ivory (originally called Ivorine) and the most popular historic Big Red (more of a scarlet tanger or "Chinese" red) are now available.

I find the ballpoints in this series the most distinctive. Unlike most most ballpoint pens, the design offers a flat top with a twist style that extends and retracts easily. Providing the ease of writing and the perfectly weighted alignment, this pen promises to be well worth the investment. The gold plated fluted top and features provide a unique look that will eliminate the worry of someone mistakenly thinking the pen belongs to them. Another plus is the abundant availability of finding the ever-reliable Parker ballpoint refill. If you decide to be a little more expressive, you do have the option of purchasing a Monteverde gel refill made to fit in Parker ballpoint pens, available in a multitude of colors.

Thank you Parker for bringing back a vintage classic into present day.!

- Vicki Marshall(Pen Boutique Ltd, Columbia Store)

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Montblanc Mark Twain

This is a long pending tribute to the “Father of American Literature” (By the way did you know Mark Twain was given this title by William Faulkner, who has a writer edition dedicated to him by Mont Blanc). MontBlanc brings out writers edition pens every year and after the hit of last year with Thomas Mann , MontBlanc is ready to release Mark Twain Limited Edition.

When I knew about Writers Edition pens from MontBlanc ,the first question I asked my sister (my sister is the most knowledgeable pen person in the entire world) was “Hey I want the Mark Twain Edition”.

You should have seen the expression on my face when I heard from her that “MontBlanc doesn’t have one on Mark Twain” . I was taken aback for a minute. I asked her “Do you mean to say that MontBlanc doesn’t have a pen on Mark Twain,the first author of America?” .

She always has a fitting reply to every question on pens “MontBlanc always waits for the right moment,probably they would come out with one in 2010,Mark Twain’s centenary ” ,she said with an ease which kind of put an end to my frown.Well,turns out she was right about it. (Did she have internal sources at MontBlanc who gives her coded secret message in cipher text with 256 bit encryption DES algorithm, may be,that’s German engineering )

Montblanc Mark Twain
Mark Twain Limited Edition Pen
As I sit in my office and write this blog, I can hear our customer care executives repeatedly asking a question “When is MontBlanc Mark Twain coming in stock?” . There has been a plethora of calls since the announcement by MontBlanc on this special edition and I think we just may not meet the numbers to satisfy every customer as the production is limited to: 12,000 Fountain Pens, 15,000 Ballpoint Pens 6,000 Rollerball Pens, 3,000 sets consisting of Montblanc Mark Twain Fountain Pen, Ballpoint Pen and Mechanical Pencil.

I were you,I would call 800-263-2736 and preorder one right now.I had the privilege to walk over to customer care and tell them take an order on my behalf( that is some special privilege of working in pen retail company). I have asked for the rollerball pen. I would have personally wanted to get the fountain pen,but as I own couple of fountain pen and ballpoint pens from MontBlanc, I decided to get a rollerball this time.

Lets see what they have to offer on each pen.

The design of the writing instrument is also inspired by the river that had a lasting influence on Twain and his work: The sinuous curving lines on cap and barrel, made of deep-blue precious resin, reflect the shallow waves of the river. The top of the cap is shaped to resemble the Mississippi steamboat chimneys, whose steam is illustrated by ivory-colored precious resin.

The clip is formed by a stylized jew’s harp, a musical instrument that was popular in the Southern states in Twain’s time. Platinum-plated mountings and the ivory-colored Montblanc emblem complete the distinctive character of the writing instrument. The crowning features of this unique Limited Edition are Mark Twain signature and the number of the pen on the cap ring, and the two fathoms engraved on the rhodium-plated 18 K gold nib.

Shipment from Germany is expected this month end and I can't wait to get my hands on this much awaited ones.
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Metropolitan Museum of Art - Artistic Pens for Everyone

Unbeknownst to the rest of America, the State of New York is significantly different than New York City. In fact, as many native New Yorkers will tell you – with more than a sense of irritation – The City might as well be its own state considering how utterly different it is to the rest of the region. I speak for those who live in the state’s large, suburban neighborhoods, all nicely nestled in the rolling hills of the Catskill Mountains. Those who have multi-colored forests in their backyard with wildlife that boasts hawks large enough to snatch up medium-sized dogs, but whom you learn to admire for their exotic beauty. Those who live through warm summers with evergreen foliage and bitter winters with five-foot-high snow piles. Now, we don’t dislike our concrete jungle – we’re extremely proud of it, in fact; it’s just tough explaining to people, “No, I don’t come from the Bronx, I’m from Esperance.” (Or Poughkeepsie, or Arcadia, or Ira, or whatever other obscure Native American-named town in upstate New York you live in) Then having to explain how it might as well be Wyoming it’s so different from The City.
Yet as Miss Keys has undoubtedly let you know, there’s no place in the world that can compare. This World Center City is home to leading revolutions in economics, politics, globalization, stocks, music, theatre, and art. In fact, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) on 5th Avenue and 82nd Street, Manhattan, is one of the largest art galleries in the world. Founded in 1879, the Museum’s permanent collections feature works of art from classical antiquity, Ancient Egypt, Africa, Asia, Oceania, Byzantine and Islamic. It is also home to a myriad of collections of musical instruments, costumes, accessories, antique weapons and armor from around the world. (My favorites of course being Washington Crossing the Delaware, Hunting Knife Combined With Wheellock Pistol and William The Hippo. Will is just too cute!)
To exemplify these already immortalized pieces of artwork, The Met has put out a collection of pens that artfully embody a unique piece from the prestigious gallery. From the Tiffany Peacock Feathers Ballpoint Pen that boasts a multi-colored molten glass body to the Egyptian Hieroglyphic Fountain Pen whose obelisk-shaped is engraved with golden hieroglyphics, they are all collections of impeccable taste.
A fitting piece to start out our study of this series is the 18th Century Parisian Fountain Pen. It goes without saying that some of the world’s most beautiful and influential artwork originated in Paris, and this particular piece pays tribute to Georges-Antoine Croze. Ever since his ascension to master goldsmith in 1777, he specialized in small luxury items for an elite clientele that included members of the Royal French Court. Croze is most famous for his étuis (basically French for fancy boxI’m sorry, decorative box), which were small ornamental cases for carrying personal items such as scissors or tweezers. These superbly created cases, now on display at The Met, were made of blue enamel bordered by gold foliage in relief and serves as the inspiration for the Parisian Fountain Pen’s cap and barrel design. During the 19th century on the other side of the Channel, there was a British designer by the name of William Morris who created some of the most eye-catching wallpapers of the Victorian era. (That doesn’t sound glamorous at all, but hey, they have to put something on the walls of Buckingham Palace.) His designs were able to blur the distinction between fine and decorative arts. His more famous designs, such as Compton, manage to captivate the eye even today. The William Morris Compton Ballpoint Pen takes its inspiration from the aforementioned wallpaper that shows a masterful and peaceful profusion of flowers, leaves and fruit. Finally, there is the work of Austrian painter Gustav Klimt. He is best known for his arresting paintings and murals. As a prominent member of the Vienna Workshops, he produced a number of woven and printed textiles reminiscent of Modern Art – especially for pieces that were produced in the mid-19th century. The barrel of the Accessory Kilmt Ballpoint Pen simply pulsates with Klimt’s signature kinetic swirls and color elongations.
The Egyptian pyramids are some of the most recognizable structures in the world, and the Great Pyramid of Giza is unquestionably one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. What seems to consistently escape the world’s notice, however, is the beauty inside these structures. Across the Nile in the cemeteries of western Thebes lie ancient Egyptian tombs with unexpectedly beautiful painted ceilings. Thousands of facsimiles of these distinctively patterned ceilings have been created with over 365 of them available in The Met’s Egyptian galleries. These brilliant colors and designs enwrap the body of The Accessory Egyptian Ceiling Ballpoint Pen in a fine display of Mediterranean culture. Alternatively, The Accessory Iznik Tile Ballpoint Pen pays homage to a small town in northwestern Turkey that became a cultural center almost overnight. Thanks to an Ottoman Sultan named Süleyman the Magnificent, Iznik became one of the Middle East’s most important centers for exceptional ceramics. Their tiles were shipped the world over and prized for their unquestionable beauty and perfection. The Iznik Tile Ballpoint Pen’s barrel boasts a vibrant white background whose blues and reds connect in stunning patterns that exemplify this design’s timeless appeal. Our enlightening Middle Eastern adventure ends with the Accessory Persian Patchwork Ballpoint Pen. (Persian, mind, not Parisian. Mixing those up in Europe would cause a very…colorfully worded scene, I’m sure.) The images upon the barrel are taken from The Met’s lavishly illustrated Shahnama, or Book of Kings, an epic poem penned in the eleventh century. It tells the story of Persia’s ancient kings with 250 paintings filling its folios. Details have been taken from some of the most exquisite paintings in the Book of Kings has been imprinted upon the Persian’s barrel in a patchwork of images that embody its namesake’s noble heritage.
One can never quite grasp the full scope of world art without at least mentioning Japan – and who can mention Japanese artwork without referencing was is arguably the most famous Japanese artwork of all time? (No, it’s not Dragon Ball.) The Met is home to one of the original copies of Kanagawa oki name ura, or, Under the Wave off Kanagawa. Despite its significance in Japanese history, The Met likes more decorative pieces, and the Accessory Japanese Nature Ballpoint Pen takes its inspiration from an elegant lacquer box circa 1800. The famous Japanese technique known as maki-e was used to combine powdered gold and silver to the lacquer to give the box a delicate tone. The Nature Ballpoint Pen uses the same design style to create the image of bamboo stalks – a fitting rendition, as bamboo itself is one of the earliest known writing surfaces. (How one has the patience or materials to write and or read anything on bamboo is beyond me, but I guess they just had to make do with what they had.)
The Tiffany Pine Bough Fountain Pen will be the piece to bring us full circle on our world tour back to the land of the free. Now, while the name Tiffany evokes images of intricately designed lamps and little blue boxes with white ribbons, its founder, Louis Comfort Tiffany, was a celebrated American designer who was a master of all decorative media. His skills encompassed, but were not limited to, mosaics, hand-blown glass vases, pottery enamels and metalwork. The Pen’s striking opalescent blue glass barrel forms the backdrop for an intricate network of gilt-bronze metalwork, patterned to suggest a pine bough. This slender and striking piece is finished off with a medium-sized, German made steel nib.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is not only an American treasure, but an institution that I can safely say every New Yorker (Yes, even the ones who live in Harrietstown) is proud of to some degree. Spanning over 2,000,000 square feet (which is absurdly big for a building in New York City), The Met is one of the most visited art museums in the world, second only to the Musée du Louvre in France. (Which I think is reasonable, considering the Louvre is, well, home to the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. (In addition to the Holy Grail, for all you The Da Vinci Code fans out there) So that’s all cool I suppose, but the last time I checked, the Louvre doesn’t have an awesome Art Roof Garden that provides a breathtaking panoramic view of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. So really, who’s the true winner here?) Though it’s a bit unorthodox, there is something surprisingly appealing about a collection of pens dedicated to the various masterpieces housed in The Met. The pen, an object that traditionally seems so commonplace, is given a special type of beauty when adorned with the images from artifacts that have made their echoes in eternity. A perfect juxtaposition of immortality and ordinary is cleverly embodied within this truly remarkable collection.

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