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#3811 View from the Loft

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Posted 09 August 2014 - 18:27

Hope the wait hasn't been too long?

 

 

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Sorry, my photography "skills" aren't anywhere near the same league as Neal's.

 

And if you can cope with my scribble, the review can be found at:

 

http://www.fountainp...verlay-capband/

 

 

Can you tell that I like it  :puddle:



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Posted 09 August 2014 - 18:28

Truffle, hope your day at Portobello continued as it seems to have started.



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Posted 09 August 2014 - 19:04

Hope the wait hasn't been too long?
 
 
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Sorry, my photography "skills" aren't anywhere near the same league as Neal's.
 
And if you can cope with my scribble, the review can be found at:
 
http://www.fountainp...verlay-capband/
 
 
Can you tell that I like it  :puddle:


Looks wonderful - thanks for sharing :thumbup:

The CS italic nibs are in my experience with IF and IM sizes, excellent. Enjoy your IB!

#3814 Truffle Finder

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 07:03

Hi there, 'View from the loft!' I must apologise! That was the second time that we have met, and it was the second time that I did not realise that you are View from the Loft!

I suppose it is an understandable mistake, after all, you don not have it written on a badge anywhere about your person!

Anyway, I'm pleased that you are happy with the pen, and yes, it turned out to be just as busy a day at Portobello, as it had started. Several Americans came along, and tried various vintage pens [and bought ones that they fancied!] and at times there were people waiting for the previous customer to finish, before they could see me!

Time flew by, and by the time my friend Tim turned up, I realised that I was actually quite tired! [I must be getting old!]

I was offered quite a few pens to buy during the day, nothing extraordinary, but basically 'good stock-fill' so I was very happy with the pens that I bought.

All in all, it was a good day. :)  :D 

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 12:19

Dear Truffle,

There are so many people that participate in this thread that you can't be expected to remember who we all are in real life or on here.

The pen is superb, and has had a good workout (three convertor fills through it already :) ), however, it has wiped out my budget for the London show (ah well, I'll just stock up on ink there and save on post costs).

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 14:07

Of course, having such a 'hunocorously' broad italic nib in the pen, that you have, it is hardly surprising that you have gone through 3 convertor-fills of ink in such a short period of time! My everyday user-pen is a Sheaffer, with an equally broad italic nib and I'm forever filling it up!

I'm pleased that you are enjoying the pen so much.

Truffle Finder. :)  :excl:  


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Posted 13 August 2014 - 10:40

OK, so has anybody just come back from the Washington Pen Show, with lots of photographs then????

It might be nice to see how the Onoto/Conway Stewart fraternity did there!

How about it then?

Truffle Finder. :)  :D  :excl:


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Posted 13 August 2014 - 19:00

OK, so has anybody just come back from the Washington Pen Show, with lots of photographs then????

It might be nice to see how the Onoto/Conway Stewart fraternity did there!

How about it then?

Truffle Finder. :)  :D  :excl:

 

There was a good photo spread on another pen forum, and I'm pretty sure I saw pics of the Marilyn pen there. If FPN people don't step up with photos, I'll post a link to that one...


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Posted 13 August 2014 - 23:37

Well sad to say that the Arkansas contingent was too covered in people trying to get to the Akkerman ink to get around the floor to snap many pics.  :(

But here are some that may have meaning for you dear Truffle.  Alastair Adams (Onoto/Conway Stewart) represented the Britons in Johnny English style,

which was quite well received, seeing as how many of the male vendors coveted his Union Jack vest...he had several requests to buy it off his back.

You can fuzzily see Marilyn posted in the corner here....That's as close as I could get without disturbing business.... :wacko:

 

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These two send their hellos....

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This one sends his greetings and will see you in October at the London show....

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And this was pretty much the state of affairs when away from the show floor....

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You should have been there, Truffle....I think you'd have done quite well....The weather was splendid and so were the bank accounts of those in attendance. ;)

And there were enough Brits to keep you company should you have been homesick.... B)  

It was a wonderful show. :happy:

 

Now I'm off to troll other forums to see if any more show pics have turned up....


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Posted 14 August 2014 - 00:16

Here's an FPN post I thought might be of interest, regarding the new CS 100 with Simpole cap band....Have you seen this already Truffle?

Conway Stewart 100 Going Back Into Production


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#3821 Truffle Finder

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 10:34

I had reason to visit the new Conway Stewart Web-site just recently, and the first thing that struck me was the fantastic photography!

The layout has been changed completely, and as a consequence everything is much easier to find, as opposed to the 'maize' of things on the 'old style' of layout! :huh:

Yesterday's Portobello stint was surprisingly brisk for this time of year, and it was made slightly more complicated by virtue of an old friend of mine from about 45 years ago turned up completely out of the blue, to say hello after all those years! In those days, we all knew him as 'Spence', [I've no idea why except that it might have been taken from the Spencer Davis group from the 60's!] So, in between customers, we chewed the fat about old times, and old friends, and what became of everybody that we had known from that long ago. It was quite fascinating, and I sincerely hope that we will meet up again, when he is over here again, [he now lives in Venice Beach in California!]

 

I'm planning not to be too busy today, it must be all that talking yesterday, but I'm feeling a bit tired today! Maybe I'm just getting old! :unsure:

Truffle Finder. :)  :D  :excl:


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Posted 21 August 2014 - 08:50

I had the pleasure of going out for lunch with Steven Hull on Monday, it's always nice to see him, and it was particularly good to see him this week, because the last time we had met was at the last London Pen Show, but then only briefly, as we were both pretty busy 'doing deals', and catching up with people who we don't necessarily see that often.

As he is the recognised 'Guru' of all things Conway Stewart, [and Swan, and Onoto, historically speaking!] most of our conversation was about the linking up of Onoto and Conway Stewart. He is quite familiar with Alistair Adams, and we both agreed that the link up between the two companies makes total logistical sense. All changes and improvements will obviously have to be delivered sensitively, but hopefully the two companies can compliment each other, in the future. Although we both stand on the side-lines of this marriage, we both hope that everything should benefit both parties.

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 08:51

Yesterday morning, I was up fairly early to go to a fairly large Antiques and Collectables Fair in Essex. It is usually rather fruitless [as far as finding Vintage Fountain Pens goes] unless the weather is good, in which case, there are usually some outside stalls, and the possibilities of finding pens are a lot better! As luck would have it, the weather was quite good yesterday, so I donned my 'I buy old fountain pens' badge, and arrived early enough to see the outside stall-holders setting up.

Inside and out, I scanned the whole fair, and came away with 7 vintage pens, most of which were fairly mundane, but there was one red marbled Parker Vacumatic, in very good condition, so that was my gratification for making the effort to get up so early on a Sunday morning in the search for my 'quarry'.

Today, I had looked through the 'Fairs and Markets Diary', to see if there were any fairs on in the area, apparently there was going to be one in a local village hall, but having made the effort once again, to get up early, my enthusiasm was shattered when I arrived there at just before 8.00am, to find the place deserted! Still, you can't get them all I suppose! :(

Hey Ho!!!

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 21:22

WOW!  :yikes:

Those are some absolutely gorgeous pens. I'd love to have a custom commission done by him someday. 


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Posted 28 August 2014 - 07:36

Many thanks for your very kind words 'curtisjjr', I would be delighted to do a commissioned pen overlay for you, just let me know!!!

In the meantime, I'm up to my neck in Conway Stewart overlays!

.............and customer's pen repairs!

.....and the weekly 'big shop' at the supermarket!

There's really no peace for the wicked!!!

Truffle Finder. :)  :excl:  


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Posted 31 August 2014 - 08:15

The month of August is normally the quiet time of the year [business-wise] up at Portobello Market, primarily because people are on their holidays at that time, and Antique  collecting is not high on their list of purchasing priorities!

So, it was with amazement that yesterday's sojourn at Portobello turned out to be the fourth 'good day' in a row...................in August!

A lady had contacted me during the week, to enquire as to whether I was going to be there at Portobello yesterday, as she was interested in buying a silver Snake Patterned Pen. Needless to say, that I was fairly confident that it was going to be a 'good day'! Anyway, she arrived, and we talked about the pens, and she did decide to go for the Silver Snake Pen, so while we were finalising the deal, another lady-collector [from Israel] arrived at my booth, to look at Vintage Parker Pens, so, I left her with an appropriate folder of pens to look at, while we popped along the road to sort out the earlier transaction by credit card! [Needless to say, that I trust the Israeli lady implicitly!] The credit card arrangements didn't take very long to sort out, and when I returned to my stand, there were two people there, discussing the pens that were on display.

Anyway, the long and short of it was that the Israeli Lady bought two vintage Parker Pens, and the rest of the day was taken up with a fairly steady stream of people who had come to drop off, or pick up their 'pen repairs'! [and , I was offered some fairly nice vintage pens to buy!

A very good day!!!

Truffle Finder. :)  :D  :wacko:  


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Posted 31 August 2014 - 14:46

Let's hear it for good days.  :bunny01:  :bunny01:  :bunny01:



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Posted Today, 00:11

I'd say the "charmed life" continues....May it live long and prosper!  ;)


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