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  1. Ok, since for many of us life seems to be about making lemonade, as in, dealing with the many, many lemons we are given I thought a little humorous thread about Pelikan pens might be in order. I am going to kick this off with something that started from one of those lemons mentioned earlier, namely the shrunken and cracked inner cap of a Pelikan 500NN. As I investigated it and took the cap apart I also noticed that the inner cap had separated from the shell and was quite frankly, beyond repair. I had had the pen as my desk pen for a long time, housed in the bakelite Pelikan trumpet pen holder so no real change there, it was just kept assigned to desk duties, alas, now more permanently. Then I remembered that I had parts of a broken Gimborn 150 - Pelikan’s dutch cousin, similar to the 140 - lying about I paired its rather pristine cap with the body of the 500NN. And presto, this lovely #frankenpelikan was born. Kind of reminiscent of a Pelikan 300 but with that lovely drop-shaped clip that hails from the earlier era of Pelikan pens (100, 100N & IBIS). I think they pair really well but then again, that might be just me. Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/p/Bzh6lAjhqKW/ Do you have any strange or fun frankenpelikan combinations lying about? Or something more humorous with a Pelikan pen as the centerpiece that you might want to share? I am sure those birds like to have fun. Let's get creative!
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    Pelikan Took My Wallet

    I saw this MasterCard/Masterpass commercial last night, and it made me laugh thinking of how it probably applied to many of us who own Pelikan pens. https://www.ispot.tv/ad/wtnt/mastercard-masterpass-pelican-took-my-wallet For me, Pelikan took my wallet last year when I saw the M800 Grand Place pen. https://www.google.com/search?q=pelikan+grand+place+m800&client=safari&hl=en-us&prmd=simvn&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjk7bDNy97WAhVHJiYKHXyoDOUQ_AUIEygC&biw=1024&bih=672#imgrc=cbmIiidcG8TEqM: How about you-did Pelikan take your wallet?
  3. Many years ago the great author Patrick McManus wrote a classic essay called "Gunrunning" about the trials and tribulations of gun collecting. The same advice rings true for us as well, so I have given it a fountain pen slant and present it here for your enjoyment. Fountain Pen Collecting Advice for the New Husband ----------------------------------------------------------------------- First of all, let's consider the psychology of the young wife as it pertains to her husband's fountain pens. It is important to note that the first pen the husband brings home is likely to be greeted with considerable enthusiasm by the spouse, and she may even brag about it to her friends. "Fred brought home a fountain pen the other day for writing business correspondence and learning fancy writing," she will say. "I'll let him address all of our Christmas Cards!" Of course, Fred must then explain that for practicing fancy Spencerian script he will need a fountain pen with a flex nib. "Why can't you do that with the same pen?" she says, "I really think you could if you wanted to." Fred then explains the difference in the nibs and how they write and his wife finally agrees that he probably does need another pen. Now that's the typical situation that a new husband faces. He starts off with a base of two pens, his wife granting him the benefit of the doubt that two pens are actually needed. After the second pen, the argument that he needs a new pen will be dismissed by the wife with an upward roll of the eyeballs and a big sigh. We are talking only third pen here, remember, nothing more. If you are just married, upward-rolling eyeballs and big sighs may seem like formidable obstacles, but they're really not that serious. Go buy the fountain pen and bring it home. The eyeball-rolling and big sighs will let up after a few days. Now comes the biggie -- the Fourth Pen!! With the mere mention of the need for a fourth pen, the wife skips right over the eyeball-rolling and big sighs and goes directly to a recital of your deficiencies of character, weird masculine quirks, and all sins committed to date. She will bring up such matters as saving for the baby's college education, the fact that she is still wearing the same clothes that her parents bought her in High School, the threatening note from the Electric Company, etc. "And you want another pen???" she will finish, the sarcasm flickering around the room like sheet lightning. The fourth pen is the tough one, and in the face of this spousal assault, there is always the temptation to sneak the fourth pen. That's a mistake. Your wife's knowing that you purchased a fourth pen is essential to further development of your fountain pen collection. Here's why. After you bring the pen home and show it to your wife, she will shake her head and say, "I don't know why you need all those pens." Note that she doesn't say "four pens" but rather the vague and general "all those pens." Henceforth, she will think of your fountain pen collection not in terms of specific numbers but as a single collective entity -- all! To thoroughly grasp this important concept, suppose your wife is dusting the pen case. "Him and all those pens," she might say to herself, possibly with a very tiny tolerant smile. What she fails to notice is that there are now five pens in the case! Once the psychological barrier of the fourth pen is crossed, the pen collection can be expanded indefinitely without the wife's noticing, provided the husband uses some common sense and doesn't add too many pens at once. Eight or nine pens a year is about right, spaced at decent intervals. There is one pitfall in this strategy -- the pen case itself. Although the wife will never bother to count the pens, she will notice that there are three empty spaces in the case. Therefore, you must make sure that there are three empty slots in your case, even as your collection expands from four to sixty pens. If you plan on enlarging your collection, buy a pen case that can be expanded by adding new sections, so that there are always three or more empty slots. It works. My wife of thirty years told me the other day that she must be slowing down with age. "When we were first married," she said, "I could dust that pen case of yours in ten seconds and now it takes me nearly half an hour." But how do you get all those pens into the house without your wife's knowing, you ask? Actually, it is all right if every few years you simply walk right into the house and say "Look, dear, I bought a new fountain pen." "Neato," she will say. "I'm ecstatic. Now tell me, what did you want to buy another pen for when you already have all those pens? I bet you haven't even written with most of them in the past five years." Written with them? Yes, a wife will actually say that. She will not be able to understand that you needed the pen because you needed it. She will not understand that you need the pens to just be there, to be your pens, to be looked at and fondled from time to time. She will not be able to fathom why you need the pens even though you don't need to write with them. Tell her that a fountain pen collection is like a wilderness. Even though we don't use all of it all the time, we need to know it's there. Probably won't do any good to tell her that, but it's worth a try. Stating the simple truth often works in explaining an occasional pen purchase to your wife. But why take unnecessary risks? Go with your best lie and get the pen stashed in your expandable pen case as quickly as possible. Oddly enough, there are a few really good lies for explaining the purchase of a new pen. There's the classic "A Fantastic Bargain," of course, in which you tell your wife that the pen you just paid $300 for was on sale for $7.50. If her eyebrows shoot up in disbelief, you maintain that three men in white coats showed up at the pen store and led the manager away before he could slash the prices on the rest of the pens. The "Play on Her Sympathy Ploy" works well on young, inexperienced wives. It goes something like this: Rush into the house wiping tears of joy from your cheeks. Then cry out, "Look Martha, look! A man at the cigar store sold me this pen. It's identical to the one my grandfather gave me on his deathbed. Gramps said to me, 'Boy, I'm givin' you the ol' Waterman here, because every time you write with it you will remember all of the good times we had together.' Oh, how I hated to sell that pen to pay for Momma's operation! But now I got one just like it! Or maybe it's even the same pen! Do you think it might actually be the same pen, Martha?" Warning! Don't ever try the Sympathy Ploy on a wife you've been married to for longer than five years, unless you want to see a woman laugh herself sick. It's a disgusting spectacle, I can tell you. The "Fantastic Investment" lie will work on occasion, provided you lay the groundwork carefully in advance. "That ol' Harvey Schmartz is a shrewd one," you say. "He bought a Mandarin Yellow Parker Duofold for $500 as an investment. Three weeks later he sold it for eighty-seven thousand dollars! Boy, I wish I could lay my hands on a 1927 Mandarin Yellow Sr. Duofold. We'd sell it when I retire and buy us a condo in Aspen and tour Europe with the change". After you've used up all your best lies, you are left with only one option. You must finally screw up your courage, square your jaw, and make up your mind that you are going to do what you probably should have done all along -- sneak the new pens into the house. Here are some proven techniques for stealth pen collecting: The Surprise Party -- You arrive home and tell your wife that you have to go to a surprise birthday party for one of your business partners and you picked up a little gift for him on the way home. "Oh how cute!" she will exclaim, "he likes fountain pens too!" The Artwork -- You fashion a clever sculpture out of a Triumph Sheaffer Snorkel and some empty vintage ink bottles. "Look Sweetheart", you say to your spouse. I made a little planter for our living room! She gags. "Not for my living room," she growls. "Take it to your den and don't ever let me see that monstrosity again!" A variation on this ploy is to tie a picture wire to the new pen and call it a wall hanging. The Loan -- A friend shows up at your door and hands you your new pen. "Thanks for loaning me one of your fountain pens." he says. "It worked great for my son's art project". Make sure your accomplice can be trusted though. I tried "The Loan" with Retch Sweeny one time and he didn't show up with the pen for three weeks, and that was only after I threatened to hire a hit man. Spare Parts -- Disassemble the pen and carry it home in a paper bag. Mention casually to the Mrs. that you picked up some odds and ends at a garage sale down the street. Works like a charm! By the way, does anyone know where the little spring clip gizmo goes in a Vanishing Point?

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