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  1. Two Pelikan Fritz Schimpf Italic Grind Nibs & Seven Inks In the first days of June, 2019 I finalized a third order of paper, inks and fountain pens from Fritz Schimpf in Tübingen, Germany. The first two shipments were of such outstanding quality that it seemed best to brighten my writing desk with more high quality goods. The order consisted of two pads of the superlative Fritz Schimpf A5 writing paper, as it’s become my paper of choice for most writing. Seven more L’Artisan Pastellier Callifolio inks were ordered, including one “Mystery” ink, as I requested Fritz Schimpf to surprise me with an ink of their choice in addition to half a dozen others which I’d specified. The smaller M205 sized Pelikan fountain pens are ideal for my sketching, note-taking and writing needs, despite my 191 cm height and fairly large hands with long fingers. There are large fountain pens aplenty on my writing desk, therefore smaller models are both needed and welcome. Decades of using diminutive research tools have adapted my hands to using smaller precision instruments. Accordingly, the Pelikan Classic M215 Rings model appealed to me as I liked the blue ink window, the small size and the understated design. After learning that a BB nib was available, it was an easy decision to place the order. As with prior orders I requested a Fritz Schimpf Italic Grind, as that custom refinement results in a stellar writing tool. There were no smaller models available with a Pelikan IB nib, although several larger Pelikans offered that size. I’ve consciously avoided larger Pelikans, as my writing desk is amply supplied with large fountain pens. Hence the M800 and M1000 models had no special appeal for me. However, before concluding the order, it became clear that an IB nib was available for the Pelikan Souverän M800 Special Edition Stone Garden fountain pen. Several months before, Fritz Schimpf had supplied me with a Pelikan Souverän M400 Special Edition Tortoiseshell Brown IB with a Fritz Schimpf Italic Grind. It was such an outstanding writer that I was eager to add another such customized Pelikan IB nib to my writing desk. Despite considerable hesitation about the pen size, the Pelikan Souverän M800 Special Edition Stone Garden with an IB Italic Grind Nib was added to the order. I have utmost confidence in Fritz Schimpf’s service, integrity and discretion. There have been a number of factors complicating shipments to me, all of which were handled with patience and grace. Their sensitivity to my local situation, as well as the attention given to my writing interests, has intensified my confidence in their service and product lines. A number of awkward realities delayed the arrival of the shipment, none of which had any connection to Fritz Schimpf. After more than four months, when the package reached my hands, I felt a mixture of relief and joy. Everything arrived as specified, in perfect condition, thanks to the careful wrapping. A personal note was included which was particularly meaningful. The inks and paper are exactly what I’d hoped for, with a quality which brings considerable pleasure in sketching or writing. The M800 Stone Garden pen was larger than anticipated, but fully comfortable in my hands. The IB nib with the Fritz Schimpf Italic Grind is a dazzling writer which exceeds my expectations. The M215 Rings BB nib Italic Grind included a wonderful surprise. The left side of the nib is engraved with “FS Italic”, which adds to its value to me. I’m stunned at how crisply the BB nib writes — lovely! Following are images of the shipment, the goods, and handwriting samples from both Pelikan fountain pens. There are also images and a handwriting sample from the L’Artisan Pastellier Callifolio ink listed as “Mystery” on the invoice. Fritz Schimpf’s choice was Heure dorée. It writes very well for me from a B nib with an Italic Grind. I love the color which is wholly unlike my other inks. As I often photograph landscapes in the “golden hour” before sunset, the name Heure dorée is especially meaningful. It’s hoped that these images may bring pleasure to anyone interested in these pens or inks. Tom K. Fritz Schimpf Shipment #3 Seven French Inks by L’Artisan Pastellier Ink Bottle Circle Stationery Smaller Outer Box Smaller Inner Box Tied With a Bow Pelikan Classic M215 Rings BB Black With Rings FS Italic BB FS Italic Pelikan M215 Rings BB Ink Window **************************** Larger Outer Box Larger Inner Box Tied With a Seal Well-Protected Pelikan Souverän M800 Special Edition Stone Garden IB Stone Garden IB IB Nib Italic Grind ****************************** Fritz Schimpf's Selection Heure dorée Two Fritz Schimpf Italic Grind Pelikan Nibs

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