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  1. ausserirdischesindgesund

    Three reds by the mysterious Austrian OEM

    As a pen (and ink) afficinado that lives in Austria, it amazes me, that so many inks are made locally here, even though there is basically no high quality fountain pen and ink production by Austrian brands. There are cheap (and somewhat ugly in my opinion) "Jolly" branded school pens, and the quite nifty Jolly branded ink cartridges (they fit international standard on one end, Lamy on the other), but really nothing worth mentioning on this forum. And then there ist the "mysterious Austrian OEM producer" that does at least ink for: Montblanc Kaweco Monteverde (i am almost sure, I have thrown away the packaging though) Online and probably others. I suspect that this manufacturer ist basically the one company that in the last 30 years has consolidated all Austrian stationery producers(with brands JOLLY, SAX, Cretacolor and BIBA). Again the ink/fountain pen production was never worth mentioning, but the predecessors to that corporation had a centuries long tradition in producing pencils, and their pencils are still very good today (Jolly is a brand aimed at the school market, but their coloured pencils are very good, as are the "Cretacolor" branded artist pencils). I have no evidence to confirm that this is the producer of above OEM inks, would love to hear from anybody who knows more In my much too large collection of inks there are several of these Austrian inks mentioned above, today I swabbed three reds, because I've just bought Kaweco Ruby Red (mainly because of the nice new bottle). Another, probably less known German brand is "Online", their red is called Ruby too, and I was wondering if it is the same, as I suspected could be the case with "Monteverde Valentine Red". As you can see, Kaweco and Online/Monteverde are actually quite a bit different. Monteverde *might* be just a bit watered down Online ink or batch variation, or just an ever so slight variation. I am actually surprised by Online Ruby being such a strong true red, without any hint of blueish or yellowish cast. Is Montblanc red still "Made in Austria", has anybody made comparisons to one of the inks mentioned above? None of these inks is very cheap (don't know about Monteverde, it was expensive to me mainly because of shipping), most of them are quite saturated (as is e.g. Montblanc royal blue). Somehow I am phantasizing about sneaking into the Sachs&Brevillier factory building, discovering lots of ink secrets Does anybody here have more information about that mysterious producer? Should I buy Montblanc Modena red to compare I think the new Kaweco bottle (it is basically a jam or marmalade bottle with its twist off cap) is great BTW, it brings ink price somewhat down too. It is 50ml now, instead of 30ml before at the same price. a nice weekend to all ink-afficionados, Ralph
  2. Hi everyone, I am trying to buy some fountain pen ink and paper and I was wondering where you buy supplies for your Fps. Does anyone know reliable sources that don't sell fake supplies? Thanks
  3. A Special Edition Jinhao "Lord Venkateshwara" pen from House of Jinhao; Jinhao Model-601 A full Brass metal Pen with Gold Accents. The Figurine of "Lord Venkateshwara", is etched on the barrel and an antique finish is given. The cap has the "Vaishnavism" Symbols of "Conch", "Sudarshan Chakra" and the "Tilak" etched. The top crown has a black jewel on which the Sun representing Lord "Surya Narayana", is embossed. First preview... will review in detail in due course The Jinhao Special Edition Pen The Figurines-1 The Figurines-2​ Pen in the Box The Special Box
  4. My wife has a vintage Parker Vacumatic that is a family heirloom. Does anyone know of a repair shop with an online web page that "specializes" in "complete Parker Vacumatic restoration"?? I have seen Danny Fudge at The Write Pen mentioned here, and Ron at Main Street Pens . Are there others (other than the above) in the USA that are reputable (Vacumatics), do great work. Thanks for your help. jim
  5. I have a Conway Stewart in excellent outside condition. I sent it to a pen repair person for a complete restoration, new sac, nib tuned and polished. I got it back and all it got was "grease" and does not fill or write. Charge was $17. (restoration quote was $40) Rather than pursue with this fellow and waste my time, are there any reputable pen restorers, repair persons in the USA, with an online website, that I can send my pen to for restoration and nib tuning and polish? Thanks for your help. jim
  6. Hola! It took us time to plan and bring together the best indigenous fountain pen makers from India. We are finally online selling some of the best writing instruments. Please do visit us at www.matipens.com and check out the collection in store. We have a wide range of pens well spread across different brands. The core of our business is to build relationship and bond with pen enthusiasts all over the globe. We believe in providing the best services to our patrons and will hate to disappoint anyone who loves and supports our cause. Finally the pens from India will see the light of the day with your help and support! See you all soon! Love Mati Pens
  7. GabrielleDuVent

    Online Academy - Pink Flash!

    Quite a few German pen companies seem to tailor a portion of their line for students, starting with primary and all the way up to university. The German pen company, ONLINE, is one of them, and they offer quite a range of economical fountain pens for youngsters and adults alike. The company is fairly new - established in 1991 - and currently offers two major lines: Young.Line, and Top.Line. The Young.Line is mainly purposed for students, with trendy styles and durability in mind. They also offer things like erasers, pen cases, and other pen paraphernalia. Since they are a newcomer to the German pen industry where many major players have been waging marketing wars for a century, they seem to have focused on everyday-usable pens. For European customers, the Online pens are available - guess what - online, and probably in retailers if you are in Germany. If you are in the US, their products are available from Paradise Pen, but ONLY the Academy Flash line. ______________________________________________________________________ Appearance & Design (1-10) - A modern spin on Lamy Safari? The pen is not flashy in design, despite its name. Germans seem to have some preference for big, silver clips, and this one is no exception, with a big, "look at me" kind of a silver clip attached to the cap from a black top. I purchased the pink model, but they are also available in black, orange, red, white, and yellow. They also have the "same design but different metalwork" kind of a model, called Viva Colori, which are available in black, purple, lilac, blue, green, and yellow. In this version, all the black parts are replaced by stainless-steel-looking equivalents. The logo of the company and the country of origin are engraved on the cap's black portion, right above where the clip is attached, and also on the nib. http://i1332.photobucket.com/albums/w614/GabrielleduVent/DSC_0278_zps67dc39b5.jpg There is something a little odd going on with the cap, and where the cap end generally meets if you cap the pen or post it. For some reason, the cap end is cut into a wave, with the back of the end cut slightly lower than the front. This dictates the orientation of the cap - it doesn't allow rotation without getting the cap loose - which was something new for me. http://i1332.photobucket.com/albums/w614/GabrielleduVent/DSC_0279_zpse62d3b95.jpg It does, however, allow seamless attachment. http://i1332.photobucket.com/albums/w614/GabrielleduVent/DSC_0276_zps9fc4b6f6.jpg 9/10 Construction & Quality (1-10) - It seems to handle some beating well. It's clearly a student pen, so it's designed to handle a 10 year old running around with a rock inside the bag next to the pen. I haven't tried to scratch it or drop OED on it, so I'm not sure just how much pressure or momentum this thing can suffer, but the construction is quite sturdy. The nib is made of iridium, and it doesn't allow much flexing. The clip won't be coming off any time soon. A bit of rough-handling won't mar this pen. The grip is an ergonomic grip, and has a rubbery texture. It feels comfortable, but has the same scheme as Lamy Safari's "thou shalt place thy finger here in this manner" kind of a "wedge". For those who abhor that Lamy grip, this won't be your new best friend. http://i1332.photobucket.com/albums/w614/GabrielleduVent/DSC_0283_zps52ef1e31.jpg http://i1332.photobucket.com/albums/w614/GabrielleduVent/DSC_0286_zps22818f94.jpg 9/10 Weight & Dimensions (1-10) - German pens seem to have a standard. Weight: 41g Length: 141mm x 17mm x 12mm, 169mm long posted Upon comparison, the length is almost identical (capped, at least) to Lamy Safari. http://i1332.photobucket.com/albums/w614/GabrielleduVent/DSC_0275_zpsc8f006a4.jpg It fits my hand well, and it's not too thin nor too thick. The cap is light, so it doesn't make the pen head-heavy when I post it. 10/10 Nib & Performance (1-10) - Slippery when wet? The nib is only available in M if you are in the US. If you are buying directly from ONLINE, you can also purchase in EF; there are also nib/grip portions available separately as L (for lefties) and ballpoint. http://www.online-pen.de/shop/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/G/r/Griffstuecke_Academy.jpg_14.jpg The nib itself allows very little flexing, and the tip is rounded. This, for some reason, returned almost NO feedback; it isn't the smoothness of slicing into cheese with a very sharp knife, which is what a Japanese pen feels like, but rather slipping on oil that someone spilt on a tile floor. As I'm not used to that kind of slippery nib, it took me by surprise. The nib is not the angular shape Lamy Safari and Platinum Preppy sport, but the standard shape. It has the engraving "ONLINE Germany" on it. http://i1332.photobucket.com/albums/w614/GabrielleduVent/DSC_0277_zps64cf4f34.jpg Or it might be the ink. I filled it with Noodler's Shah's Rose. 7/10 Filling System & Maintenance (1-10) - Cartridge system, will take international converters The filling system is your regular international cartridge, and accepts long international converters. http://i1332.photobucket.com/albums/w614/GabrielleduVent/DSC_0280_zpscc0238e2.jpg It came with a blue cartridge, and an inexplicable object that is shaped like a cartridge, but is empty, and has no bottom. The part where the nipple goes into the feed is a slightly transparent plastic, and the plastic itself is almost black, so I don't think I'll notice if there was any staining anyway. http://i1332.photobucket.com/albums/w614/GabrielleduVent/DSC_0281_zpsdac58611.jpg 10/10 Cost & Value (1-10) - It's priced appropriately for a student pen. The price in the US is $18.95, plus local tax. If you buy it direct from the website, it is 10,99 plus 19% tax (that's roughly $15, tax not included). It's not going to break your bank, and it serves as a pen, and it probably handles rough handling. Including tax (which came out to be 13,08 euros), the US equivalent would be about $18. So either way, it's very appropriately priced. The exchangeable nibs are 3,99 per grip/nib, plus 19% tax. 10/10 Conclusion - It's a good pen for students, and those who want a pen that they don't have to fuss about. While this pen would not be replacing my most often-used pen, it's definitely going to be kept in rotation. My only gripe was the lack of nib varieties, but I generally don't use italic so I have no problem with that. It'd look odd on an executive desk, but for students, writers, and those who are looking utility rather than design/prestige, this would be a good pen to buy. TOTAL: 9.16/10 (Grip image courtesy of ONLINE Schreibgeräte.)
  8. Hello again! I've updated my resource list with suggestions from Reddit and FPN. I'll keep working on it as more suggestions come in I HIGHLY RECOMMEND viewing the PDF here instead of reading this list! CANADIAN POINTED PEN CALLIGRAPHY ONLINE SHOPS Canadian Shops Aboveground Art Supplies www.abovegroundartsupplies.com/ Multiple in Toronto, ON Shipping: $10-18+ Free Shipping: $150 (ON, QC, MB only) Ships Via: Canpar or Canada Post Pens Dip: Sheaffer, Panache, Speedball/Hunt, Rotring ArtPen, reed & quill Pens/Markers: Pilot Parallel, Academy Viva, Faber-Castell, Lamy, Itoya, Pitt, Pentel, Tomboy, Prismacolour, Sakura Ink Copic White, Dr. PH Martin, FW, Liquitex, Koh-I-Noor, Calli, Winsor & Newton, Speedball, various India inks Watercolour: Dr. PH Martin, Da Vinci, Peerless, Turner, Winsor & Newton, Reeves, Sennelier, QoR, Daniel Smith, Grumbacher, Pebeo, Pentel, Pelikan, Prang, Yarka Paper Bienfang calligraphy pads, Moleskine, Ogami, Travalogue, Strathmore Accessories Various pen cleaners, gum arabic, general art supplies including bottles & droppers Notes Very large selection of fine art supplies, not all listed here. 10% student discount IN-STORE, friendly staff (at McCaul location). Search function for online store is irritating. Articulations http://articulations.ca/ 2928 Dundas St. W (W of Keele) Toronto, ON Shipping: Unknown Free Shipping: Unknown Ships Via: Unknown Pens/Nibs Unknown Ink Unknown Paper Unknown Accessories Unknown Notes According to a user on Fountain Pen Network, Articulations carries the elusive Finetec gold palette and Sumi inks, but I cannot find either on the website. DeSerres www.deserres.ca/en-ca/ Various throughout the GTA + Ottawa Shipping: $9-115+ Free Shipping: $39-$59 Ships Via: Canpar Pens/Nibs Dip: Hunt/Speedball, quills Pens/Markers: DeSerres, Pitt, Itoya, Pentouch, CalliCreative Ink Speedball, Colorex, Winsor & Newton, FW, China, DeSerres, Noble, IZINK, various India inks, Sennelier Paper Manuscript, Brause papers/pads, parchment pads Accessories Cleaning solution, gum arabic, general art supplies Notes None Fendrihan www.Fendrihan.ca/ Oakville, ON Shipping: Free Shipping: $50 Ships Via: Pens/Nibs None Ink Aurora, J. Herbin, Kaweco, Montegrappa, Omas, Sheaffer, Steadtler, ST Dupont Paper Clairefontaine, Leuchtturm1917, Moleskine, Rhodia Accessories Various pen cleaners Notes I really don’t know anything else about this shop. Quietfire Design www.QuietfireDesign.ca/ Vancouver Island, BC Shipping: Varies Free Shipping: N/A Ships Via: Canada Post Pens/Nibs Nib Holders: Speedball, Koh-I-Noor, Croquill, assorted straight holders Nibs: Brause, Mitchell, Speedball, Hunt, Gillott, Principal, Also: Ruling pen, suede pen, Pilot Parallel Ink Chinese sticks, Higgins, Inkstone, Pelikan, Sumi, Walnut Ink Crystals Paper Boris, Borden & Riley, Canson Accessories Leafing, Pipettes, Rinky Dink brushes and cups, Notes Also offers a Calligraphy Beginner Tool Kit for righties AND lefties, $17 each (Feb 2016) I have seen this shop recommended by other Canadian calligraphers, but have not ordered from it myself. Studio 6 http://www.studio-six.com/ Markham, ON Shipping: Varies Free Shipping: $200 (ON only) Ships Via: Canada Post Pens/Nibs Speedball Ink FW, FW Pearlescent, Daniel Smith Walnut, Dr. PH Martin’s Tech, Liquitex, Pinata, Winsor & Newton, various India inks, Pearl Ex Paper Arches, Cotman, The Langton, TerraSkin, Yupo, Strathmore, Canson, Canford, Daley Rowney, Jack Richeson, Schmincke Sansfix, Stonehenge, Art Spectrum Accessories General art supplies Notes To get to the calligraphy supplies on website, select “I” and then “Ink”. This shop was recommended to me by a fine artist who thinks well of it. I think they have the entire Pearl Ex line! Wonder Pens www.WonderPens.ca Toronto, ON Shipping: $8 flat-rate Free Shipping Minimum: $125 Ships Via: Canada Post Pens/Nibs Dip/Fountain: Lamy JOY, Kaweco Sport, Brause nibs and holders Markers: Pilot Parallel Ink Higgins, Rohrer & Klingner, Diamine, J. Herbin, Kaweco, Lamy, Monteverde, Noodler’s, Parker, Pilot, Platinum, Sailor, Waterman Paper Rhodia, Clairefontaine, Coach House Press, Field Notes, Leuchtturm1917, Life, Midori, O-Check, Quo Vadis, Hobonichi, G. Lalo, Original Crown Mill, Tomoe Paper River Accessories Blotting paper, empty ink bottles, bulb syringe, ink syringes, brass sheets Notes Large selection of bottled inks- I swear I saw iron gall in store, but now I’m not sure. Responsive service. Canadian Shops with no Online Shopping Gwartzman’s – www.gwartzmans.com (416)922-5429 448 Spadina Avenue (College & Spadina) Toronto, ON The Paper Place – www.shop.thepaperplace.ca (416)703-0089 887 Queen St. West (Across from Trinity Bellwoods Park) Toronto, ON Reid’s Stationary Store – www.reidstationers.com (403)229-4400 710-17th Avenue SW (E of 17th Ave SW and 45 St SW) Calgary, AB U.S. Shops Goulet Pens www.gouletpens.com/ Ashland, VA, USA Shipping: $9-40+ Free Shipping: N/A Ships Via: USPS Pens/Nibs Dip: J. Herbin glass, Rohrer & Klingner glass Nibs: Goulet, Monteverde, Noodler’s Art Brush: Noodler’s, Platinum Marker: Platinum Ink Aurora, Caran d’Ache, Cross, De Atramentis, Diamine, Faber-Castell, J. Herbin, Kaweco, Lamy, Montegrappa, Monteverde, Noodler’s, Omas, Parker, Pelikan, Pilot, Platinum, Private Research, Rohrer & Klingner, Sheaffer, Stipula, Visconti, Waterman + samples Paper Apica, Clarefontaine, Exacomspta, Field Notes, Filofax, Goulet, Leuchtturm1917, Maruman Mnemosyne, Midori, Quo Vadis, Rhoda, Traveler’s Company Accessories TWSBI inkwells, empty ink bottles, syringes, pipettes, sample vials/holder, various pen cleaning supplies Notes Inks are also available in sample sizes, individual and in packages. Goulet also offers an ink sample club. I have never ordered from Goulet Pens, but they receive rave reviews for both service and quality. Jet Pens www.jetpens.com/ San Jose, CA, USA Shipping: Varies Free Shipping: N/A Ships Via: USPS/Canada Post Pens/Nibs Dip: Speedball, E+M Artists, Brause, Tachikawa, Tokyo Slider, Nikko, Zebra, Deleter, J. Herbin glass Nibs: Brause, Deleter, E+M, Kuretake, Nikko, Speedball, Tachikawa, Zebra Brush: Akashiya, Kuretake, Pentel, Pilot, Sailor, Tombow, Uni, Zebra Marker: Sakura, Pilot, Faber-Castell Ink Caran d’Ache, Deleter, Diamine, Dr. PH Martin’s, Higgins, IC, J. Herbin, Kaimei, Kaweco, Kuretake, Lamy, Monteverde, OMAS, Parker, Pelikan, Pilot, Platinum, Rotring, Sailor, Speedball, Steadtler, Waterman Paper Doane, Field Notes, Kokuyo, Kyokuto, Life, Lihit Lab, Maruman, Metaphys, Midori, Raymay, Rhodia, Tomoe River, Word Accessories Various pen cleaners Notes JetPens is a reliable online retailer for all kinds of pens and office supplies. The website is extremely well organized, with pen-buying guides provided. I find that shipping to Toronto tends to cost between $10-20 USD. John Neal Bookseller www.johnnealbooks.com/ Greenboro, NC, USA Shipping: Varies Free Shipping: N/A Ships Via: Unknown Pens/Nibs Dip: Variety of straight and oblique holders, especially: wooden holders, Brause, General’s, Koh-I-Noor, Speedball/Hunt, Mitchell, Gillott, Tachikawa, Century Nibs: Nikko, Tachikawa, Zebra, Hiro, Leonardt, Brause, Gillott, Hunt, Mitchell elbow, Index Also: Pilot Parallel, calligraphy fountain pens, broad edge pens Ink Ziller, McCaffery’s, Richtone Sepia, various India inks, Dr. PH Martin, Moon Palace, various China/sumi inks, Bokuju, Calli, Higgins, Pro-White, Walnut crystals, Walnut liquid, Winsor & Newton, Dr. PH Martin’s Spectralite, Liquitex, Pearl Ex Pigments Paper JNB, Boris, Canson, Strathmore, Rhodia, Grafix, Fabriano, Maruman, Dura-Lar, various lined practice pads, Clairefontaine, Borden & Riley, Bienfang, Canford, Biggie, Pentalic, Stillman & Birn Accessories Gum arabic powder and liquid, pen cleaner Notes I have no experience with John Neal, but they also receive good reviews from other calligraphers online. Paper & Ink Arts www.paperinkarts.com/ Nashville, TN, USA Shipping: Varies Free Shipping: N/A Ships Via: UPS, USPS Pens/Nibs Dip/Holders: Horizon, Quill, Carrot, Century, Colonial, Deco, Dynamic, Hourglass, Paper and Ink Arts, Peerless, Pointed, Zanerian, Ziller, Speedball, Caran d’Ache, DipStik, Brause, e+m, General, Hunt, Koh-I-Noor, Manuscript, Scribe, Tachigawa, Tachikawa, quills Nibs: Brause, Crowquill, Esterbrook, Gillott, Hiro, Horizon, Hunt, Manuscript/Leonardt, Nikko, Speedball, Tachikawa, Tape, Vintage Hunt, Zebra Comic Brush: Brushables, Pitt, Kuretake, Pental, Pigma, Pocket, Sakura, Uni, Waterbrushes, Zig Also: Pilot Parallel, Straight Ruler, Noodler’s Flex Ink Calli, various Chinese/Sumi, Dr. PH Martin’s, FW, Gold High Flow, Higgins, Lumiere, Manuscript, McCaffery’s, Pearl Ex Pigments, Pebeo, Pelikan, Walnut ink, Winsor & Newton, Ziller Paper Arches, Arnheim, Art Paper, Blotter, Bugra, Canson, Diploma, Fabriano, Frankfurt, German Ingres, Glassine, Gutenberg, Kraft-Tex, Lanaquarelle, Magic Brush, Nideggan, Pergamenata, various practice pads, Schiller, Strathmore, Vellum Accessories Ink cage ink reservoirs, lefty pens and nibs, various related accessories Notes PIA receives good reviews for their selection- especially for oblique pen holders. PIA is the only stockist for the renowned Hourglass Adjustable Oblique holder. I have heard that they have spotty responsiveness to customer queries. I have just made my first order and am quite satisfied with their responsiveness. *I did have Artist Supply Source listed, but the website was so terribly organized and glitchy that I couldn’t list it in good conscience. Various Locations Massdrop www.MassDrop.com Various Shipping: Unknown Free Shipping: Unknown Ships Via: Various Notes MassDrop is a group-buying website. Members commit to purchasing an item at a quantity-reduced price. If enough members commit, the order is made. Orders can originate from different countries, so shipping varies. Availability also varies, based on which items are offered at the moment. In the past, they have had a Brause Calligraphy Bundle up for grabs, Rhodia notebooks, and Diamine ink. This shop comes recommended by a Redditor in /r/Calligraphy. U.K. Shops Scribbers www.Scribbers.co.uk UK Shipping: Varies Free Shipping: N/A Ships Via: Royal Mail Small Packets Pens/Nibs Nibs: Copperplate, Leonardt, Speedball, Willian Mitchell, Brause, Vintage & Miscellaneous Holders: Brause, cork, Scribblers, Speedball, various straight, various oblique holders Ink Liquid metal, Higgins, Scribblers, Diamine, Walker’s, Blots, various Kuretake, Prout’s, French Sepia, Dr. PH Martin Bleedproof White, Penman Colour Paper Conquerer, Arches, BFK Rives, Fabriano Artistico, Saunders Waterford, Zerkall Letterpress, Rhodia, Frisk, Goldline, Daler Rowney, Winsor & Newton Various: Tracing paper, blotting paper, Calligraphy practice pads and parchment Accessories Pen stand, pen cleaner, gum arabic, gum sandarac, pounce powder, Notes Scribblers appears to be well-liked by calligraphers on both sides of the Atlantic. I have no personal experience with this shop.
  9. For a limited time the Online Vision Magic fountain pens are only $29.99 each. Choose from 5 great vibrant colors, each with black trim and a matching black stainless steel nib. https://www.penchalet.com/fine_pens/fountain_pens/online_vision_magic_fountain_pen.html
  10. Hi! I'm thinking about buying a Parker Vacumatic from an online aution. But despite my feeble attempts at learning more about Vacumatics, I couldn't come up with an appropriate value for this piece. The seller only provided the 3 pictures below - I don't know the dimensions, nor usability of the pen. The clip is sprung and there is a shadow on the left side of the nib that made me think that maybe it's damaged. The price is now at around 20€ and will maybe go up. The question is: Do you think it's worth the current price tag and maybe a bit more? Thank you for your thoughts. https://imgur.com/a/F0B744f
  11. I highly recommend viewing this as a pdf here. Any comments, corrections, or additions you can offer me will be greatly appreciated! There are some things I just can't find online in Canada (Nikko G nibs, any non-Speedball adjustable oblique holders, walnut ink...) so I also listed the go-to US sites. I was going to do a UK section but I'm tired for now. CANADIAN POINTED PEN CALLIGRAPHY ONLINE SHOPS Canadian Shops Aboveground Art Supplies www.abovegroundartsupplies.com Toronto, ON Shipping: $10-18+ Free Shipping: $150 (ON, QC, MB only) Ships Via: Canpar or Canada Post Pens Dip: Sheaffer, Panache, Speedball/Hunt, Rotring ArtPen, reed & quill Pens/Markers: Pilot Parallel, Academy Viva, Faber-Castell, Lamy, Itoya, Pitt, Pentel, Tomboy, Prismacolour, Sakura Ink Copic White, Dr. PH Martin, FW, Liquitex, Koh-I-Noor, Calli, Winsor & Newton, Speedball, various India inks Watercolour: Dr. PH Martin, Da Vinci, Peerless, Turner, Winsor & Newton, Reeves, Sennelier, QoR, Daniel Smith, Grumbacher, Pebeo, Pentel, Pelikan, Prang, Yarka Paper Bienfang calligraphy pads, Moleskine, Ogami, Travalogue, Strathmore Accessories Various pen cleaners, gum arabic, general art supplies including bottles & droppers Notes Very large selection of fine art supplies, not all listed here. 10% student discount IN-STORE, friendly staff (at McCaul location). Search function for online store is irritating. Curry’s www.currys.com/ Various; Southern ON Shipping: $7-$12+ Free Shipping Minimum: $75 Ships Via: Unknown Pens/Nibs Dip: General’s, Koh-I-Noor, Speedball, Steadtler, quills & reeds Pens/Markers: Elegant Writer, Itoya, Pilot disposable, Sakura Ink Dr. PH Martin, Winsor & Newton, FW, Golden High Flow, Liquitex, Speedball, Koh-I-Noor, Chinese black ink, Copic White, Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments Watercolour: Winsor & Newton, Da Vinci, Daler-Rowney, Handy Art, Holbein, M. Graham, Koh-I-Noor, Pelikan, Prang, QoR, Reeves, Richeson, Sakura Koi, Sargant, Sennelier, Yarka Paper Moleskine, Pentalic, Quattro, Strathmore, Bienfang, Canson, Arches, Fluid, Cotman, Daler-Rowney Accessories Various pen cleaners, gum arabic, general art supplies including bottles & droppers Notes Very large selection of fine art supplies, not all listed here. 10% student discount IN-STORE. DeSerres www.deserres.ca/en-ca/ Various throughout the GTA + Ottawa Shipping: $9-115+ Free Shipping: $39-$59 Ships Via: Canpar Pens/Nibs Dip: Hunt/Speedball, quills Pens/Markers: DeSerres, Pitt, Itoya, Pentouch, CalliCreative Ink Speedball, Colorex, Winsor & Newton, FW, China, DeSerres, Noble, IZINK, various India inks, Sennelier, Paper Manuscript, Brause papers/pads, parchment pads Accessories Cleaning solution, gum arabic, general art supplies Notes None Wonder Pens www.WonderPens.ca Toronto, ON Shipping: $8 flat-rate Free Shipping Minimum: $125 Ships Via: Canada Post Pens/Nibs Dip/Fountain: Lamy JOY, Kaweco Sport, Brause nibs and holders Markers: Pilot Parallel Ink Higgins, Rohrer & Klingner, Diamine, J. Herbin, Kaweco, Lamy, Monteverde, Noodler’s, Parker, Pilot, Platinum, Sailor, Waterman Paper Rhodia, Clairefontaine, Coach House Press, Field Notes, Leuchtturm1917, Life, Midori, O-Check, Quo Vadis, Hobonichi, G. Lalo, Original Crown Mill, Tomoe Paper River Accessories Blotting paper, empty ink bottles, bulb syringe, ink syringes, brass sheets Notes Large selection of bottled inks- I swear I saw iron gall in store, but now I’m not sure. Responsive service. Canadian Shops with no Online Shopping Gwartzman’s – Toronto, ON Michael’s – Various The Paper Place – Toronto, ON That one in the Maritimes with the cute website U.S. Shops Goulet Pens www.GouletPens.com Ashland, VA, USA Shipping: $9-40+ Free Shipping: N/A Ships Via: USPS Pens/Nibs Dip: J. Herbin glass, Rohrer & Klingner glass Nibs: Goulet, Monteverde, Noodler’s Art, Brush: Noodler’s, Platinum Marker: Platinum Ink Aurora, Caran d’Ache, Cross, De Atramentis, Diamine, Faber-Castell, J. Herbin, Kaweco, Lamy, Montegrappa, Monteverde, Noodler’s, Omas, Parker, Pelikan, Pilot, Platinum, Private Research, Rohrer & Klingner, Sheaffer, Stipula, Visconti, Waterman + samples Paper Apica, Clarefontaine, Exacomspta, Field Notes, Filofax, Goulet, Leuchtturm1917, Maruman Mnemosyne, Midori, Quo Vadis, Rhoda, Traveler’s Company Accessories TWSBI inkwells, empty ink bottles, syringes, pipettes, sample vials/holder, various pen cleaning supplies Notes Inks are also available in sample sizes, individual and in packages. Goulet also offers an ink sample club. I have never ordered from Goulet Pens, but they receive rave reviews for both service and quality. Jet Pens www.jetpens.com/ San Jose, CA, USA Shipping: Varies Free Shipping: N/A Ships Via: USPS/Canada Post Pens/Nibs Dip: Speedball, E+M Artists, Brause, Tachikawa, Tokyo Slider, Nikko, Zebra, Deleter, J. Herbin glass Nibs: Brause, Deleter, E+M, Kuretake, Nikko, Speedball, Tachikawa, Zebra Brush: Akashiya, Kuretake, Pentel, Pilot, Sailor, Tombow, Uni, Zebra Marker: Sakura, Pilot, Faber-Castell Ink Caran d’Ache, Deleter, Diamine, Dr. PH Martin’s, Higgins, IC, J. Herbin, Kaimei, Kaweco, Kuretake, Lamy, Monteverde, OMAS, Parker, Pelikan, Pilot, Platinum, Rotring, Sailor, Speedball, Steadtler, Waterman Paper Doane, Field Notes, Kokuyo, Kyokuto, Life, Lihit Lab, Maruman, Metaphys, Midori, Raymay, Rhodia, Tomoe River, Word Accessories Various pen cleaners Notes JetPens is a reliable online retailer for all kinds of pens and office supplies. The website is extremely well organized, with pen-buying guides provided. I find that shipping to Toronto tends to cost between $10-20 USD. John Neal Bookseller www.johnnealbooks.com/ Greenboro, NC, USA Shipping: Varies Free Shipping: N/A Ships Via: Unknown Pens/Nibs Dip: Variety of straight and oblique holders, especially: wooden holders, Brause, General’s, Koh-I-Noor, Speedball/Hunt, Mitchell, Gillott, Tachikawa, Century Nibs: Nikko, Tachikawa, Zebra, Hiro, Leonardt, Brause, Gillott, Hunt, Mitchell elbow, Index Also: Pilot Parallel, calligraphy fountain pens, broad edge pens Ink Ziller, McCaffery’s, Richtone Sepia, various India inks, Dr. PH Martin, Moon Palace, various China/sumi inks, Bokuju, Calli, Higgins, Pro-White, Walnut crystals, Walnut liquid, Winsor & Newton, Dr. PH Martin’s Spectralite, Liquitex, Pearl Ex Pigments Paper JNB, Boris, Canson, Strathmore, Rhodia, Grafix, Fabriano, Maruman, Dura-Lar, various lined practice pads, Clairefontaine, Borden & Riley, Bienfang, Canford, Biggie, Pentalic, Stillman & Birn Accessories Gum arabic powder and liquid, pen cleaner Notes I have no experience with John Neal, but they also receive good reviews from other calligraphers online. Paper & Ink Arts www.paperinkarts.com/ Nashville, TN, USA Shipping: Varies Free Shipping: N/A Ships Via: UPS, USPS Pens/Nibs Dip/Holders: Horizon, Quill, Carrot, Century, Colonial, Deco, Dynamic, Hourglass, Paper and Ink Arts, Peerless, Pointed, Zanerian, Ziller, Speedball, Caran d’Ache, DipStik, Brause, e+m, General, Hunt, Koh-I-Noor, Manuscript, Scribe, Tachigawa, Tachikawa, quills Nibs: Brause, Crowquill, Esterbrook, Gillott, Hiro, Horizon, Hunt, Manuscript/Leonardt, Nikko, Speedball, Tachikawa, Tape, Vintage Hunt, Zebra Comic Brush: Brushables, Pitt, Kuretake, Pental, Pigma, Pocket, Sakura, Uni, Waterbrushes, Zig Also: Pilot Parallel, Straight Ruler, Noodler’s Flex Ink Calli, various Chinese/Sumi, Dr. PH Martin’s, FW, Gold High Flow, Higgins, Lumiere, Manuscript, McCaffery’s, Pearl Ex Pigments, Pebeo, Pelikan, Walnut ink, Winsor & Newton, Ziller Paper Arches, Arnheim, Art Paper, Blotter, Bugra, Canson, Diploma, Fabriano, Frankfurt, German Ingres, Glassine, Gutenberg, Kraft-Tex, Lanaquarelle, Magic Brush, Nideggan, Pergamenata, various practice pads, Schiller, Strathmore, Vellum Accessories Ink cage ink reservoirs, lefty pens and nibs, various related accessories Notes I have never ordered from Paper & Ink Arts, but they receive good reviews for their selection- especially for oblique pen holders. I have heard that they have spotty responsiveness to customer queries. *I did have Artist Supply Source listed, but the website was so terribly organized and glitchy that I couldn’t list it in good conscience.
  12. I am from Bangalore and am a FP enthusiast and have managed to put up a tiny collection of FPs. I am interested in beefing up my collection little by little with some Pilots, Sailor, Platinum, Pelikan, Visconti, Omas, Edison etc. I have bought most of my collection during my travel abroad from ebay, gouletpens, iguana_sell etc. Wanted to know the experiences of other's who have tried shipping their products to India from online retailers especially with respect to the "Customs Duty" they have had to pay for the fountain pen. Is there an extra duty for pens with gold/palladium nibs etc? Also experiences of buying ink from international retailers? I know this questions would have been addressed many times but wanted to know from everyone's recent experiences.
  13. Hi everyone, Whilst I was in Germany I bought an Online Event fountain pen. I would like to get a converter for it, but not sure which one. On the website of the shop they do sell one, but that seems quite flimsy, so not sure about it. I'm also new to converters, so this might sound silly, but would any standard converter fit into this pen? Any recommendations would be very helpful! Many thanks!
  14. Hi everyone! I've compiled a list of online resources for Canadian calligraphers that you can view here! This time I've posted a link to the document on my website, so that I can update the list without creating new threads here and on Reddit. Highlights: 29 March 2016 Articulations in Toronto will soon be offering the Finetec pastels palette, various nib pens, walnut ink, and sumi ink online!
  15. I was recently gifted this colorful German made 'ONLINE' pen set and I wanted to know more about its history. Anyone familiar with it? Blue/Yellow ballpoint pen Green/Red Fountain Pen (unsure of what size cartridge it takes,any ideas?) Box says " Online-Colours of My Life- Designer-Schreibset" -PhotoEditor
  16. visvamitra

    Smaragd - Online

    To be honest I don't know much about Online Schreibgeräte pen company. It was founded in 1991 by Alexandra and Thomas Batsch. It seems they're quite popular in some countries and their products are rather good. I haven't however, tried any of their pens. I've managed to take samples of two of their inks from a friend. The company offers six inks in funny and small bottles that contain 15 ml of liquid. I would sat that for 3,95 euro / ml they're not cheap: http://imageshack.com/a/img901/7333/8GPsUN.jpg www.online.pen.de I was able to put my hands on Samaragd and Rubin Red. Both are well behaved ink, however I'm not really keen on colors. Smaragd is ugly, but I wholeheartedly dislike this kind of hues in general. Bottle http://imageshack.com/a/img661/9020/MTHNFa.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img673/6799/aiMYkg.jpg Ink splash http://imageshack.com/a/img537/5339/68bYjz.jpg Drops of ink on kitchen towel http://imageshack.com/a/img540/624/BHXj3D.jpg Waterproofness http://imageshack.com/a/img540/9461/em6vWM.jpg Software ID http://imageshack.com/a/img538/3261/YJ7nhF.jpg Oxford Recycled, Lamy 2000, Medium nib http://imageshack.com/a/img540/2340/2Iyg0W.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img661/6114/EEKutj.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img538/4219/63FaOq.jpg Semikolon, Lamy 2000, M nib http://imageshack.com/a/img908/2023/hLTHfS.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img901/3144/BfbzOK.jpg Copy paper, Kaweco Al-Sport, B http://imageshack.com/a/img538/2491/fZbvVk.jpg
  17. Hello, I was wondering if buying directly from a brand website is better or worse than buying from a pen website. For example (if you are confused): I am looking forward to buy a Montblanc pen (probably Meisterstuck Classique). Should I buy it directly from Montblanc.com? Or should I buy it indirectly from JetPens or Paradise Pens? Thanks, William S. Park
  18. Hi everyone! This summer as I was decluttering my grandparents' home I found an old pen - looks like it might be a frankenpen. It makes a perfect repair guinea pig for me, because the barrel is pretty enough to act as incentive, yet the pen has no sentimental value (and apparently no monetary value either) so if I mess up there's no tears or gnashing of teeth The only sticking point now is getting the supplies. I would much prefer an inclusive kit rather than collecting everything over time, because every time I've approached a new activity that way, I have invariably ended up overspending and getting more stuff than I really need because of how everyone seems to have their own favorites that they swear by and I can't sort out the absolute necessities from the personal favorites. I've found that going with a starter kit cuts through that. The other problem is price, particularly shipping. I'm in Greece, so it can add up! The ideal kit for me is inclusive, but not overwhelming, and should cost under $100 including s&h. And if it only includes tools and multiple use supplies (eg talc, polish) but no parts (like sacs), then it should be a lot less than $100 since I'd have to buy those things extra So far I have found exactly one place (the first kit probably, the second includes 'Da Book' which is probably a bit more information than I could absorb this early on). If you have experience with them, I would love to hear from you. But if you use somebody else, please let me know! I am just sort of feeling my way around right now so I'll happily take recommendations Thanks in advance!!





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