The Vintage Pen in the Mail
|July 19, 2012||Posted by fozzy under Calligraphy|
There are times when I get my FPN-P (Fountain Pen Network – Philippines) group emails that I regret being on digest mode. Some members post pens that they’re putting on sale and by the time I read about it, they’d all be gone.
Recently, Butch Dalisay put a huge lot of vintage pens (with flexies!) up for grabs. It was gone in sixty seconds. Possibly less. I’m not joking or poking a pun. In less than a minute, all pens were already spoken for. It was just a couple of days ago that I again missed a sale (not that I needed something more to spend on, but these are worth being broke).
I was beyond ecstatic when I got an email from Butch offering me dibs on a vintage flexy. YES OF COURSE! He was kind enough to let me try it first and pay for it later, because there was something with the nib that I may not like.
Today I got it in the mail.
It’s plain, black, with a gold clip. “Not a looker,” Butch says.
Looker or not, I fell in love. The nib has this scratchiness and is extremely pointed. Butch said he couldn’t do much with the needlepoint. I was scared. It was a bit of a challenge at first. But the pointedness reminded me of my Hunt 99 and I just had to continue writing.
It’s been a quirk that I couldn’t do flourished calligraphy (in Copperplate, especially) using fountain pens. I never get to find the lightness, the “fit” with my hand. And now, YAY! This pen’s allowing me to write!
I wasn’t really planning on posting this in the blog but I couldn’t stop writing nor taking photos. So I might as well put them to good use. I may need to re-ink it already with all the writing I’ve been doing.
I’m actually cutting close to some deadlines. This is such a distraction. Clients, you have this beautiful pen to blame.