In my Shirtpocket, October 2017: Hero 616

At work as a physician I’m often in situations where I’m not comfortable using one of my 100+ $ pens. Then I reach for a Hero 616. One of the cheapest pens you can buy, but it is very reliable and writes with a precise thin line!

One of the reasons is of course that it is a copy of one of the best designs ever, the Parker “51”.  Can you identify which one is a Hero and which one is a genuine Parker “51”?

If you plan to buy a Hero 616s I would advice you to:

I. Be sure to buy a pen of the big size, also called Jumbo size.

II. The seller that I trust on Ebay is jewelrymathematics. He is selling genuine Heroes with free shipping.

 

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In my Shirtpocket August 2017: Sailor Professional Gear Slim (Sapporo) x 2

As my beloved wife borrowed my Pelikan M120N, (and refused to return it) ,  for editing musical scores, I picked up my Sapporos. Wow! I love the combination of a narrow but juicy line! See you in September! 

Sailor Professional Gear Realo 2010

One Pen to rule them all…

This is my Master Pen, a Sailor Professional Gear Realo. I bought it from www.nibs.com and it is tuned by Mr. John Mottishaw. A pen can’t be much better than this. It writes like a dream. It’s built like a tank. It holds a decent amount of ink. Perhaps it lacks a bit of a personality, but it’s like comparing a Mercedes to a Austin Healey Sprite 1959.

PS: As you can see in the ink window the pen is filled with J.Herbin “Perle Noire”.

 

Sailor PG Realo

Sailor Professional Gear Realo H-M nib

Sailor PG Realo

Sailor Professional Gear Realo, ink window

Sailor PG Realo

My Sailor Professional Gear Realo 2010

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Ink Review: Sailor Kiwa-Guro Carbon Nano Black

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Kiwa-Guro Black is one of Sailor’s “luxury” inks, more costly than their standard Jentle line. This is one of Sailor’s two pigmented inks, made with ‘nanoparticles’ – they also make a blue-black called Sei-Boku.

Pigmented inks are different from dye-based inks (most other fountain pen inks) in that they are made with micro-fine pigments suspended in the liquid to give the ink its colour. In order to make these safe for fountain pens – to prevent persistent clogging or flow issues – these particles are really micro-fine, and the inks are designed for fountain pen use.

Be careful not to mix these up with the inks that are not okay for fountain pens – India ink, calligraphy ink (thicker, to hold a little better to dip pens) or inks that have shellac in them. These inks will definitely clog up your fountain pen’s feed, and may even cause more…

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Pamphlet Stitch

Pamphlet stitch

Pamphlet stitch

Sometimes I write my letters in booklets, like this seven-hole pamphlet stitch. The paper is G.Lalo “Velin de France” and the cover is simply re-used card used by the the Royal Swedish Mail as a stiffener when sending stamps. The card is uncut, just folded once.

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