This was another best of for 2013.I picked up this zippered case with all 1950s K780s and and K770s. I have since cleaned them up and moved some around but still this was a great fine. The original Scripto K780 was one of the best pencils ever made and is a classic that needs to be in every pencil collection. Add one today.
Monday, December 30, 2013
Thursday, December 26, 2013
We have been showing plenty of new and old BIC pens on the blog and here is one of the best. This Student Bargain Pack on the right is my all time favorite BIC pen set. There is just something about the color combinations that you do not see in other BICs here in the USA. Four blue pens, two black, one green and one red. These are the only ones that I know of where you have two tone with the barrel a different shade from the cap. Hard to find and not cheap. The AF49 on the left is also a great pen to have. Add them all to your collection.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Monday, December 23, 2013
Hard to pick but I had the most fun with these. A Parker Jotter with a calendar from days long gone. This is in fact a new Parker Jotter from India. I finely got my Dad's Parker 51 working and what a great pen. Turns out to be my best fountain pen. Hallmark felt tip pen. Don't know what type of wood this one is made of but it is not walnut like most my other Hallmarks. Next is a great new pencil with an old name. Wearever 0.5mm pencil from Rad and Hungry. A Hero 360 fountain pen. I like this one because no matter how you pick it up the pen will writes.Very fine point. Last is my Christmas present for this year. A Parker 5th. Not sure why Parker thinks this is not a fine point felt tip pen with metal guide but it is still fun to write with. Add all these great pens and pencils to your collection. Can't wait till 2014.
Monday, December 16, 2013
Most of these great pencils have been seen before but I have never had the 1980s complete set of five clear PD 245s all together. The problem has always been the hard to find green pencil. The book is the 1980s pentel catalog. These are some of the most collectible of all the Pentel pencils and still command high prices. Many new pentel collectors have gotten started collecting Pentel pencils by seeing them at blogs like Pencils 11. Germ was the best. Add these great pencils to your collection.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Here we have two more BIC sets to add to the collection. On the left are the BIC Groovy erasable pens. There are three pens in this set. The great graphics on the front of the package glow in 3D when placed under a black light. From 1997. On the right are the BIC Tribals Wavelengths. There are five pens in this set. This one is a very popular and expensive set. Greta graphics on the pens. From 1991. Add both of these great BIC pens sets to your collection.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Her are two more Parker Jotters from India. On the left is the gold stainless steel pen which is just like the standard stainless steel one most of us already have in our collections except for the color. On the right is a Jotter with a real nice design. I believe this is one of three new designs sold in India. All the Jotters made and sold in India all seem to have very fine point refills. These two new pens will run about $10.00 each so add them to your collection.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
While looking for old 3" by 5" notebooks for the TV show Mad Men I came across Jacks Pocket Notebooks. I had never seen these before but I do know of the basic concept because in the Army we would sometimes make our own notebooks by using different size binder rings. We used plastic covers not these great aluminum covers. These are on eBay and there appears to be both the reporters like I have here and the rings down the left side. Four different color T 354 aluminum, different size rings, calendars, lined paper and blank paper like I am using. There are dividers like the one on the bottom right sheet of paper. I have been using my notebook for about three weeks and I love it. This notebook is 3" by 5" and I use a rubber band to keep it closed. My new fountain pen does not breed through the paper. These notebook are very simple yet work great. There are other options so search it on eBay and get yourself one for Christmas.
Monday, December 2, 2013
This is a first. The purple fountain is not a Lamy. It looks like one, parts are interchangeable, uses the same refills but it is not a Lamy. It is a Hero 359. When I was in Korea they would tell us not to buy a fake Rolex which were sold on every corner. I did anyway and it lasted about a week. This pen is not a fake Lamy but a Hero 359. It has Hero on the side of the pen. I bought this pen because I like purple and I like my Lamy Safari pens. This Hero came with a converter, six refills and so far writes just like my Lamy. It was half the price of a Lamy and I did buy another so I can see if there are any quality control problems. Some people do have a problem with a pen that looks like their Lamy but I believe the Chinese picked a successful pen and made their own. When Lamy comes out with a purple pen I will buy it. Hero has other colors but so does Lamy. So if you want to have a pen that looks like your Lamy but in purple then buy one. The most popular Hero 359 that they sell seems to be the purple one. They are on ebay.