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It’s a new month, what’s in your pen cup?

I started the month rotating in an Esterbrook Dollar pen with a 9461 Ridgid Fine nib for “manifold” writing. Manifold nibs are intended to be used with carbon paper. This pen is 85 years old.

The usual suspects this month include a Wing Sung 3013, a Pilot Prera, and a Wing Sung 601.

For May, I am rotating in the Delike New Moon 3. It was inked up for review last month. As I mentioned how much I loved the nib, it seemed only appropriate to keep it in rotation.

Did you miss any of the prior month’s blog posts? Welp, here is your chance to catch up…

  • It’s a new month, what’s in your pen cup? Let’s see how I started April with a review of March. It’s a new month and time to shelve your current choice of pens in favor of new pens or those that may be long forgotten and feeling neglected. Also, let’s review how did the pens from last month fared? Also included is a recap of the month’s posts.
  • Esterbrook Dollar Pen, The Review I said to myself, “Self! You have never reviewed a pen that you refurbished, now is a good time.” Agreed, thus I present to you my 1938 Esterbrook Dollar pen.
  • Inky Fingers and Removal Some people have a phobia when it comes to ink on their fingers. For me, it usually happens when a vintage fountain pen is having issues. It is what it is. You should read some of the home remedies attested to by manic people with inky fingers.
  • What? All inks are not created equal I noticed some of my inks had formed condensation inside their bottles while others did not. Why? How? Aren’t all inks simply inks? I have an idea, if geekiness doesn’t scare you, read on.
  • Delike New Moon 3 Delike New Moon 3 is a blatant copy of the Sailor Pro Gear Slim. I’m not advocating the theft of intellectual property. I purchased the pen because it included a Fude nib and was inexpensive. What a surprise when the pen arrived.
  • Dracula Daily I found this interesting and wanted to share Dracula Daily, the email newsletter that sends you the full text of Dracula in real-time. The emails start 3rd of May.
  • Enjoy Your Local Libraries (National Library Week is starting) Consider this a public service announcement, in an effort to add more depth to the blog I wanted to highlight libraries in general. Expose my readers to some of the most breathtaking libraries in the world. Places I would never read a single work because I would be in awe. Enjoy!
  • World Stationery Day World Stationery Day is an annual event observed every last Wednesday of April. You could pop into a stationery store, or handwrite a letter, poem, or greeting card. You could. For those who are crafty, super geeks looking for a more personal touch, I have options for you.

In the News

About a third of book bans reported in fall 2022 were a result of new state laws. Pen America reports book banning in public schools rose during the first half of the 2022-23 school year, and nearly a third of them were the direct result of newly enacted state laws. From July to December 2022, the group says, there were 1,477 book bans directed at 874 different titles. The bans were most prevalent in five states – Texas, Florida, Missouri, Utah, and South Carolina.

Pencil Maker Doms Is Said to Eye $300 Million IPO. Indian stationery company Doms Industries Pvt. is planning to file as soon as June for an initial public offering in Mumbai. The majority owner is Milan-based Fabbrica Italiana Lapis ed Affini SpA. Doms traces its roots to 1975 with the founding of pencil manufacturer R.R. Group. The company runs more than 15 production facilities in India and its products, including pencils, erasers, and rulers, are available in over 50 countries.

Blog Update

I survived the home improvement project. I am exhausted but happy with the results. The carpet in 70% of the house was replaced. I offer one room before and after. Next up, new railing for the staircase.

Posted in Pens, Stories

TWSBI, Nope, Notta, Not Now

Six months ago I planned on presenting my TWSBI Eco-T but given the current bad behavior of TWSBI, I cannot in good conscience promote their pens. I’m not going to dispose of my TWSBI, I’m simply not buying another or promoting them in general.

What’s Up you ask?

Welp, TWSBI is accusing Moonman and Narwhal of selling copies of some of their models, and retaliating against retailers who sell TWSBI pens along with Moonman and Narwhal pens. Stating they can no longer sell TWSBIs as long as they sell the “impostors.” My position in this is simple, if TWSBI had a patent on their piston-filler mechanism (the issue), they could defend it but they don’t or they have already lost this battle in court. Bullying retailers is not the answer and I’m not going to support them.

My final thoughts, if you are in the market for a TWSBI Eco-T might I suggest a Pilot Prera instead. Or if you want to get back at TWSBI, there are some very nice options available from Narwhal and Moonman.

As I do not feel inclined to reorganize my posting schedule (it goes out through September 2023), instead I am going to highlight Pen News stories (those are super hard to find BTW).

In the News

TWSBI declares war on Moonman and Narwhal – enough already said but if you are interested in reading more might I suggest the post on Rachel’s Reflection, Goodbye TWSBI. It contains many links sourcing additional information on TWSBI’s behavior.

Monblanc Haus opened in Hamburg with a museum, art gallery, hall of fame, and school. A unique destination blends a museum, art gallery, hall of fame, and school elements. Located next to Montblanc’s headquarters, and production facilities for resin writing instruments and hand-ground gold nibs, the three-story structure also boasts a café, exhibition spaces, an archive, and an academy. “It’s about celebrating writing,” Montblanc chief executive officer Nicolas Baretzki.

Montblanc Haus

BIC Launches U.S. Program To Recycle used Pens, Pencils, Markers The “Write” Way. Stationery Recycling Program, allows consumers to send in all brands of pens, markers, mechanical pencils, highlighters, glue sticks, watercolor dispensers, and paint sets to be recycled for free. Participation is easy: sign up on the TerraCycle program web page, and a prepaid shipping label is provided. Simply packaged the used items and drop them in the return mail. The returned pens, etc are melted down to hard plastic that is remolded to make new products.

Pen pals, one from Ohio and Brazil, were finally able to meet each other in person after 33 years of letters. My hand hurts thinking about this.

Staedtler Upcycled Pencils announced a process to manufacture upcycled wood pencils from wood chips produced in the wood processing industry. Upcycling transforms residual or wastes materials into something new.

Pelican announces M605 Tortoiseshell-Black special edition. “Each writing instrument is a truly unique piece. The distinctive series, consisting of a piston fountain pen and a ballpoint pen with a twist mechanism, captivates with its appealing and individual play of colors with black and white nuances. This means that no two writing instruments look the same, which is what makes this series extremely interesting.” merges with The Pen Family. “ will continue as an online retailer of brands such as Nakaya, Sailor, Pilot-Namiki, and Platinum, and as a retailer of Pen Family brands such as Armando Simoni Club, Bexley, and Wahl-Eversharp. All pens will continue to be offered with the options for tuning and customization developed.”