Paperchase Olive Metal Tiffin Box - Agenzio
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The pen is light, at around 15g uncapped (including about half a tank of ink in my case), plus 7g for the cap or 22g in total. Great for small product photography such as pens, at any time of day or night when you need a stable light source for photos.
Already 2023 looks set to be marked by the awful continuing war in Ukraine, industrial action for pay disputes and the current fall-out of Prince Harry’s tell-all biography, plus challenging times for household finances. I can then easily insert bullet points next to each balloon, for lists of tasks or occurrences on each client (or “account” in the States). It is a testament to their good design, that Waterman Experts are still sold and largely unchanged except for some cosmetic changes. I have also started filling the book from the front too, where I had the idea of inserting the date at the top and writing a page about the events of the day, using a different pen and ink each time.This is a consequence of the ad hoc nature of these posts, not from any decision to give the pen the cold shoulder. This was no hardship and I anticipate that most fountain pen enthusiasts can find several combinations that work well from their own selections. Perhaps going for a mid-level brightness is the answer and then decide whether you need to go either brighter or darker from there. It is also slightly translucent so that, when held against the light, you can make out the shape of the nib inside the cap.
So far, I tend to prefer the white light (using both rings), but I found that when using the green backdrop, my Samsung Galaxy S10’s camera was a bit confused when trying to sort out the white balance. I know of only a handful of pen companies offering pens with oblique nibs now, including Montblanc and Lamy. Others have written about how to prepare for a pen show, to get the most out of the day and some good tips are to (a) have a budget, (b) make a list of anything in particular that you want to look for. Compared to my Moonman, I am glad to say that that the Aurora stands up well in comparison (with its 14k nib, ebonite feed, piston filler and Auroloide body and exquisite finish and elegance) but I love them both. Or, for some rest and relaxation and to feel closer to the John Dickinson history, you may book a stay at the Shendish Manor Hotel.I worry that the hidden reservoir means a trap for ink when you are flushing the pen, although operating the piston a few times, with the nib immersed in warm water should be enough. Vijay and I then went to find the nib units, being sold at John Twiss and Vincent’s table with titanium nibs and ebonite feeds in various widths and with a choice of Jowo or Bock fittings and even a choice of colours for the feeds! I shall therefore be able to look back at this post next week and see how I did in reality, compared to my resolve. It is a lovely pen and I am very happy with it but to be honest its OB nib does not perform any better than the Moonman’s. For example, over the holidays the pen I have reached for most, has been an Online Bachelor, a cheap plastic clear demonstrator but with a joyous 0.
The cap features the Platinum “slip and seal” sprung inner cap which supposedly allows the pen to be left inked for up to a year without drying out.
You get a strong metal pocket clip, a shiny chrome cap band and a barrel which is not covered with text and bar code. For a change today, I thought to round off the month with a short tour of my “currently inked” fountain pens. It turns out that the nearby Shendish Manor had belonged to John Dickinson’s business partner Charles Longman, who in 1853 bought the Shendish estate on the western side of the valley in Apsley and built the house there in 1854-56.
I am very glad that I do not have to go back to being 11 years old again, but if I did, having a Waterman Expert this time round would be some consolation. But the triggering factors were (a) I noticed that it was available with an Oblique Broad nib and (b) it was in the Iguanasell summer sale with 20% off. Another more practical option for the amateur, is to try a portable “light box” with LED lights, powered by a USB cable. Either would be an upgrade from my current Nikon Prostaff 10×30 binos although I am very happy with them and they are excellent value.I am glad that I was able to go up it without pre-booking (it was late afternoon) and that it was free. Also the model I had bought was rather a faff to put up and take down, which also deterred me from getting it out much. You can reduce this to some extent by having the pen diagonal to the camera, but it is hard to eliminate it completely. I sampled the paper by trying one of my purchases from the same pen show: an Esterbook Estie Nouveau Bleu with a broad nib filled with Waterman Serenity Blue. Thin sheets of brass, in various thicknesses, used to floss the tines of a nib to clean out accumulated paper fibres and dried ink.