God and family. Stationery. Ink. Fountain pens. Electronic gizmos. I adjust and grind my own fountain pen nibs. Ubuntu Linux user since 06.10. Minidisc fan. Audio enthusiast. Contact me on Twitter: @inktronics or email: ivan at inktronicsblog dot com
So, you have come to the point in your fountain pen journey where it is time to start selling or giving away some of your pens. Maybe the nib was not the right softness or it was too broad. Maybe the color was not what you expected. Maybe it just turned out the section is too thin for your hand. Maybe you are not selling or giving away a pen but sending it off to be worked on by a nib meister. You can try selling or giving away your unused pens on the internet. Whether it be on eBay, Etsy, a fountain pen forum or social media, there are a few things you need to do to become a trusted seller/giver and shipper. Continue reading “5 Things To Do When Shipping A Fountain Pen”→
Our walk in closet lighting has been a problem for a few years. You see, the single bulb light is a pull chain type fixture. There is no switch on the wall to control it. Those fixtures are rather cheap. I have replaced the pull chain several times and I am not sure what it is but they don’t seem to last very long. I was fed up having to replace the pull switch and I was determined to add a wall switch to the light fixture to lessen the hassle of replacing the pull chain switch every year. While at the hardware store I passed by the outdoor lighting section and a light literally turned on above my head. That’s when it hit me. Continue reading “DIY: Automatic Closet Light”→
This is not a review, as these pens are no longer produced, sort of. I’ll explain later. You can find vintage/antique examples on eBay or Etsy very easily. They are moderately priced and make excellent writers but may be better suited to desk use as the plastics can become brittle. If you are interested in owning one, look for those that have already been restored. Unless you can get them for a really good price, restoring them (replacing the ink sac) is risky since the brittleness issue might make for a broken pen, if you attempt to restore them yourself.
I’ve enjoyed the look of Eversharp Skylines for a while and the cap shape and striated celluloid colors intrigue me. I present to you my two Eversharp Skylines and one Aurora Idea. An obviously Eversharp inspired modern pen, also no longer produced. According to Richardspens.com
I’ve enjoyed the look of Eversharp Skylines for a while and the cap shape and striated celluloid colors intrigue me. About 2 years ago I was able to purchase my first Skyline (The demi-sized version.) I present to you my two Eversharp Skylines and one Aurora Idea. An obviously Eversharp inspired modern pen, also no longer produced.
According to Richardspens.com:
“In 1941, the Wahl-Eversharp company introduced a new fountain pen called the Skyline. Strikingly modern in appearance, the Skyline was designed by Henry Dreyfuss (U.S. Patent NoD132,663 for the body and NoD132,664 for the clip), who also streamlined the steam locomotives of the New York Central Railroad’s famed 20th Century Limited. You do not need a very sharp eye to detect a strong resemblance between the locomotive shown here and the Skylines on this page!”
My Green/Red striped Dubonnet (Burgundy color) is a standard size with a black section and ink window denotes it as an earlier version. You can just make out the ink window in the picture below. It is the shinier part of the section just above the cap threads.
Later versions lost the ink window and switched to a section that matched the color of the barrel. This as shown in my demi-sized version with gold filled cap. Incidentally, the Demi still has the original price sticker that says they sold for $9.75. The Demi also has a factory medium stub.
Before I really knew anything about the Eversharp Skyline I ended up with an Aurora Idea in a forum trade. It is an obvious modern take on the Skyline. I found in my research, the Aurora Idea looks to have been a lower end offering by Aurora, as many describe it as a school pen. Mine did not come with a converter but someone told me that Parker converters work well in these pens. They were correct and the Parker slide converter works okay in it. The only issue is there seems to be something in the barrel that catches the end of the converter. When you unscrew the barrel, the converter catches on something inside the barrel and is disconnected from the section. A screw type Parker converter does not do this but is a very tight fit. You have to really crank down on the barrel to get it to screw closed. Eventually, I feel that stress will crack the barrel, so I put up with the slide converter issue.
There you have it. I hope you enjoyed this peek into my collection and please comment if you would like to see more posts like this. I have many more antique pens I would like to share if anyone is interested.
If you have kids old enough to have their own electronic devices, you know that it can get cumbersome when everyone needs to charge their device. A usual sight at our home was to find multiple chargers plugged into a power strip and a spaghetti bowl of cables going across the kitchen counter with multiple devices strewn on the counter. I tried alleviating the mess by reducing the number of chargers plugged into the strip by replacing the power strip with a wall plate that has USB connections in it. This helped a little bit but we still had cables across the kitchen counter.
I started looking at ideas for a charging station that I could make or at least modify. I found many ideas. Some involved modifying small boxes to hold the power strip and cables. I tried a variation of this with limited success as the box I chose was too big for the table I had chosen in our living room. The table has a nice compartment that I wanted to use to hide all the cables but that would require drilling through the bottom of it. My wife put a stop to that. So, I was back to square one.
While browsing a local discount store, I came across a leather file folder organizer and that’s when it clicked. It was perfect. I hid the power strip behind the table with velcro and the organizer sits atop the table. I used some stick on cable routing clips on the back of the file organizer to keep the cables in check. It easily holds 2 tablets and 2 phones with room for more. Not bad for less than 10 minutes of work.
Just an update to the review I posted of the Schon DSGN Stainless Pen. Shortly after my review was posted, Ian announced that he has an adapter available for his pen that will allow you to use D1 style refills instead of the Fisher Space pen refill. My preferred refill for this type of pen is the Zebra D1 and it works fine. The adapter is a plastic sleeve that accepts the D1 refill then you drop it in the pen. The only thing I noticed is that the adapter is 1 mm short compared to the Space Pen refill and the tip did not protrude from the pen fully. I just tightened the set screw a little more and it took up the slack. The price might be a little steep for what it actually is but only you can decide if $15 is worth the price to be able to use D1 refills in your Schon DSGN pen.