Posted in Fountain Pen Review

Benu Classic Black Skull Fountain Pen

A thank you goes out to Kate at Benu Pen for providing the pen for this review. Keep reading because someone will win this pen and there is also a special offer! Continue reading “Benu Classic Black Skull Fountain Pen”

Posted in Inks, Misc

Inked Pens for April

I am experimenting on YouTube. This is my second video. It should be a big improvement over the last video as I actually did some editing of the video before posting. :p In the video, you will see the 12 pens I have inked, as of yesterday. Yes, 12. My autocorrect is even questioning the reference to 12 pens inked! So, here is the video link:

You will see a few pens I have not mentioned before. If you follow me on Instagram you probably have seen some of them already.

Below is a scan of the writing sample created with each pen. The paper is from a Muji notebook (A5) that Jose N. gave me a while back. It’s actually really good for fountain pens.

inked 4 3 2017


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Posted in Misc, Paraphernalia, Uncategorized

5 Things To Do When Shipping A Fountain Pen

5 Things To Do Before Shipping A Fountain Pen
5 Things To Do When Shipping A Fountain Pen. Drawing by reka24_ on Instagram. Photo by joka29_ Used with permission.

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”

Posted in Fountain Pen Review

DIY: Automatic Closet Light

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”

Posted in Fountain Pen Review, Pen Review

Eversharp Skylines and an Aurora

One Aurora and two Eversharps.

From Left to right, Aurora Idea, Eversharp Skyline Standard Size, and Eversharp Skyline Demi size.

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.

A close up the Eversharp Skyline stub.
A close up the Eversharp Skyline stub.

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

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

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 No D132,664 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!”

20th Century Dreyfuss Streamlines 4-6-4 Hudson Locomotive.

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.

The ink window is just above the cap threads on this Eversharp Skyline.
The ink window is just above the cap threads on this Eversharp Skyline.


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.

Did I mention I really like the striated cap on the Eversharp Skyline?

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.


Aurora Idea. A close up of the nib and cap engraving. The engravings are reminiscent of the striated celluloid on the Eversharp Skyline.

The Wahl-Eversharp name was revived a few years ago and you can now buy modern versions of the same Skyline design. The link is provided for your convenience and there is no affiliation with me or my blog. 

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.

I am by no means an expert on Eversharp Skylines. Most of the information I know about them comes from and Please visit those sites to learn more. There is also a book about Wahl Eversharp available for purchase. Every purchase helps keep this blog going. Wahl Eversharp: An Illustrated History

Thank you for reading.

Ivan -“Where the pen is mightier than the sword, but a lightsaber?”

Posted in Leather Goods, Misc

DIY: A Charging Station Idea


Two tablets and 2 phones make their home in this charging station. Check the links below for more ideas.


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.

Thanks for reading!


UBaymax 5 Compartment Desk Organizer Pen Pencil Caddy Desktop Organizer Media/ Card/ Remote Control Holder Organizer PU Leather Office Supplies (Black)

3 Tier Country Rustic Brown Wood Office Desk File Organizer Mail Sorter Tray Holder w/ Storage Drawer

Honey-Can-Do OFC-03612 Woven Document Carrying Tote, 14 x 7.75 x 9″, Espresso

Hysada USB Charger, 8 Multi-Port USB Charging Station, 8 Port USB Wall, Travel Charger USB Socket, Fast Charger With LCD Display For iPhone 6/6S/ 6/6S Plus/5/5S/SE HTC Samsung And Other USB Devices

YOCOU 5-Channel Cable Management System, Pack of 6

Posted in Paraphernalia, Stationery/Notebook Reviews

Baron Fig Confidant Planner 2017

Baron Fig 2016 on the left, 2017 on the right.
Baron Fig 2016 on the left, 2017 on the right.

Last year I purchased a Baron Fig planner. It was the first ever Baron Fig product I had ever purchased and I found my planner peace. I have used it the whole year and have been very happy with it. You can read my 2016 review here.  So far, from what I can tell, the 2017 planner is pretty much the same except for one detail. Continue reading “Baron Fig Confidant Planner 2017”