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Tags: abralon, aurora 88P, customized fountain pen, fountain pen satin finish, italian pens
Categories : Fountain Pens, Fun Stuff, Hacks, Italian, Reviews
Notice anything different about this little Aurora 88P?
I’ve owned this one for a while now, and really enjoy it (the vintage Aurora 88 models are absolutely top-notch pens), but I really got tired of it showing fingerprints all the time. So, one night while watching TV, I decided to give it a satin finish. Out came the abrasives, and a few hours later I had a nifty satin-y finish that feels GREAT in the hand, looks really elegant (the satin & chrome combo really looks good, in my opinion), and is almost impervious to fingerprints! Since the 88P is an all-celluloid model (there were a handful of different versions of the 88 – read my friend Andrea’s outstanding profile of this iconic pen here), it took the satin finish very nicely and very evenly, too. The best part about it is that it’s totally reversible with a little bit of polishing (I didn’t remove much material at all, so it should be able to be polished back out to a glossy finish without disturbing the imprints on the section).
At any rate, it doesn’t take much to do this, so if you’ve got a pen that you want to experiment with, grab some soft abrasives (I use these in 1000, 2000, and 4000 grit) and start with the finest grade and work backwards until you get the finish you’re looking for! Experiment with wet and dry sanding, and see what happens! You might be surprised the way your pen responds to a satin finish!
(*Disclaimer: You’re doing this at your own risk…if you choose to do this to an Omas Arco Paragon and you don’t like how it turns out, I can’t take responsibility for that. In fact, if you DO decide to give this treatment to an Arco Paragon, please email me your address because I’m gonna find you and kick you for even thinking of it. You’ve been warned…) 🙂
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Categories : News, Off-Topic
Whoa…two posts in one day? Better pace myself or I’ll burn out early! 🙂
I’ve had this conversation with a couple of you offline and in person, but I haven’t done much with this as an “open forum” kind of question. The way I see it, I have a bunch of different directions that I could pursue with this blog, and I guess I’m looking for some input from those of you who read it fairly frequently.
What topics have your attention right now that I might be able to write about?
I’m not quite out of ideas yet, and I’ve got a few of my own, but in addition to some of the stuff you’ve seen from me since this blog got started a couple of years ago (reviews, a hack or two, bang for the buck lists, etc.), what types of things are you most interested in reading about?
Leave your suggestions in the comment queue below, and let’s see where this goes!
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Tags: vintage fountain pen review, waterman, waterman's, waterman's commando, waterman's vintage pen
Categories : Fountain Pens, Reviews, Vintage
Decided I’d handwrite this one. These old Waterman’s models from the 40’s are, in my opinion, highly under-rated. Granted, they don’t always look perfect (Waterman’s had some issues with the materials they used during the 40’s before more stable plastics were available), but their nibs often make great writers!
(Click the individual scans for full(er) resolution so you can read them; otherwise, clean your glasses and enjoy!)
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Tags: Fountain Pens, notebooks, paper
Categories : Fountain Pens, Fun Stuff, Hacks, News, Paper/Notebooks, Reviews
Ah…it feels good to be back. It’s been a long time in the making, but I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to start posting a little more regularly than what you’ve seen from me in the past few months. There’s lots of cool new pen topics and interesting stuff to talk about, too. Despite the troubled economy, pen companies are still doing cool things, and there are always a few more vintage pens that don’t get the love they deserve.
In the coming months, I’m hoping to be able to stick to about two posts per month. Here’s a few ideas I’m working on: tips on smoothing scratchy nibs, a few new-ish pen reviews, some notebook short-takes, perhaps a hack or two, some history lessons, and maybe some additions to the budget writers series, too.