The Nib Section
54 - Collectors Series Part 7: “Mass-Produced Curator”

54 - Collectors Series Part 7: “Mass-Produced Curator”

October 11, 2019

Tom May, local “pen doctor” for Lamy and Milligram, and collector/connoisseur of all things analog, joins Mel and Kevin for a Collectors Series episode. 

 

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The hosts were Mel (@the_fine_nib_chick) and Kevin (@sentience). Special guest was Tom May (@harry_longbaugh). 

 

 

FORMAT

 

01:10—WWAWW 

 

Tom: Parker 1946 Vacumatic Golden Pearl in a Rod Hallewell case w/ Lamy Black 

Kevin: Lamy 2000 w/ Lamy Blue-Black 

Mel: Pilot Vanishing Point Green Faceted w/ Pilot Iroshizuku Syo-ro 

 

05:05—Collectors Series: Tom May 

 

Episode 39 - Collectors Series Part 5: “Lamy Archaeology” 

Palomino Blackwing 602 - Milligram 

Eberhard Faber Blackwing 601 - No Ordinary Pencil 

General Pencil Company Cedar Pointe - Pencil Revolution 

Mitsubishi 9850 - Pen Paper Pencil 

Lamy 2000 Blue Bauhaus Limited Edition 

Parker Vacumatic - The Gentleman Stationer 

Parker Vacumatic - Parkerpens.net 

Dudek Modern Goods 

Musgrave Pencil Company 

Junghans Max Bill 

Universal Genève Polerouter - Worn & Wound 

Mario Bellini Divisumma 18 calculator - MoMA 

Mass Made Soul 

'Aster 20' TV set designed by Mario Bellini and Dario Bellini - Quittenbaum 

Sheaffer Oversized Vac-filled Balance Carmine - Peyton Street Pens 

Pendleton’s Pens 

Episode 11 - Collectors Series Part 1: Nicholas Gold 

 

44:54—Recommendations 

 

Werner Herzog, Of Walking In Ice 

Culture Amp Diversity & Inclusion Starter Kit 

No BS Coffee 

 

51:36—Thanks and Credits 

 

Producers: Kevin Yank, Mel Sanders. 

Recording and editing: Kevin Yank, Diana Dai.

Special thanks: Tom May. 

Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf. 

53 - The Other German Pen Brand

53 - The Other German Pen Brand

September 27, 2019

We went to the Sydney Pelikan Hub last week, but it was the event by the *other* German pen brand that gave us loads to talk about. 

 

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The hosts were Chuck (@entree3000_), Sharyn (@sharynzha), and Diana (@thegrynne).

 

 

FORMAT

 

02:56—WWAWW 

 

Diana: Caran d’Ache 849 BP Claim Your Style Pink 

Sharyn: Pilot Vanishing Point Tropical Turquoise w/ Iroshizuku Asa-gao 

Chuck: Montblanc Generations Yellow w/ Robert Oster Sydney Darling Harbour 

 

07:51—Review: Peg & Awl Sendak Artist Roll and Sendak Mini 

 

Episode 44 - Carry and Storage 

Peg & Awl 

The Sendak Artist Roll 

The Sendak Mini Artist Roll 

Greenleaf & Blueberry (@greenleafblue

 

23:25—Sydney Pelikan Hub 2019 

 

Pelikan Hubs 

 

36:28—Montblanc Calligraphy Masterclass 

 

Photos of the event - TNS on FB 

@calligraphyenvogue 

Meisterstück Solitaire Calligraphy Gold Leaf Flex Nib Fountain Pen 

Meisterstück 149 Calligraphy Flex Nib 

146 flex nib and 149 flex nib compared - TNS on FB 

Montblanc Emperor Hadrian LE 76 - Forbes 

Montblanc James Purdey LE 81 - The Firearm Blog 

Montblanc Miles Davis LE 90 - Montblanc 

Montblanc Antoni Gaudi LE 128 - Mont Blanc Pen 

Episode 30 - The Hand Senses More Than The Eye Can See 

 

1:20:41—Recommendations 

 

Happy 

Conserve water in the garden 

Fire Emblem Three Houses 

 

1:30:17—Thanks and Credits 

 

Producers: Chuck Montano, Sharyn Zha, Diana Dai. 

Recording and editing: Diana Dai. 

Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf. 

52 - Audrey Matteson, Nib Doctor

52 - Audrey Matteson, Nib Doctor

September 13, 2019

Diana talks to Dr. Audrey Matteson of Franklin-Christoph about her journey from microbiologist and “fountain pen spouse” to FC’s in-house nib specialist. 

 

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This episode features Diana (@thegrynne) with special guest Audrey (@thenibdoctor). 

 

  

FORMAT

 

00:50—Interview: Audrey Matteson 

 

@thenibdoctor 

Franklin-Christoph 

Episode 30 - The Hand Senses More Than The Eye Can See w/ Anabelle Hiller 

Anabelle Hiller 

Inkdependence! 

Richard Binder 

Live from the Atlanta Pen Show 2018 w/ Jim Rouse - The Pen Addict 

Bertrams Inkwell 

Mike Masuyama 

@yukio.nagahara 

The Franklin-Christoph SIG nib - The Pen Addict 

Mark Bacas (Nib Grinder) 

Ralph Reyes (Regalia Writing Labs) 

Jonathan Brooks (Carolina Pen Company) 

Ryan Krusac 

Audrey’s Bungubox x Sailor Sapporo “Hello San Francisco” SF Pen Show 2019 Limited Edition Music - @inkdependence 

Jacque Herbin Bleu Austral - Milligram 

Inkantadora 

Jesi Raine (Vintage Pen Shop) 

Faggionato 

Papier Plume 

Aurora Black - The Writing Desk 

 

1:22:02—Recommendations 

 

Saving Grace NC 

 

1:23:59—Thanks and Credits 

 

Producer: Diana Dai. 

Recording and editing: Diana Dai. 

Special thanks: Audrey Matteson. 

Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

51 - The Ones That Got Away (Sydney Pen Show Edition)

51 - The Ones That Got Away (Sydney Pen Show Edition)

August 30, 2019

In our very first live show, recorded at the Sydney Pen Show 2019, we talk show highlights, hauls, and the ones that got away. 

 

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This episode features Chuck (@entree3000_), Sharyn (@sharynzha), Tav (@nunc_est_scribendi) and Diana (@thegrynne). 

 

 

FORMAT

 

02:05—WWAWW 

 

Tav: Noodlers Neponset with stubbed music flex-modified nib 

Sharyn: Pilot Kakuno with urushi cap by Brian Saputro w/ Pilot Black 

Chuck: Aurora Optima Yellow Resin w/ Robert Oster Sydney Pen Show 2018  Lavender 

Diana: Parker Jotter Turquoise BP 

 

06:32—Sydney Pen Show 2019 

 

Sydney Pen Show 

Journals 

Strine & Co 

The Superior Labor 

Pilot Vanishing Point 2019 LE Tropical Turquoise - LarryPOST 

Midori MD Note Cotton 

TNS Inky Lemon Pin 

 

16:59—The Ones That Got Away 

 

Omas Ogiva Cocktail Blue Angel - Chatterley Luxuries 

Sailor Cocktail Series - LePens 

Sailor Pro Gear Cocktail Angel's Delight - reddit 

Omas Vintage Paragon Arco Verde - Penporium 

Omas LE Celluloid Paragon Collection - Elephant & Coral 

Sailor x Kingdom Note Tale of Genji Series - LePens 

Caran d’Ache Colours of the Earth Inks RIP - FPN 

Montblanc 149 Calligraphy Flex Nib - Montblanc 

 

37:34—Audience Questions 

 

Why write? Penmanship for the 21st Century | Jake Weidmann | TEDxMileHigh 

 

57:24—Recommendations 

 

Yndi Halda 

Munchies Street Food Icons 

RuPaul’s Drag Race 

Destructive Steps 

 

1:08:51—Thanks and Credits 

 

Producer: Chuck Montano, Sharyn Zha, Diana Dai.

Recording and editing: Diana Dai. 

Special thanks: Mark Hopson, Sophia Le. 

Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

50 - Tuned to Order

50 - Tuned to Order

August 16, 2019

We look at the phenomenon of the post-factory nib technician. Are they just meeting a need from customers who increasingly buy their fountain pens online? Or are nib technicians a stopgap for dealing with manufacturers with inadequate QC? 

 

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This episode features Chuck (@entree3000_), Sharyn (@sharynzha), Tav (@nunc_est_scubendi) and Diana (@thegrynne). Our guest this episode is Anabelle Hiller (@stringsandpedals). 

 

 

FORMAT

 

00:42—WWAWW

 

Chuck: Aurora Optima Sole B w/ Robert Oster Ng Special ‘16 

Diana: Pilot Kakuno Demonstrator Raden (custom) w/ Montblanc Egyptian Blue 

Sharyn: Pilot Metal Falcon Burgundy SF w/ Sailor Oku-yama 

Tav: Parker Vacuumatic Jr. Black 3B w/ Lamy Black  

 

04:58—Feedback and News 

 

Chuck, Sharyn and Di will be recording live at the Sydney Pen Show 2019 

 

06:38—Tuned to Order 

 

08:26—Interview: Anabelle Hiller, Nib Technician 

 

Anabelle on IG is @stringsandpedals 

Episode 30 - The Hand Senses More Than the Eye Can See 

Appelboom 

John Sorowka is Oxonian on FPN 

Recently a debate has arisen within the dutch goldsmith community as to what makes one a master goldsmith. “ - @stringsandpedals 

“Why Calathea Makes the Most Beautiful Decorative Houseplant” - Bloomspace 

 

34:29—Tuned to Order (continued) 

 

Nibs.com 

Nibsmith 

Pensive Pens 

 

1:04:58—Recommendations 

 

Greek yoghurt 

Lean on Me,  José James

French Cooking Academy 

Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream 

 

1:09:48—Thanks and Credits 

 

Producer: Chuck Montano, Sharyn Zha, Diana Dai.

Recording and editing: Diana Dai. 

Special guest: Anabelle Hiller. 

Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf. 

49 - A Truly Committed Filth Monster (2nd Anniversary Q&A Edition)

49 - A Truly Committed Filth Monster (2nd Anniversary Q&A Edition)

August 2, 2019

In this absolute bonanza of an episode, we answer all the listener questions we received and celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the podcast. 

 

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The hosts were Chuck (@entree3000_), Sharyn (@sharynzha), Tav (@nunc_est_scribendi) and Diana (@thegrynne). 

 

 

FORMAT

 

01:24—WWAWW 

 

Tav: James Finniss custom pen BB w/ Montblanc Midnight Blue 

Sharyn: Pilot x Mitsukoshi Decimo 2019 Red LE MF 

Diana: Opus 88 Fantasia Green-Yellow M w/ Montblanc Red Fox 

Chuck: Nakaya Long Piccolo Chinkin Housoge Elastic SF 

 

08:02—Ink Questions 

 

Kobe Nagasawa Aegean Sea Blue - Nagasawa 

Episode 46 - Write Therapy 

“I’m torn on the pardon thing. If it’s “forgiveness for doing something wrong” then a pardon is nonsensical.” - @jonbradfield 

“Re. Alan Turing. But also, James fucking Flint.” - @diana_liwen 

THAT scene from Black Sails Episode 1x07 

Robert Iridescink by Diamine - Cult Pens 

Robert Oster Hippo Purple - Mountain of Ink 

Akkerman Dutch Masters #3 Gele Oker Van Frans - Mountain of Ink 

Montblanc Golden Yellow - Mountain of Ink 

 

32:49—Fountain Pen Questions 

 

Laura’s tragically broken Aurora - @inkpea 

Diana’s tragically broken Aurora - @diana_liwen 

Diana’s “Hannibal pen” the ST Dupont Olympio Vertigo XL - @thenibsection 

Hannibal identifies Bella Crawford’s perfume 

EuroBox 

Bexley Pen 

Newton Pens 

StyloArt 

 

1:19:49—Shows/Community Questions 

 

Episode 40 - Tokyo Pen Expedition (Decimo Edition) 

@inkantadora 

Anabelle Hiller 

Mike Masuyama 

Richard Binder 

Montblanc M fountain pen 

 

1:43:02—Non-FP Questions 

 

Gastropod 

Ologies 

The Allusionist 

Planet Money 

Little Gold Men 

Culture Gabfest 

1A 

Women at Work 

Secrets of Wealthy Women 

The Minimalist 

Buffering the Vampire Slayer 

Behind the Bastards 

How Did This Get Made 

Comedy Bang Bang 

“How Vaporwave Was Created Then Destroyed by the Internet” - Esquire 

The Leaky Nib 

Pensive Pens 

 

2:11:53—Recommendations 

 

Just Add Love, Irris Makler 

@artofchrismckee 

Papinelle 

@ravioli_daddy 

 

2:20:39—Thanks and Credits 

 

Producers: Chuck Montano, Sharyn Zha, Diana Dai. 

Recording and editing: Diana Dai. 

Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

 

48 - Colour Coordinating is a Superpower

48 - Colour Coordinating is a Superpower

July 19, 2019

How—if at all—do you colour coordinate pen and ink? The hosts discuss the satisfaction that comes with matching a pen with its perfectly paired ink colour, and all the quirks and self-imposed rules that guide our decisions. 

 

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This episode features Chuck (@entree3000_), Sharyn (@sharynzha), Brian (@briansaputro) and Diana (@thegrynne). 

 

 

FORMAT

 

00:44—WWAWW

 

Brian: Sailor Pro Gear Slim Demonstrator and Manyou 

Sharyn: ST Dupont D-Line Atelier Tortoise Brown w/ Pelikan Edelstein Smoky Quartz 

Chuck: Aurora Optima 365 Azzurra BB w/ Iroshizuku Syo-ro and Optima 365 Coral Red MCI w/ Sailor Irori 

Diana: PenBBS 456 Clear Demonstrator w/ Sailor 21k Port of Kobe H-MF nib and Private Reserve Naples Blue 

 

Nagasawa x Sailor Port of Kobe Waterfront Realo - Nagasawa 

Nagasawa x Sailor Port of Kobe Waterfront Red Realo - Nagasawa 

 

13:57—Feedback and News 

 

If you have a question you’d like the hosts to answer in our upcoming 2nd Anniversary Q&A episode, you can send it to us via Instagram, Facebook, Discord or email

 

18:16—Colour Coordinated 

 

The Year I Became Addicted To Monochrome - The Cut 

Visconti Watermark Rainbow LE - La Couronne du Comte 

Katamari - Fandom Wiki 

Private Reserve Ink 

Montblanc Blue Palette - Montblanc 

Colors of the Four Seasons—Again - Crónicas Estilográficas 

Lamy Dark Lilac - Mountain of Ink 

 

54:10—Review: Lamy Notebooks

 

Lamy Notebooks - Lamy Australia 

Photos of Sharyn’s writing tests - TNS on Facebook 

Products were provided by Lamy Australia for review 

 

1:30:48—Recommendations 

 

Pecorino al Tartufo 

Strong Songs 

Shitposting is an art, if history is any indication - Polygon 

tumblr meme culture is really just a form of neo dadaism 

Gloomology Golden Garlic Enamel Pin 

Eat more garlic 

Learn another language 

 

1:44:14—Thanks and Credits 

 

Producer: Chuck Montano, Sharyn Zha, Diana Dai.

Recording and editing: Diana Dai. 

Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf. 

47 - Collectors Series Part 6: Leo Fok

47 - Collectors Series Part 6: Leo Fok

July 5, 2019

Leo Fok, self-described “casual buyer of pens”, was in Sydney recently, and joined Diana, Sharyn et co. for a long, free-pouring lunch, where they eventually got around to talking about his collection and collecting habits. 

 

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This episode features Leo (@inquisitivequill), Diana (@thegrynne), Sharyn (@sharynzha), Brian (@briansaputro) and Ada. Dogs of the pod, Lance and Sebastian, also lent their voices. 

 

 

FORMAT

 

00:33—Leo Fok  

 

Previous episodes in the Collectors Series:

Previous episodes that Leo has guested in:

Inquisitive Quill on Youtube 

@inquisitivequill 

Controversy Over The Early M900 Toledo - The Pelikan’s Perch 

Lamy Joy 1.1mm - Dymocks 

Tainan Pen Show Public Group 

Tokyo International Pen Show 

Sailor Pro Gear Umeda Chayamachi store exclusive, "snow, moon, wind, and flowers" - @inquisitivequill 

Sailor Pro Gear Morita Robin Blue and Sailor Pro Gear 雪月風花 “Wind” from Umeda Chayamachi compared - TNS on FB 

Namiki Custom Impressions - TNS on FB 

Pilot 100th Anniversary Limited Edition Fountain Pens Press Release 

Aurora Internazionale Fountain Pen - Novelli Pens 

Pilot Custom 823 - Tokyo Pen Shop 

Pilot Custom Urushi - Anderson Pens 

Pilot Sakura Fubuki “Sakura Snowstorm” patterned pens - TNS on FB 

Pilot Sakura Fubuki in red and black - @inquisitivequill 

Diamine Lion Rock (狮子山) Fountain Pen Ink - @muzepens 

Leo’s profile in Shumi no bungu bako - TNS on FB 

Shumi no bungu bako Volume 50 - Amazon 

Review: M805 Anthracite Stresemann (2015) - The Pelikan’s Perch 

Pelikan Souverän M800 Tortoiseshell Brown Review - Scribalishess 

Pilot Sokuikinen HouOu Phoenix Coronation Pen - Elephant & Coral 

Aurora launches the Goccia Nib - Aurora Pen 

Aurora Optima Coral Red 365 & the Goccia Nib! - Mike Matteson 

The Two Super Ultra 500 - Crónicas Estilográficas 

 

59:04—Thanks and Credits 

 

Producer: Diana Dai.

Recording and editing: Diana Dai. 

Special guest: Leo Fok.

Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf. 

46 - Recent Acquisitions (June 2019 Edition)

46 - Recent Acquisitions (June 2019 Edition)

June 21, 2019

We take the risk of trying things, so you don’t have to. Feat. Roterfaden Taschenbegleiters, Musubi journals, Visconti quill nibs, and Aurora flex nibs. 

 

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The hosts were Chuck (@entree3000_), Sharyn (@sharynzha), and Diana (@thegrynne).

 

  

FORMAT

 

00:16—WWAWW

 

Sharyn: Pineider La Grande Bellezza Honeycomb EF “Quill” nib w/ Sailor Yuki-Akari

Diana: ST Dupont Olympio L F (Dan Smith) w/ Caran d’Ache Sunset

Chuck: Platinum Century Fujin Raijin B w/ Platinum Carbon Black

 

03:52—Feedback

 

Episode 23 - For the Love of Ballpoints

Episode 46 - Write Therapy

 

09:50—Recent Acquisitions

 

Maruzen 150th Anniversary “Lemon” LE

Nib Grinder (Mark Bacas)

Roterfaden

Roterfaden Taschenbegleiter Configurator

Diana’s Roterfaden collection (TNS on FB)

Midori Traveler’s Notebook - Jet Pens

Roterfaden Planner Covers - Simply Life

Episode 28 - The Sound of One Pen Being Tested

Aurora Optima Lilac Resin LE Fine Flex - Nibs

Aurora Optima Light Blue Resin LE Fine Flex - Nibs

Aurora 88 Flex - The Gentleman Stationer

Pineider La Grande Bellezza - Goulet Pens

Visconti Pentagon - Appelboom

Pineider “La Grande Bellezza” Gemstone Rhodolite Red Fountain Pen - The Pen Addict

Musubi Atelier

Diana’s Musubi A5 Wool and Dragonflies journals (TNS on FB)

Hobonichi Plain Notebook

Nanami Seven Seas

Musubi diaries - Leigh Reyes

Midori MD A5 Leather Cover - Milligram

Platinum Century Fujin Raijin - Nibs

Nakaya maki-e converter - Nagasawa

Sharyn’s ST Dupont Line-D Ateliers (TNS on FB)

ST Dupont Phoenix Renaissance Premium LE - Chatterley Luxuries

 

1:20:04—Recommendations

 

Always Be My Maybe Dinner Scene ft. Keanu Reeves

Sail By AWOLNATION

John Wick 3

Halle Berry Refuses to Lose to Spicy Wings | Hot Ones

Avatar the Last Airbender

Warrior on Cinemax

Dianxi Xiaoge

 

1:33:15—Thanks and Credits

 

Producer: Chuck Montano, Shayn Zha, Diana Dai.

Recording and editing: Diana Dai.

Music: Michael Pearce.

Logo: Will H. Smith.

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

45 - Write Therapy

45 - Write Therapy

June 7, 2019

Two friends and fountain pen nerds chat about writing and self care.

 

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You can always email us at thenibsection@gmail.com

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The host was Diana (@thegrynne), and her guest was Laura (@inkpea and @vientocorre).

 

If you or anyone you know is struggling with their mental health, please get in contact with Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636, or seek help at www.beyondblue.org.au.

  

FORMAT

 

10:06—WWAWW

 

Laura: Aurora Optima Black Resin F

Diana: Montblanc 146 90th Anniversary EF

 

11:34—Writing as self care

 

Spoon theory

 

26:19—Misc pen stuff

 

Conid

Episode 12 - We Can’t All Be Montblanc, Some Of Us Are Lego

 

32:15—Thanks and Credits

 

Producer: Diana Dai.

Recording and editing: Diana Dai.

Special thanks: Laura.

Music: Michael Pearce.

Logo: Will H. Smith.

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

 

33:09—After Dark

 

Roterfaden

Roterfaden Taschenbegleiter ST_17

The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron

@randomstoryprompts

Good Omens

The Hot Zone

Killing Eve