The Nib Section

11 - Collectors Series Part 1: “An Accumulation of Fountain Pens”

January 16, 2018

We’re back! Kicking off the new year with the start of a new series of interviews with fountain pen collectors (loosely defined). We’ll delve into their habits, the histories of their collections, try to work out if there is method to the madness. All in pursuit of an answer to the eternal question: Can users and collectors peacefully co-exist?

The first guest for the Collectors Series is Mr. Nicholas Gold. Keep an eye out for further interviews in the series as we head into the 2018.

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The hosts were Chuck Montano, Christina Kowalin and Aidan O’Brien. The guest was Nicholas Gold.


00:55—What We Are Writing With

Christina: Visconti Homo Sapiens Dark Age, Pilot Vanishing Point Matte Black, Pilot Custom Heritage 92 

Aidan: Visconti Homo Sapiens Caput Mundi, Pelikan M805 Stresemann
Chuck: Pilot Custom Heritage 92

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03:33—Choose Your Side: Users vs Collectors

An inspiration for the series, though not mentioned in the episode, was Ed Jelley’s blog post: Bloggers Weigh In: Collecting Fountain Pens vs Using Fountain Pens.


09:23—Interview: Nicholas Gold

Montblanc Hemingway Writers Edition

OMAS 360

Pictures of Nicholas' fountain pens, including the stunning OMAS celluloids

OMAS Filarmonica

Montblanc Heritage 1914

Melbourne Pen Show

Sydney Pen Show
CalliCon 2017
Col-o-ring Ink Testing Book
Field Notes

OMAS 360 Arco Bronze
John Mottishaw

Pilot Vanishing Point Raden Minamo “Water Surface”

Sailor Profit 1911 Large Aqua Blue

Montblanc Meisterstuck 146 90th Anniversary

Armando Simoni Club


Nicholas’ blog: Quillidyllic

IG: @quillidyllic

Twitter: @youstruckgold



Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year Olivine

Lamy LE Vibrant Pink Ink

Platinum 3776 Oshino
Unknown new Visconti Homo Sapiens model



Uncharted: The Lost Legacy


58:09—Thanks and Credits

Producers: Diana Dai, Chuck Montano, Sharyn Zha, Patrick Antolovich, Denise Tang.
Recording and editing: Patrick Antolovich, Denise Tang.

Special thanks to Nicholas Gold.

Music: Michael Pearce.
Logo: Will H. Smith.
Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

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