The Nib Section

19 - Treat It Like You Would Your Grandma; Collectors Series Part 3

May 11, 2018

We’re back with an extra-long episode all about ye ole pens of yore. Join Chuck, Tav, Barry and Max as they discuss how to buy, use, and repair vintage pens. Then Sharyn brings us a Collectors Series interview with Kosta Kamboukos and David van Cuylenburg, two vintage pen collectors from Melbourne. 


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The hosts were Chuck (@entree3000_), Tav (@nunc_est_scribendi), Max (@maxschumacher98) and Barry. The interviewer was Sharyn Zha (@sharynzha).




01:20—What We Are Writing With 

Barry: 1924 Parker Duofold Jr Italic 

Tav: Sheaffer Targa Slim M w/ Sheaffer Black 

Max: Sheaffer Imperial IV B w/ Aurora Blue, and Parker 45 Insignia M w/ Aurora Black 

Chuck: Franklin-Christoph 20 Maya Blue EF SIG 




Fountain Pen Companion 

BYOB Pen Club 


06:12—Buying and using vintage pens 

The big 4: Parker, Sheaffer, Waterman and Wahl-Eversharp 

Parker 51 

Sheaffer Balance 

Eversharp Doric 

Peyton Street Pens 


17:53—What appeals to you about vintage pens? 


24:36—Collectors Series Part 3: Kosta Kamboukos and David van Cuylenburg 

Tokyo International Pen Show 2018 (Sep 29-30) at Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial and Trade Center Taito Hall 7th Floor in Taitou-ku 

Pen Collectors of Melbourne (David) 

Pen City 

Melbourne Vintage Pens (John Di Blasi) (Garry Lehrer) 

Jake’s Pens (Jake Leventhal) 

Penamie (Brian Toynton) 

Fountain Pen Hospital (Ed Fingerman) 

Classic Fountain Pens (John Mottishaw) 

Richard Binder 

Mike it Work! (Mike Masuyama) 

The Nibsmith (Dan Smith) 

Goulet Pens 

The Pensmith 

P.W. Akkerman 

S.T. Dupont Olympio Vertigo 

Novelli (Marco Parascenzo) 

“Arco Brown” Optima by Newton Pens 

Melbourne Pen Show 


@quillidyllic (Nick Gold) 

Fountain Pens of the World, by Andreas Lambrou 

Namiki Yukari 

Pilot Custom Urushi 

Conway Stewart 

Mabie Todd 

Waterman 420 eyedropper-fill in Cardinal Hard Rubber with Sterling Silver “Filigree” overlay (catalog 86) 


The Viceroy Grand 

Kosta: Pilot Decimo EF w/ Namiki Black, and Otto Hutt Design 4 rounded-nose cursive italic w/Sheaffer Skrip Red 

David: Sheaffer PFM 


1:06:52—Repairs and restoration 

Richard Binder Repairer’s Corner 

David Nishimura’s recommendations for repair/restoration services 

Fountain Pens: The Complete Guide to Repair & Restoration, by Frank Dubiel 

John Mottishaw 

Mike Masuyama at Mike It Work! 

David Nishimura at the Vintage Pen Website 

Ron Zorn at Main Street Pens 

Gerry Berg - email only 

Oscar Rodriguez the Penthusiast 

@paperwantsapen (Stacy Hills) 

Paper Wants a Pen 

PenBookmarks page on repairs and pen-making 



Blackwing 602 

1920s Parker Duofold 

Chuck’s Benedict™ 

Keffir with cereal 


1:21:55—Thanks and Credits 

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

Recording and editing: Patrick Antolovich, Denise Tang. 

Special thanks to David and Kosta. 

Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.