The Nib Section
31 - Fountain Pen Paper

31 - Fountain Pen Paper

October 26, 2018

What is fountain pen friendly paper? Why do we need it? What does it mean when a paper is "acid-free"? We tackle the most overlooked item in the pen-ink-paper triumvirate with this primer and introduction to papers generic and premium. 

 

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

 

FORMAT

 

00:42—What We Are Writing With

 

Sharyn: Pilot VP Crimson Sunrise B Architect

Chuck: Sailor Pro Gear Tequila Sunrise Stubbed Nose Cursive Italic

Diana: Parker Jotter BP

 

02:32—News/Corrections 

 

Melbourne Pen Show 2018

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

 

04:35—Why do we need special paper for fountain pens?

 

18:17—Questions

 

Midori MD - Bookbinders Online

Hobonichi

Musubi Diaries

Goulet Notebooks with Tomoe River - The Goulet Pen Co

Taroko Enigma A5 - Taroko Shop

Nanami Seven Seas

Hippo Noto

Choosing the right paper - National Archives of Australia

What is archival paper? - Making a Mark

Original Crown Mill 100% Cotton A4 Writing Pad - Milligram

Fuji Xerox Professional 80gsm Copy Paper - Officeworks

Reflex Ultra White 80gsm Copy Paper - Officeworks

J Burrows 80gsm Premium Copy Paper - Officeworks

Mac Classic - Notes and Queries

Bohemia Paper

Captain Cat Cards

Bespoke Letterpress

Rifle Paper Co.

Stalogy Sticky Notes - JetPens

Midori TN Sticky Notes - Milligram

Post-it Super Sticky Notes - Officeworks

Muji Loose-Leaf

Episode 25 - Top Pen & Stationery Retailers

Dymocks Stationery Sydney CBD

Kinokuniya

Art on King Studios

Bookbinders Online

Milligram

Desk Bandit

Overjoyed

Life Kappan Notebook A5 - Milligram

Stalogy 365Days - JetPens

Apica Notebooks - Bookbinders Online

Clairefontaine Triomphe - The Goulet Pen Co

Fabriano Traccia

Conqueror Laid Paper - Hunt Office

Strathmore Premium Cambric (formerly Beckett Cambric) - Lava Stationery

 

55:54—Recommendations

 

Garlic dip

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Buy a bandanna for National Bandanna Day

Sebastian in his Flamingo Bandanna

 

1:00:29—Thanks and Credits

 

Producer: Chuck Montano, Sharyn Zha and Diana Dai.

Recording and editing: Diana Dai.

Music: Michael Pearce.

Logo: Will H. Smith.

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

30 - The Hand Senses More Than the Eye Can See

30 - The Hand Senses More Than the Eye Can See

October 12, 2018

The special guest this episode is Anabelle Hiller - harpist, goldsmith, and nib specialist for Appelboom in the Netherlands - who chats to Chuck about her nib work. We also discuss the Pilot 100th Anniversary LE’s, Sailor’s Naginata 3.0 nibs, and the first Tokyo International Pen Show.

 

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The hosts were Chuck (@entree3000_), Leo (@inquisitivequill) and Diana (@thegrynne). The special guest was Anabelle Hiller (@stringsandpedals) - her website is Opus Cineris.

 

FORMAT

 

00:57—What We Are Writing With 

 

Diana: GvFC Snakewood EF w/ Diamine Grape

Chuck: Aurora Edo Yellow w/ Noodlers’ Bulletproof Black

Leo: Sailor F4 w/ Platinum Carbon Black

 

02:51—News

 

Pilot 100th Anniversary Limited Edition Fountain Pens Press Release

Pilot Vanishing Pilot Cross Lines LE - Pensive Pens

Pen Talk - Pilot Pen's 100 Year Anniversary, Crossed Lines, and the New Explorer Pen - Goldspot Pens

Crónicas Estilográficas (Bruno Taut)

KMPN

Pilot Custom 65 - Crónicas Estilográficas

Pilot 70th Anniversary LE - Crónicas Estilográficas

Pilot 75th Anniversary LE - Crónicas Estilográficas

Pilot 80th Anniversary LE Red Shijin - Airline International

Pilot 80th Anniversary LE Black Shijin - FPN

Pilot 85th Anniversary LE Hiten - FPN

Pilot 88th Anniversary LE Nioh - Aesthetic Bay

Pilot 90th Anniversary LE Raden Toki - Aesthetic Bay

Pilot 90th Anniversary LE Toki - Aesthetic Bay

Pilot 95th Anniversary LE Dragon - Aesthetic Bay

Pilot 95th Anniversary LE Rising Dragon - Elephant & Coral

Retrospective of Pilot Annivesary LEs - Elephant & Coral

Pilot 100th Anniversary teddy bear - Inquisitive Quill

The Case of Naginata. I. The Press Release - Crónicas Estilográficas

New pens fitted with the 3rd generation Naginata nibs - Nagasawa

Yukio Nagahara (@yukio.nagahara)

Aurora Calligraphy nibs - Filippo Loghero

Rey Chang (@reychangtw)

Bungubox Omotesando (@bunguboxkaoru)

Eboya (@eboya_made_in_tokyo)

Tokyo International Pen Show

Tokyo International Pen Show 2018. A Stationery Salon - Crónicas Estilográficas

Musubi

YaChingStyle

Mora Stylos

Erfobay

Chuck’s custom pen hoodie

Ink House HK (@inkhousehongkong)

 

31:01—Interview: Anabelle Hiller

 

Lamy Dialog 3 - Appelboom

Appelboom Pennen

Fountain Pen Network

Episode 9 - Nibs 101

Ralph Reyes (@reachingralph)

Regalia Writing Labs

Regalia 9th Symphony Nib

Faber-Castell Grip 2011 Fountain Pen - Appelboom

P.W. Akkerman

La Couronne du Comte

Anebelle’s nib-working tools

Leica A60 Stereo jewellers microscope 

Fountain Pens The Netherlands

Mikaela Davis - Delivery

Pelikan M600 Vibrant Orange - Appelboom

Sailor Pro Gear Tequila Sunrise

Regalia Crown Epilogue Nib - Regalia Writing Labs

Franklin-Christoph

PENBBS

Pen 18111

 

01:08:25—Recommendations

 

Plastic pen tubes - Ebay

Quay Restaurant

Dead End Design (@deadenddesign)

Portrait of Lemons

 

01:12:55—Thanks and Credits

 

Producer: Chuck Montano, Diana Dai.

Recording and editing: Chuck Montano, Diana Dai.

Special thanks to Anabelle Hiller.

Music: Michael Pearce.

Logo: Will H. Smith.

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

29 - Figboot on Pens

29 - Figboot on Pens

September 28, 2018

Diana talks to David Parker, aka reviewer extraordinaire Figboot on Pens, about how he built his YouTube channel and the thought he puts into making his videos fresh, original, and helpful.

 

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The host was Diana (@thegrynne). Special guest was David Parker of Figboot on Pens (@figboot11)

 

FORMAT

  

01:11—Interview: David Parker aka Figboot on Pens

An Interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson - Figboot on Pens

 

10:22—What We Are Writing With

David: Pen 18111 Blue Night Sky Falling Sakura by Yoshi Nakama w/ Robert Oster Bondi Blue

Dudek The Cube

Diana: Pilot Vanishing Point Blue Sunset w/ Sailor Shigure

 

14:54—Interview (continued)

Lamy Al-Star

Lamy Safari

Parker Urban - Officeworks

Lamy 200 Review - Figboot on Pens

Gerd Alfred Muller - Inky Passion

Ten Ink Challenge - Figboot on Pens

Hippo Noto Notebook Review - Figboot on Pens

How to Spot a Fake Montblanc - Figboot on Pens

Pens I Regret Buying - Figboot on Pens

DC Fountain Pen Supershow

Triangle Pen Show

Atlanta Pen Show

Sydney Pen Show

Pen 18111

Franklin-Christoph

Mike Masuyama

LA Pen Show

SF Pen Show

St. Louis Pen Show

Pelikan Hubs 2018

Penlux The Metallic Collection

Live In You Shiyou

Jonathan Brooks (@brooks_803)

Carolina Pen Company

Kanilea Pen Co.

Straits Pen

 

22:04—Recommendations

Mindhunter

Dark Tourist

Tickled

The Highest House, Mike Carey and Peter Gross

 

1:28:45—Thanks and Credits

Producer: Diana Dai.

Recording and editing: Diana Dai.

Special thanks to David Parker.

Music: Michael Pearce.

Logo: Will H. Smith.

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

28 - The Sound of One Pen Being Tested

28 - The Sound of One Pen Being Tested

September 14, 2018

Fountain pen reviews are the backbone of the community. We do our own take on a pen review in this episode, before discussing what kind of reviews we think are most helpful and the downside of review culture. 

 

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

 

FORMAT

 

01:05—What We Are Writing With

 

Chuck: Aurora Optima Yellow Resin F Flex

Diana: Visconti Homo Sapiens Dark Ages Midi F

Sharyn: Nakaya Neo Standard Two-layered Tame-Sukashi “Bamboo woods” Elastic Soft Medium

WWAWW (photo)

@aestheticbay

Nakaya elastic nib FAQ - Leigh Reyes

 

10:17—Aurora Optima F Flex review

 

Chuck’s Aurora Optima Yellow Resin (photos)

Aurora Optima - Goulet Pens

Aurora 88 - Goulet Pens

Sharyn’s comparison of Pilot modern flex nibs

Pilot CH 911 FA - The Pen Addict

Pilot Falcon - The Nibsmith

Chuck’s Omas Ogiva Vodka Lemon B

Flexible Nib Factory

Episode 6 - Fountain Pen Inks 101

Franklin-Christoph flex nib

 

27:40—Visconti Homo Sapiens Midi review

 

Episode 7 - QC Controversies: Nakaya, Visconti, TWSBI

Visconti Homo Sapiens - Goulet Pens

Visconti Divine Proportions LE - Chatterley Luxuries

Dante Del Vecchio, Rock Star of Pens - Forbes

OMAS is acquired by Ancora (14th June, 2018)

Armando Simoni Club

Montegrappa Micra review - Fountain Pen Network

 

45:15—Speaking of fountain pen reviews

 

Opus 88 Koloro Demonstrator - The Pen Addict

Hand Over That Pen

Pelikan M805 Ocean Swirl - The Pelikans Perch

Sailor Pro Gear Tequila Sunrise - Reddit

Wancher Dream Pen - Kickstarter

Hunnyhunt - Rakuten

Gourmet Pens

Figboot on Pens

 

1:13:23—Recommendations

 

JunsKitchen

Rachel and Jun

James Acaster: Repertoire

SORTEDfood

 

1:20:20—Thanks and Credits

 

Producers: Diana Dai, Chuck Montano, Sharyn Zha.

Recording and editing: Diana Dai.

Special thanks to Christina Kowalin.

Music: Michael Pearce.

Logo: Will H. Smith.

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

27 - Collectors Series Part 4: “Horses for Courses”

27 - Collectors Series Part 4: “Horses for Courses”

September 4, 2018

The fountain pen hobby can be both a solitary pursuit as well as a communal experience. This episode rounds out our coverage of the Sydney Pen Show 2018 with some first-hand accounts of the day. The main part of the episode is the part 4 of our Collectors Series, an interview with Ian Reid, a collector of more than 30 years.

 

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

 

FORMAT

  

00:39—Sydney Pen Show 2018 Recap

 

Jhosie has heaps of photos from the show at @ambient.diary

 

03:45—Alisdair Daws

 

@alisdairdaws

Liz Steel workshop

Tav Sin’s nib tuning workshop

 

06:35—Mel Sanders

 

@the_fine_nib_chick

Mel’s wonderful pen hoodies

Pensive Pens table

Max’s table at the show, photo taken before doors open and he was flooded

 

09:31—Max Schumacher

 

@maxschumacher98

 

10:56—Interview: Ian Reid

 

Ian’s desk and pen holders (photos)

Sailor Professional Gear A-Mode Yellow w/ Zoom nib (photo)

Visconti Mazzi Dragon - Penporium

Visconti Voyager Demonstrator Prototype

Montblanc Mozart Bordeaux

Waterman Serenite - Peyton Street Pens

Montblanc Writers Editions

Montblanc Patron of Art

ST Dupont Montparnasse - Peyton Street Pens

Montblanc Friedensreich Hundertwasser - Departures

Parker 61

Lane Crawford

Caran d’Ache Hexagonal - Fountain Pen Network

Montegrappa The Dragon - Peyton Street Pens

Montblanc Lorenzo de Medici

Pelikan M800 Asia Series (Xuan Wu) - Pelikan Collectibles

Caran d’Ache Leman Tretiakov - Pens In Asia

ST Dupont Les Elements - Dupont Collector

ST Dupont Les Elements Fire - Dupont Collector

ST Dupont Chairman SE - Dupont Collector

Visconti Skeleton Titanium (photo)

Visconti Ripple - Peyton Street Pens

Sailor Professional Gear A-Mode - Rakuten

Sailor Susutake Bamboo - Aesthetic Bay

Sailor Nagahara Retirement Commemorative Takenuri Pen - Leigh Reyes

Point Plume Paris

Ian’s samourai pen stands (photo)

Pencil to commemorate coronation of King Edward VIII (later Duke of Windsor) - National Trust Collections

Nakaya Decapod Aka-Tamenuri (photo)

Montblanc Nicolaus Copernicus

Montblanc The Prince Regent

Lamy Blue - The Pen Addict

ST Dupont Royal Blue - Fountain Pen Network

Montblanc Leo Tolstoy Sky Blue - Gourmet Pens  

Montblanc UNICEF Turquoise - Well Appointed Desk

Namiki Yukari Turtles

Conway Stewart The Churchill Casein

Ian’s pen storage boxes (photo)

 

1:01:27—Thanks and Credits

 

Producers: Diana Dai, Sharyn Zha.

Recording and editing: Diana Dai.

Special thanks: Ian Reid, Max Schumacher, Alisdair Daws and Mel Sanders.

Music: Michael Pearce.

Logo: Will H. Smith.

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

26 - Sydney Pen Show 2018 Preview

26 - Sydney Pen Show 2018 Preview

August 11, 2018

Days out from the very first Sydney Pen Show, Chuck and Diana sit down with the event organisers, Mark Hopson and Sophia Le, to chat about the adventure that was turning this dream into a reality.

 

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The hosts were Chuck (@entree3000_), Diana (@thegrynne), Mark (@_markshopson) and Sophia (@eskimosoap).

 

FORMAT

 

00:50—What We Are Writing With

 

Diana: ST Dupont Olympio Vertigo XL

Mark: Kaweco Al-Sport Gunmetal Grey w/ 14kt nib

Sophia: Traveler’s Company Fountain Pen

Chuck: Pilot E95S Burgundy

 

04:44—Reviews

 

The podcast review compiler mentioned but not named is My Podcast Reviews.

 

07:40—Interview: Mark and Sophia

 

Sydney Pen Show 2018 (FB, IG)

Australian National Maritime Museum

Liz Steel (@lizsteelart)

The Penthusiast

Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation

NaNoWriMo

Trade Market instructions

Robert Oster Signature Sydney Pen Show 2018 Lavender

Sydney Pen Show 2018 Pen Hoodies

 

47:00—Recommendations

 

Below the Heavens, Blue & Exile - Amazon

Killing Eve

Final Space

Tickled

 

51:50—Thanks and Credits

 

Producers: Diana Dai, Chuck Montano.

Recording and editing: Diana Dai.

Music: Michael Pearce.

Logo: Will H. Smith.

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

25 - Top Pen & Stationery Retailers

25 - Top Pen & Stationery Retailers

August 3, 2018

Five hosts, some new and some returning, break down their favourite online and b&m pen retailers.

 

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The hosts were Chuck (@entree3000_), Sharyn (@sharynzha), Brian (@briansaputro), Jon (@thebeautifulbrain) and Hayden (@strolling.sydney).

 

FORMAT

 

01:28—What We Are Writing With

 

Chuck: Sailor x Classic Pens Realo w/ Diamine Twilight

Brian: Namiki Nippon Art Origami Penguin w/ Sailor Nioi Sumire

Jon: Montblanc 90th Anniversary Guilloche 146 EF and Sailor Pro Gear Hummingbird with Raden

Sharyn: Pelikan M400 White Tortoise

Hayden: Parker Striped Duofold Major “Dusty Red” w/ J. Herbin Vert Empire

 

03:27—Top online retailers  

Sharyn

  1. Pen Classics NZ
  2. Overjoyed
  3. Peter’s of Kensington
  4. Pen Chalet
  5. Rakuten - in particular Pent

Brian

  1. Cerisiers Japonais
  2. Hobby Japan
  3. Engeika / Hunnyhunt
  4. Pisuke2005
  5. Carmen Rivera Pens

Hayden

  1. Pensive Pens
  2. Goulet Pens
  3. My Hearty Timber Box
  4. Milligram, formerly NoteMaker
  5. Peter’s of Kensington

Jon

  1. Fountain Pen Network Classifieds
  2. Classic Pens (Nibs.com)
  3. Bookbinders Online
  4. Goulet Pens
  5. La Couronne du Comte

Chuck

  1. Rakuten
  2. Classic Pens (Nibs.com)
  3. Milligram, formerly Notemaker
  4. Bookbinders Online
  5. Goulet Pens

Overall

  1. Goulet Pens, Bookbinders Online (tied)
  2. Rakuten, Classic Pens (tied)
  3. Pen Classics NZ, Pensive Pens, Cerisiers Japonais, Milligram, FPN (tied)

 

27:12—Honourable mentions

Chatterley Luxuries

Pendleton’s Pens

 

28:37—Top brick and mortar retailers

Hayden

  1. Dymocks Stationery, Sydney CBD  
  2. Milligram, Melbourne Central
  3. Bespoke Letterpress, Bowral
  4. Bookbinders Online, Brisbane
  5. Peter’s of Kensington, Kensington and Paper2, Surry Hills (closed)

Jon

  1. Aesthetic Bay, Singapore
  2. PenUltimate, Sydney Chifley Plaza
  3. Dymocks Stationery, Sydney CBD  
  4. Peter’s of Kensington, Kensington
  5. Kinokuniya, Sydney

Brian

  1. Kingdom Note, Tokyo
  2. Bungubox, Omote-sando
  3. Sekaido, Shinjuku
  4. G. Itoya, Ginza
  5. Peter’s of Kensington, Kensington and Dymocks Stationery, Sydney CBD  

Sharyn

  1. Bungubox, Omote-sando
  2. Nagasawa Umeda, Osaka and Nagasawa Penstyle Den, Kobe
  3. Aesthetic Bay, Singapore
  4. Milligram, Melbourne Central
  5. Dymocks Stationery, Sydney CBD  

Chuck

  1. Kinokuniya, Sydney
  2. Dymocks Stationery, Sydney CBD
  3. Wonder Pens, Toronto  
  4. G. Itoya, Ginza
  5. Officeworks

Overall

  1. Dymocks Stationery, Sydney CBD
  2. Bungubox, Omote-sando
  3. Aesthetic Bay, Singapore  

 

51:39—Special mentions

Richard Binder

Oscar Braun Pens

Tokyo Quill

Peyton Street Pens

EuroBox

 

56:57—Recommendations

It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Getting a blood test if you’re over 25

The Mummy (2017)

Getting lost when travelling in a foreign country

Act III, Scene I, La Clairiere 90x90 carré by Hermès

@instachaaz

 

1:02:59—Thanks and Credits

Producers: Diana Dai, Chuck Montano, Sharyn Zha.

Recording and editing: Diana Dai.

Music: Michael Pearce.

Logo: Will H. Smith.

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

24 - It’s an Anniversary Q&A!

24 - It’s an Anniversary Q&A!

July 20, 2018

We’re celebrating the one year anniversary of the Nib Section by answering all your questions about pens, ink, and Chuck’s love life. We look back on our personal favourite TNS episodes we’ve done so far, and offer tips for visitors to the inaugural Sydney Pen Show next month.

 

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

 

FORMAT

 

02:08—What We Are Writing With

 

Diana: Montblanc 90th Anniversary Meisterstuck 146 EF

Sharyn: Pelikan M400 White Tortoise EF

Chuck: Nakaya Decapod Aka-tamenuri MS

 

07:00—Mailbag

 

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

Pelikan M600 Pink - The Pen Addict

Wentworth

The Code

Offspring

MasterChef Australia

Secrets and Lies

Underbelly

 

18:34—One year of TNS

 

Episode 9 - Nibs 101

Episode 6 - Fountain Pen Inks 101

Episode 14 - Analog Strikes Back

Episode 13 - Try To Break This Pen...For Science

Episode 15 - Collectors Series Part 2: Handle Carefully Or Else It Explodes

Episode 17 - Buy Now, Regret Later (Tokyo Edition)

Red Dragon Pen Company

How to Write Letters: A 19th-Century Guide to the Lost Art of Epistolary Etiquette

 

37:35—More Q&A

 

Conid Pen

Sydney Pen Show (FB, IG)

Tickets for the Sydney Pen Show + Workshops - Eventbrite

Melbourne Pen Show

Liz Steel (@lizsteelart)

Moya (@moyagraphy)

Susan Tyler (@suespense)

The Pen Addict Podcast

Midori MD

Midori MD 10th Anniversary Storyboard Edition - Bookbinders Online

Midori MD Cotton A5 - JetPens

Midori MD A5 Leather Notebook Cover - Bookbinders Online

Nanami Paper

TarokoShop

Rhodia Webnotenook - Milligram

Overjoyed

Pilot Custom 823 Amber - Goulet Pens

Pilot Iroshizuku Tsuki-yo - Goulet Pens

ST Dupont Olympio Vertigo XL EF

Sailor Kiwa-guro - LarryPOST

Pelikan M450 Vermeil and Tortoiseshell - The Teeritz Agenda

Aurora Blue - The Writing Desk

Opus 88 Koloro - Pen Classics NZ

Opus 88 Demonstrator - Pen Classics NZ

Primer on the Opus 88 Eyedropper-Filled Mechanism

Omas Ogiva Cocktail Vodka Lemon - Chatterley Luxuries

Nakaya Chinkin Palmet Coloured Powders

Lamy Safari Yellow - Milligram

ST Dupont Phoenix Renaissance - La Couronne du Comte

Sailor Profit 1911 Large - Pen Chalet

Lamy Emporium - Peters of Kensington

Lamy Persona - Alt. Haven

 

1:08:40—Recommendations

 

Viberg Boot Colour 8 Chromexcel

Theronathon! - A journey through the career of Charlize Theron

west elm Mongolian Lamb Stool

 

1:14:24—Thanks and Credits

 

Producers: Diana Dai, Chuck Montano, Sharyn Zha.

Recording and editing: Diana Dai.

Special thanks to Rene Versteegh of Pen Classics NZ for his help with the question on the Opus 88s, as well as Tav, Ruben and Ben for the a cappella musical intro.

Music: Michael Pearce.

Logo: Will H. Smith.

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

23 - For the Love of Ballpoints!

23 - For the Love of Ballpoints!

July 6, 2018

TNS is going off-brand this episode as we take a look at the ballpoints that we use and love. We also discuss how fountain pen evangelists and intractable ballpoint users can coexist in harmony.

 

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

 

FORMAT

 

02:05—What We Are Writing With

 

Chuck: Pilot FriXion Clicker

Sharyn: Lamy Linea and Parker Sonnet BP

Ruben: Aurora Optima Brown Auroloide w/ Edelstein Smoky Quartz

Diana: Parker Jotter

 

08:43—Mailbag

 

11:46—Ballpoints, maligned but not forgotten

 

Parker Jotter

Caran d’Ache 849 Claudio Colluci BP

Pilot FriXion Erasable Pens - JetPens

Leo Fok @inquisitivequill

Muji Gel Ink Pen

Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun - Bookbinders Online

Lamy Safari Yellow - Milligram

Uni Jetstream - Officeworks

Parker Sonnet BP

Pilot Custom 823

Bic Cristal Gel Blue - Librex

Zebra Super Marble

 

33:30—News

 

Send your questions for our Anniversary Q&A episode to thenibsection@gmail.com

Don’t forget to register for the Pelikan Hubs 2018

 

35:15—Antipathy against ballpoints and ballpoint users

 

Observations of Elitism in the Pen Community - Karas Kustoms Blog

30 Rock

Nakaya Rollerball

Nakaya Naka-ai Ballpen - Nibs.com

Tiffany & Co Sterling Silver Marker

It’s “oxidation”

Allan Visses @allanvisses

Traci Thompson @tmtcalligraphy

 

56:20—Recommendations

 

Alien Weaponry,

Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin

Samurai Champloo on Netflix

Elvis and Kresse

 

1:04:10—Thanks and Credits

 

Producers: Diana Dai, Chuck Montano, Sharyn Zha.

Recording and editing: Diana Dai.

Music: Michael Pearce.

Logo: Will H. Smith.

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

 

22 - Evolution of Handwriting

22 - Evolution of Handwriting

June 22, 2018

It's just Diana this week with guest host Ruben discussing the evolution of handwriting across time and space, the inevitability of change, and how cursive may yet survive in today’s digital-centric world. 

 

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The hosts were Diana (@thegrynne) and Ruben (@sirscribe).

 

FORMAT

 

00:20—Introducing our guest host 

 

Episode 3 - Handwriting and the Art of Calligraphy 

Ruben is Scribe Life on YouTube 

 

04:33—What We Are Writing With

 

Ruben: Sheaffer Triumph with Grey Striated Celluloid

Diana: Pilot Vanishing Point Sunset Blue LE

 

05:56—Mailbag

 

06:19—Changes in writing and writing tools

 

The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting, by Anne Trubek

Debate on traditional and simplified Chinese characters

The cursive lowercase “r”

The “long s”

Roman square capitals

Correction: there is also “Roman cursive”, which we discovered after recording the episode (ops!)

How the Ballpoint Pen Killed Cursive (The Atlantic, 28 Aug 2015)

 

29:35—News

 

Send your questions for our Anniversary Q&A episode to thenibsection@gmail.com

Pelikan Hubs 2018

Sydney Pen Show

Buy tickets to the Sydney Pen Show

Episode 8.5 - Melbourne Pen Show 2017

 

36:38—What is the future of handwriting?

 

How and Why to Improve Your Cursive Penmanship

The comeback of cursive (The Economist, 6th Sept 2016)

 

1:05:37—Recommendations

 

Annihilation (2018)

The Rider (2017)

 

1:10:38—Thanks and Credits

 

Producers: Diana Dai, Chuck Montano, Sharyn Zha.

Recording and editing: Diana Dai.

Music: Michael Pearce.

Logo: Will H. Smith.

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.