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I need a good ballpoint, which one?? Discussion in ' Gadgets & Gear ' started by Spydiefan04 , Mar 7, 2005 .

Page 1 of 2 1 2 Next > Mar 7, 2005 #1 Spydiefan04 819 Jan 8, 2005 I posted asking about a Lamy 2000 not too long ago, and it looks good and I may buy one but I'd like some more input from you guys. I'm a med student so I write ALL day. I've got some Watermans and Parkers and Crosses (the Crosses were given as gifts so I don't used them (only brands I'm really familiar with are Parker and Waterman and I like Watermans slightly better) but most of mine are too nice to carry all day in a hospital environment in my opinion. So here's what I'd like some advice/help on, what is a GREAT all day carry, good quality ballpoint for such an environment. I prefer click tops, but can live with a twist top, I like a fairly heavy and fat pen (my hands cramp when using small pens), and I just have to have a lifetime warranty and would like to keep it under or around 60 bucks. So far I'm considering: Lamy 2000, Waterman Hemisphere SS, Parker Sonnet, Cross Century II Medalist, Sheaffer Prelude, Fisher Astronaut or I may just buy another Waterman Expert (my fav) to use as a beater. Also, availabilty of Cross, Waterman, and Parker refills are NO PROB where I am, but I'd have to order all Lamy or Fisher refills on-line. And I like Cross pens, but don't like the fact that they have smaller refills than Parkers, etc. Any reviews/opinions from anyone that has carried any of these pens would be greatly appreciated, also any pen options I may have overlooked would be welcome.   Mar 7, 2005 #2 Don Luis 2,473 Dec 26, 2002 I like pens that take Parker type ballpoint refills though not necessary Parker brand, I am particularly fond of the Spanish made Inoxcrom refills, I find them good and not expensive, they make a regular ballpoint and a gel refill that fits the ballpoints (Parker makes these too but I haven't tried them). Fisher also sells their regular pressurized refills with an adapter to fit Parkers. As for the pen, there are so many to choose from, I just try them at the store and pick one that feels strong, good and comfortable, currently carrying a bullet clone that takes Parker refills fitted with a Fisher refill with Parker adapter, and a no brand (probably Chinese) fat strong and heavy twist top with Inoxcrom gel refill. Either of these costs well under US $10 in Mexico. Luis   Mar 7, 2005 #3 tonyccw 8,276 Sep 2, 2001 Stay with the Lamy's. There's two advantages to the Lamy M16 refills. 1) The Broad tip is the smoothest, and it'll help reduce fatigue. 2) The M16 is a very large capacity refill. It should last you quite a while before you need to replace it. If price is an issue, the economy Safari line, with it's triangulated grip is very comfortable.   Mar 7, 2005 #4 Midget Gold Member Gold Member 2,693 Jun 1, 2002 so, just out of curiousity, what makes for a good ballpoint pen? because i'm fan of the el cheapo pilot retractables *they are like $3/2pens *refillable *reliable *grippy/comfortable *see through *retractable *easy to find, both the barrel as well as the pen refills i guess i'm stil iltwvpjk. i have a pen meaning in hindil a believer that expensive doesn't necessarily mean better also the bic round stick. hoooray! *reliable *cheap cheap cheap i'm seriously asking this question, though. cause if there are some reasonable arguements, maybe i'll invest in a nicer pen as well. think of this as you convincing a newbie as to why that delica is really worth 40.00.   Mar 7, 2005 #5 GarageBoy 5,949 May 23, 2003 Bics are ROUGH writing. Their balls dont like to roll much and they feel..cheap. Cheap plastic also wears pretty badly. Then again, I'm a fountain pen guy   Mar 7, 2005 #6 Spydiefan04 819 Jan 8, 2005 I too prefer a foutain pen, nothing compares to their smoothness. But for all day every day, every use it's hard to beat a GOOD ballpoint. As far as more expensive NOT ALWAYS being better I'll agree with that, and Pilot ballpoints write almost as smooth as any and are probably the best cheaper refills out there. But I can say from personal experience that higher end ballpoint refills (Cross, Lamy, Parker, Montblanc, Waterman, and Sheaffer, I've owned do own or have used em all) all tend to write about the same and are MUCH smoother than cheaper pens. Also, I've just recently started using a Fisher Pressurized refill in a Montblanc copy, and I must say I am VERY IMPRESSED. Again overall among highend ballpens the difference in writing ability is negligible, with the exception of a Fisher being able to write in any position and under any circumstances. Also, like previously mentioned Lamys, Montblancs, and Parkers have large ink capacities (though not sure which of the three is largest) which means more writing and less refilling. Also with high end pens you get a lifetime warranty, the only brand I've mentioned that doesn't have one is Montblanc, and I feel they are overhyped, overrated and overpriced, but they're so good lookin' and good writing I like them anyway. Another advantage of higher end pens is the ability to have more choice in color/material/weight. For example if you like a LARGE but LIGHT pen you could get a Montblanc LeGrand, Parker Duofold, or Lamy 2000 just to name a few, if you prefer Med/Large but with some heft you can get a Waterman Expert, Parker Sonnet, or Cross Townsend. Again these are just a Few examples and I've only mentioned ballpoints, give a quality ballpoint a try and you'll be converted, just stay away from fountain pens bc then you won't want anything else . If you refuse to spend more then 20 bucks for a pen, the Sheaffer Award is around 10bucks and is a VERY, VERY, good pen. Good med/highend ballpens to try are: Lamy 2000, Waterman Expert, Parker Sonnet, Montblanc Classique, Cross Century II and Townsend, and Waterman Hemisphere. Also for all but the Lamy you can get FISHER PRESSURIZED refills should you desire. I'm leaning toward buying a 2000, it and the Sonnet are my two favs that I don't already own, I just now wish I could get Fisher refills for the Lamy.   Mar 7, 2005 #7 Spydiefan04 819 Jan 8, 2005 Midget said: so, just out of curiousity, what makes for a good ballpoint pen? Click to expand... In my previous long post I think I failed to answer this question so here goes: 1. It HAS to write SMOOTHLY, all high end brands with med/broad points do a much better job than the cheaper pens as a whole, with little difference that I can tell from one good brand to the other. 2. Must had a LARGE ink capacity (for me at least, which is why I don't use Cross ballpens) I prefer a big refill ala Parker, Lamy, Montblanc, even Waterman and Sheaffer refills are adequately large, bc I don't like my pens drying out or having to replace the refill often. 2. (TIE bc to me this is equally important) It HAS to feel good in the hand and while writing. I've held some very expensive pens I didn't like bc of the way they felt in my hand, I know some that love sensas but I don't bc I don't like the feel. Before spending a good deal of money on a high end pen I make sure I encounter one first, then buy where I find the best price. I really like the feel of the Lamy 2000, Waterman Expert, Monblanc Meisterstuck (hope I spelled that right), and Parker Sonnet, but don't like standard Cross ballpens (too thin for me) 3. MUST have a GOOD clip (spring loaded preferred, not required) to keep attached to shirt, pocket, etc. 4. I think a ballpen should be either a click top (ala Lamy 2000, Parker Jotter) or a twist top (ala Waterman Expert, Montblanc). I don't like ballpens with a pull on off cap if I'm going to fool with a cap I want a rollerball or a fountain pen. 5. Lifetime Warranty, is a MUST imho in a good pen, the only top brand I know of without one is Montblanc, and consequently bc of this and their ridiculously high prices for a plastic pen, I wouldn't recommend one as a first pen. 6. Last but certainly not least, is the pen attractive. I like black and gold, like a Montblanc or Parker Sonnet for DRESS or precious metal of some form like a Cross with gold plate, and Bauhaus style utilitarian for EDC, like a Lamy 2000. Think the MB would be too dressy/expensive for jeans and a t-shirt, the Lamy to bland and understated to be worn with a suit. Hope this helps, I used to carry cheap pens, but I don't any more truth is I have quite a few pens but only use a select few of them. My current favs for USE, BC I don't yet have a 2000 or Sonnet, are a Waterman Expert, Sheaffer Award, and several good quality fake Montblancs using parker and fisher refills (I really like that style pen but real ones are EXPENSIVE and in reality not as durable as Lamys, Parkers, Sheaffers, or Watermans costing far less)   Mar 8, 2005 #8 Midget Gold Member Gold Member 2,693 Jun 1, 2002 hmm... fair enough, i guess... i do own several high quality/mid quality pens. the "best", you mentioned, is the mont blanc meisterstuck. i got it for christmas two years ago. i also have a parker "jotter" and a cross "century." all of them are sitting in a can in my bookcase. i've carried them all for short periods of time, but in the end, none of them really seemed more beneficial than a pilot retractable. so i went back to my pilot(s) and stopped having to worry about losing a nice pen. when i get back home i'll dig the monte blanc back out and give it another try.   Mar 8, 2005 #9 Midget Gold Member Gold Member 2,693 Jun 1, 2002 also, none of my "nice" pens have clear cartridges. i like to see how much ink i've got left.   Mar 8, 2005 #10 Neko2 Gold Member Gold Member 1,446 Jul 18, 2003 I'm pretty fond of my cross morph. I loaded it up with a broad refill and it writes smooth. it's alot like the "select comfort" bed of pens since you can control the size and feel of the grip surface. The pen has a decent heft and is very comfortable to write with. The clip is designed to roll over rather than snag or wrinkle pockets and the whole thing looks pretty sweet. I gor mine on ebay for $18 shipped which is much better than what they ask for retail. Before that I carried a sensa classic that never let me down and rode in my pocket for 2 solid years and wrote miles of checks. Either of them should serve you well for long periods of writing and both are lifetime warranty and made in the USA (unless sanford rubbermaid has changed something with sensa). Now if only Fisher made something with a cushy rubber grip... n2   Mar 8, 2005 #11 Spydiefan04 819 Jan 8, 2005 Neko2 said: Now if only Fisher made something with a cushy rubber grip... n2 Click to expand... Got a Cross Morph myself, it is a good pen I just don't especially like it. I too really like Fisher refills, just wish they made pretty pens to put them in. I usually just buy the refills and put them in my Parkers or Montblanc clones.   Mar 8, 2005 #12 Spydiefan04 819 Jan 8, 2005 Midget said: hmm... fair enough, i guess... i do own several high quality/mid quality pens. the "best", you mentioned, is the mont blanc meisterstuck. i got it for christmas two years ago. i also have a parker "jotter" and a cross "century." all of them are sitting in a can in my bookcase. i've carried them all for short periods of time, but in the end, none of them really seemed more beneficial than a pilot retractable. so i went back to my pilot(s) and stopped having to worry about losing a nice pen. when i get back home i'll dig the monte blanc back out and give it another try. Click to expand... If you like Pilots, you may want to try the Dr. Grip, I can't stand writing with a thin pen. I have many Dr. Grips and of inexpensive brands I prefer Pilot I just use Dr. Grips instead of retractable, what replaced the Dr. Grips were a could of Sheaffer Awards. BTW if you want to stay within the pilot company and go high-end you can buy a Namiki, most excellent pens, but be warned many of them are more expensive than Montblancs.   Mar 8, 2005 #13 tonyccw 8,276 Sep 2, 2001 Spydiefan04 said: I just now wish I could get Fisher refills for the Lamy. Click to expand... You kinda can. The Fisher BP refills will fit a Lamy Rollerball body. Although that would mean you would have to go with a cap pen. I've never liked the Fisher BP's. They tend to glob too much.   Mar 8, 2005 #14 Spydiefan04 819 Jan 8, 2005 Midget said: when i get back home i'll dig the monte blanc back out and give it another try. Click to expand... BTW Congrats on owning one of the finest, just for kicks you may want to try a Fisher refill in it so you can amaze your friends by having a montblanc the can write on photographs, upside down, through grease, etc. Just remeber you can't use standard Fisher refills in it they're made for Fisher/Parker style pens, but they make a pressurized model specifically for Montblancs, and another for Watermans I have found that I really like their refills, just not their pens   Mar 8, 2005 #15 neosporin 654 Feb 17, 2003 my favorite pen is the zebra 402. it's cheap and good looking, i've had the mechanical pencil one for about 10 years. you can probably even find this at your local office supply store.   Mar 9, 2005 #16 Midget Gold Member Gold Member 2,693 Jun 1, 2002 *edited cause i should read people's previous posts*   Mar 9, 2005 #17 Daniel 2,816 Oct 3, 1998 I have several Lamy's and I really don't care much for the way that they write. I prefer the Parker refills-rollerball and the gel ball refills. You won't believe how smooth they write.   Mar 9, 2005 #18 cjlarspa 1 Mar 5, 2005 My best writing ballpoint is a Caran d'ache Ecridor-I think it meets all of your requirements and it is one smooth writer.   Mar 9, 2005 #19 Spydiefan04 819 Jan 8, 2005 Daniel said: I have several Lamy's and I really don't care much for the way that they write. I prefer the Parker refills-rollerball and the gel ball refills. You won't believe how smooth they write. Click to expand... I got several Parker and Waterman rollerballs and REALLY like them, I just prefer a big click-top ballpoint for all day carry. Heck, after this string of posts I've actually dug my Dr. Grips out of the drawer and started carrying them. What I really want is a big, fat, light, click-top but with a higher-end brand catchet and at much larger refill (I write a lot and having to change refills a lot is the ONLY thing I don't like about a Dr. Grip, wish it took a Parker refill). This is why I'm leaning towards a 2000, and I actually like the way a Lamy writes, all a matter of preference I guess. If anyone has another idea for such a pen other than the Lamy I'm open to suggestions, also, how are the Pelikan 400s, I noticed the 400 bp is a clicktop and near the Lamy in price, I know they'll take a Parker refill but I've never actually seen/held one, HOW LARGE are they, remember I like a big pen. Also thanks for all the input, so far and I know this is totally off the topic of ballpens, but does anyone own a Cross Century II or Townsend Fountain pen and what do you think of them??? Thinking about getting one, I've owned Cross ballpens and Selectips and think they're wonderful but have never used one of their fountains.   Mar 10, 2005 #20 Neko2 Gold Member Gold Member 1,446 Jul 18, 2003 Spydiefan04 said: Got a Cross Morph myself, it is a good pen I just don't especially like it. I too really like Fisher refills, just wish they made pretty pens to put them in. I usually just buy the refills and put them in my Parkers or Montblanc clones. Click to expand... At first I was a bit dissapointed but after using it daily as my work pen I have grown to love it. It's very comfortable and writes very well. Plus once and awhile it's nice to broaden the grip for comfort. Plus, made in the USA N2   (You must log in or sign up to reply here.) Show Ignored Content Page 1 of 2 1 2 Next > Share This Page Tweet Log in with Facebook Log in with Twitter Log in with Google Your name or email address: Do you already have an account? No, create an account now. 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vintage montblanc pens for sale From the Pen Cup Who am I kidding…pen cups. As in plural. Menu Skip to content Home About Category Archives: Anderson Pens April 6, 2015 You Had Me At Orange By Mary ¶ Posted in AL-Star, Anderson Pens, Fontoplumo, Lamy, Retro 51, SWISH Big Shot Tornado Popper, TWSBI, TWSBI 580AL ¶ 9 Comments

Turns out my pledge to hold off on buying pens doesn’t stand a chance when the pen world offers up a handful of reasonably priced orange pens. It’s a conspiracy, I tell you!

I wrote the rough draft of this review with my new CopperOrange Lamy AL-Star (medium nib) , filled with the matching CopperOrange ink (cartridge) . Lamy has, in my opinion, nailed it with this pen and ink combo. They match perfectly and this ink has quickly become one of my favorite oranges. It’s dark enough to be legible, but still pops with a nicely balanced brightness.

The pen almost looks like it’s lit from within—warm and bright but still easy on the eyes. The AL-Star is a pen you either love or hate, mostly because of the iconic contoured grip. I have no issues with the grip so picking up this pen in this color was a total no-brainer.

I also “cracked” and ordered the orange TWSBI 580AL when I read that the color was being discontinued. (They manipulate me like a pen-buying puppet!) I chewed on my pledge, but again, this is an affordable pen and I’ve yet to have a bad TWSBI experience.

The pen arrived in Saturday’s mail, but the weekend was such a blur that I haven’t gotten around to inking it yet. I stepped outside of my nib comfort zone by ordering a broad, and can’t wait to see how it writes. My current dilemma—what ink should I fill it with? One of my oranges? Or a nice bright blue? Why I belabor this, I’ll never know. It’s not like it’s a permanent decision.

I hear there’s a big basketball game on tonight, but I’ll be watching “The Voice,” then reading. So…not really a basketball fan, but the Limited Edition SWISH Big Shot Tornado Popper by Retro 51 reeled me in with top-notch details and orangey goodness.

The pen is marked and textured like an actual basketball, features that classic Retro 51 knurling, and is finished with a very cool basketball graphic end cap. Though I don’t give a hoot if Wisconsin or Duke wins tonight, I do love using my SWISH pen with my usual “swapped in” Schmidt P8126 refill.

So that pledge to pare down pen purchases has taken a little bit of a beating.

Lamy, TWSBI, and Retro 51—you had me at orange.

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I purchased the Lamy AL-Star from Fontoplumo , the TWSBI 580AL directly from TWSBI , and the SWISH Retro 51 from Anderson Pens . I experienced excellent customer service from all three vendors. There are no affiliate links in this post. I just enjoy sharing good pens and good buying experiences with  you.

December 30, 2014 2014 Wrap-Up: The Feelings By Mary ¶ Posted in Akkerman Ink, Anderson Pens, DC Pen Show, Dudek Modern Goods, Edison Pens, Erasable podcast, Field Notes, FPGeeks, Goulet Pens, JetPens, KarasKustoms, Levenger, Machined pen, Mike Dudek, Nib Tuning, Nock Co., Pen Chalet, Pen Community, Pen Storage, Pencil, Retro 51, Serious Nibbage, Storage, The Pen Company, Write Notepads Co. ¶ 3 Comments

Simple tree

I had planned to get a post up last week, but then I caught a cold (unexpected) and Christmas arrived (expected). One thing was fun, the other not so much. Slowly coming out of my sinus miseries and low-key Christmas celebrations to think about getting things back to normal. Well, normalish.

Baking molasses cookies. Or as I call them, mole asses cookies.

I’m off from work for most of the week— just have to pop in on Friday for a little while— so every day feels like Saturday lately. Which is what I imagine heaven feels like.

My festive Retro 51s

A couple of feelings routinely kick in this time of year, as one year ends and the other begins. The first is gratitude. Thanks for all of the good stuff and good people that I’ve encountered in the last year, much of it related to pens (and paper and ink and pencils) and the pen/pencil communities. These are the places where I feel most comfortable, where my introverted tendencies vanish, where I have a blast.

Karas Kustoms Retrakt

Though not a complete list by any means, these are just some of the people and places who made 2014 a memorable year:

Podcasts/Videocasts The Pen Addict with Brad and Myke (responsible for oh so many pen purchases and for an always entertaining commute) The Erasable Podcast with Andy, Johnny, and Tim (Who would’ve thought I’d listen to a show about pencils? I do, and I love it.) Anderson Pens (Oh, that chat! It’s like meeting with friends every time I tune in.) SBREBrown & Gourmet Pens & the “I won’t be ignored” kitty (Great information with great humor. You guys rock.)

Pen, pencil, ink, notebook, and storage vendors Anderson Pens Dudek Modern Goods Edison Pen Co. Field Notes Fontoplumo The Goulet Pen Co. JetPens Karas Kustoms Levenger Nock Co. Pen Chalet The Pen Company Retro 1951 Write Notepads & Co.

Thanks to some for supplying review items, to others for great customer service, and to all for great products and that extra-special personal touch.

My nib guy Dan Smith @fpgeeks

Thanks for making less than stellar pens remarkable, quickly and affordably. Great work!

Penpals Tracy Lee Michelle

Thank you for understanding when I TAKE SO LONG TO REPLY. Your letters and cool envelopes are a source of delight in my mailbox. So glad we’re getting to know each other better while using our pens and inks.

Bloggers, Tweeters, Facebookers I won’t name names because I’ll leave someone out then feel bad, but you all entertain and educate me, amuse and enlighten. This is the BEST community.

Best hotel The Sheraton at Tysons Corner for returning my “left behind” Akkerman ink after the DC Pen Show. Amazing customer service. So grateful.

Pencil line-up

The other feeling that kicks in this time of year is “fresh start.” Old year out, new year in. Time to purge, reorganize, and start with a blank(ish) slate. Fred and I regularly purge and straighten out our pantry during our break between Christmas and New Year’s. Annual ritual. Afterwards, we vow to use what we have on hand before adding more stuff to the cupboards.

Conklin Stylograph (to be reviewed)

In that same vein, I plan to make 2015 a year where I buckle down and USE my pens, pencils, papers, and inks— switching my focus from acquisition to using. When you have a Staples Printer Paper box full of empty notebooks, it might be time to stop buying notebooks and start writing in them. Like every day. Don’t get me wrong, I use my stuff but I need to REALLY use my stuff. There’s plenty here to be written in and written with, plenty to be reviewed, plenty to have fun with. Plenty.

Machined favorites

So I’m closing out 2014 and starting 2015 feeling grateful and blessed. And you— all of you— are the reason.

Peace and good health to you all.

Write Notepads & Co. loot

September 9, 2014 On Fire: The Delta Unica Red LE Fountain Pen (via Anderson Pens) By Mary ¶ Posted in Anderson Pens, Delta, Fountain pen, Limited Edition, Unica ¶ 6 Comments

I rarely come away from watching the Anderson Pens video podcast without jotting yet another pen onto my wish list. Case in point— just before the DC Supershow, Brian and Lisa announced their Delta Unica Limited Edition Fountain Pen , in a gorgeous red acrylic that’s an Anderson Pens exclusive. Wowza.

[Oh, that acrylic!]

With just fifty pens in this color, I was intrigued. And when I heard the price— just $85 (a small premium over the regular Delta Unica colors)— I knew I wanted this pen. BUT, I was getting to the pen show for Sunday only, so I spent a lot of my road trip from New York to Virginia worrying that they’d be gone by the time I was able to shop. PEN ANXIETY!

They were gone. I didn’t get one. The End.

KIDDING.

I hit the Anderson Pens table(s) pretty quickly on Sunday morning and was relieved to find that there were still some left. I chose #34/50 (medium nib), got one of Lisa’s famous hugs, talked to Brian, and ran off to pinball my way around the rest of the show. (Why I can’t seem to do a pen show in an orderly fashion is beyond me. I think it’s adrenaline.)

[Limited Edition, Anderson Pens, 34/50]

Once home, the first pen I inked and spent time with was my Wahl-Eversharp Skyline Technik fountain pen (LOVE that thing), so I didn’t get around to inking the Delta until a couple of weeks ago. And that’s when I found a bit of a glitch. The pen would write, then stop, then write again. Sometimes it flooded the paper with ink, while other times it ran completely dry. Well, shoot.

Once I took a close look at the nib, the problem was obvious— the nib tines were simply too far apart. I contacted the Andersons by email, included a couple of photos to illustrate the problem, and had a speedy reply from Brian. At his recommendation, I mailed the pen to him, he fixed the nib, and returned it to me asap. Great service after the sale.

[All better.]

NOW it writes as good as it looks.

It truly is a stunning pen. The red marble acrylic has amazing depth and sheen and looks like it’s on fire from within. Branding is VERY subdued. (You can just make out the “DELTA/ITALY” engraving at the bottom edge of the cap in the picture above.) The clip features a little roller that makes sliding the pen in and out of a pocket or case snag-free. I love the shape of the cap— how it subtly flares out— giving the pen a really clean and simple, but interesting, profile.

[Size comparison: Delta Unica vs. Lamy AL-Star]

The size is perfect for me (4-3/4″ unposted, 6″ posted). The cap posts securely and doesn’t throw off the balance of the pen. The 0.46″ grip feels great in hand, and the threads and oh-so slight step-down do not interfere with my grip at all. It’s a joy to hold and use. The pen weighs 22g (15g body, 7g cap)— light enough for even an extended writing session.

The nib is steel in a matte finish, and features branding that I find to be a little busy. The writing experience is a smooth and juicy one, with just a bit of feedback. The Unica is cartridge/converter pen, and a converter is included. I’ve filled mine with Sailor Jentle Grenade , a color that was MADE FOR this acrylic.

[On fire!]

I’m very pleased with my Delta Unica LE fountain pen— my Anderson Pens Delta Unica. It’s hot looking, writes great, and feels terrific. Brian’s speedy response and quick nib fix proved why it’s important to deal with people you trust. Sometimes things aren’t exactly perfect— with pens as with life— and it’s great to know that there’s someone there should you need help.

Or a hug. (Right, Lisa?!)

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Click HERE to watch Brian’s video overview of this pen.

April 30, 2014 Fun Find #2: Monteverde Invincia Deluxe Nighthawk Ballpoint By Mary ¶ Posted in Anderson Pens, Ballpoint pen, Fountain pen, Goulet Pens, Invincia Deluxe, Monteverde, Nighthawk ¶ 2 Comments

A pair of Monteverde Invincia Deluxe Nighthawks: Ballpoint [top] and Fountain Pen [bottom]

I picked up the Monteverde Invincia Deluxe Nighthawk fountain pen (a collaboration between Brian Goulet of Goulet Pens and Monteverde ) as soon as it was released, just about a year ago. In my review of that pen , I noted how it pushed a number of my “this will make me buy a pen” buttons, like:

Stealthy looks Matte finish Carbon fiber

Unfortunately, the Nighthawk line has been discontinued by Monteverde because of some production difficulties (i.e., In some pens, tiny bubbles trapped in the carbon fiber were visible under the matte coating). My fountain pen appears to be free of this problem, and I’m particularly happy to own one since production has ceased. (There are some available from Goulet Pens and Anderson Pens , but these are the end of the line.)

So what does this have to do with a BALLPOINT Nighthawk? Well, I was poking around on the Anderson Pens site one evening and noticed that not only do they have some of the remaining fountain pens, but they also offer a Nighthawk ballpoint . Because I already own the fountain pen, it just made sense to pick up one of the ballpoints, because that pen, too, is wonderfully stealthy, and I assume, in limited supply.

The Nighthawk ballpoint takes my favorite Parker-style refill— the Schmidt EasyFlow 9000— which lays down a lusciously rich jet black line that’s smooth and thick. The blue refill is just as nice as the black one, assuming that you’re okay with lines that are on the broad side.

All-metal innards

The ballpoint weighs 44 grams, so it’s no lightweight. I use it throughout my work day jotting my to-do lists in a Field Notes notebook so I don’t experience hand fatigue from writing with such a heavy pen. Longer writing sessions could, I suppose, get a little tiring, given the heft of the Nighthawk. The pens “innards” are sturdy metal (brass?) which explains why the pen feels so solid and substantial.

The refill is deployed by twisting the upper or lower half of the pen’s carbon fiber body. This mechanism works silently and smoothly.

VERY subtle Monteverde logo on the ballpoint  end cap vs.  the plain fountain pen cap

In looks, the ballpoint is a “fraternal twin” to my fountain pen version, which means that there are a few differences aside from the fact that one’s a fountain pen and the other is a ballpoint. There were two slightly different versions of the Nighthawk fountain pen . I have the original version with a bigger carbon fiber weave and very minimal branding. The ballpoint more closely resembles version 2.0 of the fountain pen with a tighter carbon fiber weave, and just a touch more branding. My ballpoint features a very subtle rendering of the Monteverde logo on the clip end of the pen. This small detail was not included on the original version of the fountain pen to keep the pen super-stealthy.

A little bit of research revealed that there is an actual bird called the Nighthawk. It’s not black, but is well-camouflaged and stealthy. It’s considered a common bird but is declining in numbers.

The Nighthawk— the bird AND the pens— once they’re gone, they’re gone.

That seems like a real shame.

October 15, 2013 Flawed and Wonderful: Parker Vacumatic in Azure Blue By Mary ¶ Posted in Anderson Pens, Bottled ink, Fountain pen, Iroshizuku, Nock Co., Parker, Vacumatic ¶ 9 Comments

When I was at the DC Pen Show, I found myself completely overwhelmed and intimidated by the stunning array of vintage pens. I shied away from exploring them because I felt like I needed to know [much] more to be able to recognize an acceptable pen at a good price. Sarj Minhas has a staggering vintage collection (so nice that it paralyzed me, both physically and verbally). I was especially blown away by his “Ripley” Vacumatic— simply stunning— with a hefty price tag that I’m sure is well worth it. So, while in DC, I stuck to moderns and remain very pleased with those purchases.

But gosh darn, those Vacumatics speak to me. And wouldn’t you know it— one popped up for sale on Dan Smith’s site . I slobbered over it, then had a bit of a twitter conversation with Dan before deciding to go for it. During this exchange, Dan asked me, “What is it about the Vacumatics that you like?” I quickly answered, “The stripey bits.” It really is that simple— I love the look of the striations (aka stripey bits). And at $65, I knew this would be a good “starter” Vacumatic.

Going in, I was well aware that there are a few things wrong with the pen— and they’re undoubtedly big things if you’re a collector. The nib is a Parker Duofold, which is the wrong nib for this pen. The barrel is badly ambered so that it’s not at all translucent. I’m not able to judge the ink level by looking at the barrel— it just stops writing. And I may or may not be having some filling issues (TBD; working with Anderson Pens on this…pretty sure it’s just me being impatient when filling).

Despite all of this, I love this pen. LOVE. It puts down a perfectly wet, smooth, medium line— pure fun to write with. The barrel imprint is crisp and completely readable. The cap and clip are in great shape. Amazing, really, for a pen that was made in 1945. And those striations. Yeah, they’re what really got me.

Myke Hurley recently said, on Episode 75 of “The Pen Addict” podcast , that he overheard someone at the London Pen Show describe a Vacumatic as looking like the lit windows in a skyscraper at night. I SO agree with this description. (I was driving at the time I heard this, but nodded and laughed a little because I’d been thinking the exact same thing.)

The filling system is very easy to use, but as I said, requires a bit of patience in that, according to Brian Anderson , one needs to pause at the bottom of the plunger’s downstroke, as well as at the top, for a second or two. I’m not sure that I’ve been doing that so my fills may have been a little short. Next time, I’ll take my time.

Like so many pen lovers, I’ve been on the elusive hunt for the “perfect pen,” as if such a thing exists. Does perfect mean that it has to be expensive or super smoooooooth or drop-dead gorgeous, or does it just have to fit our hand or our tastes or our writing style? Heck if I know. I’m pretty sure, though, that “perfect” is a moving target. And maybe (undoubtedly) “perfect” is overrated.

Our jobs/partners/kids/pets/churches/schools/movies/books/art are all imperfect— well-marbled with flaws along with the good stuff. And yet we love it all. We love our messy, sticky lives. This pen is the same— flawed, and yet still wonderful.

I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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My Parker Vacumatic is currently inked with Pilot’s Iroshizuku tsuki-yo . The Sassafras pen case prototype by Nock Co. provided the colorful backdrop for a number of these photos, and is where I’ve been storing this Vacumatic.  I’ve been carrying the Sassafras case with me EVERYWHERE and it looks as fresh as it did on day one.  Check out Nock Co.’s project on Kickstarter. That Ripley Vacumatic? Unforgettable. Recent Posts Prismatic Limited Edition Archer Pencils by Baron Fig Ubiquitous Capture Device: The Nock Co. DotDash Pocket Notebook Baron Fig Squire: The Limited Edition Experiment No. 108 Who knew there was so much crap in my head? 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From the Pen Cup Who am I kidding…pen cups. As in plural. Menu Skip to content Home About Category Archives: Anderson Pens April 6, 2015 You Had Me At Orange By Mary ¶ Posted in AL-Star, Anderson Pens, Fontoplumo, Lamy, Retro 51, SWISH Big Shot Tornado Popper, TWSBI, TWSBI 580AL ¶ 9 Comments

Turns out my pledge to hold off on buying pens doesn’t stand a chance when the pen world offers up a handful of reasonably priced orange pens. It’s a conspiracy, I tell you!

I wrote the rough draft of this review with my new CopperOrange Lamy AL-Star (medium nib) , filled with the matching CopperOrange ink (cartridge) . Lamy has, in my opinion, nailed it with this pen and ink combo. They match perfectly and this ink has quickly become one of my favorite oranges. It’s dark enough to be legible, but still pops with a nicely balanced brightness.

The pen almost looks like it’s lit from within—warm and bright but still easy on the eyes. The AL-Star is a pen you either love or hate, mostly because of the iconic contoured grip. I have no issues with the grip so picking up this pen in this color was a total no-brainer.

I also “cracked” and ordered the orange TWSBI 580AL when I read that the color was being discontinued. (They manipulate me like a pen-buying puppet!) I chewed on my pledge, but again, this is an affordable pen and I’ve yet to have a bad TWSBI experience.

The pen arrived in Saturday’s mail, but the weekend was such a blur that I haven’t gotten around to inking it yet. I stepped outside of my nib comfort zone by ordering a broad, and can’t wait to see how it writes. My current dilemma—what ink should I fill it with? One of my oranges? Or a nice bright blue? Why I belabor this, I’ll never know. It’s not like it’s a permanent decision.

I hear there’s a big basketball game on tonight, but I’ll be watching “The Voice,” then reading. So…not really a basketball fan, but the Limited Edition SWISH Big Shot Tornado Popper by Retro 51 reeled me in with top-notch details and orangey goodness.

The pen is marked and textured like an actual basketball, features that classic Retro 51 knurling, and is finished with a very cool basketball graphic end cap. Though I don’t give a hoot if Wisconsin or Duke wins tonight, I do love using my SWISH pen with my usual “swapped in” Schmidt P8126 refill.

So that pledge to pare down pen purchases has taken a little bit of a beating.

Lamy, TWSBI, and Retro 51—you had me at orange.

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I purchased the Lamy AL-Star from Fontoplumo , the TWSBI 580AL directly from TWSBI , and the SWISH Retro 51 from Anderson Pens . I experienced excellent customer service from all three vendors. There are no affiliate links in this post. I just enjoy sharing good pens and good buying experiences with  you.

December 30, 2014 2014 Wrap-Up: The Feelings By Mary ¶ Posted in Akkerman Ink, Anderson Pens, DC Pen Show, Dudek Modern Goods, Edison Pens, Erasable podcast, Field Notes, FPGeeks, Goulet Pens, JetPens, KarasKustoms, Levenger, Machined pen, Mike Dudek, Nib Tuning, Nock Co., Pen Chalet, Pen Community, Pen Storage, Pencil, Retro 51, Serious Nibbage, Storage, The Pen Company, Write Notepads Co. ¶ 3 Comments

Simple tree

I had planned to get a post up last week, but then I caught a cold (unexpected) and Christmas arrived (expected). One thing was fun, the other not so much. Slowly coming out of my sinus miseries and low-key Christmas celebrations to think about getting things back to normal. Well, normalish.

Baking molasses cookies. Or as I call them, mole asses cookies.

I’m off from work for most of the week— just have to pop in on Friday for a little while— so every day feels like Saturday lately. Which is what I imagine heaven feels like.

My festive Retro 51s

A couple of feelings routinely kick in this time of year, as one year ends and the other begins. The first is gratitude. Thanks for all of the good stuff and good people that I’ve encountered in the last year, much of it related to pens (and paper and ink and pencils) and the pen/pencil communities. These are the places where I feel most comfortable, where my introverted tendencies vanish, where I have a blast.

Karas Kustoms Retrakt

Though not a complete list by any means, these are just some of the people and places who made 2014 a memorable year:

Podcasts/Videocasts The Pen Addict with Brad and Myke (responsible for oh so many pen purchases and for an always entertaining commute) The Erasable Podcast with Andy, Johnny, and Tim (Who would’ve thought I’d listen to a show about pencils? I do, and I love it.) Anderson Pens (Oh, that chat! It’s like meeting with friends every time I tune in.) SBREBrown & Gourmet Pens & the “I won’t be ignored” kitty (Great information with great humor. You guys rock.)

Pen, pencil, ink, notebook, and storage vendors Anderson Pens Dudek Modern Goods Edison Pen Co. Field Notes Fontoplumo The Goulet Pen Co. JetPens Karas Kustoms Levenger Nock Co. Pen Chalet The Pen Company Retro 1951 Write Notepads & Co.

Thanks to some for supplying review items, to others for great customer service, and to all for great products and that extra-special personal touch.

My nib guy Dan Smith @fpgeeks

Thanks for making less than stellar pens remarkable, quickly and affordably. Great work!

Penpals Tracy Lee Michelle

Thank you for understanding when I TAKE SO LONG TO REPLY. Your letters and cool envelopes are a source of delight in my mailbox. So glad we’re getting to know each other better while using our pens and inks.

Bloggers, Tweeters, Facebookers I won’t name names because I’ll leave someone out then feel bad, but you all entertain and educate me, amuse and enlighten. This is the BEST community.

Best hotel The Sheraton at Tysons Corner for returning my “left behind” Akkerman ink after the DC Pen Show. Amazing customer service. So grateful.

Pencil line-up

The other feeling that kicks in this time of year is “fresh start.” Old year out, new year in. Time to purge, reorganize, and start with a blank(ish) slate. Fred and I regularly purge and straighten out our pantry during our break between Christmas and New Year’s. Annual ritual. Afterwards, we vow to use what we have on hand before adding more stuff to the cupboards.

Conklin Stylograph (to be reviewed)

In that same vein, I plan to make 2015 a year where I buckle down and USE my pens, pencils, papers, and inks— switching my focus from acquisition to using. When you have a Staples Printer Paper box full of empty notebooks, it might be time to stop buying notebooks and start writing in them. Like every day. Don’t get me wrong, I use my stuff but I need to REALLY use my stuff. There’s plenty here to be written in and written with, plenty to be reviewed, plenty to have fun with. Plenty.

Machined favorites

So I’m closing out 2014 and starting 2015 feeling grateful and blessed. And you— all of you— are the reason.

Peace and good health to you all.

Write Notepads & Co. loot

September 9, 2014 On Fire: The Delta Unica Red LE Fountain Pen (via Anderson Pens) By Mary ¶ Posted in Anderson Pens, Delta, Fountain pen, Limited Edition, Unica ¶ 6 Comments

I rarely come away from watching the Anderson Pens video podcast without jotting yet another pen onto my wish list. Case in point— just before the DC Supershow, Brian and Lisa announced their Delta Unica Limited Edition Fountain Pen , in a gorgeous red acrylic that’s an Anderson Pens exclusive. Wowza.

[Oh, that acrylic!]

With just fifty pens in this color, I was intrigued. And when I heard the price— just $85 (a small premium over the regular Delta Unica colors)— I knew I wanted this pen. BUT, I was getting to the pen show for Sunday only, so I spent a lot of my road trip from New York to Virginia worrying that they’d be gone by the time I was able to shop. PEN ANXIETY!

They were gone. I didn’t get one. The End.

KIDDING.

I hit the Anderson Pens table(s) pretty quickly on Sunday morning and was relieved to find that there were still some left. I chose #34/50 (medium nib), got one of Lisa’s famous hugs, talked to Brian, and ran off to pinball my way around the rest of the show. (Why I can’t seem to do a pen show in an orderly fashion is beyond me. I think it’s adrenaline.)

[Limited Edition, Anderson Pens, 34/50]

Once home, the first pen I inked and spent time with was my Wahl-Eversharp Skyline Technik fountain pen (LOVE that thing), so I didn’t get around to inking the Delta until a couple of weeks ago. And that’s when I found a bit of a glitch. The pen would write, then stop, then write again. Sometimes it flooded the paper with ink, while other times it ran completely dry. Well, shoot.

Once I took a close look at the nib, the problem was obvious— the nib tines were simply too far apart. I contacted the Andersons by email, included a couple of photos to illustrate the problem, and had a speedy reply from Brian. At his recommendation, I mailed the pen to him, he fixed the nib, and returned it to me asap. Great service after the sale.

[All better.]

NOW it writes as good as it looks.

It truly is a stunning pen. The red marble acrylic has amazing depth and sheen and looks like it’s on fire from within. Branding is VERY subdued. (You can just make out the “DELTA/ITALY” engraving at the bottom edge of the cap in the picture above.) The clip features a little roller that makes sliding the pen in and out of a pocket or case snag-free. I love the shape of the cap— how it subtly flares out— giving the pen a really clean and simple, but interesting, profile.

[Size comparison: Delta Unica vs. Lamy AL-Star]

The size is perfect for me (4-3/4″ unposted, 6″ posted). The cap posts securely and doesn’t throw off the balance of the pen. The 0.46″ grip feels great in hand, and the threads and oh-so slight step-down do not interfere with my grip at all. It’s a joy to hold and use. The pen weighs 22g (15g body, 7g cap)— light enough for even an extended writing session.

The nib is steel in a matte finish, and features branding that I find to be a little busy. The writing experience is a smooth and juicy one, with just a bit of feedback. The Unica is cartridge/converter pen, and a converter is included. I’ve filled mine with Sailor Jentle Grenade , a color that was MADE FOR this acrylic.

[On fire!]

I’m very pleased with my Delta Unica LE fountain pen— my Anderson Pens Delta Unica. It’s hot looking, writes great, and feels terrific. Brian’s speedy response and quick nib fix proved why it’s important to deal with people you trust. Sometimes things aren’t exactly perfect— with pens as with life— and it’s great to know that there’s someone there should you need help.

Or a hug. (Right, Lisa?!)

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Click HERE to watch Brian’s video overview of this pen.

April 30, 2014 Fun Find #2: Monteverde Invincia Deluxe Nighthawk Ballpoint By Mary ¶ Posted in Anderson Pens, Ballpoint pen, Fountain pen, Goulet Pens, Invincia Deluxe, Monteverde, Nighthawk ¶ 2 Comments

A pair of Monteverde Invincia Deluxe Nighthawks: Ballpoint [top] and Fountain Pen [bottom]

I picked up the Monteverde Invincia Deluxe Nighthawk fountain pen (a collaboration between Brian Goulet of Goulet Pens and Monteverde ) as soon as it was released, just about a year ago. In my review of that pen , I noted how it pushed a number of my “this will make me buy a pen” buttons, like:

Stealthy looks Matte finish Carbon fiber

Unfortunately, the Nighthawk line has been discontinued by Monteverde because of some production difficulties (i.e., In some pens, tiny bubbles trapped in the carbon fiber were visible under the matte coating). My fountain pen appears to be free of this problem, and I’m particularly happy to own one since production has ceased. (There are some available from Goulet Pens and Anderson Pens , but these are the end of the line.)

So what does this have to do with a BALLPOINT Nighthawk? Well, I was poking around on the Anderson Pens site one evening and noticed that not only do they have some of the remaining fountain pens, but they also offer a Nighthawk ballpoint . Because I already own the fountain pen, it just made sense to pick up one of the ballpoints, because that pen, too, is wonderfully stealthy, and I assume, in limited supply.

The Nighthawk ballpoint takes my favorite Parker-style refill— the Schmidt EasyFlow 9000— which lays down a lusciously rich jet black line that’s smooth and thick. The blue refill is just as nice as the black one, assuming that you’re okay with lines that are on the broad side.

All-metal innards

The ballpoint weighs 44 grams, so it’s no lightweight. I use it throughout my work day jotting my to-do lists in a Field Notes notebook so I don’t experience hand fatigue from writing with such a heavy pen. Longer writing sessions could, I suppose, get a little tiring, given the heft of the Nighthawk. The pens “innards” are sturdy metal (brass?) which explains why the pen feels so solid and substantial.

The refill is deployed by twisting the upper or lower half of the pen’s carbon fiber body. This mechanism works silently and smoothly.

VERY subtle Monteverde logo on the ballpoint  end cap vs.  the plain fountain pen cap

In looks, the ballpoint is a “fraternal twin” to my fountain pen version, which means that there are a few differences aside from the fact that one’s a fountain pen and the other is a ballpoint. There were two slightly different versions of the Nighthawk fountain pen . I have the original version with a bigger carbon fiber weave and very minimal branding. The ballpoint more closely resembles version 2.0 of the fountain pen with a tighter carbon fiber weave, and just a touch more branding. My ballpoint features a very subtle rendering of the Monteverde logo on the clip end of the pen. This small detail was not included on the original version of the fountain pen to keep the pen super-stealthy.

A little bit of research revealed that there is an actual bird called the Nighthawk. It’s not black, but is well-camouflaged and stealthy. It’s considered a common bird but is declining in numbers.

The Nighthawk— the bird AND the pens— once they’re gone, they’re gone.

That seems like a real shame.

October 15, 2013 Flawed and Wonderful: Parker Vacumatic in Azure Blue By Mary ¶ Posted in Anderson Pens, Bottled ink, Fountain pen, Iroshizuku, Nock Co., Parker, Vacumatic ¶ 9 Comments

When I was at the DC Pen Show, I found myself completely overwhelmed and intimidated by the stunning array of vintage pens. I shied away from exploring them because I felt like I needed to know [much] more to be able to recognize an acceptable pen at a good price. Sarj Minhas has a staggering vintage collection (so nice that it paralyzed me, both physically and verbally). I was especially blown away by his “Ripley” Vacumatic— simply stunning— with a hefty price tag that I’m sure is well worth it. So, while in DC, I stuck to moderns and remain very pleased with those purchases.

But gosh darn, those Vacumatics speak to me. And wouldn’t you know it— one popped up for sale on Dan Smith’s site . I slobbered over it, then had a bit of a twitter conversation with Dan before deciding to go for it. During this exchange, Dan asked me, “What is it about the Vacumatics that you like?” I quickly answered, “The stripey bits.” It really is that simple— I love the look of the striations (aka stripey bits). And at $65, I knew this would be a good “starter” Vacumatic.

Going in, I was well aware that there are a few things wrong with the pen— and they’re undoubtedly big things if you’re a collector. The nib is a Parker Duofold, which is the wrong nib for this pen. The barrel is badly ambered so that it’s not at all translucent. I’m not able to judge the ink level by looking at the barrel— it just stops writing. And I may or may not be having some filling issues (TBD; working with Anderson Pens on this…pretty sure it’s just me being impatient when filling).

Despite all of this, I love this pen. LOVE. It puts down a perfectly wet, smooth, medium line— pure fun to write with. The barrel imprint is crisp and completely readable. The cap and clip are in great shape. Amazing, really, for a pen that was made in 1945. And those striations. Yeah, they’re what really got me.

Myke Hurley recently said, on Episode 75 of “The Pen Addict” podcast , that he overheard someone at the London Pen Show describe a Vacumatic as looking like the lit windows in a skyscraper at night. I SO agree with this description. (I was driving at the time I heard this, but nodded and laughed a little because I’d been thinking the exact same thing.)

The filling system is very easy to use, but as I said, requires a bit of patience in that, according to Brian Anderson , one needs to pause at the bottom of the plunger’s downstroke, as well as at the top, for a second or two. I’m not sure that I’ve been doing that so my fills may have been a little short. Next time, I’ll take my time.

Like so many pen lovers, I’ve been on the elusive hunt for the “perfect pen,” as if such a thing exists. Does perfect mean that it has to be expensive or super smoooooooth or drop-dead gorgeous, or does it just have to fit our hand or our tastes or our writing style? Heck if I know. I’m pretty sure, though, that “perfect” is a moving target. And maybe (undoubtedly) “perfect” is overrated.

Our jobs/partners/kids/pets/churches/schools/movies/books/art are all imperfect— well-marbled with flaws along with the good stuff. And yet we love it all. We love our messy, sticky lives. This pen is the same— flawed, and yet still wonderful.

I wouldn’t have it any other way.

++++++++++++++++ Notes:

My Parker Vacumatic is currently inked with Pilot’s Iroshizuku tsuki-yo . The Sassafras pen case prototype by Nock Co. provided the colorful backdrop for a number of these photos, and is where I’ve been storing this Vacumatic.  I’ve been carrying the Sassafras case with me EVERYWHERE and it looks as fresh as it did on day one.  Check out Nock Co.’s project on Kickstarter. That Ripley Vacumatic? Unforgettable. Recent Posts Prismatic Limited Edition Archer Pencils by Baron Fig Ubiquitous Capture Device: The Nock Co. DotDash Pocket Notebook Baron Fig Squire: The Limited Edition Experiment No. 108 Who knew there was so much crap in my head? Inky Fingers Notebooks: Currently Inked Archives June 2017 May 2017 April 2017 March 2017 February 2017 January 2017 December 2016 November 2016 October 2016 September 2016 August 2016 July 2016 June 2016 May 2016 April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 Categories #3776 Century Chartres Blue 100% USA sourced and manufactured 2000 A.S. 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