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Organizing the Pelikan Hub – Budapest 2019

This year’s hub is going to be really special because it’s the first year where I’m going to be the Hub Master in Budapest! πŸ˜€ However that’s not the only thing that makes this year’s Hub such an important date. Exactly one year ago, I went to my first ever pen meet where I met awesome people and where technically Pennonia became “known”. Yay!

I still remember I was really anxious and excited, I just had to move to Budapest two months after I officially launched the website. Things were a bit hectic, I was struggling to upload a bajillion products, I was also working on my first inks. I actually took these inks to the Hub and gave them away as gifts for everyone.

Last year’s Hub was organized by Daniel, a local fountain pen enthusiast and really the supporting pillar of the fountain pen community in Budapest because he is the one who organizes the monthly pen meets and I think I speak for all when I say, the local FP community wouldn’t be where it is now if not for him. So thanks Dani!

It was actually Dani who encouraged me to take up the mantle this year for the Hub and it was something that I have gladly accepted! πŸ˜€ I’m a pretty huge Pelikan fan with a decent collection, so the brand stands close to my heart and you can bet I was happy when I was selected to be this year’s Hub Master.

In 2019 Pelikan released the Star Ruby ink and the special edition M205 that goes with it.

If things work out I might actually have the chance to take the new M205 to the Hub to show it to everyone. Naturally a bottle of Edelstein Star Ruby goes to everyone courtesy of Pelikan.

But we’re not here to talk about Star Ruby, so let’s move on to…

Finding the right place

You might wonder, what actually does a Hub Master need to do in the background to organize the Hub? Well it’s not really rocket science but I did have some trouble with it at first. Fortunately or unfortunately the Budapest Hub is rather small with this year clocking in at 15 participants. This means we can get away with reserving a table in a cafe or a restaurant instead of having to rent out a room or space somewhere.

The only headache it caused me was finding the right place. You would think Budapest has a lot of choices (and maybe I was just not good) but in reality, most cool cafes are too small to accommodate a group of 15 people at a big table. So I went to check out a couple of places and just when I thought I found the perfect one, it turns out that they literally have live concerts each evening…sooo the search continued. I found another cool place online and when I wanted to check it out they were on vacation for two weeks! Not wanting to risk it and to cut it close, I continued to look for the right place. I eventually found it and reserved a table.

If you want to check it out I can definitely recommend the place! It’s called Kelet Cafe, located between Moricz Zsigmond Korter and Szent Gellert Ter.

Extra goodies and how to improve the Hub experience

Naturally I have prepared something nice for this year’s Hub as well and I think a Hub Master should also take care of the guys who forgot to register so Pennonia will sponsor their Star Rubies so they won’t miss out on the fun. πŸ˜€

Some Hub Masters also e-mailed their local stationary shops in the hopes of getting sponsored goodies for the attendants, while others are preparing ink samples, paper samples etc.

Then there’s also the possibility to find a person who could be invited to talk about pen restoration, nib grinding, ink making and other interesting things related to the hobby. This year I tried to ask a local fountain pen restorer and he actually said that he will try to make it! πŸ˜€ So fingers crossed!

Last year Dani took us to one the coolest stationary shops (Bomo Art) so if you’re going to be a Hub master, that’s also a great choice to do! It was fun, interesting and we got to chat with the proprietor of the shop about both running a stationary business, as well as fountain pens and inks.

Final words

All in all I can’t wait to finally go to the Hub! I could also write a few more pages about being a Hub Master and I’m sure once my first Hub is over I will be able to write even more haha! So if you have any questions regarding it, just leave a comment below! πŸ˜€

I will definitely apply next year as well! While finding the right place was frustrating and took most of my attention, if the current place turns out to be good then next year I will put more attention towards improving the experience and making it a truly unique pen meet for all participants.

Naturally starting from this year, Pennonia will try to feature a Pelikan Hub sale if it’s possible.

I will also update the blog with photos and do a write-up of the whole experience and I also can’t wait to show you guys the surprise ink that I prepared for this year. πŸ˜€

I wish everyone a great Pelikan Hub!

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SALE: The new partnership sale until 16th August, 23:59 (UTC+1)

To celebrate our new partnership with DHL we decided to have a sale on select items now that we can finally take advantage of cheap international shipping. This means that inks are definitely on sale baby! πŸ˜€

The sale of course also includes pens and notebooks as well so head on over to the sales page or feel free to browse our catalogue.

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DHL as shipping partner – should’ve been the first choice from day one

I’m happy to announce that as of today DHL and Pennonia partnered up to offer fast, reliable delivery of your purchases with reasonable shipping prices.

Here’s what you need to know about the changes happening at Pennonia:

  1. We are dropping DPD as a choice for international deliveries. Only exception is Hungary.
  2. We are dropping Romanian Post and Hungarian Post for international deliveries.
  3. Domestic deliveries within Romania will be handled by FAN Courier.

We are on full DHL mode and I’m sure everyone will find this move convenient and comfortable (for yourself and your wallet as well). The main advantage after the lower cost is that deliveries will now be faster and can also be tracked more reliably and easily.

Please consult the FAQ here for shipping zones and rates.

I didn’t want to turn this post into a long one but I rarely get a chance to talk about starting up the business, plus I rarely have the time to post on the blog anyway, so things build up. If you’re not interested in my jibber-jabber and only came for the news part, then this is a great place to stop reading and starting to put that sweet pen/ink combo you were eyeing into the cart! πŸ˜›

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List of staining fountain pen inks

Last update: 2019-08-29

I decided to write this article due to a very ironic situation and because I’m salty. It just so happens that my brand new Pelikan M605 White Transparent arrived one day and I thought it’s a good idea to ink it up with Pelikan Edelstein Star Ruby. Turns out it was a bad idea because the ink stained the cap of the piston and even went between the two o-rings of the piston head as well. Sooooo yeah. AeARDrtfskldf’mgdkds’fmgds!

Anyway, now that the pen can’t be fixed manually and requires service I thought I’ll make this list so other people who have demonstrator pens will know what inks to avoid if they don’t want to ruin their pens. The good thing is that barrel stains can usually be removed with fountain pen cleaning solutions like Rohrer & Klingner Reiniger (Diamine, Platinum and some fountain shops sell their own stuff as well) or with a 5-10% Ammonia (start with less) – Water solution. The bad thing is that these stuff didn’t clean the piston on the M605.

So the plan is to maintain a list of inks by brand which stain pens. The though part is that I can only list inks that I personally used in demonstrator pens or if I find any info on the internet. This is where you come in dear reader! Please send me an e-mail or leave a comment here if an ink you used stained any part of your demonstrator pen (let me know the pen as well).

I would also humbly request to only send me an e-mail if you experienced staining personally. FPN and reddit is full of threads with staining issues and as I have time to read through them I will update the list.

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How to mix shimmer powders with inks

Hi guys! πŸ˜€

Ever wondered, how to make custom shimmer inks? Or how much shimmer should I put in an ink? Well in this blog post I’m going to do a mini tutorial-advice thingy where I’ll show you how to make your own custom shimmer inks from any ink you have at your disposal!

First thing’s first, you need some shimmer powders. It’s shameless self plugging time so click here to view the fountain pen ink shimmer powders available at Pennonia.

Now that you have shimmer powder and have chosen an ink to combine it with, you have basically two choices.

  1. Mix ink and shimmer powder in the bottle (don’t do it, NOT RECOMMENDED)
  2. Mix ink and shimmer powder in a separate container (this is the correct choice)

Okay so what you’ll need is some kind of container to put a small amount of ink into and then mix it with the shimmer powder. If you have plastic vials that’s an ideal choice, but anything will do, just don’t mix a whole bottle because once that shimmer powder is in that ink you will never get it out.

Take a tiny amount of shimmer powder and place it into the container. Use a syringe or a pipette to draw some ink and then add about 3-4 ml into the container (in my case the vial).

Put on the lid or cap and shake it properly until the powder is mixed well with the ink. Use a dip pen to check whether you like the result or not. Since you didn’t fill the container to the brim, you can still add more ink if you would like to reduce the effect of the shimmer.

Check out the gallery for some pictures of the process and the end result!

Azure Blue Shimmer - Waterman Mysterious Blue Shimmering ink
Azure Blue Shimmer – Waterman Mysterious Blue Shimmering Ink
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In search of the best paper for fountain pen use

Introduction

Hello everyone! πŸ˜€ This has been a long time coming but I finally managed to get around to it. So this idea came to me when I received a notepad from Colorverse that had Tomoe River Paper in it. That paper is regarded by many to be the best paper for fountain pen use and it produces the highest amount of sheen with inks out of all the papers. I thought to myself that there is surely paper better than Tomoe River floating around somewhere, I just need to find it. So I decided to go on a quest to find the best paper for fountain pen use!

As it turns out, there isn’t a paper (or I haven’t found it yet) that excels at everything. Nonetheless there are a couple of good papers out there that I can recommend for you guys to try out. I’m not going to babble on much longer so let’s start.

Or you can skip to the “Final Thoughts” section -> here

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Budapest Pen Meet – 2019 May 25

It’s that time of the month again! This weekend we had the monthly pen meet here in Budapest! πŸ˜€ Like always it was great once again!

The mood was really pleasant and we have seen a lot of great pens too! Check out the gallery to see the line-up! πŸ˜€

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Shimmer powders at Pennonia! Make your own shimmering ink!

Hi everyone! πŸ˜€

I have some great news for you guys! As of today you can get shimmering powders in 18 different colors right here at Pennonia! πŸ˜€ This means that you can turn your favorite ink into a shimmering, glistening version of itself!

Most ink makers while giving you an option to choose from a huge variety of ink colors in their shimmering line up, still limit the shimmering effect to silver or gold and maybe rarely another color that matches the ink. What’s great about being able to purchase shimmering powders separately is that you are in control of what color it should be and how much shimmer powder is actually in your ink!

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Fountain Pen Companion Interview

I have recently been invited by the lovely people πŸ’– (Ana, Urban and Daniel ) behind the Fountain Pen Companion podcast to appear on their show!

If you haven’t heard about the Fountain Pen Companion (FPC) then I would advise you to check out their website especially if you’re an inkaholic who has trouble keeping track of all their inks! Previously I have already written about the site in another blog post so be sure to check that out too!

If you’re curious about the inks I own you can see my list πŸ‘‰ here!

You can listen to the whole podcast right on their webpage:
https://podcast.fpc.ink/episodes/episode-11-mate-from-pennonia

The main topics included:

I would like to thank all three of you guys for having me on your show! It was a new, fantastic and scary experience! πŸ˜‚ Scary only because I was afraid that I’ll completely lock up as I was having a bit of a stage fright but looking back I had nothing to worry about! Next time I’ll already be a pro! 😎

Until next time! Sziasztok! πŸ‘‹

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Notebook Review #001: Colorverse Nebula Note

Introduction

Hello everyone and welcome!πŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈ

Today I have for you something very special and interesting! I recently (well today) got my hands on a new product soon to be released by Colorverse and I’m telling you it’s going to be great! 🀯Especially at the price point they are targeting for the current design. Naturally before we delve into anything I would like to thank C.K. for providing me with samples!

Oh and let’s just do a quick recap of who Colorverse are!

Colorverse is a South Korean ink maker best known for their beautiful colors, their use of natural dyes in their inks and of course their unique glass bottles. If you want to check out there inks please click here.

Okay I think that was quick enough. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚ Let’s get down to business!

Colorverse decided they are going to expand their product range with a new product and they called it the Nebula Note. Now if you have read the title or have seen the cover photo you already know that the Nebula Note is their notebook that’s going to appear in the near future.

Check out their website here.

I personally think it was a nice idea and the next natural step in growing their business. It gives them the perfect medium where they can show off their beautiful and unique colors!

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