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How (not) to restore engraved letters on pens?

First, let’s see what you came here for and if you’re interested in my ramblings they are marked with italics at each step.

WARNING: Do this at your own risk, you may damage your pen in the process.

The tools you will need:

  • White Oil Pastel (this is going to be the new paint filling)
  • Microfiber cloth (to clean off the pen)
  • Sewing needle (to remove the original paint filling from the engraving)
  • Paint brush (to clean the original paint filling as you are removing it from the engraving)
  • Jeweler’s Loupe (to actually see what you are doing – I used a Schweizer Tech-Line x10)
  • Optional: Macro photo camera (to have an even better look and to record your progress)

The too long; didn’t read version is:

  • Step 1: Identify the problem
  • Step 2: Remove the old filling
  • Step 3: Apply new filling
  • Step 4: Profit?
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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! 😀 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! 😀 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. 😀

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! 😀 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! 😀

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. 😀

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! 😀

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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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! 😀 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! 😀

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Notebook Review #001: Colorverse Nebula Note

Introduction

Hello everyone and welcome!🙋‍♂️

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. 😉😂 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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Ink Review #4: Pelikan Edelstein Olivine

Pelikan Edelstein - Ink Review

Hello everyone! Here we are, another week and another ink review! This week’s choice is the Pelikan Edelstein Olivine Ink of the Year 2018. It’s available in limited quantities since we’re already in 2019 so get yours from your favorite retail outlet if you like what you see in the review. 😀

Before we continue I just want to give a shout out to the Fountain Pen Companion! Thanks to this nifty website it’s really easy to track your inks, participate in leaderboards and share your collection with others! 😀 If anyone wants to have a look at mine, you can see check it out here.

If you would like me to do a review of one of the inks from my collection let me know in the comments below, on the PenAddict Slack on reddit or through e-mail. 😉

If you’re interested in the review process please check out this blog post. I’ve written it down in detail. Reviews in the future might have updated methodology but I’ll let anyone know if anything changes! 😉

1. Introduction and personal thoughts

Pelikan is one of the oldest fountain pen and ink manufacturers in Europe and they are known worldwide for giving us reliable writing instruments and inks alike. In this part of the world one of the most popular inks is made by Pelikan, the 4001 Royal Blue.

Now you may or may not have known that Pelikan also has a line of premium inks called “Edelstein” which translates to “gemstone” or “jewel” (or “drágakő” in Hungarian 😉 ). Of course each ink is named after a precious stone/mineral from which the ink derives it’s color from. In total there are 16 colors available, with the original 8 standard colors and 8 Ink of the Year colors. Later on Pelikan announced that they’ll include Aquamarine and more recently Garnet in their standard line-up.

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Ink Review #1: Pelikan 4001 Dark Green

Pelikan 4001 Dark Green - Ink Review

Hi and welcome to another ink review at Pennonia! Before we delve into it I just want to talk a little bit about the review process. On upcoming reviews I won’t post this info but I want take a little time and talk about how I’m doing the reviews and what I came up with. 🙂

Okay so I only did two “proper” reviews on the site but as part of the 2019 refocus of Pennonia I decided to take things more seriously and come up with my own standardized process because I’m sure everyone values consistency and it’s basically needed to somewhat compare inks between themselves. So actually this first post will feature the “prototype” page I have created and the actual standard post will come after the next review (although only the presentation is slightly different).

Here’s how I’m going to do my ink reviews and what elements it includes:

1. Brief presentation and personal opinion about the ink
2. Scanned writing sample + water test scan
3. Ink swatch and similar inks (naturally only those which I own)
4. Optional: Some product/studio shots if I have the time to set up the lights, camera etc.

My monitors are color calibrated so I’ll try to match the inks as closely to what I can see in real life, but it’s really hard to get them to look like as they do and not to mention that everyone’s monitor displays color slightly differently.

The scanned writing sample includes the following information:

1. Paper: For my paper I chose Rhodia 80g/m2 (DOTPAD No 16) because I think it’s a fairly accessible paper and it seems highly regarded in the eyes of most people. I’m sure it won’t satisfy everybody’s needs but I don’t want to complicate things for myself by using different brands as there are simply way too many of them.

2. Writing test: This will be done using capital and cursive handwriting. I think both are necessary because capital letters show shading more easily due to the fact you have to raise the nib a lot more than using cursive (where you can write down whole words without lifting the pen). I chose to write down one of my favorite childhood ballads: “Toldi” by János Arany. Each review will feature one stanza. I will choose a random pen from my collection to write it and I won’t do different nib sizes.

3. Very rudimentary doodles: Literally a square drawn with lines and a square drawn with circles/loops.

4. Ink swab: Ink swabs are an integral part of most reviews and I wanted to include them in mine as well. Over at the Pen Addict slack user @Inkantadora suggested that I should turn the pen over and just drag the nib across the page instead of using a cotton swab and I have to say it’s a great idea because it’s super fast, doesn’t waste ink, no risk of contaminating your bottle and personally I think it spreads the ink more thinly so it’s not that unrealistically saturated.

5. Star rating system: Okay so the star rating system goes from 1 to 5, I don’t think I need to explain how numbered ratings work. Categories include flow, lubrication (yeah I know it can be considered the same as flow but to me lubrication means smoothness when writing, while flow refers to how much ink goes onto the paper), shade, sheen and water resistance. The only thing I want to talk about here is water resistance and how I’m doing my test. I write one line on a mini Rhodia Dotpad No 12, tear out the paper, put it into the sink and pour on it one mug of water (300 ml, simulates a spill on your desk)

Okay! So now that this is out of the way here’s the actual review

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Inktober 2018 – Day 24; Pelikan 4001 Brilliant Red (vintage)

So I got my hands on some old Brilliant Red and it turns out that it’s more red than the current version and while I haven’t put it in a pen yet, hopefully it doesn’t dry up and leaves a mess like the current version.

Unfortunately I don’t have an ink swab for this (yet) but I’ll update the post when I’ll make one (if I don’t forget 😛 )

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