August 2015 archive

Tasche

Maker: Ohto. The Tasche is a modern example of the almost-vanished Japanese \”pocket\” pen, which is sometimes called a \”long-short\”; the name is actually the German word for pocket, from which we get a sense of what a Japanese pen-maker feels is an appealing exoticism. The Tasche is actually even smaller than the pocket pens of their …

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Rook

Maker: Ohto. Like the better-known Tasche, the Rook is a modern example of the almost-vanished Japanese \”pocket\” pen, which is sometimes called a \”long-short\”.  One is tempted to call it a variation on the theme of the Tasche, as their model numbers are very similar:  the Tasche is FF-10T, while the Rook is FF-10RO. It …

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Arte Italiana

Maker: OMAS. Composing a write-up for this pen is tricky, because the maker has draped it in a lot of myth and mystery.  Some of the company\’s own material makes claims of long, unbroken production, on the strength that the Arte Italiana has a faceted body– it is true that there was a model of …

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Ohto

The Ohto company was established in 1929 as Nakata Okha Do, originally a maker of dyes and inks; the founder Nakata Tozaburo left government service after devising a bank-note ink over concerns of conflict of interest.   Ohto entered pen-making in 1949, starting in ball-points.  It was from these \”Auto-Point\” pens that the company took its …

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Back To School Pen Tuning Festival

On Saturday, 29 August, I will be holding the third of my free pen-tuning clinics in the front window of Paper Umbrella (or, as they\’re known on Facebook, Paper Umbrella).  That\’s free flow adjustments, point smoothings, and minor cleaning, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., offered to everyone that comes to the store with a fountain pen. …

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A false flag exposed, and other treats

I often begin these update announcements with a revelation of my own fallibility, and this one adds to that heap.  It seems for years I\’ve been applying the name of Pennant to one of Wearever\’s pens which is no such thing.  The Saber (which, I explain for non-US readers, is how they spelled it) just …

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360

Maker: OMAS. In materials released by the company on the release of the 360, the company essentially listed \”user error\” as one of the reasons for the design.  A large number of pens, it was said, were being returned as defective, not performing properly as pens, and examination at the factory suggested that many of …

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OMAS

Like FIAT, the name of this company is an acronym, meaning in this case One Man Army… oh, wait, I\’m thinking of something else.  It actually stands for Officina Meccanica Armando Simoni, which in English would be \”Armando Simoni\’s Mechanical Workshop\”.  This workshop in Bologna had been in operation since 1919, making a wide variety …

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Saber

Maker: Wearever. This is a pen which is frequently mistaken for a Pennant; this is a mistake which I supported with my page for that pen for about ten years, to my great embarrassment, and which a recent item online elsewhere has put me on the path of revision. In my own defence, the Saber is …

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