The Patient is Ambulatory

Things are mostly back to where they should be here, which the absence of The Apocalypse Announcement on the opening page probably tipped you off to.  I still have to go through the news posts like this one and eliminate a quantity of mysteriously-appeared back-slashes (and the link-breaking they bring with them) but since all that is dated and of little interest to anyone now, I’m content to say we’re fixed (enough) and ready for people to look at again.  There’s also the matter of absolutely every header image having vanished from each page, but… trivial from the user’s perspective (I hope) and proving to be a real bear to sort out from my side of the fence.

Of course, if you find a page that isn’t working, please do nip over to the Contact page and let me know.  There’s a LOT of pages here, and I might well miss something.

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Minor Catastrophe

Something went wrong with my Word Press set up; anyone who has been trying to visit here since 20 February has likely been seeing a perfectly blank screen. Well… I SORT OF fixed it. I initially had a small attack of the marthambles when it looked like all the content had evaporated. This is not the case.

It’s just all been turned into slightly illegible posts.

Which means I’m going to be a while getting the site looking like something useful again. Whatever you’re looking for is still here, but it’s hiding.  The only thing I can suggest is scrolling through the news archive, because EVERYTHING is in there.  All the internal links are broken, too, including the ones to pictures, so… well, it will be a while before we’re back on our feet here.

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Sic Semper Taranis

Well, I appear to have undone the damage done by Jerk MacJerk of Clan MacCreep, but I’m still trying to sort out the damage done by the WordPress update it required.  For example, I’ve just noticed that what used to produce a different coloured background text box now doesn’t, so there are several pages with mysterious <important> instructions now appearing in the text.  I’m sure I’ll get it sorted eventually.

On a happier note, I have several fresh pen profiles up.  One is very fresh indeed, for the fresh out of the oven Lamy Aion.  The others are not quite so warm with the heat of their own creation, but all are definitely recent models; the retrospective Kaweco Student, the psst hey buddy do you want a cheap pen Wing Sung 3008, and the get it while you can Sheaffer Taranis.

The title of this entry is almost completely without meaning, by the way.  Just me playing with allusions.


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Touched by a Jerk

If you are here to find out why the hell this site has been bugging you to buy stuff, I’ll say briefly: Some jerk got through my defenses and has been annoying people without my knowledge or consent.  I have a slightly more detailed version of this event over at my blog, if you are interested in a bit of a rant against that jerk and similar creatures.

A side effect of the jerk’s attentions it that there’s no way to contact me through this site at the moment.  I am working to correct that.  Part of the attempt at correction has left the place looking a little different than it had, which I am also working to correct, because at very least the Galleries are all askew.

If you’re not here out of anger, but for the usual reason of seeing what’s new: there’s now profiles for the Pilot Custom Heritage 92 and the TWSBI Classic.


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Return of the Return of the Clinic

Free Pen Tuning Clinic!

Saturday, 21 October 2017, 12:00pm to 2:00pm!

See the walls of Paper Umbrella run from floor to ceiling AND lengthwise!

Life and death struggle!  Man against minor imperfections of tine alignment!

…yes, I may be overselling it a little.  But it is happening.

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Rapid Fire

I go months without an update, and now two in one week!  I’m dizzy from it!

Now appearing are new pages for an Esterbrook pen which predates the Esterbrook J Series which most of us are familiar with– it’s called the Dollar, because otherwise we have to call it three different models, and that seems untidy.

There is also a new profile for a much more accessible pen, the Jinhao X750 which anyone can have for the price of a meal at a fast-food restaurant (although delivery may take someone longer).

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Barnacle Removal

I recently realized that I had a quantity of broken content here, thanks to the combined efforts of Dropbox and Photobuquet.  That’s an intentional misspelling to keep from helping with search engine results because Dropbox merely closed some doors while those others are engaged in piratical monetization by infinite pop-up ad.  I suspect they’ll find it is eventually a fatal condition.  In any event, I’ve fixed all that, so various images and PDFs that weren’t working last week should be available now.

Also, a couple of new things: a very pretty and utterly nameless bulb-filling pen given me by a friend, and a new and better picture of the Statesman model of early Sheaffer Touchdown.


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The Darling Buds of May… and points beyond.

As May showers batter the ground into yielding up June flowers (it’s Canada, folks– our seasons are no respecters of old lyrics), a few fresh updates appear.  The first, and in place long enough that this is now a late announcement, I have put together a page for a pen which I’ve have for more than a year, the Retro 51 Tornado.  What was the delay?  Dragging my feet, mainly, because I to do that page I also had to do a very little bit of research into Retro 51 itself, and I’ve been devoting my powers to other mental challenges (I can barely tie my own shoes, so much am I thinking of other things).

Thanks to a new client, I have a plethora of other new things; a page for the not-quite-Duofolds that Parker was offering in the latter part of the 1920s, a Waterman pen which in the case of the specific example is a source of identification headaches, and a new photo of the top-end Parker 45 (which is not an oxymoron).

Another person seeking repairs also gave me a chance to take a picture of the rather uncommon Peacock Blue Snorkel, which my picture fails entirely to really capture, but you can see that it’s different from the Pastel Blue, at least.


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A New Bird in Springtime (and some cleaning)

The Pelikan which I mentioned in the previous notice has arrived– it’s a Pelikan 25, the mysterious ur-cartridge pen (sort of) of my favorite* German company.  As a result, I’ve been able to run up a page for it and its fraternal twin, the 15.

Also new, thanks to a local source beginning to stock Pilot products, I’ve got a page for the Pilot Parallel, which may be on this site under false pretenses.  Read the profile, decide for yourself: is it REALLY a fountain pen?

I have also made a small poke at the giant backlog of photos I have for the site, and added… two.  They’re good ones, though!  There’s a very well-preserved Waterman 01852½V on that company’s page of Hard Rubber Pens, where I also fixed some errors of pricing information I’d made, and a handsome metal-derbied example of an Eversharp Skyline, both of which are there to be gandered at.

For those who enjoy comedy: I’ve only just noticed that it’s possible to apply LIKE and SHARE buttons to the pages here, after {mumble} years of working through this interface. If you’re a regular visitor, surprised at this sudden development… well, welcome to the club.

*over on my blog, I’ve begun to reveal my true inward feelings about some pen brands.  If you care about an even more subjective view of these things than I offer here, well, there you go.

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The least pressing post to date

In anticipation of the arrival of a Pelikan I have never met before, I was doing a little preliminary research for a new page. I discovered while doing so a few small facts that made me revise entirely the page for the “New Pelikans” of 1965 (until they weren’t really new anymore). The result has been a serious telescoping of the information, leaving only one page where I used to have six.

This sounds like a removal of valuable data, but it’s actually a removal of unnecessary repetition, unwanted errors, and a few examples of outright foolishness I’m shocked I had let stand. It also knocks a level out of the menu tree for Pelikan, which may make the mobile reader a little happier with things here. Possibly.

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