April 17, 2022

54 Saturday night's alright for fighting

54 Saturday night's alright for fighting

This episode covers some Postal Services offerings we missed, some fun articles that are stationery adjacent, and some very expensive stationery offerings.

Evan’s New Acquisitions: (I know I said I’d be trying not to buy anything soon so I could get an Emperor)
 Sailor Fika Coffee
 Lamy Safari Cream

Postal Bulletin
George Morrison stamp we missed, this is the color postmark

Other stamp not in the bulletin?

Women's rowing stamps

George Morrison stamp announcement:

Possible FOREVER stamp from Ukraine

Possible FOREVER stamp from Ukraine

Where to buy the stamp from Ukraine

The Letter Locking article from Atlas Obscura (thanks to Friend of the Show Janet for the tip)

This list includes a $1860 notebook and an $8 million fountain pen

The $8 Million stamp
To be filed in the “Should have spent more on spell check”

I’ll keep an eye out for SOLO products but I haven’t seen this “global” brand yet.

5 letter writing tips from a letter writing club out of the UK

Letter writing campaign for Ukrainian refugees

To be filed under “keep your address book updated”

Are you Jonesing for a tee-time?  What’s the answer?  Write a letter of course!

Fun look at why fountain pens have become a “cult” and a really good pen list!

Singapore’s idea of FOMO! Did someone say…Namiki?

List of pens for a gentleman’s desk and yes it includes a Yard O-led!

Last and not least, a love letter to Ranga Pens from India!


54 Saturday Night's alright for fighting

John: [00:00:00] I'm an episode, 54 of stationery orbit, where we are all here to learn more about creative letter writing. I'm your host John West, and I'm joined by our co-host Evan Harris. And in today's episode, we have some new stamps from the postal service. We've got some fun, silly articles, and we've got some very expensive stationery to talk about.

But first we've got some new acquisitions, I believe.

Evan: That's right. Last time I talked about how I wanted to save up and buy a very fancy piece of stationery in new Wiki emperor after testing it. And before the episode had even dropped I had two 

John: Where was the source of these two new pens? 

Evan: So I was visiting my sister in New York. She lives not far from. Fountain pen hospital. So of course I have to go visit Fountain pen hospital.

And so I'd go. And one of the pens I'd never actually had the chance to write with before. But everyone always loves it, but I've heard different things about the nibs. So I wasn't sure if it was the B would be a style I would have enjoyed. So I didn't want to buy one online was sailor, 

John: And this is the Fika the model name?


It's the pro deer, [00:01:00] but the Fika special edition, it was the blue one. They did the cup and saw the coffee and saucer, or maybe it was cup and saucer. One's blue, one's red, it's in the other room. I can't show it to you, but my mine is the standard size, which is a little small for my hand, but our rights incredibly well, I'm 

going to have to be buying more sailors now 

John: is it a procure slimmer as a standard Proger 

Evan: slim, it 

is quite small. 

John: Progress limbs are out of my comfort room.

Evan: yeah.

But it's it's one of the few pens I post, but the nib on it is incredible. And it's blue, which is my color. So I got that. And also when I was in New York, we were walking in the west village before Broadway to get some drinks with actually a few friends of mine. And my sister and her fiance and my mom and we walked past the LaMi store.

So of course we stop in a and LaMi has recently announced the special edition for 2022, our strawberries and cream. So I got one of the Lamy safari Cream Editions adding yet another to my safari collection, which is now at [00:02:00] least 


John: So definitely team safari for Evan. I have yet I believe to have a safari and I think my all star got donated before I left the state.

Evan: Yeah. It should say one of them is an LX. The rest are safaris, including I have right 

Was a few years ago. The Picchu 


John: oh, right on. Yeah. I remember when Mike Hurley got that 

Evan: Oh, it's so it's such a cool addition. And the bots that comes with 

is really cool. 

John: Yeah, I heard that one. So we've got some postal bulletin news, including some postal bulletin stuff that we had missed. our straights. Episode. And one of them is a stamp for George Morrison of grand Portage, Minnesota, which, lived up in Minnesota for a little has actually seen some of his.

Evan: Yeah, I CA I believe I've seen some of stuff at, it was either the Walker art center or [00:03:00] university of Minnesota art museum, but I definitely recognized his name. He was a member of the Ojibwe tribe, specifically the grand Portage band of them and grand Portage for anyone who doesn't know is in Northern Minnesota, along the Northern shore of lake superior.

It's not far from grammar. Which is near Duluth. I it's past the Luth Duluth is the bottom part of the north shore. You keep going up the shore and as you keep going, cause it been the views just keep getting better and 

better. It's incredibly beautiful place. 

John: Yeah, but I think it's also safe to say probably some of the harsher winters in the U S are up there as well. Aren't they? 

Evan: The, it is. At least in the continental us, some of the harshest winters, I believe there's some automotive tests, 

winter test facilities up 

John: oh that makes sense. Yeah. But yeah, he was a founding member of native American modernism And his And a very modernist. Any of you are into that kind of [00:04:00] art, go check his stuff out. The pictorial, just got posted for that. and link in the show notes for his stamps and I believe we also have one in there for the, yeah, we've got one for the postmark in so we'll have that.

Evan: I was going to say the stamps feature five of his paintings. And of course like most stamps are first, last forever 


of 20.

John: And then was it something that we missed postal bulletin, but it's something that Evan caught that they just came out with some new stamps. You want to talk about those? 

Evan: Yeah.

this was announced as well, yesterday as we were, as I was recording. So two days before the show first there's a women's rowing is receiving forever stamps. So I was with horsemen in undergrad. At Michigan, which was a club tenant leap, and my sister wrote it, Wisconsin, that it's D one there.

So I have a little bit of attention to railing. It is a wonderful sport and women's rowing, which which has been quite successful in the [00:05:00] United States for quite a while, though, 2020 Olympics, to be honest, we did not have a good showing but the women's rowing, I think rowing in general is a great thing to be celebrated.

Women's rowing is obviously included and these are some very good. I'm trying to subscribe the art style, but very good stamps they're for stamps. When they're in an entire pain with the border, to a women's eight boats. Each one has a toxin and eight, or is women in it and they are both.

One of them is what we would refer to as at the cats, which is where you put your, or first in the water. The other is at the release about to slide back. And they, and when they're in the entire pane, it looks like they are in a race, which is fun. You've got one red team in one.

And these, there are four different stamps, actually two for each boat. 


they repeat them to 

make the, to make the eight person boat.

John: Yep. I At least to me, the way I would describe the artwork for this is pretty traditional lithography. And I think this is a USPSS [00:06:00] chosen style when it comes to their main line stamps.

Evan: Except for the flag stamps. Yes, I would. I would agree that is that is the style that we tend to see. And that's the style I like and think works very well for stamps.

I don't row anymore because of a hip injury, but I think rowing is an incredible sport for anybody who does it 

and is a great work.

, I will certainly be 

buying some of these stamps they're fun.

John: well, good deal. hopefully I'll get a chance to well, no, I won't see them over here cause it has to be an international stamp to come over. 

Evan: No, your turn, you just add them up. I'll maybe I'll send you an entire 


John: It'd be awesome. Yeah, that's a, probably a little above and beyond for the international postage rate, but I'll take it.

Evan: The international postage rate is just over two stamps. So you get at least one full 


John: And just after we got done with our last episode, Evan found a proposed or potential, or I [00:07:00] don't know how you want to describe the Ukrainians.

Evan: So this had been announced by the the Ukrainian post office who I believe that is their actual name. I don't know if they have a more technical. And then translate it. But this was a stamp commemorating , the attacked on snake island, which has been made famous by the in the news for the rather strong statement that the Ukrainian. Commander of the border guard at snake island which is there was a there's a small border guard station. There were 13 officers, I believe. And the commander of that station gave a rather strong and I'm fully supportive of his statement to be clear statements to the Russian warship Moscova when they were told to surrender ,

I'm sure many of our listeners have heard of this already, but you can see what the statement was in the show notes.

And so there is a stamp that was announced that just as [00:08:00] Ukraine, 2022, and it looks like a postal stamp, but it has a picture of a Ukrainian 

John: Yes, it is. It is 

a form of a formal military salute.

Evan: Yes. But the phrase that he said has become quite a rallying cry in Ukraine for good reason. I don't want to use the expletives for various reasons on this podcast. But so the stamp itself was issued on April 12th of this year. And also no. The Moscova which is the Russian black sea flagship.

She's not the flagship of 

the fleet, but the black sea flagship sank two days after 

John: I've 

also seen that, the Russians are covering for it saying that it was upgraded to a submarine.

Evan: I haven't heard that the official statement about from Russia on the Moscova was that she was damaged and such due to storms. 

John: At the 

Evan: There were no storms in the black sea in that week of April Ukrainian position, which has been repeated by the U S department of defense is that it was sunk 

by [00:09:00] two anti-ship missiles.

John: Yep. Okay. Got lucky and hit a magazine on the. 

Evan: Yeah. So I'm not an expert in military or munitions, but from what it sounds like is that the two are 360 Neptune anti-ship cruise missiles should have been enough to sink it. Anyway. One would have been enough with a good hit. They hit the 

John: Yep. 

Evan: So that was more than enough to sink the ship. 

John: Yeah. 

the other important thing to keep in mind is that the Moscow was not just their flagship. It was a missile cruiser. So it was packed with munitions.

Evan: yeah. Correct. As I said, the tenable flagship of the Russian Navy is an aircraft carrier that has been in dry dock for several years, due to first retrofitting and then repair when a crane that was retrofitting it, felon it. So it's not expected to be seaworthy again till next year. Granted the U S and the UK, and several other nations use [00:10:00] sailing ships as their flagship.

Which is completely 

irrelevant, but the U S flagship is USS constitution,

John: yup. Which is in 

doc in Boston. Right. 

Evan: in Boston. It is a museum ship, but it is technically still chartered ship is the oldest ship in the U S fleet. For Britain. It is Lord 

Nelson's HMS 


John: nice. That's yeah. Great ship for that.

Evan: Exactly. But so these are stamps. I am going to try and get my hands on. I will never use them, which means the money goes straight to the cranium, postal service and governments, which I am supportive of. 

and it's just such a fun stamp.

John: Yeah, and it'll be, it'll be a great collector's 

item down the road. It'll definitely be something you can look back at And, I mean, I, who knows what kind of value it'll end up at what kind of issue they're going to have for this, but be a good one for collections. 

Evan: I try and not buy things that I like for them, for their potential future value. If I end up deciding to sell something and it has gone up in value. [00:11:00] Great. But if I want something to go up in value, I make invest. 'cause I don't like I want to buy the things I want. I 

don't want to be thinking of, oh, how much can I sell this for later? 

John: It's well, it's much too speculative. For something like that, but, , all right. so we've got a article that was sent to me a listener friend of the show, Janet. , And this is a, an older Atlas Obscura article about letter locking and. While it is, , it definitely covers a lot of material that we have covered before on the show, in terms of the letter locking and , the techniques that they used.

The thing that I love about this Atlas obscure article is the writing in it. As Evan and I were talking before the show. A lot of the articles that we see about letter locking, especially since they started using , the [00:12:00] CT scans and the other, digital imaging that they've been using, those tend to end up in technical articles and while they are technically correct, and with a higher level of education, we have no problem really understanding what they're saying. For the layman, for somebody who's not got a technical background, they are, they're very dry. They're very, , tough reading and we're Atlas. Obscura is more of a storytelling style. So if, , if any of you have had a problem with reading some of the technical articles, but you want to read something that will get you more interested in letter locking, I highly recommend this Atlas Obscura.

Evan: Yeah. no, it's really good. Again, we both have engineering backgrounds, those technical things are not too hard for us to do. So this 

easier if you've been confused by what we've talked about in the. 

John: Yeah. They tend not to throw around the big words and I love the, human [00:13:00] aspect of this, that they're talking about. One of the spymasters and his work in a black chamber, and that he specifically was boasting that he had. No problems, opening and resealing letters.

And when you think about it, in terms of what letters look like today, you're thinking to yourself, well, that doesn't sound that hard. You just lift the adhesive off the flap and then you re glue the L the flat back onto it. And then of course, Jana D'Ambrogio put this person straight in terms of what letter locking was.

And the the other thing I like about the article is because they talk about. The fact that letter locking was almost lost to obscurity because of how ubiquitous it was. It was the equivalent to them of locking your front door. And later on down the line, when we're all working with like digital face prints, in order to open your door, how many people are going to know how to pick a lock.

Evan: I mean, [00:14:00] well,

Thanks to people like the lockpicking 

lawyer. I think 

lockpicking pitching will survive. 

John: this is true. This is true. , So going along and getting over into the stationery side of things, found an article this is from CEO world. So. These are people who have money. And apparently in this particular case, some stupid money and the CEO world has the most expensive stationery they could find in the world.

And this includes a most expensive notebook, which is the Hermes leather tri-fold notebook. The cost of that one note. And Darryl from Musubi should be feeling good because he's nowhere near this ceiling is $1,860. So for any of you who thought you, , spent a lot on your Musubi rest easy, you didn't spend a lot on your.

Evan: There Darryl, if you're listening, you need to release a special edition a Musubi I don't care [00:15:00] if it's the exact normal and you just have to have one for sale listed at least $1,861.

I don't care if it sells, you just need to put it up. Honestly, what would be hilarious is if 

you do, if that's done with the 

worst paper, you can find. 

John: Uh, oh, yeah, go. Yeah. All right. I, I don't know if I want to get a Dawn or get sued here, but a particular rock paper comes to mind.

Evan: Yeah. Um, Yeah.

though, I, there is at least one item on here. I would probably be able to argue against they claim the most expensive ruler is Louis Vuitton and it costs $175. 

John: Oh yeah. 

Evan: I bet you can find an ISO or a N I S T 

traceable. That costs more than that, 

John: also, depending on how you wanted to define that, I would, I would count on there being some drafting tools 

that are more than that 

Evan: [00:16:00] Yeah. But so I'm thinking in, I'm thinking in the 15th centimeter or roughly one foot range and a drafting.

ruler at that length is still normally cheaper, but I bet if I tried to do them

order and an IST traceable ruler, it would probably cost at least that. For anyone who doesn't know, which is, again, we're both engineers that is the national Institute of standards and testing basically, or standards and technology.

Yeah. They are the people who are in charge of making sure that all of your scales are accurate and to all of your. All of your thermometer. They basically here is the standard temperature measurement, the standard ruler, the standard, everything for the country and all high precision measurements have to be traceable to the national standard.

Every country has one of these standards And, all of those are compared 

against the ISO standard or international standards organization. 

John: Yep. And, uh, the other thing to keep in mind is that that is that traceability [00:17:00] is done through a series of other calibrated instruments. Some of them are primary calibration, the others are secondary calibration.

Evan: Yeah, exactly. But some of the other ones interesting, inherent these, I'm not going to argue the most expensive 

ballpoint pen month block Then it says fountain Ben.

John: Yeah. The, the one, The one that actually, 

Evan: No, but re read number six. It says most expensive ballpoint pen 

quote, Mo blond mystery 

masterpiece, fountain, pen, 

John: Oh, 

Evan: quote. 

John: Yeah. You're right. 

Evan: there's a typo in there somewhere. But yeah.

the most expensive pencils as much as I do enjoy a on fabric, Estelle, pencils, and products, they make very good ink. I'm not paying 

$12,800 to buy one. 

John: Yeah, Well, this one. it's. Yeah, the price tag on that's pretty much indefensible, but the, uh, the [00:18:00] description of it is impressive. It's made with 240 year old olive wood and white and gold. It has a built-in eraser and sharpener, only 10 pieces of this pencil were made. And it has 99 different parts, which I don't know how exactly you manage 99 parts for a standard pencil.

But I suppose you can.

Evan: Well,

Have you ever seen

, the standard, Fabric test open? 

John: I've seen them. I don't think I've ever seen how they're


Evan: So they've got basically like a cap on the end that has the sharpener in it. And they've got to the. a eraser that can Castro in and out. So 99 parts does sound like a lot, the 

normal version of their pencil 

for $275, 

John: Yep. And 

Evan: which is still more than I full-pay refills 

are. Twenty-five for three.

John: So the uh, the most expensive item on here is [00:19:00] of course, a fountain pen. And this is the full gore nocturia mus by Tibaldi. And it is a diamond and Ruby and crusted fountain pen that sold at a Shanghai auction for $8 million in 2018.

Evan: It's crazy. And they claim to use the golden ratio. It I'm pulling up an image of it. It looks like a pen or a, it looks like it is not that for markably looking at pen, to be honest, it's got a lot of diamonds and it was option for a charity 

auction, but that's still 

John: yeah.

Evan: not the most impressive looking pen.

 I don't have this pen. Sorry. Let me rephrase 

that. I don't have to spend, it's not 

the most impressive looking

John: Yep. The other thing is a, as Evan had brought up before the show, it is also not the most expensive thing on the planet and that I'll give back to them.

Evan: So there are a [00:20:00] few of different ways to describe thing, but the most expensive thing by weight, not stuff thing. And there's a YouTube where I really like it. This, his link should be in the show notes

called Tom Scott, he's British And the most expensive thing by weight in the world. Is valued at $8.3 million and it is a piece of stationery.

It is 40 milligrams. It is the British Guyana 1 cent magenta. It was designed to be a temporary stamp issued by the local post office for only use in Diana until the official stamps came from the UK. Only one of these stamps survives.

John: And so 

I got the 40 milligrams 

part. How much was it sold for? 

Evan: So it's not, it. is valued at 8.3 million and at least when the video came 

out, you could effectively buy shares in this.

John: The next item on our show notes, is I've got a couple of silly articles in, in This week's show notes, but I couldn't help it. This one gets filed into the, should have used. [00:21:00] More spellcheck or have more of a context check. The headline is drivers are crashing into the back of stationery school buses in St.

John's county. And instead of stationary, a R Y they spelled it stationery, E R Y and as. Evan says, I think we need to put together a collection and go buy one of these stationery school buses and turn it into a store. So that way it's a proper stationery, a school bus.

Evan: Exactly. Anyone

who was looking for a new career, maybe this is your ,

your, , knits 

John: office 

Evan: inside a 

school bus. 

John: Yep. Mobile letter 


Evan: stationery store 

John: in the U S so

there you go. Take that take that idea and run with it. You're welcome. And , the other one , the next item on the list I haven't seen this product yet but I saw an article this came out of [00:22:00] India and. There's a Indian company called solo and it looks like they're making a variety of Filofax. Type fo stationery and folders and binders and that kind of thing.

And they're saying that this is the first Indian brand to enter the global office stationery and supplies market. And so if any of you do happen to see some solos shoot us an email, shoot us a DM on social media and let us know when and where you saw it because we're interested to see where this stuff pops up.

Evan: Yeah, it looks interesting.

John: yep. Yeah, If it's just standard file of facts. 

Too worried about it, getting too deep into the fountain pen world, but you never know, maybe some some of the school kids looking for analog supplies will pick it up.

Evan: Curious to see how it performs.

John: , Next item is an article that's about. [00:23:00] Some of the riding clubs that popped up during the pandemic. But the reason why I wanted to put this particular article in is that they've got five tips on here for writing letters. And I'll just go through them really quick. Number one, spatial stationery can be delightful, but any scrap of paper we'll do this goes back into a.

A episode that I did a while back with letter letter, and the idea that just picking up a legal pad and a pencil is perfectly fine for doing a letter. You don't need fancy paper. You don't need a fancy pen. Just write the letter a number two, write in your own voice and keep your intended recipient at the front of your mind.

So write mindfully and write. , And consideration of your listener and consideration of your audience. Number three, short and sweet is a good place to start. And I completely agree with [00:24:00] that. I think a lot of people get locked up on page count. And if all you've got in your head is enough to fill a note or to fill a post.

Go buy a postcard, fill the postcard, get it, and then mail. At least it starts the conversation. And it's always going to be something that if it's done with consideration and kindness, it will be received in that manner. Number four, let go of your expectations again. This kind of gets into the idea of you're not writing the next great novel.

You're writing a letter, this isn't something where you need to be writing it Hemingway or Steinbeck, or even J K Rowling level. The, this is you're writing something that as long as you're being kind and considerate, it's going to be received well by your audience. And then number five, don't worry about making mistakes.

Again, you're, it's not even a matter of your writing level, like being an author, [00:25:00] but basic things like spell check, grammatical errors smearing ink on the page. All of that adds character to the letter. It shows that it was actually done by hand. Just it up there and it'll be be well-received.

Evan: be mindful of not necessarily getting a reply. Uh, yeah, I still have lots of replies. 

John: yeah, you and I both. 

The next one on here is in case you have the letter writing bug and you don't have somebody in particular that you. W have to send to, or you've already burned through your reply pile because you are a super pen pal friend. You can always go look up. There is a letter writing campaign.

This was started in California and they're doing a letter writing campaign for Ukrainian refugees. So this is something where. That picking up a pen and paper really [00:26:00] can have an effect again, be kind, be considerate, but picking up a pen and paper and talking to one of these Ukrainian refugees and trying to give them support after they have lost so much in having to flee their country.

know what kind of an effect that kind of a letter will.

And , mentioning impact of letters. This is going to be the second of my silly links in the show notes, but this goes into the, please check your address list before you get off and send a letter, especially if it's going to be an angry letter. 

Evan: I know I did before I sent, , a recent letter of complaint. , 

I definitely checked the address. Unlike two. 

John: Yep. So, , what ended up 

happening is 

that PNO ferries, 

which is a big British brand, , Sacked a bunch of their employees on the spot because of financial reasons. And [00:27:00] two of the cabinet ministers decided that they were going to fire off an angry letter to the CEO of P and O ferries and . They wrote furiously and they scribbled down the address.

And unfortunately they wrote to the wrong CEO of piano ferries. The gentleman that they wrote to was Mr. Woods, who retired last December. And wow. What an AMR. And maybe I would have wrote to Mr. Woods to Mr. Peter. Hebel. , CEO of P and O ferries was the intended target for those letters which they found out after they had sent the first one.

Evan: Yep. Be careful. I always addressing to a head office is one way to do it. of the CEO 

John: And, 

Getting into other forms of letters. So instead of writing off a, an [00:28:00] angry letter of protest 

Evan: angry letters of protest, the transport 

companies. have written one recently. 

John: Did you 

Evan: I'll leave it. 

John: good for you? 

I'm glad to hear that. 

So this one's going off there's an article in golf digest of all the places and the author was talking about. Ways to get onto some of the most prestigious and great golf courses. And I loved the fact that in the middle of the article, there's a paragraph that starts off one of the truly underappreciated ways .

To play a private club is to write a letter to the head professional or club president. Invest some time researching the names of these people. Again, please make sure you are checking your address book addressing it generically to the head pro or president. So avoid generics make sure you have specific names for it, And he includes a letter for that.

He successfully used to gain access to some of these private [00:29:00] courses. Even if you're a golfer or you're a, into other sports and you're looking to get into some rather prestigious or elite spots, picking up a pen and paper, still a good idea.

Evan: Always is in our 


John: Yup. And the next one, I'll be interested to see what Evan's take is on this because this, while they've got a sailor, 1911 on the list instead of the sailor pro gear, but interesting little article in here about the cult of fountain pens and the rise of the. All of the new analog stuff. And of course they ended up getting into some of the various artists in the pens that they've used, including mark Twain and Arthur, Conan, Doyle.

And even they put in Stephen King, of course, Neil Gaiman is on the list and then they get into their list of [00:30:00] pens. And some of these are really solid pen.

Evan: Yeah. I mean, I would say all of the, not all of these pens are necessarily my favorite pen, but all of these are very good pens. I, you can't go wrong with any of the recommendations they have. Of course, I love that they call out Neil Gaiman because as I've mentioned on here before Neil diamond is how I got into fountain pens.

, I've not actually, I haven't. I've tested, but I don't have a custom 74, which is one of the recommendations. The metropolitan is always a huge recommendation for a 

starter pen. Personally. I 

prefer the safari, but I know the triangular grip is a controversial 

and I have, I, I have no problems with anything that they recommend.

In fact, they list, , three of my favorite inks.

John: Let's see, the 1911, I actually do have a 1911, because that was the one that I had. Bukomundo, do the maki'e aid work on and that sailor nibs as , Evan [00:31:00] has come to find out our spectacular

Evan: yeah, I had never heard bad things about them, but I'd always heard different things. So I wasn't sure I would like them until I tried one and I do love it. And by the way, they're linked to the sailor, 

just the doula pens, who is a wonderful reseller. someone hasn't heard of them before, 

John: the one that's on here, the, I believe 

this is the highest priced pen on the list. 

They went with a nutcase dorsal fin to, and Tom Minnery AKI, or I think that's gotta be AKI Thomas Berry 

for the proper listing for 

Evan: Yeah, Yeah, they that's the type

John: Yeah. 

Evan: that link dos the nips.com, 

who is the easiest place to get a Natalia in America. I want an acai. And at some point 

is really a beautiful pen, but I want a pen in blue, 


They do have that , I don't remember,

Evan: but not for the dorsal or the 

John: it's just the Piccolo. 

Evan: which are the two. Does [00:32:00] 


John: That's everything


And then, yeah, of course they've got the pilots, Arusha Zuko 

con pecky, which is just a drop dead solid ink. It's awesome.

Evan: beautiful link. , and what, yeah. Montblanc Irish screen, which is the best performing green I've ever seen.

John: good to know. '

Evan: cause a lot of the greens take forever to dry. not an 

issue with, with, Irish screen. I mean, it's not a quick drying ink, but it's like normal. 

John: I have never used a Russia Zuku a hall, so I,

Evan: That's what's that's, what's currently in my LaMi, safari cream. 

John: oh, good to know. 

Evan: It's a very well-performing brown.

John: Is it a solid brown or is it like a brown 


Evan: a little brown. Ray. I like 

John: okay. And then, 

on, down on, 

the paper side 



I've not used the Yamamoto, but I [00:33:00] completely agree with the Marmon. Naimi seen paper as well as the Madorie MD. Those are just solid paper choices. I love those. Both of them.

Evan: absolutely. 

John: while we're talking about various high end items or the cult of fountain pens, the, a FOMO has, I don't think FOMO ever got out of Singapore, but Singapore definitely has a different style of FOMO. And this article we have in here from the edge, which is a Singapore. Magazine or net Xen has an Miki emperor, coral 2021 Maki, a fountain pen.

And this thing is absolutely gorgeous and yeah that's FOMO, Singapore style.

Evan: This is basically hand painted on a pen and it's 

incredibly well 

done. It is a beautiful pen, as you would expect a Machia Namiki 

John: Hand painted in layers with the Arushi lacquer[00:34:00] 


Evan: the the gold dust for the 

John: yeah. Yeah. It is a shout, really spectacular looking. 

So That one's worth just the eye candy value of it. And then we'll get into another one. Just the and this is a bit pretentious in terms of an article title, but top fountain pens worthy of a gentleman's desk. And I don't know exactly where that's coming from, but disagree with it entirely because I know plenty of women who absolutely love the yard of led pens.

And I appreciate the pen that's on there. Don't entirely appreciate the name of their article.

Evan: That this threat, it's not a magazine from w with which I'm familiar. So I can't say anything on that. I've they have some very good pens on here. I may disagree on the modern Parker. Sonnet is. I mean, it's very pretty, but it's writing performance from what I've heard is not inherently the best,[00:35:00] fabric Estella, as I mentioned to mates, incredibly good stuff earlier, , Mo they've got some monk drop, a pens yard. Alight is very popular and a mumble mumble and Vitor Fugo, , which is also very popular belief. cat rights has one 

John: I believe you are correct. Yeah. I think that 

was one of her grades. 

Evan: if not a, no, several in that 

John: Oh, no the ones she has she might 

have this, but I know she 


the Agatha Christie. 

Evan: I know, I know she has that and I believe the 

John: Oh yeah. 

Evan: feel free to correct us 

John: Yep. And like I said, 

do know several folks that have the yard OLED, Victorian grand fountain pens, the there Sterling silver, and those things are gorgeous. Pen. I think actually Brad Dowdy just recently picked one of those up too.


And then the fabric has stele ambition 

pair would, 

I would actually go with other fabric Castile's the fabric Castile that I have is I believe it's the NRO and. It [00:36:00] is the nib is surprisingly good for a steel nib pen, but I think that maybe there are better choices for fabric Castile other than the ambition

Evan: Yeah, that's true though. I liked the idea of having a pen with the body made of pear wood. I just, I just like the idea , not necessarily that one. 

John: And then, 

last but not 

least on our list for those of you that are huge into ebonite pens, it is hard not to know the name of Ranga pens out of India. And this is an article. That comes out of the new Indian express, a newspaper out of India. And this is pretty much a love letter for Ranga pens very well deserved and just a fun read to, to see what kind of tradition and how that business is run.

And for those of you that are familiar with Ranga pens, it'll be a [00:37:00] good read for you for those of you that. I'm familiar with Ranga pens. It'll be a nice introduction. 

Evan: Yeah, that's it, it is a wonderful article and another pen brand, which I've been meaning to do. 

John: Yeah. likewise, 

I think that anyone that is serious into having an ebonite pen at some point in time needs to buy one of these ragas because they are pretty much the, almost like a typecast. What an ebonite pen should be.

That is going to wrap it up for this week's episode. Thank you all so very much for tuning in, and we will see you all in two weeks. Be proud of your snail mail.