Well the day is almost here! It is hard to believe it has been a whole year since the madness started but it is upon us. So many new Blogs, Vendors, Manufacturers etc. have joined in to celebrate. The YouTube channel for reviews has seen an increase with just over 600 subscribers & over 40,000 views! Twitter is also pushing the 600 followers mark as well. Instagram is pretty new but has almost 140 subscribers as well. FaceBook has gotten over 1,100 likes.
Being that this is a World Wide event Fountain Pen Day has seen a broad range of vendors from around the world. From the Netherlands to New Zealand to India to the USA & Canada etc. When looking through the site stats we can see where people are coming from to view the information here and it is a huge range. Arabic, Japanese, Italian etc. the list goes on. It’s hard sometimes not being able to read what is there but just knowing that so many lovers of the fountain pen are finding out about the day is great.
While many vendors are giving discounts & having contests there are many that are hosting events for the day as well. Pen clubs and “Pen Posses” are meeting up as to talk, share and trade pens. It is a great day to share your interest and love of the hobby with those around you. To write an unexpected letter or send a pen to them. Posting on the boards with a picture of your handwritten post, please include pen & ink type as we all will want to know.
While it is the first Friday in November it is meant to be celebrated all weekend! Being on a Friday allows you to maybe bring your favorite pen to work and share your interest with those around you. Then you have the weekend to celebrate the Fountain Pen with your pen club or at your favorite retail store etc.
This years FPD drawing contest is under way and we have had some nice donations from Zeller Writing Company & The Pen Company and to add to it I have made some Midori style notebook covers to give away as well. I am not a retailer and just a lover of the pen but I wanted to do something as well. Having a little bit of a crafty side to me I researched how to make them and where to get what is needed. Hopefully those who receive them will enjoy them and find them useful.
As Aaron has said, while everyday is Fountain Pen Day it is nice to have a day set aside specifically for Fountain Pens.
So join in on the contest here as well as the others hosted by our favorite vendors out there and have a great Fountain Pen Day this year!
So a logo is needed and I am not a graphic designer and certainly not the one who has “art” in his blood.
What should it be:
1) Round overall ~ or at least symmetrical for ease of use
2) A Fountain pen nib somewhere in the design.
3) “Fountain Pen Day” on it as well.
4) It needs to be in digital form
The rest is pretty open. I thought maybe having it say “First Friday in November” in it but with Google being used to define and find out everything now a days I dont see it as a necessity.
Being able to use it as a rubber stamp, wax seal etc. is optimum besides having it in digital forms for the site. I know in the states you can make your own postage stamps with an image as well. It will be shared throughout the world. As well it will end up being used quite a bit as a clickable link icon to the site from many blogs, retailers and manufacturers.
I have waited to long to do this so time is short as the day is approaching BUT I will give it till next Sunday October 13th @ 11:59pm EST.
Ill give away to the winner a Fountain Pen Revolution Dilli pen & a 5 pack of ink samples from Scribal Work Shop & 5 sheets of Tomoe River Paper.
The Dilli can either be Blue with Flex nib or Red with Stub nib ~ Brand new of course.
Do know that what you create, should it be chosen will be subject to free use world wide. Credit for the logo will be given on it’s own page on the Fountain Pen Day website.
You can email it to info@FountainPenDay.org
Heres one I came up with but dont think is very good…
This weeks review is of the TWSBI mini w/ Pendleton Brown nib. Pendleton Point Bad Boy with Angel Wings Hot-Tip Semi-Flex~Italic Elegant Butter~line Stub, Frosted version.
You can get this nib or have yours worked on by Pendleton Brown. He is a frequent at most pen shows around the US.
This weeks review is of the new Organics Studio “Boyle” Ebonite pen. I got the green verion of this pen with a sac. Retail was $35 for this version. $25 for the eyedropper version. It starts as an eyedropper and the other filler option is to get the sac version. There is no convertor and it does not take ink cartridges. Organics Studio commissioned Ranmanson pens to make these for them. The fit and finish is very nice and especially the ebonite. I really like the patteren they have within the ebonite itself. It really has a wonderful vintage look. I did find the lowest edge of the grip section a little sharp on my middle finger. That was due to how I was holding it. I held the pen a little higher and it was no problem at all and really is where a pen should be held. It actually is good for me as it keeps me holding the pen how I should. The grip section itself is nice and smooth and has a good diameter. While a little small for my large hands it will certainly be a great size for the average person. It is by no means a small grip and is comfortable to use. I nib is an Iridium Point Germany nib with a flat feed. It needed a slight alignment but nothing major at all. It was smooth and fine to medium, but more on the fine side for sure. It also has some flex to it IF you really want it and push for it. This would be a great daily writer and holds a good amount of ink in the sac. As an eyedropper I would imagine it holds 2-3 mls of ink easily. If you were to remove the sac you could make it back to an eyedropper. You would simply put a little silicone grease on the section threads and fill the boody with ink. That would keep you writing for quite some time! My only personal complaint was where they put the pens name “OS Boyle” in white. BUT have no fear as it can be scratched off with your finger nail easily with no sign of it ever being there.
I got mine from Zeller Writing Company
This weeks review is of the Omas 360 Vision Bronze.This stunning pen has a unique shape & exellant 18k nib. Instantly recognizable it makes for a wonderful daily writer. From its cotton resin body to its pefrect fit & finish this pen is a made to be used all day. It is slightly flexable but not a vintage flex pen. The ink used was Akkerman #22 Hopjesbruin.