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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: A new Student (or two)!
« on: July 09, 2024, 08:31:27 AM »
Thatís awesome. If he is looking for tips on where to get pretty pen materials, tell him to give me a shout.

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Total Eclipse
« on: April 04, 2024, 08:01:00 AM »
I love the gradient, and the extra letter just makes it more memorable. Iíll bet many people wouldnĎt have even noticed.

The total eclipse is the first here in over a hundred years. It will be happening for us between 15:23 and 15:26 ET.

Show & Tell / Re: My Copperplate book Ė now in English
« on: March 09, 2024, 08:07:16 AM »
Congratulations @Estefa on the international reach of your book. It looks wonderful.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Unused older nib
« on: February 16, 2024, 07:33:57 AM »
Hi @AAAndrew - I routinely subject my sprung Leonardt Principals to a hot flame for 10-15 seconds followed immediately with a douse in cold water. This seems to toughen the tines and help the sprung problem; the weakened tines making a clicking sound and crossing over one another.

Is there any science to back this up, tempering or such?

I don't fully understand the science myself. But I believe, because of the small size of the nib, a butane (BIC) lighter is hot enough to temper steel.

Everyday Handwriting | Penmanship / Re: Family History
« on: December 01, 2023, 08:15:32 AM »
This is a fabulous idea Ken. I am only at the beginnings of my search. But writing like this might actually be a great way to keep the names in my head.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Scriptus 2023
« on: November 04, 2023, 08:27:31 AM »
Wow It looks like a paradise .
Hope you had a great time !!

It was a great show. There was a crazy amount of people, from beginning to end. I never got a chance to actually walk the show.

There was seemed to be quite a bit of calligraphy interest as well. Unfortunately, the past year I have been focusing on my new fountain pen model so I only had a couple of pen holders and dinky dip trays available. This winter I plan to make some holders out of my custom mixed materials.

Congratulations on 10 hears Erica. I enjoy the forum every morning.

I also love the new logo.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Scriptus 2023
« on: October 28, 2023, 07:43:28 AM »
Itís that time of year again.
I am am heading to Toronto, Ontario today, for CanadaĎs biggest pen and stationary show.

Scriptus Toronto Pen Show

On the second floor of the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
10 AM Ė 4 PM - No admittance fee

If anyone will be in Toronto Sunday, drop by my table. Iíll be in the Epic room.
Here is a link to a virtual map of all the vendors

Have a great weekend

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Where in the World?
« on: September 12, 2023, 07:30:02 AM »
I just realized Iíve never added here.

Lyn, Ontario, Canada 🍁

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Re: Coloured Italic
« on: September 09, 2023, 07:50:17 AM »
I really love the effect Jen.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / OFPS Open-house/Sell&Swap
« on: August 22, 2023, 08:23:24 AM »
Not sure if this is appropriate, if not please delete.
Iím not sure how many members we have in the Eastern Ontario Region of Canada.

The Ottawa Fountain Pen Society is Ottawa's oldest club for fountain pen enthusiasts. We meet monthly to share our curiosity and collective knowledge about fountain pens, inks, handwriting, history and craftsmanship. Often our meetings feature interesting and educational presentations and workshops on related topics from members and external guests. OFPS members bring a diverse range of knowledge and interests to the club, including topics such as pen maker history, pen engineering, and ink art. And the pens! From vintage Parkers to refurbished Montblancs to modern Viscontis, you will see it all at the OFPS!

The OFPS, is hosting an Open house next week at our monthly meeting.
While it is a fountain pen group, we have a very diverse membership including journalers, calligraphers, collectors and even just regular folk that like writing with pens.
The evening will also include refreshments and a Sell-n-Swap of inks, pens and materials.

Tuesday August 29, 7:30 pm
Bronson Centre Rm 103
211 Bronson Ave
Ottawa, ON

Please feel free to reach out if yo have any questions.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Inkwells Anyone?
« on: August 22, 2023, 07:54:48 AM »
This is the latest addition to my little collection.
The Esterbrook Dip-Less ink well works wonderfully, and the Renew Point rights beautifully as well as long. I can do my entire morning crossword with out re-dipping.

This is awesome. It is a skill I fought as a child, and regret to this day.

Congratulations Erica. That is a beautiful piece.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Toronto Stationary Show
« on: April 30, 2023, 08:12:37 AM »
I should have posted this a while ago. There is a wonderful show in,Toronto, Ontario, that is having it first live event since Covid.
Itís taking place today, from 10 until 6pm. A ton of stationary artists and vendors.
I couldnít get a table this year, but I hope to get to the next one.
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