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LWW
06-30-2012, 05:21 AM
Just wondering what others keep on their physical workspace?

I write a lot, besides my forum discussions, and writing he old fashioned way works far better for me.

One or more by hand drafts are completed before an article or letter is ever entered onto the Mac.

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a247/lww/Office/MBpens.jpg

This is my meager Montblanc collection, consisting of a ballpoint, a roller ball and a fountain pen in black/gold.

The fourth is a Baoer Starwalker fountain pen.

LWW
06-30-2012, 05:28 AM
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a247/lww/Office/RETRACTABLE001.jpg

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a247/lww/Office/RETRACTABLE002.jpg

This is a late 19th century, 1850-1870 is my guess, portable retractable dip pen ... before the practical fountain pen was invented by either Duncan MacKinnon or Alonzo T Cross. As with the telephone, there is dispute over the practicalfountain pens true originator.

LWW
06-30-2012, 05:30 AM
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a247/lww/Office/Chief002.jpg

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a247/lww/Office/Chief001.jpg

This is another 19th century dip pen.

The gold nip is on one end with the warrior of carved mother of pearl letter opner on the other end.

LWW
06-30-2012, 05:33 AM
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a247/lww/Office/DRAGON.jpg

This one of my favorite writers, although all my fountain pens are kept inked and are used regularly.

This is a JINHAO YEAR OF THE DRAGON.

LWW
06-30-2012, 05:35 AM
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a247/lww/Office/JinhaoSS.jpg

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a247/lww/Office/JinhaoIvory.jpg

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a247/lww/Office/JinhaoBW.jpg

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a247/lww/Office/Baoer388.jpg

These are some other fountain pens in my collection.

LWW
06-30-2012, 05:42 AM
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a247/lww/Office/MBinkwells.jpg

These are my Montblanc ink wells. I have three Waterman inkwells, not shown, also.

In these I have:

- Montblanc Mystery Black.

- Montblanc Royal Blue.

- Montblanc Oyster Gray.

- Montblanc Toffee Brown.

- Private Reserve Sherwood Green.

- Private Reserve Shoreline Gold.

- A home brew made up of Waterman Red and a tad of Noodler's Heart of Darkness, which combined make a dried blood Halloween ink.

LWW
06-30-2012, 05:44 AM
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a247/lww/Office/Blotter.jpg

This is a glass ink blotter from the 1930'a, and an ink blotter is a necessity for anyone doing extensive fountain pen writing.

LWW
06-30-2012, 06:05 AM
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a247/lww/Office/WatermanBottles.jpg

These are my Waterman inkwells, and one Lam inkwell, containing:

- A homebrew 3:2 ratio of Montblanc Royal Blue:Montblanc Mystery Black.

- A homebrew ratio of 16:4:1 Montblanc Oyster Gray:Montblanc Royal Blue:Montblanc Mystery Black.

- Noodler's Heart of Darkness. Even for non writers I suggest a cheapie fountain pen and a bottle of this ink for writing checks and contracts. It is relatively inexpensive ... and won't wash off, and can't be chemically removed. Very cheap insurance against account fraud and identity theft.

- Lamy Turquoise Blue.

LWW
06-30-2012, 06:07 AM
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a247/lww/Office/Calculator.jpg

Another business antique is a vest pocket adding machine from the 1920's.

Evidence that almost nothing in our modern society is truly new.

Soflasnapper
06-30-2012, 10:40 AM
Nice pens!

Do you ever do calligraphy with some of those broader nips?

I must say my motley collection of BICs and other low-end pens get some use, but without any high style. And I would never draft any writing manually instead of typing it in, because typing is so much faster, and allows for easy editing with cutting/pasting.

LWW
06-30-2012, 11:05 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Soflasnapper</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Nice pens!

Do you ever do calligraphy with some of those broader nips?

I must say my motley collection of BICs and other low-end pens get some use, but without any high style. And I would never draft any writing manually instead of typing it in, because typing is so much faster, and allows for easy editing with cutting/pasting.

</div></div>

Thanks.

I do have a calligraphy pen, but for writing I prefer a medium or fine nib.

The Montblancs were all gifted to me when I was in the corporate world ... someday I might do a thread on the other bling accumulated from my earlier career.

As to having a good fountain pen, IMHO if you spend more than $100 you are getting extravagant ... and tere are many vert good writers available in the $10 to $50 range.

As to writing, a fountain pen is to a keyboard what an all manual film camera is to a new dangled DSLR.

Yes, the keyboard is faster as is a digicam ... and that has a value and a use. For my sports photojournalism I use digital exclusively.

That being said, for artistic photography and editorial/journalism I resort to film and bottled ink.

Both force one to slow down and think things through, as opposed to shooting from the hip so speak.

LWW
06-30-2012, 11:55 AM
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a247/lww/Dukes.jpg

This is my working rig for when I do interviews in the field or bid jobs in the field.

The tops two are a Duke fountain pen and a Duke rollerball.

With the leather four pen case they cost under $50.

The third one is my sudoku pencil, and the bottom is a WACOM BAMBOO fountain pen for an iPad.

There is something amazing about being able to write nearly friction free, applying zero pressure between pen and paper.

eg8r
06-30-2012, 01:32 PM
I don't think I would ever spend more than a couple dollars on a pen, but then again about the only time I use a pen is when I am signing for my bill at dinner.

eg8r

LWW
06-30-2012, 03:20 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: eg8r</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I don't think I would ever spend more than a couple dollars on a pen, but then again about the only time I use a pen is when I am signing for my bill at dinner.

eg8r </div></div>

http://www.extravaganzi.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Montblanc-Statue-of-Liberty-Artisan-Edition-Limited-Edition-50-Fountain-Pen.jpg

$33,650.00

LWW
07-01-2012, 02:37 AM
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a247/lww/Office/PENS.jpg

This is my desk pen rack.

Qtec
07-01-2012, 05:56 AM
Now I get it.

Q..... /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

LWW
07-01-2012, 09:38 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Qtec</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Now I get it.

Q..... /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif </div></div>

I have been hoping that day would come.

Soflasnapper
07-01-2012, 11:31 AM
It is good that Robbie the Robot stands guard over such a treasure-trove!!!

Given your obvious leanings toward classic items (that phone!), do you have an old fashioned feather quill in the collection somewhere?

Soflasnapper
07-01-2012, 11:33 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: LWW</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: eg8r</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I don't think I would ever spend more than a couple dollars on a pen, but then again about the only time I use a pen is when I am signing for my bill at dinner.

eg8r </div></div>

http://www.extravaganzi.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Montblanc-Statue-of-Liberty-Artisan-Edition-Limited-Edition-50-Fountain-Pen.jpg

$33,650.00 </div></div>

Geeze, how overpriced is that? Not worth more than $29,275.00, clearly! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif

LWW
07-01-2012, 12:26 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Soflasnapper</div><div class="ubbcode-body">It is good that Robbie the Robot stands guard over such a treasure-trove!!!

Given your obvious leanings toward classic items (that phone!), do you have an old fashioned feather quill in the collection somewhere? </div></div>

Actually the robot is a "Class M-3 Model B9, General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot" with no particular name.

The office is in a state of reconstruction and the photos are not allowing the unfinished ... not quite ... product to be seen.

That being said, I also have a same scale Robby from "FORBIDDEN PLANET" to assist the B9 unit. They also actually have built in sensors which activate their voices when someone enters my abode.

The desk, now finished, has been a two year self restoration.

I do not currently have a quill pen, but I have purloined a few feathers nd will make oe or more once this room is finished.

I also have an early 1970's Marantz 2220 receiver as well as a Marantz cassette deck and Marantz turntable of the same vintage with Cerwin-Vega D9 speakers ... the ones with 15 inch woofers ... to be hooked up. Also have kept a vinyl collection of several hundred, including a Cheech y Chong first edition of "BIG BAMBU" withe the giant rolling paper intact.

Soflasnapper
07-01-2012, 01:31 PM
Marantz is a true classic brand, much desired but never acquired by yours truly back in the day. (Wait, that's not completely true. Once I had an integrated amp (not a receiver) by them, with the sporty mid-range control augmenting the treble and bass controls. Funny, as a wannabe audiophile I preached flat frequency response as an ideal, but then cranked the hell out of the mid-range control. While I dismissed the mid-range-boosted JBL studio monitors as too non-linear in response. Go figure.) A contender, if not quite the equal, of the old McIntosh brand. The classic blue lights featured on their receivers' tuners was the bomb, unless I'm thinking of the classic Pioneer versions of similar vintage.


But please confirm or deny that the robot bears the universal transmogrifier weapon? Looks like one, at least.

eg8r
07-01-2012, 07:23 PM
I don't have the money to think about extravagance like that. I like to think that even if I did I would continue to have more sense than money. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

eg8r &lt;~~~likes the pretty pen but hates writing even more

LWW
07-02-2012, 02:50 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: eg8r</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I don't have the money to think about extravagance like that. I like to think that even if I did I would continue to have more sense than money. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

eg8r &lt;~~~likes the pretty pen but hates writing even more </div></div>That wasn't my $33k pen FTR.

in fact, I didn't buy any of my Montblancs with my own money. They were all won as business awards.

If you want my honest opinion, some of the high end Montbancs can almost justify their price based on the metals and jewels used if they are seen in the light of being jewelry.

That being said, their standard line of black/gold pens are hideously overpriced. They have quite skillfully marketed their product so that it is seen as a sign of affluence which is still within the affordability of a middle class person.

They write nice, but so does a $30 Cross ... and it's made of metal.

Montbanc states they are ade from "PRECIOUS RESIN" ... which is ad talk for plastic. Their gold bands and clips are plated, not solid.

As a real value, a Montblanc "CLASSIQUE" is IMHO a $40 pen ... TOPS!

Their dirty little secret s that the "FEEL" of writing with a Montblanc comes from their ink, which is quite good and not really overpriced being tat you get te pretty cool inkwell as part of the price.

LWW
07-02-2012, 02:53 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Soflasnapper</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Marantz is a true classic brand, much desired but never acquired by yours truly back in the day. (Wait, that's not completely true. Once I had an integrated amp (not a receiver) by them, with the sporty mid-range control augmenting the treble and bass controls. Funny, as a wannabe audiophile I preached flat frequency response as an ideal, but then cranked the hell out of the mid-range control. While I dismissed the mid-range-boosted JBL studio monitors as too non-linear in response. Go figure.) A contender, if not quite the equal, of the old McIntosh brand. The classic blue lights featured on their receivers' tuners was the bomb, unless I'm thinking of the classic Pioneer versions of similar vintage.


But please confirm or deny that the robot bears the universal transmogrifier weapon? Looks like one, at least. </div></div>

MARANTZ was the blue dial brand, and yes they were high mid-fi to low audiophile stuff.

I bought none of my three MARANTZ items new, although I lusted for them as a ute.

I bought all 3 for a song during the early days of e-bay.

LWW
07-02-2012, 02:59 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Soflasnapper</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Given your obvious leanings toward classic items (that phone!), do you have an old fashioned feather quill in the collection somewhere? </div></div>

That phone is a reproduction.

Soflasnapper
07-02-2012, 10:25 AM
Awww! I'm disappointed it isn't a classic model from the past.

Functional?

LWW
07-02-2012, 12:37 PM
I do have two vintage phones that work, but they are only rarely used due to their age.

LWW
07-02-2012, 01:14 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Soflasnapper</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Awww! I'm disappointed it isn't a classic model from the past.

Functional? </div></div>

Yes, the reproduction is functional ... although impractical.

This one is, I believe, older that what the reproduction represents:

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a247/lww/Office/OldWallPhone.jpg

LWW
07-02-2012, 01:25 PM
The following, also working, is a very early model of the Ericofon that was featured in many old sci-fi movies and TV shows such as the TWILIGHT ZONE as well as VW ads:

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a247/lww/Office/Ericofon003.jpg

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a247/lww/Office/Ericofon002.jpg

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a247/lww/Office/Ericofon001.jpg

http://www.sqnewton.com/images/ad1.JPG

Soflasnapper
07-02-2012, 01:56 PM
So the dial of the Ericofon is on the base where it sits?

I seem to remember that item. Looks like a matched set with the I-Pad next to it, with the white, which is hilarious, with how anachronistic the Ericofon is now.

LWW
07-02-2012, 03:17 PM
Yes, the dialer is in the base and the center of the dialer hangs up the phone when it is sat down.

I remember drooling over this futuristic looking phone when I was a wee ute.

Soflasnapper
07-03-2012, 12:11 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: LWW</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Soflasnapper</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Awww! I'm disappointed it isn't a classic model from the past.

Functional? </div></div>

Yes, the reproduction is functional ... although impractical.

This one is, I believe, older that what the reproduction represents:

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a247/lww/Office/OldWallPhone.jpg </div></div>

I think that's what my grandmother and grandfather had at their rural house in the state of Washington, left over in the early '60s. It was a party line, and they had to ask the operator to put through their calls, if the other people weren't using the line.

LWW
07-04-2012, 09:13 AM
Our house was built in 1897 and that is the original phone line into the house.

Soflasnapper
07-04-2012, 11:37 AM
So, not just classic, but genuinely antique.

"Watson, come here!"

LWW
07-04-2012, 12:18 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Soflasnapper</div><div class="ubbcode-body">So, not just classic, but genuinely antique.

"Watson, come here!" </div></div>

Th house, the phone, or myself?

Soflasnapper
07-04-2012, 05:22 PM
Meant the phone, although others may be as well.