Monthly Archives: July 2016

July 2016 Meeting Recap

The July Meeting took place on the 15th and was attended by 15 members.  Thank you to our new members!  The theme was Fountain Pen repairs.  Several members brought tools and machinery that they use to repair their pens.

Francis and Frank both put on excellent demonstrations.  Frank brought a beautiful Sheaffer twist-filler back to life and Francis did the same with a Parker Vacumatic. Below are a few photos from the meeting.


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The August meeting will be on August 19th at the usual location (address on the right side if this page).  The tentative topic is British Pens.  So, dig up those Conway Stewart, Mentmore, Summit, Swan, Valentine, Parker and any other British pens to share!

July Meeting

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The July Meeting will be this Friday (July 15) at 6:30 at our usual meeting place:

Presbyterian Homes Office Building  2845 Hamline Ave North,  Roseville, MN, 55113  (see map to right)

The theme for this month’s meeting is “Pen Repair Tools and Techniques” and will feature various repair demonstrations by members.  Please bring along any tools you may use in repair as well as some of the various books that assist you, even if you do minor repairs.

We look forward to seeing you there!


June 2016 Meeting Recap

The June Meeting was a good one, led by Garland Stonestreet, who gave a well-researched talk on a wide range of Inks and their characteristics. If you missed his talk there will be a Part 2 where he will delve more into the history on inks. He also plans to write an article for our Newsletter on the same subject.  Here is Francis’ short summery of his presentation:

1. IRON GAL INK- High tannins + salt. The original ink that was used on the Dead Sea Scrolls. The ink burns into the parchment or paper.

2. PIGMENT INKS – From Greek and Roman times. Basically made from carbon black collected from the sooth in chimneys originally.

3. DYED INKS – The modern inks we used today. There is the Organic Dyes differentiated from the Aniline dyes. The ink we use today is made up of Water + Dye + Pigment. To this mixture is added a variety of vehicles such as PH modifiers, lubricants, anti-freeze, anti-foaming agents, wetting agents, and agents to speed the drying time of the ink.

Here are a few photos from the event as well. Thank you, Garland, for putting this together for us!

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Also, Dave Olson brought his entire collection of Pen World magazines and donated it to the library now under Randy’s management.  Thank you Dave!