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Shop Updates & New Pens

Faber-Castell Ambition Fountain Pen in Pearwood available at wonderpens.ca

Faber-Castell Ambition Fountain Pen in Pearwood

This January has been a great and very, very busy month for us! We had thought after the holiday rush things would really begin to slow down. Especially with all of our of stock items, we had thought we would get a few weeks to slowly stock back up.

DO Design was a terrific – a lot of new faces in the neighbourhood and in the shop. The table on display in our shop by Derek McLeod even got a “Design Lines Loves” tag, which I think they only had out to a hundred displays. Really, more terrific for Derek than us, but still great! The table is made out of steel and then plated with copper, so very heavy – I had someone ask if they could “tip it over” to see how heavy it is. I had to use some teacher-judgement-call in saying “Uhm, I don’t think so…”

We’ve had a few people ask about Super (he’s not even in the shop yet, but he’s more popular than us!), since we said we were aiming for January to begin bringing him in during store hours. We haven’t even had time to bring him in for after-hours training because we’ve been busy mopping floors and packing orders. That has been wonderful, but Super…is definitely still not ready for prime time.

TWSBI Micarta Fountain Pen wonderpens.ca

TWSBI Micarta Fountain Pen

If you’ve been in our shop you may have seen some of these new pens, but it’s taken us a while to get them up. We now have a few Faber-Castell pens, TWSBI’s Micarta, as well as some new Kaweco pens – the Allrounder in Red and the Al-Sport in Blue. We’re still waiting for the Liliput to come back into stock so we can get some pictures of it and get it up on the site – we’re hoping for early February.

And I hope you all had a Happy Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year! I’m a little late to the wishing, but we’re looking forward to a very tasty Chinese New Year dinner with my parents tonight, so my celebration is still going on!

How to Use Your Kaweco Squeeze Converter

Kaweco Classic Sport with Squeeze Converter and Noodler's Army Green Fountain Pen Ink

Often people who use fountain pens like converters because they allow you to use bottled ink. For a long time, people who used the Kaweco Sport didn’t have a converter that could fit in its short barrel, only having touch-and-go luck with a short mini-converter from Monteverde. Earlier this year Kaweco released a “squeeze converter.”

Kaweco Squeeze Converter

Kaweco Squeeze Converter for Sport and Al-Sport

I have heard many times people saying something along the lines of “I can’t quite seem to fill this converter all the way” or “this converter sucks.” There’s a bit of a trick to using it effectively.

It’s easiest to use the squeeze converter with a full bottle or a wide bottle, or at least not the bottom bit of a tall ink bottle like Noodler’s, because you need to squeeze in the middle of the converter rather than twisting the top of the converter – you might have some problems squeezing if your fingers are stopped by the mouth of the inkwell.

How to Fill your Kaweco Squeeze Converter with Ink

The first step is pretty self-explanatory. Stick your nib and section into the ink and give it a good slow squeeze or two or three. You should see some air bubbles or maybe hear a little suction.

You may think it is empty, because there doesn’t seem to be anything in the converter.

Filling a Kaweco Squeeze Converter Part-Way with Ink

However, turn it upside down, and give it a few firm taps or careful shakes. You can try tapping the converter against your table. Some ink should fill the end of the converter.

Kaweco Classic Sport Section and Filling Squeeze Converter

Squeeze again, but very carefully, to release the air in the converter. Be careful not to squeeze too fast, or you might spurt out ink that was in the feed. You should hope to see some air bubbles coming out at the breather hole in the feed.

Stick it back into the ink while squeezing and release, sucking up more ink.

If you give it a tap again upside down, you should hope to see more ink! Repeat as needed, and wipe off the section when you’re done.

Mostly Full Kaweco Squeeze Converter

It will be very difficult to both get or tell if you’ve gotten 100% fill. It’s much easier with the piston fillers because the entire tank is clear so you can see. However, if you’ve gotten it basically full, you should be good to go.

While it’s not the most easy-to-use converter, with a little practise, it’s Kaweco’s answer to getting the Sport to use bottled ink without a syringe or eyedropper.

If all else fails, you can always live life on the edge.

Weekly Update: July 29th – August 4th

Lots of new and exciting things happening around here!

We’ve just received our long anticipated shipment of Rohrer & Klingner Inks. I was beginning to feel a little silly because people were asking me when they were coming in, and for almost two weeks, I kept saying “any day now” or “it shipped two weeks ago, so it might even arrive today!” But now it’s in. We’ve got a whole bunch of new colours, including the much requested Verdigris, as well as have┬árestocked the Alt-Goldgrun.

Rohrer & Klingner Writing Ink - Blu Mare

Rohrer & Klingner Writing Ink – Blu Mare

The new colours include

Fernambuk
Magenta
Cassia
Konigsblau
Blu Mare
Verdigris
Smaragdgrun
Verdura

We have also just received our Midori Traveler’s Notebooks! They are available in two sizes (regular and passport) and in brown or black leather. We also have the refills for those who already have their notebooks, but are running low on paper.

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Midori Traveler’s Notebooks – Passport Size in Brown or Black Leather

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Kaweco Sport in Blue!

In our last Kaweco shipment, we’ve restocked as well as have brought in the Sport Fountain pen in a blue body.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In shop, we’re working on getting swabs of each ink colour to sit with each bottle so you can see the colour you’re getting without having to┬ádip and test the inks. This is taking a little time, but we hope to get an ink swab for each colour over the next few days!

In the next few weeks, you can look forward to getting more J. Herbin ink colours & blotting paper, G. Lalo paper coming back in stock, Rhodia & Quo Vadis agendas and new Rhodia paper options, Clairefontaine notebooks, Organics Studio Inks, Private Reserve, Life Stationery Paper…

Please let us know if you have any specific requests!