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Roundtable discussion podcast about fountain pens, ink and the people who go crazy for them, from Fountain Pens Oceania. New episodes every fortnight.

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Roundtable discussion podcast about fountain pens, ink and the people who go crazy for them, from Fountain Pens Oceania. New episodes every fortnight.

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Love Me Some Recs

By Philly_PB - Dec 28 2019
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It goes without saying that Chux, Diana, Sharon, and the rest of the Sydney and Melbourne crew have lavished us with their fountain pen knowledge, intelligent conversation, and slightly drunken silliness. But the value of their recommendations is off the charts. Keep them coming.

Pen geeks rejoice

By Tlewis1300 - Mar 15 2018
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Pen geeks, this is the podcast you're looking for! Great content and discussions.

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31 Ratings
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Love Me Some Recs

By Philly_PB - Dec 28 2019
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It goes without saying that Chux, Diana, Sharon, and the rest of the Sydney and Melbourne crew have lavished us with their fountain pen knowledge, intelligent conversation, and slightly drunken silliness. But the value of their recommendations is off the charts. Keep them coming.

Pen geeks rejoice

By Tlewis1300 - Mar 15 2018
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Pen geeks, this is the podcast you're looking for! Great content and discussions.
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The Nib Section

Latest release on Dec 19, 2019

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Roundtable discussion podcast about fountain pens, ink and the people who go crazy for them, from Fountain Pens Oceania. New episodes every fortnight.

Rank #1: 6 - Fountain Pen Inks 101

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The Nib Section delves into the deep and diverse world of inks, providing not only a starting point for the beginners in the scene, but also answering questions from viewers in regards to various ink myths and mysteries, as well as looking ahead for what might be next in the industry of ink manufacture.

The Nib Section is the official podcast of Fountain Pens Oceania. You can always email us at thenibsection@gmail.com

Go like us on Facebook! www.facebook.com/TheNibSection/

Twitter: @thenibsection

The hosts were Chuck, Jean and Taveet with special guest Joanne Pham.

FORMAT

00:20—Panel intro

What We Are Writing With: – Chuck: Pilot CH92 Orange Demonstrator

– Tav: Vintage Japanese “Woden”

– Joanne: Franklin Christoph Pocket

– Jean: Platinum Maki-e Kanazawa

03:22—News With Max

One of our producers, Max Schumacher, goes through some of the happenings within the fountain pen market, looking at newly announced pens and inks.

08:18—The Basics

The hosts speak with Inksperts Tav and Joanne to find out some of the basic aspects of inks – what they’re made of, what each type of ink is and some of the science behind it.

19:45—The Deeper

Ever wondered what the most recently discovered shade of blue is? Joanne happens to know, and the panel delve into what’s been happening in the innovation and development of new and exciting colours, some of them even coming from spiders (arachnophobia warning).

For iron gall inks with lower iron content, that are less likely to cause blockages, try Pelikan 4001 Blue Black and the Platinum Classic series of inks. The usual precautions for iron gall inks (regular cleaning, avoid contact with metal parts) apply.

25:46—Ink FAQs

The panel answer questions from our audience:

  • Are Iron-Gall inks safe in vintage pens?
  • What inks will behave well in what pens?
  • How do you keep ink in good condition?
  • How do you clean ink-caked pens?
  • Do shimmer inks clog pens?
  • Does the Noodler’s Eel range lubricate Piston/Vac pens?
  • How to remove ink from various surfaces?
  • What is the most permanent ink?
  • What makes an ink wet?
  • What makes an in sheen?
  • Worst or Best inksperience?
  • What are your favourite Inks?

48:21 – Recommendations

From Jean: TV Show – Atypical

From everyone else: Sun protection!

50:18—Credits

Producers: Diana Dai, Chuck Montano, Max Schumacher, Patrick Antolovich, Denise Tang.Recording and editing: Patrick Antolovich, Denise Tang.

Music: Michael Pearce. Logo: Will H. Smith. Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

Originally published on October 10, 2017.

Oct 10 2017

51mins

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Rank #2: 29 - Figboot on Pens

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Diana talks to David Parker, aka reviewer extraordinaire Figboot on Pens, about how he built his YouTube channel and the thought he puts into making his videos fresh, original, and helpful.

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The host was Diana (@thegrynne). Special guest was David Parker of Figboot on Pens (@figboot11)

FORMAT

01:11—Interview: David Parker aka Figboot on Pens

An Interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson - Figboot on Pens

10:22—What We Are Writing With

David: Pen 18111 Blue Night Sky Falling Sakura by Yoshi Nakama w/ Robert Oster Bondi Blue

Dudek The Cube

Diana: Pilot Vanishing Point Blue Sunset w/ Sailor Shigure

14:54—Interview (continued)

Lamy Al-Star

Lamy Safari

Parker Urban - Officeworks

Lamy 200 Review - Figboot on Pens

Gerd Alfred Muller - Inky Passion

Ten Ink Challenge - Figboot on Pens

Hippo Noto Notebook Review - Figboot on Pens

How to Spot a Fake Montblanc - Figboot on Pens

Pens I Regret Buying - Figboot on Pens

DC Fountain Pen Supershow

Triangle Pen Show

Atlanta Pen Show

Sydney Pen Show

Pen 18111

Franklin-Christoph

Mike Masuyama

LA Pen Show

SF Pen Show

St. Louis Pen Show

Pelikan Hubs 2018

Penlux The Metallic Collection

Live In You Shiyou

Jonathan Brooks (@brooks_803)

Carolina Pen Company

Kanilea Pen Co.

Straits Pen

22:04—Recommendations

Mindhunter

Dark Tourist

Tickled

The Highest House, Mike Carey and Peter Gross

1:28:45—Thanks and Credits

Producer: Diana Dai.

Recording and editing: Diana Dai.

Special thanks to David Parker.

Music: Michael Pearce.

Logo: Will H. Smith.

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

Sep 27 2018

1hr 29mins

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Rank #3: 8 - Holiday Gift Guide 2017, LarryPOST

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Just in the nick of time for the holidays, our hosts offer their gift recommendations for all those special people in your lives, and Sophia brings us an interview with the owner of the Australian pen and stationery retailer, LarryPOST.

The Nib Section is the official podcast of Fountain Pens Oceania. You can always email us at thenibsection@gmail.com

Go like us on Facebook! www.facebook.com/TheNibSection/

Twitter: @thenibsection

The hosts were Chuck Montano, Max Schumacher, Sharyn Zha, Patrick Antolovich and Diana Dai. Jenny Saunders was interviewed by Sophia Le.

FORMAT

01:26—What We Are Writing With

Diana: Pilot Custom 845, Diamine Schubert

Patrick: Omas Milord, Montblanc BMW Blue

Sharyn: Sailor Pent Professional Gear Realo Precious Aquamarine, Sailor Kobe #2

Max: Lamy 2000, Aurora Black

Chuck: Nakaya Naka-ai Polished Shu, Iroshizuku Yama-budo

Photos of the pens up on Facebook.

10:57—Mailbag/Reviews

14:40—Interview with Jenny Saunders of LarryPOST

Sophia Le interviews the owner and head pen specialist of LarryPOST, Jenny Saunders, to chat about why she started her business, how the Australian pen market has changed over the last 7 years, and also to get her gift recommendations for the coming holiday season.

LarryPOST offers some unique services, including a custom embossing service, a loaner pens initiative, ink samples, and paper samples.

CIAK leather-bound notebooks

For newcomers: Pilot MR (Metropolitan) or Faber-CastellFor experts: Pilot Justus or Graf von Faber-Castell

For kids: Pelikan Twist or TWSBIFor artists: De Atramentis Waterproof Document Inks

For minimalist planners: Leuchtturm1917 A5 hardcover

Sophia’s hoping for a GvFC Classic Pernambuco this Christmas. *hint hint*

For even more recommendations, take a look at LarryPOST’s shopping guides

31:25—News

Melbourne Pen Show 2017

32:59—Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Fountain Pen Beginner

Fountain Pen Expert

Children/Young Adults

Minimalist Planner

Artist/Creative Journaller

Self-gifting

Check out the Pen Addict for more gift ideas.

1:12:20—Recommendations

Clickspring

Call Me By Your Name soundtrack

Michaelcthulhu

Amazon Echo Dot

Love on Netflix

1:17:29—Credits

Producers: Diana Dai, Chuck Montano, Sophia Le, Patrick Antolovich, Denise Tang.Recording and editing: Patrick Antolovich, Denise Tang.

Special thanks this episode go to Jenny Saunders of LarryPOST for speaking to us.

Music: Michael Pearce. Logo: Will H. Smith. Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

Nov 20 2017

1hr 18mins

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Rank #4: 13 - Try To Break This Pen...For Science

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Diana talks with Tav and special guest, Ralph from BYOB Pen Club, about nib grinding and modifications, how they each got into nib work, and what it takes to be worthy of the title “nibmeister”. They also discuss fountain pen customisation and DIY in general.

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The hosts were Diana Dai and Taveet Sinanian (@nunc_est_scribendi), with special guest, Ralph Reyes (@reachingralph).

FORMAT

01:45—What We Are Writing With

Ralph: Red Dragon Pen Co Prototype w/ Richard Binder 2° Left Oblique Professional Italic grind

Tav: Lotus Shikhar B and Lotus “Duofold” B

Diana: ST Dupont Olympio Vertigo XL Stub

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05:36—Mailbag/Reviews

If you want to make your podcasters happy, leave us a comment or review on our iTunes, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

07:25—Japanese pen companies and the US market redux

16:10—Interview: Ralph Reyes

Ralph’s IG: @reachingralph

BYOB Pen Club

Kingdom Note

Regalia Writing Lab Trilogy Nib

Sailor Nagahara King Eagle

Leigh Reyes

Sailor “Shiro” steel nibs

InCoWriMo

Regalia Writing Lab Steel Flex Nib

Jowo steel nib units

Sailor Specialty Nibs including Nagahara King Eagle Concord

Noodler's Fountain Pens

Fountain Pen Revolution

Jinhao x750 w/ Zebra G nib

Philadelphia Pen Show

Desiderata Pen Company

Sailor Nagahara King Cobra

The “Leviathan” prototype

Gourmet Pens

SBREBrown

@penproclivities (John Lim)

Sailor Nagahara Cross Concord Emperor

Mike Masuyama

Richard Binder

John Mottishaw

1:04:07—Customisation, Modification, and DIY

Nakaya

Carolina Pen Company

Scriptorium Pens

Newton Pens

Edison Pen Co

Ranga Pens

Romillo Pens

Bokumundoh

Grinding Your Own Nibs - Ludwig Tan

Sydney Pen Show

1:23:45—Recommendations

The Lettering Tribe Calligraphy Kit

Colorverse

The Left Hand of Darkness

The Dispossessed

1:29:24—Thanks and Credits

Producers: Diana Dai, Taveet Sinanian, Patrick Antolovich, Denise Tang. Recording and editing: Patrick Antolovich, Denise Tang.

Special thanks to Ralph Reyes.

Music: Michael Pearce. Logo: Will H. Smith. Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

Feb 13 2018

1hr 30mins

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Rank #5: 10 - End-of-Year Roundup 2017

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It’s time to finish up the year (and celebrate our 5-month anniversary) by answering your lingering questions and reminisce on the events of 2017. The hosts also discuss what paper planners they’ll be using in the new year, and Diana hints at what’s to come on the podcast.

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The hosts were Chuck Montano, Max Schumacher, Sharyn Zha, Patrick Antolovich and Diana Dai.

FORMAT

00:40—What We Are Writing With

Sharyn: ST Dupont Fidelio Interentielle

Max: Pilot Custom Heritage 92 MF Cursive Italic, Sailor Yama-dori

Patrick: Lamy Vista 1.1mm, Lamy Neon Coral

Chuck: Omas Ogiva Vodka Lemon, Akkerman Dutch Masters 03

05:45—Mailbag/Reviews

08:00—Memorable Moments of 2017

Fountain Pens Oceania

Regal Pens

Pelikan Hubs 2017

Inquisitive Quill

13:10—Q&A

  • How to convert non-FP users
  • Reactions to ‘fancy pens’
  • Buyer’s remorse
  • Top 5 inks
  • What makes a vintage pen?
  • Pilot 100th anniversary
  • Best ‘cheapies’
  • Matching ink to pens

Sharyn: Montblanc Saint-Exupery Encre du Desert, Sailor Mitsukoshi Hana-Hiraku (discontinued), Sailor Tokiwa-Matsu, Monteverde Olivine, Sailor Kobe #17 Shioya Blue

Max: Diamine Autumn Oak, Sailor Yama-dori, Sailor Souten, Aurora Blue, Caran d’Ache Vibrant Green

Patrick: Diamine Steel Blue, Edelstein Tanzanite, Montblanc BMW Blue, Kaweco Red, Bookbinders Red Belly Black (discontinued)

Chuck: Akkerman Dutch Masters 03 Gele Oker van Frans "French Yellow Ochre”, Iroshizuku Syo-ro

34:43—Planning and Goals

Hobonichi Techo Weeks

Amazon Echo and Alexa

Hobonichi 5-Year Techo

40:20—Coming Soon in 2018 on the Nib Section

Aussie fountain pen ink makers: Robert Oster Signature, Bookbinders Snake Ink (sadly discontinued), Toucan, Van Diemans, Blackstone.

If you have any suggestions for future episodes, write to us!

43:36—Recommendations

Fractal Dreamers

Rintattoo (Rin Lu)

Max wants you to learn a hands-on skill

Big Mouth on Netflex

American Vandal on Netflix

46:39—Thanks and Credits

Producers: Diana Dai, Chuck Montano, Patrick Antolovich, Denise Tang. Recording and editing: Patrick Antolovich, Denise Tang. Music: Michael Pearce. Logo: Will H. Smith. Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

Dec 18 2017

49mins

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Rank #6: 16 - Paint With All the Colours of the Wind

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Fountain pens are not just for writing with - we also use them for doodling, sketching, colouring-in, and all kinds of art-making. Chuck, Brian, Melissa and Diana discuss their own (mostly modest) creative attempts, while Diana sits down with the illustrious Liz Steel to chat about the urban sketching movement, working in line and wash, and why she loves sketching with fountain pens.

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The hosts were Chuck Montano (@entree3000_), Brian Saputro (@briansaputro), Melissa Graf (@grafrell) and Diana Dai (@thegrynne).

FORMAT

01:38—What We Are Writing With

Melissa: Pilot Vanishing Point Twilight

Brian: Sailor Sapporo Four Seasons Meigetsu Autumn Moon Ivory Lame

Diana: Graf von Faber-Castell Intuition Platino Ebony

Chuck: Conid Minimalistica

07:00—Art-Making with Fountain Pens

Cadmium: The rare paint pigment faces a Europe-wide ban and artists are seeing red

Stippling

Melissa’s website

Noodler's Black

De Atramentis Permanent Document Inks

Sailor Kiwa-guro

Platinum Carbon Black

Katsushika Hokusai

Okiyo "floating world"

Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji

Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki

Nakaya Decapod

Waterman 12

25:50 —Interview with Liz Steel

Liz Steel

@lizsteelart

SketchingNow Watercolours Course

Danny Gregory's Everyday Matters

Urban Sketchers

Gabi Campanario

Urban Sketchers Facebook Group

Urban Sketchers Sydney

@paulwang_sg

Teoh Yi Chie on Youtube, Parkablogs and @parkablogs

@kiahkiean ("KK")

Daniel Smith Cerulean Blue (Chromium)

Liz's watercolour palette

Liz's Lamy Joy and other sketching pens

Sailor Fude de Mannen

Pilot Custom 742 FA (falcon) nib

Pilot Prera

Mixing colours with De Atramentis CMYK Permanent Document Inks

Sailor Storia Mixable Pigment Inks

Super5 Waterproof Ink

Platinum Desk Pen

Goulet Guests Spotlight on Liz Steel

Lost and found edges in watercolour

Fountain Pen Sketching Series at Liz’s blog

Platinum Preppy

Pilot Kakuno

Pilot Metropolitan

Goulet Pens’ Liz Steel Package Set

01:10:00 —Recommendations

SquarePeg Studios Jewellery Courses

Mare Internum

Festival in the Desert

01:14:00 —Thanks and Credits

Producers: Diana Dai, Chuck Montano, Patrick Antolovich, Denise Tang.

Recording and editing: Patrick Antolovich, Denise Tang.

Special thanks to Liz Steel for talking to us.

Music: Michael Pearce.

Logo: Will H. Smith.

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

Mar 28 2018

1hr 15mins

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Rank #7: 37 - Instant Fountain Pen Expert

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We test our mettle against a *cough* somewhat *cough* dubious quiz, and discover who out of the hosts is the definitive “Instant Expert”. 

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The hosts were Chuck (@entree3000_), Sharyn (@sharynzha), Tav (@nunc_est_scribendi) and Diana (@thegrynne).

FORMAT

02:39—Instant Experts Quiz

From Collecting Pens by Edward Kiersch (2006)

  1. What are the rarest and most prized pens?
  2. Why is the Parker Snake so coveted?
  3. What is the most prized limited edition?
  4. What distinguishes Namiki from other brands?
  5. Which ballpoint pens have the best resale value?
  6. What pens should be avoided?
  7. Which is a more desirable category, vintage or contemporary limited editions?
  8. When do vintage pens need to be reconditioned?
  9. Should vintage fountain pens be used or only displayed?
  10. How is a pen’s value determined?
  11. What’s the best way to buy pens?
  12. If a pen has cracks, should it be avoided?
  13. What pens are most prone to fakes and forgeries?
  14. How can you spot a counterfeit pen?
  15. What is meant by a pen’s “condition”? What should a collector be sure to look for?
  16. How are fountain pens cleaned and how often should this be done?
  17. How can leaks be prevented?
  18. What are the best ways to store pens?
  19. Which lesser-known pen manufacturers are likely to increase in value in the future?
  20. Should collecting pens be mainly a fun-filled hobby or an investment?

1:18:10—What We Are Writing With

Sharyn: Sailor Profit 1911 Large SM

Chuck: Sailor Pro Gear Realo Rounded Nose Cursive Italic

Tav: Delta Dolcevita Frederico Oversize B

Diana: Faber-Castell Ondoro Orange M w/ Kobe 20 Motomachi Red

1:22:08—Recommendations

Tidelands

@missyminzi

Tuxedo

Mary Oliver, Wild Geese

1:27:35—Thanks and Credits

Producer: Chuck Montano, Sharyn Zha and Diana Dai.

Recording and editing: Diana Dai.

Music: Michael Pearce.

Logo: Will H. Smith.

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

Feb 14 2019

1hr 28mins

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Rank #8: 17 - Buy Now, Regret Later (Tokyo Edition)

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Taking over the microphone this episode are Sharyn and Leo, both freshly back from vacation and here to provide you with the Definitive (!!!) Pen-Lover’s Travel Guide to Japan. 

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The hosts were Sharyn (@sharynzha) and Leo (@inquisitivequill).

FORMAT

01:14—Japan Pen Fairs 2018 

Leo Travels: Tokyo Pen Extravaganza (2017)

Maruzen Nihonbashi World of Fountain Pen (7-13 March)

Mitsukoshi Fountain Pens of the World Festival (14-19 March)

Tokyo Pen Shop Quill

09:07—Special Japan Edition Pens and Inks

Mitsukoshi Decimo Pink & Blue

Nagasawa Emerald Green Decimo

Sankodo Zodiac Decimo

Kyo-iro Stone Road of Gion

21:56—Places to Visit 

Shinjuku

Ginza

Yodobashi Camera

Shibuya

Nihonbashi

Kansai

Ameyoko Markets

49:27—What We Are Writing With 

Sharyn: Mitsukoshi Platinum 3776 2018 “Kanzemizu” Limited Edition (Medium nib)

Leo: Aurora Sun Moon Lake silver trim Optima Limited Edition (BB, almost italic) (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

51:03—Recommendations 

Leo: BUY ALL THE THINGS IN JAPAN

Sharyn: MinaLima

Thanks and Credits 

Producers: Sharyn Zha, Diana Dai, Patrick Antolovich, Denise Tang.

Recording and editing: Leo Fok, Denise Tang.

Music: Michael Pearce.

Logo: Will H. Smith.

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

Apr 13 2018

53mins

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Rank #9: 14 - Analog Strikes Back

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Which is better: analog or digital? Our hosts, along with special guest Joanne, weigh in on the debate, while Sophia speaks to former optometrist Jenny Saunders about the health benefits of taking it slow and writing by hand.

The Nib Section is the official podcast of Fountain Pens Oceania. You can always email us at thenibsection@gmail.com

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The hosts were Chuck Montano (@entree3000_), Sharyn Zha (@sharynzha) and Diana Dai (@thegrynne), with special guest, Joanne Pham (@the.waffle.enthusiast).

FORMAT

02:10—What We Are Writing With

Diana: Sailor King of Pen Profit Ebonite w/ Nagahara King Eagle 21kt

Chuck: Classic Fountain Pens 22nd Anniversary Sailor Pro Gear Realo Yellow and Black Limited Edition w/ Masuyama rounded-nose cursive italic

Sharyn: Pilot Vanishing Point 2014 Copper Limited Edition w/ M architect

Joanne: Pilot Custom 92 w/ B stub

Visit our Facebook or Instagram for photos of What We Are Writing With.

06:05—Handwriting and memory retention

Mueller, Pam A. and Oppenheimer, Daniel M. (2014), “The Pen Is Mightier Than The Keyboard,” Psychological Science, Vol. 25 (6), pp.1159-1168

11:44—Blending digital and analog tools

Electron pushing

Prezi Presentation Software

Mangen, A., Anda, L.G., Oxborough, and G.H., & Brønnick, K. (2015), “Handwriting versus Keyboard Writing: Effect on Word Recall,” Journal of Writing Research, Vol. 7 (2), pp.227-247

Park, Seyong and Shin, Donghee (2015), “Effects of text input system on learner’s memory: Handwriting versus typing on tablet PC,” INCOM ‘15: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Ubiquitous Information Management and Communication

28:50—Interview: Jenny Saunders on the health benefits of analog tools

Jen is owner of LarryPOST

TNS Episode 8 - Holiday Gift Guide 2017, LarryPOST

Bowden, Tracey (2017), “Short-sightedness, or myopia, a global epidemic as children spend less time outdoors,” ABC News, 2 March 2017

Urban Sketchers

Memory encoding

Bullet Journalling

53:45—Recommendations

God’s Own Country

Jazz Liberatorz, “Clin d’oeil”

Arnott’s Milk Arrowroot sandwich with pomegranate turkish delight

The anti-rec: weak almond latte with honey

MIDORI MD 10th Anniversary

59:05—Thanks and Credits

Producers: Diana Dai, Chuck Montano, Sophia Le, Patrick Antolovich, Denise Tang.Recording and editing: Patrick Antolovich, Denise Tang.Special thanks to Jenny Saunders and Alisdair Daws. Music: Michael Pearce.Logo: Will H. Smith.Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

Feb 26 2018

1hr

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Rank #10: 31 - Fountain Pen Paper

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What is fountain pen friendly paper? Why do we need it? What does it mean when a paper is "acid-free"? We tackle the most overlooked item in the pen-ink-paper triumvirate with this primer and introduction to papers generic and premium. 

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The hosts were Chuck (@entree3000_), Sharyn (@sharynzha) and Diana (@thegrynne).

FORMAT

00:42—What We Are Writing With

Sharyn: Pilot VP Crimson Sunrise B Architect

Chuck: Sailor Pro Gear Tequila Sunrise Stubbed Nose Cursive Italic

Diana: Parker Jotter BP

02:32—News/Corrections 

Melbourne Pen Show 2018

Episode 30 - The Hand Senses More Than the Eye Can See

04:35—Why do we need special paper for fountain pens?

18:17—Questions

Midori MD - Bookbinders Online

Hobonichi

Musubi Diaries

Goulet Notebooks with Tomoe River - The Goulet Pen Co

Taroko Enigma A5 - Taroko Shop

Nanami Seven Seas

Hippo Noto

Choosing the right paper - National Archives of Australia

What is archival paper? - Making a Mark

Original Crown Mill 100% Cotton A4 Writing Pad - Milligram

Fuji Xerox Professional 80gsm Copy Paper - Officeworks

Reflex Ultra White 80gsm Copy Paper - Officeworks

J Burrows 80gsm Premium Copy Paper - Officeworks

Mac Classic - Notes and Queries

Bohemia Paper

Captain Cat Cards

Bespoke Letterpress

Rifle Paper Co.

Stalogy Sticky Notes - JetPens

Midori TN Sticky Notes - Milligram

Post-it Super Sticky Notes - Officeworks

Muji Loose-Leaf

Episode 25 - Top Pen & Stationery Retailers

Dymocks Stationery Sydney CBD

Kinokuniya

Art on King Studios

Bookbinders Online

Milligram

Desk Bandit

Overjoyed

Life Kappan Notebook A5 - Milligram

Stalogy 365Days - JetPens

Apica Notebooks - Bookbinders Online

Clairefontaine Triomphe - The Goulet Pen Co

Fabriano Traccia

Conqueror Laid Paper - Hunt Office

Strathmore Premium Cambric (formerly Beckett Cambric) - Lava Stationery

55:54—Recommendations

Garlic dip

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Buy a bandanna for National Bandanna Day

Sebastian in his Flamingo Bandanna

1:00:29—Thanks and Credits

Producer: Chuck Montano, Sharyn Zha and Diana Dai.

Recording and editing: Diana Dai.

Music: Michael Pearce.

Logo: Will H. Smith.

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

Oct 25 2018

1hr 1min

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Rank #11: 4 - Pelikan Hubs Preview, or How to Crowdsource a Pen Event

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In a special preview episode for the 2017 Pelikan Hubs, Diana interviews two of this year’s Hub Masters - Leo Fok (Hong Kong) and Aidan O’Brien (Sydney) - about how they’re preparing for the event. The Hubs will be held around the world on 22nd September, 2017.

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The hosts were Chuck Montano, Aidan O’Brien and Diana Dai.

FORMAT

—Panel intro

What We Are Writing With:Aidan, Visconti Corsani 90 with Take-Sumi; Visconti Homo Sapiens Caput Mundi with Sailor Grenade; Pelikan M805 Demo with Nitrogen Royal Blue. Diana, Pilot Custom 743 Burgundy F with Diamine Bach. Chuck, Sailor Profit 1911 Realo M with Diamine Terracotta.

—Reviews

—Feature interview with Aidan O’Brien and Leo Fok

Fountain Pen Intelligence Agency (Hong Kong)

Fountain Pens Oceania

Pelikan Hubs Official Page

The Pelikan’s Perch

Leo Fok

IG: InquisitiveQuill

YT: Inquisitive Quill

—Poll

—News If you have a burning question about inks, a QC-related story about a pen you’d like to share, or if you want to let us know about your experience at the 2017 Pelikan Hubs, please email us or comment on our Facebook page. Emails and comments that we receive before September 24th might be featured in September and October upcoming episodes.

Corsani The Octa90nal

Notemaker becoming Milligram

Milligram Studio

—Recommendations

Prey

Black Sails

Great News

—Credits

Producers: Diana Dai, Chuck Montano, Patrick Antolovich, Denise Tang.Recording and editing: Patrick Antolovich, Denise Tang.

Special thanks this episode go to Leo Fok and Aidan O’Brien for taking the time to speak to us this episode.

Music: Michael Pearce. Logo: Will H. Smith. Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

(This is a re-upload of Episode 4 - originally uploaded 12/19/17)

Oct 10 2017

1hr 2mins

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Rank #12: 45 - Write Therapy

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Two friends and fountain pen nerds chat about writing and self care.

The Nib Section is the official podcast of Fountain Pens Oceania You can always email us at thenibsection@gmail.com

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The host was Diana (@thegrynne), and her guest was Laura (@inkpea and @vientocorre).

If you or anyone you know is struggling with their mental health, please get in contact with Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636, or seek help at www.beyondblue.org.au.

FORMAT

10:06—WWAWW

Laura: Aurora Optima Black Resin F

Diana: Montblanc 146 90th Anniversary EF

11:34—Writing as self care

Spoon theory

26:19—Misc pen stuff

Conid

Episode 12 - We Can’t All Be Montblanc, Some Of Us Are Lego

32:15—Thanks and Credits

Producer: Diana Dai.

Recording and editing: Diana Dai.

Special thanks: Laura.

Music: Michael Pearce.

Logo: Will H. Smith.

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

33:09—After Dark

Roterfaden

Roterfaden Taschenbegleiter ST_17

The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron

@randomstoryprompts

Good Omens

The Hot Zone

Killing Eve

Jun 06 2019

54mins

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Rank #13: 5 - Pelikan Hubs Recap, or How to Be A Stationery MacGyver

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Our hosts recap the Sydney Pelikan Hub, and Diana interviews the Hub Master for Newcastle, Brendan Fraser.

The Nib Section is the official podcast of Fountain Pens Oceania. You can always email us at thenibsection@gmail.com

Go like us on Facebook! www.facebook.com/TheNibSection/

Twitter: @thenibsection

The hosts were Chuck Montano, Jean Pearce, Christina Kowalin and Diana Dai.

FORMAT

00:20—Panel intro

What We Are Writing With: Chrissy - Pelikan M805 Vibrant Blue

Jean - Sailor Sapppro (Pro Gear Slim) Starburst Galaxy

Chuck - Lamy Safari Yellow

01:55—Sydney Pelikan Hub Recap

If you want to see photos from Hubs around the world, check out the Pelkan Hubs social wall.

18:38—News

Pelikan new releases: M605 White Stripe and Maki-e Dragonfly.

The Reddit fountain pen ink, Diamine Earl Grey. Reviewed on FPN.

Penlux post about Sailor Four Seasons inks being discontinued.

What looks like the new Sailor inks, in 20ml bottles.

26:40—Interview with Brendan Gazzard, Newcastle Hub Master

Pulp Addiction.

Check out photos of the TN inserts Brendan had custom-made on our Facebook page.

Brendan’s IG: thewinehabit

47:39—Recommendations

The Witcher 3

The Orville

Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles (and yeah yeah, we’re aware that Diana mistakenly called James Cameron “Ridley Scott” throughout this entire section)

Stonemen

53:50—Credits

Producers: Diana Dai, Chuck Montano, Max Schumacher, Patrick Antolovich, Denise Tang.Recording and editing: Patrick Antolovich, Denise Tang.

Special thanks this episode go to Brendan Gazzard for taking the time to speak to us this episode.

Music: Michael Pearce. Logo: Will H. Smith. Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

(This is a re-upload of Episode 5 - originally uploaded 26/09/17)

Oct 10 2017

54mins

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Rank #14: 46 - Recent Acquisitions (June 2019 Edition)

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We take the risk of trying things, so you don’t have to. Feat. Roterfaden Taschenbegleiters, Musubi journals, Visconti quill nibs, and Aurora flex nibs. 

The Nib Section is the official podcast of Fountain Pens Oceania You can always email us at thenibsection@gmail.com

Go like us on Facebook!

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The hosts were Chuck (@entree3000_), Sharyn (@sharynzha), and Diana (@thegrynne).

FORMAT

00:16—WWAWW

Sharyn: Pineider La Grande Bellezza Honeycomb EF “Quill” nib w/ Sailor Yuki-Akari

Diana: ST Dupont Olympio L F (Dan Smith) w/ Caran d’Ache Sunset

Chuck: Platinum Century Fujin Raijin B w/ Platinum Carbon Black

03:52—Feedback

Episode 23 - For the Love of Ballpoints

Episode 46 - Write Therapy

09:50—Recent Acquisitions

Maruzen 150th Anniversary “Lemon” LE

Nib Grinder (Mark Bacas)

Roterfaden

Roterfaden Taschenbegleiter Configurator

Diana’s Roterfaden collection (TNS on FB)

Midori Traveler’s Notebook - Jet Pens

Roterfaden Planner Covers - Simply Life

Episode 28 - The Sound of One Pen Being Tested

Aurora Optima Lilac Resin LE Fine Flex - Nibs

Aurora Optima Light Blue Resin LE Fine Flex - Nibs

Aurora 88 Flex - The Gentleman Stationer

Pineider La Grande Bellezza - Goulet Pens

Visconti Pentagon - Appelboom

Pineider “La Grande Bellezza” Gemstone Rhodolite Red Fountain Pen - The Pen Addict

Musubi Atelier

Diana’s Musubi A5 Wool and Dragonflies journals (TNS on FB)

Hobonichi Plain Notebook

Nanami Seven Seas

Musubi diaries - Leigh Reyes

Midori MD A5 Leather Cover - Milligram

Platinum Century Fujin Raijin - Nibs

Nakaya maki-e converter - Nagasawa

Sharyn’s ST Dupont Line-D Ateliers (TNS on FB)

ST Dupont Phoenix Renaissance Premium LE - Chatterley Luxuries

1:20:04—Recommendations

Always Be My Maybe Dinner Scene ft. Keanu Reeves

Sail By AWOLNATION

John Wick 3

Halle Berry Refuses to Lose to Spicy Wings | Hot Ones

Avatar the Last Airbender

Warrior on Cinemax

Dianxi Xiaoge

1:33:15—Thanks and Credits

Producer: Chuck Montano, Shayn Zha, Diana Dai.

Recording and editing: Diana Dai.

Music: Michael Pearce.

Logo: Will H. Smith.

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

Jun 20 2019

1hr 34mins

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Rank #15: 43 - Pet Peeves

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We compiled and condensed all our pet peeves and unpopular opinions into one episode, because everyone needs to let off steam every once in a while.

The Nib Section is the official podcast of Fountain Pens Oceania You can always email us at thenibsection@gmail.com

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The hosts were Chuck (@entree3000_), Sharyn (@sharynzha), Tav (@nunc_est_scribendi) and Diana (@thegrynne).

FORMAT

01:26—WWAWW

Tav: TWSBI Aurora B w/ Maruzen Athena Eternal Blue

Sharyn: Opus 88 Demonstrator w/ Pilot Parallel 3.8mm and Sailor Jentle Fuji Musume

Diana: Sailor Pro Gear Millecolore Blue H-MF w/ Sailor Souboku

Chuck: Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen Demonstrator M w/ Iroshizuku Yama-budo

Photo of the Millicolore next to a regular Sailor with gold trim - TNS on FB

10:50—Feedback

17:12—Giveaway

@quadrupod / Sumire Glass

The hosts’ glass pen pillows

See post on IG for giveaway instructions on how to enter

20:16—Pet Peeves

Episode 7 - QC Controversies: Nakaya, Visconti, TWSBI

Episode 28 - The Sound of One Pen Being Tested

Visconti Wall Street LE - Manllectables

Visconti Pentagon - Appelboom

It's official: The Pilot Con-20 and Con-50 converters have been discontinued in favor of the Con-40 - Nibs.com

Platinum Converter - Cult Pens

How to Fill a Pilot Con-70 Converter - The Goulet Pen Co

Graf von Faber-Castell Intuition Platino Grenadilla - Alt. Haven

Franklin-Christoph Model 20 Marietta - Franklin-Christoph

Episode 9 - Nibs 101

Episode 13 - Try To Break This Pen...For Science

Sharyn holding a jumbo-sized Japanese ebonite and maki-e pen - TNS on FB

Eboya

Episode 6 - Fountain Pen Inks 101

Episode 42 - Ink Stories with Inkantadora

Montegrappa Queen of Hearts - Penporium

Pilot Decimo new colours - TNS on FB

Richard Binder

Mike Masuyama

David Nishimura

1:03:48—Recommendations

GoFundMe for Cherrylyn’s Medical Expenses

Adam Liaw’s recipe for teriyaki sauce

The MCU and Inside Out on Stan Unlimited Streaming

Take some time out

1:08:55—Thanks and Credits

Producer: Chuck Montano, Sharyn Zha, Diana Dai.

Recording and editing: Diana Dai.

Music: Michael Pearce.

Logo: Will H. Smith.

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

May 09 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #16: 20 - Pen Materials Throwdown

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This episode, the hosts are here to talk pen body materials. What will be their top pick? Will it be acrylic? Metal? Celluloid? Place your bets and grab some popcorn, because there can only be one winner!

The Nib Section is the official podcast of Fountain Pens Oceania You can always email us at thenibsection@gmail.com

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The hosts were Chuck (@entree3000_), Max (@maxschumacher98), Brian (@briansaputro) and Sharyn (@sharynzha). 

FORMAT

01:00—What We Are Writing With

Max: Wyvern #7 with an Onoto nib

Sharyn: Sailor Profit 1911 Aquamarine Naginata-Medium

Brian: Pilot Maki-e “Golden Sakura”?

Chuck: Parker Vacumatic Maxima Golden Pearl

03:18—Mailbag

05:54—Acrylics

Episode 9 - Nibs 101

Franklin-Christoph

Sheaffer Balance 875 Tigers Eye

Sheaffer Balance II Aspen

Omas Arlecchino “Harlequin” celluloid

Lamy 2000 Makrolon

13:15—Celluloid

Omas Ogiva Cocktail Vodka Lemon

Omas “vegetal resin”

Montegrappa, how celluloid is made

Omas Milord Arco Bronze

Platinum 3776 Celluloid Koi

Wing Sung 626 Celluloid

Episode 15 - “Handle Carefully Or Else It Explodes”

23:17—Ebonite 

Sailor KOP Ebonite

24:55—What’s so precious about Montblanc “Precious Resin”?

26:54—Metal, wood and other exotic materials

Kaweco Liliput Fireblue

Peltogyne aka purpleheart

Graf von Faber-Castell POTY 2004 "Amber"

Montblanc StarWalker Ceramic

Graf von Faber-Castell POTY 2009 "Horsehair"

Nakaya Kago-amime “basket mesh”

Sailor Koshu Inden

Sailor Arita

TWSBI Micarta

ST Dupont Amethyst Pen

41:50—Why do some brands specialise in a certain production process?

45:38—Host’s pick

49:56—News

Sydney Pen Show 2018

50:27—Recommendations

The Pottery Shed

Monte Cristo sandwich

Royce Nama Chocolate with Maccha

A Quiet Place (2018)

54:47—Thanks and Credits

Producers: Diana Dai, Chuck Montano, Max Schumacher, Patrick Antolovich, Denise Tang.

Recording and editing: Patrick Antolovich, Denise Tang.

Music: Michael Pearce.

Logo: Will H. Smith.

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

May 25 2018

55mins

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Rank #17: 19 - Treat It Like You Would Your Grandma; Collectors Series Part 3

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We’re back with an extra-long episode all about ye ole pens of yore. Join Chuck, Tav, Barry and Max as they discuss how to buy, use, and repair vintage pens. Then Sharyn brings us a Collectors Series interview with Kosta Kamboukos and David van Cuylenburg, two vintage pen collectors from Melbourne. 

The Nib Section is the official podcast of Fountain Pens Oceania. You can always email us at thenibsection@gmail.com Go like us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram

The hosts were Chuck (@entree3000_), Tav (@nunc_est_scribendi), Max (@maxschumacher98) and Barry. The interviewer was Sharyn Zha (@sharynzha).

FORMAT

01:20—What We Are Writing With 

Barry: 1924 Parker Duofold Jr Italic 

Tav: Sheaffer Targa Slim M w/ Sheaffer Black 

Max: Sheaffer Imperial IV B w/ Aurora Blue, and Parker 45 Insignia M w/ Aurora Black 

Chuck: Franklin-Christoph 20 Maya Blue EF SIG 

02:55—Mailbag 

@urbanhafner

Fountain Pen Companion

BYOB Pen Club

06:12—Buying and using vintage pens 

The big 4: Parker, Sheaffer, Waterman and Wahl-Eversharp 

Parker 51

Sheaffer Balance

Eversharp Doric

Peyton Street Pens

Nibs.com

17:53—What appeals to you about vintage pens? 

24:36—Collectors Series Part 3: Kosta Kamboukos and David van Cuylenburg 

Tokyo International Pen Show 2018 (Sep 29-30) at Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial and Trade Center Taito Hall 7th Floor in Taitou-ku 

Pen Collectors of Melbourne (David) 

Pen City

Melbourne Vintage Pens (John Di Blasi) 

Gopens.com (Garry Lehrer) 

Jake’s Pens (Jake Leventhal) 

Penamie (Brian Toynton) 

Fountain Pen Hospital (Ed Fingerman) 

Classic Fountain Pens (John Mottishaw) 

Richard Binder

Mike it Work! (Mike Masuyama) 

The Nibsmith (Dan Smith) 

Goulet Pens

The Pensmith

P.W. Akkerman

S.T. Dupont Olympio Vertigo

Novelli (Marco Parascenzo) 

“Arco Brown” Optima by Newton Pens

Melbourne Pen Show

Tafts

@quillidyllic (Nick Gold) 

Fountain Pens of the World, by Andreas Lambrou

Namiki Yukari

Pilot Custom Urushi

Conway Stewart

Mabie Todd

Waterman 420 eyedropper-fill in Cardinal Hard Rubber with Sterling Silver “Filigree” overlay (catalog 86) 

Yard-O-Led

The Viceroy Grand

Kosta: Pilot Decimo EF w/ Namiki Black, and Otto Hutt Design 4 rounded-nose cursive italic w/Sheaffer Skrip Red 

David: Sheaffer PFM 

1:06:52—Repairs and restoration 

Richard Binder Repairer’s Corner

David Nishimura’s recommendations for repair/restoration services

Fountain Pens: The Complete Guide to Repair & Restoration, by Frank Dubiel

John Mottishaw

Mike Masuyama at Mike It Work!

David Nishimura at the Vintage Pen Website

Ron Zorn at Main Street Pens

Gerry Berg - email only

Oscar Rodriguez the Penthusiast

@paperwantsapen (Stacy Hills) 

Paper Wants a Pen

PenBookmarks page on repairs and pen-making

1:17:50—Recommendations 

Blackwing 602 

1920s Parker Duofold 

Chuck’s Benedict™ 

Keffir with cereal 

1:21:55—Thanks and Credits 

Producers: Diana Dai, Chuck Montano, Sharyn Zha, Patrick Antolovich, Denise Tang. 

Recording and editing: Patrick Antolovich, Denise Tang. 

Special thanks to David and Kosta. 

Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf. 

May 11 2018

1hr 22mins

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Rank #18: 48 - Colour Coordinating is a Superpower

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How—if at all—do you colour coordinate pen and ink? The hosts discuss the satisfaction that comes with matching a pen with its perfectly paired ink colour, and all the quirks and self-imposed rules that guide our decisions. 

The Nib Section is the official podcast of Fountain Pens Oceania

You can always email us at thenibsection@gmail.com 

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This episode features Chuck (@entree3000_), Sharyn (@sharynzha), Brian (@briansaputro) and Diana (@thegrynne). 

FORMAT

00:44—WWAWW

Brian: Sailor Pro Gear Slim Demonstrator and Manyou 

Sharyn: ST Dupont D-Line Atelier Tortoise Brown w/ Pelikan Edelstein Smoky Quartz 

Chuck: Aurora Optima 365 Azzurra BB w/ Iroshizuku Syo-ro and Optima 365 Coral Red MCI w/ Sailor Irori 

Diana: PenBBS 456 Clear Demonstrator w/ Sailor 21k Port of Kobe H-MF nib and Private Reserve Naples Blue 

Nagasawa x Sailor Port of Kobe Waterfront Realo - Nagasawa

Nagasawa x Sailor Port of Kobe Waterfront Red Realo - Nagasawa

13:57—Feedback and News 

If you have a question you’d like the hosts to answer in our upcoming 2nd Anniversary Q&A episode, you can send it to us via Instagram, Facebook, Discord or email

18:16—Colour Coordinated 

The Year I Became Addicted To Monochrome - The Cut

Visconti Watermark Rainbow LE - La Couronne du Comte

Katamari - Fandom Wiki

Private Reserve Ink

Montblanc Blue Palette - Montblanc

Colors of the Four Seasons—Again - Crónicas Estilográficas

Lamy Dark Lilac - Mountain of Ink

54:10—Review: Lamy Notebooks

Lamy Notebooks - Lamy Australia

Photos of Sharyn’s writing tests - TNS on Facebook

Products were provided by Lamy Australia for review 

1:30:48—Recommendations 

Pecorino al Tartufo 

Strong Songs

Shitposting is an art, if history is any indication - Polygon

tumblr meme culture is really just a form of neo dadaism

Gloomology Golden Garlic Enamel Pin

Eat more garlic 

Learn another language 

1:44:14—Thanks and Credits 

Producer: Chuck Montano, Sharyn Zha, Diana Dai.

Recording and editing: Diana Dai. 

Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf. 

Jul 18 2019

1hr 45mins

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Rank #19: 33 - Holiday Gift Guide 2018; Pen Classics NZ

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We bring you a mammoth gift guide episode for fountain pen lovers, concocted with the assistance of multiple bottles of sparkling wine and slabs of Haigh’s chocolate - plus a bonus interview with the owner of Pen Classics NZ, René Versteegh.

The Nib Section is the official podcast of Fountain Pens Oceania You can always email us at thenibsection@gmail.com

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The hosts were Chuck (@entree3000_), Sharyn (@sharynzha), Melissa (@missdgraf), Brian (@briansaputro) and Diana (@thegrynne). In the background supplying the woofs is Sebastian (@sebby.lion).

FORMAT

02:31—What We Are Writing With

Brian: Pilot Deluxe Striped Rolled Gold M

Melissa: Omas Arte Italiana Vision Liquid Blue w/ Caran d’Ache Magnetic Blue

Sharyn: Nakaya Desk Pen Kuro-tamenuri SF w/ Montblanc Encre du Desert

Chuck: Aurora Optima 365 Azzurra CEF w/ Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku and Pelikan K320 Orange BP

Diana: Aurora Dante’s Inferno CEF w/ Sailor Ink Studio 743 and Aurora Sun Moon Lake CF w/ Sailor Ink Studio 841

16:44—News & Feedback

Melbourne Pen Show 2018

Daryl Lim (Musubi)

Episode 31 - Fountain Pen Paper

Nicholas Gold (Quillidyllic)

Episode 32 - Build Your Own Chimera

Armando Simoni Club

Newton Pens Arco Green Prospector

Newton Pens Arco Brown Shinobi

32:12—Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Gifts to lure people to the dark side

Gift for the fountain pen user who has everything

Gift for someone whose collection comprises Japanese LEs but you still want to get them something

Gift for the little ones

Stocking stuffer

Episode 8 - Holiday Gift Guide 2017

1:05:15—Interview: René Versteegh of Pen Classics NZ

Pen Classics NZ (@penclassics)

TWSBI Eco Clear - Pen Classics NZ

Organics Studio Nitrogen Royal Blue - Pen Classics NZ

Organics Studio Walden Pond Green - Pen Classics NZ

Organics Studio Santiago Sea Blue - Pen Classics NZ

Sailor Pens - Pen Classics NZ

Sailor 100 Color Ink Studio - Aesthetic Bay

Sailor Shikiori - LarryPost

TWSBI Eco Transparent Green - Pen Classics NZ

TWSBI Eco Transparent Blossom Red - Pen Classics NZ

Dingbats Notebooks

Pilot Iroshizuku 15ml - Pen Classics NZ

Pilot Metropolitan / Pilot MR3 Light Green - Pen Classics NZ

Nock Co. Pen Cases - Pen Classics NZ

CursiveLogic Workbook Classic - Pen Classics NZ

Leuchtturm 1917 Medium Dotted Bullet Journal Black - Pen Classics NZ

Midori Mini D-Clip (Shiba) - Bookbinder Design

Glowjob NZ

TWSBI Precision - Pen Classics NZ

The Paper Rain Project

1:36:05—Recommendations

Words, Work & Women, by Chux

Every Day Original

Haigh’s Chocolates

House of Arras Grand Vintage

Support the NSW Rural Fire Service

St Peters Indoor Climbing Gym

1:44:22—Thanks and Credits

Producer: Chuck Montano, Sharyn Zha and Diana Dai.

Recording and editing: Sharyn Zha and Diana Dai.

Special thanks to René Versteegh.

Music: Michael Pearce.

Logo: Will H. Smith.

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

Nov 22 2018

1hr 45mins

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Rank #20: 54 - Collectors Series Part 7: "Mass-Produced Curator"

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Tom May, local “pen doctor” for Lamy and Milligram, and collector/connoisseur of all things analog, joins Mel and Kevin for a Collectors Series episode. 

The Nib Section is the official podcast of Fountain Pens Oceania

You can always email us at thenibsection@gmail.com 

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The hosts were Mel (@the_fine_nib_chick) and Kevin (@sentience). Special guest was Tom May (@harry_longbaugh). 

FORMAT

01:10—WWAWW 

Tom: Parker 1946 Vacumatic Golden Pearl in a Rod Hallewell case w/ Lamy Black 

Kevin: Lamy 2000 w/ Lamy Blue-Black 

Mel: Pilot Vanishing Point Green Faceted w/ Pilot Iroshizuku Syo-ro 

05:05—Collectors Series: Tom May 

Episode 39 - Collectors Series Part 5: “Lamy Archaeology”

Palomino Blackwing 602 - Milligram

Eberhard Faber Blackwing 601 - No Ordinary Pencil

General Pencil Company Cedar Pointe - Pencil Revolution 

Mitsubishi 9850 - Pen Paper Pencil

Lamy 2000 Blue Bauhaus Limited Edition

Parker Vacumatic - The Gentleman Stationer

Parker Vacumatic - Parkerpens.net

Dudek Modern Goods

Musgrave Pencil Company

Junghans Max Bill

Universal Genève Polerouter - Worn & Wound

Mario Bellini Divisumma 18 calculator - MoMA

Mass Made Soul

'Aster 20' TV set designed by Mario Bellini and Dario Bellini - Quittenbaum

Sheaffer Oversized Vac-filled Balance Carmine - Peyton Street Pens

Pendleton’s Pens

Episode 11 - Collectors Series Part 1: Nicholas Gold

44:54—Recommendations 

Werner Herzog, Of Walking In Ice

Culture Amp Diversity & Inclusion Starter Kit

No BS Coffee

51:36—Thanks and Credits 

Producers: Kevin Yank, Mel Sanders. 

Recording and editing: Kevin Yank, Diana Dai.

Special thanks: Tom May. 

Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf. 

Oct 10 2019

52mins

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59 - End of Year Q&A (2019 Edition)

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The hosts discuss their fountain pen highlights of the year, what they’re looking forward to in 2020, and answer some listener questions. 

This episode features Chuck (@entree3000_), Sharyn (@sharynzha), Brian (@briansaputro) and Diana (@thegrynne). 

FORMAT

01:11—WWAWW 

Diana: Nakaya Decapod Twist in Heki-tamenuri SM w/ Diamine Bach  

Sharyn: Franklin-Christoph 65 Diamondcast Blue F SIG w/ Robert Oster Flaming Blue 

Brian: Pilot Kakuno Clear with maki-e converter 

Chuck: Aurora Optima Sole BB w/ Akkerman Gele Oker Van Frans 

05:15—News 

09:00—Fountain Pen Highlight of the Year 

Episode 51 - The Ones That Got Away (Sydney Pen Show Edition)

Episode 40 - Tokyo Pen Expedition (Decimania Edition)

Episode 41 - Tokyo Pen Expedition (A Happy Cut of the Tine Edition)

Episode 52 - Audrey Matteson, Nib Doctor

Episode 42 - Ink Stories with Inkantadora

Episode 45 - Write Therapy

Lamy Dark Lilac - Mountain of Ink

19:44—Q&A 

Montblanc Rudyard Kipling 1895 LE

ST Dupont Olympio Vertigo I XL - Peyton Street Pens

Nakaya 20th Anniversary Pen

Jacques Herbin Terre d’Ombre - Mountain of Ink

Montblanc Red Fox - Gourmet Pens

Sailor Kobe #17 Shioya Blue - FPN

Sailor Kobe #37 Harbour Island Blue - FPN

Sailor Kobe #58 Hyogo Canal Blue - FPN

Sailor Kobe #38 Kitanozaka Night Blue - Milligram

Sailor Kobe #2 Hatoba Pier Blue - FPN

Sailor Kobe #14 Maya Lapis - FPN

Troublemaker Inks

Yaching-style Bellflower - @thenibsection

Sailor Ink Studio 123 - The Pen Addict

Graf von Faber-Castell Violet Blue - Gourmet Pens

Sailor Jentle Yuki-akari - Alt.Haven

Montblanc Unicef Blue - Mountain of Ink

Montblanc Blue Palette

ASC Bologna Extra Mandarin Yellow - Bittner

Conklin Crescent Filler

Episode 46 - Recent Acquisitions (June 2019 Edition)

Roterfaden Configurator

“New coral red 21x28cm @_Roterfaden #Taschenbegleiter arrived today” - @diana_liwen

Lamy Safari “Bauhaus!” LE - @nagasawa_umeda

The state of Chuck’s current “minimal” collection - @thenibsection

Visconti Pentagon Fountain Pen - Appelboom

Life Kappan Note - Anderson Pens

Since this episode was recorded, the Edelstein 2020 ink has been announced (kudos to Sharyn for predicting Moonstone) 

Aurora 100th Anniversary Special Edition Inks - Casa della Stilografica

Nagasawa single pen case - Rakuten

CORBO leather pen case - Rakuten

Lemon - @entree3000_

Sebby and Lance - @sebby.lion

Sebby vs Decimos - @sebby.lion

1:28:34—Recommendations 

Grow geraniums 

Repot your container plants regularly 

The Trip (2011)

The Banner Saga

Grey’s Anatomy

Soumaintrain

1:36:15—Thanks and Credits 

Producers: Chuck Montano, Sharyn Zha, Diana Dai. 

Recording and editing: Diana Dai. 

Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

Dec 19 2019

1hr 37mins

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58 - What Not To Buy A Fountain Pen Enthusiast

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Less of a traditional holiday gift guide, and more an expository of the hosts’ philosophies when it comes to gift-giving. 

This episode features Chuck (@entree3000_), Sharyn (@sharynzha), Brian (@briansaputro) and Diana (@thegrynne). 

FORMAT

3:26—WWAWW 

Sharyn: Pilot Decimo Japan Special Edition 2019 Violet F w/ Pilot Black 

Diana: Opus 88 Omar Green w/ Pilot Parallel 3.8mm nib and Robert Oster Flaming Blue; Koloro Demonstrator Orange w/ Pilot Parallel 2.4mm nib and Montblanc Red Fox 

Brian: Sailor x Bungubox Pro Gear Tsuyuhikari; Sailor Pro Gear Slim (“Terracota Lame”?) 

Chuck: Aurora Optima 365 Coral MCI (by Tav) 

10:46—News 

Aurora Optima 365 for 2020 - Appelboom

Franklin-Christoph 66 Stabilis Nuclear Green - Franklin-Christoph

Noodler’s Blue Ghost - Pulp Addiction

Pelikan Edelstein Garnet - Pen Chalet

15:59—Gift Guide 

Episode 33 - Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Episode 8 - Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Pilot Petit2 Sign Pen - Jet Pens

Chup Socks

23:17—First Kakuno Mention 

Pilot Kakuno - LarryPOST

24:42—Gift Guide continued 

TWSBI Eco - Pensive Pens

Caran d’Ache 849 Claim Your Style Ballpoint with gift box - Bookbinders Design

Caran d’Ache 849 Nespresso 2 Ballpoint - Bookbinders Design

Satellite Sentinel Project - Wikipedia

George and Max: A love story made in Hollywood - Independent

Furi Pro East/West Santoku Knife 17cm - Furi

Organics Studio Nitrogen - Bookbinders Design

Montblanc Meisterstück Le Petit Prince Red Fox Ink Cartridges - Pens de Luxe

Caran d’Ache Chromatics Ink Cartridges - Pens de Luxe

Pilot Iroshizuku Ink 15mL bottles - Pen Classics NZ

Midori MD Notebook A5 - Milligram

@pensivepens

@dryad_pens

@woodshedpenco

@newtonpens

@brooks_803

@scriptorium_pens

@herbertpencompany

Pilot Pensemble Single Pen Roll - LarryPOST

Musubi A5 Special Edition Journals - Musubi Atelier

Musubi Pen Cases - Musubi Atelier

Shumi no bungu bako Vol. 50 - Amazon

Shumi no bungu bako Vol. 51 - Amazon

Shumi no bungu bako ink catalog organiser insert - @yokohama_sumomo

Galen Leather Desk Accessories - Galen Leather

Finetec Coliro Watercolours - Not Just A Card

Yamamoto Paper Tasting sets - Yamamoto Paper

Simson Cards - David Jones

La La Land Greeting Cards

Woodmansterne Christmas Cards

Artists’ Cards

1:05:36—Second (and Third) Kakuno Mention 

Limited Edition Colour Kakunos - Etsy

1:07:05—Gift Guide continued 

Franklin-Christoph

Pilot Decimos 20 Colours Vol. 1 - Bookbinders Design

Montblanc 149 Calligraphy Flex

Stylo Art Karuizawa Stylo

Bokumondoh

Pilot Deluxe Kuro Seirei-Nuri - @inquisitivequill

1:29:58—Recommendations 

Lodge cast-iron skillet

Dorothy L. Sayers

Beekeeping 

Getting a lower interest on your home loan 

1:40:58—Thanks and Credits 

Producers: Chuck Montano, Sharyn Zha, Diana Dai. 

Recording and editing: Diana Dai. 

Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

Dec 05 2019

1hr 41mins

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57 - Crossed (State) Lines

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Our recording from during—and in the aftermath of—this year's Melbourne Pen Show. Diana also speaks to Patrick Santucci from Robert Oster Signature. 

This episode features Sharyn (@sharynzha), Kevin (@sentience), Mel (@the_fine_nib_chick) and Diana (@the_grynne). 

FORMAT

00:12—Introduction 

Melbourne Pen Show (@melbournepenshow

Robert Oster Signature Inks

Graf von Faber-Castell

Not Just A Card

Fountain Pen Supplies

Pensive Pens

Quillidyllic (@quillidylic

19:12—WWAWW 

Mel: TWSBI Eco F w/ Noodlers Lexington Grey 

Sharyn: Lamy Linea Herringbone BP 

Diana: Caran d’Ache 849 Claim Your Style Pink BP 

Kevin: Midori Traveler’s Notebook Brass Pen 

25:19—MPS Recap 

Calligraphy Society of Victoria

Robert Oster Signature Flaming Blue

Crab Penholder - Fountain Pen Supplies

Pilot Parallel - Not Just A Card

Kyo-no-oto No. 07 - Not Just A Card

Opus 88 Omar Green - My Hearty Timber Box

Opus 88 Demonstrator Koloro Demonstrator Orange - My Hearty Timber Box

Bookbinders Design Australia

Fountain Pen Supplies

Fountain Pen Maintenance Kit - Fountain Pen Supplies

Ink Fix Subscription Box - Fountain Pen Supplies

Yaching-Style Bellflower - @thenibsection

Our MPS 2019 purchases - TNS on FB

37:38—News 

Pilot Capless LS - Kobe Nagasawa

Pilot Capless Fermo - The Clicky Post

Pilot 2019 Japan Special Edition Decimos with gold trim - TNS on FB

49:29—Interview: Patrick Santucci from Robert Oster 

@santuccipatrick

Tokyo international Pen Show

Robert Oster Exclusives

Robert Oster MudPack

Tokyo Blue Denim - @robertostersignature

Robert Oster Soda Pop Blue - Pen Addict

1:02:44—Recommendations 

Whittakers Jelly Tip Block

Bumbler Boba Tea Tumbler

Mamasita

Tipo 00

1:11:04—Thanks and Credits 

Producers: Sharyn Zha, Mel Sanders, Diana Dai. 

Recording and editing: Diana Dai. 

Special thanks to Silvana for arranging a room for us to record in at the Malvern Town Hall. 

Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf. 

Nov 21 2019

1hr 11mins

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56 - Inktober; Recent Acquisitions

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The regular Sydney hosts are reunited (virtually, if not physically) for a catch up before they head out again to attend the Melbourne Pen Show. Chuck, Sharyn and Di recap their Inktober and NaNoWriMo experiences, before looking at some recent acquisitions they’ve made. 

This episode features Chuck (@entree3000_), Sharyn (@sharynzha) and Diana (@thegrynne). 

FORMAT

03:12—WWAWW 

Sharyn: Pilot x Mitsukoshi Decimo Red FM w/ Iroshizuku Asa Gao 

Chuck: Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Amber-Orange & Cinnamaroon 1.1mm Cursive Calligraphy w/ Sailor Tokiwa-Matsu 

Diana: Franklin-Christoph Model 19 Black & Creme Fine SIG w/ Caran d’Ache Magnetic Blue 

12:19—Feedback

13:10—Inktober/NaNoWriMo

Inktober

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

5 Things I Learned From My First NaNoWriMo - Marina Berlin

36:20—Recent Acquisitions 

Montblanc 149 Calligraphy Flex Nib

Pilot 2019/2010 Limited Edition Decimos - TNS on FB

The Stock Room - Franklin-Christoph 

Fook Hing Trading Co.

Sharyn’s Franklin-Christoph haul - TNS on FB

Fook Hing Trading “Arctic Ice” - Fook Hing Trading

Franklin-Christoph Model 66 Stabilis Nuclear Green - Franklin-Christoph

Diana’s 2020 planners haul - TNS on FB

Quo Vadis Visual Weekly Desk Planner

Hobonichi Techo Cousin

Hobonichi Weeks

Nolty 6318 Planner - Amazon JP

Nolty 6500 Planner - Amazon JP

Episode 52 - Audrey Matteson, Nib Doctor

58:49—Recommendations 

Fall of Civilizations Podcast

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

NaNoWriMo

1:14:42—Thanks and Credits 

Producers: Chuck Montano, Sharyn Zha, Diana Dai. 

Recording and editing: Diana Dai. 

Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

Nov 08 2019

1hr 15mins

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55 - Care and Maintenance of Your Lamy 2000

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The Melbourne crew are back this episode, as Mel and Kevin talk to Tom May about his work as Milligram’s official pen doctor for all LAMY and Kaweco pens. 

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The hosts were Mel (@the_fine_nib_chick), Kevin (@sentience) and Tom (@harry_longbaugh). 

FORMAT

01:18—WWAWW 

Kevin: Lamy Lx Marron 

Tom: Palomino Blackwing 602 

Mel: Pilot Vanishing Point Tropical Turquoise LE Fine w/ Robert Oster Aqua 

09:11—Feedback 

Episode 49 - A Truly Committed Filth Monster (2nd Anniversary Q&A Edition)

18:49—Tom May, Milligram’s Pen Doctor 

Milligram

Lamy Designers

Spheres (Kugel nibs) - Crónicas Estilográficas

The LAMY Nib Guide

Episode 48 - Colour Coordinating Is A Superpower

Lamy Dialog

Lamy Lady Fountain Pen Review - Write To Me Often

Lamy ST tri-pen - Milligram

Fountain Pen Supplies

Pensive Pens

Desk Bandit

Max Schumacher @maxschumacher98

Tav Sinanian @nunc_est_scribendi

1:07:10—News 

Melbourne Pen Show @melbournepenshow

1:08:19—Lamy Nerd-out 

Lamy 2000 Red (2013)

Lamy T53 Crystal Ink - Milligram

1:24:12—Recommendations 

Arevo

Paris, Texas (1984)

OXART Pottery @oxartpottery

1:29:09—Thanks and Credits 

Producers: Kevin Yank, Mel Sanders, Tom May. 

Recording and editing: Kevin Yank, Diana Dai. 

Special thanks: Tom May. 

Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

Oct 24 2019

1hr 30mins

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54 - Collectors Series Part 7: "Mass-Produced Curator"

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Tom May, local “pen doctor” for Lamy and Milligram, and collector/connoisseur of all things analog, joins Mel and Kevin for a Collectors Series episode. 

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The hosts were Mel (@the_fine_nib_chick) and Kevin (@sentience). Special guest was Tom May (@harry_longbaugh). 

FORMAT

01:10—WWAWW 

Tom: Parker 1946 Vacumatic Golden Pearl in a Rod Hallewell case w/ Lamy Black 

Kevin: Lamy 2000 w/ Lamy Blue-Black 

Mel: Pilot Vanishing Point Green Faceted w/ Pilot Iroshizuku Syo-ro 

05:05—Collectors Series: Tom May 

Episode 39 - Collectors Series Part 5: “Lamy Archaeology”

Palomino Blackwing 602 - Milligram

Eberhard Faber Blackwing 601 - No Ordinary Pencil

General Pencil Company Cedar Pointe - Pencil Revolution 

Mitsubishi 9850 - Pen Paper Pencil

Lamy 2000 Blue Bauhaus Limited Edition

Parker Vacumatic - The Gentleman Stationer

Parker Vacumatic - Parkerpens.net

Dudek Modern Goods

Musgrave Pencil Company

Junghans Max Bill

Universal Genève Polerouter - Worn & Wound

Mario Bellini Divisumma 18 calculator - MoMA

Mass Made Soul

'Aster 20' TV set designed by Mario Bellini and Dario Bellini - Quittenbaum

Sheaffer Oversized Vac-filled Balance Carmine - Peyton Street Pens

Pendleton’s Pens

Episode 11 - Collectors Series Part 1: Nicholas Gold

44:54—Recommendations 

Werner Herzog, Of Walking In Ice

Culture Amp Diversity & Inclusion Starter Kit

No BS Coffee

51:36—Thanks and Credits 

Producers: Kevin Yank, Mel Sanders. 

Recording and editing: Kevin Yank, Diana Dai.

Special thanks: Tom May. 

Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf. 

Oct 10 2019

52mins

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53 - The Other German Pen Brand

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We went to the Sydney Pelikan Hub last week, but it was the event by the *other* German pen brand that gave us loads to talk about. 

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The hosts were Chuck (@entree3000_), Sharyn (@sharynzha), and Diana (@thegrynne).

FORMAT

02:56—WWAWW 

Diana: Caran d’Ache 849 BP Claim Your Style Pink 

Sharyn: Pilot Vanishing Point Tropical Turquoise w/ Iroshizuku Asa-gao 

Chuck: Montblanc Generations Yellow w/ Robert Oster Sydney Darling Harbour 

07:51—Review: Peg & Awl Sendak Artist Roll and Sendak Mini 

Episode 44 - Carry and Storage

Peg & Awl

The Sendak Artist Roll

The Sendak Mini Artist Roll

Greenleaf & Blueberry (@greenleafblue

23:25—Sydney Pelikan Hub 2019 

Pelikan Hubs

36:28—Montblanc Calligraphy Masterclass 

Photos of the event - TNS on FB

@calligraphyenvogue

Meisterstück Solitaire Calligraphy Gold Leaf Flex Nib Fountain Pen

Meisterstück 149 Calligraphy Flex Nib

146 flex nib and 149 flex nib compared - TNS on FB

Montblanc Emperor Hadrian LE 76 - Forbes

Montblanc James Purdey LE 81 - The Firearm Blog

Montblanc Miles Davis LE 90 - Montblanc

Montblanc Antoni Gaudi LE 128 - Mont Blanc Pen

Episode 30 - The Hand Senses More Than The Eye Can See

1:20:41—Recommendations 

Happy

Conserve water in the garden 

Fire Emblem Three Houses

1:30:17—Thanks and Credits 

Producers: Chuck Montano, Sharyn Zha, Diana Dai. 

Recording and editing: Diana Dai. 

Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf. 

Sep 26 2019

1hr 31mins

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52 - Audrey Matteson, Nib Doctor

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Diana talks to Dr. Audrey Matteson of Franklin-Christoph about her journey from microbiologist and “fountain pen spouse” to FC’s in-house nib specialist. 

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This episode features Diana (@thegrynne) with special guest Audrey (@thenibdoctor). 

FORMAT

00:50—Interview: Audrey Matteson 

@thenibdoctor

Franklin-Christoph

Episode 30 - The Hand Senses More Than The Eye Can See w/ Anabelle Hiller

Anabelle Hiller

Inkdependence!

Richard Binder

Live from the Atlanta Pen Show 2018 w/ Jim Rouse - The Pen Addict

Bertrams Inkwell

Mike Masuyama

@yukio.nagahara

The Franklin-Christoph SIG nib - The Pen Addict

Mark Bacas (Nib Grinder)

Ralph Reyes (Regalia Writing Labs)

Jonathan Brooks (Carolina Pen Company)

Ryan Krusac

Audrey’s Bungubox x Sailor Sapporo “Hello San Francisco” SF Pen Show 2019 Limited Edition Music - @inkdependence

Jacque Herbin Bleu Austral - Milligram

Inkantadora

Jesi Raine (Vintage Pen Shop)

Faggionato

Papier Plume

Aurora Black - The Writing Desk

1:22:02—Recommendations 

Saving Grace NC

1:23:59—Thanks and Credits 

Producer: Diana Dai. 

Recording and editing: Diana Dai. 

Special thanks: Audrey Matteson. 

Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

Sep 12 2019

1hr 24mins

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51 - The Ones That Got Away (Sydney Pen Show Edition)

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In our very first live show, recorded at the Sydney Pen Show 2019, we talk show highlights, hauls, and the ones that got away. 

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This episode features Chuck (@entree3000_), Sharyn (@sharynzha), Tav (@nunc_est_scribendi) and Diana (@thegrynne). 

FORMAT

02:05—WWAWW 

Tav: Noodlers Neponset with stubbed music flex-modified nib 

Sharyn: Pilot Kakuno with urushi cap by Brian Saputro w/ Pilot Black 

Chuck: Aurora Optima Yellow Resin w/ Robert Oster Sydney Pen Show 2018  Lavender 

Diana: Parker Jotter Turquoise BP 

06:32—Sydney Pen Show 2019 

Sydney Pen Show

Journals

Strine & Co

The Superior Labor

Pilot Vanishing Point 2019 LE Tropical Turquoise - LarryPOST

Midori MD Note Cotton

TNS Inky Lemon Pin

16:59—The Ones That Got Away 

Omas Ogiva Cocktail Blue Angel - Chatterley Luxuries

Sailor Cocktail Series - LePens

Sailor Pro Gear Cocktail Angel's Delight - reddit

Omas Vintage Paragon Arco Verde - Penporium

Omas LE Celluloid Paragon Collection - Elephant & Coral

Sailor x Kingdom Note Tale of Genji Series - LePens

Caran d’Ache Colours of the Earth Inks RIP - FPN

Montblanc 149 Calligraphy Flex Nib - Montblanc

37:34—Audience Questions 

Why write? Penmanship for the 21st Century | Jake Weidmann | TEDxMileHigh

57:24—Recommendations 

Yndi Halda

Munchies Street Food Icons

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Destructive Steps

1:08:51—Thanks and Credits 

Producer: Chuck Montano, Sharyn Zha, Diana Dai.

Recording and editing: Diana Dai. 

Special thanks: Mark Hopson, Sophia Le. 

Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

Aug 29 2019

1hr 9mins

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50 - Tuned to Order

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We look at the phenomenon of the post-factory nib technician. Are they just meeting a need from customers who increasingly buy their fountain pens online? Or are nib technicians a stopgap for dealing with manufacturers with inadequate QC? 

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This episode features Chuck (@entree3000_), Sharyn (@sharynzha), Tav (@nunc_est_scubendi) and Diana (@thegrynne). Our guest this episode is Anabelle Hiller (@stringsandpedals). 

FORMAT

00:42—WWAWW

Chuck: Aurora Optima Sole B w/ Robert Oster Ng Special ‘16 

Diana: Pilot Kakuno Demonstrator Raden (custom) w/ Montblanc Egyptian Blue 

Sharyn: Pilot Metal Falcon Burgundy SF w/ Sailor Oku-yama 

Tav: Parker Vacuumatic Jr. Black 3B w/ Lamy Black  

04:58—Feedback and News 

Chuck, Sharyn and Di will be recording live at the Sydney Pen Show 2019

06:38—Tuned to Order 

08:26—Interview: Anabelle Hiller, Nib Technician 

Anabelle on IG is @stringsandpedals

Episode 30 - The Hand Senses More Than the Eye Can See

Appelboom

John Sorowka is Oxonian on FPN 

“Recently a debate has arisen within the dutch goldsmith community as to what makes one a master goldsmith. “ - @stringsandpedals

“Why Calathea Makes the Most Beautiful Decorative Houseplant” - Bloomspace

34:29—Tuned to Order (continued) 

Nibs.com

Nibsmith

Pensive Pens

1:04:58—Recommendations 

Greek yoghurt 

Lean on Me,  José James

French Cooking Academy

Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream

1:09:48—Thanks and Credits 

Producer: Chuck Montano, Sharyn Zha, Diana Dai.

Recording and editing: Diana Dai. 

Special guest: Anabelle Hiller. 

Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf. 

Aug 15 2019

1hr 10mins

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49 - A Truly Committed Filth Monster (2nd Anniversary Q&A Edition)

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In this absolute bonanza of an episode, we answer all the listener questions we received and celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the podcast. 

The Nib Section is the official podcast of Fountain Pens Oceania 

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The hosts were Chuck (@entree3000_), Sharyn (@sharynzha), Tav (@nunc_est_scribendi) and Diana (@thegrynne). 

FORMAT

01:24—WWAWW 

Tav: James Finniss custom pen BB w/ Montblanc Midnight Blue 

Sharyn: Pilot x Mitsukoshi Decimo 2019 Red LE MF 

Diana: Opus 88 Fantasia Green-Yellow M w/ Montblanc Red Fox 

Chuck: Nakaya Long Piccolo Chinkin Housoge Elastic SF 

08:02—Ink Questions 

Kobe Nagasawa Aegean Sea Blue - Nagasawa

Episode 46 - Write Therapy

“I’m torn on the pardon thing. If it’s “forgiveness for doing something wrong” then a pardon is nonsensical.” - @jonbradfield

“Re. Alan Turing. But also, James fucking Flint.” - @diana_liwen

THAT scene from Black Sails Episode 1x07

Robert Iridescink by Diamine - Cult Pens

Robert Oster Hippo Purple - Mountain of Ink

Akkerman Dutch Masters #3 Gele Oker Van Frans - Mountain of Ink

Montblanc Golden Yellow - Mountain of Ink

32:49—Fountain Pen Questions 

Laura’s tragically broken Aurora - @inkpea

Diana’s tragically broken Aurora - @diana_liwen

Diana’s “Hannibal pen” the ST Dupont Olympio Vertigo XL - @thenibsection

Hannibal identifies Bella Crawford’s perfume

EuroBox

Bexley Pen

Newton Pens

StyloArt

1:19:49—Shows/Community Questions 

Episode 40 - Tokyo Pen Expedition (Decimo Edition)

@inkantadora

Anabelle Hiller

Mike Masuyama

Richard Binder

Montblanc M fountain pen

1:43:02—Non-FP Questions 

Gastropod

Ologies

The Allusionist

Planet Money

Little Gold Men

Culture Gabfest

1A

Women at Work

Secrets of Wealthy Women

The Minimalist

Buffering the Vampire Slayer

Behind the Bastards

How Did This Get Made

Comedy Bang Bang

“How Vaporwave Was Created Then Destroyed by the Internet” - Esquire

The Leaky Nib

Pensive Pens

2:11:53—Recommendations 

Just Add Love, Irris Makler

@artofchrismckee

Papinelle

@ravioli_daddy

2:20:39—Thanks and Credits 

Producers: Chuck Montano, Sharyn Zha, Diana Dai. 

Recording and editing: Diana Dai. 

Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

Aug 01 2019

2hr 21mins

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48 - Colour Coordinating is a Superpower

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How—if at all—do you colour coordinate pen and ink? The hosts discuss the satisfaction that comes with matching a pen with its perfectly paired ink colour, and all the quirks and self-imposed rules that guide our decisions. 

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This episode features Chuck (@entree3000_), Sharyn (@sharynzha), Brian (@briansaputro) and Diana (@thegrynne). 

FORMAT

00:44—WWAWW

Brian: Sailor Pro Gear Slim Demonstrator and Manyou 

Sharyn: ST Dupont D-Line Atelier Tortoise Brown w/ Pelikan Edelstein Smoky Quartz 

Chuck: Aurora Optima 365 Azzurra BB w/ Iroshizuku Syo-ro and Optima 365 Coral Red MCI w/ Sailor Irori 

Diana: PenBBS 456 Clear Demonstrator w/ Sailor 21k Port of Kobe H-MF nib and Private Reserve Naples Blue 

Nagasawa x Sailor Port of Kobe Waterfront Realo - Nagasawa

Nagasawa x Sailor Port of Kobe Waterfront Red Realo - Nagasawa

13:57—Feedback and News 

If you have a question you’d like the hosts to answer in our upcoming 2nd Anniversary Q&A episode, you can send it to us via Instagram, Facebook, Discord or email

18:16—Colour Coordinated 

The Year I Became Addicted To Monochrome - The Cut

Visconti Watermark Rainbow LE - La Couronne du Comte

Katamari - Fandom Wiki

Private Reserve Ink

Montblanc Blue Palette - Montblanc

Colors of the Four Seasons—Again - Crónicas Estilográficas

Lamy Dark Lilac - Mountain of Ink

54:10—Review: Lamy Notebooks

Lamy Notebooks - Lamy Australia

Photos of Sharyn’s writing tests - TNS on Facebook

Products were provided by Lamy Australia for review 

1:30:48—Recommendations 

Pecorino al Tartufo 

Strong Songs

Shitposting is an art, if history is any indication - Polygon

tumblr meme culture is really just a form of neo dadaism

Gloomology Golden Garlic Enamel Pin

Eat more garlic 

Learn another language 

1:44:14—Thanks and Credits 

Producer: Chuck Montano, Sharyn Zha, Diana Dai.

Recording and editing: Diana Dai. 

Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf. 

Jul 18 2019

1hr 45mins

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47 - Collectors Series Part 6: Leo Fok

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Leo Fok, self-described “casual buyer of pens”, was in Sydney recently, and joined Diana, Sharyn et co. for a long, free-pouring lunch, where they eventually got around to talking about his collection and collecting habits. 

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This episode features Leo (@inquisitivequill), Diana (@thegrynne), Sharyn (@sharynzha), Brian (@briansaputro) and Ada. Dogs of the pod, Lance and Sebastian, also lent their voices. 

FORMAT

00:33—Leo Fok  

Previous episodes in the Collectors Series:

Previous episodes that Leo has guested in:

Inquisitive Quill on Youtube

@inquisitivequill

Controversy Over The Early M900 Toledo - The Pelikan’s Perch

Lamy Joy 1.1mm - Dymocks

Tainan Pen Show Public Group

Tokyo International Pen Show

Sailor Pro Gear Umeda Chayamachi store exclusive, "snow, moon, wind, and flowers" - @inquisitivequill

Sailor Pro Gear Morita Robin Blue and Sailor Pro Gear 雪月風花 “Wind” from Umeda Chayamachi compared - TNS on FB

Namiki Custom Impressions - TNS on FB

Pilot 100th Anniversary Limited Edition Fountain Pens Press Release

Aurora Internazionale Fountain Pen - Novelli Pens

Pilot Custom 823 - Tokyo Pen Shop

Pilot Custom Urushi - Anderson Pens

Pilot Sakura Fubuki “Sakura Snowstorm” patterned pens - TNS on FB

Pilot Sakura Fubuki in red and black - @inquisitivequill

Diamine Lion Rock (狮子山) Fountain Pen Ink - @muzepens

Leo’s profile in Shumi no bungu bako - TNS on FB

Shumi no bungu bako Volume 50 - Amazon

Review: M805 Anthracite Stresemann (2015) - The Pelikan’s Perch

Pelikan Souverän M800 Tortoiseshell Brown Review - Scribalishess

Pilot Sokuikinen HouOu Phoenix Coronation Pen - Elephant & Coral

Aurora launches the Goccia Nib - Aurora Pen

Aurora Optima Coral Red 365 & the Goccia Nib! - Mike Matteson

The Two Super Ultra 500 - Crónicas Estilográficas

59:04—Thanks and Credits 

Producer: Diana Dai.

Recording and editing: Diana Dai. 

Special guest: Leo Fok.

Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf. 

Jul 04 2019

59mins

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46 - Recent Acquisitions (June 2019 Edition)

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We take the risk of trying things, so you don’t have to. Feat. Roterfaden Taschenbegleiters, Musubi journals, Visconti quill nibs, and Aurora flex nibs. 

The Nib Section is the official podcast of Fountain Pens Oceania You can always email us at thenibsection@gmail.com

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The hosts were Chuck (@entree3000_), Sharyn (@sharynzha), and Diana (@thegrynne).

FORMAT

00:16—WWAWW

Sharyn: Pineider La Grande Bellezza Honeycomb EF “Quill” nib w/ Sailor Yuki-Akari

Diana: ST Dupont Olympio L F (Dan Smith) w/ Caran d’Ache Sunset

Chuck: Platinum Century Fujin Raijin B w/ Platinum Carbon Black

03:52—Feedback

Episode 23 - For the Love of Ballpoints

Episode 46 - Write Therapy

09:50—Recent Acquisitions

Maruzen 150th Anniversary “Lemon” LE

Nib Grinder (Mark Bacas)

Roterfaden

Roterfaden Taschenbegleiter Configurator

Diana’s Roterfaden collection (TNS on FB)

Midori Traveler’s Notebook - Jet Pens

Roterfaden Planner Covers - Simply Life

Episode 28 - The Sound of One Pen Being Tested

Aurora Optima Lilac Resin LE Fine Flex - Nibs

Aurora Optima Light Blue Resin LE Fine Flex - Nibs

Aurora 88 Flex - The Gentleman Stationer

Pineider La Grande Bellezza - Goulet Pens

Visconti Pentagon - Appelboom

Pineider “La Grande Bellezza” Gemstone Rhodolite Red Fountain Pen - The Pen Addict

Musubi Atelier

Diana’s Musubi A5 Wool and Dragonflies journals (TNS on FB)

Hobonichi Plain Notebook

Nanami Seven Seas

Musubi diaries - Leigh Reyes

Midori MD A5 Leather Cover - Milligram

Platinum Century Fujin Raijin - Nibs

Nakaya maki-e converter - Nagasawa

Sharyn’s ST Dupont Line-D Ateliers (TNS on FB)

ST Dupont Phoenix Renaissance Premium LE - Chatterley Luxuries

1:20:04—Recommendations

Always Be My Maybe Dinner Scene ft. Keanu Reeves

Sail By AWOLNATION

John Wick 3

Halle Berry Refuses to Lose to Spicy Wings | Hot Ones

Avatar the Last Airbender

Warrior on Cinemax

Dianxi Xiaoge

1:33:15—Thanks and Credits

Producer: Chuck Montano, Shayn Zha, Diana Dai.

Recording and editing: Diana Dai.

Music: Michael Pearce.

Logo: Will H. Smith.

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

Jun 20 2019

1hr 34mins

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45 - Write Therapy

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Two friends and fountain pen nerds chat about writing and self care.

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The host was Diana (@thegrynne), and her guest was Laura (@inkpea and @vientocorre).

If you or anyone you know is struggling with their mental health, please get in contact with Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636, or seek help at www.beyondblue.org.au.

FORMAT

10:06—WWAWW

Laura: Aurora Optima Black Resin F

Diana: Montblanc 146 90th Anniversary EF

11:34—Writing as self care

Spoon theory

26:19—Misc pen stuff

Conid

Episode 12 - We Can’t All Be Montblanc, Some Of Us Are Lego

32:15—Thanks and Credits

Producer: Diana Dai.

Recording and editing: Diana Dai.

Special thanks: Laura.

Music: Michael Pearce.

Logo: Will H. Smith.

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

33:09—After Dark

Roterfaden

Roterfaden Taschenbegleiter ST_17

The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron

@randomstoryprompts

Good Omens

The Hot Zone

Killing Eve

Jun 06 2019

54mins

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44 - Carry and Storage

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We put the question to the community: what makes for the ideal carry and storage solutions for fountain pens?

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The hosts were Chuck (@entree3000_), Sharyn (@sharynzha), Tav (@nunc_est_scribendi) and Diana (@thegrynne).

FORMAT

00:38—WWAWW

Chuck: Pilot Custom 823 M 18k nib w/ Pilot Iroshizuku Syo-ro

Sharyn: Franklin-Christoph Model 20 Antique Glass Special Edition 14k flex nib w/ Bungubox Piano Mahogany

Diana: ST Dupont Olympio Vertigo XL Red and Palladium M 18k w/ Caran d’Ache Sunset

Tav: Parker 51 Light Teal Stub w/ Sailor Jentle Yama-dori

14:16—Feedback

18:06—Fountain Pen Carry and Storage

Galen Leather Pen Rolls

Montblanc leather 3-pen pouch

Caran d’Ache leather case for 2 pen

Aurora 2-pen case - Fahrney’s Pens

Corbo teal 4-pen leather wrap/case - Galleria on Rakuten

Snug as pens in a rug - Leigh Reyes

Nagasawa kip leather single pen sleeves - Nagasawa on Rakuten

Nagasawa kip leather notebook cover - Nagasawa on Rakuten

Peg and Awl Sendak Artist Roll

Pen wraps made by Nan and Ling - FPN

Gallery of pen wraps by Ling

Pilot Pensemble - LarryPost

Sharyn’s 10-pen display boxes made by Yachingstyle - TNS on FB

Contact Yachingstyle to order her pen display boxes

Franklin-Christoph Pen Cases

Frank Clegg Fountain Pen Case

Interview: Frank Clegg of Frank Clegg Leatherworks - Juxtapoz Magazine

Episode 19 - Treat It Like You Would Your Grandma

Diana’s ST Dupont Olympio Vertigo I - TNS on FB

Caran d’Ache Leman - Pen Chalet

Caran d’Ache Varius China Blue - Penporium

Visconti Dreamtouch Leather Pen Cases - Goulet Pen Company

Nikolai Piquadro Two Pen Leather Case - Chatterley Luxuries

Chris’ Visconti case with fabric lining - TNS on FB

Taccia Kimono Pen Roll

1:22:36—Recommendations

Write down prompt words for writing/drawing inspiration

Behind the Bastards

West Elm Mongolian Lamb Cushion Covers

Star Trek Discovery

1:32:03—Thanks and Credits

Producer: Chuck Montano, Sharyn Zha, Diana Dai. 

Recording and editing: Diana Dai. 

Special thanks: Nguyên Ngô (Paul) and Chris Grant. 

Music: Michael Pearce. 

Logo: Will H. Smith. 

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf. 

May 23 2019

1hr 32mins

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43 - Pet Peeves

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We compiled and condensed all our pet peeves and unpopular opinions into one episode, because everyone needs to let off steam every once in a while.

The Nib Section is the official podcast of Fountain Pens Oceania You can always email us at thenibsection@gmail.com

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The hosts were Chuck (@entree3000_), Sharyn (@sharynzha), Tav (@nunc_est_scribendi) and Diana (@thegrynne).

FORMAT

01:26—WWAWW

Tav: TWSBI Aurora B w/ Maruzen Athena Eternal Blue

Sharyn: Opus 88 Demonstrator w/ Pilot Parallel 3.8mm and Sailor Jentle Fuji Musume

Diana: Sailor Pro Gear Millecolore Blue H-MF w/ Sailor Souboku

Chuck: Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen Demonstrator M w/ Iroshizuku Yama-budo

Photo of the Millicolore next to a regular Sailor with gold trim - TNS on FB

10:50—Feedback

17:12—Giveaway

@quadrupod / Sumire Glass

The hosts’ glass pen pillows

See post on IG for giveaway instructions on how to enter

20:16—Pet Peeves

Episode 7 - QC Controversies: Nakaya, Visconti, TWSBI

Episode 28 - The Sound of One Pen Being Tested

Visconti Wall Street LE - Manllectables

Visconti Pentagon - Appelboom

It's official: The Pilot Con-20 and Con-50 converters have been discontinued in favor of the Con-40 - Nibs.com

Platinum Converter - Cult Pens

How to Fill a Pilot Con-70 Converter - The Goulet Pen Co

Graf von Faber-Castell Intuition Platino Grenadilla - Alt. Haven

Franklin-Christoph Model 20 Marietta - Franklin-Christoph

Episode 9 - Nibs 101

Episode 13 - Try To Break This Pen...For Science

Sharyn holding a jumbo-sized Japanese ebonite and maki-e pen - TNS on FB

Eboya

Episode 6 - Fountain Pen Inks 101

Episode 42 - Ink Stories with Inkantadora

Montegrappa Queen of Hearts - Penporium

Pilot Decimo new colours - TNS on FB

Richard Binder

Mike Masuyama

David Nishimura

1:03:48—Recommendations

GoFundMe for Cherrylyn’s Medical Expenses

Adam Liaw’s recipe for teriyaki sauce

The MCU and Inside Out on Stan Unlimited Streaming

Take some time out

1:08:55—Thanks and Credits

Producer: Chuck Montano, Sharyn Zha, Diana Dai.

Recording and editing: Diana Dai.

Music: Michael Pearce.

Logo: Will H. Smith.

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

May 09 2019

1hr 9mins

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42 - Ink Stories with Inkantadora

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Ana Csiky (aka Inkantadora) is obsessed about ink - their physical properties, the histories and cultural meanings of colours, and how particular inks came to be. Diana talks to Ana about her expansive and fascinating Ink Stories project.

The Nib Section is the official podcast of Fountain Pens Oceania You can always email us at thenibsection@gmail.com

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The host was Diana (@thegrynne). The guest host was Ana (@inkantadora).

FORMAT

00:22—Interview with Ana Csiky

@inkantadora on IG

Inkantadora’s International Desk

Inkantadora on YouTube

Fountain Pen Companion Podcast

J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor

Musubi

Additive Pens (@additivepens)

Sailor Ink Studio 123 - The Well-Appointed Desk

3 Oysters Seoul Colors - Goulet Pens

Carter’s Ink Company - Old Main Artifacts

TAG Kyoto Inks - Standard Bindery

Kyo-no-Oto Yamabuki iro - Inkantadora's International Desk

@lgsoltek

Monteverde California Teal - Mountain of Ink

Cult Pens Iridescink Robert and Marueen - Cult Pens

Opus 88 Koloro - The Desk Bandit

@nibsonpoint

Dyptique Tempo EDP - Basenotes

Dyptique L’ombre dans l’eau EDP - Basenotes

Dyptique Philosykos EDP - Basenotes

Organics Studios Oscar’s Copper - Mountain of Ink

Organics Studios Blue Crab - Wondernaut

Montblanc Legend of Zodiacs, The Pig - Montblanc

Montblanc Mahatma Ghandi - Too Many Pelikans

Montblanc Ink of Joy - These Beautiful Pens

Montblanc Swan Illusion - Macchiato Man

Pelikan Edelstein Ruby - Stationery Ramblings

Pilot Iroshizuku Bishamonten - @inkantadora

J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor - @inkantadora

Waterman Mysterious Blue - Stylographika

J. Herbin Cornaline d’Égypte - @inkantadora

Jacques Herbin Rouge d’Orient - Milligram

Robert Oster Deep Sea - Mountain of Ink

KWZ Northern Twilight - Squishy Ink

Sailor Jentle Peche - Inkdependence!

Col-O-Ring Ink Testing Book - Milligram

@inkaday

Pilot Iroshizuku Kiri-same - A Better Desk

Myk Daigle (@mad_mercantile)

Waterman ink sample bottle - @inkantadora

1:19:38—WWAWW

Ana: Additive Pens Double Helix w/ Regalia Writing Labs Soft Stub and Sailor Ink Studio 273

Diana: Pilot Custom 743 14kt Waverly w/ Caran d’Ache Magnetic Blue

Photos at TNS on Facebook

1:25:32—Thanks and Credits

Producer: Diana Dai.

Recording and editing: Diana Dai.

Special thanks to: Ana Csiky.

Music: Michael Pearce.

Logo: Will H. Smith.

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

Apr 25 2019

1hr 26mins

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41 - Tokyo Pen Expedition (A Happy Cut of the Tine Edition)

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Sharyn and Leo’s exploration into the Japanese pen scene continues. They sit down with Bruno Taut of Crónicas Estilográficas and Mr Iwase of Iwase Seisakusho to talk Kubo nibs, urushi and raden, and Japanese artisanal manufacturing.

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The hosts were Sharyn (@sharynzha) and Leo (@inquisitivequill).

FORMAT

04:03—Interview with Bruno Taut

Crónicas Estilográficas (@brunotaut_fp)

Family Portrait (VIII). Myu-25 at al. - Crónicas Estilográficas

Pilot Myu-701 in steel - @brunotaut_fp

Tokyo Pen Shops - Crónicas Estilográficas

A Guide to Tokyo Pen shops - Tokyo fountain pen scene (Ross Stutler)

Pilot Capless - 50 years - Crónicas Estilográficas

Pockets - Crónicas Estilográficas

More Pocket Pens - Crónicas Estilográficas

Ban-ei, 挽栄 - Crónicas Estilográficas

Kubo Meets Sakai - Crónicas Estilográficas

Kubo Kohei four-tined music nib - TNS on Facebook

Another angle on the four-tined Kobu music nib - TNS on FB

Mr. Iwase's Creations - Crónicas Estilográficas

Iwase prototype - TNS on FB

Kubo, Yotsubishi and Iwase - Crónicas Estilográficas

Yotsubishi Kawari-nuri sakura (cherry) bark pattern c1955-1959 (by Ishi-Shoten) - PenHero

Custom Urushi - Crónicas Estilográficas

Masahiro

From Shizuoka - Crónicas Estilográficas

Eboya (@eboya_made_in_tokyo)

Stylo Art Karuizawa (@styloart.karuizawa)

Madrid Pen Show

37:36—Vintage Japanese pens

San-essu - Crónicas Estilográficas

SSS pen - TNS on Facebook

Datation of Japanese Pens. II. Pilot Nibs - Crónicas Estilográficas

44:32—Interview with Iwase Junichi

@iwaseseisakusho

Iwase raden pens - TNS on FB

More Iwase pens - TNS on FB

Kubo nib on Iwase pen - TNS on FB

Pelikan M1000 Sunrise - The Pelikan’s Perch

Pelikan M1000 Moonlight - The Pelikan’s Perch

51:45—Kubo nibs

The Kubo Singularity - Crónicas Estilográficas

54:10—WWAWW

Sharyn: Montblanc 220

Leo: Parker Big Red Rollerball and Pilot Capless BP

Photos on FB

57:17—Other cool stuff

Seirei-nuri (Dragonfly Wing Pattern) - FPN

Takabatake Masayuki (Japan’s King of Stationery) - nippon.com

Urushi Mina Project (seirei-nuri) - Edison Pen Co.

A large canvas: Danitrio Genkai in Seirei-Nuri Urushi - These Beautiful Pens

Pilot Maki-e Seirei-nuri - FPN

Shijin - Crónicas Estilográficas

First Piston by Sailor - Crónicas Estilográficas

Realo The 95th Anniversary Fountain Pen - Sailor

1:02:43—Recommendations

Tomoe River Branded Notebook

Mochi

Furikake

1:05:15—Thanks and Credits

Producer: Sharyn Zha, Diana Dai, Leo Fok.

Recording and editing: Sharyn Zha, Diana Dai.

Special thanks to: Bruno Taut, Iwase Junichi.

Music: Michael Pearce.

Logo: Will H. Smith.

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

Apr 11 2019

1hr 6mins

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40 - Tokyo Pen Expedition (Decimania Edition)

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The long-awaited Tokyo trip episode (part 1)! Sharyn and Leo attended the Maruzen Penfair and met many interesting people. The itinerary was grueling, but the stories they came back with were totally worth it.

The Nib Section is the official podcast of Fountain Pens Oceania You can always email us at thenibsection@gmail.com

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The hosts were Sharyn (@sharynzha) and Leo (@inquisitivequill).

FORMAT

01:01—WWAWW

Leo: Pilot Custom 823 FA

Sharyn: Pilot Decimo Light Violet w/ Iroshizuku Asa-gao

Dan Z: Bungubox x Franklin Christoph Model 45 Ice Blue

Photos on FB

01:47—Maruzen Penfair 2019

Maruzen 150th Anniversary LE products - Maruzen

Maruzen Athena the Pen - TNS on Facebook

Maruzen's 150th anniversary Athena pen - fude fan

150 Years of Maruzen - Crónicas Estilográficas

Sharyn’s sneaky photos of the new Pilot Decimos - TNS on Facebook

Euro Box

ōhashi dō fountain pens - Neverending Everywhere

Eboya

19:33—Interview with Dan Z.

@zutodanieru

Iroshizuku Fuyu-gaki - Mountain of Ink

Pen & Message Cigar - The Pen Addict

Review of Graphilo Paper - FPN

GLP Creations The Author Notebook

Montblanc Elixir Parfumeur, Wood & Tobacco scented ink - Montblanc

Montblanc James Purdey & Sons, Single Malt Scented Ink - Montblanc

Robert Oster Burned Orange - JetPens

Franklin Christoph x Bungubox 45L Blue Ice - @bunguboxkaoru

Franklin Christoph x Fook Hing Trading 66 Stabilis Arctic Ice Blue - @fookhingtradingco

Joyful-2

Bungukan Kobayashi

Tomiya-Bungu

Kingdom Note

Tsutaya Ginza

Takashimaya Nihombashi

Itoya Motomachi

Ru-sa @ Amazon.co.jp

40:08—Maruzen Penfair 2019 continued

Maruzen Pen Fair Inks from last 10 years - TNS on Facebook

Maruzen Athena Nihombashi 1870 (Maruzen Penfair 2019 LE) - @fudefan

48:10—Mitsukoshi International Fountain Pen Day

Platinum x Mitsukoshi 3776 “Kanzemizu” Limited Edition from 2018 - TNS on Facebook

Nakaya x Mitsukoshi Cigar Portable “Bamboo” - TNS on Facebook

Pilot x Mitsukoshi Decimo 2019 LEs - TNS on Facebook

Pilot x Mitsukoshi Decimo 2018 LEs - TNS on Facebook

Pilot 2019 Japan Special Edition Decimos - TNS on Facebook

54:44—Other cool stuff

Bokumondoh (@bokumondoh)

Newton Pens (@newtonpens)

Bokumondoh aftermarket raden on Franklin Christoph Model 33 and Newton Pens Prospector - TNS on Facebook

More aftermarket raden/urushi pens from Bokumondoh - TNS on Facebook

Pilot VP Raden Minamo - The Pen Addict

PenBBS 380 (“Not-a-Pod Twist”) - TNS on Facebook

Nakaya Decapod Twist vs PenBBS 380 - Hand Over That Pen

Dan Hoizner (@dandon375)

Stylo Art (@styloart.karuizawa)

Ya-Ching Style (@yachingstyle)

Shumi no bungu bako (Stationery Hobby Box) - Scriblets

Fountain Pens of Japan, Andreas Lambrou and Masamichi Sunami - Amazon.com

Montblanc Writers Edition Homer - Montblanc

Platinum Slip & Seal Mechanism - Platinum

1:19:44—Recommendations

Japan-exclusive Häagen-Dazs ice-cream

Crab Fried Rice from Kani chahan no mise (Osaka)

1:22:19—Thanks and Credits

Producers: Sharyn Zha, Diana Dai, Leo Fok.

Recording and editing: Sharyn Zha, Diana Dai.

Special thanks to: Dan Z.

Music: Michael Pearce.

Logo: Will H. Smith.

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

Mar 28 2019

1hr 23mins

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Love Me Some Recs

By Philly_PB - Dec 28 2019
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It goes without saying that Chux, Diana, Sharon, and the rest of the Sydney and Melbourne crew have lavished us with their fountain pen knowledge, intelligent conversation, and slightly drunken silliness. But the value of their recommendations is off the charts. Keep them coming.

Pen geeks rejoice

By Tlewis1300 - Mar 15 2018
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Pen geeks, this is the podcast you're looking for! Great content and discussions.