Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Nibs in a box

Apparently "Elso Magyar Iroszergyar" means "first Hungarian writing instruments factory" and RT stands for Reszveni Tarsasag, which the equivalent of a Limited Liability Company. The title is claimed by Schuler Jozsef of Budapest. Pencil enthusiasts may be acquainted with the pencils of Mr Jozsef as detailed in BrandnamePencils but the company made nibs as well. Some of them Palimpsest found in a tiny tin box inscribed "Best Deutsche Schreibfedern", that is, best German pens, or quills. It is a delightful little tin (I am tempted to start a collection) and on the tiny lid a black steel pen stands right in the middle of the green and black chequered border and reads Herm. Müller Leipzig.

Inked with an old Waterman green ink, the first nib tested was the EMI No.2, which is marked Schuler Jozsef RT EMI Budapest 28 and bears an embossed 2 just above the vent. This is a wider than average nib with a fine point. It is scratchy and flexible and it produced great writing. 

Schuler Jozsef's H39 nib I couldn't use as the ink was retained and then released at once leaving big blobs on the paper. However SJ EMI 100 was very pleasant, flexible italic nib that wrote beautifully. 

The tiny tin contained two more nibs. The Superior Crown Pen ABC which is very flexible and produced smooth writing and the Brause & Co. No. 511 whose flexibility made it the equivalent of a brush! 

All in all a great little find which is now available to buy in the shop.
Check out more Jozsef nibs and boxes here.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Waterman's Brown Ink of Old

One of those happy moments for Palimpsest a few weeks back when not only did I come across an early-20th-century Waterman's ink bottle but found that said bottle was full of Brown ink. What is it about old ink? Probably the summation of lost possibilities, unrealized potential, secrets never told - I don't know. The hexagonally shaped bottle is pregnant with wholesome brown ink. 

It was issued possibly in the early years of the 20th century by L. G. Sloan, purveyor of rubber bands, Congress playing cards and Waterman pens. Earliest advertisements of Waterman under the L. G. Sloan label are recorded in 1918 by Grace's GuideL. G. Sloan Ltd owned the Pen Corner, at 41 Kingsway, London WC2, which still stands today and is known as the Waterman House

Waterman House, off Kingsway WC2, central London, former headquarters of L. G. Sloan.
Source Google Maps
There is plenty of ink, darkly glimmering behind the paper label which bears the instructions in small black capital letters: "To fill pen when ink is low stand bottle on side." The bottle is the 1930s design of Ted Piazzoli of Capstan Glass Pensylvania. It features again on the box tipped on its side with a fountain pen (a Waterman no doubt) dipped into it. 

The ink flows beautifully after so many years. It is dark when it touches the paper and dries into a warm brown with some orange tones. It is a pleasure to dip the pen in the bottle, flex the nib on the Rhodia dotted paper, and watch the wet letters dry slowly. Wondering what words the ink given the chance will produce.

If you want a 30ml sample contact me at blogpalimpsest at gmail dot com and I will list it on my Etsy shop Inklinks.