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Welcome!
to the home page of Pensations --
dealing in modern and vintage
writing instruments, ink, refills,
and related items.

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Fountain Pen Day -- 6 November 2014

Fountain Pen Day is celebrated on the first Friday of November each year. This is the third year of the celebration, and more dealers and collectors join the celebration each year. Pensations will have special deals during the first part of November to mark Fountain Pen Day. Watch the Pensations web site for additional details as the date draws closer. A list of Fountain Pen Day sponsors and special offers from dealers are listed on the Fountain Pen Day site on this page.

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Research on Consumers and Premium Writing Instruments

The latest Pelikan Newsletter contains this information: "The University of Munster contacted us with an interesting research project: They are investigating diverse effects when consumers buy premium writing instruments. As we know that many of our fans are passionate collectors and have much to say on this subject, we decided to forward this empirical survey to you. Participation is naturally voluntary, and if you're interested, the results will be communicated afterwards."

They state that the survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. In addition to furthering the research project, participants have an opportunity to win one of several prizes. The prizes are: 1 Pelikan Souveran M400 Fountain Pen (your choice of color);
1 Pelikan Classic M205 DUO Highlighter Shiny Green Fountain Pen; and
10 Edelstein Ink Flasks in your choice of color.

Click here to start the survey.

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November is NaNoWriMo!

Yes, November is national Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo is "a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing." Participants begin work on November 1 with the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. The NaNoWriMo organization has many tools to assist writers in participating, and local groups have events such as "write ins". Learn more at the NaNoWriMo web site.

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Two Interesting Recent Articles

Articles on handwriting and fountain pens contiue to appear from time to time in main stream media.
The Wall Street Journal has Pens for Better Penmanship, an article by Chris Kornelis which talks of the merits of fountain pens for those who want to improve their handwriting.
Wired magazine published a fountain pen review by Richard Baguley entitled When Buying Fountain Pens, Splurging (a Little) Is Totally Worth It. Mr. Baguley reviews the Lamy Vista and Delta Serena fountain pens.

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Recommended Books for Beginning Pen Collectors

New collectors often ask for recommendations on which books to buy. Here are the three which are recommended by collectors on the Zoss Pen List.
Fountain Pens: A Collector's Guide by Peter Twydle
Fountain Pens: Past & Present by Paul Erano
The RichardsPens Guide to Fountain Pens, Volume 1: Glossopedia by Richard Binder
Contributors to the Zoss list found these books to have information which is especially helpful to new collectors, and all three are reasonably priced.

Two other books are often recommended to collectors, and they have become something of "standard references" for pen collectors. The first is Fountain Pens and Pencils: The Golden Age of Writing Instruments by George Fischler and Stuart Schneider. This is often referred to as "the blue book". The second is by the same authors -- The Book of Fountain Pens and Pencils by Stuart Schneider and George Fischler. This one is often referred to as "the brown book". Combined the two Fischler and Schneider books make a fairly comprehensive reference set.

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Two Pen-related Auction Sites

I'm sure everyone is familiar with eBay, which is a good source for writing instruments. There are other auction sites on the Internet which are not as well known, and here are two which specialize in pens and related items.

First is Martini Auctions, which is hosted and run by Regina Martini, a well-known German collector. The descriptions on the site tend to be minimal and often you need to search the Internet to get specifics on the pens. However, Regina has a high-quality inventory and often has hard-to-find pens.

Another site is PMAuction, a more recent addition to the Internet, which is also run by a fountain pen enthusiast. The ads have lots of photos and good descriptions.

Pensations is not affiliated with either of the sites, but I have used both and had positive expereinces. Check out the sites: you may find some nice additions for your collection.

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Games & Puzzle Section Added

There is a new page in the Resources section with links to some favorite games. Most are word games or logic puzzles. Two of my favorites are the daily crossword puzzle and the Bloxorz logic game. Others may prefer Jumble, word search puzzles or Freecell. We welcome suggestions for additions to this page. Spend a few minutes with games which exercise your brain as well as entertain.

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Pen Event Calendar Added

We have added a pen event calendar to the Pensations web site. The calendar lists pen shows, pen club meetings and other events of interest to pen enthusiasts. Please email us any item which you would like to have displayed on the calendar.

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Southeast Pen Collectors' Club

The Southeast Pen Collectors' Club (SPCC) is a very active group with monthly meetings and a newsletter. The group meets in the Atlanta area but has members from across the US. Dues are $25 per year for a full membership or $15 per year newsletter subscription only membership. Visit the web site for meeting information, membership application or to browse pen forums. Pensations has been a Corporate Sponsor of SPCC for more than a decade.

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Pen Collectors of America on Facebook and LinkedIn

Pen Collectors of America (PCA) has a Facebook page and a group on LinkedIn. If you are a member of the PCA and a user of one of these social media/ networking sites, then you should visit the PCA page. If you are not a PCA member, you can still "like" the PCA Facebook page or join the LinkedIn group to read pen-related news and dicussions. Visit them today, and consider joining the PCA -- if you have an interest in writing instruments then I think you'll find PCA membership of value.

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Many Books on Pens and Other Topics are in the Amazon Associates Store

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Improving Your Handwriting

wikiHow has an entry on improving your handwriting. Read the article for some useful tips on making your handwriting easier to read and more lovely to see. wikiHow also has articles on:

These articles have good and interesting information.

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Phenomenology & a Fountain Pen

"I say that my fountain-pen is black, and I see it as black under the sun's rays. But this blackness is less the sensible quality of blackness than a sombre power which radiates from the object, even when it is overlaid with reflected light, and it is visible only in the sense in which moral blackness is visible. The real colour persists beneath appearances as the background persists beneath the figure, that is, not as a seen or thought-of quality, but through a non-sensory presence. Physics and also psychology give an arbitrary definition of colour, which in reality fits only one of its modes of appearance and has for long obscured the rest."
Phenomenology of Perception, M. Merleau-Ponty, trans. Colin Smith

Click here for quotes about pens and writing.

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Customer Comments

I'm delighted to hear from cutomers -- email me with your comments or suggestions; let me know what you think of the web site, the products, the prices or your experience with Pensations. Thank you for your business, and ejoy the pens!

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Customer Testimonials

I often receive feedback from customers and I enjoy reading these messages very much. I try to provide the best customer service combined with low prices, and customer feedback helps me know whether I'm reaching my goals. I have decided to share some of the messages I receive, and I've printed portions below. These are unsolicited comments, and no one received any type of compensation for the remarks or for the publication of the remarks.

"I am so impressed with the excellent and quick manner in which I received the pens I ordered. Your service is GREAT!" [D.H.]

"I just bought a pen Pensations.com. It's a fabulous pen (my current favorite) and their prices are great. The proprietor was very gracious and helpful."

"M.B. told me about you and even sent me one of your pens. I love it so much, I had to buy more. I'm so excited. Thanks for everything" [B.R.]

"Many thanks for your quick shipment and notification. Looking forward to our doing business again." [J.M.]

"Pensations is a WONDERFUL seller. I'm telling my friends, 'This is the place to buy your pens'" [P.T.]

"You are much more than a correct and agreeable seller -- you are A TRUE GENTLEMAN" [S.N.]

"... very friendly and you delivered as promised" [T.J.]

"I'm a repeat customer and I commend you as a conscientious seller" [C.S.]

"I will be back again -- you are 100% the best" [G.T.]

"Dealing with you is very nice, you provide quality products always" [P.B.]

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Pensations is located in beautiful and historic Danville, Kentucky. Danville offers a wealth of historical, educational and cultural institutions and activities. Danville is home to Centre College (site of the 2000 and 2012 Vice Presidential debates), Pioneer Playhouse (more than 50 years of outdoor drama) and the Great American Brass Band Festival. For more information on Pensations and Danville, click here or on the "About Us" menu item in the left column.

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We list resources for those interested in writing instruments, including books, contact information for pen companies, and a list of pen-related web sites, and information about pen shows. The books page features selected books on writing instruments, penmanship, turning pens and other books of interest.

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Many people with an interest in fine writing instruments also have a desire to improve their handwriting. A resource which has been used successfully by many is Barbara Getty's Write Now: A Complete Self-Teaching Program for Better Handwriting (click on the title for additional information). Other useful books include Calligraphy Made Easy by Margaret Shepherd, and Italic Calligraphy and Handwriting: Exercises and Text by Lloyd Reynolds. Click on any of these book titles to see more information, or click here to visit our web page of books, including these and other titles brought to you in association with Amazon.com.

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If you have an interest in vintage or modern writing instruments, you should join the Pen Collectors of America. Click here (or on the logo in the left column) for more information.

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