Something Old, Something New.

Kingsburg has a new coffee shop called Kuppa Joy. I believe I mentioned Kuppa Joy some months back when friends and I went for coffee in Old Town Clovis. I can now park myself in this delightful place in my very own town. Thursday is my regular day off work and has thus become my post office day. It struck me today as a wonderful idea that I could get my mail then read it over a cup of coffee. I even brought paper so that I might write a letter or two as well. This may turn into a tradition that could help me stay on track with my letter writing with the added benefit of curbing my reclusive tendencies.


Is this not the prettiest latte you’ve ever seen?

In last week's mail I received something old, something new, not quite borrowed but beautifully blue. A long time pen friend thinned out his collection of Parkers and sent me this:


I was speechless. I could hardly believe it. Talk about a dropped jaw. This is my very first Parker 51 and it’s a delightful pen. It writes smoothly and beautifully and has sparked an interest in the Parker pen company. There’s a reason this pen is iconic. So far I’ve only paired it with the Montblanc Twilight Blue gifted with the pen but am am eager to see how it shows off other inks, particularly the iron galls I can’t get enough of lately. In my experience inks are shown to their best advantage when flowing from vintage pens.

My letter of gratitude hopefully has arrive by now but thankfulness still abounds so thanks again, Mr. Breeding. Your gift is much appreciated. 


Comments

  1. A lovely pen indeed! BUT Please be wary of putting Iron Gall ink into a fountain pen. It can block the pen up very quickly and be a real task to clean out. Iron Gall inks are thicker than fountain pen ink and also have sediments in them that fountain pen inks do not have. Having said that, there are a few modern Iron Gall inks that are fountain pen friendly but make sure that you only use those in your Parker. Fountain Pen Network has a lot of information about this.

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    1. Good morning, Stefan! I hold FPN partly responsible for what amounts to a considerable investment in ink over the years. It was there I discovered the KWZ iron galls and I have been enthralled with them since. I haven't tried them all but perhaps in time....My Pelikan 400 has been inked KWZ iron gall for some time without issue and it has earned my full confidence as a gentleman ink.

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  2. I've never been in Kingsburg, but in my mind that place is always associate to coffee. A lot of coffee!
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    1. A lot of coffee indeed! We're very fond of our 2 million cup coffee pot. Of course it holds only water but one can dream :)

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