Author Archives: johnathomeabroad

The Pilot Fumi Raku

Found on a Weekday Lunch Hour  “Why aren’t these sold in the United States?”  I asked the older Japanese woman behind the pen and stationery counter in New York City’s midtown Kinokuniya bookstore.  I was holding a Pilot Fumi Raku ballpoint in … Continue reading

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The Pen Boat, or How I Paralyzed This Blog But Have Lived to Tell About It

A restart. Perhaps I intimidated myself by resolving to write about my collection by the order in which I acquired each pen.  That required me, in the first place, to remember that order.  The person I think I am requires … Continue reading

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Art Brown International Pen Shop, 1924-2013

When I lived in New York City, I could have found Art Brown International Pen Shop blindfolded.  Squarely in the middle of the grid that is midtown, they were impossible to miss. They moved in 2008 or 2009 to what … Continue reading

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Autobiography with the Pilot Vanishing Point

At the San Francisco Pen Show in October 2012, I had the pleasure of meeting Detlef Bittner, from his eponymous shop located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA.  He immediately spied the Pilot Vanishing Point in my pocket, which started a conversation about … Continue reading

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Victory at the Swann Auction

I attended an outcry auction of fine and vintage pens at The Swann Galleries in New York City, mid-September 2012, an irregular event in the world of pens.  Among the attendees was Paul Erano, who assigned me to write about the … Continue reading

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The 4 Color Pen (An Introduction)

I have been a pen collector as long as I have considered myself a writer. There is no “almost” to qualify that. My first intellectual memories are of writing stories for elementary school. I drafted those stories in pen before … Continue reading

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