EuGene Smith of Clinton brought this wonderful John Holland Fount-Filler #4 to our August meeting. In the above video, EuGene demonstrates the "hatchet filler" mechanism, something many of us had not seen before. This pen dates to the 1915-1920 period. When tucked away, the mechanism is almost completely hidden, but as you can imagine, this resulted in less ink capacity. Beautiful pen, thank you EuGene!
Mark your calendar now to attend the Arkansas Pen Club Pen Meet-up on Saturday, October 5th, from 1:30 to 5:00 at Vanness Pen Shop in Little Rock. Bring that pen that you've been wanting to find out about, get help returning a pen to good working order, sample inks, maybe win a door prize! Grand prize, a hand-made Newton pen by Arkansas' own Shawn Newton! We hope to see you there!
Another beautiful Aurora pen to start your week off with, this time a limited edition Aurora Optima Flex Anniversary Fountain Pen in orange, with chrome trim. Aurora released eight new resin colors in 2018, each limited to 330 pens. This one, belonging to Andrew McCauley, is number 14 of 330. The nib is 14k gold and fully rhodium plated, and the pen features Aurora's clever piston filler mechanism that keeps a small 'emergency' reserve of ink, available by extending the piston mechanism a bit.