An old pen I’m not sure what to do with…

On a drive back from Shropshire this weekend, we ended up stopping off at a little village for lunch. The village were having a summer fair and there were stalls of bits and bobs all out in the street. We were in a bit of a hurry but I just had time to find this pen, which intrigued me, pay the man 50p, and be on my way.

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It says:
The “Unique” Pen
Made in England

I can’t find a huge amount of information about Unique, but from what I have read, they were around from the 1920s to the late 1950s.

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The thing that really intrigued me was this lever on the side, which I now know is the way you fill it. The pen has a sac inside, and in order to fill the sac, you lift up the lever (which depresses the sac) and dip the nib in ink. You then let go of the lever and the extra room created in the sac is filled with ink. That’s how I understand it anyway…

I had a little explore around the inside of this one, but unfortunately when I opened the pen up, it became clear that the sac had disintegrated and pieces fell out, along with lots of ink powder.

I found some instructions of how to replace the sac but then it all started to go a bit over my head and I knew I’d never bother to replace it.

It has an Osmiroid 35 nib:

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It’s not the prettiest pen, it has a plastic body which is a little beaten up and the clip has come off the cap:

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Anyway, it needs a bit of love, and I’m probably not going to give it, so if anyone fancies a restoration project or just wants to challenge themselves to replace the sac and get it working, I’d be happy to post it to you (anywhere!), just let me know!

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Stationery Tatts

Like me, you’re probably pretty into stationery. Perhaps enough to thinking about getting a pen or pencil tattoo? But you’re still not 100% sure and you’d like to test the water? Well, I’ve got JUST the thing for you!

These temporary tattoos are by Tattly who, in their words, are a “temporary tattoo store for design-minded kids and kids-at-heart”, created by Swissmiss.

They are $5 for a set of 2, so pretty reasonable. They’re made in the US but designed by designers from all over, and these particular ones are by the brilliant, UK-based, Peagreen.

Cute, fun, cool and wouldn’t cost hundreds of pounds to remove if you change your mind… You can check out the full Art Supplies collection here.

All pictures courtesy of tattly.com

Hermès Nautilus Pen

I’ve been squirrelling away, getting my new blog ready to go,  but have just squeezed in time to share this Hermès Nautilus Pen, which I saw on Dezeen.

Hermès have teamed up with Japanese pen gurus, Pilot and Australian designer Marc Newson to launch the first item in their upcoming stationery line.

It’s a capless, retractable fountain pen, made of aluminium and stainless steel. It has a rhodium-plated white gold nib, and will come in 6 nib widths.

The idea is that it looks very simple from the outside, but is hiding a very complex mechanism that allows the nib to be retracted by twisting.

Now, if I’m completely honest, I don’t really like the way it looks, I think it’s kind of bulky and not very sophisticated. However, I do think it’s a positive thing that luxury fashion brands and famous designers are concentrating on stationery.

Anyway, I’m probably not the demographic they’re trying to impress as it’ll be retailing at about £1000, so…