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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Write Time 11/30/11 with Brian Gray



We're back with another Write Time! This time, on YouTube, due to popular demand :) I was finally able to figure out how to both record on my computer and broadcast at the same time...it's a bit more work for me to go and post the video on YouTube instead of just using the embedded video on JustinTV, but it's worth it to avoid some of the technical issues some of you have been having with previous videos.

In this broadcast we talked about:

We also have the audio version of this broadcast available on iTunes as a podcast, just search for Ink Nouveau :) Thanks to everyone who joined us live, and a special thanks to Brian Gray for sticking around for a very long (but fun) broadcast. 

9 comments:

  1. Brian is this ebonite's colour  like the red black one that Brian uses for his pens?

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  2. The Cherry Cordial looks delightful, and a strong candidate for my next splurge! I meant to ask some questions in the chat, but had to sign off early. So here they are:

    How does the modern Ebonite material this is made of compare to vintage Ebonite? In the photos, it appears glossier than the vintage Ebonite pens I have. But that made me wonder if my vintage pens were once glossy and became less so with use and oxidation over time.

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  3. I really enjoyed hearing Brian Gray talk about the merits of Steel vs. Gold nibs. Very informative.

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  4. Yes Brian is a wealth of information, and he has such a realistic and practical view about fountain pens. 

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  5. //How does the modern Ebonite material this is made of compare to vintage
    Ebonite? In the photos, it appears glossier than the vintage Ebonite
    pens I have. But that made me wonder if my vintage pens were once glossy
    and became less so with use and oxidation over time.//

    This is difficult to answer.  I've never had the opportunity to work with vintage ebonite when it was first manufactured.  So really it's impossible for me to say that vintage ebonite was/is worse or better.  I've working with vintage ebonite that is 30 years old that was not good.  Porous.  But I've also worked with vintage ebonite that after decades still turned wonderfully to make great pens. 

    So was the issue with the porous ebonite due to poor manufacturing?  I have no way of telling.  I don't know how it was stored, cared for over the years, etc.

    A vintage ebonite pen that has lost it's gloss and shimmer can certainly be restored.  Check with some of the pen repair guys.

    But regarding the ebonite used for the LE....There's only two manufacturers in the world that are making good ebonite, both in Germany.  And the manufacturer of this stuff is the better of the two in my opinion, which would make it the best that you can get!  Great shine, great working qualities, and better UV resistance than any other ebonites that I've used.

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  6. //Brian is this ebonite's colour  like the red black one that Brian uses for his pens?//

    This is not the same ebonite as I use for my "standard" red/black ebonite.  This has a deeper, more saturated, and more vibrant red.  The "standard" red/black is more brownish in comparison.

    This ebonite is some new stuff that I just received about 2 months ago.  Prior to this LE pen, I've only made two other pens from it, so you'd be lucky to have seen photos of another Edison pen made from this material prior to this LE pen.

    Thanks.

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  7. Brian - Thanks for your reply!
    In retrospect I realize that there are too many variables for anyone to really answer my question. I've no idea how well my vintage pens were cared for before I got them. Or the quality of the original material.

    It just struck me that in the photos, the Cherry Cordial ebonite looks more polished and perhaps harder than the vintage ebonite I have experienced. And so I was curious.

    Either way, the CC ebonite looks fantastic.

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  8. This was an excellent broadcast, even by the high standards set by WriteTime in general. Thanks to all three of you for doing this.

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  9. Thank you! I really enjoyed it myself :) 

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