P.S: Will try a better quality scan when I next do it


Book Binding at the Society of the Physically Disabled

Ever since Rhodia paper ceased to become available in SG, I stopped using the one last A4 gridpad that I have. My intention is to have them bound into an A6 journal at the Society of the Physically Disabled. A few weeks ago, I finally had the chance to do it on one of my leave days. (They do not work weekends.)

The sales officer Ruby and I chatted a little about paper and notebooks. She had trouble seeking fountain pen friendly paper. I mentioned to her the sample of Bagasse paper I got from someone on the FP yahoo group. While we chatted, I looked at the sample of the notebooks she has given me. The stitching on the sample is tight. The book does not open flat. It requires force to make it flat and even so, it springs back.

Doubtful, I asked to stitch four pages to a signature and to make 32 sheets each per notebook (about 64 pages). I wasn’t certain that it will be more flat because there are lesser pages. Ruby also mentioned that the papers will be trimmed. I had buyers remorse two days later, thinking I butchered those precious Rhodia paper.

It all ended happily. See how flat it opens!

 Society of the Physically Disabled
 Operating Hours: 8:30am to 6:00pm (Mon-Fri)
 Email Address: information@spd.org.sg
 Enquiry Hotline: +65 6579 0700
 2 Peng Nguan Street
 SPD Ability Centre
 Singapore 168955

Fountain Pens : Twsbi Diamond 530

Ink leaking into the piston - Diamond 530 I spoke too fast. While the leak doesn’t interfere with the writing, it would eventually clog the piston when the ink dries up. I wrote to the people at Twsbi to show them the leak and confess that I’ve lost the replacement parts after I moved homes. A nice chap told me he would sent it to me.

I also found the nib too dry for my liking. Luckily it is is springy enough to let me press it down to give a wetter and broader line. Now it is lovely and wet.

Fountain Pens : Twsbi Diamond 530

I clean forgot I own the Twsbi Diamond 530. A year back, someone on FPN singapore organised a bulk purchase when it was finally for sale. The ink leaked into the piston when the first time I filled it with water. The replacement part came. I’m not a fiddler – I had no idea how to fix it. The part eventually went missing. The pen went unused until I found it in my box yesterday, while cleaning up. I looked up FPN and was glad to find that “This leakage on line 1 is not going to cause any writing problem, or ink storage problem, but it looks un-pleasant.”

I filled it up with Noodler’s Cayenne Pepper. Size is great! I like the M800 size. The M nib is reasonably smooth – not butter, some feedback – and very clean for a demonstrator. (Ink tends to collect at the cap for the Pelikan demonstrator I own.) Pretty good for a cheapie!

I’m rather looking forward to the Twsbi Vacuum Filling System (Vac 700). It has been on the boards for ages with very uninteresting news. I wouldn’t rush out to buy the first batch but will buy them if reviews are good.