Flotsam & Jetsam No. 17: Bosom Buddies

FOR THE past few weeks, these two pens have held pride of place in my shirt pocket—a Parker Duofold Centennial and a Conway Stewart Churchill. And yes, they write as gorgeously as they look!

7 thoughts on “Flotsam & Jetsam No. 17: Bosom Buddies

  1. hi, bong, most of these modern pens are actually lighter than they look–i guess you can say they don’t build them like they used to. the CS churchill looks huge but it’s a baby at 29 grams 😉


  2. Hello mr butch. I have read through your blog and also your contributions to FPN along with other Filipino pen enthusiasts. I share your passion with fountain pens which is surprising considering my age of 14. The problem with my passion is I live in Siargao, where fountain pens are practically unheard of. I will be visiting Manila soon for only two days. I humbly request for your knowledge on Manila, for places for me to search. Preferably close to Escolta and the airport. Also open on sat and sun. I really want to expand my collection. Thank you

  3. hi, thomas, the best places for affordable pens that you can go to in manila will be the big branches of national bookstore–if you’re in manila, then perhaps a branch in one of the big malls like robinson’s ermita, or the mall of asia. NBS carries parkers, sheaffers, and lamy pens, among others. also, join us online at FPN-P (google the term and sign up) so you can indulge your passion vicariously, even from siargao. welcome to pens!

  4. Many thanks. I hope to catch a glimpse of water man if they have. One question…. Do any stores in Manila sell vintage parker 51 or others?

    • Luis Store in Escolta still sells vintage Parker 51s but at very prohibitive prices. We get our 51s off eBay–but at your age, that will be off-limits to you. Sometimes our members sell these, which is why it’s a good idea to sign up with FPN-P (which I see you’ve already done).

      • Yeah. It has only been a few days and I learnt quite a bit. Everyone has been helpful and it was a great suggestion to join

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