My Facebook friends will know this already: I’m running out of ink for my fountain pen. A Mont Blanc. I bought it at Harrods in the autumn of 1994. Up here I’ve been able to get ink from the Academic Bookstore. They have recently been sold and the new owner has decided to concentrate on books, so I had to hurry to get a new bottle of ink before they run out.
The store in the centre of Helsinki had three bottles of mystery black. I don’t want black, so I didn’t buy any. The one in Tapiola, close to my home, only had Parker’s ink. You can’t use Parker’s ink in a Mont Blanc. The two other stores in Helsinki didn’t have any. The one in Turku didn’t have any, my niece could have picked it up for me. The one in Tampere didn’t have time to answer the phone; my nephew or niece-in-law (the word actually exists!) could have helped me there.
The other big bookstore tried to sell me ball point refills, even wondered whether I meant lead refills, and finally (you know, a bottle? with ink?) had Parker and Quink on their shelf.
On to the wonderful world of internet. I found a company who say they are the importer of Mont Blanc fountain pens. They sell the occasional pen as a business gift but they don’t keep them in store. No, they don’t have ink either.
On to the website of Mont Blanc themselves. Apparently there are two jewellery shops who sell these fountain pens. Does the first one I called have ink in bottles as well? No, sorry, only cartridges. There is also a watch shop (next on MB’s list of Boutiques) who sell these pens. Do they have ink in bottles? Why, yes. They have black and midnight blue and royal blue and brown and what not. I’m picking up their one bottle of midnight blue tomorrow. Pages and pages of journal writing saved!
Earlier this year I needed a ribbon for my typewriter. Found that on-line, in Finland, actually.
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