Down the G-SHOCK Rabbit Hole: The “King” & Custom 742 FA

The pen is not new. I’ve had it for ages, but the watch is brand spanking new!

The King (GXW-56-1BJF)

It is by far the largest square and among the largest of large G-SHOCKs. Thus the GXW-56-1BJF is also affectionately known as the “King”..

The King (GXW-56-1BJF)

As far as I know, the Multi Band 6 models like mine are JDM only, whilst the GX-56 (Without the W in between) were sold outside Japan. However, unlike the very high end like GW-5000s, the Kings were made in either Thailand (like this one) or China (recent models like the BBs, see bottom right).

The King (GXW-56-1BJF)

I by far prefer positive display LCDs, and as you can see, it’s the only one among the Kings. Mine is an old stock made a few years ago, and had been discontinued says my daughter’s Machop.

The King (GXW-56-1BJF)

G-Shocks wear large, but this would look ridiculous on smaller wrists–sweet as chocolate on a 7.5″ flat-ish wrist– but not on anything less! Here have some sweets …

The King (GXW-56-1BJF)

Or would you rather have some inks? I’ve just restocked on some Sailor Jentle “new” colours.

Sailor new Jentle Inks

2x Miruai, Nioi Sumire, Something, Something… —TR

Mandarin Yellow Parker Duofold Jr. and 6900 Yellow G-SHOCK Combo

Parker Duofold Jr Mandarin Yellow

Their full names:

  • 1929 Mandarin Yellow Parker Duofold Junior (Streamline)
  • 2014 Yellow G-SHOCK G-6900A-9DR

Normally, the watch is worth several times than the pen in a combo. But for some reason, mine are always there other way around. I reckon, the two year old watch would compliment the eighty seven year old pen quite nicely. And the black and yellow theme matches Bruce Lee’s famous jumpuit from the Game of Death (1978) movie.

Bruce Lee Quote

Meme quote taken shamelessly from — which I found while searching for Bruce Lee’s yellow jumpsuit to match the theme of this post — Coincidentally, my views happen to be in accord with the above blogger  (and Bruce Lee’s) in terms of total reliance upon God for strength.

Parker Duofold Jr Mandarin Yellow

Because, personally speaking, there have been simply too many sumgai moments for all of those to be merely random. Even this silly hobby reminds me of him all the time, and he kept reminding me of his goodness. Today was Father’s day in Australia; the watch was a gift from my beloved wife and daughters. —TR

Bent Nib Repair Et Cetera

My daughter dropped her favourite PILOT Kakuno on hard tiles.

The left tine had been bent to the left, and the right one went upwards (think of “Seig Heil!”) …

Needless to say I was furious!

Bent Nib Repair

After giving her a refresher on basic fountain pen care, I got to work on massaging the tines back. Tuning the flow back to the factory specs was easily the trickiest part, but soon after that the pen was back to normal.

Bent Nib Repair

It wasn’t so bad really, but the whole process still took a bit more than two hours. Steel nibs are much harder to work on than the gold ones.

I suppose not all made in Japan stuff are tough as G-Shocks🙂

Bent Nib Repair

Pardon for the lack of updates, as I’ve been busy with watches lately. But I do have some new pens to go with my new watches. Hopefully I can post a nice pen and watch combo next weekend. —TR

1949 Parker “51” Demi & 2016 GW-5000-1JF JDM G-Shock

Just a quick update, because I’ve been busy with watches lately. Here is my “new” old pen and brand new baby.



The watch is the top of the line of the square G-Shock “Origin” series, made in Japan for the Japanese domestic market. It cost about almost seven times a normal DW-5600 that looks exactly like it, but hey… I’m shallow… I like the discreet luxury while looking like an assuming bumpkin. Ha ha.


The left one is my old and trusty “vintage” W-741. It is well worn and deserves a quiet retirement. As you can see, the new watch that’s worth 20x the price still can’t beat it in terms of viewing angle readability. But don’t get me wrong, I still reckon the new one was worth every cent.

By the way, the P51 is different from the other navy grey I have. This one is a demi, a shorter portable model made for shirt pocketses (sic). As you can see, the length fits nicely with Design.Y 216 pocket notebook, which is another discreet luxury.


Kato Seisakusho (Model 2000)

As you all know, I have special penchant for the works of Mr Kiyoshi Kato (may he rest in peace). I have posted one of his labour of love before (Model 580F), and some I have not. But now it’s time for the largest one I have: Model 2000.

Kato Seisakusho No. 2000

And the nib with a bit of bokeh (Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f1.8 wide open)

Kato Seisakusho No. 2000

… And without …

Kato Seisakusho No. 2000

If you are interested in getting to know more about these, please refer to the Crónicas Estilográficas blog, which I can’t recommend highly enough for Japanese pens: Model 2000.

You really should watch how the master work. By the way, the old YouTube link there is broken. Here is the re-uploaded clip for your convenience:

If you had a closer look, you’d notice that the marble celluloid of the pens being made was the same as my pen, but in different model. Those pens were smaller and have an ink window, and might be piston fillers. I need to find one of those.


1936 Parker Vacumatic (Golden Web)

I cannot believe I haven’t posted this before! This Vac was one of my side-grails once. In terms of rarity and uniqueness this pen has got to be the “it” pen for a vacumatic aficionado (or even Parker fan) . And the unique celluloid finish caught my attention when I saw one on the top logo of Parker Penography (

Here is mine on an Italian CIAK notebook.

Parker Vacumatic Golden Web - natural shot

I hadn’t been a vac nutter back then, I just wanted a killer vac without paying too much. I took a punt on this less than ideal condition specimen from a local seller, then I thought I would’ve let a pro to work on it. This was the mess that I had gotten myself into:

Parker Vacumatic Golden Web - as found condition

Considering the caliber of the pen and my mediocre skills at Vacumatics I didn’t even go beyond opening the cap. I chose to send it to Danny Fudge of The Write Pen. He did a real fine job. Check out his attention to details.

Before and After Repair

The Golden Web reborn! Here it is posted.

Parker Vacumatic Golden Web - reborn

Did I mention that the nib is flexible?

Golden Web writing sample

I hope you enjoy this BFTP (Blast From The Past) post. Please pardon the camera phone shots. Someday I’ll retake them with a proper camera when the pen is in rotation.

Parker Vac Golden Web - Money Shot

For more information on the Golden Web:


And Now for Something Completely Different

My apologies for going on a tangent a bit. I haven’t done much penning this week because I’ve been busy regulating one of my mechanical watches. . The watch went fifteen minutes fast per day out of the blue. Yes, I’ve demagnetized it without success, and my watch guy could only fix it to a few minutes per day; that’s twenty dollars down the drain. I’ve had enough, so I grabbed my pen, notepad, watch tools, and spectrum analyser and did the manual timing by trial and error.

Regulating Mechanical Watches

The watch is now -3s/d (worn on the left hand), well within COSC, and roughly five seconds fast, laid down dial facing up. Honestly, I did not enjoy doing it. Just give me a hard pen to work on any day rather than tweaking something with so many moving parts and variables. Give me this…

Tools and Puncher

…Or this…

Tools and Puncher

…any day, rather than having to regulate watches. By the way, the first mess was some of my fountain pen tools being transferred into a bigger toolbox. The second picture is how to safely punch out a nib (Except Pelikan nib units!) If you look closely, I taped the nib and the feed to prevent the feed exiting the section before the nib, which might sprung the nib or break the iridium tipping etc.

Let’s end this silly thread with even more silliness. Time for Trivia! See these?


Yes, you’ve met both the Special “51” stub and the Champ on the right, but can you name the two pens on the left, not yet featured on this blog?


1946 Parker Duofold NS (Semi-grail)

1946 Parker Duofold NS

This post is a special tribute to Graham Greene. He was my number one favourite novelist for the genre. He wrote his magnum opus, “The Heart of The Matter” with an olive green Duofold. This is the novel’s first edition cover.

1946 Parker Duofold NS

It’s only natural for a fountain pen and Graham Greene fanboi as I am, the Parker had to be one of my “semi-grail” pen. I’ve been chasing a facsimile ever since I read a post by user grr at FPN; for whom I also would like to express my gratitude for his research.

The Georgetown University Library found the pen that Greene included in his collected papers for The Heart of the Matter [good novel, BTW], and I went over to see it this morning. It is a Parker Duofold New Style, produced in the UK at the Newhaven pen factory in, I believe, 1946.

1946 Parker Duofold NS

The New Style Duofold appears to be an inexpensive copy of the Streamline Duofold that was produced in the U.S. from 1929 until 1936. When I first saw the pen, I assumed it was from the 30s and that Greene must have owned it long enough for it to have sentimental value before he put it in his collected papers. But now I see that he must have bought it in 1946 or 1947, shortly before he started to write The Heart of the Matter. Maybe he bought it just for that purpose?

A few observations: the pen is a button filler, the color is Olive Green with gold trim, and the nib is 14K gold and appears to be a medium (but there was no size marking, and I couldn’t be sure about that). The cap screws on, and it has two small holes drilled in the sides which at first I thought might indicate the pen had once been mounted in a display case, but it turns out they are vent holes that are original to that model. The pocket clip and the cap and barrel bands are gold-filled, and the non-metal parts of the pen are made of celluloid. All very unadorned and utilitarian. The nib had been cleaned before the pen was put away, and I didn’t see any clue to the color of ink Greene used. The pen showed hardly any signs of wear and tear, except that the tip of the the pocket clip was bent about 4mm away from the body of the cap.

I don’t know how common it is for authors to place the pen(s) they used in with their collected manuscripts, but I think it is a great idea.

Source: *Emphasis mine

I hope grr had managed to find one to restore (last post above), because for the last fortnight I did manage just that—after six long years scouring the bowels of the beast— this pen came up. There weren’t much interest in it, probably because of its condition, and it was even listed as burgundy! HA! But I knew it was the one, so I didn’t hold any punches. So here we are.

1946 Parker Duofold NS

Don’t worry, this time I won’t bore you with the restoration process. In fact, I had just finished a black one in the previous week, here they are at the finishing line; resaccing. But if you’re keen, here’s another I did quite sometime ago.

1946 Parker Duofold NS

Now I have four black collateral damages from hunting down the olive colour.

1946 Parker Duofold NS

Pen: Parker Duofold NS (New Style)
Year of manufacture: 1946, Newhaven Parker plant
Nib: 14K Broad, hard rubber feed
Materials: All celluloid, gold filled furniture
Misc. photo props; Design.Y record 216 notebook, Iroshizuku Yama-budo, Edelstein Sapphire.

1946 Parker Duofold NS

“That’s a fine pen you’ve got there, Mr. Greene! I have one exactly like it.” —TR