Fountain Pen Year End Wish List

I first published my fountain pen wish list back in October and there have been a couple changes since then.

The first pen on that list, the Platt Rogers Spencer Fountain Pen, has been cancelled. The main reason was problems with the durability of the modified flex nib. While I’m disappointed, without the flex nib the pen just isn’t the same. I probably wouldn’t have taken the pen without the flex nib. While I like the material (green ripple hard rubber) it wouldn’t have been enough to take the pen with a regular nib.

The second pen on my October wish list was the Pilot Vanishing Point Gun Metal with Black Trim. I added that to my accumulation last week, although with specialty nibs, not the standard VP nib.

This leaves my year-end fountain pen wish list as follows:

  1. Edison Nouveau Encore Fountain Pen – Flecked Tortoise (Limited Edition): I’ve already ordered this one. The pen is a little small since I typically don’t post my pens but it had me at the color. The flecked tortoise will be unique to my accumulation.
  2. Edison Signature Line Pen: This has always been on the burner, it just never made it to the list. I had planned to visit a pen show to be able to see the materials and pens first hand before making a decision. That’s not likely to occur until August or so of 2013. But I already have four Edison pens and have more confidence about some possible choices. I’m currently mulling over three distinct pen choices. I currently have some questions in to Brian at Edison Pens and those answers may knock one or two off this list.
    a. The large Huron Grande in a bright color scheme such as flecked-red/white/blue, striped fleck-lollipop confetti or translucent red/white/blue.
    b. Either a Huron or a #76 in black ebonite with an ink window low on the barrel. To be used as a eye dropper fill.
    c. A pen in the same green ripple hard rubber as the Spencer pen. I think this would be a Glenmont.
  3. Monteverde Invincia, in matte black: I’m not sure exactly which model, since there are several which are matte black or “stealth” which are all the same basic design and the same nib. This one keeps popping up whenever I’m browsing pens. I like the all black (including nib) and this gets generally good reviews and is the cheapest pen currently on this list. I think an acquisition is inevitable.
  4. Franklin-Christoph Models 19, 33 and 40 Pocket: These remain on the list. The Edison Nouveau atop this list preempted a year end Model 19 purchase. I’ve come close to hitting the buy button several times but have held off so far.
  5. Nibs – I really like the Gate City New Dunn pen, even with the medium nib. Still, I think adding a fine nib, or even a broad could be a nice change. The nibs are easily swapped and reasonably priced.

The Edison Signature Line pen will be my next decision. The Huron Grande is my current preference but that does change from time to time. It’s the most unlike any pen in my current accumulation, both in size and my anticipated color choice.

While I’ve seen other pens I like, none have made it to my wish list. The Taccia Savanna pen is one that caught my attention and may make its way onto the list. It’s different enough to catch my eye. And with a street price around $190 it’s one of the few pens to catch my eye and also have an attainable price.

I also liked the two newly announced Bexley 20th Anniversary and 2013 Owner’s Club pens. But they aren’t unique enough to get me to open my wallet and add them to my accumulation.

What’s on your fountain pen wish list?

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This Week’s Ink – Nov. 25, 2012

Photo of pens inked for the week aheadEven though it was a short work week, with less writing than usual, there have been some changes from last week.

  1. Pilot Vanishing Point (Matte Black) with my new .6mm stub nib. The nib arrived last week and I filled it with Diamine Ancient Copper.
  2. Gate City New Postal with a fine nib and Pelikan Brilliant Black Ink. This didn’t get much use the past week. It’s a nice writer and its huge ink capacity means it will be around awhile.
  3. Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Intrinsic with a medium italic nib and Waterman blue-black ink. While I like this pen I still haven’t been drawn to pull it from my case for quite a while.
  4. Sailor 1911 (Burgundy) with 21kt gold medium nib. It’s filled with J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage ink.
  5. Waterman Edson with a fine nib and Waterman Florida Blue ink
  6. Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black with a fine nib and a Sailor black cartdridge.
  7. Pilot Vanishing Point (Gunmetal w/Matte Black Trim) with a needlepoint (XXXF) nib. Both are new arrivals this week and filled with J. Herbin Morinda ink.

It was finally time to retire the New Dunn pen and give another pen a chance. The additions were my two newly arrived nibs.

My Favorite Pen/Ink Combo From the Past Week

Pilot VP Matte Black

Pilot VP with .6mm stub nib and Diamine Ancient Copper ink

Most of the appeal for this pen was the new stub nib. A first for my Vanishing Point accumulation. Diamine Ancient Copper is also among my favorite inks.

Ink Notes: J Herbin Lierre Sauvage

I’ve had a sample of J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage ink around for awhile. I finally got around to giving it a try. I had enough to completely fill two pens with a few drops for a third.

I like the color of the ink, a nice bright green with good saturation, at least compared to other greens I’ve been using recently. It was a little slow to dry, about 15 to 20 seconds so there was some accidental smudging but the drying time really isn’t a problem since I’m a righty. There was shading from both pens, although it was more noticeable with the medium nib.

The Bexley Imperial with a steel fine nib handled the ink well. Flow was consistent, without any hesitation or false starts. There was some noticeable shading with the ink. There wasn’t any feathering or bleed through on the papers I used which range from generic copy paper to Rhodia dot pads. The ink was easy to clean from the pen, taking only a couple minutes and only two flushes from my ear syringe.

The Sailor 1911 with a 21kt. medium nib also handled the ink well. Despite being a medium nib puts down a line on the thin side of medium. Despite this, there’s some nice shading with the ink, more so than the fine nib. No noticeable feathering or bleed through on the papers I used.

The Pilot Vanishing Point with a 18k gold needlepoint (XXXF) binderized specialty nib got the leftover drops. Despite the notoriously small convertor capacity it was less than half full when I filled it using a syringe. This was the first ink for the nib so it should be nicely tuned. It took a bit to saturate the feed but once it was the ink flow was pretty good. The ink was also easily flushed from this pen.

As a final note, cleaning the ink out of the sample vial was also extremely easy. The ink had been in there awhile and it’s not always easy to clean, especially off the inside of the cap.

I like the ink and would consider buying a bottle. But I’m holding off for now. I have a lot of inks to try and this ink doesn’t quit rise to the “must have” level.

Additional Reading or Viewing:

FPGeeks Inkcyclopedia Video

Franklin-Christoph Model 66 Eye Dropper

photo of the Franklin-Christoph Model 66 Stabilis Fountain Pen

Franklin-Christoph Model 66 Stabilis Fountain Pen

While it doesn’t qualify as a project, taking less than 10 minutes, I converted my Franklin-Christoph Model 66 fountain pen to an eye dropper. The conversion also wasn’t much of a conversion. Just a little silicone grease around the section threads and a little more around the feed threads just to be safe.

I put in about 3ml of Rohrer & Klinger Blau-Schwarz ink and closed it up. It looks like it can hold about 4ml if I top it off. That’s if my syringe is to be believed. In my opinion this ink is perfect for the pen and I haven’t used any other in it since I first matched them up. Add to to that the fact the the pen always has ink it seemed the perfect eye dropper candidate.

No leaking so far. Now I just have to remember not to absentmindedly open the pen to check for the ink left in the convertor.

November 2012 Ink Drop

I did my swabs and writing samples for the Goulet Pens November ink drop this past weekend. It took awhile to get to it since none of the inks grabbed my attention when I opened the envelope, except for one I already had. They’re nice enough, but I don’t think they’ll make it into a pen anytime soon The five November inks are:

  • Diamine Ochre – This brown ink is easily my favorite among the bunch since it’s one I  already have a sample. I added it when ordered some brown inks to try. Looks like it will have good saturation and shading. I do like brown inks.
  • Noodler’s Tiananmen – This is a nice dark red with a purple tint in my swab. My second choice among these five inks.
  • Noodler’s Cayenne – My ink swab and writing sample doesn’t look as orange as I expected. The swab does have an orange shade to it, but the writing sample (written with a glass dip pen) looks like a dark red.
  • Rohrer & Kilingner Morinda – I’ve read that this is an easy tio clean red ink. If so it may be more than the common red it appears to be.
  • De Atramentis Ghandi – A thin yellow ink that doesn’t appeal to me at all. Maybe useful as a highlighter or for drawing, neither is something I do.

The R&K Morinde will probably get put in a pen pretty quickly thanks to it’s reputation as an easy to clean red. But other than than, no inks jump to the top of my “must try” list, but a couple I’ll use eventually and will probably like.

Additional Reading:

Goulet Pens Ink Drop Reveal and Contest

This Just In: Pilot Vanishing Point and Nibs

Photo of Vanishing Point with two nibsI managed to make it through October without a pen purchase, but couldn’t make it through November without buying a pen from my wish list. I ordered the Pilot Vanishing Point Gunmetal with Black Matte trim body and two specialty nibs. An 18k gold Waverly needlepoint (XXXF) nib and a 18k gold .6mm stub nib. I was expecting them to ship Saturday but when I checked the mailbox late Sunday afternoon there they were.

I kept going back and forth as to whether or not I liked the black matte trim on the Gunmetal pen or not. I liked it when first saw it but I would sometimes waver from that opinion. But I gave in and ordered it. Now that I’ve seen it up close I really like it.

I already have several VPs with the standard nibs and didn’t want another one so I decided to go with a specialty nib. I ended up getting two. This is only my third stub nib. I didn’t like the first which was a broad stub, loved the second which was a medium stub so decided for a third, also a medium stub. I haven’t used it enough to know for sure, but the first impression is positive.

Photo of the VP 0.6mm stub nibI picked Diamine Ancient Copper as the first ink for the stub nib. The flow is great. I haven’t done a lot of writing yet, but I do believe I will really like this nib. This nib went into my Matte Black Vanishing Point.

Photo of the VP needlepoint nibI used the last of my J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage for the needlepoint nib which went into the new gunmetal w/matte black Vanishing Point. I plan on using this nib primarily for annotations and margin notes and this ink isn’t the best choice for this use. I prefer an ink that stands out among the clutter. I only had a little of this ink left so it won’t last long, even in such a thin nib. So next up will be Waterman Purple or Red I think.

I’ve clearly have more Vanishing Points than I need. But I’m happy I added the Gunmetal/Matte Black and these two nibs to my accumulation.

This Week’s Ink – Nov. 18, 2012

Photo of pens inked for the week aheadThere weren’t any pen or ink changes last weekend, but pens began to run dry as the week began.

  1. Gate City New Dunn with a medium nib and Noodler’s Apache Sunset remains one of my favorite pen/ink combinations.
  2. Gate City New Postal with a fine nib and Pelikan Brilliant Black Ink. This has been my main writer for the last few days. It’s a nice writer and its huge ink capacity means it will be around awhile.
  3. Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Intrinsic with a medium italic nib and Waterman blue-black ink. While I linke this pen I haven’t been drawn to pull it from my case for quite a while.
  4. Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black with a fine nib and a Sailor black cartdridge.
  5. Waterman Edson with a fine nib and Waterman Florida Blue ink.
  6. Sailor 1911 (Burgundy) with 21kt gold medium nib. It’s filled with J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage ink.

The seventh spot is left open since I’m expecting a new pen and a couple nibs early this week and I’ll want to ink them up right away.

I do have a couple other pens inked up but they don’t travel with me. My Franklin-Christoph Model 66 Desk Pen always has ink and is within arms reach at my desk.

My Favorite Pen/Ink Combo From the Past Week

Gate City New Dunn Pen photo

Gate City Pen New Dunn with Noodler’s Apache Sunset