Sunday Notes and Links

Photo this week's favorite pen and ink

Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann with R&K Blau-Schwarz LE ink

This week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination is the Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann with a extra fine nib and R&K Blau-Schwarz LE ink. In my earlier comments about the pen I mentioned this nib, while nice, didn’t feel just right. Things have improved. I’m not sure if it’s the ink, the Blau-Schwarz is wetter than the Bordeaux which the pen started with. Or it could be I’ve used the pen enough to break in the nib for my hand. It wasn’t noticeably scratchy or rough so it wouldn’t have taken much. Now my dilemma is what ink to pick next: Do I go back to Montblanc Bordeaux? Do I stick with the very nice Blau-Schwarz? Do I try a third ink in the pen? I’m leaning towards the last option at this time. The pen is nearly empty so I may have to decide soon.

I updated my Resources & Links page. I spaced out and didn’t always follow my usual process when I come across a new site. If you’ve got pen or stationary related site that’s not in my list you can let me know using the contact page, twitter or add a comment below. Even if I linked to the site in the past I may have missed adding it to my resources page.

It’s a long weekend here in the US, so more links than usual since there’s more time to read. It’s not officially summer, but Memorial Day is the spiritual start of summer.

The Ink Blob came to my attention recently. It’s been around for a few months but it’s brand new to me. Two reviews caught my attention: A Rhodia Webnotebook review or the Webbie unmasked and the Sheaffer Calligraphy Set review. While I haven’t used either, I found the reviews interesting because they matched my expectations and fears. Calligraphy is wasted on me and I would share the frustration. I’ve seen the Webbie in stores and was concerned I’d have the same experience and opinions yet I’d never seen them mentioned in other reviews.

I’ve linked to Fountain Pen Physicist in the past. She does the awesome epic ink tests and is moving all her blogging to The Purl Bug. So be sure to go there for updates in the future.

A changed mind: A review of the Lamy 2000 fountain pen – A fool with a pen // I haven’t used my Lamy 2000 in a while, but it’s not in need of resurrection, just waiting to write another pen or two dry before inking it up. But I was reminded that I do have a couple pens I wnt to revisit.

Smythson MEGA Review Part 1 – 12 Writing Papers Reviewed! – THE UNROYAL WARRANT // A lot of paper from Smythson. Be sure to read all three parts

[Sailor Sapporo Zoom Nib Review(https://penpursuit.com/pen-reviews/sailor-sapporo-zoom-nib-review/) – Pen Pursuit] // I bought a Sailor zoom nib years ago, when I was experimenting with nib types, and I came to the same conclusion.

Pen Review: Faber-Castell Loom – The Pen Habit // A nice, relatively inexpensive fountain pen and I like its design. I’ve used two other F-C pens and loved the nibs.

Top Five Stationery Stores in New York City — The Gentleman Stationer // It might be time to visit NYC again. Three of these places are new two me and I haven’t been to the other two in many years.

Pen Review: Krone Continuum Atmosphere – The Pen Habit // I never understood the attraction of this brand. IMO the designs I’ve seen are way over the top. This is one of the more subdued designs I’ve seen plus I didn’t realize they sold pens at this low of a price point. It’s still at a luxury price point IMO but it’s less than I paid for my Pelikan M805. While this blue/gold pen isn’t at all colors I’d pick, the other designs for this model that have silver trim are rather nice.

Ode to a Parker Duofold — The Pen Addict // I’ve got nothing to add.

Platinum R14 – Goodwriterspens’s Blog // Sometimes eBay can bring some pleasant surprises.

Going Premium — Fountain Pen Economics // Interesting article about expanding a business. I never understood the discussion that TWSBI should make a high-end pen, for pretty much the reasons mentioned here. As for Goulet Pens, I think they experiment with premium pens from time to time (as an example I’ve noticed some expensive Platinums from time to time) but they didn’t seem to do well and they appeared in the closeout section. Personally, these days, at that price level I go for the personal service (such as nib adjustment) also as mentioned in the article.

Pen Review: Pilot Custom 74 — the desk of lori // I love reading about someone’s favorite fountain pen, even if the pen aesthetics don’t suite my tastes at all.

Conklin Duragraph Review — Reverenced Writing // My own limited experience with Conklin is similar in that the nibs were lacking

Music Nibs – Not Really For Writing Music? – On Fountain Pens // An interesting comparison. I had a Sailor Music nib but I just couldn’t get the hang of it.

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links. If you’re looking for information about a specific pen or ink be sure to visit Pennquod.

Sunday Notes and Links

Esterbrook Dip-less in an empty #407 inkwell

This week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination was my Esterbrook Dip-less with Montblanc Corn Poppy ink. I have to admit it won by default. Most of my writing this week was done direct to keyboard. The convenience of this pen meant I used it whenever I was at my desk and not banging on the keyboard.

Some links of interest…

VISCONTI HOMO SAPIENS STEEL REVIEW – The Pencilcase Blog // I’ve always liked the look of these pens but could never justify the price in my mind, and that was before the price increase.

Review: Pilot Penmanship With Ergo Grip EF nib — Johnny Anypen // At the other end of the price spectrum from the Visconti Home Sapien

The finer (and extra finer) things in life. – Leigh Reyes. My Life As a Verb. // Why I love fine (and extra fine) nibs.

New Coffee Journal with Hütte Paper Works Notebook — Three Staples

Fountain Pen Review: Edison Collier, TWSBI 580AL, Sailor Pro Gear – Rants of The Archer // Three orange (or nearly orange) pens.

How Much Must We Spend For A Great Nib – – My Pen Needs Ink // Good article and explains why I now typically buy pens from someone who will tune the nib before sending it to me, at least for pens over $100.

Pilot Kakuno – Fine Nib – Black Body / Light Green Cap – No Pen Intended

The TWSBI 580 AL Orange, With A Twist — The Pen Addict // Orange pens seemed to be a theme this week.

Parker 75 Cisele – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Parker 100 Cobalt Black GT – mycoffeepot.org

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links. If you’re looking for information about a specific pen or ink be sure to visit Pennquod.

Sunday Notes and Links

My most frequent pen carry this week

Parker Vacumatic and Pelikan M805 in a Nock Fodderstack XL

I didn’t have a favorite fountain pen and ink combination this week. I didn’t do as much writing as usual. The two pens I typically carried were my Parker Vacumatic Maxima with Montblanc Bordeaux ink and my Pelikan M805 Stresemann with R&K Blau-Schwarz LE ink.

Some links of interest…

Franklin-Christoph Model 19 “1901” in Smoke and Cinnamaroon: A Review — The Pen Addict // I regret getting my Model 19 before this acrylic was available.

Roterfaden Taschenbegleiter Organiser and Notebook Cover Review – Pens! Paper! Pencils! // Read this at your own peril. This review put me over the edge. I ended up giving in to the favorable exchange rate and ordered one.

Ink Review: Callifolio Oliphants – The Well-Appointed Desk // I stopped linking to ink reviews some time ago, there were just so many. But I decided to break the rule for and ink brand I never heard of. Plus, I like the color. A second rule I have is to only link once to a site.

Ink Mixing: Putting Unused Colors to Work — The Gentleman Stationer // A way to put all that ink to use and have some fun.

If the pen is the body, the nib is the mind. – Leigh Reyes. My Life As a Verb. // I know she’s written something, but I keep getting distracted by the photos and I’ve yet to read the article.

5 months in with the Hobonichi Techo — The Finer Point // I’ve also been using the Techo this year and I’m enjoying it.

Pilot Kakuno Review – All Things Stationery

Review: BamaPens Cigar Box Pen & Ink Storage — the desk of lori

Pen Review: OMAS Milord – The Pen Habit

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links. If you’re looking for information about a specific pen or ink be sure to visit Pennquod.

Sunday Notes and Links

Parker Vacumatic Maxima with Montblanc Bordeaux inkThis week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination was my vintage Parker Vacumatic Maxima (c.1942) with Montblanc Bordeaux ink. The pen will get mentioned in another post later in the week.

Some links of interest…

Will Write for Fude – Peaceable Writer // Not the first time I’ve read about these pens, but this time I checked Amazon and at less than $10 I clicked the buy button.

Inks That Cause Problems Including Negative Opinions – An Inkophile’s Blog // That recent tweet, assuming I’m thinking of the same one, through me for a loop to since I was surprised a whole brand was damned. It’s the type of statement I tend to ignore, no matter who makes them. Good guidelines in the article.

Cross Aventura Fountain Pen – M Nib — The Clicky Post // Any fountain pen shat shows up on a shelf in Staples gets my attention.

Field Notes Color Comparison: Yellow — Three Staples // A lot of yellow.

nanami paper seven seas standard – ink between the teeth // I have a couple of these although they changed slightly since I got mine. After the original I picked up a couple “seconds” at a discounted price.

Pen Review: Think Pens Gatsby – The Pen Habit // I like the look of this pen.

Platinum Preppy (Old Version) Fountain Pen Review – Pens! Paper! Pencils!

Pilot Custom 823 Soft Medium Fountain Pen Review (video) – Hey there! SBREBrown // While it’s a different nib, I really like my Pilot Custom 823

75th Anniversary – Crónicas Estilográficas // Speaking of Pilot, a little history.

Pen Talk #1 – Etsy shop, what’s in my bag, and buying a second pen — The Purl Bug // Andi, aka FP Physicist, has a new site. She’s double posting fountain pen related posts for awhile but be sure to check out the new site. Good advice if you’re looking for your second fountain pen. Not that I followed it.

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links. If you’re looking for information about a specific pen or ink be sure to visit Pennquod.

Sunday Notes and Links

Esterbrook #8440 Superfine nib and Pelikan Blue-BlackThis week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination this week was my Esterbrook J with a #8440 Cartography nib and Pelikan Blue-Black ink. I wrote the pen dry and immediately re-inked it. It’s not a nib I can use all day but I like the ultra thin line it puts down.

Some links of interest…

My Experience With a Counterfeit Lamy Safari — the desk of lori // I was surprised to read the relatively inexpensive Lamy Safari is the subject of a fairly elaborate counterfeit. It’s not just expensive pens.

Pelikan Fount India Black Fountain Pen Drawing Ink Review – THE UNROYAL WARRANT // I don’t usually include ink links these days, but I’d never heard of this ink before. I don’t think I’ll be trying it but it is interesting.

Mandarin Yellow – Crónicas Estilográficas

I Know It’s Over, Still I Cling… — The Pen Addict // The Atlanta Pen show included a Pen Addict gathering which includes a lot of bloggers, so there was a lot written about it. Rather than link to them all I’ll send you to the epicenter for all the links.

Notebook Bankruptcy — Bruce Layman // I share a similar problem.

Ranga Hand Made Ebonite Pens – The Frugal Fountain Pen

Karas Kustoms INK Review — Pens and Planes! //Nice to know my opinion of these pens is shared.

Sailor Young Profit Fountain Pen – M Nib – Black with Silver Trim — The Clicky Post

Edison Beaumont Stealth 2013 Limited Edition – mycoffeepot.org

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links. If you’re looking for information about a specific pen or ink be sure to visit Pennquod.

Sunday Notes and Links

Sheaffer Balance II Jade Green with Sheaffer Emerald Green inkThis week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination was my new (to me) Jade Green Sheaffer Balance II with Sheaffer Emerald Green ink, both of which were manufactured around the turn of the century. Unfortunately I have only a small 12 ml bottle of that ink.

Some links of interest…
Pressed for time this weekend, so just the links, no commentary.

World War II code breaker’s notebook sells for $1M in N.Y. – msn.com

Parker Urban – Inklode

Review: Platinum 3776 Century — Alt. Haven

Pen Review: Sheaffer 300 – The Pen Habit

An Opportunity in the Pen Market — Fountain Pen Economics

Pilot Birdie Fountain Pen Review – Hey there! SBREBrown

Sailor Fude DE Mannen Fountain Pen Review – Pens! Paper! Pencils!

Graf von Faber-Castell Intuition Platino Magnum black – mycoffeepot.org

Romillo Essential #9 Fountain Pen Review – THE UNROYAL WARRANT

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links. If you’re looking for information about a specific pen or ink be sure to visit Pennquod.

Sunday Notes and Links

This week's four favoritesThis week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination doesn’t really exist. I liked four of the pens I have inked up and used a different one from one day to the next. Although the PFM was frustrating, more on that later.

Some links of interest…

Conway Stewart 75 Raspberry Marbled – Goodwriterspens’s Blog // A beautiful fountain pen

Nagahara Nib: The Review — The Gentleman Stationer // Nice to read about, but I don’t know if I’d want one.

Noodlers Neponset – mycoffeepot.org // Another beautiful pen.

The Pens and Pencils I Actually Use – That One Pen // Only one fountain pen, oh well.

OMAS selling gold nibs without tipping? – Vintage Pen News

A Tale of Two Birds — Ink&Flour // A early fountain pen and a recent one.

Kuretake – Crónicas Estilográficas // Japanese pen, German nib

Grey Kakuno vs White Kakuno – On Fountain Pens

The Fountain Pen Tool Kit – I Laike Pens

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links. If you’re looking for information about a specific pen or ink be sure to visit Pennquod.