I’ve continued emptying pens since last week’s “write until dry” post, bringing me down into single digits for the number of pens inked. I couldn’t have that so I have inked some new ones up (or some old ones with new ink).
I have to give a special shout-out to my Franklin-Christoph Model 66 with Rohrer & Klingner Blau-Schwarz Limited Edition.
Franklin-Christoph Model 66 with R&K Blau-Schwarz
The ink has been in the pen since November 2012. That’s not a typo. Whenever it got low I just topped it off (an eye-drop filler) and kept going. The pen went unused for a week or two at times but was generally used several times a week. Never a complaint, clog, or skip. This time it burped ink when it got low and I decided to clean it out. The ink flushed easily and there were no signs of staining. The pen won’t be empty for long and will soon be back on my desk. Until then I’m down to only three always inked pens, all Kawecos.
The Platinum 3776 Ribbed also wrote itself dry. I really like that ultra fine nib so I flushed it then inked it up with a different ink. The Omas 360 had frequent problems starting each day which became annoying, so I flushed out the Pelikan Blue-Black and will try a different ink.
In addition to the 3 Kawecos I’ve inked up the following 10 pens.
Just when I thought I was reducing the number of inked up pens I got back five that I had sent out for work returned. Naturally I had to ink them up. So the first five pens in the list just came back from Mike Masuyama, some for nib grinds, some for adjustment. I’ll write about them later in the week. And yes, I really need to take the word “week” out of these posts, but habits are hard to break.
So, I’m up to 15 pens inked up. The four always inked, plus the 11 below. The writing samples are in the same order as they are pictured in the tray. Although I did notice that one of the pens pictured in the tray isn’t a fountain pen. Oops. Those Retro 51′s look alike but the writing sample is the fountain pen.
I flushed several pens but inked up a even more so I’ve still got 15 pens inked. With four pens always inked I’m less concerned with having specific ink colors in my weekly carry. So I’ll focus on a good mix of pens for the six available slots in the case.
I’m obviously in a Sheaffer mood and haven’t had a vintage pen inked in a while. So I started with a vintage Sheaffer. Since I couldn’t decide on one I’ll go through them alphabetically as they appear in my Evernote notebook inventory. So it’s the Sheaffer Balance Full Size in Carmine Red with a fine nib. A vintage pen deserves Bordeaux so the ink choice was easy.
My newest pen, the Platinum 3776 Ribbed, arrived last week so it’s ultra fine nib needs to be inked up. Continuing a recent practice its first ink is the cartridge that came with the pen.
I want to keep working through my Esterbrook nibs and the next number is #1461. It gets Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun which is one of my favorites.
The Pelikan Lizard and Sheaffer Intensity are holdovers from my previously inked pens.
Pelikan M101N Lizard (extra fine) – Sailor Kiwa Guro Nano Black // Sheaffer Balance Fill Size (fine) – Montblanc Bordeaux // Sheaffer Intensity (fine) – Sheaffer Black cartridge // Esterbrook Dollar (#1461 rigid fine) – Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun // Platinum 3776 Ribbed (UEF) – Platinum Black cartridge
With over a dozen pens inked as the year began I considered joining those that made resolutions to have fewer pens inked at one time. But I stopped making resolutions long ago and there’s no sense making one I know I’m going to break. Instead I’ll concentrate on why they’re inked and not worry about the number. At least until I start flushing unused ink down the drain or having to unclog pens.
My last “Always Inked” post contained just two pens, both desk pens. I make sure to write with each inked pen at least once a week and if it’s hard to get going I flush it out. So one of those desk pens was put on the shelf late last year after several hard starts. But now there’s four always inked pens.
The Franklin-Christoph Model 66 Desk Pen is still always inked with Rohrer & Klingner Blau-Schwarz. The eye dropper conversion holds a lot of ink and holds the #2 spot in my Favorite 5 modern pens list. It’s been refilled but it hasn’t been flushed out since August and it writes great every time I pick it up. I admit it would be a good idea to clean it out by now. Maybe the next time it needs a refill.
Franklin-Christoph Model 66 with R&K Blau-Schwarz
The other three always inked pens are all Kaweco Sport fountain pens. While good writers they are always inked because of their size. The AL Sport is always in my pants pocket (unless I’m writing with it) and I’ve been using up the Kaweco Blue cartridges in it.
The red Kaweco AC Sport has Kaweco red ink in it and the Kaweco Classic Sport has a Kaweco green cartridge. These pens fit perfectly on the ends of my six pen case, making it an eight pen case. This gives me two distinct and bright colors for marking up documents at work or when I need to make a note stand out. This relieved me of the stress of having to pick two pens with thin nibs for a couple of bright colors. They aren’t pens I use a lot (well, frequently but for only a short time) but they haven’t had any starting or clogging issue after two months
AL Sport/AC Sport/Classic Sport
I can’t really call this “This Week’s Ink” any more since at 15 pens it’ll take me well over a week before I need to call for replacements. I was at 15 pens back in late November, but there’s been considerable turnover, I just can’t seem to say no to a new pen when it wants to be inked.
There’s not a vintage pen to be found in the bunch which surprised me when I noticed. The list is dominated (well, just over 1/2) by recent additions to my accumulation. What’s left are the pens that have become standard work horses and a couple I inked up to share with non-FP people.
The Sheaffer Balance II Aspen just arrived and I inked it up Saturday, I used it extensively after writing this list and taking the photos. I seem to have gotten one that’s plagued with skipping (a complaint with the early run of this pen). After draining the Scabiosa (even with the skipping I wanted to use all the ink) I flushed it and thoroughly cleaned it (not that it didn’t seem pristine when I got it) then filled it with Waterman Florida Blue. Same problem. It’s a lovely pen and writes great right up until the feed dries out. Definitely something that will be worth fixing.
The Sheaffer “Custom” Legacy is a mash up of a Sheaffer nib unit & section and a Franklin-Christoph made fleck blue barrel. The Pelikan 101N Lizard is another gorgeous pen with subtle details.
I’ve still seeing them with rose colored glasses since they’re so new, but I venture to say these are among the best looking pens in my accumulation. In the top 5 if not the top 3 themselves. Only my Marine Green Sheaffer Balance comes to mind as a pen that can rival them. The Edison Menlo is close but I think the vibrancy and detail in these pens outshines it. Pictures don’t do them justice.
I’ll rotate the pens in and out of my daily carry except for the Sheaffer Balance II Aspen and the F-C Model 66 which won’t leave the house.
This is where I usually list the pens, nibs and ink with links to any reviews I’ve done. In the interest of time I’m skipping that this time. The pens are listed below in the same order they’re pictured (left to right), except for the Kawecos which are below the tray. For the few pens that have reviews you can find them on my accumulation page and any ink reviews on the ink notes page.