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I’m starting February 2016 with 9 fountain pen inked up, down from the 13 that were inked as January began. One new pen has joined the rotation and one pen stayed but with a new ink.

The new (to the rotation) pen is the Platinum Carbon Desk Pen. I put a Platinum Carbon Black ink cartridge in it. The pen is too thin for me to use as a regular writer, I would quickly tire of holding it, but I plan to use it to address post cards and letters since the ink is waterproof.

To say thin nibs dominate the list is an understatement. The widest nib is a fine and even that one is more like an extra fine.

I broke my rule when I flushed out the Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black. The rule is I don’t flush a pen until I write it dry unless it gives me problems or the type of ink requires it. Despite infrequent use this pen has been problem free, but it has two competitors for my attention so I know I won’t use it. For red ink I reach for the F-C Model 02 and for a Pro Gear sized pen I reach for the Regency Stripe, both of which have been getting a lot of use.

As usual, the pens are in the same order as the writing samples. Links are to a review or ink notes if they exist, or a “This Just In” post if there’s no review.

Fountain Pens inked up as of February 1, 2016

Fountain Pens inked up as of February 1, 2016 (uncapped)

Writing samples for fountain pens inked up as of February 1, 2016

Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age (extra fine)Montblanc Bordeaux // Edison Huron Grande (extra fine) – Montblanc Bordeaux // Franklin-Christoph Model 66 (extra fine) – R&K Blau Schwarz LE // Pelikan M805 Stresemann (extra-fine) – Pelikan 4001 Blue-Black //  Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe (extra fine) – Sailor Jentle Black cartridge //  Edison Menlo Pump Filler (extra fine) – Athena Sepia // Franklin-Christoph Model 02 (needlepoint) – Pelican Edelstein Garnet // Parker Vacumatic Maxima c.1942 (fine) – Montblanc Albert Einstein (Grey) // Platinum Carbon Desk Pen – Platinum Carbon Black (cartridge)

Currently Inked

Happy new year! I decided to kick off the new year by inking up many of my favorite fountain pens. I started December with only seven pens inked and wrote four of them dry, the other three are still going. As January begins I’ve got 13 pens fountain pens inked and another few I’m eager to use. My current obsession arrived early in the month and has nearly monopolized my fountain pen usage since then.

I have cartridges in three of the pens which is a bit rare, but seemed appropriate when I made the decision for each pen. After the converter mess with the Regency Stripe the last time I switched to a cartridge. I do have a couple Sailor converters that are fine, but I figured a cartridge would give me more ink plus it was the color I wanted – black dark enough to see with the thin nib.

The Pelikan Edelstein Garnet was Pelikan’s 2014 Ink of the Year which I had in long international cartridges. This seemed like a good choice for the needlepoint nib on the F-C Model 02. A least until I remembered that I had a similar ink and nib in the Sailor Pro Gear. Since the thin nibs are miserly with ink they may both remain inked a very long time.

I missed having vintage pens inked up so pulled out two of my favorites. The Sheaffer was dropped from my last top 5 vintage list because it hadn’t been used in the previous six months. I fixed that problem and guarantee it will be back for the next list.

I was surprised to see the Edison Menlo has been unused for nearly a year. That’s been remedied too. Brown ink seems to be a requirement for that pen so I picked one that rivals Montblanc Toffee Brown as a favorite.

The Conway Stewart is the only inked fountain pen that I wouldn’t describe as a favorite. It’s inked because it will be the next pen I review. While nice enough, there are many pens I’d pick over this one if I had to (a little foreshadowing of the review?). The name of the pen also includes the word “vintage”, but the pen is not vintage so I won’t call it that.

After nearly a year, the inkwell is empty and flushed out. It’s not on my desk as the year begins so off the list. I;m not sure when it will be back. I’m re-organizing my desk a bit and I clipped the pen with my hand a couple of times. Although it was undamaged I’ll take it out of the line of fire until things settle down.

I really wanted to ink up at least one Sheaffer Balance II but I held back. This will be an incentive to write a pen dry as quickly a possible.

I’m looking forward to a January of fountain pen use. It will be interesting to see how many I write dry. Will the Visconti continue to monopolize my fountain pen time?

As usual, the pens are in the same order as the writing samples. Links are to a review or ink notes if they exist, or a “This Just In” post if there’s no review.

Thirteen fountain pens inked up as the year begins

Thirteen fountain pens inked up as the year begins

Thirteen fountain pens inked up as the year begins. These are the writing samples.

 

Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age (extra fine)Montblanc Bordeaux // Edison Huron Grande (extra fine) – Montblanc Bordeaux // Franklin-Christoph Model 66 (extra fine) – R&K Blau Schwarz LE // Pilot Vanishing Point (Maplewood) (XXXF) – Pilot Black Cartridge // Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black (fine) – Graf von Fiber-Castell Garnet Red // Pelikan M805 Stresemann (extra-fine) – Pelikan 4001 Blue-Black // Conway Stewart Marlborough (m. stub) – Sheaffer Peacock Blue // Franklin-Christoph Model 20 (m. stub)GvFC Moss Green //  Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe (extra fine) – Sailor Jentle Black cartridge //  Edison menlo Pump Filler (extra fine) – Athena Sepia // Sheaffer Balance Oversize c.1935 (broad stub) – Montblanc Racing Green // Franklin-Christoph Model 02 (needlepoint) – Pelican Edelstein Garnet // Parker Vacumatic Maxima c.1942 (fine) – Montblanc Albert Einstein (Grey)

Currently Inked – December 2015

The number of fountain pens that I have inked up at one time has been steadily declining. I  had 15 pens inked in September while I started November with 11 fountain pens. I dropped another four and will start December with seven fountain pens inked up.

I wrote five pens dry, and returned all five to storage, and only inked up one new fountain pen – the Cherry Bamboo Pilot Vanishing Point.

On to the pens. As usual, the Esterbrook Dip-less isn’t pictured otherwise the pens are in the same order as the writing samples. Links are to reviews or “This Just In” posts if they exist.

Currently Inked - December 2015

Currently Inked - December 2015 uncapped pens

Currently Inked - December 2015 writing samples

Esterbrook Dip-Less (#7550)Montblanc Corn Poppy Red // Edison Huron Grande (extra fine)Montblanc Bordeaux // Franklin-Christoph Model 66 (extra fine)R&K Blau Schwarz LE // Pilot Custom 823 (fine) – Pelikan Blue-Black // Pilot Vanishing Point (Maplewood) (XXXF) – Pilot Black Cartridge // Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black (fine)Graf von Fiber-Castell Garnet Red // Pilot Vanishing Point Cherry Bamboo (Left Oblique)R&K Scabiosa

Currently Inked – November 2015

I ended September with 15 fountain pens inked and I’m beginning November with 11 fountain pens inked up. While the number of inked pens has dropped there’s also been a good turnover in pens so some new pens and inks are in use. Seven pens were written dry and returned to the case while another has different ink. This made room for the Conway Stewart and a second sailor Pro Gear to join the rotation.

There’s not any new ink in this batch. In fact, I really stuck with inks I like and I know behave well. In fact, two pens have my favorite – Montblanc Bordeaux.  Sheaffer Gray is my least favorite ink of the bunch. I like gray inks but the Sheaffer Gray is just so-so, which explains why I haven’t used the Sheaffer Aspen as much as I would expect.

The Pelikan is almost dry, just whatever ink is in the feed. I’ll probably retire it for a bit to give some other pens a chance.

As usual, the Easterbrook Dip-less isn’t pictured (follow the link for photos). Otherwise, the pens are in the same order as the writing samples.

Fountain pens inked up as November 2015 begins

Fountain pens inked up as November 2015 begins

Writing samples for fountain pens inked up as November 2015 begins

Esterbrook Dip-Less (#7550)Montblanc Corn Poppy Red // Kaweco Brass Sport (extra fine) – Kaweco Red cartridge // Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe (extra fine)GvFC Carbon Black // Edison Huron Grande (extra fine)Montblanc Bordeaux // Franklin-Christoph Model 66 (extra fine)R&K Blau Schwarz LE // Pilot Custom 823 (fine) – Pelikan Blue-Black // Pilot Vanishing Point (Maplewood) (XXXF) – Pilot Black Cartridge // Sheaffer Balance Aspen (medium) – Sheaffer Gray // Sailor Pro Gear Imperial BlackGvFC Garnet Red // Conway Stewart FPH 60th Anniversary = Montblanc Toffee Brown // Pelikan Souverän M805 Streseman Anthracite (extra fine)Montblanc Bordeaux

Currently Inked – September 21, 2015

I had the urge to go through my fountain pen accumulation this past Saturday, fueled by the upcoming Commonwealth Pen Show. Besides being fun fun to do, it reminds me about what I have while suppressing my buying impulse. Not all impulses were suppressed, I couldn’t resist inking up many of the pens.

For context, I had picked a 24 pen case and decided to fill it with my 24 favorite fountain pens. Well, more or less, I excluded vintage pens plus I could still argue for or against some choices. But I picked the pens to ink up from among those 24. Most of the inks selected were also among my favorites since I wasn’t in the mood to experiment much, although I did save my two Model 20s for ink I planned to purchase at the pen show.

This brought me to 15 inked fountain pens, more than double the seven inked up when Saturday started. Two are nearly dry so this will leave a mere 13 .

On to the pens. As usual, the Esterbrook Dip-less isn’t pictured otherwise the pens are in the same order as the writing samples. Links are to reviews or “This Just In” posts if they exist.

Currently inked - capped pens 1

Currently inked - uncapped pens 1

Currently inked - capped pens 2 Currently inked - uncapped pens 2

Currently inked Sept, 21, 2015 - writing samples

Esterbrook Dip-Less (#7550)Montblanc Corn Poppy Red // Sheaffer Balance Oversize c.1935 (b. stub) – Montblanc Irish Green // Pelikan Souverän M805 Streseman Anthracite (extra fine)Montblanc Bordeaux // Pilot Vanishing Point Cherry Bamboo (Left Oblique) – P.W. Akkerman Oranje Boven // Kaweco Brass Sport (extra fine) – Kaweco Red cartridge // Franklin-Christoph Model 02 (needlepoint) – Pilot Black // Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe (extra fine) – Toucan Bright Green // Edison Huron Grande (extra fine)Montblanc Bordeaux // Franklin-Christoph Model 66 (extra fine)R&K Blau Schwarz LE // Pilot Custom 823 (fine) – Pelikan Blue-Black // Pilot Vanishing Point (Maplewood) (XXXF) – Pilot Black Cartridge // Sheaffer Balance Aspen (medium) – Sheaffer Gray // Sheaffer Balance II Crimson Glow (medium) – Sheaffer Peacock Blue // Franklin-Christoph Model 20 (green) (medium stub) –Noodler’s Plymouth // Franklin-Christoph Model 20 (Tiger Red) (medium) –  WildernessNoodler’s King Philip Requiem

Currently Inked – September 1, 2015

I’m starting September with nine inked fountain pens, just like August. While the number is the same, there has been considerable turnover. Four pens are new to the rotation. Another two return but with different ink.

As I mentioned a few days ago, I seem to have gravitated to red inks. So this past weekend I picked a black and a brown to add to the rotation. Interestingly, at least to me, I added a second green ink. The Montblanc Irish Green is in a wide nib so I picked a much thinner nib for the Toucan Bright Green.

There’s a lot of “new” in this list. The three Franklin-Christoph pens are all less than a week old while all but two of the nine are new this year. The Esterbrook and Sheaffer being the senior citizens of the bunch, both in the duration of my ownership as well as their past lives. There’s also two new inks, in addition to the Toucan Bright Green ink the Akkerman Oranje Boven is new to me.

Both Franklin-Christoph Model 20s are down to what’s left in their feed for ink. Being new, I’ll ink them right up again, although with different inks.

So on to the the pens and inks. As usual, the Esterbrook Dip-Less isn’t pictured, otherwise the samples are in the same order as in the photos. Links are to my review or first impressions article if it exists.

Currently Inked Pen Tray (Capped) - September 2015

Currently Inked Pen Tray (Capped) - September 2015Currently Inked Writing Sample - September 2015

 

Esterbrook Dip-Less (#7550)Montblanc Corn Poppy Red // Sheaffer Balance Oversize c.1935 (b. stub) – Montblanc Irish Green // Pelikan Souverän M805 Streseman Anthracite (extra fine)Montblanc Bordeaux // Pilot Vanishing Point Cherry Bamboo (Left Oblique) – P.W. Akkerman Oranje Boven // Kaweco Brass Sport (extra fine) – Kaweco Red cartridge // Franklin-Christoph Model 20 (medium)GvFC Garnet Red // Franklin-Christoph Model 20 (medium stub) – Athena Sepia // Sailor Professional Gear Regency Stripe (extra fine) – Toucan Bright Green

Currently Inked – August 1, 2015

I’m starting August with nine fountain pens inked up. That’s one more than I had at the start of July. Four of these nine pens weren’t inked when July began and a fifth has a different ink.

I have one complete new ink (at least to me) in two of the pens. I received Sailor Storia Balloon Green as part of a promotion when I bought the Sailor Pro Gear. It’s in my two Frnaklin-Christoph pens. As with any new ink I wanted a pen that would be easy to clean. Also, since each pen is a converter fill it was easy to give the pens a short load of ink. It’s a pigment based ink and green so I don’t expect to use the pens a lot, especially with the other pens I have inked. The stub nibs are different enough from the other inked pens that I’m likely to use them just for the variety while the different widths might give me a little variety in ink behavior.

So on the the pens and inks. As usual, the Esterbrook Dip-Less isn’t pictured, otherwise the samples are in the same order as in the photos. Links are to my review or first impressions article if it exists.

Fountain pens inked on August 1, 2015Uncapped fountain pens inked on August 1, 2015Writing samples for fountain pens inked on August 1, 2015Esterbrook Dip-Less (#7550)Montblanc Corn Poppy Red // Pilot Custom 823 (fine) – Pilot Blue-Black //  Pelikan Souverän M805 Streseman Anthracite (extra fine)Montblanc Bordeaux // Pilot Vanishing Point Cherry Bamboo (Left Oblique) – Pilot Blue Cartridge // Kaweco AL Sport Raw Aluminum (extra fine) – Kaweco Black cartridge // Kaweco Brass Sport (extra fine) – Kaweco Red cartridge // Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe (extra fine) – R&K Blau-Scharz LE // Franklin-Christoph Model 25 (medium stub) – Sailor Storia Balloon Green // Franklin-Christoph Model 19 (broad stub) – Sailor Storia Balloon Green