Currently Inked – February 1, 2015

I started January with 11 fountain pens. With 10, I’ll be starting February with one less, but I emptied five pens during the month. Ans actually, by the time this post appears I’ll probably have one less pen inked. As I was writing the draft of this post the Pilot Vanishing Point went dry. The practicality of the Vanishing Point, along with the extra fine nib, may have me inking it right up again.

I inked up both my Sheaffer Crest pens. I wanted to add both a red and green ink to the mix and these seemed the perfect pens. The Nova Red Crest got a ink that’s relatively new, and certainly new to me.

On to the pens. As usual, the writing samples are in the same order as the pens in the tray except for the Esterbrook Dip-Less which isn’t shown. Follow the link for pictures of it. The writing samples are on Tomoe River Cream paper.

Currently inked fountain pens in a trayCurrently inled pens writing samples

Pilot Vanishing Point Maplewood (extra fine) – Pilot Back cartridge // Sheaffer Crest [Nova Red] (extra fine) – Montblanc Poppy Red // KarasKustoms Ink [Tumbled Aluminum] (fine nib) – J. Herbin Vert Empire cartridge // KarasKustoms Ink [Blue] broad)Iroshizuku Yu-yake // Edison Huron Grande (extra fine) – R&K Blau-Schwarz LE // Sheaffer Balance Aspen (medium) – Montblanc Permanent Grey // KarasKustoms Ink [Gold] (fine)Montblanc Midnight Blue // Sailor 1911M (broad) – Waterman Purple // Sheaffer Crest [Nova Green] (extra fine)Montblanc Irish Green // Esterbrook Dip-Less (#7550)Sheaffer Red

Currently Inked – January 1, 2015

It’s a new month, not to mention a new year, and I have 11 pens inked to start them off. This compares to December when I started the month with 13 fountain pens.

The Lamy 2000, Pilot Custom 823, Gold KarasKustoms Ink and Sheaffer Imperial were all written dry, cleaned, and put back in the case. The Lamy and Pilot were tough to give up since they’re a couple of my favorite writers. The Sheaffer was fun to play with, but it’s nib is so far outside my comfort zone it’s not missed. The Ink was replaced with a different Ink (Blue with a broad nib).

The only really newly inked fountain pen is the Omas 360 Vintage (in name only) LE which I filled with Montblanc Bordeaux. I wanted to keep Bordeaux in the rotation. I picked the Omas because the nib, despite being a fine, is different than the rest of the pens already inked.

Here are the inked pens. As usual the Esterbrook Dip-less isn’t pictured but otherwise the pens are in the same order in the photo and writing samples.

Eleven inked fountain pens for January 2015

Writing samples from the 11 fountain pens

Esterbrook Dip-Less (#7550)Sheaffer Red // Edison Huron Grande (extra fine) – R&K Blau-Schwarz LE // KarasKustoms Ink (silver w/aluminum section & fine nib) – Montblanc Permanent Blue // KarasKustoms Ink (blue w/brass section & broad nib)Iroshizuku Yu-yake // Pilot Vanishing Point Maplewood (extra fine) – Pilot Back cartridge // Omas 360 Vintage LE (fine)Montblanc Bordeaux // Edison Menlo (extra fine)Montblanc Toffee Brown // Franklin-Christoph Model 03 Iterum (extra fine)Caran d’Ache Infinite Grey // Caran d’Ache Geneve (medium) – Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite cartridge // Sailor 1911M (broad) – Waterman Purple // Sheaffer Balance Aspen (medium) – Montblanc Permanent Grey

 

This Month’s Ink – December 2014

It’s been two months since I showed what I have inked. Between re-inking and less writing than usual things didn’t change much until November was well under way. Five of the nine pens inked when October started are still in the rotation. Although one of those has a different ink now, and another was re-filled with the same ink. With the first weekend in December inked up some new pens to replenish the rotation, bringing me up to 13 pens. I’m keeping to my goal of not flushing good ink down the sink. Fountain pens stay inked and in the rotation until I write them dry. Of course, there’s no rule I can’t add more anytime I want.

I have been plagued by ink clinging to converters. Converter pens stored nib up sometimes need a little help or a lot of time to get going if they’ve been unused for a couple days. Now that the cold weather has set it the heat has been on and windows have been closed so it’s probably the dry air.

I was shocked to find my Pilot Custom 823 has been inked since September. It does hold a lot of ink and the fine nib is stingy. But Montblanc Bordeaux is a favorite and I need to use it more. I keep thinking I have to use this ink for special things since it’s a dwindling supply. I have three unopened bottles so I really need to be less concerned, at least for two more bottles. I keep telling myself there’s no difference between not using it for conservation and not using it because I ran out is the same thing but I still hesitate.

I cleaned my Franklin-Christoph Model 66 and put it back in its case when I wrote it dry. It’s tough to be without the pen but I wanted to give my Edison Huron Grande some use.

There are three pens I wouldn’t consider part of my rotation. Or at least not pens I picked solely because I enjoy using them. The Caran d’Ache Geneve is inked because I’m working through my long neglected fountain pens and inking them up to use and review. The Sailor 1911M is inked because of it’s having severe flow problems. I took it apart and cleaned it thoroughly and now need to see if the problem is gone. The Sheaffer Imperial is still inked because it’s a nib so far out of my comfort zone (and ability) that it’s fun to play with but gets little use.

I do need to get some variety in my ink colors. Maybe next month. Unfortunately for most of my writing I like black, grey and brown. To be honest, I don’t consider it a problem until I look at my options in one long list. It seems that these days I’m more interested in the pen than the ink.

The Pens

As usual, the writing sample is in the same order as in the photograph except the unphotographed Esterbrook Dip-less. If I carried it to my living room window for lighting the only question is which part of the carpet would I drop the inkwell on. So it stays desk bound. Follow the link for pictures.

This month's ink - the fountain pens

This month's ink writing sample Edison Huron Grande (extra fine) – R&K Blau-Schwarz LE // KarasKustoms Ink (aluminum section & fine nib) – Montblanc Permanent Blue // Lamy 2000 (fine)GvFC Carbon Black // Franklin-Christoph Model 03 Iterum (extra fine)Caran d’Ache Infinite Grey // Pilot Custom 823 (fine)Montblanc Bordeaux // Edison Menlo (extra fine)Montblanc Toffee Brown // Pilot Vanishing Point Maplewood (extra fine) – Pilot Back cartridge // KarasKustoms Ink (copper section & medium nib) – Montblanc Permanent Back //  Sheaffer Balance Aspen (medium) – Montblanc Permanent Grey // Caran d’Ache Geneve (medium) – Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite cartridge // Sailor 1911M (broad) – Waterman Purple // Sheaffer Imperial (broad italic) – Sheaffer Jet Black cartridge // Esterbrook Dip-Less (#7550)Sheaffer Red

 

Currently Inked – October 1, 2014

It’s the beginning of the month so I looked through my accumulation and inked up a couple more fountain pens.

The first two pens in the list have never been inked before and both have nibs outside my comfort zone. The Rotring has a medium nib which isn’t all that uncomfortable for me. Against common sense I gave this first time pen a first time ink. First impressions are that common sense isn’t always for the best. The Sheaffer Imperial has a nib that’s totally foreign to me, as you can tell from the writing sample. It’s so wide I’m considering using it to flip burgers.

The two Sheaffer Balances were inked just so I could enjoy looking at them. But the Montblanc Daniel Defoe really shines with the stub nib.

When I look at the pens I have inked up two things occur to me:

  • Almost half the nibs are outside my comfort zone of fine and extra fine nibs.
  • I need to do a lot of writing because I want to use them all.

In addition to my four always inked pens the following are inked up to start October:

Currently Inked fountain pensCurrently Inked writing samplesRotrig 600 Lava (medium) – Athena Sepia // Sheaffer Imperial (broad italic) – Sheaffer Jet Black cartridge // Sheaffer Targa (fine)- Montblanc Daniel Defoe // Sheaffer Balance Oversize Lifetime c. 1935 (broad stub) – Montblanc Daniel Defoe // Sheaffer Balance Aspen (medium) – Montblanc Permanent Grey // Pilot Custom 823 (fine)Montblanc Bordeaux // Edison Menlo (extra fine) – Pelikan 4001 Brilliant Brown // Lamy 2000 (fine)GvFC Carbon Black // Sheaffer Crest (extra fine)Sheaffer Red

Currently Inked – September 18, 2014

It hasn’t seemed like I used my fountain pens a lot in September. I did write four of them dry but I re-inked one and also added one to the rotation. I flushed another pen before its time so I started September with 15 inked pens and I’m down to 12.

Three pens with a bright red ink was at least one too many, so I did flush the Pelikan Edelstein Ruby before its time. The ink was in there since late June but it never had a problem. There wasn’t even the hint of staining when I cleaned out the pen.

I also find it interesting that even though I have two pens with the Sheaffer Red ink, one is noticeably darker than the other. The Sheaffer Red in the Esterbrook inkwell, used by the Dip-less, has become noticeably darker as it’s been exposed to air. Although evaporation hasn’t been a noticeable issue. So it’s not like all the water is evaporating leaving a higher concentration of dye.

The Sheaffer 300 with Sheaffer Grey hasn’t been a perfect combination. The ink is clinging to the converter which is a first for this particular pen. I’ve had to prime the feed a couple times. It’s already low on ink and will probably be written dry the next day it’s my primary writer so I won’t flush it.

Evaporation noticeably lowered the ink level in my Omas 360 after a week of non-use, but there’s still ink in the pen. Considering the way this pen consumes ink it won’t last a full day the next time I pick it as my daily writer.

As usual, the writing samples are in the same order as they’re in the tray, except for the Esterbrook Dip-Less which isn’t in the photo.

My currently inked fountain pensWriting samples of my currently inked fountain pens

Esterbrook Dip-less (#7555 firm extra fine) – Sheaffer Red // Franklin-Christoph Model 66 (extra fine)R&K Blau-Schwarz LE  // Kaweco AL Sport Raw Aluminum (extra fine) – J. Herbin Vert Empire cartridge // Kaweco AL Sport Black Stonewashed (extra fine) – J. Herbin Gris Nuage cartridge // Sheaffer Crest (extra fine)Sheaffer Red // Sheaffer Targa (fine)- Montblanc Daniel Defoe // Edison Menlo (extra fine) – Pelikan 4001 Brilliant Brown // Lamy 2000 (fine)GvFC Carbon Black // Pilot Custom 823 (fine)Montblanc Bordeaux // Sheaffer 300 (fine) – Sheaffer Grey // Omas 360 Vintage (fine) – Omas Turquoise // Pelikan M620 Piazza Navone (broad stub) – Graf von Faber-Castell Hazelnut Brown

Currently Inked – September 1, 2014

It’s day three of a long holiday weekend here in the U.S. (enjoy your Labor Day if you’re in the U.S., unfortunately for the rest of you it’s a typical Monday. But you probably had the comparable holiday in May). Not only that, it’s the beginning of a month and On Sunday I cleaned the empties and loaded up a new batch of pens.

I think it’s time I admit I no longer actively dislike blue inks. I’m not about to start sampling a bunch of blue inks to find the perfect blue, but I’m using them more and not disliking them. I think much of my new found appreciation is because I avoided them for so long that they’re now different. I’ve actually got two pens inked up with turquoise. (I gave Aziza her wish and put turquoise in the Omas 360.) I wouldn’t even have had turquoise except that a bottle came with the Omas 360 and I wanted to try the classic Sheaffer Peacock Blue. They tend to standout in the writing samples.

Rather than always rotating my pens I’ve begun to keep favorite pens in the rotation. The Edison Menlo and Pilot Custom 823 return after a brief rest. The Lamy 2000 also returns After a month long vacation.

The writing samples are on Tomoe River paper with a cream finish. As usual, the writing samples are in the same order as they’re in the tray, except for the Esterbrook Dip-Less which isn’t in the photo.

Tray with the pens that are currently inked

Writing samples on Tomoe River paper

Esterbrook Dip-less (#7555 firm extra fine) – Sheaffer Red // Franklin-Christoph Model 66 (extra fine)R&K Blau-Schwarz LE  // Kaweco AL Sport Raw Aluminum (extra fine) – J. Herbin Vert Empire cartridge // Kaweco AL Sport Black Stonewashed (extra fine) – J. Herbin Gris Nuage cartridge // Esterbrook J (#9555 Firm Extra Fine Gregg Shorthand) – Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun // Esterbrook J (#9556 Firm Fine) – Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun // Edison Menlo (extra fine) – Pelikan 4001 Brilliant Brown // Sheaffer Crest (extra fine) – Sheaffer Peacock Blue // Caran d’Ache Ivanhoe (fine) – Pelikan Edelstein Ruby cartridge // Pelikan M620 Piazza Navone (broad stub) – Graf von Faber-Castell Hazelnut Brown // Pilot Custom 823 (fine)Montblanc Bordeaux // Sheaffer 300 (fine) – Sheaffer Grey // Pilot Vanishing Point Maplewood (medium) // Omas 360 Vintage (fine) – Omas Turquoise

Currently Inked – August 19, 2014

August is half over and there’s been some changes in the ink that’s in my fountain pens, although not to much changed in the pens themselves. Contrary to my typical practice I’ve kept a couple pens in the rotation but changed out the ink.

The Esterbrooks were inked because the nibs are for upcoming reviews, one of which went up yesterday. Three of the pens are still inked with recently reviewed ink – the Ivanhoe, Pelikan and Franklin-Christoph. I like the ink so don’t want to flush any of it, but the pens never seem to get much use due to the competition.

The Edison Menlo and Pilot Custom 823 both went dry late last week. I plan to re-ink them but I’m still debating what ink they get next.

The writing samples are in the same order as the pens, except for the Esterbrook Dip-less which isn’t in the picture. Follow the link if you want to see pictures of it. As usual, links are to my reviews of the pen or ink if they exist.

This Week's Ink Pens for Aug. 19, 2014

Writing samples for this week's ink

Esterbrook Dip-less (#7555 firm extra fine) – Sheaffer Red // Franklin-Christoph Model 66 (extra fine)R&K Blau-Schwarz LE // Omas 360 Vintage (fine) – De Atramentis Sherlock Holmes // Pelikan M101 Lizard (extra fine) – Montblanc 90 Years Permanent Grey // Sheaffer Crest (extra fine) – Sheaffer Peacock Blue // Caran d’Ache Ivanhoe (fine) – Pelikan Edelstein Rub cartridge // Pelikan M620 Piazza Navone (broad stub) – Graf von Faber-Castell Hazelnut Brown // Sheaffer Balance Jr (fine stub) – Montblanc Alfred Hitchcock // Franklin-Christoph Model 29 (fine) – Pelikan Edelstein Aventurine cartridge // Esterbrook J (#9550 Firm Extra Fine) – Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun // Esterbrook J (#9555 Firm Extra Fine Gregg Shorthand) – Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun // Esterbrook J (#9556 Firm Fine) – Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun