Sunday Notes and Links

Pilot Vanishing Point Maple Wood 2013 Limited EditionThis week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination was hard to choose, so I didn’t. The pictured Vanishing Point was used the most times because I took a lot of notes where the click mechanism was perfectly suited. It has a Pilot black ink cartridge. My problem is that I’m equally content with the currently inked pens. One did write dry and a couple others are close so it won’t be too long before new ink enters the mix. I avoided inking up any new pens since they would probably get used more than the others and I want to write them dry.

Some links of interest…

Review: Super5 0.5mm Italic Stub Fountain Pen – The Well-Appointed Desk // I noticed these pens, along with their ink, at Goulet Pens and they intrigued me. Glad to see a review.
SHEAFFER – canetas e coisas // Just because it’s a Sheaffer
Noodler’s Blue Ghost – A Fun Fountain Pen Ink! – On Fountain Pens // Interesting
Review: Karas Kustoms Ink — Alt. Haven
Budgeting for Fountain Pens and Other Fun — Modern Stationer
Newton Orville in Tibaldi Celluloid – – // A beautiful custom pen
Sentimental Pens – My Pen Needs InkMy Pen Needs Ink
Epic ink test, round 3 – a double feature! – Fountain Pen Physicist // I don’t know of anyone doing these sort of ink tests. Be sure to check out the round 2 summaries from earlier in the week.
An Interview with J. Robert Lennon – Pens! Paper! Pencils!
Franklin-Christoph Model 27 Collegia ~ Inkdependence! // A relatively inexpensive Franklin-Christoph fountain pen.
Pride or Prejudice: A review of the Pilot Vpen (Varsity) pen – A fool with a pen
Inks – My Recipe — Reverenced Writing
Matt’s Musings: Resolutions – The Pen Habit
Delfonics Rollbahn Spiral Bound Notebook – Pete Denison

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.

Ink & Pen Notes: KarasKustoms Ink and Montblanc Permanent Blue

KarasKustoms Ink (silver) fine nibWhen I empty a pen, either by writing or otherwise, I usually write a few notes about the pen and ink for future reference. I decided to try moving those notes to the website. This isn’t an original idea as David from NibsAnd.Ink and has been doing this regularly when he inks his pens.

I inked up the KarasKustoms Ink with Montblanc Permanent Blue back on November 26, 2014 and cleaned it out January 7, 2015. I picked the fine nib and aluminum gripping section.

Forty two days is a bit long for a ink that has some iron gall in it. But the modern stuff is very mild and Montblanc themselves (in the included pamphlet) just say to clean the pen “regularly.” Although, they say this is to avoid build-up of solids rather than corrosion.

Montblanc Permanent Blue is a bit on the dry side which I like. The flow was good in this pen until the final days. I’m not a fan of true blues, which is what this is, but I kind of like the color. There was some skipping and I noticed a little ink clinging to the sides of converter. I forced the ink down into the feed and got another page or two before it was completely dry.

I reviewed the KarasKustoms Ink here. I’ve yet to review Montblanc Permanent Blue but my limited experience matches this review at The Unroyal Warrant.


This Just In: KarasKustoms Ink (again)

KarasKustoms Ink Raw Aluminum and GoldTwo more KarasKustoms Inks arrived today, further feeding my obsession with them. These are two new finishes but I reviewed the Ink here. With eight fountain pen versions and three rollerballs it’s rather obvious I like them.

The new additions include a Tumbled Raw Aluminum finish. I went with a aluminum gripping section, although I can swap with any of the others. I picked a medium nib since I already had a fine nib in another aluminum section. Although I can swap nibs if I ever want to fine aluminum sections inked at once. I like the raw look of the aluminum. It’s a finish I didn’t see in the Kick Starter or on their website until very recently.

The second addition was the Gold version with a brass gripping section and a fine nib. I already had a brass section but I really like both the gold and orange finishes and the brass section is ideal for both pens. I can envision inking both pens at the same time and wanting brass sections.

I included a comparison photo showing both the my new gold pen and the older orange (which looks more gold in most light).

Also new, at least for me, was that the raw aluminum pen arrived in a actual box. It’s a simple but functional box. Even though it’s apparent in the photo, I missed the section and converter in the box and opened an empty pen.

I think this will satisfy my obsession for awhile. At least until they come out with a brighter orange finish.



Sunday Notes and Links

Edison Menlo Pump Filler in Red Tortoise Acrylic

This week’s favorite fountain pen and ink were the Edison Menlo pump filler with Montblanc Toffee Brown.

Some links I found interesting during the past week…

Father’s and Son’s Top Seven Pencils. – Pencil Revolution // I was shocked to find I had inadvertently acquired a package of their number 1 choice, although I’ve yet to open the package.
Happy New Year everyone! Also: time for a new diary. – these beautiful pens // I’ve been keeping a journal since July but it’s a plain (in comparison) Seven Seas Writer.
Day 9 – My Fountain Pen Story @nat_sora – On Fountain Pens // The 12 days of fountain pen bloggers continues.
Q & A Session #2 – The Pen Habit // The Pen Habit videos are back.
4 — The Pen Addict // Ok, now I really need to improve by penmanship, even if it is one letter (or number) at a time.
Review: Muji Fountain Pen + Giveaway — Alt. Haven
Tale of a Vandal Pen Collector: Newton Shinobi – Peaceable Writer // One of these days I’ve get a Newton Pen. This article does a good job of summarizing why I should.
A Kaweco Trio – That One Pen // A nice comparison of three Kaweco pen choices.
GOAT Pens 2014 – Hey there! SBREBrown
Happy New Year with Ink Cocktails – Palimpsest // I prefer bourbon but bourbon or whiskey I prefer it undiluted by other liquids. Still, I may give the Ink Street Cocktail a try.
Hobonichi Techo follow-up – East…West…Everywhere // I decided to try the Techo this year. I’m not a paper planner type person, at least not day to day, so I’m looking for alternative uses. Some good ideas here.

OMAS Arte Italiana Arco Paragon (New Style) Review – The Pen Enthusiast // A Beautiful pen
OSMIA – canetas e coisas // Speaking of beautiful pens
Approximately fifteen minutes of me rambling on… – Fountain Pen Physicist // Good advice

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links.

Happy New Year


I’m off to a great start, I already screwed up the date. (Couldn’t have been the bourbon.) I scheduled the previous post for January 1, 2015 rather than 15. (I re-dated it to December 31st so it at least makes some sense and it was already 2015 in much of the world.) One final mistake for 2015.

I hope you all have a great year!

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


Obligatory Year End Post

Gold fountain pen Ink with copper section

My personal pen of the year – Gold Ink with copper section

Relatively speaking, my pen additions in 2014 were way down from the 99 in 2013. I “only” added 15 fountain pens and three Esterbrook nibs to my accumulation. Although this doesn’t include the two pens on a UPS truck (or plane) on their way to me and due to arrive next week.

Picking a favorite of the 2014 crop isn’t difficult since I own three of them and have two more on the way. Not to mention that I have three rollerball versions of the same pen. If you haven’t already guessed, I’m talking about the KarasKustoms Ink. The pen is a near perfect size for me and I love the industrial design. Although the gold with copper section is my favorite single Ink it’s the multitude of colors and gripping section materials which can be mixed and matched that is the real draw for me.

A fountain pen that surprised me was the Sheaffer Crest. It’s a thin pen which goes against my current preferences. I bought the pen because of the stunning finish and it’s a Sheaffer. I never expected it to be a pen I enjoy writing with. But the pen exceeded my expectations and it’s a favorite. The Nova Red finish is stunning and the extra fine nib is sublime. Just like the KarasKustoms Ink I went back for more and picked up the Nova Green version.

As for the blog…

Thanks to all of you, readership more than doubled from last year, at least based on views. If there are things you’d like to see more of, or less of, let me know in the comments or the contact form.

I published 166 articles this year, 167 including this one. Of those 55 were fountain pen or Esterbrook nib reviews and 22 were ink reviews. Even though I didn’t add many new pens this year I did have a lot of fun using a variety of pens from my accumulation.

The most viewed posts were:
Review: Pilot Custom 823
Review: Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black
Favorite 5: Modern Pens
Review: Kaweco AL Sport Raw Aluminum
Made In America

My thanks to the following sites that sent significant traffic to this blog:
Pen Addict
Well Appointed Desk
Pennaquod – The pen blog searcher
Write to Me Often