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.

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

Always Inked – September 30, 2014

It’s been over six months since my last “Always Inked” post and the pens have changed. Plus, it’s time for another “Currently Inked” post and I’m tire of squeezing these same four fountain pens into the picture. I always have these four pens inked. At least that’s been true the since the beginning of this month and will be into the foreseeable future. The one thing they all have in common is they can stay inked for months and not have any problems.

Esterbrook Dip-less in an empty #407 inkwell

Esterbrook Dip-less in an empty #407 inkwell

The Esterbrook Dip-less is my newest always inked pen. Since it’s a dip pen it’s desk bound. I primarily use it for short notes and it still has the Esterbrook #7550 extra fine nib. There’s Sheaffer Red in the inkwell which is a nice bright red ink that suitable for the way I use the pen. It’s the only pen of the four that I clean off every couple of weeks. The red ink dries around the collar so I clean it off before it has a chance to permanently stain the pen. Plus, it starts to look cruddy on an otherwise pristine pen. The dip pen gets used nearly every day, although probably for less than 20 words each day.

 

Franklin-Christoph Model 66 with R&K Blau-Schwarz

Franklin-Christoph Model 66 with R&K Blau-Schwarz

If there’s a perfect fountain pen and ink combination this has to be it. They’ve been together for well over a year. The Model 66 went over a year just being refilled, no cleaning and it was problem free. It’s mostly desk bound since it’s so big, and clip-less. Because the Esterbrook Dip-less sits on the same desk and I now use the Model 66 less often, it does leave the desk at times so that it gets used.

Kaweco AL Sport Raw Aluminim postedKaweco AL Sport Black Stonewashed photoI couldn’t decide which Kaweco AL Sport to carry, so I carry two of them. Both have finishes designed to be abused so I carry them in the same pocket as my keys. In a bit of irony, even though I’m always carrying these pens they are used the least of all my inked pens. I usually have another pen in my shirt pocket which gets used first. So these get used when I don’t have another fountain pen, or when I need additional ink colors. Maybe it’s because they bounce around in my pocket all the time, but I never have any hard starts. I also don’t have a lot of ink in the cap either.

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