Currently Inked: April 6, 2014

It’s been nearly a month since my last “This Week’s Ink” post so I finally acknowledged the obvious and changed the post title. My inked pens dropped to seven during the past week so it was time to ink some up. I had a dearth of vintage pens so I rectified that first by inking a Sheaffer PFM I and a Parker Vacumatic Maxima. Both got inks that were new for me. The Pilot Blue-Black ink is also new to me.

photo of pens currently inked

writing samples of pens currently inked


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This Week’s Ink: March 9, 2014

I ran through several more pens this past week. I’m down from 13 to 10 inked pens, and some of those are pens that went dry and were re-inked with a different ink.

Pardon the interruption – the Long Island Pen Show is next weekend (March 15 & 16th). I’m not sure exactly when, but it’s close enough to me that I should be there sometime that weekend.

My Balance Junior went dry. While I really want some vintage pens inked up, it was cut from the rotation and the Esterbrook is the only vintage inked up.

My Omas 360 Vintage (vintage in name only) still had dry nib syndrome with the new ink so I flushed it out. My Platinum 3776 Ribbed also suffered from dry nib syndrome with the Salix ink so it got flushed too. In this case I replaced it with a Platinum Black ink cartridge so it’s still in the rotation.

The Pelikan M101N Lizard wrote itself dry. In addition to being an enjoyable pen to use it will be my next pen review. So it was inked with a different color and stays in the rotation. I did really like the way the GvFC Stone Grey wrote in the pen and it may be the standard ink for this pen.

I flushed two of my “always inked” Kaweco Sports. Both were almost empty but I did flush out some remaining ink. The Kaweco AC Sport was refilled with Kaweco Black ink and will live in my computer bag. The Kaweco Classic Sport was put back on the shelf after flushing it out. I’m changing up my daily carry and the six pen case no longer fits in the bag, so there’s no place for the Classic.

I keep expecting the Lamy 2000 to go dry so I can ink up the Franklin-Christoph Model 66 again. The Lamy 2000 has the R&K Blau-Schwarz ink so it’s been my desk pen while the Model 66 rests. I just didn’t expect it to last this long. The pen must be manufacturing its own ink. There hasn’t been any visible ink for pages, yet it keeps on writing.

So here are the inked pens…

As usual, the samples are in the same order as the picture. Also as usual there’s a small mistake. This post will appear earlier than I expected. Despite the date on them, the samples aren’t from the future.

photo of pens inked for the week ahead


writing samples of the pens inked for the week ahead



This Week’s Ink: March 3, 2014

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

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.

photo of pens inked for the week ahead

Writing samples of this week's ink

This Week’s Ink: February 17, 2014

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.

Pens inked for the week (and more) ahead


Writing Samples

Writing sample for this week's ink

Inked Up – December 30, 2013

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.

15 pens inked for the year ahead

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.

Writing samples for the inked pens