Currently Inked – July 1, 2015

I’m starting July with eight fountain pens inked up, the same number as I started June with, although only four of these pens were inked up when June began. I’ve been really happy with the inks and pens I’ve been using these past few months, even if they have been a bit boring. Four pens were flushed out during June and four new ones were inked up.

Two of the new pens are Kaweco AL Sports. I had pulled out the Black Stonewashed with plans to sell it but liked it enough to keep it. The raw aluminum has always been a favorite. In keeping with an unexpected pair theme I also inked up two Vanishing Points, one of which was new and both of which have custom nibs.

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 Pens (Capped) - July 2015Currently Inked Pens (Uncapped) - July 2015

Currently Inked Writing Sample - July 2015

Sheaffer Balance Aspen (medium) – Montblanc Permanent Grey // Esterbrook Dip-Less (#7550)Montblanc Corn Poppy Red // Pilot Custom 823 (fine) – Pilot Blue-Black //  Pelikan Souverän M805 Streseman Anthracite (extra fine)Montblanc Toffee Brown // Pilot Vanishing Point Maplewood (XXXF) – Pilot Black cartridge // Pilot Vanishing Point Cherry Bamboo (Left Oblique) – Pilot Blue Cartridge // Kaweco AL Sport Raw Aluminum (extra fine) – Kaweco Black cartridge // Kaweco AL Sport Black Stonewashed – Kaweco Red cartridge

Currently Inked – June 1, 2015

Eight seems to be the new magic number when it comes to the number of fountain pens I keep inked. I started May with eight inked fountain pens and I’m starting this month with eight inked pens.

I was consistent in more than the number. I didn’t do as much fountain pen writing in May as I typically due. It took until the last day of May for me to write a pen dry. It was my Pelikan M805 Stresemann which got a quick flush and a refill with a new ink.

I also rotated out the Plaisir although it wasn’t written dry. I replaced it with the Jade Green Sheaffer Balance II and a contender as my new favorite green ink.

I have too many red inks in use. If the Sheaffer Snorkel wasn’t such a pain to clean I’d probably flush it out. Instead I’ll use it every few days to keep it happy.

My Vacumatic with MB Bordeaux will probably be the next pen to go dry since I can barely see any ink in there. I may end up re-inking that one too. I really like the ink and the pen together plus it’s easier to refill the pen than it is to clean it out.

The only reason the Namisu is still inked is because I want to align and smooth the nib so there’s no sense wasting the ink that’s already in there only to ink it up again. I do use it briefly every couple of days to make sure it’s healthy.

On to the the pens. As usual, the writing samples are in the same order as the pens in the photos except for the Esterbrook Dip-Less which isn’t pictured.

Currently Inked Pens - June 2015

Currently Inked Nibs - June 2015

Currently Inked Writing Sample - June 2015

Esterbrook Dip-Less (#7550)Montblanc Corn Poppy Red // Pelikan Souverän M805 Streseman Anthracite (extra fine)Montblanc Toffee Brown // Parker Vacumatic Maxima c.1942 (fine)Montblanc Bordeaux // Pilot Custom 823 (fine) – Pilot Blue-Black // Namisu Nexus Minimal (fine) – Pelikan Edelstein Sapphire cartridge // Sheaffer Snorkel (extra fine) – Waterman Red // Sheaffer Balance II (Jade Green) – Sheaffer Emerald Green // Sheaffer Balance Aspen (medium) – Montblanc Permanent Grey

Currently Inked – May 1, 2015

I had been up to a dozen pens inked at one time during the month but I’m back down to eight, which is the same number I started April with, although some inks and pens have changed. Only four pen & ink combos remain from April 1st. I was itching to ink up a couple more as the month began but I’ve resisted so far although that was made easier since I like the mix that is currently inked.

As usual the writing samples are in the same order as they appear in the photos. Except for the Esterbrook Dip-Less which isn’t shown in the tray. You can follow the link for that one in order to see photos of it. The writing samples are on Tomoe River Cream paper.

Currently Inked capped - May 2015Currently Inked uncapped - May 2015 Currently Inked writing samples - May 2015Esterbrook Dip-Less (#7550)Montblanc Corn Poppy Red // Pelikan Souverän M805 Streseman Anthracite (extra fine)R&K Blau-Schwarz LE // Parker Vacumatic Maxima c.1942 (fine)Montblanc Bordeaux // Pilot Custom 823 (fine) – Pilot Blue-Black // Namisu Nexus Minimal (fine) – Pelikan Edelstein Sapphire cartridge // Sheaffer Snorkel (extra fine) – Waterman Red // Platinum Plaisir (fine) – R & K Alt-Goldrün // Sheaffer Balance Aspen (medium) – Montblanc Permanent Grey

Currently Inked – April 1, 2015

It used to be that the beginning of the month meant I’d have a new batch of pens after flushing out the pens left from the previous month. These days I wait until I write my pen dry, at least in most cases. I’ll flush pens early if they have problems or otherwise annoy me, but none of those this month. The start of the month does still seem like a good time to review what I have inked.

I started March with 10 inked fountain pens and wrote five dry during the month. Although, one of those five was immediately re-inked with the same ink. I have eight inked fountain pens as April begins so that means there’s two new pens in the mix.

The first newly inked pen of the month was the newly arrived Pelikan M805 Stresemann. I didn’t take any chances with what for me is a grail pen and I fed it my favorite – Montblanc Bordeaux.

I picked Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Goldrün using random.org and my ink spreadsheet. I don’t expect to like the ink very much so I picked a Platinum Plaisir for it rather than the harder to clean pen I had planned to ink next. It’s a good pen with a solid seal that will keep the ink from drying out too soon. The ink may be better suited to a wide nib, but I wanted a thin nib for note taking and Alt-Goldrün’s number came up.

As usual the writing samples are in the same order as they appear in the photos. Except for the Esterbrook Dip-Less which is only in the nib photo. You can follow the link for that one in order to see all of it. The writing samples are on Tomoe River Cream paper.

Fountain pens inked for the month ahead Writing samples for inked pens

Nib inked for the month aheadEsterbrook Dip-Less (#7550)Montblanc Corn Poppy Red // Pelikan Souverän M805 Streseman Anthracite (extra fine)Montblanc Bordeaux // Sheaffer Balance Aspen (medium) – Montblanc Permanent Grey // Esterbrook J (#8440) – Pelikan Blue-Black // Sheaffer VFM (medium) – Diamine Prussian Blue cartridge //  Sheaffer Snorkel (extra fine) – Waterman Red // Platinum Plaisir (fine) – R & K Alt-Goldrün // Namisu Nexus Minimal (fine) – Pelikan Edelstein Sapphire cartridge //

Currently Inked – March 1, 2015

Even though I no longer flush my fountain pens and ink up replacements at the start of every month it still seems like a good time to review what I have inked. Of the 10 pens that were inked when February began five remain in the rotation, although two of these have new ink. Two pens were flushed before their time because I didn’t enjoy their broad nib. Five of the 10 were written dry, although as I said, two were re-inked.

The Esterbrook Dip-less has become a fixture on my desk, so when the inkwell went dry it was cleaned out and refilled. I had planned to stick with Sheaffer Red, but decided to go with Montblanc Corn Poppy Red which is a similar color.  I wanted a bright red and decided to change it up. For better or worse, this was a quick way to empty a $19 bottle of ink.

I needed a red ink in a pen I could carry. Sheaffer Red is an obvious choice but in my quest to use all my inks I picked Waterman Red since it hasn’t be used in a long time. But this still left me needing to pick a pen for the ink.

As is far to typical for me, I was frozen by the number of choices. My Sheaffer Crest has become my standard for red ink since it matches the Nova Red finish. But again, I wanted variety so I put it aside. To make a decision, or to avoid making one, I decided to limit my choices to pens that could have been manufactured the same year as the movie I was watching was released. The movie was Forbidden Planet so that makes the year 1956. I didn’t go so far as to figure out if my particular finish could have been made in that year. So that gave me two choices: a Sheaffer Snorkel or a Sheaffer Tip Dip. I went with the Snorkel since it had a extra fine nib and I’d be using this pen for notations and marking up documents.

In my quest to use more of my inks the Omas Turquoise was picked by random.org. I’m not a fan of blue or turquoise inks so I considered putting this in a lesser pen. But then I wouldn’t use it and I’d just flush it out before it solidified in the pen. That wouldn;t be fair to the ink so I filled my Lamy 2000 with it. Let’s see if this terrific pen can change my mind about the color. It hasn’t so far, but I am using it.

The Sheaffer VFM was purchased just over a year ago but never inked up. It’s been inked up for review. While the Nexus Minimal has just arrived and inked as soon as possible.

I started March with 11 inked fountain pens, two more than February. I’m trying to stay at a dozen inked pens or less and to write them dry before replacing it. The Duofold should be nearly empty but there’s probably still considerable ink left in the other pens. In any event, here are my inked pens. As usual the writing samples are in the same order as they appear in the photos. Except for the Esterbrook Dip-Less. You can follow the link for that one in order to see it. The writing samples are on Tomoe River Cream paper.

Fountain pens currently inked

Writing samples of curently inked pens

Esterbrook Dip-Less (#7550)Montblanc Corn Poppy Red // Namisu Nexus Minimal (fine) – Pelikan Edelstein Sapphire cartridge // Lamy 2000 (fine) – Omas Turquoise // KarasKustoms Ink [Gold] (fine)Montblanc Midnight Blue // Sheaffer VFM (medium) – Diamine Prussian Blue cartridge // Sheaffer Crest [Nova Green] (extra fine)Montblanc Irish Green //  Sheaffer Balance Aspen (medium) – Montblanc Permanent Grey // Parker Duofold (extra fine) – Aurora Black // Esterbrook J (#8440) – Pelikan Blue-Black // Edison Huron Grande (extra fine)R&K Blau-Schwarz LE // Sheaffer Snorkel (extra fine) – Waterman Red

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

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.