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

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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

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

This Month’s Ink – August 2014

Well now, I hit the publish button before I was really done. Pulling it back just confuses things. Obviously I planned to publish this on the 31st.

Like July, I’m starting August with 12 pens inked, five are carried over from the beginning of July. I actually hit a high of 20 pens inked in June thanks to some reviews and testing playing.

My favorite pen and ink of July was the Sheaffer 300 with Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun. It’s not the ink that the pen started the month in, but I liked the pen so much I wrote both the cartridge and converter dry.

My biggest disappointment was my Lamy 2000 with Sailor’s Kiwa-Guro ink which I inked up mid-month. The Kiwa-Guro is a pigment based ink but I’ve never had a problem with the ink, provided I use the pen frequently enough. With the Lamy 2000 the ink just didn’t flow well. It never actually skipped, but both the pen and ink usually provide a much better experience when they aren’t together. So this was one of the few pens to be flushed before being empty.

I usually do my writing samples in a Doane Jotter so I have an easy to find record. But I got some Tomoe River paper and had to give it a try. The paper is so thin that the ink cloth shows through from under the paper in the photo, sorry about that.

I finally used the Montblanc Alfred Hitchcock ink. I have a sample that was provided by FPGeeks forum member cwent2 during a meetup last year. It’s been awhile as I hesitated to use this great ink. I finally decided to use it in one of my favorite pens and one that was made as Hitchcock’s carrier was just getting going.

As usual, links are to my reviews if they exist.

This Month's Ink Pen Tray for August

This Month's Ink Writing Sample for AugustSheaffer Triumph Lifetime (extra fine) – Montblanc Bordeaux // Edison Menlo Pump Filler (extra fine)Montblanc Toffee Brown // Pilot Custom 823 (fine) – Pilot Blue-Black // Pelikan M101 Lizard (extra fine) – Montblanc 90 Years Permanent Grey // Sheaffer Balance Jr (fine stub) – Montblanc Alfred Hitchcock // Sheaffer Crest (extra fine) – Sheaffer Red // Franklin-Christoph Model 29 (fine) – Pelikan Edelstein Aventurine cartridge // Omas 360 Vintage (fine) – Pelikan 4001 Blue-Black // Caran d’Ache Ivanhoe (fine) – Pelikan Edelstein Rub cartridge // Franklin-Christoph Model 66 (extra fine)R&K Blau-Schwarz LE // Pelikan M620 Piazza Navone (broad stub) – Graf von Faber-Castell Hazelnut Brown // Esterbrook J (#9461 Rigid Fine) – Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun

Currently Inked – June 28, 2014

I didn’t do a lot of writing ink June and I ended up flushing a couple pens before they went dry so that only four pens are still inked from a month ago. A few Esterbrooks entered and left the rotation briefly so I could try some nibs.

The Franklin-Christoph Model 03 with Caran d’Ache Infinite Grey was my favorite pen/ink combination of the month and was re-inked for this month.

I was on a definite Sheaffer kick when I picked pens to ink up. Three of the Sheaffer are new (to me) and I picked three others from my accumulation. A Sheaffer also hold the only vintage slot among the pens.

Pens inked for the month ahead…

Currently inkedWriting samples for the currently inked pensFranklin-Christoph Model 66 Stabilis Desk Pen (extra fine)R&K Blau-Schwarz LE // Kaweco AL Sport Stonewashed (extra fine) – Black Kaweco cartridge // Franklin-Christoph Model 03 (extra fine) – Caran d’Ache Chromatic Infinite Grey // Pilot Custom 823 (fine) – Pilot Blue-Black // Sheaffer Triumph Lifetime (fine) – Montblanc Bordeaux // Sheaffer Crest (extra fine) – Sheaffer Skrip Red // Sheaffer Targa (fine) – Sheaffer Skrip Blue-Black //  Sheaffer Legacy I (stub) – Montblanc Racing Green // Sheaffer Custom Legacy (extra fine) – Caran d’Ache Chromatic Infinite Grey // Caran d’Ache Ivanhoe (fine) – Pelikan Edelstein Ruby cartridge // Sheaffer 300 (fine) – Sheaffer Skrip Black Cartridge