Sunday Notes and Links

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

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

My favorite this week was my trusty Franklin-Christoph Model 66 with R & K Blau-Schwarz LE. It’s been awhile since I used the pen but it wrote right away as always. I had forgotten what a pleasant writing experience it provides.

I wrote the Sheaffer 300, Omas 360 Vintage and Pelikan Piazza Navone dry this past week and enjoyed them all. None were re-inked since I want to bring so new pens into the rotation. I’ll decide which ones to ink up once I return from today’s Commonwealth Pen Show.

Some links of interest from the past week…

What is a Pen? — Modern Stationer

The Mind and the Fountain Pen – Palimpsest

Morita Fountain Pen Shop – inklode // Nice to see brick & mortar shops thrive, even if it’s a world away (from my pov)

The Cartridge Chronicles – How many pages can you get out of a standard international? – Fountain Pen Physicist

Reevaluate Converters – Edison Pen Company

Review: Pelikan Souverän M101N Red Tortoiseshell SE Fountain Pen – Medium @AppelboomLaren @Pelikan_Company – Gourmet Pens // I have the “Lizard” edition of this pen. I have to say, I don’t really like the look of the Red Tortoiseshell although I’d buy it just for the ink bottle and the packaging.

Monk Paper Lokta Notebooks – Inkdependence!

When Buying Fountain Pens, Splurging (a Little) Is Totally Worth It – WIRED // Preaching to the choir

Edison Beaumont Pneumatic –

Love At First Write: Tomoe River Correspondence Paper – THE PENVENTORY // I’ve been using this paper (but different pads) recently and really love it.

The ‘PF’ & ‘P|N’ Nibs Explained – The Pelikan’s Perch

Lamy Logo Fountain Pen Review – Pen Paper Ink Letter

Pilot Elite fountain pen review – Pens! Paper! Pencils!

Pilot Prera Demonstrator Fountain Pen Review – F Nib – Orange Accents — The Clicky Post

Noodler’s Creaper Flex (by FlexyNibs!) – On Fountain Pens

Ink Reviews

Review: Diamine Oxblood — Alt. Haven

Diamine Prussian Blue ink review – Peninkcillin

review: noodler’s turquoise – ink between the teeth

Like Nature: Montblanc Daniel Defoe Palm Green Ink – From the Pen Cup

J. Herbin Tempête Review – The Pen Enthusiast

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Sunday Notes and Links

Pelikan Piazza Navone

Pelikan Piazza Navone and GvFC Hazelnut Brown

This past week seems to be the first time that I haven’t met my goal of published two articles every week this year. (These Sunday notes and the currently inked articles don’t count.) Things are definitely slowing down as life gets in the way. Because I’m still using fountain pens all day, every day, I suspect a large percentage of posts will be pen reviews, at least in the near future.

This week’s favorite fountain pen/ink combo is one of only two unreviewed pens I have inked up (hint, hint). The Pelikan Piazza Navone isn’t a pen I use a lot, not because I don’t like it, but because the broad stub isn’t my best choice for most of the writing I do during the day. This week was different and I got to use the pen for several long writing sessions. It was nice to use it enough to see the ink level drop noticeably during the day.

On to the links…

Cork – Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid Of It – The Pelikan’s Perch // A new (Aug 2014) site that is developing a wealth of Pelikan information. If I had found the site earlier I would have linked to A Treatise on the Modern Tortoise: 1980 – 2014 « The Pelikan’s Perch so the site gets a second link this week.

Back-To-School Goodies: Clairefontaine “Back To Basics” 1951 Notebook – THE PENVENTORY // I have a couple of these and really like them. But I’m still looking for a reason to use them since it’s not a notebook style I use a lot.

Review: Ryan’s Pen Tray — Alt. Haven // A nice simple pen tray

Luxury Plymouth pen maker to the Queen goes into administration – again – Plymouth Herald // Additional news indicates that all the employees, supplies and equipment are gone and only the name is left to be sold off.

Feeds – Crónicas Estilográficas // I’ve never considered the feed material when buying a pen. The only reason I can see for picking ebonite is that it’s possible to adjust the feed to change the flow. That’s not something I’ve ever done or even considered doing.

Pentrace // Pentrace has changed hands and has a new URL. To be honest I haven’t been to this site in years but it’s time to start visiting it again.

Muji Aluminum Round Fountain Pen – inklode // Muji has had a few reviews lately. Everything seems to be good quality at a reasonable price.

Liking Pens Part II: Can Pens Be An Investment? — The Clicky Post // For me the answer is “no” since I like to use the pen which will inevitably lower it’s value, especially if I add some blemishes. I have bought pens for less than I could probably sell them but I don’t consider that an investment. I also have a few exceptions due to pure luck.

Aurora Afrika Fountain Pen Review – THE UNROYAL WARRANT // This is one of the few pens I’ve seen on this site that I haven’t wanted to run out and get. It’s a nice pen and gets a good review, just not my taste.

Sailor Realo Professional Gear – // I really like the look of these piston pens and their nibs.

Lamy Studio 2014 Special Edition Wild Rubin Overview – Ink Nouveau // Bright red

DDC and Field Notes Fun at American Field — Modern Stationer

NAKAYA – canetas e coisas // Beautiful pen

J. Herbin Tempête Review – The Pen Enthusiast // I didn’t realize J. Herbin made an eyedropper pen

Ink Reviews

Caran d’Ache Magnetic Blue – Inkdependence!

Ink Review – Private Reserve Sepia – Fountain Pen Physicist

J. Herbin Orange Indien, Clairefontaine And A Giveaway – An Inkophile’s Blog

Review: DeAtramentis Apple Blossom Ink – The Well-Appointed Desk

Private Reserve Black Cherry ink review – Pens! Paper! Pencils!

Organics Studio The Real Teal – Ink Review –

Noodler’s Black Swan in Australian Roses – Ink Review – Stationary Journey

Noodler’s Black Swan in English Roses – Ink Review – Stationary Journey

Sunday Notes and Links

Pilot Custom 823 with Montblanc Bordeaux

Pilot Custom 823 with Montblanc Bordeaux

My favorite fountain pen/ink combo this week was my Pilot Custom 823 filled with Montblanc Bordeaux. When I looked at the available pens it’s the one I instinctively reached for.

Some links of interest…

I Challenge You To Write More Letters! – My Pen Needs Ink // A cool idea

Tomoe River Paper Master Post – THE PENVENTORY // I have a couple different Tomoe River notebooks and pads. I really like the paper. This is a nice list of various ways it’s available.

Waterman Charleston – // This reminded me I have too many pens because I do have a yellow Charleston. It didn’t make an impression and I haven’t used it in years. It’s time to pull it out and ink it up.

FABER CASTELL – canetas e coisas // Not what I envision when I think of Faber-Castell.

Liking Pens: Hobby or Obsession? — The Clicky Post // I think I’m a little on the obsession side, but with a ever changing focus. I use fountain pens every day, for just about all types of writing. Brand-wise I’m currently a bit obsessed with Sheaffer.

Ink Reviews

Review: Mont Blanc Daniel DeFoe – The Well-Appointed Desk // My bottle of this ink arrived this week but I’ve yet to open it. I still can’t decide from any reviews if I like the color or not. I’ve got to ink it up.

Ink Review – Maruzen Athena Sepia – Fountain Pen Physicist // Another ink I have a bottle of. I’ve used a dip pen and also swabbed the ink but have yet to ink up a fountain pen. I’ve been debating the best pen for this ink. At it’s price I want to pick carefully.

Caran d’Ache Vibrant Green – Inkdependence!

J. Herbin Vert Pre Review – The Pen Enthusiast

Sunshine Yellow – Diamine Ink Review – Ink of Me Fondly

Ink Review: Diamine Red Dragon – The Gentleman Stationer

Diamine Red Dragon ink review – Peninkcillin

Rohrer&Klingner Verdigris Ink Review – Write to Me Often

Ink Notes: Sheaffer Red

Sheaffer Red bottleFor some reason I had two bottles of Sheaffer Red ink. I’d like to think that meant I liked the ink enough to get a second bottle but the reality is I probably forgot I had the first bottle and decided to try the color a second time. Both were at the back of my ink drawer, full and long ignored. That changed recently when I decided to match the brand and the color with my newly acquired Sheaffer Crest in Nova Red. I liked the ink enough that one bottle was poured into the inkwell for the newly acquired Esterbrook Dip-less which now sits on my desk. This is the modern Sheaffer ink made in Slovenia.

Sheaffer is a straight-on, no apologies red ink. While fewer and fewer fire engines are red these days I’d call the color fire engine red. Even a thin red lines stands out on the page. It’s appropriate for grading papers or marking up documents.

The ink is mostly well behaved. The only blemish was with my very wet Retro 51 Lincoln medium nib which had heavy show-through and some minor bleed-through with the 20lb. Staples copy paper. My wider 1.1 mm nib with a more normal flow didn’t bleed-through but there was medium show-through on the Staples paper. There wasn’t any bleed or show-through with any pens on the other paper.

The ink isn’t waterproof. The ink spread a lot and left stains underneath the paper after about a 15 second soak and sponging the water off. It was actually legible for a short time but as the water dried the ink continued to spread and become unreadable.

There’s no shading or line variation, just a bold red line.

The ink has cleaned easily from my pens. It cleaned easily from the Crest after being in there for a couple of weeks between cleaning. While the vacuum converter could hide stains the visible areas were stain free and the ink cleaned easily from the pen and converter. The test pens were only inked for a day but the ink flushed out easily. The Waterman Red in the Edison Pearl took a little longer to get the last traces of ink out, although it didn’t need anything beyond water. Different pens, so not a perfect test, but the Sheaffer Red was slightly easier to clean.

I did include a comparison with Waterman Red and Pelikan Edelstein Ruby in the writing samples. It was so close to Waterman Red that I had to ink a pen up with it. The Pelikan Ruby was already inked so I did the comparison.

Pens Used

Except for a brief dalliance with Sheaffer Peacock Blue, Sheaffer Red has been the standard ink in my Nova Red Sheaffer Crest. They seem made for each other. The ink has never failed to start, even after being forced to stand nib up for five days. It has also been skip free.

I poured one bottle into an inkwell for my Esterbrook Dip-less pen. The ink performs well in this setup. While I typically only use it for short notes, I can get nearly a page of writing from on dip. Being red, it starts to stain the collar of the pen that seals the pen in the inkwell hole, but it has been easy to clean off so far.

Wrapping Up

It’s been a long time since I used a straight-up red. The slot used to be filled by Waterman Red. Sheaffer Red is a near perfect color match for Waterman Red and it’s over a buck cheaper for a 50 ml. bottle. Add to that the early indication that Sheaffer Red is easier to flush from a pen (not that Waterman is hard to flush) and Sheaffer Red is my new “go to” red.

Additional Reading

Sheaffer Skrip Red – Ink Reviews – The Fountain Pen Network


Sunday Notes and Links

Edison Menlo - my favorite pen of the week

Edison Menlo with Pelikan Brilliant Brown and a Doane Paper notebook

It was difficult to pick a favorite pen/ink combo this week. I didn’t do much writing and most pens got only a little use. The Omas 360 Vintage LE wrote the most, thanks to the draft of its review. But it was with the two turquoise inks which are less than perfect on the Doane paper I was using. I decided to pick the Edison Menlo with Pelikan Brilliant Brown. It was most suitable to the writing I was doing (note taking) and both the ink and pen made the writing more enjoyable.

Some links of interest…

Backpocket Journal Tomoe River Edition Review — Modern Stationer

Pen Review: Edison Herald in Crushed Shell Acrylic — The Gentleman Stationer

Making of the Edison Double Ended Pearl – Penucopia

The Mystery of the Vanishing Point – The Passionate Penman

Rhodia DotPad Number 38 Review – THE UNROYAL WARRANT

Review: Delta Horsepower – Fine Harmonic Steel – Gourmet Pens

Jinhao X750 revisited – Peninkcillin

The Wonderful Lamy Safari Fountain Pen — The Finer Point

Review: Roterfaden Taschenbegleiter – literambivalence

What’s Your Opinion Of Pen Brands – An Inkophile’s Blog

Review: Noodler’s Ahab Flexible Nib Fountain Pen – The Well-Appointed Desk

Not Soaking Again! – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Skyline Redux – And All Other Tasks

Pen Review: Sailor 1911 Large – The Pen Habit

Bexley Collaboration (Centennial) –

Currently Inked Pens – September 1st, 2014 – The Pen Enthusiast

ME Journal from Quo Vadis – Pens Paper Inks…Whatever!

Write More Letters in September – My Pen Needs InkMy Pen Needs Ink

Sometimes There’s A Pen: The Ohto Dude + Noodler’s Red-Black – THE PENVENTORY

Ink Reviews

Graf von Faber-Castell Hazelnut Brown – Inkdependence!

J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage Ink Review – The Pen Addict

Diamine Cult Pens Deep Dark Orange ink review – Pens! Paper! Pencils!

Sunday Notes and Links

Sheaffer Crest on Doane PaperPicking a favorite pen & ink this week was a little tough. I really only used two pens – my Omas 360 Vintage LE with De Atramentis Sherlock Holmes ink and my Sheaffer Crest with Sheaffer Peacock Blue ink. Both Combos would lose to some other recent combinations, even though both are solid performers. But I picked the Crest because I love the looks of the pen and it’s a lovely nib. The turquoise ink is growing on me so that went from a negative to a neutral factor.

Things were slow on the quest last week, although I’ve been using my fountain pens more than usual. I just need to get some time to write and take photos.

Hope all of you in the U.S enjoy your Labor Day holiday!

But now onto the links…

Pilot Murex Stainless Steel Fountain Pen – F Nib — The Clicky Post
Kaweco Elite fountain pen review – Pens! Paper! Pencils!
Quo Vadis ME Journal Review – My Pen Needs InkMy Pen Needs Ink
Using The Doxie Flip For Paper Backup (A Review) – The Cramped
Pen Review: Aurora Style – The Pen Habit
Review: RodgersPenBox Handmade Oblique & Straight Dip Nib Holders – Gourmet Pens
What Fountain Pen Inks Give You the Best Value? – Pen Paper Ink Letter
Delta Dolce Vita Oro Oversize vermeil trim –
Bender pneumatic-filler – Vintage Pen News
An Introduction To Brush Pens — The Pen Addict
TWSBI Diamond 580AL – The Newsprint
Review: Kaweco Leather Pen Holder – The Well-Appointed Desk
Deffter Old Writer Tools Notebook Review / Deffter Old Writer Tools Defter İncelemesi – Write to Me Often
Team Wahlnut: The Wahl-Eversharp Skyline Technik Fountain Pen – From the Pen Cup
Tools of the trade: Rediscovering the Pilot Varsity – Quo Vadis Blog
10 Ways to Use Your Pens and Write by Hand More Often – A Penchant for Paper
Pen Review: Edison Pearlette — The Gentleman Stationer
Mood Indigo: The Kaweco Student In Vintage Blue – THE PENVENTORY
Citytrip to The Hague: P.W. Akkerman – The Pencilcase Blog
Pilot Vanishing Point Review – The Pen Enthusiast

Rick Krantz is selling some Esterbrook nibs on the FPGeeks forum. Very good prices. No affiliation on my part but I did buy a Sheaffer from Rick in the past and it was a pleasant sale. If I needed one of the nibs I’d already have placed my order. There’s still a lot left when I checked early Sunday morning (my early – EST)

Ink Reviews

Iroshizuku Fuyu-Syogun – Inkdependence!
Review: Private Reserve Shoreline Gold — Alt. Haven
review: de atramentis pigeon blue – ink between the teeth
Epic ink test – 4.5 months later – Fountain Pen Physicist
P.W. Akkerman #24 Zuiderpark Blauw-Groen Fountain Pen Ink Review – THE UNROYAL WARRANT
Rohrer & Klingner Verdigris ink review – Peninkcillin

Sunday Notes and Links

photo of the uncapped Pelikan M101N Lizard uncappedMy favorite pen & ink combo this past week was the Pelikan M101N “Lizard” with Montblanc Permanent Grey, mainly because it was the only pen that got significant use. I haven’t done much writing since Wednesday (although a lot on Wednesday and before) so even though there’s some life left in it there’s no ink visible in the window.

Anderson Pens tweeted the news that A.T. Cross is buying Sheaffer.

I had flushed it from my brain that the plastic disposable products (ballpoint pens, cigarette lights, razors. etc…) company owned my beloved Sheaffer. For some reason Waterman, Parker, Rotring and others being owned by the same conglomerate that owns Rubbermaid didn’t bother me as much.

Actually, Clarion Capital Partners is buying Sheaffer and adding it to A.T. Cross which they purchased last year. I guess it’s a good thing. While Sheaffer and Cross seem to compete at similar price levels both are well known brands so I doubt they would completely eliminate either one. Hopefully Sheaffer can keep their distinctive pens. Clarion seems to own a bunch of divergent stuff and only Cross is pen related. There’s been so much contraction and cost cutting by both companies that it’s likely the pens and ink are already made in the same factories. The one scary part is that no company buys another just to keep the status quo. So will it be growth through investment, or profits through contraction?

Some Links of Interest…

Lamy is more than just Safari and 2000…

Sunday Notes and Links

Pilot Bung Box [thé] Capless –

Vintage Pen Review: Parker Duofold Senior – The Pen Habit

I Have The BAT-PEN! (Aka the Monteverde Invincia Stylus) – Fountain of Pens

Visconti Rembrandt – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Now… A Millionaire’s Pen that You can Afford to Carry: 1930s & 40s Parker Pen Ads – All Things Stationery

Pilot Lucina Fountain Pen Review — The Pen Addict

My Favourite Fountain Pen Inks – A Penchant for Paper

Muji Kraft Stationery Review — Modern Stationer

Review: Pelikan Souverän Red M600 Fountain Pen – BB – Gourmet Pens

Pelikan Twist – inklode

OMASaturday – Ecclectitbits

Traveling and stationery – East…West…Everywhere

Looking Forward to the 2015 Hobonichi Techo by Looking Back at the 2014 – Pen Paper Ink Letter

TWSBI Vac 700 Fountain Pen Review – I Laike Pens

Ink Reviews

Ink Review – Diamine Poppy Red – Fountain Pen Physicist

Diamine Claret Ink Review — The Finer Point

Pilot Iroshizuku Tsutsuji ink review – Pens! Paper! Pencils!

Pilot Iroshizuku Tsutsuji Ink Review / Pilot Iroshizuku Tsutsuji Mürekkep İncelemesi – Write to Me Often

Review: Noodler’s Upper Ganges Blue — Alt. Haven

Caran d’Ache Electric Orange ~ Inkdependence!

Ink Review: Sailor Yama-Dori — The Gentleman Stationer

review: private reserve cadillac green – ink between the teeth

Noodler’s Tiananmen – Ink Review – Stationary Journey