Sunday Notes and Links

Pilot Custom 823 with Montblanc Boardeaux ink

It’s back!

Even though I’m down to eight inked pens (two of which are desk-bound) I’ve still resisted the urge to ink up any more pens. My usage was light this past week so even though the Pilot Custom 823 with Montblanc Bordeaux was my most used, and therefore favorite pen again this week, it still has plenty of ink.

Some links of interest…

Serious Nibbage Part 12: Lamy 2000 Stainless Steel – Hey there! SBREBrown // This pen keeps showing up lately and I’m finding it hard to resist adding one to my accumulation.

How-To: Safely Remove & Replace a Pelikan Nib – The Pelikan’s Perch // The easily swappable Pelikan nibs was an early attraction when I added my first Pelikans. Yet I rarely swap nibs, but it’s nice to know I can.

Guest post: Comparison of 3 Parker Vectors – On Fountain Pens // I don’t particularly like the pen, but I find the manufacturing differences interesting.

Three Questions With Bruno From Cronicas Estilograficas — The Pen Addict // Cronicas Estilograficas has been in my RSS feed for as long as I can remember. A great site.

Pelikan M600 Fountain Pen Review – THE UNROYAL WARRANT // It’s all about the nib.

A short list of links this week since I was pressed for time and only read the ones that seemed the most interesting (at least to me). You can check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links. I’ve yet to read them all myself, but I’ll be reading them over Sunday morning coffee.

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Sunday Notes and Links


I’m still using pens I inked up back in October. A few have gone dry so they were cleaned out and put on the shelf. The Model 66 was used enough to go dry but it was refilled and it stayed in the rotation. A Vanishing Point (the Maple Wood) did get inked up because I needed it’s unique (clicky) characteristics. I’m down to nine inked pens. This is a long way of getting to my favorite pen/ink of the week which is the Pilot Custom 823 with Montblanc Bordeaux.

Some links of interest from the past week…

Rosetta – ESA on Flickr // Starting things off-topic but these photos are amazing. Sure, the landing wasn’t perfect and it’s not getting enough sun. But the thing was launched 10 years ago and hit a moving comet so a slight miss seems inevitable. There’s still hope it will revive itself when the comet gets closer to the sun.

Montblanc Meisterstück 90 Years Skeleton (2014) – KMPN // I haven’t decided if I like the looks of this pen or not. At them moment I’m on the side of liking it.

Récife Fountain Pen Quick Review – THE UNROYAL WARRANT // It’s always nice to uncover a forgotten fountain pen.

One Week With: The Noodler’s Ebonite Konrad — The Gentleman Stationer // A rarely reviewed pen.

Levenger True Writer Select Fountain Pen Review — The Pen Addict // I’ve never been a fan of Levenger, but I appear to be in the minority.

Review: Parker 51 — Alt. Haven // Despite being a classic I could never get into hooded nibs

Why Analog? – The Cramped

First Impression: Field Notes ‘Ambition’ Edition — Modern Stationer // This will be my last subscription shipment and I don’t plan to renew. This edition seems cool but I don’t think I’ll end up using them.

Writing in the trenches – Palimpsest // Some nice advertising history.

Six pens to rule them all? – these beautiful pens // I’m down to 9 inked pens. I’m not sure I can get to six and I’m 99.9% sure I couldn’t stay with six for a whole month.

Guide Sheets Updated: Graph Paper Added! – The Well-Appointed Desk // * A nice resource.*

Great Pen Stores: Kinokuniya Books — The Gentleman Stationer // My local stationary store is closing, but stores like this may make a NYC trip worth it.

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links.

Sunday Notes and Links

I may have to give back my FP Geeks pen. I barely touched my fountain pens this past week. When I did reach for pen it was a fountain pen, it’s just that I didn’t reach very often. So no favorite pen this week since I used whichever was handy at the time.

Some links of interest from the past week…

Sailor Nioi-sumire Update – An Inkophile’s Blog // Words to live by – “Keep the ink flowing…”

Sealing the Deal, with a Chop – Penucopia // A type of seal I’d never heard of, until now.

NaNoWriMo – My Analogue Tools – Pete Denison // Pete shares his NaNoWriMo tools. And thanks for the link Pete.

Iroshizuku Yama-Budo Review – The Passionate Penman

Distressing News! – The Frugal Fountain Pen // I love the link of distressed leather.

Noodler’s Habanero ink review – Pens! Paper! Pencils! // Among the inks I never use this has to be my favorite. Every time I read a review of it I make a mental note to ink it up but I rarely do.

Brad Dowdy’s sweet setup – The Sweet Setup

Review: A Trio of M101N’s – The Pelikan’s Perch

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links.

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Pilot Vanishing Point Maple Wood 2013 Limited EditionI didn’t have a clear favorite fountain pen and ink combo this week. I seemed to pick a different pen each time I reached for one. I did ink up a new pen this week since I needed the benefits of an easily uncapped fountain pen to take notes during a class. I know clicking isn’t exactly uncapping but it accomplishes the same thing. So my Pilot Vanishing Point Maple Wood got a extra fine nib swap and then a Pilot Black ink cartridge. Currently I prefer cartridges in my Vanishing Points. For one, I have them and I hate to waste ink. But it’s mainly because they not only hold more ink but it’s easier to check the ink level. I do like Pilot ink so I’ve never had the motivation to save the empty cartridges for bottled ink.

Some links of interest from the past week:

OMAS OGIVA – canetas e coisas // I love the color of this pen.

EPIC Goulet Announcement – Ink Nouveau // Goulet Pens is changing but ink drop is delayed another month. As compensation we can all get ink samples on sale.

Karas Kustoms Ink Review — Modern Stationer // The Ink was my first Karas Kustoms pen and I do like mine. I quickly wrote through the first converter fill. It’s not currently inked because I have so many pens already inked. But it’s waiting.

Fountain Pen Day Giveaway: Pilot Metropolitan (Fine Nib) — The Gentleman Stationer // Fountain Pen Day is November 7th. There’s a lot of sales and giveaways going on, this is just one.

Swan’s Big Red – Crónicas Estilográficas // It’s not the Swan pen company I think of when I hear the name. Until I read this I never knew there was a Japanese Swan pen company.

NOODLER’S INK NEPONSET FOUNTAIN PEN – Noodler’s Ink // The long awaited Noodler’s Neponset pen is official and will arrive any day now. While I find the pen interesting I won’t be in the queue to get one. The music nib isn’t for me. But I do look forward to reading the reviews

Rotring Inventory V Unknown / Rotring Dolmakalem Envanteri V Bilinmeyenler – Write to Me Often // Four pens I wouldn’t have guessed are Rotrings

Montblanc Meisterstuck 90 years Permanent Grey – Inkdependence! // I like this ink so much I bought a second bottle, even though it’s on the expensive side of the scale.

Parker IM Premium Fountain Pen: Emerald Pearl M Nib – The Well-Appointed Desk // Every time my eye catches a photo of this pen I think “Vacumatic” because of the etched lines although as the review points out, and a closer look at any photo shows, this is not a Vacumatic. It does sound like a solid fountain pen in its own right.

Epic Ink Test, R2M3 – Fountain Pen Physicist

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links.

Sunday Notes and Links

Karas Kustoms Ink Fountain Pen on eagleI usually try to change up my fountain pen from day to day and I typically gravitate to one pen over the others. But this week I kept right on using the Karas Kustoms Ink until I wrote it dry. No other pen really had a chance to become a favorite this week, so the Karas Kustoms Ink repeats as my favorite for a second week.

So links of interest from the past week…

Pelikan Maki-e Unique Collection Auction 2014 – The Pelikan’s Perch // Beautiful but expensive fountain pens.

Scottsdale Pen Company – My Local Brick and Mortar – The Clicky Post // I wish I had one of these I could call local.

Caran d’Ache Divine Pink – Inkdependence! // The name doesn’t seem to mach the color.

Ink Review – J. Herbin Poussiere de Lune – Fountain Pen Physicist // I think I like this ink although I’m not sure why. I may have to try it.

Are you a pen person, the vocabulary version. – Leigh Reyes. My Life As a Verb. // Well, are you?

Baron Fig Apprentice Review — Modern Stationer // A new entry in the pocket notebook arena. I don’t need one but I’ll probably try one (or 1 three pack) eventually.

Maruman Mnemosyne N196 Notebook Review — The Pen Addict // I love Steno style notebooks and use one as my daily notetaker. The Doane Jotter is my standard and the Maruman may be too expensive for what I use it for. But I’ll certainly keep it in mind.

Sailor King of Pen Fountain Pen (video) – Hey there! SBREBrown // I love the look of this pen, but not the price.

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links

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Karas Customs Ink Fountain Pen uncappedMy favorite pen of the last week was the one that just arrived this week. The Karas Customs Ink with Montblanc Mystery Black is almost through its first converter fill. It’s a big pen, and while it is heavy it isn’t as heavy as its solid steel bar looks make it out to be. I still haven’t used it for longer than about 20 minutes at one time, but I haven’t felt any fatigue.

Some links I found interesting this past week…

Modern Stationer – // I’m trying to make my podcast listening less tech-centric and this looks like a good addition*

Commonplace Book Ideas – The Well-Appointed Desk // Some good journaling ideas

Take a 10 minute survey to win great Pelikan prizes! – FPGeeks // Interesting survey which doesn’t take long to fill out.

Parker Quink Blue Black ink review – Peninkcillin // I don’t see many reviews of this ink. I tried it once myself but wasn’t impressed

M201 – No, It’s Not a Typo – The Pelikan’s Perch

Kaweco ink cartridge giveaway – Pens! Paper! Pencils! // I have a rather large supply of Kaweco cartridges and enjoy the ink. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed if you win.

Epic ink test, R1M6 – Fountain Pen Physicist // Six months, more patience than I have.

Collectible: Peter Pan fountain pen – On Fountain Pens

Anyone for Terry’s? A short review of Cult Pens/Diamine ‘deep dark orange’ – A fool with a pen

Lamy 80 Fountain Pen Review / Lamy 80 Dolmakalem – Write to Me Often // A thinner Lamy 2000

The Basics: Cleaning A Fountain Pen With A Converter – Gourmet Pens

Doane Paper Utility Journal: Large Size — The Gentleman Stationer // I’ve always loved the paper and I’m learning to like the size. I just added a few to my stash.

Visconti Opera Master Demo Fountain Pen – Hey there! SBREBrown // A beautiful pen

The full list of links can be found at fountain pen links.

Sunday Notes and Links

Rotring 600 Lava and Athena Sepia InkThis week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combo was the Rotring 600 Lava with Athena Sepia ink. Both are new to me. The Rotring 600 has an extremely smooth nib, so smooth I can forgive it for being a medium. The Athena Sepia ink has a nice color and puts down a line true to the nib width.

For a full list of the fountain pen related articles I read this week you can visit Fountain Pen Links. The ones I especially enjoyed are:

Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze Age Fountain Pen Review – // I love the look of these pens although I prefer the silver trim of the Steel Age.

Sailor Kingdom Note Tanna Japonensis – inklode // A very nice looking green that is unfortunately only available in Japan.

Pen Shows: What To Expect, What To Do – Hey there! SBREBrown // Good video explaining what to expect when going to a pen show

Montblanc 149 Meisterstück Fountain Pen Review – THE UNROYAL WARRANT // Good review of a less than ideal pen and pen purchase.

Faber-Castell Basic Fountain Pen in Carbon Fibre – East…West…Everywhere // My particular FC Basic also had a smooth nib but started leaking so it’s waiting for me to look at it.

Review: Clairefontaine ME Notebooks – The Well-Appointed Desk // I use both digital and paper, yet I’ve skipped any notebooks that try to link the two. These notebooks take a different slant on the linkage.

Doane Paper Utility Notebook Review — The Pen Addict // My favorite pocket notebooks.

Notebooking Strategies — The Gentleman Stationer // I’m still trying to figure this out. I have the work notebook, a scratchpad and recently a journal.

Heart & Soul: A Visit to Write Notepads & Co. – From the Pen Cup // A look at one notebook manufacturer.

Esterbrook J – Thepencilcaseblog // Interesting story of a first Esterbrook purchase