Sunday Notes and Links

Franklin-Chrostoph and Sailor Storia ink

Franklin-Christoph Model 19 (top) and Model 25 (bottom) with Sailor Storia Balloon Green Ink

This week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination is picked because of it uniqueness. The Franklin-Christoph Model 19 (aka 1901) with Sailor Storia Balloon Green ink. The Model 19 has a broad stub nib from Mike Masuyama. A broad nib of any sort is outside my comfort zone but the stub gives the pen some character. While not a pen I’d pick as a daily writer it provided a nice change of pace.

Some links of interest…

RE-REVIEW: PILOT VANISHING POINT FOUNTAIN PEN – The Pencilcase Blog // Opinions change over time with experience.

My Security Blanket: Traveling With Too Many Pens – From the Pen Cup // I can’t say much. When I used to work out of an office over an hour from home I brought as many, if not more, more inked fountain pens into the office each day.

Anatomy of a Fountain Pen – Goulet Pens Blog // A nice graphic along with a description of each part.

Today’s Tools – 7/28/15 — Reverenced Writing // Always good to see what actually gets used.

August Loadout — The Finer Point // I like the choices.

Benefits of a Relationship with a Retailer — Fountain Pen Economics // I pretty much agree with this article. I tend to avoid shopping for the lowest price on the internet but do spread my purchases across a small number of retailers. For the more expensive pens I’ve pretty much settled on Classic Fountain Pens.

Hobonichi Planner Review — The Pen Addict // I’ve been using the Techno all year. While I like it I may not keep it going next year.

Tachikawa Straight Nib Holder Review – The Passionate Penman

Tale of a Vandal Pen Collector: Let’s Do the Twist – Peaceable Writer

Paper love – bookbinding – these beautiful pens

Form Versus Function – Pens! Paper! Pencils!

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links. If you’re looking for information about a specific pen or ink be sure to visit Pennquod.

Sunday Notes and Links

I didn’t do much writing this week so this week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination wouldn’t really mean much, especially since it would also be the fountain pen that still has that new pen glow. So I won’t pick it as a repeat favorite, but the Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe was my most used fountain pen this week.

Some links of interest…

“It’s just a pen….” — The Clicky Post // I agree with the sentiment of this post, especially the lines “Do new things still excite me? Sure! But is the compulsion to go buy everything the same? Not as much. What I’ve found is I feel a bit more connected and appreciate what I am using more.”

Pilot Capless – 1984 – FCN–500R and variations – Crónicas Estilográficas // I often add the older Capless to my want list, then I see them at a pen show and there’s always something that keeps me from pulling the trigger and buying one. Then it gets dropped from my want list

Guide to Fountain Pen Nibs: Troubleshooting Tips and Tricks – // Good article with lots of tips. I do take exception to one, although it’s commonly recommended. The idea of using a paper bag (of unknown grit) to try and smooth down a nib makes me cringe.

Choosing My Tier 1 Pens — The Pen Addict // Brad picked his Tier 1 pens. They were also discussed on the Pen Addict Podcast episode #164. It’s heavy with pens that have an emotional attachment and not his choice of “the best” pens.

Review: Pilot Myu 701 — Alt. Haven // Another older, but not vintage, Pilot pen style that’s recently popular. A nice pen but I’m not drawn to buy one.

Another DIY Notebook For Fountain Pens – An Inkophile’s Blog // I’m not ambitious enough to try this, but I like to see the unique solutions others put together.

Dip Pen Modification – Calligraphy Nut // Another DIY project that’s interesting, even if not for me.

The TWSBI Eco has been released. I fear the quality of this pen based on TWSBI history and that this is an even lower cost pen. I won’t be getting one, but if you’re interested Ed Jelley has his first impressions and Dan Smith has a video review. Brian Goulet (of Goulet Pens) has a great post that answers a lot of questions about the TWSBI Eco.

Making a Silver Platinum Converter – I Laike Pens // Platinum does sell a silver converter, but if you’ve got a demonstrator Platinum and want to save a few bucks this may be worth your time.

Jinhao X750 Fountain Pen Review – My Pen Needs Ink

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links. If you’re looking for information about a specific pen or ink be sure to visit Pennquod.

Sunday Notes and Links

Sailor Professional Gear Regency Stripe writing sampleThis week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination is an obvious choice. It’s my shiny and new Sailor Professional Gear Regency Stripe with R & K Blau-Schwarz LE. I did use other pens earlier in the week so I could write them dry and concentrate on using the Regency Stripe.

Some links of interest…

Midori Traveler’s Notebook Follow-Up – The Well-Appointed Desk // The current state of the MTN after 4 months of use.

Follow-Up: Stillman & Birn Epsilon Sketchbook – The Well-Appointed Desk // Another look at a well-used notebook.

A Pen Geek’s Pen: The Conid Bulkfiller Minimalistica — The Gentleman Stationer // A nice looking pen with an interesting filling system. It’s a pen that I should want, at least a little, yet it doesn’t do anything for me.

My favourite ink — The Finer Point // I have to admit I went through my own “bold colors” phase.

Notebook Stories: A Blog About Notebooks, Journals, Moleskines, Blank Books, Sketchbooks, Diaries and More – Notebook Stories

Pares – canetas e coisas

Field Notes Colors: Workshop Companion — Three Staples

Montblanc Meisterstück 149 75th Anniversary Fountain Pen Review – Hey there! SBREBrown

Montblanc 149 Diplomat (80s vintage) –

The Watermen and the Sailors: A Love Story – From the Pen Cup

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links. If you’re looking for information about a specific pen or ink be sure to visit Pennquod.

Sunday Notes and Links

Pilot Vanishing Point Maplewood XXXF nibThis week’s favorite fountain pen/ink is a holdover from last week. An unassuming nib that I really like, It fits perfectly with the functionality of the Vanishing Point, at least for me. The pen won’t be back next week because I wrote it dry last night and will be cleaning it out (Pen & Ink Notes soon). I’m resisting inking it up so I can give some other pens a chance.

I have two new fountain pens due to arrive next week. Two of the remaining three pens on my “wanted list”, although the third is still just a concept (a pen that can handle my screw-in Esterbrook nibs) than a specific pen. So I better get going and write some of my current pens dry.

Some time ago I stopped including ink reviews in these Sunday Links. The sheer number made it hard to pick a favorite and there were two many to include them all. There are some sites that are mostly ink reviews, so I figured it would be good to provide a list.

As always, if you’re curious about a specific ink you can search for reviews on Pennquod. Here are some specific sites, in no particular order…



Fountain Pen Physicist has a good archive of ink reviews, especially the Epic Ink Tests. She’s since moved to The Purl Bug so subscribe to The Purl Bug for new reviews.


the desk of lori

An Inkophile’s Blog

Some additional links of interest…

Shop Visit + Haul: Choosing Keeping – All Things Stationery

A Rare Chance to Review a Pelikan Oblique nib – On Fountain Pens // Understandable, yet sad, that Pelikan no longer makes these nibs a factory option.

Review: Pilot Custom Heritage 91 — Alt. Haven

How I use my notebooks — The Finer Point

Shawn Newton Esterbrook Nib Holder – The Well-Appointed Desk // Still on my wanted list is a pen or nib holder for my Esterbrook nibs but along the lines of the larger pens that I prefer.

Tale of a Vandal Pen Collector: State of the Hoard – Peaceable Writer // A nice discussion of what pens were kept and some that weren’t.

Karas Kustoms Ink Fountain Pen Review – Pens! Paper! Pencils! // Still a favorite of mine, even though I don’t have one currently inked.

Jinhao X450 Flex Hack – Calligraphy Nut

Six months in… — Fountain Pen Economics // Congratulations on the milestone.

Namiki Nippon Art Flower Basket Fountain Pen Review – THE UNROYAL WARRANT // I’ve always liked these pens, at least aesthetically. I assume the Pilot (Namiki) nib is as good as the ones I’ve used. I’ve never been able to get past the price, although I didn’t realize second hand models sold for such a discount off the list price.

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links. If you’re looking for information about a specific pen or ink be sure to visit Pennquod.

Sunday Notes and Links

Pilot Vanishing Point Maplewood with XXXF nib and Pilot Black cartridgesThis week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination was picked by overwhelming use and has been here before. I was doing training this week, so I took a lot of notes. The Maplewood Pilot Vanishing Point with a XXXF nib and Pilot Black ink was perfect for this. Despite the very thin nib I’ve nearly written the pen dry.

I’ve recently become interested (obsessed?) with how people actually use their fountain pens, ink and paper. So links that fed this obsession jumped out at me. I contributed my own with how I’ve used my Nock Co. Fodderstack XL these past two months. July will have more articles along these lines, although I’ll start by stepping back to look at broader topics.

Let’s lead with a completely off-topic link. Cabel Sasser’s annual July 4th weird fireworks roundup. Always a amusing treat.

Some on-topic links of interest…
Due to the Saturday holiday this post was compiled and scheduled Friday night. Any link-worthy articles that appear on Saturday will be included next week.

Maruman Mnemosyne Imagination 180 Review — Reverenced Writing // The pad wasn’t suitable for the intended purpose but it eventually found an imaginative use.

Newton Shinobi – Clearly a Cut Above · Penucopia // A custom fountain pen used for over a year. Then two more were purchased and these included improvement , more like tweaks, over the original.

Notebook Addict of the Week: Wendy – Notebook Stories // A picture of all the journals used in just one year.

Status Symbols — Fountain Pen Economics // Several good points about things I’ve been thinking about lately, answering the question what do I really like?

Monthly Load Out: July 2015 — Gorgeous.Ink // I’ve always enjoyed seeing what people actually ink up.

Jinhao 599 fountain pen review – Peninkcillin // A year old fountain pen, a good time for a review.

June Stationery Carry — The Pen Addict // No surprise with the Nock Co. heavy carry, but as I said, I like seeing what people use. Especially when the provide the background that answers – Why?

Lamy Persona Fountain Pen – Write to Me Often // OK, not a lot of info about personal use, but it’s a pen I’ve never heard of or seen.

Pen Review: Karas Kustoms INK Fountain Pen in Raw Aluminum — the desk of lori // Lori does many ink reviews, which I don’t typically include in Sunday links. So when your done with this review browse around to see the ink reviews.

Mabie Todd Swan L205/62 | Goodwriterspens’s Blog // Beautiful

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links. If you’re looking for information about a specific pen or ink be sure to visit Pennquod.

Sunday Notes and Links

Pilot Vanishing Point Maplewood with XXXF nib and Pilot Black cartridgesThis week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination was another Pilot Vanishing Point. This time it was the Pilot Maplewood Vanishing Point with a XXXF nib that was purchased from Richard Binder. It has a Pilot Black ink cartridge which is dark enough for the thin line the nib puts down. I did a lot of note taking and writing in Field Notes so the thin nib was ideal. This weekend I’ll probably swap the nibs between my Cherry Bamboo and Maplewood VPs so I spend more time with my new Cherry Bamboo. Another reason I like the VPs, ease of nib swaps without having to empty the pen.

No comments, just my favorite links published this week..

Delfonics Rollbahn Notebook with Suica’s Penguin — Three Staples

The Swan Plug Filler. – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Papers of Montreal – Calligraphy Nut

Loadout For Five Weeks In Europe – THE UNROYAL WARRANT

A Guide to Buying Pelikan – The Pelikan’s Perch

New Write More Letters Page here on MPNI – My Pen Needs Ink

Staples Perforated Writing Pads – The Frugal Fountain Pen

Review: Platinum Carbon Pen – The Well-Appointed Desk

Pilot Custom Heritage 92 Fountain Pen – Pete Denison

Carolina Pen Company Custom Pens –

Pen Review: OMAS Ogiva Alba – The Pen Habit

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links. If you’re looking for information about a specific pen or ink be sure to visit Pennquod.

Sunday Notes and Links

Pilot Vanishing Point Cherry Bamboo on my Roterfaden TaschenbegleiterThis week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination is driven by the pen, and also that I like new things. The Pilot Cherry Bamboo Vanishing Point with a left oblique nib and a Pilot Blue cartridge is my choice. The blue ink is riding the coattails on the pen. I like the properties of the ink, but blue has never been a ink I liked. My first impressions of the Cherry Bamboo are here.

Don’t miss the mid-year giveaway, you have less than two weeks to enter.

I still have two fountain pens left for sale. I’m considering dropping the price of the Kaweco AC Sport to $80. Mention this and you can have the pen and leather sleeve for $80 plus shipping, even if I haven’t officially dropped the price yet. The price on the remaining VP is firm although I’ll take another $10 off if you take buy the AC Sport and the Vanishing Point.

Some links of interest…

Review: Lamy Scala Blue Black with 14K EF Nib AND Lamy Dialog 3 with 14K F Nib – The Well-Appointed Desk // A nice pen. Luckily I see enough things I don’t particularly like so I can say no.

ERO – canetas e coisas // I like this pen material although I think over time I’d grow to consider it ugly. Yet my first reaction was “Nice!”

Marlen Rainbow Over Hong Kong Fountain Pen Review – THE UNROYAL WARRANT // Weird

“Sheaffer’s take on Steel vs Gold nibs. 1982.” – edisonpenco on Twitter // More fodder for the gold vs. steel argument. As for me, if there is a choice I always pick steel.

Fountain Pen Aesthetics (Part 1) — Fountain Pen Economics // The first is a series of 5 posts, be sure to read them all. I haven’t read the entire series yet but it should make for some pleasant Sunday reading.

Pen Review: Delta Fusion 82 – The Pen Habit // I probably wouldn’t have bought this pen anyway, but the marketing on the nib turns me off completely and I couldn’t bring myself to buy it no matter how nice the rest of the pen is. And it is a nice looking pen.

Pilot Lady White Momiji Maple Fountain Pen – Write to Me Often // I never heard of this pen and was surprised to read it was picked up on a trip to America.

Three Everyday Old Pens – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Carried Away! book review – My Pen Needs Ink

Two Cute Fountain Pens (~$3 and below) – On Fountain Pens

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links. If you’re looking for information about a specific pen or ink be sure to visit Pennquod.