Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – June 17, 2018

No fountain pens were written dry this past week. I did ink up one new pen. More on that down below.

I did have two new stationery related arrivals this past week.

Retro 51 Corona on a pen standThe first to arrive was my eighteenth Retro 51, the Retro 51 Corona. The Corona isn’t officially a Vintage Metalsmith, but it’s very much a Metalsmith in spirit. The Corona is the first pen in the Smithsonian Collection. The barrel is inspired by the bronze-metal lattice on the outside of the National Museum of African American History and Culture building. The pens are numbered, but not limited. Mine is number 490.

This pen was an insta-buy for me once it became available. Everything about its design is what drew me to the Vintage Metalsmiths. The design is either the metal itself or created with the metal of the pen, no printing needed. In this case, the latticework is raised over the barrel. The raised lattice prevents slippage when holding the metal barrel, although it’s not sharp or uncomfortable.

I would typically swap the standard .7mm refill with a .6mm or the newly discovered .4mm gel refill. I’m out of refills and decided to go with the original, rather than order one. If the .7mm refill bothers me, I’ll swap it with one in another pen.

The Corona has taken its place on my desk.

Montblanc Petit Red Fox ink cartridges and writing sample

The second item, ordered mainly to get me above the $50 free shipping, was a pack of Montblanc Petit Prince Red Fox cartridges. I wanted to try the new Montblanc ink but didn’t want a whole bottle of ink added to my collection. Plus, like I said it got me the free shipping.

Only after I ordered it did I realize how few of my frequently used pens take international cartridges. Sailor and Pilot are proprietary, and Pelikan is a piston filler. My first choice was my Edison Huron Grande with an extra fine nib. The ink and pen did not get along. The line was so thin and dry that it was barely legible, and it looked terrible. I moved the cartridge to a Karas Kustoms Ink with a medium nib, and it was fine. It’s a beautiful red color.

Links

Comparison: Baron Fig Squire vs. Retro 51 Tornado — The Gentleman Stationer

In praise of the Leuchtturm 1917, A5 notebook. | Fountain pen blog

Roterfaden Update 2018 – Pens! Paper! Pencils!

The Letters of Kurt Vonnegut and Letter Writing Club This Thursday – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

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Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – June 10, 2018

Aurora Optima pen on knight pen stand with a little of Montblanc Beatles inkI finally wrote another pen dry, bringing the remaining inked fountain pens down to a mere dozen. The Aurora Optima with its medium nib and Montblanc Psychedelic Purple “The Beatles” ink went dry.

I also finally started cleaning some empty pens. Usually I’m good at cleaning out a pen after it goes dry. Both because it’s usually easier before the remaining ink can dry up, and because I hate tackling a bunch of fountain pens all at once. There were four to be cleaned. Not bad, but still more than my patience can usually handle. So far, only two have been cleaned.

Links

Crónicas Estilográficas: Carving // Combines my interest in vintage pens and my interest in filling systems.

Currently Inked – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

Note taking | paperinkplan

STORE VISIT: FONTOPLUMO IN DELFT! | The Pencilcase Blog

Vintage Pen News: Yet another eBay scam

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – June 3, 2018

Edison Menlo Pump Filler with Athena Sepia ink bottleWriting this post is getting tedious, another week with little fountain pen usage. My most used pen & ink of the week was the Edison Menlo Pump Filler with Athena Sepia ink. It bullied it’s way into my hand. When I pulled it out to use it over a week ago, the nib was dry and beyond a hard start. So when I got a chance I wetted the nib (quick trip through the faucet stream of water) and started using it. Being carried around and used each day, even a little, has kept the ink flowing nicely. I love the combination when the ink flows. While it’s a combination that needs to be used, it’s not a chore to use it.

I finally decided to order The System Retro 51, so I’ll have one coming later this month. Based on an email I received, the second batch was slower to sell out, and only about half of us who expressed interest actually ordered one. He’s considering a third batch, but there’s a 300 pen minimum order, so it’s not an easy decision, and he’s still trying to gauge interest. (It’s easy to express interest, harder to lay out the bucks, so I’m sure well over 300 people will need to be interested.)

I was lucky enough to see the first batch before it sold out, although I passed at that time. I want to avoid impulse pen purchases these days, so I have a 24-hour rule. By then the first batch was sold out. I really like the space-themed Retros and this one was unlike any of the others. This is the most I’ve paid for a Retro 51 which is what made me hesitate.

Links

My Experiences Holiday Sketching. — The Finer Point

montblanc elixir colorist collection inks (2018) | KMPN

Rome Store Recap – Hand Over That Pen

Stationery Packing List for a Writer’s Conference — The Pen Addict

Visconti Homo Sapiens Dark Age Fountain Pen Review – Pens! Paper! Pencils!

Writing These Days – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

EPA paid $1,560 for 12 fountain pens – CNNPolitics // No mention of the pen brand, but $130 per fountain pen doesn’t seem so bad. Somehow I suspect these pens were more show than substance.

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – May 27, 2018

It’s memorial day weekend here in the U.S., which makes it the unofficial start of summer, even though summer doesn’t officially start for another few weeks. A couple days of 80º+ temperatures, although it’s supposed to dip into the low 60’s today. The humidity has yet to take hold, so it’s comfortable enough to sit on the porch and do some writing, without sweating all over the paper.

It’s all relative, but my fountain pen usage did pick up this past week, although it’s still low. Mostly lists and notes, but a few brainstorming sessions and article drafts were thrown into the mix. My favorite pen & ink were the Fisher of Pens Hermes, with its fine nib and Iroshizuku Shin-Ryoku ink. The pen was written dry. When it went dry my usage of the Sailor KOP picked up, even though it’s a wider medium nib.

Links

Compartmentalising with Notebooks — The Finer Point // Multiple notebooks always made sense to me, yet in practice, it failed miserably for me. I never had the right notebook handy, or having to go find the right notebook was too much of a speed bump.

Chicago Pen Show 2018 Recap (Part 2) – The Well-Appointed Desk

Vintage Pen News: Fake alert: advertising signs from India

InkSmudge.net| Finding out what I enjoy to use

May 2018 Pen & Ink Pairing – Hand Over That Pen

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – May 20, 2018

It’s been a slow two weeks for fountain pen usage, embarrassing for a guy with a fountain pen blog. Just the usual quick notes and checklists. No pens written dry so no new pens inked up.

Photo of the Sailor KOP and Fisher of Pens Hermes

Still the most used couple of pens this past week.

Links

Chicago Pen Show 2018 Recap – The Well-Appointed Desk

Chicago Pen Show Write-up – SquishyInk

Clips | Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Ink Review: Waterman Audacious Red – The Well-Appointed Desk

My Supply Room: More Glow In The Dark Retro 51 Pens

Pen & Ink Pairing: April 2018 – Hand Over That Pen

Fake vintage pens on eBay – Vintage Pen News

Off-Topic (long read): The Long Way Round: The Plane that Accidentally Circumnavigated the World