Ink Decluttering

The ink has been claimed. Scott was the first to respond and answer the question. Closing comment.

It time to get rid of some ink and straighten out my cluttered and overflowing ink drawers. I’m trying something a little different for this and if it works out I’ll get rid of some more ink. Unfortunately this is for delivery in the United States only.

The way this works is I filled a USPS medium flat rate box with ink and will send it to one person who agrees to pay $30, including shipping. Payment is not until after the ink arrives safely and is inspected. Once it arrives that person will send me $30 via PayPal send money to friends or Square Cash.

Some (maybe all) the ink has been opened and used for a fill or two. There is at least 75% of ink left in each bottle. The ink in the photo is included, I had room when packing the box so added 3 more bottles that aren’t pictured. So the included ink is the complete 10 ink Diamine Music Set plus 11 more bottles. Diamine Music Ink writing samples are in this post.

The ink goes to the first person to claim it (U.S. shipping only). To claim it either add a comment to this post or contact me using the contact form. Include a mention of your favorite ink color as a small hurdle to verify you read the entire post. Please use a valid email address (it will not be shared with anyone) in the email field so I can contact you. Do not include your address in the comment since it will be visible, I’ll get it via email.

The Ink

Currently Inked – October 2017

There’s still a few fountain pens inked up from the August pen party but most have gone dry, either through use or evaporation. My fountain pen use was a little low through September. Two party pens were promoted to the regular rotation, the remaining party pens will go dry soon enough since they got very little ink. I’ve resisted using them because I’m still behind on my pen cleaning.

The two piston filler party pens (Pelikan Shanghai and Lamy 2000) were promoted to the regular rotation. Since both would be tedious to clean no matter how much ink they got I filled them with a reliable ink that could stick around awhile.

The Aurora Optima was the only pen written dry during the month.

I’m anxious to ink up one (or both) of my Visconti pens but I’m trying to resist until I write another couple pens dry. But if I was a betting man I’d bet on them both being inked up before November 1st.

The pens inked up for October:

Currently Inked Pen Tray - October 2017

Currently Inked Uncapped - October 2017

Currently Inked Writing Samples - October 2017

Ink & Pen Notes: Aurora Optima Nero Perla (M) with Aurora Black

Aurora Optima Nero Perla (M) with Aurora Black ink bottleThe Aurora Optima Nero Perla, with its medium nib, was inked with Aurora Black for just over 3 months. While that’s a long time, even for me, the pen had a lot of competition for my attention.

There’s not much for me to say about this combination. They go together – the black and white pen and the deep, dark black ink. They happen to be from the same brand.

I like the deep black of the ink, although it’s a little wet for my tastes and that did make me pass over the pen a couple of times. I am becoming more comfortable with medium nibs, especially for sit down, long writing sessions. This pen is also one I like a lot.

For now the Aurora Optima and Aurora Black ink will have a bit of a break.

Aurora Optima Nero Perla (M) with Aurora Black ink writing sample

Fountain Pen Book Sale

I’m cleaning out my bookshelves and have decided to sell the following fountain pen books. They will be available to my readers until Saturday (noon Eastern Time) when they will go up on eBay for higher prices (sometimes significantly higher). Shipping is to the United States only and is free through USPS Media Mail. I will provide other shipping if you request it but keep in mind that these are heavy books.

These books are now listed on eBay. Click the picture to go to the eBay listing. I will offer a 10% discount to FPQuest readers. To get the discount click the “Ask a Question” link toward the bottom of the listing. In your question mention coupon code “FPQuest” or mention you saw the book on this site. I’ll reply with an offer that’s 10% less than the listed price. All offers are subject to prior sale until you actually buy the book. The discount does not apply to shipping should you pick a non-free shipping method. International shipping is available through the eBay Global Shipping Program, please carefully review the shipping & customs charges before buying the book.

I hate to limit shipping to the US but it will be expensive internationally since the books are heavy. I’ve also had recent issues with the USPS with international shipping which, while no items were lost, the delays and hassles were a problem. When they go on eBay they will be available internationally through eBay Global shipping. (Although I suspect international shipping and import taxes could exceed the cost of the book in some cases. but at least eBay will calculate all that before you buy.) I’ll update this post should they go on eBay.

To purchase you can use the contact form or email me at ray [@] Payment will be via PayPal after I send an invoice. These prices are firm although if you buy three books at once, shipped to the same U.S. address, by noon EDT this coming Saturday I’ll take 10% off the total.

Parker Vacumatic by Geoffrey Parker, David Shepherd and Dan Zazove – $99.00

ISBN: 0954687531

Covers the Parker Vacumatic from 1932-1948 and includes 100’s of illustrations and photos. Book is in excellent condition. No torn or written on pages. Binding in good conditions. Hardcover. The dust cover is a little shelf worn but not torn.

Parker Vacumatic book front

Fountain Pens Past & Present, Second Edition, by Paul Erano – $29

ISBN: 9781574323856

Book is in excellent condition. Hard Cover. No torn or written on pages. Binding in good conditions.  There’s a penciled inventory/price notation in the top corner of the black page facing the from cover.

Fountain Pens Past and Present front cover

Fountain Pens: United States of America and United Kingdom by Andreas Lambrou – $39.00

ISBN: 0856675326

250 Pages, 540 Color Illustrations, 60 hand produced line drawings. Hardcover.

Covers the most important fountain pens from the U.S. and U.K.

Fountain Pens book front

Fountain Pens and Pencils: The Golden Age of Writing Instruments, 3rd Edition by George Fischler & Stuart Schneider – $59

ISBN: 9780764328398


Fountain Pens and Pencils front cover

Parker “51” by David and Mark Shepherd, 2004 – $99.00

ISBN: 0954687515

Covers the history of the iconic Parker 51 fountain pen in 167 pages with hundreds of illustrations and photos. Hardcover with dust jacket.

Front cover of Parker "51" book.

Parker Duofold by David Shepherd and Dan Zazove, 2006 – $79.00 – Sold

ISBN: 0954687523

All about the Parker Duofold in 362 pages with hundreds of photos and illustrations. Paperback. The front and back covers are scuffed. The book has obviously been read but the pages are still tightly bound. No torn or stained pages. No writing on the pages.

Parker Duofold book cover fron

Currently Inked – September 2017

This Currently Inked is extremely late but at least the month is less than half over. I actually started writing it as August ended and I’ve updated it to be current. My update was more deleting than actual updating so I could get it posted and in the past.

I had a bit of a pen party to coincide with the Washington D.C. Pen Show since I wasn’t able to attend the show in early August. I inked up 16 fountain pens for the party. Ten of them were inked from the Diamine Music Ink collection. I’d used a couple of the inks but most were unused and it was time to give them a try.

The Diamine Music Bach was the only ink I hated. It crept everywhere and I’m still trying to get it out of the converter where a purplish sheen continues to cling to the sides. It was the only party pen to be flushed early.

Because of the pen party I started September with all the fountain pens that were inked up when August began. After September began I did write a couple fountain pens dry. The Pilot Vanishing Point went dry although I immediately popped in another Pilot Black cartridge. The Aurora Optima went dry a couple days ago and I’ll be flushing it out. If the party pens don’t go dry this month I’ll probably have a pen flush part at the end of the month.

I started the month with the following pens and inks.

Currently Inked
Currently Inked Uncapped
Currently Inked Writing Samples

The following pens and inks were invited to the pen party.

Pen Party

Pen Party Writing Samples

Franklin-Christoph Writing Sample

Commonwealth (Boston) Pen Show – 2017

Pen Show Flyer

The Commonwealth Pen Show kicks off in a few hours, running Sunday September 10, 2017 from 9am to 5pm. It’s at the same location just north of Boston, at the Holiday Inn Boston Bunker Hill Area. Same hotel but in a new, bigger room. Full details are on their website. The vendor count tops 50 this year. As usual, Nathan from Noodler’s ink will have a special pen show ink.

I won’t be able to attend this year either, but it’s good to see that the show continues to grow. They also added (unless I missed them in last year’s details) a couple workshops on Saturday. So the show is getting closer to a two day show which I’d be more likely to attend in the future.

Currently Inked – August 2017

I ended July with some heavy fountain pen usage and wrote five pens dry in the final days of the month.

The pens written dry were:

Visconti Brunelleschi (medium) with Callifolio Aurora
Fisher of Pens Hermes (F) with P.W. Akkerman #28 Hofkwartier Groen
Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe (EF) with Sailor Nano Sei-Boku (Blue-Black)
Sheaffer Balance Aspen (F/M) with Montblanc Permanent Grey
Visconti Homo Sapien (EF) with P.W. Akkerman #12 Mauritshuis Magenta

I inked up two fountain pens to bring me up to nine inked fountain pens as August begins. The Washington D.C. Pen Show is this weekend. I won’t be attending this year so I’ll probably ink up several of my pens over the next few days and have a mini pen show of my own.

The first newly inked pen is the Franklin-Christoph Model 20 “Marietta” in Vintage Green acrylic and a medium stub nib. I picked Kaweco Purple in a cartridge this time around. This is a pen that has leaked in the past, although never while actually using it. I intended to treat it gingerly the last time I inked it up but forgot and it did a lot of traveling in my bag before I remembered and there was already a lot of ink it the cap. This time it’s not in the case and I’ll give it a couple weeks of light use to see if it leaks. Then I’ll add it back to my case to see if it just handles jostling far worse than other pens. Or maybe it was my ink choice since it hasn’t leaked every time. I promised myself that if it does leak this time I’ll try to fix the issue rather than putting it aside to tackle later.

The Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen also returned to the rotation in it’s now familiar role of testing new inks. Well, inks that are new to me. I find that its medium nib is ideal for bringing out the best in an ink while not being too wide for me to use regularly. This time it gets Callifolio Téodora ink. It’s a green ink and my first impression is: Nice!

August 2017 starts with the following pens and inks:

Currently Inked (capped) - August 2017

Currently Inked (uncapped) - August 2017

Currently Inked Writing Samples - August 2017

Additional Reading

Pen & Ink Pairing: July ’17 – Hand Over That Pen