This Just In: Pilot Vanishing Point Charcoal Marble 2012 LE

Pilot Black Marble VP

The second pen to be waiting for me when I got home last night was the Pilot Vanishing Point Charcoal Marble Limited Edition. The box calls it “Black Marble” but everyone is calling it “Charcoal Marble”.

I added this pen to my accumulation because I’m a huge fan of Vanishing Points and black pens. Although this isn’t really a black pen, the color is unique. The Charcoal Marble was even more impressive live than in pictures. My only hesitation in getting this was that it’s my fifth Vanishing Point which is more than I realistically would ever ink up at once. But once I saw the pen all buyer’s remorse vanished.

Each pen is engraved with its number around the center band. Mine is 1659 of 2012.

The only official nib is medium but I wasn’t concerned about the nib matching the box and being “official” for a collection. Many sellers are allowing nib swaps. I did consider getting the medium nib since I don’t have one among the interchangeable nibs I already have. But based on the way I used the VPs I decided to stick with a fine nib, even though it would be my third, I ordered from Richard Binder so expect the “Binderized” Fine nib to be a smooth writer right out of the box.

Vanishing Points use a proprietary Pilot cartridge or converter. The VPs are the few pens I regularly use with cartridges, but I’ll be starting this pen off with Montblanc Racing Green in the converter. I’s been a long time I used the Racing Green ink even though it was a past favorite.

I’ll have a review and more pictures once I’ve had some time using the pen.

This Just In: Franklin-Christoph Model 29 Bellus

Franklin-Christoph Model 29 in it box

One of two pens waiting for me when I arrive home last night was the Franklin-Christoph Model 29 Bellus. I ordered the fine steel nib from among the myriad of choices. Part of me felt I should try one of the kore exotic nib choices. It’s nie to see a manufacturer offer a wide variety of stock nibs. The pen is black lacquer with rhodium plated trim. I picked fire-engine red for the clip ring to add a splash of color.

The cap is attached to the pen via a magnet, both when covering the nib and when posting. I’m not yet sure if I like the magnetic cap. I’m a little concerned the cap could come loose too easily. We’ll see.

While I don’t typically post my pens when writing, I probably will with this one. The cap posts securely and I like the balance better than when not posted. But this is just a first impression so it’s take some writing to see if my opinion changes.

There’s significant engraving on the pen, including what Franklin-Christoph calls their “Paradox Pattern”. I like the look of this pen. The engraving isn’t overwhelming and I thinbk the pen has a classy look. It’s heavier than my other recent acquisitions, but not too heavy and with a solid feel.

The pen is a cartridge/converter fill and uses standard international cartridges. For the first ink I’ll be using Rohrer & Klingner Schreibtinte (Blue-Schwarz). It’s a limited edition ink that I’ve yet to use. It seems appropriate for this classy pen. Because of the engraving near the nib I’ll be inking directly to the cartridge rather than dipping the nib into the bottle. Cleaning the ink from the engraving could be a pain.

I’ll have a full review and more pictures once I’ve used the pen for a while. But my first impression is that this pen will be the start of a Franklin-Christoph addiction.

This Just In: Franklin-Christoph Model 66 Stabilis Desk Pen

Franklin-Christoph Model 66

A recent addition to my collection is the Franklin-Christoph Model 66 Stabilis Desk Pen. I’ve actually had it a couple weeks but I’m just getting around to inking it up. I’ve been admiring the Franklin-Christoph pens since learning of their existence. I like their style and they seem to be a good value. I have a couple of their pen cases, but this is my first foray into one of their pens. (I do have a second on the way).

This is a clip-less desk pen, with a flattened area on the barrel to prevent rolling off the desk. This, and the long length makes this a unique pen in my accumulation. I bought the pen with a extra fine steel nib. It will become apparent I have a preference for thin nibs.

For the first ink I picked De Atramentis Robert Louis Stevenson. It’s an ink from the blue family, but has a very purple look to it. This has been less purplish and more blue once the extra fine nib puts it down on paper.

The specs from the Franklin-Christoph website are:

  • Capped Length: 6.3″
  • Barrel Diameter at cap: .55″
  • Barrel Diameter at smallest part of the grip section: .41″
  • Cartridge/Converter that can use long or short international cartridges.
  • Can be converted to eyedropper fill

I’ll have a full review and better photos once I’ve used the pen for awhile. Anyone else used the Franlklin-Christoph desk pen?

This Just In: Edison Nouveau Premiere LE

Fine Steel Nib of the Edison Nouveau Premiere Cherry Cordial LE fountain pen

The latest addition to my collection is the Edison Nouveau Premiere Cherry Cordial Limited Edition. I got the pen for two main reason, It’s an Edison Pen and it’s made of Ebonite. After resisting for awhile I finally gave in and bought the pen. It arrived yesterday. The Nouveau Premiere series of pens are a collaboration between Brian Gray of Edison Pen and Brian Goulet of Goulet Pen and is only available through Goulet Pens.

The Cherry Cordial Ebonite gives the pen a nice vintage look. I chose a fine nib of two-tone steel from the numerous choices, including 18k gold nibs.

I chose Diamine Ancient Copper as the first ink for this pen. This is a new ink for me. The pen and the ink are a good match so far. Flow is smooth and skip-free. An excellent first impression.

I don’t post my pens so I’m not the best judge, but the cap seems loose when posted.

The pen specs (from the Goulet Pen website):

  • Capped Length: 150mm (8.9in)
  • Posted Length: 172mm (6.8in)
  • Body Length: 128mm (5in)
  • Nib Length: 23.5mm (0.9in)
  • Body Diameter: 12.5mm (0.5in)
  • Cap Diameter (w/clip): 17.5mm (0.7in)
  • Cartridge/Converter filling system – standard international

I’ll have a complete review once I’ve used the pen awhile.

Edison Nouveau Premiere Cherry Cordial LE #69 of 100 fountain pen

Welcome & An Introduction

My first encounter with a fountain pen was as a kid when I came across my grandfather’s fountain pen, a lever filler. I thought it was cool, but moved on to other things. I used disposable fountain pens off and on over the years, but nothing more elaborate than that.

About 10 years ago I started buying “real” fountain pens and I’ve accumulated over 60 since then. Some are “cheap” and some are anything but cheap. I had been telling myself that I was only buying pens I’d use regularly. While I do only buy pens I intend to use, the sheer quantity means many are infrequently used. I finally deciding I’ve crossed over into collecting and I need to organize my accumulated pens.

For the last few years I’ve limited my pen buying to just a couple pens which I “shopped” for at the end of the year. This year I’ve become re-addicted tio fountain pens and my accumulation is growing monthly. I hesitate to call it a collection because there’s no focus beyond what I like.

Currently, I only have modern fountain pens although that’s not a rule. I’ve also begun to explore ink more than I ever had in the past. Until this year it was usually just a few brands and colors.

This site will also give me a reason to use these pens and inks. Not because I need to use them to write about them, but because I’ll be writing out most of my posts in longhand before typing them in.

I’ll be writing from my own perspective as I explore and learn. So use the info at your own risk and feel free to add your own thoughts and opinions in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by.