Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log #5: Year End Edition

The earth has completed another rotation around the sun and tradition dictates a recap of what happened during the trip and resolutions for the next trip.

My fountain pen interest was rekindled at the end of 2011. I’d been using them but sticking with the same pens and inks for long periods. I didn’t add any pens in 2007, 2008 or 2009 and only one in 2010. No new ink springs to mind during that time either. In late 2011 I added 4 new pens,

My first new pen of 2012 was a Pilot Vanishing Point in March. It was followed by another 46 pens during 2012. That includes by recent low-cost pen acquisition binge along with a couple that were ordered but have yet to arrive.

My favorite pen of the year was the Franklin-Christoph Model 66 Stabilis Desk Pen.

photo of the Franklin-Christoph Model 66 Stabilis Fountain Pen
Franklin-Christoph Model 66 Stabilis Fountain Pen

Both Edison and Franklin-Christoph were new brands to me. As I’m apt to do, I binged on their pens. There were 6 Edisons, including a Signature Line pen due in January. There were 5 Franklin-Christoph pens. Eleven pens from two brands I hadn’t heard if before the year began. Yup, a binge. By the end of the year my pen accumulation had exceeded 100 pens.

I  also binged on inks, ading them to my ink drawer faster than I can use them. Much of that is thanks to the Goulet Ink Drop membership. At last count I had 69 ink samples this year, and only a couple of them have been completely used.

I started this blog in August and this will be the 67th post. It’s a bit of circular thinking, but my main goal for this blog was to give me something to write with my pens. And from that point of view it’s succeeded as nearly all posts are initially drafted with pen and paper. This one with my Faber-Castell E-motion, mediam nib, with Diamine Oxblood ink.

According to stats I’ve had approximately 2,900 visitors from 66 countries. About half those visits were from the United States. The big bump came when Brad Dowdy, The Pen Addict, linked to my Stipula Model T post.

All things considered I’ve enjoyed the past year of fountain pens, despite the impact on my wallet.

The Year Ahead

I’m not much for resolutions, but some plans fir 2013 include…

  • Use what I have. I’ve no shortage of pens or inks, time to use them.
  • Try to focus new pen acquisitions for 2013. I’ve developed an interest in desk pens and clip-less pens so will explore those areas. I need to resist wanting every nice fountain pen. Nakaya fountain pens have caught my interest. I love the simple designs of the “Long” and Desk Pen models and they would be ruined with a clip. In addition, Edison will be announcing a new filling system in the new year. I suspect I’ll want it in a pen.
  • Attend a pen show. It will probably be the Washington D.C. show but I may try to get to one of the earlier east coast shows if the weather cooperates enough for driving.
  • Along with the first bullet point – more pen and ink reviews on the site. A weekly ink review should be possible. A pen review every two weeks may be a stretch, but ostly doable.

Happy New Year everyone!