Sunday Notes and Links

It’s not actually Sunday yet, at least in my corner of the earth. But I just finished an annoying pen cleaning session and wanted to relax with some reading. So here’s some links and notes but first I’ll gripe about cleaning the pens.

I started with cleaning the Sailor Black out of my Sailor Pro Gear Imperial. I didn’t really need to remove all traces since it would be getting a refill of the same ink. So naturally, all traces of the ink were gone in two flushes of an ear syringe.

Then it was on to cleaning the Diamine Ochre from my Edison Collier. It took seemingly forever to remove all traces of the red dyes. It wasn’t dried out or stained and the water actually looked clear after a couple of flushes. But every time I shook the nib into a paper towel there were those red traces. Did some soaking and more flushes than I could count to remove all traces. Almost refilled the pen with ink as the path of least resistance to cover up the remaining traces.

The third ink was Waterman Blue-Black which wasn’t bad at all. Not as easy as the Sailor Black, but not nearly as rough as the Ochre.

That was enough work so it was time to read some links I saved up over the week.

Anderson Pens and Edison Pens have extended the buying period for their LE bulb filler. I like both pens, especially the ebonite one. They’re making it tough, but I’m still going to pass on these.

FPGeeks is giving away a Delta Fusion 82 fountain pen. marketing BS aside, this seems like a nice pen so I’ll be entering. Besides, the entry is via snail mail so it’s a great reason to use a fountain pen. The pen seems like a pretty good value based on their review. If I don’t win I’ll add it to my list of pens of interest.

Also at FPGeeks, Stephen Brown had an Inkcyclopedia entry for Montblanc Toffee Brown. I like the ink and naturally I want it. But I already have some brown ink samples to work through so I’ll wait until it makes sense to get a sample.

I thought I was nuts when I added three Platinum 3776 Century pens to my accumulation at year end. But I’m not alone as Inkophile also has 3 on their desk to start the year.

EdJelly has a review of the Banditapple Carnet Handy Notebook. I had been interested in these because they seemed reasonably priced. The review saved me some money.

I don’t have any vintage pens and I can’t say I have a interest in a specific vintage segment, but I do love reading through Greg Minuskin’s website. Since there’s so many reasonably priced pens there it’s probably only a matter of time before I give in and add a vintage pen to my collection.

Lastly, Inkdependence has a review of Diamine Ancient Copper, one of my favorites and currently in my Edison Nouveau Encore.