With over a dozen pens inked as the year began I considered joining those that made resolutions to have fewer pens inked at one time. But I stopped making resolutions long ago and there’s no sense making one I know I’m going to break. Instead I’ll concentrate on why they’re inked and not worry about the number. At least until I start flushing unused ink down the drain or having to unclog pens.
My last “Always Inked” post contained just two pens, both desk pens. I make sure to write with each inked pen at least once a week and if it’s hard to get going I flush it out. So one of those desk pens was put on the shelf late last year after several hard starts. But now there’s four always inked pens.
The Franklin-Christoph Model 66 Desk Pen is still always inked with Rohrer & Klingner Blau-Schwarz. The eye dropper conversion holds a lot of ink and holds the #2 spot in my Favorite 5 modern pens list. It’s been refilled but it hasn’t been flushed out since August and it writes great every time I pick it up. I admit it would be a good idea to clean it out by now. Maybe the next time it needs a refill.
The other three always inked pens are all Kaweco Sport fountain pens. While good writers they are always inked because of their size. The AL Sport is always in my pants pocket (unless I’m writing with it) and I’ve been using up the Kaweco Blue cartridges in it.
The red Kaweco AC Sport has Kaweco red ink in it and the Kaweco Classic Sport has a Kaweco green cartridge. These pens fit perfectly on the ends of my six pen case, making it an eight pen case. This gives me two distinct and bright colors for marking up documents at work or when I need to make a note stand out. This relieved me of the stress of having to pick two pens with thin nibs for a couple of bright colors. They aren’t pens I use a lot (well, frequently but for only a short time) but they haven’t had any starting or clogging issue after two months