Currently Inked: May 1, 2014

Pens currently inked
Wiring samples for this week's ink

I was down to seven inked pens as April ended so I decided to ink up some more pens. I had an itch to use some Esterbrooks so inked up four of them. All of them got an iron gall based ink and even though R&K inks are mild I did add a reminder to wash them out in two weeks if they haven’t run dry by then. While I don’t fear the iron gall inks I don’t want to forget and leave it sitting in those steel nibs for weeks on end. I tend to set a two week maximum.
The Taccia is my first broad nib in a long time. As you can tell from the smudged writing sample, I’m not used to waiting for so much ink to dry.
I couldn’t take it any longer and re-inked my Franklin-Christoph Model 66 for what will probably be another year-long run.
Here’s the pens and inks. Writing samples are in the same order as the pens are in the tray, left to right. (updated: The Esterbrook #2556 is a firm fine, not a firm medium as listed in the writing sample.)



2 thoughts on “Currently Inked: May 1, 2014

    • When it comes to inking up pens I can’t make a decision so I end up going overboard. But to answer you question…
      I pick some to use each day. I have a six pen case I carry in my computer bag so it’s never been more than six pens. I like having three ink colors for note taking I usually have at least three pens if I’m working and I’ve reduced my typical carry to three plus the Kaweco AL Sport in a pocket. Even with the six pens I’d end up pulling out only three for the day.
      The four Esterbrooks and Taccia all have iron gall ink so I’ll probably have ink in them and have to dump them in a couple of weeks. Otherwise the rest will probably keep me going for the month.
      To make it worse, I was playing with the Esterbrooks tonight and inked a fifth for comparison 🙂

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