Ink and Pen Notes: KarasKustoms Ink with Montblanc Midnight Blue Ink

KarasKustoms Ink fine nib and a brass section with Montblanc Midnight Blue
KarasKustoms Ink fine nib with Montblanc Midnight Blue

I inked up the KarasKustoms Ink back on January 19th so it lasted over two months. I picked Montblanc Midnight Blue. The Ink (the pen – having a pen called “Ink” can be confusing) had an fine nib and I used the brass section.

I like the KarasKustoms Ink so much that I have five fountain pen versions and three rollerball versions. Montblanc is also one of my favorite ink brands and while Midbight Blue is nice enough I don’t find anything special with the Midnight Blue ink. It was a little slow drying so I had more careless smudges than normal.

Overall performance was good. No skipping or hard starts.

Ink and Pen Notes: Sheaffer Crest with Montblanc Irish Green

Sheaffer Crest with Montblanc Irish Green bottle
Sheaffer Crest with Montblanc Irish Green

I inked up my Nova Green Sheaffer Crest back on January 20th. This is the modern Crest from the mid to late 90s and I really love the extra fine nibs on these pens. I picked Montblanc Irish Green for this fill. It’s a bright green ink I like.

The pen and ink are perfectly suited for note taking and marking up documents which is what I used it for most of the time. I like having three different distinct inks available when I take notes during the day and the bright green ink works well for this.

The Crest is a thin pen, at least by my standards, so it isn’t my preference for long writing sessions. But I really do like the Sheaffer nib. It smooth and flows well so I can use a light touch which puts off the fatigue longer than most other pens this size. Plus it looks great. I typically dislike two tone or gold nibs but this nib screams “Sheaffer!” and I love it.

The ink does have a tendency to splash droplets on the nib, not really nib creep, but that just enhances the pen for me. There wasn’t any ink in the cap.

I wrote the Sheaffer Crest dry but it was still a pain to clean. There was a lot of ink in the feed and it took over a dozen flushes with the bulb syringe to get the water to run clear.

Sunday Notes and Links

Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann Anthracite capped on mirror

This week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination is a repeat from last week. Usually I lose interest in a pen after a week of heavy use so it’s not difficult to have some variety in my favorite. The Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann has been in daily use since I got it two weeks ago. It’s still the pen I reach for to begin my day. The Montblanc Bordeaux ink it’s filled with only makes it better.

Some links of interest…

Fountain Pen Community – #killwinterwithorange — Reverenced Writing // As I prepare this post on Saturday, a week into Spring, it’s snowing out so this seems appropriate

End #Wanderlust, Begin #Wanderbox – The Pelikan’s Perch

Rotring Core – Goodwriterspens’s Blog // I have (or had) one of these in orange, I still haven’t decided if I like it or not and can’t remember if I still have it or if I gave it away. I guess it is a forgotten pen.

Letter Writing: Stuff That Helps – From the Pen Cup

F-C Model 66 Stabilis — Ink&Flour // One of my top 5 pens

Lamy safari BROWN Edition (2015) – kmpn

PrototypesCrónicas Estilográficas

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links. If you’re looking for information about a specific pen or ink be sure to visit Pennquod.

This Just In: Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann Anthracite

Pelikan M805 Stresemann with MB Bordeaux ink bottle

This really isn’t “just in”, I’ve had it for over a week. A glorious week! But as that statement indicates, I haven’t had the pen long enough to give a objective review. This fountain pen still has that new pen glow which is blinding me to any faults. You’ve been warned, if you buy this pen based upon what I write don’t blame me if you find faults in your pen.

I don’t really have grail pens. I’m more impulsive than contemplative and patient. Plus, the Stresemann is a new pen and part of Pelikan’s regular M800 line of pens so it wouldn’t be hard to find. All it would take is money, which can’t be ignored but it’s obtainable. Despite these two points this pen is as close to a grail pen as I’ll get, I just didn’t know it.

I’ve spent time researching Pelikan M800 and M1000 fountain pens. This was typically done at pen shows where I found that the M800 was more my type of pen so I focused on that model. While I do think gold trim and nibs look OK in some pen designs I decided I wanted silver trim for this pen. In the world of Pelikan model numbers this meant a M805 where the “5” meant silver (or rhodium) trim. I didn’t really like the looks of the current models. Too much gold and the colors were nice enough (the green more than others) but not great. Even the models with chrome trim had gold in the nib design. For a pen of this price I wanted perfection. So while I didn’t have a specific pen in mind, I kept looking at pen shows and the usual used pen markets to see if an older pen caught my attention. None did.

Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann Anthracite nib and cap jewel

Then Pelikan announced the Stresemann and I knew it was my pen. Still, I waited a week or so since I was hesitant to buy based on only pictures which would naturally make the pen look great. But I eventually placed a pre-order with Classic Fountain Pens (John Mottishaw) for one with an extra fine nib. I considered a custom stub nib but decided to go with the extra fine as a nib I would use in any situation.

The pen arrived the same day as the Long Island Pen Show. I left the show without a pen (in part because the Streseman was my pen budget for the year) but it was still a great pen day. The nib is tuned before shipment so I can’t speak to the out-of-the-box performance of the nib for factory fresh pens but my experience with Pelikan has always been good. I asked for a medium ink flow when using a light touch. This is a little wetter than I would have asked for a year ago.

The pen arrived in a faux leather pouch in a heavy cardboard box. A nice presentation without going overboard. The pen barrel had a couple of smudges on it, something like silicone grease of manufacturing residue. This could have been due to handling when tuning the nib or from the factory. I was able to wipe these off with a microfiber cloth and medium pressure but no solvents needed.

I picked my favorite ink, Montblanc Bordeaux, for its first fill. It’s a piston filler and holds a lot of ink so I’m still on my first fill. The extra fine nib is wider than many of my other extra fines but in line with my other modern western extra fines. I am glad I didn’t pick a fine nib. See the photos for a comparison with my Sheaffer Snorkel extra fine which I had inked up.

Performance has been great but not perfect. After being stored nib up overnight the first stroke was noticeably drier than normal, although not a true skip. The pen has also skipped occasionally when I’m writing fast or at strange angle such as when taking notes on slicker paper. I haven’t had any problems at all when sitting at my desk and writing normally and with proper form.

The ink does splash drops on the nib. Some may not like this but personally I love it and it enhances the pen for me. There’s no ink inside the cap so it isn’t splashing ink around.

I absolutely love the look of this pen. Black or gray pens with rhodium (or any chrome) trim are a favorite of mine. The black and gray stripes vary their looks depending on how the light hits them. Since the black stripes are also translucent the ink level can be checked so the design is both functional and decorative. It’s not a demonstrator, just translucent enough to see the ink level.

I’ve been using the pen every day since I got it and it’s been my main pen each day. It will be awhile (one or two months minimum) before I do a full review but the main difference between this and other M80X pens are cosmetic as far as I can tell. That new pen aura has me calling the Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresseman Anthracite my favorite pen. It may or may not keep that title after extended use, but it’s certainly a keeper and for me it is worth the price.

Sunday Notes and Links

Pelikan M805 Stresemann with MB Bordeaux ink bottle

This week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination was easily my new Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann Anthracite fountain pen with an extra fine nib and Montblanc Bordeaux ink. I’ve had the pen a week so it still has that new pen smell and glow. MB Bordeaux is my favorite ink so this combination was a no brainer. My other pens are jealous as I’ve been ignoring them for this one.

Some links of interest…

Moore Specialist – The End Of An Era – Fountain Pen Restoration

 1/2v Red Ripple – The Pen Habit // This is my favorite pen material and design yet I don’t own a pen with red ripple ebonite

SAILOR – canetas e coisas

Poll: The Value of the “W.-Germany” Stamp – The Pelikan’s Perch // My vote is “No” it doesn’t add any value although it does make dating the pen a bit easier. The historical significance does add a big “But” to that no vote and I can see where some might want these pens a bit more than others.

Writefine – A Parker Sub-Brand – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Four New Pens – Crónicas Estilográficas

Visconti Opera Typhoon Blue Fountain Pen Review — The Pen Addict

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links. If you’re looking for information about a specific pen or ink be sure to visit Pennquod.