It used to be that the beginning of the month meant I’d have a new batch of pens after flushing out the pens left from the previous month. These days I wait until I write my pen dry, at least in most cases. I’ll flush pens early if they have problems or otherwise annoy me, but none of those this month. The start of the month does still seem like a good time to review what I have inked.
I started March with 10 inked fountain pens and wrote five dry during the month. Although, one of those five was immediately re-inked with the same ink. I have eight inked fountain pens as April begins so that means there’s two new pens in the mix.
The first newly inked pen of the month was the newly arrived Pelikan M805 Stresemann. I didn’t take any chances with what for me is a grail pen and I fed it my favorite – Montblanc Bordeaux.
I picked Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Goldrün using random.org and my ink spreadsheet. I don’t expect to like the ink very much so I picked a Platinum Plaisir for it rather than the harder to clean pen I had planned to ink next. It’s a good pen with a solid seal that will keep the ink from drying out too soon. The ink may be better suited to a wide nib, but I wanted a thin nib for note taking and Alt-Goldrün’s number came up.
As usual the writing samples are in the same order as they appear in the photos. Except for the Esterbrook Dip-Less which is only in the nib photo. You can follow the link for that one in order to see all of it. The writing samples are on Tomoe River Cream paper.
Esterbrook Dip-Less (#7550) – Montblanc Corn Poppy Red // Pelikan Souverän M805 Streseman Anthracite (extra fine) – Montblanc Bordeaux // Sheaffer Balance Aspen (medium) – Montblanc Permanent Grey // Esterbrook J (#8440) – Pelikan Blue-Black // Sheaffer VFM (medium) – Diamine Prussian Blue cartridge // Sheaffer Snorkel (extra fine) – Waterman Red // Platinum Plaisir (fine) – R & K Alt-Goldrün // Namisu Nexus Minimal (fine) – Pelikan Edelstein Sapphire cartridge //