Ink & Pen Notes: Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe with Akkerman #10 Ijzer-Galnoten

Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe extra fine with Akkerman IG Ink Bottle

This is one of my newer pens, acquired in mid-July. As for the P.W. Akkerman #10 Ijzer-Galnoten ink, it’s new to me and this is the first pen I’ve used it in. As you may deduce from the name, if you know Akkerman is a Dutch brand, this is an iron gall based ink.

The ink has been in my fountain pen for just a little over two weeks and I am flushing it out early. While I don’t like leaving iron gall inks in the pen too long that’s only a minor reason I’m flushing it early. Separately, I love the pen and the ink is nice enough (until it came time to clean it, but I didn’t know that yet). But the sum of them together (1 + 1) was less than two. I was bored with the combination.

Because it was an iron gall ink and I wanted to use the pen at least once a day it was always the first pen I picked up each day. Because I was writing less it was often the only pen I picked up on a day. This contributed to the boredom with the ink.

The very first time I wrote with the pen it but down a weak blue line which I didn’t like at all. It did darken as it dried, but I dislike true-blues so it was a bad first impression. While the paper does matter the ink has become more blue-black, even when it first hits the paper so it’s more to my liking. It also darkens a bit as it dries. Still, this was a step down, in my opinion, from the previous fill of the R & K Blau-Schwarz LE which is also a blue-black ink.

The ink level in the converter barely seemed to be lowering which I attributed to the very thin nib. Yet when I emptied the pen I found very little ink left in the converter, most of the ink coated the sides of the converter making it appear mostly full. This was the first indication that cleaning might be a problem. Flushing the pen itself was problem free and relatively quick. But because of the problems with the converter I did give the nib unit a short bath in the UC just to be safe.

I have to disassemble the Sailor converter to clean it up. Repeated fill and flush just did not clear the ink so I had to get in there with q-tips and tissue. Even that wasn’t enough. There was one small stain that stuck around until I soaked it in some pen flush then put it in the UC. I was quit surprised this ink as such a hassle to clean after just two weeks.

I’ll be re-inking the Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe within a day or two. It’s new enough to still be a favorite, although I do think it will keep that favorite tag for years. I really like the pen and want to keep it inked up. As for the Akkerman Ijzer-Galnoten ink, the problematic cleanup has really turned me off for an ink that failed to stand out.

Sunday Notes and Links

There’s no favorite pen and ink this week. It was another week with less writing than normal. And the pen I used most was filled with a new (for me) ink that was just ok in the pen, but it’s an iron gall ink so I was afraid to let it sit in the pen for fear it wouldn’t get used. I picked it as the first pen of the day and that was often the only pen of the day. More when it either grows on my and I write it dry, or I get tired of it and flush it early.

Some links of interest…

Review: M201 Bayou (2015) – The Pelikan’s Perch // I’m not a fan of pen stores having exclusive editions although I certainly understand why they do it. In the case of Pelikan it seems like they’re doing more than making a minor change and calling it an exclusive. They’re nice colors which probably aren’t cost effective or have enough material available for large manufacturing runs. Plus they seem to make the pen unique in a couple of ways.

Montblanc 149 Diplomat 90th Anniversary Meisterstück Edition – mycoffeepot.org

Fountain K Press Release – KarasKustoms // I’m glad to see KarasKustoms has moved away from launching everything on Kickstarter. Despite my love of the Ink I’ll be passing on the thinner Fountain K. If you have an Ink and want a Fountain K with a nib that’s compatible with the Ink then you’ll want to read the press release and be on the lookout for the initial release, before they change nibs.

Vintage Pen Market: How it All Went Down – Wonder Pens // Nice to see things like this from a pen shop. Unfortunately it was about 500 miles and one border crossing away from me.

Roterfaden Taschenbegleiter Update – Pens! Paper! Pencils! // Nice to see an update after a product has been used for a couple of months after the review.

Dip Nib Primer — The Pen Addict

About the TWSBI ECO – Inktronics // The TWSBI ECO seems to be getting mostly favorable reviews. While it’s still too new to be decisive, the quality seems to be good. Still, this isn’t enough for me to go ahead and order one.

Platinum Ascending Dragon – Calligraphy Nut // Beautiful

The Washington DC pen show was last weekend and it seems like I was one of the handful of people who weren’t there. There were a lot of write-ups about the show, here are a few that I particularly enjoyed although they did make me jealous.

A Full Heart: The 2015 DC Pen Show – From the Pen Cup

What I learned at the DC Pen Show — The Purl Bug

D.C. Pen Show Insanity: The Saturday and Sunday Recap! — The Gentleman Stationer

Washington DC Pen Show 2015 – That One Pen

DC Pen Show Post 2015 – Inkdependence!

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.

Ink & Pen Notes: Franklin-Christoph Model 25 & Sailor Storia Balloon Green

Franklin-Christoph Model 25 with a bottle of Sailor Storia Balloon Green

The Franklin-Christoph Model 25 is the second fountain pen that I inked up to try out the Sailor Storia Balloon Green ink. Like the Franklin-Christoph Model 19 I inked it up back on July 27th, although it took considerably longer to write it dry. It lasted three weeks, which is faster than typical for me, but that’s because I only filled the converter about 1/3 of the way, and since I filled the converter directly there wasn’t any ink in the feed.

As I mentioned in the Balloon Green ink review, the ink took a very, very long time to reach the nib, but once it did the flow was good.

I like the looks of the Model 25 and I like the stub nib. Yet, I don’t use this pen a lot and never for a long writing session. The perfectly straight barrel is a little thin for me and lacks a traditional gripping section. The pen becomes uncomfortable if I use it for long stretches. Because of this the pen spent a lot of time in my Roterfaden Taschenbegleiter’s pen loop where I could pull it out for marking up documents or taking meeting notes. I rarely use the Taschenbegleiter for long writing sessions.

Franklin-Christoph Model 25 in a Roterfaden Taschenbegleiter

As I mentioned in the review, while nice, there’s nothing special about the Storia ink. Being a pigment based ink it potentially needs more care than a normal ink. I didn’t have any problems, but I wouldn’t want to leave it in a pen that would go unused for a week. So while I like green ink I think my next green will be Montblanc Irish Green.

Sunday Notes and Links

Esterbrook Dip-less in an empty #407 inkwell
Esterbrook Dip-less in an empty #407 inkwell

This week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination was my Esterbrook Dip-Less pen. I wrote very little with my fountain pens this week so the convenience of this pen won out when I was at my disk.

Some links of interest…

The DC Pen Show is happening this weekend. Unfortunately I’m not attending, but here’s a couple write-ups as the show began. One from The Gentleman Stationer and another from Gorgeous Ink.

Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Intrinsic! – Inkdependence // I also like this pen and have two, one original and after the slight design changes. I don’t really like the frosted ice finish but I really like the looks of this particular pen, which isn’t on their website.

Announcing United Inkdom – Pens! Paper! Pencils! // A nice idea worth reading and watching. Their first review is the Kaweco Brass Sport

OHTO Rook – Calligraphy Nut // I bought one of these years ago, absolutely worst nib and pen and ever owned and the only one I threw out as not worth the effort to fix. Glad to see some can be good pens.

Tough Love: Pilot Falcon Edition – Super Fun Time // Not every review is positive

The SG50 Fountain Pens – A Roundup – On Fountain Pens // Happy 50th Singapore. I’m surprised to see so many fountain pens celebrating SG50

Apica CD11 A5 Notebook – Pete Denison // I’ve tried, and liked, the Apica notebooks but I’ve yet to work my way through one.

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.

Ink & Pen Notes: Pilot Custom 823 and Pilot Blue-Black Ink

Pilot Custom 823 fine nib with Pilot Blue-Black Ink

The Pilot Custom 823 has been one of my favorite fountain pens since I got it. It;s currently number two on my Favorite 5 Modern Fountain Pens list. For some reason I’ve grown accustomed to using Pilots own inks in the pen, and I’m not talking about their Iroshizuku line of inks. Pilot Blue-Black was my most recent choice.

I filled the pen with Pilot Blue-Black ink way back on April 5th, so the ink has been in the pen a long, long time. Even though I truly like this pen & ink I often reach past it for another fountain pen. This, combined with the large ink capacity is why it took so long to write this pen dry.

The Custom 823 and Pilot Blue-Black ink combine to provide a pleasing writing experience, although it does lack excitement. The pen is very comfortable in my hand and it’s a light pen despite its size. I can write endlessly without my hand getting fatigued.

Despite the ink being in the pen for over four months the there wasn’t any staining. The vacuum filling system can make this a tedious process, but this time around it was quicker than I expected. Less than 10 minutes to get all traces of the ink out.

I’ll probably ink the pen up again in the next few days. I may go for an ink that’s slightly more exiting than a blue-black. On the other hand, based on my history, I’ll want an ink that can safely stay on the pen for months.