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This weeks favorite

This week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination is my Pelikan M805 Stresemann with Montblanc Bordeaux. I had been skipping over this pen and ink more than I thought. It was inked back in mid-July and while used regularly it only short term each time. With other pens having been written dry this one is getting more use.

Some links of interest…

Danitrio Sho-Hakkaku Ki-Dame Tamenuri: A Review — The Pen Addict // Beautiful pen, surprised to hear they were local (US), doubly surprised to hear the buying process was so frustrating.

Pilot Twilight Vanishing Point (2015 Limited Edition) – No Pen Intended // An early view of a beautiful pen if you like blue. I don’t, so it was easy to pass on this one. Although the gradient to dark purple is intriguing.

Hobonichi Accessories — Three Staples // I pass on any covers or accessories for my Hobonichi, but I can see the allure.

The Verdict: TWSBI ECO with J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor – From the Pen Cup // Two products with a lot of recent buzz

Planner Subscription Services – The Well-Appointed Desk // I didn’t know such things existed.

Pen Review: Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze Maxi — The Purl Bug (video) // This pen is recently back on my radar although the price is an obstacle. The video also raises a few potential issues so it’s more likely to be a in person purchase so I can try it out. Also, I might pick the Steel version over the Bronze although the tarnished bronze may take the edge off the gold and be very nice. But still, I want one.

My Moleskine Daily – September Flip-Through | – Scribbles and Stationery // This puts my notebooks to shame.

Pilot Prera Fountain Pen – Pete Denison // Thorough review of a pen I have but never really took to using it, mainly because of the size.

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 20 with Noodler’s King Philip Requiem

Franklin-Christoph Model 20 medium nib with Noodler's King Philip Requeim

I continue to enjoy using my Franklin-Christoph Model 20s with the Noodler’s ink I picked up at the Commonwealth Pen Show. This time it’s my Tiger Red Franklin-Christoph Model 20 with a medium nib and Noodler’s King Philip Requiem that I wrote dry. The fountain pen was inked for a month before I wrote it dry which is about normal for me.

This Model 20 has a medium nib which isn’t my typical choice. It’s nice to change things up every once in a while, but it does mean the pen isn’t a daily driver for me, it’s just to wide for me to use throughout the day. This is the main reason the pen lasted so long.

I love the color of the Noodler’s King Philip Requiem ink. Like the medium nib, it’s not a color family I often use, another nice change. The ink and nib combine to provide a very slow drying line which means I did cause some careless smudging, especially on Tomoe River paper. Because I used this for leisure writing (as opposed to work notes) the Tomoe River paper was often used as it’s in my Seven Seas Writer journal and Hobonichi Planner.

The Franklin-Christoph Model 20 is new so I’ll be inking it again fairly soon. But since this was only the second ink for the pen, I’ll pick something other than the Noodler’s King Philip Requiem for its next ink.

Sunday Notes and Links

Franklin-Christoph Model 20 medium nib with Noodler's King Philip Requeim

This week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination was my Franklin-Christoph Model 20 in Tiger Red acrylic with Noodler’s King Philip Requiem. I just love the color of both the pen and the ink. It’s a standout among the pens I have inked, which is why I wrote it dry this week.

Some links of interest…

Field Trip: Post Humus Winkel Amsterdam – Gourmet Pens // Looks like a cool shop.

Review: Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black – Alt.Haven // This reminds me, I have to ink mine up.

Why Does All This Matter: A manifesto of sorts. – The Well-Appointed Desk // A manifesto I can get behind.

Sailor Pro Gear Piccadilly Nights Fountain Pen Review – Hey there! SBREBrown // Video review

First Look: The Gist By Tactile Turn — The Pen Addict // Not based on long term usage (for good reason), but a good overview of a hot Kickstarter fountain pen.

FOUNTAIN PEN REVIEW: Jinhao 159 – Pentulant // A nice inexpensive fountain pen


10 months in with the Hobonichi Techo – final thoughts – The Finer Point // I used a Techno last year, although it went unused for s stretch in June and July. I keep changing how use it, yet I bought another for 2016.

Visconti Rembrandt – Calligraphy Nut

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: Sheaffer Balance Oversize and Montblanc Irish Green

Sheaffer Balance Oversize Broad Stub with Montblanc Irish Green bottle

I was expecting to start this article off by saying my vintage (c.1935) Sheaffer Balance Oversize with its stub nib is among my favorites, especially with Montblanc Irish Green ink. Then I was going to point you to a recent ink & pen notes and call it a day. While it’s true that I frequently pair this pen & ink, I don’t have any recent notes and it appears that this is the first time I’ve inked the pen all year. I guess I lost track of time, while I’ve been ignoring my vintage pens lately this is the one that always jumps to the front of the line when I look for one to ink up.

I filled the Sheaffer Balance Oversize with Montblanc Irish Green back on August 20th. It seems fitting that a past favorite vintage pen (well, second on the list) be paired with my favorite green ink. The pen holds a lot of ink, but the wide nib puts down a lot of ink. So while I love the Marine Green color and the pen fits my hand well it still took me over seven weeks to write the pen dry. This betrays the fact that I don’t use the pen very often.

The wide stub nib is wider than I prefer although I truly enjoy writing with it. I use it for longer writing sessions when I can slow down and enjoy the nib. The fountain pen doesn’t come close to suiting me for note taking, which is what I do the most with my fountain pens. Even much of my long form writing, such as article drafts, often isn’t suitable either since I don’t pay too much attention to my writing form and my natural writing is too small for the nib. All this explains why it took so long to write dry.

This time around it seemed to take longer than usual to flush all traces of the Irish Green from the Sheaffer Balance. Cleaning lever fillers, or any sac fountain pen, is always tedious, but this time around it seemed like I’d never get all the green out. Eventually I did, or at least enough to satisfy me.

I haven’t been inking up my vintage pens very much lately, but the Marine Green celluloid of the Sheaffer Balance Oversize makes it stand out when I open my case of vintage fountain pens. So there’s little doubt that the c.1935 Sheaffer Balance Oversize will be back in the rotation, and it will probably be with Montblanc Irish Green. But for now it’s back in the case.

Sunday Notes and Links

Edison Huron Grande - Favorite October 11, 2015

This week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination was my Edison Huron Grande with a barrel full of Montblanc Bordeaux. It’s a large pen so not one I carry around, but I enjoyed having it back in the rotation.

Some links of interest…

What’s in my Pen Roll | Wonder Pens – Inspiration for a Writing Life

Sailor Arita Kouransha Fude de Mannen Review – SBREBrown

Tactile Turn Gist Fountain Pen / Kickstarter Launch – edjelley

Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe Review — The Pen Addict

Owl Ink Tutorials: How to Add Lettering to a Photo – Owl Ink

Digital Printables for Planners | The Well-Appointed Desk

Nakaya: masters of art, craft, and story. – Leigh Reyes

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.