Currently Inked – November 2015

I ended September with 15 fountain pens inked and I’m beginning November with 11 fountain pens inked up. While the number of inked pens has dropped there’s also been a good turnover in pens so some new pens and inks are in use. Seven pens were written dry and returned to the case while another has different ink. This made room for the Conway Stewart and a second sailor Pro Gear to join the rotation.

There’s not any new ink in this batch. In fact, I really stuck with inks I like and I know behave well. In fact, two pens have my favorite – Montblanc Bordeaux.  Sheaffer Gray is my least favorite ink of the bunch. I like gray inks but the Sheaffer Gray is just so-so, which explains why I haven’t used the Sheaffer Aspen as much as I would expect.

The Pelikan is almost dry, just whatever ink is in the feed. I’ll probably retire it for a bit to give some other pens a chance.

As usual, the Easterbrook Dip-less isn’t pictured (follow the link for photos). Otherwise, the pens are in the same order as the writing samples.

Fountain pens inked up as November 2015 begins
Fountain pens inked up as November 2015 begins
Writing samples for fountain pens inked up as November 2015 begins

Esterbrook Dip-Less (#7550)Montblanc Corn Poppy Red // Kaweco Brass Sport (extra fine) – Kaweco Red cartridge // Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe (extra fine)GvFC Carbon Black // Edison Huron Grande (extra fine)Montblanc Bordeaux // Franklin-Christoph Model 66 (extra fine)R&K Blau Schwarz LE // Pilot Custom 823 (fine) – Pelikan Blue-Black // Pilot Vanishing Point (Maplewood) (XXXF) – Pilot Black Cartridge // Sheaffer Balance Aspen (medium) – Sheaffer Gray // Sailor Pro Gear Imperial BlackGvFC Garnet Red // Conway Stewart FPH 60th Anniversary = Montblanc Toffee Brown // Pelikan Souverän M805 Streseman Anthracite (extra fine)Montblanc Bordeaux

Sunday Notes and Links

Edison Huson Grande Favorite Fountain Pen - October 31, 2015 with Montblanc Boardeaux inside

This week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination was my Edison Huron Grande with Montblanc Bordeaux ink. It did have an unfair advantage. I spent most of the week working at my desk at home and mostly on the computer. When I did need a pen the big & beautiful Edison was right there at hand, and I didn’t even consider another fountain pen. The Montblanc Bordeaux ink that was inside it certainly didn’t hurt it’s chances. Because it’s not a convenient carry pen it often gets ignored, but it was nice to use it so consistently.

Some links of interest…

Eversharp – canetas e coisas

Platinum Carbon Pen – Sketch and Review – Pens! Paper! Pencils! // A pen and I have and kind of liked for the reasons mentioned in the review (both pros and cons). It sits unused now because I have other desk pens I like better plus the pen is a little skinny for my current tastes.

The Pelikan M600 Pink Special Edition Fountain Pen: A Review — The Pen Addict // A nice looking pen although I agree with Susan’s comments about the marketing since I tend to be turned of by any marketing so over the top.

Vintage Pen News: Sheaffer demonstrator packing unit – Vintage Pen News // Trying to take apart one of these pens is beyond my ability, still interesting to see the insides.

Ask The Readers: Broad Nibs for the Vision Impaired – The Well-Appointed Desk // A well-timed question as I’m currently looking through my fountain pens for one with the broadest line for someone to try. My options are limited since I prefer thin nibs, but there are some good options in both the article and the comments.

[Sailor Limited Edition Rhapsodie( – Calligraphy Nut] // A nice pen, plus some options to buy “Japan only” pens and inks for those of us not in Japan.

Delta Drama — Fountain Pen Economics // Interesting info that I had not heard about. Even though it doesn’t affect the US directly, I would be reconsidering buying a Delta pen if any were on my want list. It does appear to be the beginning of a death spiral for the company. It sounds like they didn’t think care about European retailers, so I can’t believe US and other non-European retailers would promote Delta or carry a lot of inventory going forward.

Preparing For Your First Pen Show — Gorgeous.Ink // Good info. Also, some other recent Gorgeous ink posts were worth linking, so browse the site a bit.

Pen Identification: Sailor 1911 vs. Pro Gear – Anderson PensAnderson Pens // In case you were wondering.

The beginning of the month usually brings load out posts which I really enjoy. It’s a bit early but there’s been a couple…

Monthly Load Out: November 2015 — Gorgeous.Ink // While the nibs aren’t for me, I like this selection. The current load-out includes the Tiger Red F-C Model 20 of which I have, and love, although I have the clip-less version. The pens he wrote dry include 3 that are among my favorites (well, except for those big nibs).

Weekly Pens: Week 43 – 2015 – these beautiful pens

While I don’t participate, November is NaNoWriMo and there’s a couple good articles for those participating…

November is Coming – Pete Denison

NANOWRIMO Materials, 2015 — Reverenced Writing

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.