I’m starting March off with a mere eight fountain pens inked up, one less than when February began. Six of them are carried over with the same ink, still waiting to be written dry. The Parker Vacumatic went dry a couple weeks ago while the Franklin-Christoph Model 66 went dry last night. The Kaweco Brass Sport is the only addition to the rotation. The Visconti Homo Sapien remains, but now it has Montblanc Golden Yellow ink in it.
Montblanc Golden Yellow is new for me (and relatively new to the world) so I figured I’d use it in my current favorite pen. It’s my least favorite ink in the pen and the first that won’t get a immediate refill when I write it dry. I like the color and there’s some nice line variation. I don’t typically like inks that are limited to the type of paper I can write on, but going into this I figured I’d need to limit it to white paper, the brighter the better. So being hard to read on cream paper doesn’t bother me since I was prepared for it. But the typically wet Visconti nib feels like it’s about to go dry. There’s nice line variation but using this pen/ink is tiring and not a pleasant experience. I’ve avoided flushing the pen early, but it’s still a consideration. I wrote the draft of this post with it and even though it was short I was relieved when I finished.
The F-C Model 66 has been re-filled a couple times and I would typically re-fill again, but I’m trying to reduce the number of pens inked at one time. I expect the Edison Pens group buy pen will arrive this week (I got the shipping notice on Monday) and that’s another large(ish) clip-less pen. I’ll want to immediately ink that one up, most likely with R&K Blau-Schwarz LE ink. Plus there’s the Long Island Pen Show this month, who knows what I’ll see there.
On to the pens. As usual, the pens are in the same order as the writing samples. Links are to a review or ink notes if they exist, or a “This Just In” post if there’s no review.
Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age (extra fine) – Montblanc Golden Yellow // Edison Huron Grande (extra fine) – Montblanc Bordeaux // Pelikan M805 Stresemann (extra-fine) – Pelikan 4001 Blue-Black // Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe (extra fine) – Sailor Jentle Black cartridge // Edison Menlo Pump Filler (extra fine) – Athena Sepia // Franklin-Christoph Model 02 (needlepoint) – Pelican Edelstein Garnet // Platinum Carbon Desk Pen – Platinum Carbon Black (cartridge) // Kaweco Brass Sport (extra fine) – Kaweco Black cartridge