I loaded up the Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Intrinsic with a Pelikan Edelstein Garnet ink cartridge in the final days of 2015. The pen lasted this long both because it’s a thin needlepoint nib that’s stingy with ink and it was red ink, which I don’t use for long writing sessions. It would still be going if it wasn’t for a mechanical failure caused by physics.
When I picked up the pen last Friday I heard a rattle. It didn’t take much investigating, since the pen is translucent, to see that the ink cartridge had come loose. There were a couple ink drops splattered around, obviously fresh from when I just picked up the pen. It wasn’t a huge mess, but since the cartridge was about 75% used I decided to completely flush and clean the pen which meant tossing the cartridge. I store the pen nib up in a wooden pen stand on my desk. About a month ago I moved it to a new location on my desk where I typically reach over something (iPad, laptop, etc…) and drop the pen into the the pen stand. Only an inch or two but eventually gravity and physics conspired to loosen the cartridge. To compound the problem this is a pen I use several times a day when I’m at my desk and I return it to the holder after each use. I can’t that claim either the pen or cartridge are defective or poorly made. A little match has me “dropping” the pen roughly 80 times since I mode the pen stand. (FYI – neither the pen stand or the end of the pen show any signs of this abuse and I do buy my pens to use them.)
I use a needlepoint (or other thin nib) and red ink for two main purposes. Marking up documents and highlighting other notes. These days I mark up PDFs more than paper documents, so while this pen is used frequently it’s usually only a few words at a time. The Garnet color is bright and easily readable. The needlepoint is a Mike Masuyama grind from Franklin-Christoph so it’s no surprise that it’s flawless. It’s a smooth writer although being such a thin nib it requires a light touch to avoid stabbing the paper. It doesn’t like rough paper or paper with a high fiber content. My natural use for this combination is cheap copy paper, Doane Large Jotters or Write Notepads wire-bound notebooks, all of which perform well with this combination.
I was going to ink up the Franklin-Christoph Model 02 this morning but realized two things – I’m up to 13 inked pens and I rarely mark up paper documents anymore which makes this pen combination less useful. So for now it stays in the pen case until I decide what to do with the pen. The translucent orange pen begs to be eyedropper filled although I’ve yet to do so. I’ve found the rough interior (in other F-C pens) to be a royal pain to clean which makes me reluctant to do so. Yet I hate the look of a converter inside. While I’m not a fan of seeing the cartridge inside, it’s a more uniform look without the gleam of chrome so I’m OK with it. I may try a few small converter fills to test a few inks with this pen to pick a long term ink as an eye dropper fill. I like the pen too much to let it sit in storage. While my tastes change over time, it’s my current choice as the best looking Model 02.
I also like the Pelikan Edelstein Garnet ink and will use my remaining cartridges. Although I’m not such a fan that I’ll buy a bottle or even more cartridges.