It was an interesting week with fountain pens, at least when compared to other recent weeks. Early in the week I decided I wanted some variety but didn’t want to flush any pens. So I inked up six fountain pens to bring me to 12. It ended up being a messy day. No actual spilled ink but I had more ink on my fingers than anytime else in recent memory. I had more of a problem getting ink into the pens than on my fingers. But the problems didn’t end there.
The Sheaffer Balance Oversize from the DC show didn’t take in any ink, which I noticed the next day as the feed went dry. After experimenting with plain water I moved the pen to the repair queue. There must be a hole in the sac or a similar problem. Was I too aggressive cleaning it last time?
The second problem was with my Sheaffer PFM I with Montblanc Lucky Orange ink. The nib had been dry after spending the night nib up but flow would quickly returned after a few nib down moments. Then I left the pen flat on my desk for a day or two. The feed was all dry and crusty and more than gravity was needed to get it going. Rather than just wetting the nib to get it going I flushed it instead. I have a low tolerance for finicky pens these days. So inked pens quickly dropped to the 11 shown above.
Now I have to start using them.
On to the links…
Pen Shows & Clubs
The Los Angeles pen show is going on this weekend. The show is open to the public from 10am to 5pm today (Feb 19th).
Appleton Pen Club – Spring Cleaning – // March 16th at 7 PM in Appleton, WI
What Others Are Using and Doing
Ink Swatches | East…West…Everywhere // I’ve pretty much stopped doing swatches. But others are just starting.
Retro fountain pens push for placement in digital world – Kitchener-Waterloo – CBC News // Another mainstream press fountain pen piece. Nothing new here (prices are up, volume down, luxury item, etc… ) except a brick & mortar pen store is mentioned.
Tale from a Vandal Scribbler: Poetry As Uniting Force | Peaceable Writer // Not fountain pen focused, but a good read
Letter Writing Call To Arms! – The Well-Appointed Desk // Looking for a reason ti use those fountain pens?
Thoughts On Organizing Your Journals – Recording Thoughts // I’ve never considered doing any organization (there than by date) since I have no reason to do so. But if you have a reason (or don’t, but want organization anyway) here are some ideas.
The Chronoswiss Styloscope by Pelikan « The Pelikan’s Perch // beautiful dark green. I also find it interesting that an extra nib was sold with the pen and that the carry case had a a way to properly carry the extra along with the pen and a small note pad.
Pelikan m805 Stressman | Wondernaut in the world of stationery wonders // One of my favorite pens but it’s not for everyone. I was lucky enough to try the various Pelikan sizes at a pen show so I knew it worked for me. Wondernaut was able to borrow one a found that it wasn’t.