Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – December 3, 2018

Pilot Vanishing Point Cherry Bamboo

I wrote the Pilot Vanishing Point dry early this week. It had the Richard Binder XXXF nib along with a Blue-Black cartridge from Pilot. One thing I like about Vanishing Points is the ease of moving the nibs/ink to a different barrel. That said, the Cherry Bamboo barrel (which isn’t actually bamboo, but is wood) has grown to be my favorite so there wasn’t much (if any) swapping . This is the second time the pen went dry since inked up in June. The first time I simply swapped in a new cartridge. This time I think I’ll give it a bit of a break. But I may miss the ease of use as a shirt pocket carry.

I swapped the Retro 51 Tiki Kona for my Ugly Sweater Retro 51 as my pocket carry (in my Nock Co. Fodderstack XL. I like the extra girth of the Tiki, but the ugly sweater is more in keeping with the season. Paired with my Vanishing Point in the Fodderstack it would rarely get used. But I’ve begun swapping fountain pens in the Fodderstack, so the rollerball may get used more since the fountain pen may not be appropriate for quick notes on the go. Juggling a notebook, pen and pen cap isn’t risk-free.

Since there’s little change in my inked pens I won’t be publishing a “currently inked” post as December begins. Hopefully I swap in som new pens and ink by mid-month.

Cult Pens has brought Pens For Kids back this year.

When Your Grail Pen Is F**king Expensive at the Economical Penman

My Favorite Disposable Pens at My Pen Needs Ink

Ms. Fountain Pen Manners: How to Respond to Someone’s Vile New Pen You Absolutely Hate, And More – at Fountain Pen Follies

Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years – Voyager 1 has been flying for just over 40 years and has gone 13 billion miles. The thrusters are finally beginning to degrade, so 37 years after they were last used the backup thrusters were tested and worked perfectly. The transmission of the results took over 19 1/2 hours to reach earth. Everything about this makes my head hurt trying to grasp it.