Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – January 7, 2018

Even though Monday was a holiday it feels like it was a long, long week. I know this is New England and the current weather isn’t unusual. But, it’s early in the season and this string of below freezing days and nights is getting to me. Rumor has it we’ll get above freezing on Monday just before some snow returns.

I did use my fountain pens more than what’s been typical. I like having just three pens inked up to pick from when I want to do some writing. I didn’t empty any fountain pens, but I did finish off a notebook. It’s a large (8.5” x 11”) Staples Sugarcane Paper wire bound notebook. I started it in July 2014 and used it on & off for the first draft of posts for this blog, along with other writing. The last page was the draft of this post. Like most notebooks that don’t have work-related notes, it will head in the trash bin now that it’s served its purpose.

Staples Sugarcane Notebook and three pens

The thin paper was challenging at times since I like to use both sides of the paper and wouldn’t pick pens/ink based on what I wanted to use, not which would work best. I’m fairly tolerant of show-through, but I was often distracted when writing on the back side to the paper. Even more so, it was hard to see the lines.

I didn’t see any of these when I was at Staples in December, but I do have one that I picked up on sale months (years?) ago.

Benu Pens Briolette | Fountain Pen Review – The Pen Habit

Great Pen Stores: My Visit to Vanness Pens – The Gentleman Stationer

How I got into Fountain Pens: Jinhao to Montblanc – On Fountain Pens

Crónicas Estilográficas: Madrid 2017 (II)

The wrap-ups continued in the new year…

2017 Cheers and Tears from the Well-Appointed Desk

2017 Pen Wrap Up from Hand Over That Pen

Pen, nib and ink rotations 2017 from Analog(ue) Obsesses which also has the Pelikan Class Photo 2018 — Analog(ue) Obsessed