Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – January 28, 2018

This week’s big fountain pen news for me was the return of my Visconti Homo Sapien with its bent nib now straightened out. (I sent it to Dan Smith/The Nibsmith) I’ve yet to ink up the pen, although the nib seems fine. It’s taken all my willpower to keep from inking it up, but I want to use my Sheaffers a bit more, and once inked the Visconti will monopolize my fountain pen use.


I enjoy using the Sheaffer Balance IIs, but it hasn’t been a smooth road. I’ve had to prime the Sheaffer Gray ink in the Balance II Aspen a couple of times. It’s been lining to the converter. The Jade Green Balance II also had to be primed once, but it’s been mostly fine. All three Balance IIs are a joy to use when the ink flows.

I fell out of the habit of using my Hobonichi Weeks. The was partly because I didn’t have much need to use it, and somewhat because I fell back to my old habit of using an index card. I’m hoping to get back on the Weeks train this coming week.


Karst Stone Paper 2018 Planner Review – My Pen Needs Ink – This is the first stone paper review that I recall giving good marks to fountain pen usage.

My Workhorse Pens: Montblanc 146 — The Gentleman Stationer

Pen & Ink Pairing: Jan ’18 – Hand Over That Pen

Travel: TY Lee of Taiwan — Alt. Haven

Views of Life Behind the Shop – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop