Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – July 1, 2018

Retro 51 System with packaging
Retro 51 System with packaging

My nineteenth Retro 51 rollerball arrived recently, Mike Dudek’s The System. It’s my third space themed Retro 51. There’s still one empty slot in my Retro 51 pen case. Of course, I always have at least two pens out, and in use, so I have a ready-made excuse to add a few more.


The pen has a lot of black, which certainly makes sense for this design. While I usually like black pens, the addition of the color is less pleasing to my eye. While I love the theme and the design, it doesn’t grab my attention aesthetically. And poor Pluto, it’s either being dissed by being all out on its own with no orbit shown (although showing it’s orbit would have screwed with the design). A more positive view would be that it’s being elevated above the others as the only named planet.

The separated AL Sport
The separated AL Sport

One pen was emptied this week, but this was more due to evaporation than use. It was my Kaweco AL Sport (Raw Aluminum). It recently developed the habit of unscrewing as it travels in my pocket. The pen has stayed in the cap as it travels, although the cap remains in my pocket when I remove the pen. The last time the section also unscrewed from the barrel and remained in the cap, which had also become unscrewed, being removed in three pieces and requiring assembly before use. So far no ink stains, but it’s finished as a trouser pocket pen.

My fountain pen usage continued to be low. I use them mostly for lists and notes. It’s safe to say I use them daily, just not very much. I did start journalling again as June began, but that’s been inconsistent, about 14 A5 pages in all of June.

Two Retro 51 pens themed for summer
Two Retro 51 pens themed for summer

Since the 4th of July Holiday is approaching (Independence Day here in the U.S.) I pulled out the Betsy Ross Retro 51 to join the Play Ball.

The System Tornado Rollerballs // The Clicky Post There will be one more round, along with a new pencil.

Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) Overview // NASA

(via Liftoff Podcast) Off topic, but keeping with the space theme, NASA released some images originally taken to plan the first moon landing. When initially released in the 60’s they were down-res’d to hide the capabilities of the cameras. Several have now been recovered from the original tape drives in their full resolution glory. All are black and white. Warning: Huge Files, JPG files exceed 25MB each and TIF files exceed 500MB each.

My Ultra Black Montblanc M Ballpoint – Pete Denison

Triangle Pen Show Write-Up! And bonus road trip! – SquishyInk

Field Notes: Three Missions // This continues today’s unofficial theme. I love this design, but I’m going to try and take a pass. I don’t use the pocket notebooks that I have, and this one is grid-ruled, which is my least favorite. I’ll see if I can hold out until it’s sold out.

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