The last two weeks have seen some heavy fountain pen usage, and heavier than normal Retro 51 rollerball usage. I wrote four fountain pens dry during the past two weeks. I’ve been consistently writing every day. As I mentioned in a previous Trail Log, I’ve been trying to use my pens every day, even if it’s a waste of ink & paper and immediately goes into the trash. I find it relaxing to just write and not have to write anything specific. I still write the occasional journal entry and for the usual notes. But my end of day routine now includes some relaxing writing. I did miss two days these past two weeks. Both were late days where I was exhausted when I got home. So no guilt. And on both of those days, my pens were used more than usual during the day. I lost track of how many pages I wrote during that World Series Game 3 marathon during which I finished off a 3/4 full Sailor KOP and used my Baseball themed Retro 51 (Play Ball) for what may be the last time of the year. Just one more win needed for the perfect season ending.
Pens that went dry:
TWSBI Go Smoke (extra fine) with Monteverde Emotions Passion Burgundy ink: I really, really liked this pen and the ink. The nib is a smooth writer and feels good in my hand.
Fisher of Pens Hermes (fine) with Iroshizuku Shin-Ryoku: This pen has gotten better with age and use.
Esterbrook Estie (Esterbrook #9550 Firm Extra Fine) with Sheaffer Red ink: I’d say the experience was OK. I did have some flow issues and hard starts. I’ve yet to review this pen. It’s been a less than optimum experience with the MV adapter for Esterbrook nibs, so I’ve been doing some comparisons with Esterbrook J pens using the same ink and nibs.
Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen (medium) with a Sailor Sei-Boku Pigmented Blue-Black cartridge: Sublime. I used this throughout that WS Game 3 marathon which killed off the cartridge and well over a dozen pages. No skipping (until it went dry) and no fatigue in my hand.