Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – April 21, 2019

I started journaling again this week, so there was a slight uptick in my fountain pen usage. But, it has still been relatively low.

I did ink up another pen, despite not writing any dry. I’ve been missing having a Pilot Vanishing Point handy, so I popped a Pilot Black cartridge into an XXXF nib unit and put it in the Guilloche Vanishing Point body.

I did order a bottle of ink, although it hasn’t arrived yet. As I’ve mentioned, my favorite ink is Montblanc Bordeaux, which is long out of production. I finished a bottle several months ago and I’ve yet to replace it. I’ve been setting a target price where I’d buy a replacement bottle if I find it for that price or less. My current target is $30. That would surely go up when I open my last bottle. I happened to stumble upon a bottle on eBay. A small eBay coupon brought it below my target so I bought it. It’s listed as unopened so I’m hopeful. One thing I’ll mention, I’ve found that “Montblanc Bordeaux” listings on eBay are often Montblanc Burgundy, as in this listing, so be sure to check the photos.

A couple months ago I mentioned that I wanted to use my Esterbrook Dip-Less pen but couldn’t find the inkwells. Well, they turned up this week. All safely wrapped and packed in an unlabeled box. Of course, they’ve turned up when the apartment is in disarray as I prepare to move in a month, so I kept them safely packed away, although now in a labeled box.

Esterbrook Dip-Less inkwell and pen

My fountain pen declutter is coming to a close, at least temporarily. More because I’ll be moving at the end of May and have other things to do, rather than I’m down to a reasonable number of pens. I’ll post two or three final pens for sale Monday morning. They’re pens that met my criteria to sell, but I found an excuse to keep them. After more consideration, two of them have no chance of breaking into my rotation as they never got significant use. The third, the Pelikan M101N Lizard I really do like and got a lot of use until it fell off my radar about three years ago. It’s the one pen I fear will cause me severe seller’s remorse.

I did put a Levenger Circa Folio Junior up on eBay for auction. If you’re interested you can find the auction at this link, which lists all my auctions. The Folio auction ends Friday about noon eastern time.

I just finished reading “The Woman Who Smashed Codes”. (Actually, I listened to the audiobook.) Excellent book and highly recommended. it’s the story of Elizabeth Friedman, a pioneer in the field of cryptanalysis. Not heavy on the science of codebreaking. Also an interesting look at life in those times. Her husband is known as the man who broke the Japanese Purple cipher. What I didn’t know (among many other things) is that she broke the German Enigma machine without help from Bletchley Park.

Links

Another Completed Sketchbook. — The Finer Point

Flex Nibs Part 3: Modern Flex – Pen Thoughts

Where I buy pens | UK fountain pens

9 genius pen features | UK fountain pens

Nibs, Ancient and Modern – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Fountain Pen Ink Cartridges: What Are Your Favorites? — The Pen Addict

600 Years of Writing — Mountain of Ink

Field Trip: Toronto Old Book and Paper Show – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

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