Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – January 26, 2020

Photo of my latest arrival
Sheaffer Balance Oversize Grey Marble c.1935

I’ve been using my newest fountain pen almost exclusively since it arrived last weekend. I inked it up with Rohrer & Klingner Blau-Schwarz LE that I like a lot. It’s well behaved and easy to clean, so I have no qualms about using it in a vintage vacuum filler that will be tedious to clean without a friendly ink. I wanted to go with a older (can’t really say vintage, although in ink years they are) Sheaffer ink, but my two favorites were already in pens. So far I’m loving the pen. I hope to get better photos soon.

Sometimes A Rollerball Beats A Fountain Pen | An Inkophile’s Blog

A letter from the Retro51 Team | The Retro 51 Blog // via The Well-Appointed Desk // Big news. This happens to be the first place I saw it. The official post is here

A Place to Buy Ink! – The Well-Appointed Desk

2020 Philadelphia Pen Show Recap — The Gentleman Stationer

From the Desk of Martin Luther King Jr. – The Well-Appointed Desk

Sunday Rambling – Goodwriterspens’s Blog


Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – January 19, 2020

Photo of you currently inked pens.

Well now, things are changing again. I moved into a new apartment last weekend. Technically, I signed the lease and I now eat and sleep there. But “moved in” is a bit of a stretch. Furniture will be arriving tomorrow and next weekend so things are still hectic. The one piece of furniture that did arrive is the least needed but a welcome arrival, a new writing desk. It’s one I’ve seen on various furniture store websites, all called something different and sells for a wide range of prices. It’s nothing special, but I like the look. I’ll provide more info once I’ve used it a bit, and pictures once the clutter is cleaned up. Being the most convenient flat surface it’s become cluttered. The photo above shows my currently inked pens in the desk.

I inked up some more pens this week. The following pens join the Brass Sport (not shown), Regency Stripe (in the Fodderstack XL along with a Retro 51 rollerball), and Pilot Custom 823 (on the Seed case):

From left to right in the Dudek Pen stand:

  1. Sheaffer Balance II Jade Green with Sheaffer Emerald Green (Yellow box).
  2. Sheaffer Balance II Crimson Glow with Monteverde Napa Burgundy.
  3. Sheaffer Balance II Aspen with Montblanc Meisterstück 90 Years Permanent Grey.
    All three of the Balance II pens have Sheaffer’s lovely 18kt gold Feathertouch nib which writes closer to a fine than a western medium.
  4. Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen with a 21kt medium nib and Sheaffer Peacock Blue (Yellow box) ink.
  5. Fisher of Pens Hermes with a fine nib and my favorite ink, Montblanc Bordeaux.

Yes, the Kaweco Brass Sport missed another photo. Despite being in my jeans pocket I always forget to include it, and I’m too lazy to take another photo when I realize it’s missing.

A new pen arrived for me on Saturday, although I’ve yet to ink it up. This one is a new to me vintage Sheaffer which replaces nothing, just a welcome addition. I’m still deciding on the ink. It’s seems fitting that an old Sheaffer should get one of my older Sheaffer inks to inaugurate it. My top two ink choices are already in use, so I’m still debating. With this purchase I’ve already equaled last years new pen count, although last year it was swap to replace my Esterbrook Estie with a look I preferred but which wasn’t available at launch. More after I’ve inked and used the pen a bit.

Esterbrook Nib Numbers and Writing Samples – Fountain Pen Love // via The Pen Addict

Peoples Journal Project // I received this as a marketing email, while not for me it sounds interesting and I figured I’d share it.

Taking Advantage Of What’s On Hand | An Inkophile’s Blog

Happy New Year! // Travels 2019-2020 – Weirdoforest Pens

Stamps, Scientific Charts, and Hand-Drawn Maps Occupy Every Inch of Travel Notebooks by José Naranja | Colossal via The Cramped

Crónicas Estilográficas: War (I) // also check out his two more recent posts.

My 2019 Retrospective — The Gentleman Stationer

How this Japanese method of saving money changed my life—and made me richer – The Cramped // Another reason to use our pens. Check out both links if you’re interested.

The Downside of the Handwritten Novel — The Pen Addict // While not the same, I find my blog posts and other writings are better in the end if they start out of paper.

Does Platignum Deserve Its Bad Reputation? – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Just Right: The Theme System Journal | From the Pen Cup // I decided the try this journal and it arrived this past week. It’s still in the shrink wrap.

2020 Planner Set-Up. — The Finer Point

Pen Show Prep 2020 and My One-Pen Challenge — The Gentleman Stationer

Scenes from the 2020 Philadelphia Pen Show — The Gentleman Stationer

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – January 5, 2020


Happy New Year, everyone! Not too much to say here as the year-end hustle & bustle kept my pen usage down. The Pilot Vanishing Point did go dry, although I didn’t re-ink it. There’s a lot of ink on the nib is I want to give the pen a thorough cleaning in case there’s a lot of dried ink around the trapdoor. So I’m down to three inked pens:

  1. Kaweco Brass Sport with an EF nib and Kaweco Red ink (cartridge)
  2. Pilot Custom 823 with a Fine nib and Pilot Black ink
  3. Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe with an EF nib and Sailor Kilwa-Guro Pigmented Back ink cartridge

The Kaweco Brass Sport is finally getting some use now that the Vanishing Point isn’t in my pocket.

I moved into a new office as the year began, which will allow me to get some desk pens back into rotation. They should get a lot of use (relative t recent history) since I’ll spend a lot of time in the office. I’m waiting to settle in before I start inking up some pens, but that should be soon.

Some housekeeping: I’m going to try moving this site to a self-hosted server (currently, it’s on There may be some outages or weirdness as things move over. If it ends up being more effort than I’m willing to put in, then it will stay here, and the ads will return. I do not promise no ads if the site moves, but I’ll have more control over them if I do decide to have some on the site.

Starting From Scratch | From the Pen Cup

The Fate of Office Depot — Original Content Books // via The Pen Addict.

My 2019 in Review — TooManyPelikans

2019: some of my fountain pen highlights. | Fountain pen blog

Crónicas Estilográficas: Tokyo Pen Trends 2019

Planner Update: Out with the Old, In with the New – The Well-Appointed Desk

Penventory 2020: Reassessing My Pen Collection — The Pen Addict

Shellacking the Section/Barrel Joint – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Crónicas Estilográficas: Retractable 2020

Looped Square: 2019 In Review