Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – February 9, 2020

Photo of my Fisher of Pens Hermes fountain pen
Fisher of Pens Hermes

As mentioned last Sunday, the Fisher of Pens Hermes didn’t last very long, and it is now bone dry, waiting to be cleaned out and returned to the pen case for storage. I do really like the pen, and the combination with Montblanc Bordeaux makes it nearly irresistible. But I want to keep rotating new pens into the mix so I’ll flush it out and return it to the pen case for storage. It was inked up on January 6th, so it lasted about a month.

The dam that was holding back my pen buying finally burst. The first crack was the vintage Sheaffer Balance oversize, then it widened with the Retro 51 purchases. It crumbled completely when I ordered two fountain pens this past week. They should arrive early this week, although I’ll try to resist inking them up until I write another pen or two dry. Between the Sheaffer Balance and these two new pens, anything else will get short shrift, so I should give them some use first.

Not that I’m hinting at what one of the pens is, but if the Pelikan Souverän M815 Metal Striped Special Edition is on your wish list, you should check around. The best price I found was $429 at Classic Fountain Pens. Others have it discounted too. The typical US retail price was about $680. It’s a “limited time” offer, although no details on what the limit is. Maybe it ends when all are sold rather than a specific date. This was a pen I considered as a replacement for my M805 Stresemann back when it was released in 2018 but decided against it since it was too pricey and not different enough. While I didn’t sell the Stresemann intending to buy this one, the price drop certainly made me consider the purchase now that the Stresemann is gone.

I can claim some self-control since there’s one other pen on my interested list, and I decided to hold off.

Mabie Todd & Bard Eyedropper and Gunmetal Travelling Case – Goodwriterspens’s Blog // I’d love a case like this, although it would have to fit one of my current pens.

Crónicas Estilográficas: Iroshizuku 2020 // I remember when thee first came out, and wondering who’d pay that much for ink except as a special purchase. As mentioned, prices have held the line and now other brands have caught up and passed Pilot in regards to ink costs.

When to Clean Your Pens | Anderson Pens Blog // Good advice that coincides with my habits. Although, I did have a pen go 18 months without cleaning. It was problem free and the ink never changed, just got topped off. It was my Franklin-Christoph Model 66, eyedropper filled with R&K Blau_Schwarz LE ink.

Crónicas Estilográficas: Platinum in the Market 2020 // A little weird when combined with recent news that I heard on the Pen Addict podcast: Platinum is requiring retails to charge full MSRP for the Curidas.

Early thoughts on the Platinum Curidas fountain pen. | Fountain pen blog // I’m fascinated that they’re have events around the world for this pen.

Eye Candy: Retro 51 Retrospective – The Well-Appointed Desk // Luckily (for my wallet) I haven’t been attracted to the fountain pen Retro 51s.

Slightly Off-topic: You Can Rewrite the Urban Landscape with the New York City Tree Font

Slightly Off-topic: From the Travel Journal: Hong Kong’s Flow Books – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

One thought on “Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – February 9, 2020

  1. hi, do you know where i can find a case , the one that’s mabie todd traveling gunmetal case for pens, and what exact size does my pen need to be to fit/ and it won’t scratch it; so, hyes, any info on where i can buy one of these would be great! thanks so much; also, any info on where i can get other mabie todd and bard swan metal and leather pen cases would be great, or anything like that, similar, newer or older, thanks!

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