Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – March 15, 2020

Welcome to the Ides of March. Jeez, could March get any more depressing? Don’t answer that.

A trio of pens went dry this week:

The Kaweco Brass Sport was inked back on November 16th and went dry March 11th. It faithfully travelled in my pocket despite little use.
The Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe was inked back in January and went dry March 11th. I seem to have forgotten to record the date inked, and the ink used. It was a cartridge and probably their pigmented Kilwa-Guro black ink.
The Pilot Custom 823 was inked with Pilot Black back on October 1 and went dry March 11th.

All my currently inked pens, except the newly arrived vintage Sheaffer mentioned below, are listed in this currently inked post. The newly arrived Sheaffer, mentioned below, gives me a even dozen inked up pens. It’s been a long time since I’ve had that many fountain pens inked at one time.

I picked up a new (to me) pen off of eBay. I’ve been on the lookout for a Marine Green Sheaffer Balance Oversize to replace my cracked Marine Green. This one wasn’t ideal, a solid gold colored, not two-tone nib and the green didn’t appear to be as vibrant based on the pictures. But, it was a seller I knew and trusted, so I placed a bid and won the pen. It arrived Friday, and as expected the green color was more subdued, closer to an olive green, than my first Marine Green Sheaffer. I haven’t used it very much yet, although it seems fine. Just a little nib creep on one side of the slit, which quickly returned if wiped off. But so far, no dripping. I inked it with a classic (maroon box) Sheaffer Blue. Not Peacock blue, just “blue”. I don’t like blue inks, why is it so common in my vintage Sheaffers?

Photo of both my Marine Green Sheaffers
My new Marine Green Sheaffer (left) compared to my broken Marine Green Sheaffer (right)

Since my pen show opportunities are vanishing quickly, and my anxiety rises every time the President speaks, I ordered another pen. More when it arrives. Hopefully that will be this coming week, but I ordered it Friday and it includes a nib grind, so it may take a little longer.

In case you missed it: The Pen Addict Kickstarter won’t have a live show from Atlanta. If you’re one of the 30 or so Video/VLog only backers you may want to reconsider, although they are looking at replacement options. Personally, I’m in it for the pen and to support them. As of Friday night there were 260 (out of 950) pens left. I’m guessing there won’t be any Atlanta Pen Show and I won’t be making reservations for Chicago at the end of April. Those were the two shows I was looking to build a road-trip vacation around. If you’re waiting for an Atlanta (or any other) pen show cancelation announcement, keep in mind that events often have to wait for an external action (like a government order) to force a cancelation so that they can get refunds, collect insurance, or not be held to their contractural obligations.

How one Florida woman amassed a collection of more than 21,000 banana labels // Not entirely off-topic, after all, this and fountain pens are both obsessions with tight-knit communities.

Crónicas Estilográficas: S System

canetas e coisas

Mabie Todd Blackbird Fountpen – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Not too many links this week, so let’s go off topic with some happy, weird and educational links.

Puppies in a bucket / Boing Boing

Watch 80 joyous minutes of newly discovered Seinfeld bloopers / Boing Boing

Weird – Would you have expected this quote to end a news story: “Dispatchers with Arkansas State Police have no source of the toilet paper, but we are sending out a trooper to check go it out.” Dozens of toilet paper rolls found dumped alongside interstate

If you’re stuck at home and want to learn stuff: Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings

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