Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – June 21, 2020

photo of my Kaweco Brass Sport

My fountain pen usage continued to be low this past week. I missed a couple of days of journaling and didn’t do much other writing besides notes and lists. I did fill my current journal, which was a Field Notes Dime Novel edition. Once that was filled, I pulled out my Nanami Seven Seas Writer, which was already three-quarters used. The pocket notebook had ceased to be an incentive to get me started writing, so now I want to fill the last 25% of this A5 notebook.

The Kaweco Brass Sport has moved out of my pocket, to my desk so it got some use. It was easily the most used fountain pen over the last week. It’s a clear choice as the favorite of the week.

[Update: The Minima has been sold] I’ve decided to sell off my Benu Minima Mystical Green, and I’m mentioning it here first so regular readers the first crack at it. Also, say you’re a reader, and I’ll take $5 off the listed price. I’ve decided it doesn’t have a place in my rotation. It will never replace the Kaweco Brass Sport. I don’t trust the acrylic to play well with the keys in my pocket. Unlike the Kaweco, it won’t look better with scratches, dents, and dings. See the for sale page if you are interested.

I inked up a bunch of fountain pens as the week came to a close. Some were inked so I could decide if they were worth keeping. The Platinum 3776 Ribbed is one of these. It’s been just over a year since it was last inked up. It can go years between getting inked. I’ve used the ultra extra-fine nib as an excuse to keep the pen. It is a lovely nib. While it is my thinnest nib, the F-C Model 02 (needlepoint) and newly arrived Pilot 912 (posting nib) are very nice writers and fill the same function as the 3776 Ribbed does for me. They aren’t afflicted with gold trim, which puts me off the pen.

The Lamy 2000 is a classic design and one that I like a lot. But the pen hasn’t been inked in over two years, and that last time it took over six months for me to write the pen dry. The pen has two traits that afflict me. The nib is small and doesn’t stand out from the pen, which I count as one. And second, it has a small sweet spot. The first two traits combine to prevent me from rotating the pen as I use it. It’s not a lot, but combined with that small sweet spot, I get a lot of skipping. I’m going to give it another try. I’m in the mood to pass it on if it fails me again.

The two inked Benus have the same nib (EF) and have green as the base color. So they’re prime targets to keep one and pass the other along. While I’m far from decided, the Scepter immediately drew me to it, so it seems to be the one to beat. Of course, I haven’t seen the Grand Scepter in the flesh, make that acrylic, yet. So they both may be rentals.

New Arrivals



  1. Penlux Masterpiece Grande Black & White Koi (Fine) – this large pen has me intrigued, so I ordered one. I’m hoping this arrives early in the week. It’s already at the nearby USPS distribution center. But recent history proves it could be later in the week, and tease me over multiple days.



Written Dry

  1. Pilot Vanishing Point Cherry Bamboo (left oblique): I flushed this one a little early. It needed help getting started on multiple occasions. While it had been sitting unused for a couple of days, this is very unusual behavior for this pen, and the frustration got to me. It probably had a page or two left when I picked it up and it failed to write earlier this week. So it got cleaned and put away. I have no patience for bothersome fountain pens. Although, since it’s one of the few oblique nibs that I have, it will be back soon enough.

Newly Inked

  1. Benu Briolette Secret Garden (EF) with the included long-international ink cartridge
  2. Benu Scepter II (EF) with R&K Alt-Bordeaux
  3. Pilot Custom 912 (PO) with the included Pilot Black in cartridge
  4. Sheaffer Ringtop Jade (F) with Sheaffer Peacock Blue (maroon box)
  5. Platinum 3776 Ribbed (UEF) with a Platinum Black cartridge
  6. Lamy 2000 (F) with R&K Leipziger Schwarz
  7. Kanilea Cherry Kona (EF) with Montblanc Bordeaux
  8. Franklin-Christoph Model 20 (M. Stub) with a Diamine Oxblood cartridge

The first four in the list are all getting inked up for the first time since they arrived.

Journaling Prompts for June – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop My fountain pen usage has declined a bit recently, so I’m looking for some ideas to spur some writing.

Monthly Inked // 2020 Work rotation – Weirdoforest Pens // Only two pens inked at once? That requires more decisions than I’m capable of making (I’m at 13 myself). The Pelikan is my favorite.

Conway Stewart No 13 Safety Pen – Goodwriterspens’s Blog and John Brindle’s Mabie Todd Pens Lists – Goodwriterspens’s Blog // While I have no real desire to own either of these vintage brands, I love reading about them and history.

Failure is the best test | UK fountain pens // Disappointing to hear about a 100% rate of disappointment. While it could be argued that not every pen was an out-of-the-box failure, I would say nib inconsistencies within a brand, or pen line, is a failure.

Pens from My Past | dapprman // Fountain pens weren’t a thing for me when I was in school. I feel deprived.

A new pen deliberation. And a Safari gets a deep clean. | Fountain pen blog // While I often swap Safari nibs, I’ve never had the feed come out like this.

canetas e coisas: SAILOR

Fountain Pen Photography: How To Focus Stack – Fountain Pen Love

The Sad, Strange Saga of Crane Stationery — The Gentleman Stationer

2 thoughts on “Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – June 21, 2020

  1. I have 2 LAMY 2000 pens.. (Bought the second one when I thought I had lost my first one in a store while shopping.) As you, I have the same irritations about the 2000. Just have not bothered to ink one at 2 years! Too many other lovely “toys” to use.

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