Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – September 6, 2020

Sailor of Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen with Montblanc Leonardo Red Chalk ink bottle
Sailor KOP (M) and MB Leonardo Red Chalk ink – this week’s favorite

My fountain pen usage remained steady, maybe down a little if I had been precisely keeping track. With my Sailor King of Pen Royal Tangerine sidelined, I switched to using my other KOP and really enjoyed it. It was this weeks favorite, in addition to being the most used fountain pen. It has a medium nib and was filled with Montblanc Leonardo Red Chalk. As my fountain pen usage has been driven less and less by work, I find I’m enjoying slightly wider nibs. They aren’t well suited to my standard writing style, but I can adapt (mainly by going slower and writing bigger). They’re better suited to showing off the inks. I’m not about to trade in all my thin nibs for wider ones, but I’ll be less resistant to inking up a wider variety of nibs.

Later today, I’m going to go through all my pens and see if there are candidates for nib grinds. I want to send off my Sailor KOP for repair this week, and I figure I should take advantage of the opportunity. I’m considering getting an architect grind on my TWSBI GO. That would be a $60 grind on a $20 pen, which seems stupid. It’s one of the few broad nibs I have available, and I never use it as-is. The architect grind was all the rage a couple years ago, but I passed on it. From experience, I knew it wouldn’t be for me. But since I’ve been using, and enjoying, the Sailor Zoom nib, I’ve begun to reconsider. The zoom nib was proven unsuitable for me when I had one many years ago. I’ve been enjoying the zoom nib that I currently have. I have different expectations now. It’s not a daily writer and never will be. But I do enjoy using it. I figure the architect grind could be the same. I don’t expect a daily writer, but a different and fun to use nib. If I hate it, I’m only out the cost of the nib grind, and a $20 pen I wasn’t using. As I go through the pens, I’ll look for a pen suitable for a left oblique grind.

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Reading: The Bayern Agenda by Dan Moren (Sci-Fi) // A planetary Cold War in the future. While the subtitle says it’s Book 1 in the Galactic Cold War Series, that’s more a publisher requirement. Recommend reading The Caledonian Gambit first, which is the real beginning, but had a different publisher.
Listening: 1861: The Civil War Awakening by Adam Goodheart (audiobook) // 18 hours of Civil War history
Watching: Ted Lasso (Apple TV) // Matches the hype. Borderline corny, but doesn’t cross the line. While not enough to get me to re-up when the trial is over, it’s the only Apple TV show that would make me consider subscribing for a month when I’m able to binge the next season. Other than that, movie nights have been westerns from the 40’s and 50’s.

New Arrivals



It’s not a fountain pen, but the Pen Addict Kickstarter Retro 51 is waiting for me at the post office. It shipped on Monday, but tracking had it sitting in Georgia all week, including Friday night, when I checked. So I wasn’t looking for it and didn’t see the notification that is was at my PO Box until it was too late on Saturday. So I’ll pick it up on Tuesday (Damn Monday holiday!)



Written Dry

The Sailor KOP, with its medium nib and Montblanc Leonardo Red Chalk ink went dry Saturday night. It lasted just over a month, having been inked on August 2nd. It did’d see heavy use until the other KOP was sidelined.

Newly Inked


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