Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – September 13, 2020

Photo of Sailor Realo on Nock Co Seed

I didn’t have a clear favorite fountain pen this past week. The Benu Briolette was the most used, but that was because I’m working on a review. As much as I like the pen, I just can’t call it a favorite. Maybe if it had a more exciting ink, it would have crossed over the line and into “favorite” territory. Other fountain pens got their turn for a day, but none made me want them for the following day. That said, the Sailor Realo with its medium/fine nib and Montblanc Antoine de Saint-Exupery Encre du Désert wasn’t used until Saturday. Still, it was the most enjoyable writing experience.

I sent out my Sailor KOP to have the nib fixed. I also sent along three more pens for nib work. I send them to Mark Bacas. The three fountain pens are: a TWSBI GO with a broad nib to be ground into a Predator Extreme, which is very fine on the normal writing side, and an Architect on the reverse. My Sheaffer Custom Legacy with an extra-fine nib went to get The Turk, which is an XXF. My Diplomat Aero Volute went for a left oblique nib. The eta for doing the work in 7 weeks. I was shocked when USPS delivered the package the day before it estimated delivery.

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Reading: The Bayern Agenda by Dan Moren (Sci-Fi) // 20% complete
Listening: 1861: The Civil War Awakening by Adam Goodheart (audiobook) // Only listened to about an hour. I had intended to listen while on my walks, but I found that I prefer not having voices I my head while I’m on my walks these days. Very different than a year ago.
Watching: Ted Lasso (Apple TV) // The only show I watch the day it drops (Friday’s)

New Arrivals

I picked up the Pen Addict Celebration Retro 51 from the post office on Tuesday.

photo of the Pen Addict Retro 51 Celebtration




Only temporarily outgoing, but the four pens I mentioned in the top section are currently out.

Written Dry


Newly Inked


Supporting the USPS | From the Pen Cup

Tag Team: Assorted Brush Pens & Slow-Moving Paper | No Pen Intended

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The Pen Addict Raffle for St. Jude, featuring an Urushi Lamy Safari! — The Pen Addict

The rules for keeping a journal that improves with age – Recording Thoughts // I have to say, I don’t follow these rules, unless it’s accidental. I have to admit, my only rule is write whatever is on my mind. Sometimes it has a purpose other than an excuse to use my pens, but it isn’t required.

Trench Pens and Ink Pellets – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Clairefontaine Neo Deco A5 Notebook Review — The Pen Addict

How can all these pen companies survive? | UK fountain pens

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2 thoughts on “Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – September 13, 2020

    • @grumpy

      Some questions shouldn’t be asked, but since you did. I counted 19, but can’t guarantee there’s not another one or two in a drawer or bag.


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