Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – October 25, 2020

My fountain pen usage fell off a cliff this week, so no favorite fountain pen this week. None of them got enough usage. Even though I published a post earlier this week, the written draft was done a week (or more) ago.

Fountain Pen Day is less than two weeks away. It’s on November 6th. I’ve got two pens on my under consideration list and they’d mutually exclusive. I may decide against them both. I’ve been attracted to purple pens lately so a couple of them are on my list, but I don’t need two. If one of them shows up in a fountain pen day deal it may give me the incentive to buy one. But there’s nothing else on my shopping list.

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Reading: I finished The Aleph Extraction by Dan Moren. I’m ambivalent about it. Certainly my least favorite of the three books. The heist storyline never completely pulled me in. Plus, while I understand this is to be a series, the ending screamed “sequel needed” thanks mainly to actions (not) taken that seemed out of character. In fact, I screamed at my Kindle when a character failed to do what was expected, and read that page twice to see what I missed (nothing). From that point on the events were predictable and my enjoyment dropped. Based on Goodreads reviews I am in the minority since it has 4.3 stars.
Listening: 1861: The Civil War Awakening by Adam Goodheart (audiobook)

New Arrivals






Written Dry

  1. Sailor 1911 Sterling (M. Stub) ran dry of Sailor Shikiori Yodaki ink and was flushed out. It lasted just under two months.
  2. Benu Briolette (EF) with the manufacturers ink cartridge was flushed out. It didn’t get written dry, but I finished up the review and wanted to clean out the pen. There wasn’t much ink left in the long international cartridge. I reviewed the pen, then put it up for sale.

Newly Inked



Moonman C1, Conversation Starter – Everyday Scrawl // A new stationery blog, only a few posts so far, so it’s easy to catch up.

Recipe for a calm morning | From the Pen Cup

Getting Inky in October — The Pen Addict

Behind the pen: Mark Braun, designer of the Otto Hutt designC | UK fountain pens

The Unique – Goodwriterspens’s Blog


Berlin Tegel: Farewell to the airport that wouldn’t die | CNN Travel // I found this article strangely interesting. Four airports is a lot of land, although only one will still be open when the year ends (barring yet more delays). The airport with “Brandenburg” in the name is the furthest from the Brandenburg gate, which is what this American thinks of when the name is mentioned. German pilots & airlines weren’t allowed to fly into the airport during the Cold War. This article will trigger a bunch of useless research the next time I’m both bored and curious.