Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – February 14, 2021

This week's favorite pen, a Sheaffer Legacy with a custom barrel and a custom nib.

I finally gave in and acknowledged that a blue and gold fountain pen is a favorite. That would be the Sheaffer Custom Legacy with its Turk Blade nib, since I used it three straight days. Although it I was only my primary writer one of those days.

I committed sacrilege this week and bought a ballpoint pen. I wanted a small pocket pen that I could use in any situation. It also needed to be inexpensive. It’s main use would be so that I can avoid using shared, community pens. After looking around at pen retailers, some brain cells finally aligned and I went out to the Pen Addict’s Top 5 Pens page and looked under ballpoints. There was the Fisher Space Pen at #4, It’s the most pocketable pen of the bunch, and was also #1 on the Most Useful Pens list. Plus, the price was right.

Not wanting to pass up free shipping, I added a Lamy nib to the order. I need to send a pen out for nib repair and I’ve been debating sending along another pen for a new nib grind. Under consideration was getting a Lamy nib ground to a Italic. I know from experience that Italic nibs aren’t for me, but I thought it might be nice to have one. Lamy nibs are inexpensive and I could swap it around. But still, I had little confidence that I’d use the nib more than the one or two times that curiosity will get the better of me this decade. I was willing to spend $13 in order to satisfy my curiosity, which is considerably less than a custom grind. I also told myself it was really only $7 because I would have paid $6 for shipping. After all, it isn’t like JetPens has anything else I could choose from. The nib has arrived, although I haven’t put it on a pen.

Last week I mentioned that my green Diplomat Aero was misplaced. As expected, it turned up under a pile of papers on my desk. I was never a fan of the comic, but I really want to refer to this pen as the Green Arrow.

I’m down to 15 inked pens, down from last week’s 19.

New Arrivals

  1. Lamy 1.1mm Calligraphy (Italic) steel nib. Just the nib.





Written Dry

  1. Sheaffer Balance II Jade Green with Sheaffer Emerald Green (Yellow Box)
  2. Sheaffer Balance II Crimson Glow with Sheaffer Peacock Blue (Yellow Box)
  3. Leonardo Officina Italiana Momento Zero Blue Green with Omas Green
  4. Penlux Masterpiece Grande Black & White Koi with P.W. Akkerman Dutch Masters Sreenrood van Vermeer

Newly Inked

  1. Not exactly newly inked, but close enough. I swapped the extra-fine steel nib for the 14k gold oblique medium nib on the Lamy Safari Mango.

Behind the pen: Joe Kershaw of the Online Pen Company | UK fountain pens

Re-Blacking (Again!) – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Pocket Size Review 48: Red Dragon Pen Company Sylvan, Bungubox Clown Teardrop – Penquisition

Shop Launch and Picture of the Week – Pens! Paper! Pencils!

Restoring – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Pen Case Review: Franklin-Christoph Penvelope Six — The Gentleman Stationer // I love my Penvelope 6 and 13. Both are in the original boot brown leather from 2012. They changed the design and material over the years. None match the look of boot brown leather, in my opinion.

Stretching Those Gratitude Muscles | From the Pen Cup

Scholarship, Auctions, Valentine’s Day!!


Liza Minnelli Tries to Turn Off a Lamp – SNL – YouTube // I came across this on twitter early this week (I forget who’s tweet), it cracked me up when I first saw it years ago, and it still cracks me up today, even though it makes little sense, just Kristen Wiig being a hilarious idiot.

Chick Corea & Gary Burton: Tiny Desk Concert – YouTube // RIP Chick Corea (at the piano in this video) Warning – YouTube clumsily inserts an ad in the middle of a song, it’s very jarring.