Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – February 28, 2021

Photo of this week's fountain pen selection - Diplomat Aero and Esterbrook OS Estie
Diplomat Aero Green and Esterbrook OS Estie Maraschino Cherry

My fountain pen usage was very low again this week, so I still have 15 inked up fountain pens. I changed the way I picked my pens to use. Rather than a different pen each day instead, at the beginning of the week I picked two pens as my primary writers for the week. This week it was the Diplomat Aero Green with a fine nib, and the Esterbrook OS Estie with a Journaler nib. The Aero has one of the included ink cartridges, while the Estie has Sheaffer Red ink. I don’t prohibit myself from picking another pen, but I’ll use the two selected pens as much as possible.

For the week ahead, I picked the Sheaffer Custom Legacy with a Bacas Blade Turk nib and Pilot Blue-Black ink. I’m pairing it with a Lamy Safari Mango with my 14k gold oblique medium nib loaded with a Lamy Blue cartridge.

There’s really no favorite pen this week. Or, both pens are favorites. I only used two fountain pens for any measurable length of time. If all the pens I used are favorites, is any pen a favorite? I hesitate to say they’re in my Favorite 5 until I sit down and think about it, but they’ll get serious consideration. The green Diplomat is too new for me to call it a core pen, but I do think it will be added to that list soon enough.

The new Lamy Safari fountain pens arrived Friday, a quick delivery considering other recent mail from that part of the country. I love the colors. They shipped on Monday making transit times pretty much back to normal.

I finally shipped out a couple of pens to Mark Bacas for some nib work. A Sailor KOP was sent for nib repair. For those keeping track, besides me, I’m 2 for 2 on mangling KOP nibs. Since it didn’t add to the postage costs I sent a Lamy nib to be ground to a needlepoint. Basically I asked for it to be as thin as practical for the nib material, with a Platinum UEF being the goal.

I realized that I really need to inventory my Lamy nibs and accessories. I regret not adding a converter to the recent order. While I always had plenty, many converters went with Lamy pens that I sold, and I seem to be down to two converters. This coincides with the number of Safaris I owned at year end, so I don’t expect to come across any others. I’ve added some Safaris (and one AL-Star sibling), bringing the count to seven, but no added converters. I sent one off with the fountain pen that went for nib work, leaving only one for me to use. I do have plenty of cartridges, and I really should use them up. But having only one Lamy converter makes me nervous.

New Arrivals

Lamy Safari Terra (EF) and Lamy Safari Savannah (M)

Incoming

None

Outgoing

None

Written Dry

None

Newly Inked

None

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