Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – March 7, 2021

Photo of the uncapped M815 Metal Striped

My fountain pen usage was up a bit this week, but that’s mainly because it’s been extremely low recently. I switched to using just two pens for the entire week, at least for my regular writing and I did write one of the pens dry. So, I pulled out my Pelikan M815 Metal Striped SE with a fine nib and Pelikan Blue-Black and used it for the remainder of the week.

I have a strange relationship with Pelikan M8xx fountain pens. I really enjoy writing with them, and find them comfortable for long writing sessions. Yet, I frequently pass them over when picking a pen to use. I sold my Pelikan M805 Stresemann because I rarely used it. The Pelikan gets overlooked when it’s time for me to pick up a fountain pen. I fear this pen is headed down the same path. A pen I enjoy using, but it’s rarely used.

My pens for the week ahead are repeats from two weeks ago: Diplomat Aero Green with a 14k fine nib, Esterbrook OS Estie with a Journaler nib.

New Arrivals






Written Dry

  1. Sheaffer Custom (Blue Fleck) Legacy was written dry of Pilot Blue-Black. It was inked up way back on November 19th.

Newly Inked


Organizing A Pen Collection: Pulling It All Together — The Gentleman Stationer // My own tracking evolution was: None -> Spreadsheet -> Evernote -> DEVONThink. The spreadsheet was too limiting (hard to add pictures, reference links, etc… in an logical way), Evernote became buggy so I moved everything to DEVONThink. DT is overkill for pen tracking, but it works and I use it for other stuff. I use the mentioned Fountain Pen Companion to track usage along with a notebook to track usage, but plan to drop the notebook tracking when the current one is full. I do track usage in DT also, so it’s clear I do far to much fountain pen administration.

Video-Review: Lamy Z55 gold nib (vs steel nib) – Scrively – note taking & writing // I reviewed the Lamy oblique medium gold nib this week.

REVIEW: TACCIA POLAR LIGHTS FOUNTAIN PEN | The Pencilcase Blog | Fountain pen, Pencil, Ink and Paper reviews

Fountain Pen Review: Esterbrook Estie Rocky Top Oversize | Rants of The Archer

Even More of His Nibs | Quieter Elephant

The Proof is in the Water — The Pen Addict

Kelly Loeffler Just Lost Her WNBA Team to a Player She Refused to Meet | The Nation

Swan SF130/61 Yellow & Black – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

My first Nakaya fountain pen – a Long Cigar in Aka-tanemuri — Write Experience

TWSBI Eco | dapprman

Branching out – of sorts | Slightly unnerved

Filling Systems – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Early thoughts on the Narwhal Schuylkill 365 fountain pen. | Fountain pen blog

Breaking News from the Stationery World: Paper Source Files Bankruptcy – The Well-Appointed Desk