Considering all the fountain pens that I wrote dry this week, it might seem like I wrote a lot this week. I didn’t. My usage was about the same as last week. I’m down to eight inked fountain pens, all of which have a trait or two that keeps them from being a daily driver. Nib too wide, pen too thin. Well, one could be, but it’s the Lamy AL-Star that I leave at the office. I plan to ink up the green Diplomat Aeros and Kanilea Kona Cherry. The Kanilea will get Montblanc Bordeaux. I’m undecided which ink I’ll pick for the Diplomat.
Things are looking up for 2021 this week. I was able to get my first COVID shot, and the weather was so nice that I could open my windows for four straight days and let fresh air into my apartment. Even my fountain pens enjoyed the fresh air. As the indoor air returned to normal humidity my pens behaved better.
Current Reads, Watches & Listens
Listening: Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 by Rick Atkinson (audiobook). More progress on this one, although plenty left.
Listening: NYPD Red by James Patterson & Marshall Karp (audiobook). I wanted to read a mystery/thriller and came across this one. I’d never read a James Patterson book so decided to try it. Although, anytime a famous author is a co-author I figure they are the brand name, rather than a writer, so I probably still haven’t read one. It’s a relatively short book so I’ll finish it today. But, I won’t read any other books in the series (this is Book #1 in a 6 book series). It reads like a bad attempt at an Elmore Leonard style book but with failed attempts at the snappy dialog and with unlikeable,uninteresting characters. Maybe there will be a surprising ending. Goodreads reviews are mixed, but mostly positive (3.94 out of 5 stars over 33k ratings). On the plus side, I found that the Libby app does a good job with audiobooks. Unlike Audible, it properly syncs for me.
- Esterbrook OS Estie (Journaler): Inked back in December and refilled with Sheaffer Red a couple times since then, I decided it was time for a cleaning. It will be inked up later today if I can decide between Montblanc Bordeaux and Sheaffer Red.
- Pelikan M815 Metal Striped SE (Fine): Was inked back in December, but unlike the Estie, it took all this time for just one fill of Pelikan 4001 Blue-Black.
- Sailor Pro Gear British Racing Green (Medium/Fine): I suspect this went empty due to considerable evaporation. I just don’t find this thin & light fountain pen comfortable to use for any length of time. But, I love the color.
- Diplomat Aero Green (Fine 14k): I finally finished the ink cartridges that came with the pen, so I get to move on to bottled inks with this lovely 14k nib.
- Sheaffer Balance II Aspen (Medium): One pen choice for this week went dry on Monday, so this one was called upon. It went dry on Friday. It was filled with Montblanc 90 Years Permanent Grey ink, a consistent choice for this pen.
- Sheaffer Crest Nova Green (Extra-Fine): Also inked back in December. I love the nib and the pen’s color, but it’s even thinner than the Sailor Pro Gear and not a pen that I can use for more than short notes.
Amazon’s monopoly is squeezing your public library, too – The Washington Post // I realize Amazon is an aggressive company (to put it politely), but this strikes me as especially egregious. They play in all parts of the book business. Standard Oil was broken up in the early 1900’s because it had similar top to bottom control of the oil business.