Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – April 18, 2021

Lamy Aion Dark Green repeats as a favorite this wek.
Yes, I’m in a rut. But I really like it here.

My fountain pen usage was way up this week. Almost all the ink was applied with the Lamy Aion Dark Green pen. I also kept the Diplomat Aero (F) and Sailor Ringless Epinard (Zoom) available for when I wanted a different colorer a thicker line. They were rarely used.

In addition to the usual notes and lists, I did journal every day, but only resulting in about five B5 pages. I did write a lot using a Doane Paper Writing Pad, I use the larger size. While the paper can’t be called fountain pen friendly, I like the way my fountain pens perform & feel on it. I also find the pads conducive to writing.

The Aion should run dry later today. That would mean the cartridge was used up in just under two weeks, a real feat for me. If not, it’s already close enough that I won’t feel guilty flushing it out sometime today. When inverted, the remaining ink just fills the tapered section of the Lamy cartridge. I have other already inked pens that I want to use, so I’ll put the Aion aside for a bit. I want to see how long I can go before missing it so much that I have to ink it up. I had said in a previous post, I liked the Aion’s nib so much that I might not follow through on my plan to swap it for a 14k Oblique-Medium. When I do ink it up again, I will be swapping it. I have a new OM that I want to test, so I’ll use this pen. I don’t have any obliques inked up, and I’m missing them.

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Listening: Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 by Rick Atkinson (audiobook). I finished it. Finally. Despite the length of time it took to read it, I enjoyed it and downloaded the third (and final) volume in the series, but haven’t started it.
Reading: Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson. I haven’t made much more progress. I’m still not engaged with the story. It’s a relatively short book, yet my two-week library loan ran out. I debated, then renewed it since there wasn’t a waiting list for it.

New Arrivals

  1. Retro 51 Vintage Metalsmith, Lincoln Antique Copper (Fine): Over the years I stopped at many tag/garage/yard sales, keeping my eye out for fountain pens, among other things. I don’t remember ever buying one at a tag sale. This year I’ve made two stops, and bought two pens. I already have the stub version of this pen, and was not on the lookout for this pen. But at a tag sale price, and still sealed in the packaging, I bought it.





Out of Rotation

I changed to name of this section since I may remove pens from the rotation before they’re actually written dry, and changed the name of the next section to maintain the theme.

  1. Retro 51 Vintage Metalsmith, Lincoln Antique Copper (stub): Stub nibs, especially 1.1mm stubs, aren’t for me. So, I haven’t used this one in awhile and the ink is mostly evaporated from the cartridge. I cleaned it out before it evaporated completely. One reason I got the pen is to see if the new supplier (for the pen) nib performed more to my liking. It is, much less wet, with an ink line that’s appropriate for the nib. My previous Retro 51 Lincoln stub was a gusher.

Into Rotation


Vintage Pen News: Why toothpaste is a bad choice for pen polishing

Divine Design: the Visconti Divina Elegance — Penquisition

Hitting the bottle – Pam Alison Knits

TRU RED Mastery Journal Review – The Poor Penman

On My Desk: A Ton Of Ice | An Inkophile’s Blog

A Swan SF2 – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Pens in Daily Use April 2021 | dapprman

The Sendak Mini Artist Roll by Peg & Awl: A Review — The Pen Addict // I have no use for this, but the photos caught my eye.

News: Maki-e Seven Treasures Limited Edition « The Pelikan’s Perch

Benefits of a daily diary and topic journals | Derek Sivers via The Cramped

The TWSBI Draco: I Had My Doubts | From the Pen Cup

McTavish – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Musgrave and the pencil supply chain – pencil talk | pencil reviews and discussion via Refill – Pen Addict Newsletter. I had little interest in pencils these days, but I thoroughly enjoyed this article, and went down the rabbit hole that was the trail of links, starting from this post. I may also have added a package of these to a shopping cart at CWPE.


Coach, broadcaster, esports icon – Inside the legacy of John Madden

I’m a Red Sox fan, so I had to include this. No link, since this won’t last very long, I had to grab Saturday’s standings for posterity. Especially with that last place team. And yes, I fully expect this to be fodder for ridicule in October.