Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – April 25, 2021

Lamy Al-Star Bronze

As expected, the Lamy Aion did go dry last weekend. It’s been cleaned out, but not re-inked. I’m going to see how long I can go before it pulls me back. I have a lot of extra-fine nibs inked up, so I can’t use that as an excuse to ink it up.

My primary writer this week was a Lamy AL-Star Bronze with an extra-fine nib and the Lamy cartridge included with the pen. It’s nearly empty and should run dry today. If not, then early in the week. My brain is now locked into writing pens dry, so rather than rotate my pens daily I pick a pen and use it until I can’t. Next up will be the Lamy Terra, which has an extra-fine nib and is still on that included ink cartridge.

The Sailor Ringless Epinard (Zoom) and the Diplomat Green Aero (14k Fine) saw limited use. The Sailor when I needed a thinker line for emphasis and the Diplomat for when I wanted to mark something up in a different color (Montblanc Emerald Green). The Sailor has Sailor Shikiori Yodaki, which is a color I like with the zoom nib.

I’ve been using the Nock Co Lookout to hold my daily pens. I wondered if I would really use it since I rarely venture out these days. But I carry it around between workspaces in the apartment. I’ve taken to sliding my daily index card into the strap as a constant reminder of my task list. This helps keep me on track, at least until it’s been there so long I’ll mentally block it out, like web ads.

Last week I mentioned that reading about the Tennessee Red pencil peaked my interest and I had a box of them sitting in my shopping cart. Earlier this week I found myself looking forward to their arrival. So, I went ahead a ordered them, along with another a sample pack and a pencil sharpener. They’re due to arrive early this week.

I’ve gotten frustrated with having to hunt for items lost in my apartment, so I’ve started adding storage options. The first was the Moppe mini storage chest from IKEA. It’s relatively small and, unlike most IKEA stuff, is prebuilt. I’m using this for small things like loupes, converters, spare nibs, and non-pen things. I also got a KLÄMMEMACKA from them. They call it a “desk organizer”, but that seems wrong. It reminds me of a sewing kit my mother had or a toolbox. This does need to be assembled, which hasn’t been done yet. I plan to use this for pen cleaning and repair supplies.

Finally, I went to Harbor Freight and bought a Windsor Design 8 Drawer Wood Tool Chest. I’m debating how to use this. Ideally, I’d like to use all 8 drawers for pen storage, although I may use the large drawers to store any pen supplies that don’t fit in the Klämmemacka while using the smaller drawers for pens. I already have some slotted pen trays from Go Pens, which I can cut to fit the drawers for pen storage. It looks like the small drawers will hold 11 pens. They won’t be permanent, so I can be flexible and move stuff around. It’s not the best-made piece of storage. There are noticeable chips in the wood and uneven gaps between parts, although it seems sturdy enough for normal use while sitting on a shelf most of the time. At just $80 it seemed like a fair deal to me.

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Listening: No new audiobooks. I picked up a couple of new podcasts to try. (See links)
Reading: Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson. I’ve made some progress, reaching the halfway point. I still don’t care who did it, although the main character is slightly more interesting. The cop is more interesting which helps a lot since I expect him to be around for the whole book. The book is due back on Tuesday. If I don’t finish it by then, it will still go back to the library. It’s very unlikely I’ll continue with the series or the author.

New Arrivals






Out of Rotation

Lamy Aion Dark Green (EF): I love this pen. Proven by the fact that I drained the ink cartridge in about 2 weeks, which is almost unheard of for me, especially since Lamy cartridges hold more ink than standard International cartridges.

Into Rotation


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