Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – May 23, 2021

photo of the past week’s pens
Sailor 1911 Ringless – Kanilea Kona Cherry – Diplomat Aero Volute

After being deeply disappointed in the Lamy 14k gold extra-fine nib that was on my Safari, and replacing it on the pen, the Diplomat Aero Volute became my primary writer for the week. It has an oblique fine nib and Montblanc Spider Web Grey ink. The ink matches the pen really well, especially when wet. The Kanilea Kona Cherry also saw increased use this week. It has my favorite ink, Montblanc Bordeaux and well-tuned extra-fine nib. Every once in a while I get it in my head that the Cherry Kona & Montblanc Bordeaux ink are too precious to use. Then I have to remind myself that I can either not use the ink so it stays in the bottles, or not use it when I run out. It’s much enjoyable to use it until it runs out. And the Kanilea pen isn’t any more fragile than most of my other pens.

The Sailor 1911 Ringless Epinard joined the Diplomat Aero Volute and Kanilea Kona Cherry in my Nock Co Sinclair as my three primary pens for the week.

The 1911 Ringless doesn’t get much use due to it’s wide zoom nib. But I like using it, with Sailor Shikiori Yodaki ink, for headings and some doodling. I also used the Sailor 300 as my primary writer for one day. I really like that pen.

I skipped a day of journalling, and only wrote roughly three journal pages all week. My fountain pen usage has been consistent with recent weeks, which means low.

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Listening: Riding the Rap by Elmore Leonard. A library loan (Libby) that was available as I was browsing. A Raylan Givens novel, so an instant borrow and only available as an audio book. I ended up returning this one before I finished it. Nothing wrong with the book, I just couldn’t concentrate on the audiobook. My lack of focus wasn’t helped by it’s similarity to a Justified episode, which allowed my mind to wander. I found that it’s available as an ebook, as part of a Raylan Givens 3 book collection, so I put a hold on that ebook and will read it, rather than listen.

Reading: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Finished it off in a week. So, I guess I liked it. The last few chapters didn’t pull me in. I had no problem putting the book aside when it was time for me to do other things. I didn’t stay awake at night wondering what would happen next. Still, an enjoyable story for the most part. I give it a 3 out of 5 stars. I don’t feel that I wasted my time, but I’m not eager to read the sequel. Which, being released so long after the original, could just be a money grab.

Listening The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. A library audiobook (Libby) I use checklists all the time, although the practice has faded recently. So maybe reading this will get me back on track. It’s short (6 hours), so I can listen during my walks, and have it returned in plenty of time.

New Arrivals






Out of Rotation

  1. I removed the 14k extra-fine nib from the Lamy Safari Terra. I didn’t like the way it performed. My only solid complaint was that it was way too wide for an extra-fine. My more squishy complaint is that I didn’t like the way it felt on paper. I’ll put it on another pen and play around with it, but I needed to cleanse my palate from the bad taste that the nib left.

Into Rotation

  1. I swapped the Lamy 14k EF nib with a Lamy 14k Oblique-Medium nib on my Lamy Safari Terra. The nib is new and unused. Hopefully it won’t disappoint like the extra-fine did, but perform like the first 14k OM nib. I used it for a few lines and the performance felt and looked good. I didn’t use it much since I wanted thin nibs.


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