Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – July 11, 2021

Photo of my current favorite fountain pen - Lamy Dark Green Aion (XF)
Lamy Dark Green Aion XF Nib uncapped

My fountain pen usage continues to be relatively low, mostly lists and notes. My journaling is also low, although I’m trying to get back into the habit of writing in it every night. So far I’ve succeeded in doing it one night in a row.

The Lamy Aion was easily my favorite pen of the past two weeks. The more I use it, the more I love it. The color has a lot to do with it, green being my favorite. Everything else is just right, the weight, the size, and the nib. The red Aion doesn’t even come close to evoking the same reaction from me. Part of that is the slightly wider fine nib, but it’s mostly the color. I do like the bright red, but it isn’t green. My main complaint is that I feel guilty for liking a sub $100 (sub $75 actually) so much more than other more expensive pens. It gives my Kanilea Kona Cherry a run for the money. Since I use the Aion so much more than the Kona Cherry I’d probably have to place the Aion above the Kona Cherry in my favorites list. Although, my tastes can change on a daily basis.

I’ve decided that to resolve the guilt I need to sell off some of the pricier pens, rather than not using the green Aion as much. So I’ve started going through my pens and trying to put together another batch for sale. My goal is to have a batch ready to go in two weeks. To be honest, I rarely meet these goals. I already reduced my unused pens a lot, so I’m really having to fight myself when deciding on the remaining pens.

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Reading: Freaky Deaky by Elmore Leonard. I’m Elmore’d out, so it was a struggle getting through this book. I’ll give 3 out of 5 stars.

It was a struggle to get through that last book, and none of my library holds became available. Rather than pick a book I’m not already eager to read, I took a break from reading and hit up my video library for entertainment.

Watched: I watched the Ocean’s movies, starting with the Rat Pack version from 1960 and moving on to the three Steven Soderbergh directed movies. I’m a sucker for old movies, so the 1960 version is my favorite. While none will ever top my list of favorites, I find them all enjoyable, even after multiple re-watches.

Out of Rotation

  1. The Sheaffer 300 Matted Green (F) ran out of ink. Near the end a not insignificant amount of ink splashed into the inner cap. It’s still sitting in my cleaning queue. I couldn’t put my finger on exactly why, but I found the pen just a little less enjoyable before. I used the same Sheaffer black ink, but it was just a little bit finickier. I didn’t feel as comfortable in my hand. In it’s defense, I used it more than any other of the pens I inked up in May. It’s the first one of that batch to run dry.


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