My fountain pen usage was up a little this past week. A couple pens are actually almost empty. I’ve been journalling more consistently, about one A5 page every weekday, and another one for the weekend days. Plus drafts for a couple articles, along with copious notes.
Despite having a new fountain pen for the last week, my Lamy Aion remained the pen I picked up most often. The new F-C Model 20 may have put more ink on paper since I used it for several longer sessions.
In a switch from past practice which had me using a different fountain pen in my journal each day. My Kanilea Kona Cherry has become my Journal Pen and lives in the journal. It has my favorite ink, Montblanc Bordeaux. This all combines as a great incentive to use the pen and to write in my journal.
I’ve been preparing for another pen sale, probably my last significant one for a while. I’m handling pen selection for this one differently than I have in the past. While targeting pens that have gone two years without use has worked in the past, there are limits to this method. Such as many pens being under 2 years old. I’ve been feeling a lot of guilt and frustration lately about not using my “favorites” or “expensive” pens enough. Two Friday’s ago I spread out all my fountain pens. I did miss a few, and I ignored vintage completely, but it was most of them. Then I started picking my favorites and figuring out how they fit into my typical usage. My informal goal was to reduce my accumulation by 50%.
I’m at the point now where if I pick up a pen to decide whether or not to keep it, I’m going to keep it. When I consider only that one pen I can find plenty of reasons to keep it, and very few reasons to sell it. Case in point: I inked up the Sailor Pro Gear Racing Green to do some writing samples, and to test it for the planned sale. I had already decided that the physical aspect of the pen didn’t suit me. By the time I was done I had talked myself into keeping the pen, ignoring the fact that the thin(ish) and light pen became uncomfortable after 10 or 15 minutes of writing. I really liked the nib and loved the color. But once I saw I had the exact same nib on a Realo, and the same model in a version with metal (making it heavier), it was easier to let go of the Racing Green Pro Gear.
To forestall any questions: While I’ve now selected all the pens for sale, I still need to do the photos and get things organized. These things always take me longer than I expect so I don’t want to give an eta. In the scope of life, selling the pens is a low priority. Plus, as a friend said, I’m putting it off because I really don’t want to sell them.
Housekeeping: I’ve changed this blog to lock comments after a post has been out for 6 months. While 99.9% of spam comments get blocked automatically, there’s hundreds of spam comments every week and it annoys me. I’ll shorten the lockout if the spam comments don’t drop to my satisfaction. The About page has a form that can always be used to contact me if you feel compelled to comment on a locked post.
Current Reads, Watches & Listens
Reading: Hail Mary by Andy Weir. So much better than his previous book; Artemis. A solid 5 out of 5 stars. If you like technology/science heavy Sci-fi you’ll like it. Like the Martian, man vs. science and an environment that wants to kill him, but it’s even better. Even the slightest detail could be a spoiler, so I’ll say no more.
Watched: Leverage:Redemption on IMDBtv. IMDBtv is Amazon’s “other” streaming service and this is their first original. All characters, except Timothy Hutton’s, return. Although, Aldis Hodge (Hardison) is just a recurring character due to a scheduling conflict with his other show. A couple new characters join the mix. Eight episodes are up now, with a total of 16 planned. It’s free, but with commercials in the stream. Maybe because the show was specific for IMDBtv, but the commercial breaks come at appropriate times, and not mid-sentence. Other annoyances remain; lots of repeated commercials which is annoying, and their commercial server sucks, a lot of problems when the commercials played (or didn’t play). The show itself streamed just fine. Recommended.
- Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Intrinsic Gemstone (EF). This just arrived, I’ll have my first impressions up later this week.
- Esterbrook (Kenro) OS Estie – Seaglass w/ Palladium trim. It’s backordered and not due until September.
Out of Rotation
- Sailor King of Pen, Black/Rhodium (M) ran low on Montblanc Psychedelic Purple and I decided to flush it it out. It’s under serious consideration for a sale since I’ve become even less enamored with bright ink on basic medium nibs. I pick the Oblique nib of the Royal Tangerine KOP over this one every time.
- Lamy Aion, Red (F) couldn’t hold a candle to its dark green sibling, so it was flushed to be put in the sale queue.
- Lamy Safari, USA Independence Day (Needlepoint) will also go on sale (with a different nib) so it was flushed out.
I’m back to limiting myself to one link per site, so be sure to browse around these sites. Several had additional articles I enjoyed and would have been listed if this arbitrary rule didn’t exist.