Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – August 8, 2021
Pen In: Sheaffer 300 (Left) Pen Out: Lamy Aion (Top) : The Favorite: Franklin Christoph Model 02 (Right)

My fountain pen usage was up a bit these past two week, thanks to a lot of writing on Thursday and Friday. “A lot” is relative, maybe about four B5 pages and another 4 or so A5 pages over those two days, along with my usual notes and lists.

Journaling has been erratic, but not forgotten. Having the Kanilea Kona Cherry inside my Journal case helps. I love the pen, and if I open the journal case, I might as well write in the journal.

The Washington DC Pen Show is this weekend, ending today. I’m vaccinated, but I still couldn’t bring myself to go into a crowd of people. Every time I would go to a pen or trade show I’d get sick. Copious use of hand sanitizer would sometimes help, but not always. I probably should have also worn a mask back then. So I’m hesitant and probably won’t attend my local Commonwealth Pen show either.

I’m still working on getting pens up for sale. I want to do them as one big batch rather than dribble them out. I’m still debating some pens, but the longer I wait to more I lean towards selling them. I’m already weeks beyond my original target, so no way I’m estimating when they’ll be ready.

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Reading: Fall of the Core by Ryk Brown. Brown’s latest book in The Frontiers Saga. The Frontiers Saga is planned as a 75 book series. The first two series (30 books) have been released and I liked them all. This is a standalone book that seems to be a rewrite of four prequel novellas. (I didn’t read the novellas so this story will be new to me.) I got this on Kindle Unlimited but hadn’t gotten too far into the book when I was sidetracked by a library book that freed up. It’s yet to hook me, but I will go back to it.

Reading: Foundation by Isaac Asimov: I read this as a teenager, so long ago that it’s like reading a new book. The Apple TV promotions (for the series) got me interested in reading it. I’m only a few chapter into it, but enjoying it.

Not Playing: Civilization VI I’m a Civ VI addict. It wasn’t too bad when I I had an Intel MacBook Pro. Despite being a high end 16″ MacBook Pro, Civ was slow to start and unstable, which made it less enjoyable, or provided an easy stopping point when it crashed. Once I found the right settings to reduce the crashes, I could still limit my sessions by playing the game on battery, which would quickly drain, giving me a little over an hour.

With my M1 MacBook Air this all went away. The game starts faster and is stable. In theory I could easily get a few turns in during a 15-minute break. But with just my willpower to stop, it was rarely 15 minutes. The battery can power the game for over three hours which makes it useless as a way to limit gameplay. It’s been eating up my leisure time, and making a dent into what should be work time. So, Saturday morning I deleted the saved games, and the game itself. Re-installing is easy enough, bit it’s a speed bump that will make reading or writing the “easier” choice for leisure between work tasks and chores. Civ is the only video game I like, so I have no doubt it will be back to it soon enough.

Oh, I do still have it on my iPad. Could be a problem. At least it’s a few content updates behind the desktop version.

New Arrivals



  1. Esterbrook (Kenro) OS Estie – Seaglass w/ Palladium trim. It’s backordered and not due until September.



Out of Rotation

  1. Lamy Aion Dark Green (EF) w/Lamy Green ink went dry. I love this pen and the ink performed well while matching the pen.

Into Rotation

  1. Sheaffer 300 Matte Green (F) with a Sheaffer Black cartridge.

Pen Shows

Pen Shows Are Happening Again! Now what? — The Pen Addict // Some good tips and advice.

The 2021 summer pen show collection — mnmlscholar // JP’s weekly load out, but with an eye to visiting a pen show.

2021 D.C. Pen Show Day 1 Review and Saturday (“The Big Show”) Preview! — The Gentleman Stationer // Friday was for weekend pass holders only. Saturday was the first public day and I suspect there will eventually be reviews of Saturday and Sunday, so if you’re interested, check for future posts.


Only one link per site, so be sure to check for other new articles once you’re there.

Neglected Pens And A Waterman Carene | An Inkophile’s Blog // Every pen deserves a second chance. Personally, neglected pens have bothered me more and more lately, and I’m now in the mindset that using a neglected pen means neglecting a different pen. Hence, my upcoming pen sale.

A Nib Journey With The Leonardo Momento Zero Mango | From the Pen Cup // Good to hear they have good customer service. And a lesson to not ignore contacting the manufacturer for pen issues.

Writing – Goodwriterspens’s Blog // Agreed.

New pen day – Pam Alison Knits // I like the looks, but the rest of the pen certainly isn’t for me. I don’t know how she went so long without inking it up. Good luck with the new job!

Doing the resurrection shuffle – or how to breathe new life into pens (and maybe this blog too) | Slightly unnerved // I can relate to the retail therapy and declining pen use. I’m finding it surprisingly hard to write a pen review these days. I’ve started several.

First Impressions: The TWSBI Swipe is a Steal — The Gentleman Stationer // I’m a sucker forfountain pens with interesting mechanics or filling methods. Including two converters, and a cartridge, is interesting, as is the cartridge and converter capacities. I had one in my cart on release day, but decided I didn’t need another pen write now. While it’s standard international, that seems to apply to the feed attachment only. Everything seems too big to fit inside most fountain pens.

Review: M605 Green-White (2021) | The Pelikan’s Perch // Good review. I like the look of the pen, but the US price is a non-starter. As usual, an excellent review. As Joshua mentions, us US folks may be better off ordering from Europe.

How to Get the Most Out of a One-Day Writing Escape — The Pen Addict // Good advice, not just for writing.