Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – September 5, 2021

Currently inked fountain pens
Down to five currently inked fountain pens

While I hate to say it, my fountain pen usage has been rather boring the last two weeks. I’m down to five inked pens, and I haven’t felt any excitement towards inking up any new combinations. I do have a couple of pens nearing empty, so I will be inking up so new ones in the week ahead.

My fountain pen usage has been abysmal these last two weeks. So on Friday I set a goal to write for 15 minutes each day, and will be keeping track to keep the streak going. When I set goals like this I typically set an easily obtainable time limit. Fifteen minutes is easy to squeeze in, and in practice I often got longer. Even if I have a busy day, I can squeeze it in before bed. If I set the goal for 30 minutes I may decide I’d rather sleep.

I was hoping the oblique medium nib would make me like the Lamy 2000 more than I did when I had the fine nib version. While it’s not as bad as the fine nib, I still find myself rotating the nib while I write. The oblique nib is more suited to my hand and I don’t have a problem once I touch nib to paper, as long as I keep writing. This is an improvement over the fine nib, which I did rotate while writing. But if I pause, and lift the pen from paper, I must fidget enough that the pen rotates in my hand. I don’t notice the orientation when I start writing again, and it’s usually off, causing skips. With larger, visible nibs, I must subconsciously re-orient the nib as I return to writing. It doesn’t help that the Lamy is silver near that small nib. I’m giving the pen until I use all the Montblanc Bordeaux ink, no way I’m dumping that ink early. But right now, it’s looking like my second Lamy 2000 will be going to the sale page. Or maybe I need new glasses.

The Lamy 2000 has been my journal pen, living in the case with the journal. This make is less annoying, since I don’t pause very often when writing. Like I mentioned, at least with the oblique medium nib I don’t rotate it while writing. I could keep it as a journaling pen, but I want to return the Kanilea Kona Cherry to that roll. I miss it.

Speaking of journaling; these past two weeks were split. Two weeks ago I wrote four straight days (Sunday through Wednesday) for a total of five A5 pages, then stopped until last Thursday when I started up again and have written six pages in the last three days.

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Reading: The Outfit by Richard Stark (a Donald E. Westlake pseudonym). Part of his Parker series. It’s the first of the series that I read, although it’s the third installment of the Parker series, so I’m obviously missing some backstory. But, my library didn’t have the first two. I still enjoyed the book, and the character. The mob send a hitman after Parker (due to the missing backstory) who fails. Parker is pissed and goes after the outfit as he promised he would if they went after him. The book is a series of mini-capers as Parker gives his criminal friends a reason to go after the outfit. I enjoyed the book a lot. Probably would have given if 5 stars if I read the first two, but as it is: 4 stars (out of 5).

Reading: The Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov. Started this yesterday and I’m a little less than 15% through it. My feeling so far is about the same as the first two volumes, I’m enjoying it, but not compelled to devour it.

Listening: I sorted my Audible book catalog by length, in ascending order, and started listening to the shortest books that I’d yet to read. None were particularly good, and only one was bad. I generally wouldn’t pick a short Audible book to buy or use credits on, so I suspect all of these were free or part of a promotion. The Adventures of the Blue Carbuncle by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. While it was marked as unread, I do remember listening to it in the past. But I enjoyed it and kept going. I rated it 4 stars. On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt. I rated it 1 star, barely making it through the 60 minute book. Legion by Brando Sanderson. The first book of his that I read. Good enough to have me look at his other books. 4 stars. Verona by Jeffery Deaver. An interesting story about two mob families at war. An interesting, if somewhat predictable, twist at the end. I listened while cleaning the apartment and would sometimes zone out, without being compelled to backtrack and re-listen. 3 stars.

New Arrivals



  1. Esterbrook (Kenro) OS Estie – Seaglass w/ Palladium trim: It’s backordered and not due until September. Estimated release date is Sept. 6th. Soon! I hope.



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