I didn’t do much writing this past week. Just the journal entries, about eight A5 pages, and a few assorted lists. I don’t think I did any other sit down at a desk writing. The Lamy 2000 is still hanging in as my journal pen, although the line began to thin out last night. It’s written 22 A5 pages since I filled the pen. It saw little, if any, use outside the journal.
Speaking of the Lamy 2000, I’m finally getting used to using the pen. I adjusted my grip so that it’s firmly on the cap tab that stick out to hold the cap on. It’s a little higher than my original grip. I expected the tabs to be irritating, but so far they haven’t bothered me. They aren’t sharp at all. I was considering sending the pen along to a better home, but it will have another chance with me. The grip adjustment has eliminated my tendency to rotate the nib when writing. Some people mentioned that they line up the clip to provide a visual queue, but I don’t post caps. Even if I did, the nib is right where I’m looking, the cap wouldn’t be.
I never did get around to inking up any pens last Sunday, or at all last week. So I was down to only four inked fountain pens until I inked some up some more yesterday afternoon. The full list is in the Into Rotation section down below. This time I picked the pens I missed most, then gave some consideration to the ink. I may add one or two more early in the week, if I want more variety. But I’ll have nine, assuming the Lamy 2000 goes dry the morning. All signs point to it doing so.
I brought the Kaweco Brass Sport back out for my pocket carry. It’s weird. I’ve recently looked for a fountain pen to take out and about with me, but none of my inked up pens seemed suitable. I have been carrying a ballpoint or rollerball in my shirt pocket, and I tend to avoid having more than one pen in my shirt pocket. I’ve never missed that fountain pen when I was actually out and about, but I want the security blanket of having one. I’ll probably insult it by always reaching for the ballpoint instead. The ballpoint is just easier and quicker.
Of course, I went overboard in tackling that pocket pen problem and inked up a Pilot Vanishing Point. Although it popped into my head as a shirt pocket carry, I used an oblique nib which isn’t suitable for notes on the go, where the notebook or index card is hand held.
I withdrew the Franklin-Christoph Model 66 from my pen sale, although if you want to buy it ($135) let me know. I struggled with the price of it. I think the price is fair, although probably on the high side of fair, for the condition of the pen and how well it writes. But, it’s a basic black pen and recent editions from F-C have had much flashier designs. The Model 65 is available in Classic black and never seems to be sold out when I check their website. It could be they make a lot of them, but if I was forced to guess I’d say it’s less popular. So I pulled it from the sale and will use it as my journaling pen once the Lamy 2000 goes dry. I affectionately refer to it as my nib on a stick.
I pulled out my Sheaffer Custom Legacy for it’s thin Mark Bacas Blade Turk grind (Needlepoint). It’s Custom because the barrel is a Blue Fleck acrylic made by Franklin-Christoph with a Sheaffer cap, nib and section. I was disappointed to see some marring on the gold cap. I’ll have to look closer when I get a chance to see if it can be polished out.
I’m returning the Lamy Aion to the lineup and I noticed that the cap seems to rotate a little more freely than it has in the past. The cap is not even close to falling off, but it did cause me to react when I felt the pen moving. I still love the pen and hope it won’t annoy me now that I’ve noticed it.
Current Reads, Watches & Listens
Read: The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu: A Hugo award winner translated from Chinese. My western brain had a bit of a problem keeping track of the Chinese names, but that eventually sorted itself out. In the last ew chapters the science (or maybe fake science) got a little dense, and it took some concentration trying to visualize things. But other than that I enjoyed the book and reserved the seconding volume of the trilogy in Libby. Rated 4 out of 5, but a solid 4.
Awhile back I had mad a list of some science fiction recommendations I found online. Most weren’t available in Libby, at least not yet. One that was available was This is How You Lose the Time War. Despite hating time travel type science fiction, it was a short novella so I added it to my list. Since it was short I decided to give it a try. Big mistake. I only made it a couple pages. Between the writing style and topic I figured I’d never make it through the book.
I decided to get back to easy reading and picked two proven authors to alternate my reading during the next week or two.
Reading: The Mourner by Richard Stark (Donald Westlake). The fourth installment in the Parker series.
Reading: The Last Mile by David Baldacci. The second installment of the memory man series.
Esterbrook (Kenro) OS Estie (EF) – Seaglass w/ Palladium trim: Bad news, the expected release date is now in October.
Not a pen, but a Nock Co. Fodderstack pen case that I had packed away. It was a nice green, and since I had forgotten about it, it was in great shape. I almost didn’t want to sell it. But there was a reason it was forgotten – I prefer and use the XL version.But it served as a reminder that it’s tough to get old – in searching my email for the exact color-way name I learned I had bought a second one. Actually a first one since it was before the one I just sold. I have no memory of it, can’t find it, and can’t think of a reason to buy a second. Maybe it was lost and I got a replacement. More likely, I simply liked the green more and bought it. I bought the XL at the same time. The original probably got misplaced in one of my apartment moves. On the plus side, I did remember the green one after 6 years and had no problem finding it.
Out of Rotation
- Diplomat Aero Volute (fine-oblique) with a Montblanc Heritage Spider Metamorphosis Web Grey cartridge. I gave this one a quick flush and refilled it with the same ink.
- Franklin-Christoph Model 66 (Extra-Fine) with Montblanc Bordeaux ink. Unlike past fills, I didn’t eyedropper it this time and I’m using a converter. I don’t want all that ink, the pen will last too long. This will be my journaling pen once the Lamy 2000 goes dry.
- Lamy Aion Dark Green (Extra-Fine) with a Lamy Green cartridge. Despite the green ink, this will be my daily workhorse.
- Pilot Vanishing Point Red Bamboo (medium-oblique) with a Pilot Blue-Black cartridge. I hate that Bamboo was the official name of the pen in my part of the world. It’s not Bamboo, and to make it worse, some vendors played up the bamboo aspect. Why couldn’t they call it Birch Wood like they do in other places? But, I love the look, whatever you choose to call it. I deal with it in my database by listing Birch Wood as the pen material and the color as Red Bamboo.
- Diplomat Aero Green (14k Fine) with Waterman Purple. By the time I got to this pen I wanted a sharper color. While I like both green and purple, it seems like a strange combo.
- Kaweco Brass Sport (Extra-Fine) with a Kaweco Red cartridge. I figure I’m more likely to use this pen if it’s my only red ink choice, and is always with me.
- Sheaffer Custom Legacy (Blade Turn) with Waterman Black.
The Pen Addict #479: Fountain Pen Companion with Urban Hafner – Relay FM // I’ve used FPC for awhile. It’s well worth the listen.
A weak defense of the Series 3 – All this // I was shocked when the Series 3 survived for another year. Then I remembered that I did go from the Series 0 to the Series 5, with not stops in between. Other than waiting hours (yes, plural) for the updates to happen the watch remained fine for what I used it for. I have the Series 5 now, and don’t plan to upgrade for at least another 2 years. Of course, buying a new Series 3 now probably won’t get you four more years.