Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – September 26, 2021

Franklin-Christoph Model 66
A great combo – Franklin-Christoph Model 66 & Montblanc Bordeaux.

My fountain pen usage was down this week. While I did journal every day, except one, I only wrote four A5 pages the entire week. Other than that, it was just a few notes and lists.

I’m really enjoying my nib on a stick, the Franklin-Christoph Model 66, which is my current journaling pen. It’s been over 2 1/2 years since I inked it up. I have to wonder why.

The Model 66 certainly put the most ink on paper this past week. The dark green Lamy Aion did nearly all the other writing. I’m getting used to the free-spinning cap, as long as it remains securely in place. Even though I’ve had the pen since April, the spinning became more pronounced recently.

Housekeeping: I’ve removed all the forms from the site. The amount of spam from them became annoying. They all ended in my email, which I couldn’t mark as spam since some of it is legitimate, and all come from the same email address used by the form. So, the forms are gone. I can be contacted at, which is also listed wherever the form was.

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Read: The Mourner by Richard Stark (Donald Westlake). The fourth installment in the Parker series. An entertaining read. Typical Richard Stark (Westlake). 4 out of 5 stars.

Read: The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell. I was happy to get back to WWII history. I had high expectations since this book had a long waiting list. I was extremely disappointed. There’s not much new info. That’s not because it’s all been told, but because this is just a surface overview. It reads like a high school student’s book report that had to meet a page quota, and the researcher used Cliff (or Monarch) notes. At least it was short. I take it back, I did learn one new thing: the jet stream was discovered (well, not exactly, but close enough) during the bombing of Japan. Basically, a story of true believers who remain believers despite constant failures and evidence against their beliefs. 2 out of 5 stars.

Reading: Zero Day by David Balducci. I’ll be starting this one later today. First in his John Puller series.

Reading Queue: The Last Mile by David Baldacci. The second installment of the memory man series. I picked this one because it was available, and I wanted a quick read. My other holds became available before I started, so I put this aside.

I’ve found I can’t read two books at the same time anymore. I forget a lot of what I read and have to scan the already read pages. Maybe if I read both each day, but that defeats the purpose of reading based on my mood. Having two completely different books (history and fiction) helped a little, but not much.

New Arrivals



Esterbrook (Kenro) OS Estie (EF) – Seaglass w/ Palladium trim: The expected release date is now sometime in October.



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