Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – October 31, 2021

photo of currently inked pens
Currently inked pens – plus the ystudio desk pen which isn’t shown

My fountain pen usage was up a lot this week. I journaled every day, filling about 7 pages. A low page count, but at least I wrote consistently. I also wrote a couple article drafts and worked through a few ideas in writing. This filled another dozen or so 8.5″ X 11″ pages.

In addition, I was motivated to refresh my currently inked pens. I also broke with tradition and flushed several fountain pens before their time, even though they were problem free. I ended up with a lot of ink on my fingers on Thursday. I’m not sure how, I only filled two pens that day. If I could have measured it, I wouldn’t have been shocked to have more ink on my hands than in either pen. Which is disappointing since it was Sheaffer Peacock Blue and R&K Blau-Schwarz LE, and I’m down to my last bottle of each ink, neither of which is made anymore. The pens removed from the rotation are listed below, in the Out of Rotation section, while all my ink pens, carry-overs and newly inked, are listed in the next section.

Finally I made a decision that will significantly step up my fountain pen usage in November, assuming I follow through. More on this later.

Currently Inked

My currently inked pens
My currently inked list from Fountain Pen Companion

I spent some time thinking about the next way to ink my pens in order to keep them fresh. It didn’t take long for me to realize I was wasting my time. No matter what “rules” I create, I’ll simply ink the pens I want, when I want, using the ink that catches my eye at the time. Or, I won’t ink any pens because none have been written dry. Going forward, unless the pen has some valuable, limited supply ink (ie. Montblanc Bordeaux or Racing Green) I’m not going to hesitate flushing it out when I get tired of it. I may also return to routinely flushing pens at the end of the month. So, I’ve got 10 pens inked up going into November. I only partially filled the converter for some of the pens.

The green Diplomat Aero was inked up back in mid-September.

The Esterbrook OS Estie Seaglass is new. I gave it a straight-forward, well behaved ink as its first fill. It also happens to be my favorite blue-black. When it runs dry I plan to switch to the MV adapter and use some vintage Esterbook nibs.

The Esterbrook OS Estie Maraschino Cherry was down to the ink in the feed. I refilled it with the same Sheaffer Red ink.

I took a brass shim to the Fisher of Pens Hermes nib and increased the flow a bit. With the dry indoor heat coming soon, the flow problems will probably return. It’s too soon to say the flow problems are resolved. But, the pen is wetter, but not too wet for my tastes, so I’m optimistic. I’m especially happy that I didn’t bend the tines.

I’m happy to get the F-C Model 20 Gemstone back in the rotation. I love the look.

Right now, the Spoke Icon is my journaling pen. When it runs dry the Kanilea Kona Cherry will replace it. I miss having Montblanc Bordeaux in my journal, so I may swap them earlier.

The Sailor Ringless is closest to empty, having only the drops left in the feed. I do like using the Zoom nib for headings and other bold text. I use it to label my Traveler’s Notebook weekly planner, when I use it. I’ll probably refill it with the same color and it will go another 10 months. Yes, I don’t write with it a lot. But I do love the nib for doodling and notes.

I’m enjoying the thin blade turk nib of the Sheaffer Legacy. Blue is one of my least favorite pen colors, but I do like this one. It’s a custom body, made by Franklin-Christoph, making the pen unique, while still having a Sheaffer look that I love. The Mark Bacas grind made a terrific Sheaffer nib even better.

The Spoke Icon is new and I wrote about it here. It’s still on its first fill, but it’s down to just the ink in the feed. I had planned to switch inks, but I’m really enjoying the basic Waterman Blue-Black. I may simply top it off.

The ystudio Classic Desk Pen

The ystudio Classic Desk Pen in Copper finally returned to my desk. For some reason I like having purple ink in this pen.

I have ten pens inked up, which coincidently, is how many I will empty next month, based on my back-of-the-envelope math. Why is that?

NaNoWriMo (Sorta)

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I’m not a novelist, or any type of fiction writer, so the literal meaning of the month is wasted on me. In the past I considered doing something to force me to use my pens. (Honestly, 50K words was never a serious consideration.)

Two paths collided this week, which persuaded me to act. First, I was suffering severe angst for not using my pens. I was debating a “strategy” for inking my pens, which was stupid since inking them wasn’t my problem, using them was. While not a good solution, I think this contributed to me selling two pens at a significant discount simply to move them on to a place they’ll get some love. Then the Pen Addict podcast talked about NaNoWriMo for non-novelists (The discussion starts at about the 36 minute mark.) This was the kick in the pants that I needed.

In short, NaNoWriMo is a month where the goal is to write 50K words during the month. It promotes creative writing and targets authors, and future authors. The podcast talked about several strategies to use if, like me, you aren’t a novelist. I’m still deciding between two main strategies. Yes, tomorrow is November 1st, so I need to decide fast.

First off, my primary goal is simply to use my fountain pens, ink and paper. The secondary goal is to improve my penmanship. Writing a novel is decidedly not my goal.

After some quick calculations, rounded for easy math, I decided I needed to do 2,000 words a day. This does allow skipping 5 days, or having a couple of sub-par days. I figure I can allow 2 hours a day, although I do have misgivings about having that time available every day. If I assume 250 words a page, that means I need to write a page every 15 minutes (like I said, rough math and easy rounding).

The first option is to write a fictional story, true to the NaNoWriMo spirit. Like I said, I’m not a writer, there’s no end product, and pages may go straight to the trash. I haven’t done any prep work for a novel. It would be seat of my pants writing. My thought is that it would be fun to exercise these brain cells, but I do think it’s a recipe for frustration and failure. Notice my goals lack anything resembling a written product, so any words on paper would be fine, meaning I only need to clear a low bar.

Along these lines I sat down one morning and started a story. It took exactly 30 minutes for me to get 276 words down on a page. I assume I’d get slightly faster as I get into the swing of it. But, there is a chance I would slow down as my brain strains itself trying to pull 2000 words out of thin air that resemble a story. Doubling my speed to fit into the two hour budget seems unlikely.

This was the final nail in the coffin of a traditional NaNoWriMo for me.

The second option is to transcribe a book. The risk here is I would lose interest rather quickly, especially if I’d already read the book. I’d start focusing on reaching the word goal as quickly as possible while ignoring penmanship. Eventually I’d lose all interest and stop. So, one evening I sat down to transcribe from a book. It took me 14 minutes to transcribe 282 words from The Score. That was going slightly slower than normal, in order to try and improve my penmanship.

It looks like the book transcription is the method that has the best chance to stay under my two hour budget. So, I’m leaning towards doing a book transcription. It also has the added benefit that I won’t have to think about what to write.

I would like to create usable output – I do want to get back to writing more posts for this site, even without NaNoWriMo. I’m also considering starting another website. So, I will make the caveat that any handwritten drafts for articles will count towards the NaNoWriMo number. Typing won’t count, just words with fountain pens. Journaling, which I already do regularly, won’t count towards the word count.

The Mechanics

I did a few sample pages, plus I pulled out some older drafts that were still available. The words per page were very consistent. I’m not going to physically count every word in November. I plan to use the Doane Paper Large Writing pad and I’ve already determined that 275 words per page is a good estimate for my writing. I already have enough of them for the month (and beyond). I’ll start off with a goal of 8 pages per day as a way to build a little bit of a buffer and allow days off. I won’t consider it a failure it I write a couple hours a day and improve my penmanship. I also know myself well enough that if I write consistently the entire month of November, I will continue on into December, probably not 50K words, but more than I’ve done in October.

I also stocked a couple bottles of bourbon for the evening writing sessions. It’s coffee for the morning sessions.

One incentive for me is the thought of writing multiple pens dry during the month. I like that idea. One thought is to pick a pen and use it until it’s dry. The other idea is to switch pens every day, or even every writing session. I’m leaning towards using a pen until it’s dry. It would be a rewarding way to mark progress. But I won’t hesitate to switch pens if one calls out to me.

Additional NaNoWriMo Links

Episode 172: National Zine Writing Month (with special guest Jemellia Hilfiger) | The Erasable Podcast // Audio Podcast

NaNoWriMo 2021 — The Pen Addict

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

I stopped reading Three-Ten to Yuma and Other Short Stories by Elmore Leonard. I hadn’t gotten very far when the loan was up. Rather than renew, I simply returned it. I won’t say it was a bad book, but westerns aren’t at the top of my reading list.

Reading: The Score by Richard Stark (Donald E. Westlake). The fifth installment in the Parker series. I went back to the comfort and easy reading of a Stark crime novel. I haven’t started this one yet and will use it as the novel I transcribe for NaNoWriMo.

New Arrivals

  1. REJOICE! The Esterbrook (Kenro) OS Estie (EF) that was ordered in July arrived on Thursday.




  1. Pelikan M815 Striped Metal (F): Sold and sent to a better home.
  2. Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen (M): Sold and sent to a better home.

Out of Rotation

  1. Franklin-Christoph Model 66 (EF) : The only pen to truly be written completely dry this week. Midway through its 22nd A5 journal page.
  2. Lamy Aion Dark Green (EF) : I decided to flush this one early. It wasn’t getting enough use.
  3. Diplomat Aero Volute (OF) : Another pen I decided to flush early. I got tired of the grey ink, so it will have a nice bright in when it returns.
  4. Pilot Vanishing Point Cherry Bamboo (OF) : I flushed this one early. It had been unused awhile and it took some effort to get it going, and performance still wasn’t up to snuff. The cartridge was over half empty. Since the pen was rarely used it must hav been evaporation. I decide to clean it out and swap nibs. Then the shipping notice for the Estie arrived, so I decided to clean it out and return it to the pen storage chest for now. I had to acknowledge it wouldn’t get used very much, even with a different nib,

Into Rotation

See the Currently Inked section near the top of this post. No sense repeating them all here.


Fountain Pen Day is this coming Friday. November 5th.

According to the recent Anderson Pens podcast, Bungubox inks no longer have a US distributer, so bulk imports are stopping.

While browsing the Vanness Pens website I came across some new Sheaffer inks and bottles, most of which are “coming soon” or samples only. These are the bottles with a built in inkwell, reminiscent of the old-style Sheaffer bottles. The bottles are smaller (30ml) and more expensive than the current inks. These were rumored long ago. At least it seems like is was long ago.


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This Just In: Spoke Icon

I’ve always been a fan of the work Brad Dowdy does, and have bought numerous Nock Co. cases and paper products. (Aside: It’s been announced that Nock Co. is winding down regular retail sales.) Spoke Design pens just never caught my fancy. That is until now. I was listening to a recent Pen Addict podcast when I heard the words “British Racing Green” and “Brass”. That got my attention, and I was off to the Spoke Design website.

The pens are machined aluminum, and I’ve always viewed them as too thin and light for my comfort. Although, I never actually looked at the specifications, until now. But now I had an incentive to do some research. I really wanted the Spoke Icon in British Racing Green (BRG), but I didn’t wand to make the same mistake that I made with the Sailor Pro Gear BRG and buy an uncomfortable (for me) pen. I, as the podcast played in the background, I looked up the weights & measurements and compared them to fountain pens I already owned.

The girth of the Icon was just a tad more than the Sailor Pro Gear, although so close as to make the comfort dependent on how the pen sat in my hand. My first choice for the section material (brass) also happened to result in the heaviest pen. I was encouraged that the pen would be heavier than the Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe. The Regency Stripe is heavier than the typical Pro Gear since there’s significant metal in the construction, and it’s a Pro Gear I can use for longer writing sessions.

I don’t know what the insert material is. Since it’s not mentioned, and there are no weight difference listed. I assume it’s aluminum. I don’t have the tool to remove the sleeve and I’m not about to try and improvise. I’m hoping it’s not real brass. While I like patina, I don’t think a brass insert would patina well since it’s not touched to give it character.

By the end of the podcast I had ordered a Spoke Icon, in British Racing Green, with a Brass insert, a Grooved Brass Section, and an extra-fine nib. The pen is highly customizable with options for each of these parts. The nibs are Jowo. The weights and measurements for all the options are on the website. I appreciate the simple pricing. All pens are the same price, no matter what options and materials you choose.

I listened to the podcast again after ordering the pen, since I pretty much ignored it once I heard British Racing Green and Brass. I learned that I ordered the same configuration that Brad said he was using. Subliminal messaging? More likely just similar tastes, since I never seriously considered other options.

Arrival and Unboxing

The pen arrived Friday afternoon after a bit of a delay as it did laps between a couple of neighboring states. So my anticipation was high when it finally did arrive.

The pen arrived in a simple, flat(ish) cardboard box, with a surface big enough to hold a shipping label. The pen itself was in a metal tin, while the two blue-black ink cartridges were in a separate plastic bag. Fairly minimal, except for the tin. The Spoke logo was on the tin and printed all over the box. The converter shipped inside the pen and seemed to have a bit of condensation in it. Testing?

Upon arrival, my pen weighed 29.3g according to my scale. This was without ink or a converter, but otherwise configured to write (uncapped). The pen does not post. The weight was encouraging, since I find heavier pens easier to use for long durations.

The Spoke website says the Icon is 4.75″ long when uncapped. The is borderline short for me, but acceptable and felt comfortable when I tried it. The machined aluminum finial, of the Spoke logo is a nice touch.

Overall, a good first impression.

First Ink

I should state up front that I didn’t clean the feed upon arrival, I just removed the converter and popped in the cartridge.

The cartridge is Monteverde ink, and I’m not a fan of it, or any other brand that Yafa manufactures (as opposed to brands they just distribute in the US, like Diplomat). But I didn’t want to waste ink, and I usually don’t know what brand it is anyway, so I kept with my practice of using any included ink cartridge as the first ink.

After over two hours nib down in the Penwell, along with some assistance (squeezing), the ink didn’t appear anywhere near the tip of the nib, So, I removed and tossed the cartridge, along with the unused one, then I gave the pen a quick flush with a bulb syringe. I admit, the flushing may have removed manufacturing residue, but I blame the Monteverde ink.

I popped in the converter and loaded the pen with Waterman Blue-Black ink (from a old bottle prior to the name change). I really wanted to use Montblanc British Racing Green for the first converter fill, but after the previous problem I didn’t want to use an ink with such a limited supply left. The Waterman ink is both inexpensive and flawless in any pen I’ve ever put it in. It was a solid choice to prove that my previous problem wasn’t due to the pen.

I didn’t have any problems filling the pen from the bottle. The section grooves do collect a considerable amount of ink, although it was easy to wipe off. But to avoid needless waste I’ll either fill the converter directly, or use a blunt syringe to fill the converter. Especially when I switch to Montblanc BRG where every drop counts, since I’m on my last bottle. The next fill, which won’t be done through the feed will be a test of how well the ink reaches the nib using gravity.

Writing With The Spoke Icon

Spoke Design Icon, British Racing Green with a grooved brassed section. Uncapped.

The cap requires three full rotation to cap and uncap. This is more than I prefer, although not an overly burdensome problem. If I’m at either my office or home desks, I can use the Penwell and easily soft-cap the pen when I take a break from writing. I do avoid soft-capping the pen when I have to either keep holding it or laying it flat on my desk. Both this situations are accidents waiting to happen (proven by accidents that didn’t wait with other pens).

I have to admit that I was so concerned with weight and girth, that I didn’t notice it was clip-less until it arrived, and rolled when I put it on my desk. The lack of a clip doesn’t bother me too much. The time to uncap the pen already ruins it as a shirt-pocket carry. Even if I had noticed, I wouldn’t have hesitated to order the pen. A clip would be beneficial with some pen cases. The Spoke is on the short side (4.9″ when capped), and can get trapped in some of my deeper pen cases, such as the Penvelope 6 or 13.

Despite having seemingly flat sides, the Spoke Icon rolls easily. An ever so slightly angled surface, or any momentum when putting down the pen will cause it to roll. Once it get going, it wants to keep going.

The writing performance of the pen has been great. There hasn’t been any skipping or hard starts. Well, other than the non-start with the initial cartridge. Ink flow has been consistent.

My concern about the Spoke Icon being too thin and light for my comfort turned out to be unwarranted. I wrote about six 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets when drafting, and redrafting this article. I didn’t feel a trace of fatigue or cramps in my hand. I didn’t have any subconscious urge to use a death grip on the pen. This meant I could write, rather than worry about my grip.

Wrapping Up

Spoke Design Icon, British Racing Green with a grooved brassed section. Uncapped and on a pen stand.

While I’ve yet to use even the partial converter fill, I’m completely satisfied with the Spoke Icon. I’ve already forgotten about the cartridge problem, which means that performance has been great out of the box.

The Spoke Icon features interchangeable barrels, sections and inserts, providing seemingly endless customizations. While I agree it’s a cool concept, I has no appeal to me. I am fickle, and could change my mind, but the Spoke Icon with a British Racing Green barrel, brass Insert, and brass section is the perfect combination for me. I don’t want to swap anything. I like it just the way it is.

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – October 24, 2021

My fountain pen usage was finally up a bit this past week. I did the usual journaling, note taking, and list making. But then I added a written draft of my first impressions of the newly arrive Spoke Icon. Hopefully, I’ll be able to turn that written draft into electronic bits for a post early in the week. I also did a few pages of just random writing as a way to use my pens.

Spoke Design Icon with packaging
Newly arrived.
Lamy 2000.
Newly Departed.

I also broke my standard practice and put aside a couple of pens to be flushed early. The TWSBI Swipe, while a pen that performed well, had become boring, so it was flushed. While not boring, the Kaweco Brass Sport remained unused since it was inked. A Lamy Pico ballpoint had become my jeans pocket carry, so the Kaweco was also put in the cleaning queue.

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Reading: Three-Ten to Yuma and Other Short Stories by Elmore Leonard. A collection of western themed short stories.

New Arrivals

  1. Spoke Icon (EF) with a British Racing Green barrel, a brass insert, and a grooved brass gripping section. The pen arrived Monday afternoon.


  1. Esterbrook (Kenro) OS Estie (EF) – Seaglass w/ Palladium trim. Still out on the ship (I’m guessing)


  1. Lamy 2000 Oblique-Medium I really like the looks for the original black Lamy 2000, but even with my favorite nib grind I just can’t get comfortable using the pen.

Out of Rotation

  1. TWSBI Swipe (EF) – It wasn’t empty, but I added a pen, so I wanted to remove one pen. I haven’t been using this one very much these days.
  2. Kaweco Brass Sport (EF) – I’ve barely used this since it was inked up a little over a month ago, so I decided to flush it out. I had stopped carrying it in lieu of the Lamy Pico ballpoint (scandelous!)

Into Rotation

  1. Spoke Icon (EF) was inked with Waterman Blue-Black. (A bottle from before the name changes.) I had issues with the included in cartridge, so I picked a always perfectly performing Waterman ink.


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Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – October 17, 2021

I haven’t gotten in a lot of fountain pen usage in the last few weeks. My father passed away, so I was occupied with family and related obligations. Then, last Tuesday I got my Flu and Pfizer booster shots. Like the second Covid shot, the booster had me falling asleep for a little over a 24 hours. I did do a bit of journaling, but not much else.

Pen and Camera Sales

I plan to either start traveling more, or finding a new apartment, early next year. In either case, it will be easier to have less stuff and easier to sell it when I’m not under pressure.

I’m going to start listing most of my pens elsewhere so I can find then new homes in preparation for finding a new home for myself. Take 10% off any price listed on my For Sale page, except for pens priced $20 or less. Discount valid through October 23rd. I also want to reduce my accumulation, so if there’s any pen in my accumulation that’s not already listed for sale and not listed as a Core Pen that interests you, feel free to contact me.

I also plan to put my camera on eBay. If your interested in a Nikon Z50 with a DX16-50 lens and a DX 50-250 lens let me know. They sell for about $900 on eBay (actual sales, not asking price). Since I save eBay fees by selling it here I’ll offer it for $800 (USA only). Photos/more info when you inquire. Less than 450 shutter actuations (which is the reason I’m selling it – I don’t use it enough) Offer valid until I put in on eBay, probably in less than a week.

Email me at with any inquiries.

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Read: The Fix by David Baldacci. #3 in his Memory Man series. My favorite in the series so far. I enjoyed the read. A solid 4 out of 5 stars. I admit, there’s not a lot of thought needed for these books, and if I did think too much I might find numerous plot holes, along with the believability of the main character.

Listened: The Hunter by Richard Stark (Donald E. Westlake) The first in his Parker series, which I found as an audible book. While this is the first in the series, it wasn’t my first Parker novel. If this had been my introduction to the character, I night not of read more of the series. Parker isn’t intended to be a likable character, and it is all bad guys vs. bad guys, but it was a rough introduction to Parker. Still, 4 out of 5 stars, just barely.

Reading: Three-Ten to Yuma and Other Short Stories by Elmore Leonard. A collection of western themed short stories.

New Arrivals



  1. Esterbrook (Kenro) OS Estie (EF) – Seaglass w/ Palladium trim: Hopefully it will be released soon. I don’t have any factual info, but I suspect it’s on a ship parked off the coast.
  2. Spoke Icon (EF) with a British Racing Green barrel and a brass insert and a grooved brass gripping section. On its way to me now. Although now overdue, as it did a couple of laps around Massachusetts and Rhode Island. (I’m in Connecticut.)



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Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – October 9, 2021

A quick, and early post this weekend. I’ll be offline from the time I post this, until Tuesday morning. So no responses to comments or emails until Tuesday.

New Arrivals



  1. Esterbrook (Kenro) OS Estie (EF) – Seaglass w/ Palladium trim: Hopefully it will be released soon. I don’t have any factual info, but I suspect it’s floating off the coast.
  2. Spoke Icon (EF) – a British Racing Green barrel, a brass insert, and a grooved gripping section machined out of brass. I’ve avoided Spoke pens because I suspect they will be too thin for my writing comfort. But they had me at green and brass, so I did some more research. I’m hoping the brass will add some weight, which helps me with thinnish pens. I like brass, and get the added benefit of being the heaviest material for the sleeve and section. The gripping section has a bit more girth than the Sailor Pro Gear British Racing Green that I’m selling, but only a little, so it comes down more to the way the pen fits my hand (I’m trying to justify the purchase here). Thanks to the brass, it is considerably heavier than the Pro Gear. It’s even heavier than the Pro Gear Regency Stripe, which I find comfortable enough for an hour or more of writing. I’m optimistic, although this may be a quick catch & release.



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Pen Addict Podcast #482: It’s a Medium Nib, It’s Fine // An interesting discussion about stacked nibs. They sound interesting, but far too expensive for me. Especially since they clearly aren’t a nib for me, and would rarely get used. But I wouldn’t pass up a chance to try one. The podcast still cost me money, it’s where I learned about the new Spoke Icon colors & option.

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