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 ray@fpquest.com 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

None

Incoming

  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.)

Outgoing

None

Out of Rotation

None

Into Rotation

None

Links

Breezing Through the Cosmo Air Light Paper Review – The Poor Penman

Reflection: Falling Back into Pocket Notebooks | Comfortable Shoes Studio

How ADHD led me to the Golden Coil Planner — The Pen Addict

Why I bought another blue pen – Pam Alison Knits // It was hard to link to this. Blue is my least favorite ink color, and by association I’m not a fan of blue pens.

REVIEW: VENVSTAS MAGNA C/C FOUNTAIN PEN | The Pencilcase Blog | Fountain pen, Pencil, Ink and Paper reviews

Forget the ‘grail’ pen… what’s your ‘exit’ pen? | UK fountain pens // I never bought into the grail philosophy. I don’t have a problem with people using the term, but it’s meaningless to me personally. Likewise, I don’t see an “exit” pen applying to me. I’ve sold off many favorites because it was time to move on. I’ve found that I like change in my pens. I think the closest is my Sheaffer Balance II Aspen, I just love the way it looks and writes. But it’s too fragile to be the one and only.

5 Reasons Why We Collect the Same Pens… over and over – The Well-Appointed Desk // It used to be I tried to stop doing this. Then I got back into Lamy Safaris a couple of years ago.

Swapping Fountain Pen Nibs: From Easy to Expert — The Gentleman Stationer

The Post Pen Show Post: London Autumn 2021. | Fountain pen blog

Unity Day And Pelikan’s “Rebirth Of A New Germany” Commemorative M800 « The Pelikan’s Perch

Crónicas Estilográficas: Short

Pen Shows – Franklin-Christoph // Franklin-Christoph will be having one of their online pen shows this coming Tuesday (the 19th).

S1:P2 – Tour of the toolbox — mnmlscholar

October 2021 London Pen Show | dapprman

Off-topic

Bob Uecker role in Brewers history, 2021 playoff run | MLB.com

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