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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