Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – December 19, 2021

Kanilea Kona Cherry
No new photo this week. So I picked the pen I’ve been missing the most. I avoided reusing pens since November. I’m getting weak and it may be time to end the year with some favorites.

My fountain pen usage was down a little from the previous week. But, it’s still light-years above what it was January through October. My journaling is sporadic. I journaled four days this week, writing only one page each day. I transcribed 17 pages this week, a big drop from the previous week.

Despite using my pens less this week I missed using them and forced myself to fit some transcription in Friday evening. Friday was busy from the time I woke up until after supper. I typically write at least one page in the morning, but not on Friday. Even though I was falling asleep Friday night I wanted to use some pens. I ended up writing three pages, motivated by realizing that the OS Estie was nearly emptied. So I kept writing until in went dry. Then I picked up the Pilot Custom 912 and wrote another page so I could enjoy the different properties of that pen.

I was shocked by how much I enjoyed the scribe nib of the Esterbrook OS Estie. I really like the look of the Scarlet, and went with the Scribe nib. It’s Joshua Lax’s take on an architect grind, and further modified to be suitable to a larger audience. I’ve tried Architect grinds in the past, and even have one for my TWSBIs, but they just been too wide for my taste.

Joshua’s nib also starts life as a broad nib, so I expected the same from the Scribe. Instead it’s a much crisper line, and not as wide and wet as I expected. This all a good thing in my opinion. I had planned to use this pen with the MV adapter and my vintage Esterbrook nibs. Now, I plan to keep the Scribe in that pen permanently. I took my regular size Estie off the market and will use it with the MV adapter.

Speaking of taking pens off the market: while it was never officially for sale, I had planned to sell my Balance II Aspen since I figured there was little chance it would survive extended traveling. I’ve changed my mind and will keep, and use, the pen. It may be a death sentence for the pen, since there are reliable stories of the pen cracking while just sitting on a shelf, or in a safe. But I’ll be as careful as I can and enjoy the pen for as long as I can. I did sell off my other two Balance IIs, so they’ll live on.

My Pilot Elite continues to be problem free. Recap – upon arrival the cartridge ink flowed through the nib, into the cap while the pen was nib-down in my Penwell. for about 20-30 minutes I don’t keep the pen nib down for any length of time, except when writing with it of course, and it’s been problem free. I’m still liking the pen, and I love the Pilot nib.

I recently got back to using index cards for my lists, rather than a pocket notebook. The I read this: My Dad’s Lists – The Cramped. I used to use two colors for my list. That was until recently when my small number of inked pens limited the color options. I’ll be picking more colors the next time I ink my pens. And also a wider nib for the titles, so they stand out.


The sale page is back up, but I’ll be slow adding pens through January. I plan to start my travels mid-January and don’t want to complicate my life with pen sales & shipping while I’m getting the hang of traveling.

There won’t be a Trail Log next week, I’ll be taking the holiday weekend off. The Trail Log will return on January 2nd.

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Reading: Djibouti by Elmore Leonard. I just started this one, and I’ve just been transcribing it so far. I plan to start really reading it later today. It’s shaping up to be my least favorite Leonard book, by a large margin. Hopefully it will improve once I get a couple chapters in, but I’m preparing myself to return it without finishing it.

Read: Aurora: EV-01 (The Frontiers Saga – Part 3 Book 1) by Ryk Brown. I really enjoyed this book, right up until the very end. I skipped a day of transcription and used that time for reading so I could finish the book quickly. This was the first installment of the third part, and each part usually contains a single thread through all 15 books. So, I expected a lot of time setting up the story that would be told. I accepted a slow start as characters re-capped their life since the last part, with things picking up midway. The general ending was telegraphed through the book, if the previous two parts were already read. The ending also makes me afraid that the story will enter a type of science fiction that I dislike. I hope it’s just setting up a shift in the story’s focus and won’t become a theme running though all 15 books in the part. I won’t be more specific in order to avoid spoilers. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed it once it got going, but became concerned at the end.

Watched: I re-watched The In-Laws with Peter Falk and Alan Arkin. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve watched it. I still laugh at all the jokes & gags, sometimes before they happen. “Serpentine Shelly!”

Watched: I finished watching all four seasons of WKRP in Cincinnati. Some episodes don’t translate well from the late 70s when it was made, but overall I enjoyed it. It was perfect for watching during lunch, or when I didn’t want to watch something that required use of my brain.



Out of Rotation

  1. Lamy Safari Terra (OM 14k) emptied the Lamy Blue-Black cartridge.
  2. Esterbrook OS Estie Scarlet (Scribe) emptied the blue-black cartridge that was included with the pen.

Into Rotation

No pens added to the rotation this week, but I will be inking some up later today.


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