Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – February 6, 2022

Current load-out – minus the journal pen Kanilea Cherry Kona
Franklin-Christoph Seven Pen Roll and Nock Co Lookout 3-pen case

My fountain pen usage was up a lot this past week. I’ve resumed transcribing a book as a way to use my pens. On Monday and Tuesday I focused on using all my inked pens to write at least one 8 1/2 X 11 inch page with each pen before moving on to the next one. I also started writing a review, but that’s been slow going, so it didn’t account for much ink on paper. I may be using the transcription as a way to procrastinate writing the review. It’s been nearly a year since I’ve done a full fountain pen review.

As I did transcriptions in November and December I was focused on using a fountain pen until I wrote it dry. Now, rotating through all 11 inked pens as the week began was the opposite of that. Even though my original intent was just to give each of my pens some exercise, I continued to swap pens after each page or session. For transcriptions, I swap pens after each page, and don’t repeat until they’ve all been used.

When I was working on the review, I used the pen that was being reviewed. But like I said, I had a hard time working on that review, so it barely reached a page in length.

I continue to use only the Kanilea Kona Cherry with Montblanc Bordeaux for my journal entries.

The pen I pick for other tasks, like the pen sitting on my desk for notes and lists, tends to last the day. But this pen doesn’t put down a lot of ink during the day. It doesn’t write the equivalent of a full page. This pen choice surprised me a bit. It’s the Spoke Icon that fills this role most days. Since it got so little use I didn’t swap it daily. Logically, the Icon seems like a bad choice. While there are flat surfaces that help inhibit the pen from rolling, it’s mostly round and the pen can still roll when I put it down. Plus, there’s no clip to prevent rolling. Yet, it’s been a frequent choice as a pen I pick up and put down a lot. The screw cap doesn’t bother me, since I can soft cap or just give it a slight twist.

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Read: Up Country by Nelson DeMille. The third installment of his Paul Brenner series. I finished this one off. My least favorite of DeMille’s Paul Brenner series. Not a typical DeMille book. I gave it 2 out of 5 stars, but debated giving it three. If Goodreads did half stars I’d give it 2.5 stars. I did finish it, and enjoyed the character development. Some of Brenner decisions seemed to defy logic. Especially since Brenner, and the reader, knew nothing that Brenner did would be a secret. If you read it, just enjoy the characters and don’t expect a logical story. Or action. Or Mystery. Nearly 18K Goodreads members disagree with me as the book has a 4.04 star average.

Reading: The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. Book 1 of the Wayfarer Series. A Sci-fi book which I’m enjoying. This is my first book by this author, although she’s been recommended multiple time. I’m about 40% through the book, and it’s shaping up to be a fun book.

Listening: Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey. Book three of The Expanse. I started this one as soon as I finished book two. Minimal progress this week. This week I’ve moved from just under 3 hours into it, to just over 3 hours into the audiobook (out of 18 hours). If memory serves (and it may not), this was my least favorite of the series.

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