Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – February 13, 2022

Esterbrook OS Estie Seaglass
OS Estie back when it was well-mannered.

My fountain pen usage was down a little this week, mainly because my transcription was way down. Unlike last week, not all my pens were used. I used 7 of my 11 fountain pens over the course of the week.

I journaled six days this past week. But, the ink filled less than two A5 pages. I don’t have a problem with short daily entries. In fact, I’d prefer to journal six days and filling less than two pages over journalling two days and filling six pages.

I’m back to feeling an urge to write a pen dry. So, I decided to check my pens to see which was closest to empty. This led to a minor (could have been major) accident. When I opened up my Esterbrook OS Estie Seaglass the converter fell out and onto the floor. Luckily it was a wood floor and a well-mannered ink. Helped by the spilled ink, that Estie, along with my Pilot pocket pen, are tapped to stay in my three pen case (daily drivers) until they are dry.

Pilot Elite Steel Lined Pocket Pen

New Pocket Notebooks

I needed some pocket notebooks. Since I’m traveling delivery is a problem, and local brick & mortar stores are unknown to me and absent from a Google search. So I headed to Amazon and ordered some TWONE softcover pocket notebooks. They have 30 sheets (60 pages) and are stitch bound. The covers are no-nonsense kraft paper without any printing or logos. A good value, in my opinion, at six for $10. So far they handle my extra-fine fountain pens well. There’s minor show through, but nothing that keeps my from using both sides on the page. Writing and reading remain easy. Even thicker nibs do well. Although I haven’t written more than a test line with anything wider than an extra-fine, I don’t foresee any problems. At least not up to the equivalent of a medium nib (OM, Scribe, Journaler).

I finally found a use for my Nock Co Sapelo case (from the 2017 Kickstarter). It holds four of these A6 notebooks. It’s a tight squeeze, but it works. As it happens, I have four notebooks in use. Perfect!

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Read: 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 times. While I’m enjoying the book my progress is slow, I’ve been grabbing 10 or 15 minutes whenever I get a chance. It can be read on multiple levels, just a fun character-driven science fiction book, or a commentary on prejudice and sexuality.

My main complaints, and why I dropped a couple of stars, are that the main characters are just too nice, and there’s little change during the book. Well, one character changed a bit during the story, but it was the token grump. The first time you meet a character you know exactly what they are like, and they stay that way. Not my typical sci-fi with big space battles and bad guys everywhere, so a nice change. The second book in the series was a Hugo nominee. I started with this one with plans to read book two. I will read book two of course. I gave this one 3 out of 5 stars, which is an “I Like It”. It was a bit boring, which contributed to my lack of extended reading sessions. I did enjoy it, just in small chunks. I just couldn’t go to the fourth star. It’s not a book I’ll re-read. Goodreads has a 4.1 average rating.

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. I made a lot of progress this week, listening to over 8 hours this week, blowing past the half-way mark. I have about 7 hours left.

Reading: Walk the Wire by David Balducci The sixth (and latest) installment in the Amos Decker (aka Memory Man) series. I’m still just transcribing this one. Now that I finished The Long Way… I’ll be reading this. Transcribing has an interesting side-effect on an eReader. Kobo tells me I have an estimated 114.2 hours left in the book.

Out of Rotation


Into Rotation


I again limited myself to one link per site, so be sure to browse other recent posts at these sites.

Parker Vacumatic – Chronicles of a Fountain Pen

A Biro Swan Box – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

How many pens are in a collection? – The Well-Appointed Desk // Answer: 3

20 Refills Without Cleaning My Pen! | An Inkophile’s Blog // I’m not too surprised. If the ink is uncomplicated, not changed, and the pen is used daily, our nearly daily, I would expect this. There was a time that the same pen was used daily and it rarely got cleaned. I once went 18 months without cleaning out a pen. (F-C Model 66 eyedropper w/ R&K Blau-Schwarz LE ink). Of course, it’s not luck cleaning isn’t needed these days, so…

VIDEO: Cleaning Fountain Pens with Brian Anderson! | Anderson Pens Blog // A good video that doesn’t over-complicate things.

Waterman 32 1/2 – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Some long term thoughts on the Cleo Skribent Classic Gold fountain pen. | Fountain pen blog

My Experience with the Drillog Metal Dip Pen: Hype vs. Reality — The Gentleman Stationer // The Drillog caught my interest at the time. There was no way the pen would be worth the price to me. If the price hadn’t scared me away, the hype would have.

Garden Centre and Jaffa – Writing at Large

State of the Art: Material Snobbery | Comfortable Shoes Studio

Pen collecting and the curious art of curation — mnmlscholar

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