I spent a lot of time today selecting, and inking up pens for my trip to the Atlanta pen show. As is usually the case with me, the number of pens kept growing. I’d touch a pen and it would beg me to allow it to make the trip. I can’t say no. I quickly outgrew the Franklin-Christoph Seven Pen Wrap. Not all the pens in the photo are inked up (only 14 out of the 22). Twice as many as my original plan.
I picked pens that fell into two groups. First, pens that are my favorites, at least at this moment in time (I am fickle). And pens that have a unique or rare feature people may want to see or try. Although, being a pen show I doubt these will be unique in the room. The pens on the left side of the photo., plus the two in the center, plus the two in the bottom right are inked up. Short Fill means I only pulled in enough in to be just visible in the converter. I do have a 15th pen inked, the Pilot Custom 823 (F) with Montblanc Bordeaux ink. I forgot about this one when I took the photo. It’s in my journal, and is staying home.
A lot of pens have Montblanc Bordeaux. It’s my favorite ink and I have a lot left. Combine this with my dearth of bottled ink and it was an obvious choice. If I used cartridges I’d either dump a lot of ink of have the pens inked up forever.
So starting at the top left of the photo, and working down the left side:
Pilot Custom 912, Posting Nib, in basic Black with a Pilot Purple Cartridge: I decided to go with purple, even though the ink would probably look better with a wider nib.
Esterbrook (Kenro) Estie Oversized in Maraschino, Journaler nib with a Montblanc Bordeaux short fill: I love all three of my OS Estie. I’m bringing this because of the Journaler nib by Gena Salorino, who Esterbrook partnered with. More importantly, I love the pen.
Esterbrook (Kenro) Estie Oversized in Scarlet, Scribe nib with a Montblanc Bordeaux short fill: I love all three of my OS Estie along. I’m bringing this because of the Scribe nib by Josh Lax, who Esterbrook partnered with. More importantly, I love the pen.
Fisher of Pens Hermes in Vintage Web Green, Fine nib with a Montblanc British Racing Green short fill:. It’s been far too long since I inked this one up. I gave it a short fill because there a chance I’ll have a nib grind done on it. So, less ink to dump.
Kanilea Kona Cherry, Extra-Fine nib with Montblanc Bordeaux ink: My favorite pen and ink paired together. I worked to get every drop ion ink possible into the converter. The pen took awhile to break me in, so it was a bit rough a first. It finally got me trained and it’s been my solid #1 since them.
Sheaffer Legacy with a Custom Blue Fleck body,and a Blade Turk (XXF) nib by Marc Bacas and filled with a Sheaffer Green cartridge. I’m not a fan of blue pens, or gold trim. Except with this pen for some reason. Probably because it’s a Sheaffer. The body was made by Franklin-Christoph for Jim Rouse, which makes it more special, although he was still alive when I bought it.
Diplomat Aero in Green with a 14 kt. Fine nib with a Montblanc British Racing Green short fill. I’m bringing the pen in case someone wants to try a stock Diplomat gold nib. I like the pen and the nib, but I don’t think it’s worth the price bump. At least not for a fine nib. I was never a Green Arrow comic book fan, but I do refer to this one as the Green Aero.
Diplomat Aero Volute with a Oblique Fine nib and Waterman Mysterious Blue ink. The aesthetic of this pen fires on all cylinders for me. The Mark Bacas oblique fine nib elevates this pen so it writes as good as it looks.
Pilot Elite Steel Lined Pocket Pen with an 18 kt Fine nib and filled with a Pilot Blue-Black cartridge: Even I was surprised by how much I like this pen. While too small for me to use in extended writing sessions, it’s fine for an hour or so.
Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe with an Extra-Fine 21 kt gold nib and a Sailor Shikiori Chu-Shu ink cartridge. Another small (for me) pen, but the metal gives it weight which makes it usable for me. I love the thin Japanese extra-fine nib.
Then in the center is the Pilot Vanishing Point Red Bamboo with a XXF gold nib and a Pilot Blue-Black cartridge. which will be in my shirt pocket during the show.
The **TWSBI Swipe which still has the Sheaffer Red ** that was loaded into the oversized converter last year. It’s nearly empty, but I forgot to clean in. It’s staying home.
Now we move to the bottom right side and work our way up.
I just re-saced the Grey Pearl Striated Sheaffer Balance Oversize with a 14kt Fine nib and Montblanc Bordeaux ink. This is the first fill with the new sac so I was hesitant to carry it on the trip. It’s been a few years since I replaced a sac. I love the grey & black aesthetic and Sheaffer nibs are great.
Sailor 1911L Ringless in Epinard with a 21 kt. Gold Zoom nib and a Sailor Shikiori Waka-Uguisu cartridge It’s my play pen. Not at all suitable to my writing, but I like doodling with it and varying the lines. I’m bringing it in case someone wants to try a zoom nib.
That’s it for all the inked pens.
The other pens in the case, continuing up the right side:
Edison Huron Grande in Flecked Red/White/Blue and with a Extra-Fine nib I’m bringing this for self defense, since I can use it as a club. I can’t believe I used to eyedropper fill this pen.
The next two are the Franklin-Christoph Model 02 v2 in Gemstone with an Extra-Fine nib and the Franklin-Christoph Model 02 v1 in Emerald Green and with a Needlepoint nib. Both of these were in my Next to ink queue but didn’t make the cut this time. I’m bringing them because they were already in the case, and in the event anyone wants to see the different between the OG Model 02 and the current Model.
Lamy Safari Petrol with a Medium steel nib I’m bringing this one as a possible sale, although the nib on it is a grind candidate. It’s one of my least favorite (relatively speaking) Safaris, and prices are high. So it’s possible I could sell it.
Spoke Icon with a British Racing Green Barrel and a Brass insert and an extra-fine nib. I wanted to ink this one up, but had too many pens inked up by the time I got to it.
Sailor King of Pen (KOP) Royal Tangerine with a Oblique Medium nib: This is still a favorite of mine.
Esterbrook (Kenro) Estie in Evergreen with an Extra-Fine nib: This pen has long been a sale candidate since I prefer the Oversized version, but I haven’t been that aggressive. It’s possible I get this nib ground to a needlepoint and then swap it among my OS Esties. That would leave this pen nib-less. This depends upon the availability of Esterbrook’s Needlepoint as a nib-only purchase. I don’t want another Estie pen.
Esterbrook (Kenro) Estie in Seaglass with an Extra-Fine nib.: I wanted to ink all three OS Esties, but held this one back. It will get a Needlepoint nib and then some ink.
I’m also bringing three Lamy Safari pens, each with one of my Lamy gold nibs. Each is a candidate for a nib grind. The two obliques would be thinned to fine obliques and the extra-fine to a needlepoint.
I don’t feel any urge to buy new fountain pens. But I have so many potential nib grinds that I could go broke. I need to force myself to make decisions and do one oblique fine and one needlepoint. Obliques are rarely (never) done as Fine nibs, but I love the ones that I have.
If you’re reading this on Thursday (March 31st) and want to see another pen I have, contact me either through the contact page or Twitter @fpquest anf ask. I’ll be at the show Friday morning, depending on when I wake up and how traffic is, and also on Saturday.
My decision to attend was recent, but I’m getting more excited excited about going back to a pen show..