Sunday Notes and Links – January 22, 2017

My fountain pen usage was down even more this week as I missed doing journal entries a couple of days. So no pens went dry and I haven’t ink up any new pens. I could have used the same picture again but I’m tired of it and I didn’t have time to take another one. So no photo today.

Pen Shows & Clubs

The 2017 Philly pen show is history. The next US show is on the other coast, in Los Angeles, from February 16th to 19th.

What Others Are Using

Twiss Pen Eye Candy – The Clumsy Penman’s InKfusion Site // An eye-catching custom pen that’s seen four months of use.

Misc Links

The Ink bottle — Alt. Haven // A nice overview of ink bottle shapes.

Crónicas Estilográficas: “Made Abroad” // Seems like a strange way to label a pen, but some potential reasons are given

My Cross Century Secret Stash (and a Cross Spire for good measure) – The Well-Appointed Desk // Not a fountain pen in the bunch. Even if there was, it would be way to thin for me.

KMPN.: Pilot Custom // Some of the pens in the Pilot Custom Series along with a chart showing nib availability.

Review: Conid Minimalistica, Delrin, EF Titanium Nib – Hand Over That Pen

Francis THEO: Labrador Sketchbook from Thailand

Tale of a Vandal Pen Blogger: Behind the Name | Peaceable Writer

Sunday Notes and Links – January 15, 2017

Currently Inked - January 1, 2017

The same set of pens for yet another week.

It was another typical week of fountain pen usage. With seven pens inked up I picked a different one as my primary writer each day to give them all a chance. While there was one day with heavier than normal note taking most of my writing consisted of one journal page each night and a few notes during the day. No pens went dry and no new pens were inked up. This makes three weeks in a row with the same set of pens.

Pen Shows & Clubs

The first US pen show of the year is going on this weekend in Philadelphia. In honor of the event I’ve updated my pen show page to include all shows that have scheduled dates in 2017.

Appleton Pen Club – Christmas Show & Tell | Anderson Pens // January 19th at 7pm in Appleton Wisconsin

What Others Are Using

What Are You Taking to Work? | Hey there! SBREBrown // New video series from SBRE Brown. Well, there’s only one video so far, so I guess it’s a potential series.

Misc Links

Nakaya Naka-Ai Awai-Murasaki First Impressions – SquishyInk

Review: Pelikan M400 Brown Tortoise — Alt. Haven

Crónicas Estilográficas: Shijin

Pen power: China closer to ballpoint success – BBC News // Not fountain pen related but I was surprised by the precision needed for ballpoint pens since they are generally cheap.

Sunday Notes and Links – January 8, 2017

Currently Inked - January 1, 2017

Same pens as last week.

It’s been a slow week when considering my fountain pen usage, but a busy week in all other aspects. Nearly all my pen usage was in my nightly journal entries and that was also below normal, although I wrote at least 1/2 a page every night to keep the habit. No change in my pens and ink during the week and there’s still plenty of ink in each one.

Pen Shows & Clubs

The US pen show season is season kicking off in Philadelphia on January 13-15th.

What Others Are Using or Used

Traveling into 2017 with a Hobonichi Techo | Peaceable Writer

My Favorite Inks for 2016 – The Well-Appointed Desk

Hobonichi Planner: Thoughts After One Year — The Gentleman Stationer

Midori MD Leather Cover After a Year – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

My Gear For The New Year | An Inkophile’s Blog

2016 Hobonichi Techo In Review — Gorgeous.Ink

Pens In Real Life: The Sabbath | From the Pen Cup

InCoWriMo is Approaching

InCoWriMo Pen Pal Match-Up – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

InCoWriMo 2017 Preparations | Gorgeous Ink

Misc Links

In pursuit of the rare | Leigh Reyes. My Life As a Verb.

My Planner Dilemma: Hobonichi Cousin v. Hobonichi Techo v. Traveler’s Notebook — The Pen Addict

Review Redux – The Sailor Imperial Black Fountain Pen – – Fountain Pen, Ink, and Stationery Reviews

Crónicas Estilográficas: A Non-Pilot Pilot

Vintage Pen News: One discovery inside another

Currently Inked – January 2017

It’s both a new year and a new month, a good time for change. Although two fountain pens didn’t get the message and start January with the same ink they had when December began. Another two pens carried over from December, but with new ink.

Currently Inked Pens (Capped) - January 2017

Currently Inked (Uncapped)  - January 2017

Currently Inked Writing Samples - January 2017The Newton Eastman with its Esterbrook Falcon Fine Stub (#2442) still has about 1/2 a barrel of Montblanc Irish Green ink. I do have a different nib than December. I’m enjoying this nib but will probably swap it out before the pen is empty. It’s a nice benefit of this pen – the ability to easily swap to any of my 30+ Esterbrook nibs. The pen pretty much remains home bound although it has ventured out one or two times.

The Montblanc Meisterstück Ultra Black LeGrand with its oblique medium nib is still on its first fill of ink, Montblanc Bordeaux. I haven’t been using this pen as much as I thought I would, although there’s no good reason for it. I love the pen and the nib.

The Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe was inked the second week of December when I needed a nice thin nib and a relatively dark ink. So this pen, with its extra fine nib was inked with a Sailor Pigmented Blue-Black cartridge. I picked this ink for it’s added bonus of being waterproof. With such a thin nib I suspect I’ll be flushing this out before I write it dry.

The Aurora Optima Nero Perla with its medium nib returns from December, but with a new ink. This month it has P.W. Akkerman #12 Mauritshuis Magenta. I’ve had the bottle for awhile but only opened it recently. This is the first time I’ve used the ink and was pleasantly surprised by the color. So far it’s doing well in the medium nib and it’s been well behaved.

The Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age (EF) age has returned to the rotation after a two month hiatus. I picked Montblanc Lavender Purple this time around. Another ink that I’ve had for awhile but haven’t used until now. This ink seems to quickly darken if the pen isn’t used for a day or two. It’s not so vibrant in this thin nib.

The Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen (M) continues in the rotation, but with a new ink. This time around it’s Montblanc Lucky Orange, which is Montblanc’s latest special edition ink. I’m still looking for my perfect orange ink and Lucky Orange is off to a good start.

The Pelikan M805 Stresemann (EF) also had a two month break but now returns to the rotation with Monteverde Napa Burgundy which is another new to me ink that was recently released by Monteverde.

Written Dry

I wrote the following pens dry last month. Links are to the Ink and Pen Notes post for the combination.

Ryan Krusac Legend (EF) with Diamine Ancient Copper

Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen (M) and Bookbinders Everglades Ratsnake

Aurora Optima Nero Perla (M) with Aurora Black

Sunday Notes and Links – New Year Edition

Currently Inked - January 1, 2017Happy New Year!

I didn’t use my fountain pens very much this past week. I managed to pick up a cold that wiped me out over the Christmas weekend. I managed to write one journal page since Monday but other than that my pens got little use. So it’s no surprise that I didn’t write any pens dry this week.

Pen Shows & Clubs

The US pen show season is over, with the next season kicking off in Philadelphia on January 13-15th.

What Others Are Using

My 2017 Analogue System – Wonder Pens

My Analog and Digital World – SquishyInk

New Year, New Load Out — Gorgeous.Ink

2017 Planner Plans — The Finer Point

Misc Links

Nib Novice, Part 7: Noodler’s Ahab Flex Nib | Pens and Junk

2016 | KurleyMcD

My 2016 PenWrap-Up (see what I did there?) and “But why do you have so many pens,” the 2016 edition. | Leigh Reyes. My Life As a Verb.

canetas e coisas: INOXCROM

What We’ve Done in 2016? | Write to Me Often

2016 Purchases — Alt. Haven

Notebook Review: Hobonichi A5 Tomoe River Notebook — Gorgeous.Ink

Stationery In Real Life: The Postcard Project | From the Pen Cup

2016 Wrap-up: Top 5 Pens | Hand Over That Pen

Favorite New Fountain Pen and Ink of 2016

It’s time for my obligatory year end post and this year I’ll pick my favorite fountain pen and fountain pen ink from among those that arrived in 2016. This is completely subjective and limited to fountain pens and ink that joined my accumulation in the past year.

I added nine pens to my accumulation in 2016. A tenth, the Edison Extended Mina group buy, came and went during the year. While a nice pen, it just didn’t connect with me. The remaining pens eligible for this selection, in the order they arrived:

One thing I notice in the above list, which I wouldn’t have predicted when the year began, is that less than half the nibs are fine or thinner. I’ve been expanding my horizons.

Shawn Newton Eastman with Esterbrook #2314F nib and Montblanc Irish Green cappedThe selection of my favorite pen really wasn’t any contest, the Newton Pens Eastman wins hands down. It has the twin advantages of being a custom pen built for my hand and aesthetics tastes, while being fitted for my collection of Esterbrook nibs.

You could say the Eastman has a unfair advantage. If I was to limit myself to the off the shelf pens the choice would get harder. The Sailor KOP has been inked nearly constantly since I got it. It’s had six different inks run through it during the last five months. The Montblanc Ultra Black has quickly become a favorite, with it’s oblique nib and an aesthetic I like. But it’s been in my hands barely a month, so I’m still probably affected by it’s new pen distortion field. Then there’s the Aurora Optima which like more than I expected.

Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen - capped on standAny one of those three pens could be my choice as second favorite of the year. But I have to go with the Sailor KOP since I’ve had it the longest and it’s stood the test of time. Plus, it’s the one I used most recently. I’d probably have picked one of the others if it had been the most recently used rather than the KOP.

Papier Plume Burgundy bottle - openThe choice of my favorite ink is a bit easier. I didn’t keep good track of all the inks that were new this year, but my favorite does stand out. Paper Plume Burgundy is the clear winner. A I mention in the ink notes – while it’s not a color match to my favorite Montblanc Bordeaux, the ink properties remind do me of it. This is especially true in my fine & extra fine nibs.

I’ve liked two other inks and expect to use them more. But I’ve only recently loaded pens with them. Montblanc Lucky Orange may finally end my search for an orange ink, assuming it does as well in my thin nibs as other Montblanc inks. The second is P.W. Akkerman #12 Mauritshuis Magenta. It’s a color I really like that’s unique among my ink accumulation.

What were your favorite new fountain pens and ink of 2016?

Sunday Notes and Links – Holiday Edition

Cheers! - Happy holidayCheers and happy holidays to everyone. Happy Sunday to those who don’t celebrate any holiday this time of year. Since Sunday is Christmas for me, and I’m busy the day or two before, I’m putting this together on Thursday and will schedule it for Sunday. I’ll catch up with any missed links next week.

I’ve been consistent all year and every post (except these Sunday link posts) starts life as a written draft. That ended this week when the last two Ink & Pen Notes started life electronically to save time. This, along with things being slower at work, meant I used my pens a lot less. So naturally I responded by inking up a few more and now have seven fountain pens inked up. I received the ink I mentioned last Sunday and it’s already in my pens. The Montblanc Lucky Orange is in my Sailor KOP and Monteverde Napa Burgundy is in my Pelikan M805. Both inks have made a very favorable first impression.

Currently Inked - December 22, 2016

Pen Shows & Clubs

The US pen show season is over, with the next season kicking off in Philadelphia on January 13-15th.

Crónicas Estilográficas: Madrid in November (2016)

Pen Shows – Meeting the Makers · Penucopia

Gourmet Pens: Madrid Pen Show 2016: Close Ups!

What Others Are Using

Top 5 Favourite Pens – 2016 and Top 5 Favourite Inks – 2016 — Alt. Haven

Gourmet Pens: Magpie Syndrome: My Favorite Pens of 2016

2016 Planner Review — The Finer Point

TWSBI Eco – M nib | The Passionate Penman

Diamine Shimmertastic with F NIB and Just an updated family photo… – SquishyInk

Currently Inked Lettering Edition | Write to Me Often

Top 12 Fountain Pen Inks 2016 and Project Review | FOUNTAIN PEN INKS & BLEACH

The Frugal Fountain Pen: My Beaker Pen Cup

Misc Links

So long… — The Purl Bug // (Video) This was the most depressing stationery news I’ve seen in awhile. I really enjoyed her videos and will miss them. I agree with most of the points regarding the growth of the pen community. Like many of her videos this one left me wanting something. I’ll be digging out my Hitchhiker’s Guide series and reading it again.

Shaking the Fear Of Art | From the Pen Cup

Crónicas Estilográficas: Family Portait (VII). Integrated Nibs

And finally…

Above video via The Loop