Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – August 9, 2020

This past week was one of my most unproductive of the entire year. I did my chores, like grocery shopping and house cleaning, but anything requiring thought or concentration was pushed aside. That meant my fountain pens didn’t get much use. I didn’t even journal every day. I missed two days completely, and wrote less than a page for each of the other days. The Benu Briolette was my most used pen, but it didn’t have any competition. I used the Sheaffer Balance II Aspen on Monday, the switched to the Benu on Tuesday. It stayed on my desk for the rest of the week. Seems unfair to call it a favorite, but it was certainly the most used.

I was in a bubble as the storm blew through my area. The lights flickered enough to cause the clock on the stove to start blinking a couple of times (maybe more, but I learned my lesson after setting it the first time and having it reset a few minutes later) and the sous-vide cooker was toggled off mid-way through, but then it finished without incident. I had power the next morning, and everything visible to me looked good. Twigs on the ground, some big enough to scratch car paint I suppose, but not big enough to break anything. My travels the next couple of days had me encountering closed roads and a lot of big trees down within a couple miles, which explained the 60%+ outage rate in the state. So, I did have some luck.

New Arrivals

None

Incoming

None

Outgoing

None

Written Dry

  1. The Fisher of Pens Hermes suffered a hard start after being unused for a couple of days. I decided to flush the pen since I had used most of the ink. It’s still in the queue for cleaning. I hope to clean and re-ink it in a few days.

Newly Inked

None

Links

Pens in Daily Use August 2020 | dapprman

Tale of a Vandal Ink User: Just a Little Mix-Up | Peaceable Writer

Crónicas Estilográficas: Safari in Japan

Black Lives Matter – Notebook Joy

Mabie Todd Swan 6142 – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Scrapbooking Isn’t Just for White People – The New York Times

Crónicas Estilográficas: Pilot Signing

Vintage Pen News: Greek nib breaththrough

When is a Fountain Pen Too Big? Considerations on “Oversized” Pens — The Gentleman Stationer

Cultural Nostalgia: The Italian Connection To The M151 | The Pelikan’s Perch

Off-Topic: Mont Blanc: Glacier in danger of collapse, experts warn – BBC News

Currently Inked – August 2, 2020

2020_08_02 - Currently Inked Pens - Ready to Go

Currently inked fountain pens ready to go

It’s been over three months since I’ve done a currently inked post. It’s been even longer since I flushed a fountain pen without a reason, other than wanting a change. I cleaned over half my inked pens on Saturday, so a currently inked post seems appropriate. On Saturday, I realized I was bored with my current pen and ink choices, so it was time to break the rule against early flushing and get some variety moved into the rotation. I kept a few pens with a specific purpose, such as desk and pocket pens. I also kept a couple of new pens that I want to get to know better. These holdovers left me with enough black and blue-black inks to get by.

I often have trouble deciding what pens to ink up and what inks to use when my choices are limitless, well limited only to my accumulation. So, I decided to set some boundaries, beyond the obvious no more blue or black inks. For the fountain pens, I decided to limit myself to my two “S” brands, Sheaffer and Sailor. The Sailors would give me a nice variety of nib sizes since they all have different grinds. As for the inks, I went with a Montblanc rule. The exception to prove the rule would be allowing for Sheaffer inks in Sheaffer pens. I have six Sailor pens but lacked a converter for one (I thought I replaced that busted converter!), so I ended up having to make a decision. I decided to skip the Sailor 1911 Sterling despite its stub nib, which would have added variety. The pen needed polishing, which provided a ready excuse. If I had Sailor colored ink cartridges, I would have made an exception to my ink rule (I made it, I can break it), but all I have is blue and black sailor cartridges. I’m unwilling to break that rule.

I added my three favorite pens to the Sailor, Sheaffer Balance IIs, to the Sailors. I added another pen that I’ve been eager to ink up again. Plus, to really mess with the organization of this post, I re-inked a pen from July after it wen dry on Saturday.

Sheaffer Balance II (M) with Sheaffer Red ink. Sheaffer Red is a nice pure, well-behaved red ink, making it my favorite red ink. It used to be standard in the inkwell for my Esterbrook dip pen, but that inkwell is currently empty since office visits are rare these days. Because of the inkwell use, I’m guessing Sheaffer Red rivals, or maybe even beats, Montblanc Bordeaux in the number of bottles that I’ve finished. The bright red pen provided an excellent excuse to bring this ink back into use.

photo of Sheaffer Balance II Crimson Glow with Sheaffer Red ink

Sheaffer Balance II (M) with Sheaffer Emerald Green ink. This ink is an older version, sold in inkwell bottles with yellow boxes and labels. While the ink isn’t old enough to be vintage, it harkens to a time when Sheaffer had a unique personality. While it isn’t my favorite green, it is pretty close and is the perfect choice for this pen, which was Sheaffer’s attempt to reinvigorate that personality.

photo of Sheaffer Balance II Jade Green with Sheaffer Emerald Green__Sheaffer Balance II Aspen__ (M) with Montblanc Meisterstück 90 Years Permanent Grey. For whatever reason, my brain always wants to associate this ink with this pen, despite a complete lack of grey in the pen. So, while this met my Montblanc rule, the real reason it was used is that I have a hard time not picking this ink for this pen.  photo of Sheaffer Balance II with MB Permanent GreyWhile all the Sheaffers have nibs that are officially called medium, these lovely nibs are closer to a fine nib and certainly smaller than many recent new extra-fine or fine nibs that I’ve received.

Sailor King of Pen Royal Tangerine (L. Oblique) with Montblanc Toffee Brown. It’s been a long time since I’ve used this ink despite its rivaling Athena Sepia as my favorite brown ink. I wanted to use it and decided that this would be a good nib for it. I’m writing the draft of this post with this pen, and feel justified in my choice.

 

Sailor KOP Royal Tangerine with Motnblanc Toffee Brown ink bottle

Sailor 1911L Ringless Epinard (Z) with Montblanc Lavender Purple. I’ve been experimenting with the zoom nib using the included Sailor cartridge since the pen arrived. I decided it was time to introduce some color to the experiments. Purple is one of my favorite ink colors. Although I’d be hard-pressed to pick a clear favorite, this one is a contender.

photo of Sailor 1911L Ringless Epinard with Montblanc Lavender Purple ink bottle

Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe (EF) with Montblanc Albert Einstein. Japanese nibs are thin, and the Sailor extra-fine is one of the thinnest factory nibs available. I love the nice thin, consistent line the nib puts down. I usually pair this with dark ink, so it doesn’t get lost in the paper’s color. So I did hesitate a lot before picking this grey ink. The result is a thin, light, but legible line that’s the color of pencil lead. A very sharp pencil.

photo of Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe with Montblanc Albert Einstein ink bottle

Sailor King of Pen (M) with Montblanc Leonardo Red Chalk. I picked the ink because I like it. When it came time to match it to a pen, this seemed like the right choice for no reason in particular.

Sailor of Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen with Montblanc Leonardo Red Chalk ink bottle

Sailor Full Size Realo (M-F) with Montblanc Antoine de Saint-Expery Encre du Desert (a.k.a. – the ink I’ll never spell without looking it up). I was hesitant to pick another brown ink, but I do like it, and due to an order mix-up on my part, I have two bottles, so it was my final ink choice.

photo of Sailor Full Size Reallo with Montblanc Encre du Desert

ystudio Classic Desk Fountain Pen (F) with Montblanc “The Beatles” Psychedelic Purple. Technically this is a carryover from July, but I did have to refill it this past weekend. This is the only ink that’s been used in this pen since it arrived on May 2nd.

ystudio Classic Desk Fountain Pen with Montblanc Psychedelic Purple

Fisher of Pens Hermes (F) with Diamine Oxblood. I moved the cartridge from another pen. There’s only about 25% of the ink left, but I wanted this pen back in the rotation. No photo of this one, although it is in the group photo up top.

Holdover Pens

I did keep six other pens inked up from July. There are no individual pictures, but here are the details.

The Platinum Carbon Pen with its “superfine” nib is inked up with Platinum Carbon ink for the times I need thin and waterproof.

The Kanilea Kona Cherry stayed ink because I could never flush Montblanc Bordeaux ink down the drain. Plus, the beauty of the pen makes me smile when I use it. After some rough spots when the pen first arrived, we’re getting along much better now.

The Kaweco Brass Sport is a pocket pen inked up with red ink. While I don’t have much use for a pocket pen these days, there’s no reason to flush it out. When I need a pocket pen, it will be ready.

The Pilot Custom 912, Benu Briolette, and Penlux Masterpiece Grande (F) are all new pens that I’m still getting to know, so they stayed in the rotation. They’ll also fill any need for traditional black and blue/black inks.

Writing Samples

photo of 2020_08_02 - Currently Inked Writing Samples

photo of 2020_08_02 - Currently Inked Writing Samples

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – August 2, 2020

photo of the Sailor 1911L Ringless Epinard with its zoom nibThis week’s favorite fountain pen isn’ the one that I used the most, but it’s the one I had the most fun using. The Sailor 1911L Ringless Epinard with its zoom nib was fun even though I was just playing around with the nib.

My fountain pen usage was fairly consistent this week, maybe down a little since I’ve yet to write the draft of my next article while last week’s draft was on the long side.

I I’ve identified another pen I should sell off, but I’m unable to do it. I’ve had the Lamy 2000 inked up for 1 1/2 months, yet I’ve only used it a little. The small sweet spot has been an issue in the past, but not the few times I’ve used it recently, so I can’t claim that’s the reason. It’s one of those weird pens, I have to force myself to pick it up and use it. But when I’m using it, I love it. When I’m done I forget about it for a another couple of weeks. It’s a classic fountain pen with a nib tuned by Mike Masuyama, so I can’t bring myself to sell it.

The Commonwealth Pen Show has been officially cancelled, as has every remaining U.S. Pen show except the Ohio Pen Show which is still schduled for Halloween weekend. Personally, I wouldn’t bet on the Ohio show happening. So I’m even happier that I went to the Long Island Pen Show earlier this year. The Commonwealth Pen (Boston MA area) show is scheduled for September 12, 2021.

As I was drafting this post Saturday afternoon when I decided I was bored with my current pen and ink choices. My practice of using the manufacturer’s ink cartridge had me with a lot of black (or blue-black) inks since I got a lot of new pens recently. This was aggravated by my choice of a black and a blue-black ink for my two piston fillers. I like black & blue-black inks, but everything in moderation. I’ll spend some time later today inking up some new pens. I’m covered for daily writers, so I’ll be looking for some variety in nibs, ink colors, and pen designs. I’m leaning towards so “S” brands.

New Arrivals

None

Incoming

None

Outgoing

None

Written Dry or Pre-Mature Flushing

I like to keep using my pens until they run out of ink. But things were feeling a bit stale, so I flushed out a bunch of my pens Saturday night.

The first four pens all had black or blue-black inks. That didn’t help their cases since I want some more color.

  1. Benu Scepter II (EF) w/Montblanc Bordeaux. This is the one of two pens here that went dry. It had a very short fill when I needed to get it through writing the These Just In post.
  2.  Lamy 2000 (F) w/R&K Leipziger Schwarz which was inked back on June 19th. At least the ink level was below the view window.
  3. Benu Grand Scepter (EF) w/mfg ink cartridge. I used about half the long-international cartridge since July 21st, which seems like a lot for such a short time. I did use it a lot in order to get my initial thoughts.
  4. Sailor 1911L Ringless Epinard (Z) w/Mfg ink cartridge. I used about 1/3 of the ink cartridge playing with the nib. I hate to toss that much ink, but I want some color with this nib. So while I didn’t ink it up right after flushing it, it will be inked up later today.
  5. Franklin-Christoph Model 20 (M.Stub) w/Diamine Oxblood. The cartridge had about 25% of its ink left and I like the color, so I moved the cartridge to the Fisher of Pens Hermes.
  6. Edison Huron Grande (EF) w/Papier Plume Burgundy. This was eyedropper filled and had a lot of ink left. Its sin, unusual for this pen, was frequent hard starts and skipping. Plus, the ink color had shifted to be a bit darker and less to my liking. It was inked back on April 26th. With so many nice writers to choose from, I have a low tolerance for temperamental pens or inks. It does have a long history of loyal service. I’ll cleaned it out good, and checked it over. It took a long time with the bulb syringe before I got clear water, so there might have been dried ink in the feed. I’ll make a note that the ink does not seem to age well in pens.
  7. yStudio Classic Desk Fountain Pen (F) w/ Montblanc The Beatles Psychedelic Purple went dry as I was drafting this post. I simply refilled it.

Newly Inked

  1. Fisher of Pens Hermes (F) w/Diamine Oxblood taken from the F-C Model 20.
  2. yStudio Classic Desk Fountain Pen (F) w/ Montblanc The Beatles Psychedelic Purple. As mentioned above, this went dry and was immediately refilled with the same ink.

Links

Crónicas Estilográficas: Pilot Flat-Tops

(PfMP) Parker 25 | dapprman

The Leverless – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Re-Opening Plans  – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

Delicate Gifs by Illustrator Maori Sakai Capture the Serene Moments of Daily Life | Colossal // (via Next Draft newsletter newsletter) // I find these oddly soothing.

Fountain Pens. — The Finer Point

Ebonite – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Personal Journaling Setup, Part 3: Revisiting Pocket Notebooks — The Gentleman Stationer

Crónicas Estilográficas: After the Pilot 65

My Personal Time Capsule | From the Pen Cup

Other Topics

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Opinion | John Lewis: Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation – The New York Times

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These Just In: Benu Scepter II & Grand Scepter X

photo of the Benu Grand Scepter X (top) and the Benu Scepter II (bottom)

Benu Grand Scepter X (top) and the Benu Scepter II (bottom)

I received the Benu Scepter II during the first week of June. I’ve been remiss in writing up my This Just In post with my first impressions. When the Benu Grand Scepter X arrived last week, I decided to combine the two into one post. They are very similar fountain pens. While I expected similarities, they are more alike than I expected.

Benu names each Scepter model with a Roman numeral, rather than naming each color. The Grand Scepter continues the Roman numeral sequence right where the original Scepter leaves off. There are currently 13 fountain pens in the Scepter line, which Benu lumps into the Scepter Collection on their website. Online retailers seem to split them apart. Currently, 1 thru 8 (I – VIII) are the original Scepter, and 9 thru 13 are Grand Scepters.

Commonalities & Differences

Both have the same twisted helical design and bodies with a concave shape. Despite the “Grand” moniker, that pen is nearly the same size as the original Scepter, and both are the same size when capped and neither pen can post the cap The differences are in the gripping section and nib. I also see the Grand Scepter acrylics as more muted and subdued.

photo of the Grand Scepter X and Scepter II, both uncapped

Both models have a black cap band with Benu molded into it. Both pens taper out towards the ends of the pen, reaching just over 18mm on both pens. Those big ends do make the pens a tight squeeze in some pen cases. Benu own site lists the capped pen length as the same (133mm) for both models.

Both the Scepter & Grand Scepter require 2 1/2 rotations to be remove the cap. But unlike some pens, the cap can be quickly rotated, with no friction, and needing only three quick flicks of my fingers to remove.

The biggest difference between the models is when the pen is in writing mode, which is where it can matter. The Grand Scepter has the larger #6 nib while the regular Scepter has the smaller #5 nib. The Grand Scepter a longer fountain pen than the regular Scepter when they’re in writing mode. The Grand Scepter is 125.74mm long, while the Scepter II is 121.76mm long. The gripping section girth of the Grand Scepter is also bigger, 10.38 mm versus 9.79mm for my Scepter II. I measured where I grip the pen which is near the nib, and where the section on these pens is thinnest.

The Grand Scepter has glow-in-the-dark acrylics. Personally, I don’t see the point, but that doesn’t make it wrong. Benu lists each pen’s glowing ability on their website under both incandescent and LED lighting. (Check the pen listings for the charts, I couldn’t get a reliable link to them.) My Scepter X is the least “glowy” of all the models. To my eye, the purple ends on my Grand Scepter (the part that glows) looks washed out, so I’m not a fan.

One final difference – the Grand Scepter is not available with an extra-fine nib.

One final commonality – the gripping sections are swappable between the pens.

Benu Scepter II

photo of the capped Benu Scepter III’ve been using the Scepter II regularly since it arrived. The only ink I’ve used with it is Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Bordeaux.

The extra-fine Schmidt nib is a smooth writer and has been problem-free, with no skipping or hard starts. Schmidt uses nibs made by JoWo, according to the Benu website. In the past, the Benu website said Schmidt nib units used to be built with nibs supplied by both JoWo and Bock. Now, the site only mentions JoWo as the nib maker. The nib has the typical Schmidt engraving on a single-tone silver nib. Some color variations do have gold-colored nibs.

photo of the Benu Scepter II

The Benu Scepter II with an extra fine nib

While I don’t want a lot of sparkly fountain pens, and the Benu Scepter II positively sparkles, I can handle one or two. I love the look of the Scepter II’s acrylic. Green is my favorite color, and green is the dominant color in this pen. Also, while the color varies (shades of green, blue & white), each of the colors has sparkles that appear to be embedded at different levels in the acrylic. The sparkles intensify and fade as the light changes.

The extra fine nib provides a smooth and pleasant and skip-free writing experience.

Benu Grand Scepter II Gallery

 

Benu Grand Scepter X

photo of a capped Benu Grand Scepter XThe Grand Scepter X is a very recent arrival, so it’s had minimal use. I inked it up with the long international cartridge that was included. A converter is also included. I’ve been using the Scepter II with the smaller #5 nib for so long that the Grand Scepter’s #6 nib looked weird when I started using it. I did get used to it, and my brain no longer pauses to process what I’m seeing when I first begin writing with the pen.

I found the nib to be a little on the dry side, especially when compared to the thinner extra-fine nibs in the Scepter II and the Briolette that I have. With fast writing, while the pen never skips, the line gets thinner and lighter when I write fast. I’ve used the ink in other pens (supplied in the pen box), and it doesn’t have the same problem. On the Briollete, which also has the same ink but an extra-fine nib, doesn’t have the same issues and easily keeps up with fast writing. The writing sample photos show both pens. To my eye, the nibs put down lines of the same width. While I didn’t flush the pen before inking it up, I did clean it before writing these first impressions. It didn’t change the performance.

photo of the Benu Grand Scepter X with its fine nib

To be clear, the pen flows consistently, just dry(ish), even when writing multiple pages at my normal pace. Fast writing results in a lighter line, but it still seems to flow consistently at with lighter line. I can’t write fast for long enough to see if the pen ever gets staved for ink.

Other than being a bit dry, the nib has been a solid performer without skipping or hard starts. I don’t feel a real difference between the grip section of this Grand Scepter X and the Scepter II. Both are comfortable.

I don’t find the Grand Scepter X (or it’s Grand siblings) nearly as beautiful as the original Scepters. The large glow-in-the-dark areas lacks the sparkle, while the color is muted and dull, lacking any pop. The sparkles also seem more subdued. On the Scepter II, they appear embedded in the acrylic, spread across multiple levels. They also sparkle in indirect lighting. On the Grand Scepter X, all appear to be on one level, near the surface. The Grand Scepter needs more direct light to get any sparkle. The exception is the small splashes of blue that cover some of the glow-in-the-dark purple which do have some vibrant sparkle in them.

Benu Grand Scepter X Gallery

Wrapping Up

writing samples of the two pwn

I didn’t check the measurements when I ordered the Grand Scepter. I just expected it would be larger than the Scepter II. I was surprised when it was the same size in almost every measurement. Even the gripping section doesn’t feel different to me, despite some slight differences and different nibs. So while the section girth of the Grand is wider, the Scepter II has been comfortable in the 1 1/2 months that I’ve used it.

On looks, the Scepter II is a clear winner for me. While it could be my specific pens, I find the #5 EF nib to provide a more pleasant writing experience. That writing experience does transfer to the Grand Scepter X if I swap the sections (which includes the nibs). While I like dry(ish) nibs, I found the Grand Scepter a little too dry for me.

There’s a $22 difference in price between the models. The original Scepter (Scepter II) is $88, while the Grand Scepter X is $110. I have a hard time justifying the price difference. If I wanted a replacement #5 or #6 nib unit from a retailer, I’d expect the #6 to be about $5 more expensive than the smaller #5. Maybe the glow-in-the-dark acrylic costs more, I don’t know. While it’s purely subjective, I don’t like the look of the Grand nearly as much. The pen bodies are the same since there’s not more acrylic needed for the pen body. So, while I don’t think $110 is out of line for the Grand Scepter, the regular Scepter is a much better value.

When comparing the Benu Scepter II and the Benu Grand Scepter X, the Scepter II is the clear winner for me.

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – July 26, 2020

photo of Benu Scepter II - This Week’s favoriteMy fountain pen usage was up again this week. Mainly due to a rewrite of my Benu Scepter II first impressions so that it included, and compared, the newly arrived Grand Scepter. That Benu Scepter II became my favorite fountain pen of the week. I love the green resin and sparkles.

I keep track of when I buy pens, but I rarely look at the quantity until the end of the year. I looked on Friday and saw that I purchased 18 pens in 2020 so far. I don’t keep track of sold pens in a way that’s easy to see how many I sold this year. But, I only recall two, one of the new ones and the recently sold Platinum. I was shocked at the total number. My brain had me guessing I might have reached a dozen—time to go through them and pick some more to sell-off. Unfortunately, I’m at the point where I can make a case for keeping any pen that I still have.

I also had a rash of spilled liquid at my writing district. Does two qualify as a rash? I did dampen a new notebook, although the damage was minor (smudged ink on some pages). That was a beer bottle where the condensation loosened the label, and while I grabbed it as it slipped and prevented any “spill,” the shaking caused a foam spout which found the notebook I had open. Friday, I hit the cup and splashed tea out of it. It was harmless but did require me to scramble as the tea traveled across the desk. After the Friday splashing, I decided I would only use my vacuum sealed water bottle at the desk. Of course, on Saturday morning, I sat down with my journal and a cup of tea. The same style cup as Friday’s spill. I’ll be cautious for the next couple of weeks, then forget about it. I’ll never learn.

With the arrival of my zoom nib, I searched for some videos on its use. Another video here, jump to 3:18 to skip the tea review and get to the zoom nib review. I had some fun practicing with the nib. With my regular grip and angle, with the traditional nib orientation, the line it puts down is far too broad for me, but that’s only one way to hold the pen. Getting some variation without changing pens, or requiring flex, will be interesting. Plus, I love the look of the pen.

New Arrivals

  1. The Sailor 1911L Ringless Epinard (Zoom) arrived Monday. (top pen in photo)
  2. The Benu Grand Scepter X (Fine) arrived on Tuesday. (bottom pen in photo)

photo of the Sailor 1911 Ringless Epinard and Benu Grand Scepter X

Incoming

None

Outgoing

  1. Platinum 3776 Ribbed with an ultra-extra-fine (UEF) nib. While I love the nib, the pen would go unused for years because I didn’t like the aesthetic. I had other pens with great thin nibs that would get picked before this one. While this was my thinnest nib (.1mm), my eyes couldn’t tell the difference when compared to .2mm nibs.

Written Dry

  1. While not actually written dry, I flushed and cleaned the Platinum 3776 Ribbed once I knew it would be cut from my accumulation. The water barely dried before it was on its way out.
  2. Sheaffer Ringtop Jade (fine). I love the jade green material of this pen and the Sheaffer nib is a nice writer (aren’t they all?). But the pen is small and short. I have to post the cap, which makes me grimace as I try to be gentle and not crack the cap. So, I may just use it sparingly. I may be careful but still risk using it. But for now, it’s going back to storage.

Newly Inked

  1. Platinum Carbon Desk Pen (Superfine) with a Platinum Carbon Black Cartridge. I wanted a basic black waterproof ink for the few times where it’s essential. So I went with this Platinum Carbon duo. It’s a nice nib, but a thin & light pen. I’ll only be using it for short session, so this won’t be a problem for me. I have the desk stand, so the pen resides on my desk, ready for use.
  2. Benu Scepter II. I inked this pen up again, with the same R&K Alt-Bordeaux ink, when the Grand Scepter arrived so that I could do a comparison. It got a very short fill of ink and is nearly empty after writing the comparison.

Links

Tiffany // Tailored Pen Company Custom Fountain Pen (REVIEW) – Weirdoforest Pens

I’m seeing Benu Pens in a new light | UK fountain pens // This is the first of several posts Anthony made that I collected for these links. I don’t include the others here, so be sure to check out his later posts after reading this one. Or if, Benu pens don’t excite you, go there to read about spotting bad nibs, a bad pen, and a couple good pens. As for the Benu pens, having now owned four (but only one of the ones he mentions), I obviously agree with his positive comments.

News: Chartpak Changes Pen Repair Policy « The Pelikan’s Perch

What Are My Forever Inks? – Fountain Pen Love // I like this concept, but I think one of the commenters had a good idea in mentioning that picking inks you always want available in a pen is a good idea too.

100 Years of Platinum Pens – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop // I’m feeling quality about selling off a pen from a company with such a rich history.

Notebooks over chaos. — The Finer Point

Notebooks I’m Using – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

Personal Journaling Setup Part 2: Revisiting the Commonplace Book — The Gentleman Stationer

Muji is the latest retailer to file for bankruptcy – CNN // The U.S. arm is reorganizing under bankruptcy, sounds like high-rents are a major problem, even before CIVID-19. They want to “focus” online but no word on which stores will close or remain.

Other Topics

Wear a Mask for Those Around You – 512 Pixels

How Seattle’s NHL team became the Kraken // Love the logo. Also, how can I not root for a team with a General Manager who’s pro career started with the Hartford Whalers, where he was a star center for 10 years.