Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – November 22, 2020

This week’s favorite - Custom Sheaffer Legacy w/Turk nibMy favorite fountain pen of the week won the spot based upon it’s newly ground nib. My custom Sheaffer Legacy which has a newly ground Turk nib, via Mark Bacus. I was pleasantly shocked with how smooth the this nib was. Also by how well the ink flowed.

My fountain pen usage continues to be on the low side. I’ve started simply copying articles, or doodling, as excuses to use my pens.

While I’ve been using the newly ground Turk nib (basically a XXF) all week, but I didn’t get a chance to give the rest a workout until Saturday. And then I got tied up with one problem pen. It wasn’t an issue with the grind, rather a problem with the feed that I hadn’t noticed prior to sending it out.

I’d only used the TWSBI Go with a broad nib once, and then it sat unused for over a year before I sent it out for grinding. Typically, I’d test it out first, but it was a last minute decision and I simply packed it up. Mark noticed some ink pooling and mentioned it, with the potential to splat ink on the paper. So when I got the pen back I simply swapped the nib with my other TWSBI. The pen wrote OK when used normally, but when reversed, to use the Architect grind, it would burp ink on a regular basis. (It’s Mark’s Predator Extreme grind which is Fine held normally, and an Architect grind when inverted.)

My intent was to swap the nib only, leaving the feed as is, so the ground nib would have both a new pen and a new feed. Fairly straight-forward, right? So, I was pretty depressed when the problem continued after the swap. I removed the nib & feed for inspection, and they seemed fine to me. But I figured, what the hell, I was half way there so I swapped the feeds. Voilà, problem solved. I’ve now written several problem free pages with the nib inverted. I guess it’s harder than I thought to move just a nib, since the only logical conclusion is that I moved both the nib and feed that first time.

It’s still new to me, so my opinion may change, but I don’t find the Architect nib fun to use. Mark’s work is just fine, it writes smoothly. I avoided getting a Architect grind when they were all the rage a couple years ago because I didn’t think I’d like the style. I was right. I’ll keep it around, but I don’t think it’s a nib I’d use for anything other than play. I’m glad I have the double sided nib, so I can ink the pen for normal, everyday use, and play with the Architect nib when I’m in the mood.

The left oblique on the Diplomat’s Fine nib is also a joy to use. I like oblique nibs, so that’s no surprise.

Housekeeping

My plan is to migrate this site to a new host during this coming week. So expect some weirdness as things move over. E-Mail may be affected too, since DNS is with the same host.

With the new nibs, and another pen I want (Diplomat Aero in Green!), I’ll have some more pens to sell off, but won’t list them until the site moves. Look for them after Thanksgiving (U.S.) and be sure to mention the reader discount as I’m still doing that. ($10 or more off pens costing $50 or more.)

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Reading: Into the Serpent’s Lair (30th book in the Frontiers Saga) by Ryk Brown. I finished this one off quickly, taking just a few evenings. It surprised me in that the author finally created an opportunity to move the story in a new direction. The book was a good ending for this part of the series.
Listening: Pacific Crucible by Ian W. Toll (audiobook) : I had to do a bunch of driving earlier this week, so I started another audiobook. This is a WWII history of the Pacific sea war from 1941-1942. I’m enjoying it, but progress may be slow since I don’t like listening to audiobooks when my brain has to make even the slightest decision. So this leaves driving and house cleaning. Yes, I know driving requires concentration, but years of radio listening and talking to other in the car have trained my brain well. Walking, which used to be my major time to consume audiobooks, is now something I prefer to do without other distractions so my mind can wander and take in the sights.

New Arrivals

None

Incoming

None

Outgoing

None

Written Dry

None

Newly Inked

None

Links

rOtring Initial | dapprman

The Pelikan M800: A Modern Day Titan « The Pelikan’s Perch

Fountain Pen Review: Leonardo Officina Italiana Furore Arancio | Rants of The Archer

State of the Art: Making the Zine | Comfortable Shoes Studio

Crónicas Estilográficas: JIS 3232

Bad Sellers – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Crónicas Estilográficas: TIPS 2020

A Big Swan – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Snippets: Covid, BAMF, William Hannah and more | UK fountain pens

The Great Bottled Ink Count. | Fountain pen blog

Hard Rubber – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Fountain Pen Ink Doodles – Weirdoforest Pens

1300 Inks! — Mountain of Ink

Pen Review: Maiora Impronte Oversize Fountain Pen — The Gentleman Stationer

Flying high with the Onoto Spitfire | UK fountain pens

### Off-topic

The History of CTRL + ALT + DELETE | Mental Floss // I had heard a slightly different story which made it a Microsoft creation that coincided with Windows. As the article says, Bradley invented it, Bill made it famous.

Charlie Brown specials to air on TV, after all, in PBS deal // Even though I haven’t watched the broadcast in years, it bothered me when I read that it wouldn’t be broadcast this year. I have fond memories of watching it as a kid. Appointment TV. Free streaming isn’t the same is the same as free over the airwaves. Although I suppose it’s mostly cable and not airwaves these days. I’m glad to see it’s back.

 

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – November 15, 2020

Photo of newly ground nibsMy pens arrived back from Mark Backus, pictured above. So far, I’ve only inked up the Tangerine KOP (the top nib in the photo) since it was a simply a repair of a nib I was used to using. I’ll ink up and try the other three later today.

Fountain pen usage dropped again this week. I did a little journaling, which was about the only use my pens got. I picked a different pen for each session, so no favorite fountain pen this week.

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

ReadingInto the Serpent’s Lair The 30th book in the Frontiers Saga by Rykers Brown. Early on, I ripped through these books when they were more or less free (Kindle Unlimited). The series is an ambitious project. A five part series with 15 books in each part (so 75 planned books), with this being the last of Part 2. He (Brown) is leaving Kindle Unlimited and availability at my local library is spotty and audiobook only. I can’t commit myself to buying another 40 books in the series, even though it’s only 3 or 4 a year. I’m finding the story a bit tedious now. Kind of like a U.S. broadcast TV series stretching to get in 24 episodes, compared to HBO going for 13 quality episodes. It was also hurt but the gap between when I finished the previous book, and this release. Peter Hamilton released the final book in the Salvation trilogy. I’ve been waiting for that one so I can start on the trilogy (I didn’t want to wait. Hamilton creates an immersive universe, Brown is a Star Trek episode.
Listening: 1861: The Civil War Awakening by Adam Goodheart (audiobook) I finally finished this one off this week. An OK book, but nothing I wanted to get back to every time I put it down.

New Arrivals

None

Incoming

None

Outgoing

None

Written Dry

None

Newly Inked

None

Links

A Mabie Todd Pen & Pencil Set – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

KoInkyDinky? I think not! | Quieter Elephant

Rants of The Archer: Fountain Pen Review: BENU Euphoria Scent of Irises

All these notebooks – Pam Alison Knits

Which British Vintage Pen? – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Diamine Ancient Copper – the perfect colour match for the chess heroine – FOUNTAIN PEN INK ART

Crónicas Estilográficas: Pocket Yotsubishi

Penlux Masterpiece Grande: a big in-house piston filler for £150 | UK fountain pens

The UKFP 2020 recap | UK fountain pens

A quick, no-nonsense gift guide for 2020 | UK fountain pens

Off-topic

Winners of Close-Up Photographer of the Year – The Atlantic

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – November 8, 2020

Photo of the Sailor Pro Gear British Racing GreenMy newest fountain pen also ranks as my favorite for the week, the Sailor Pro Gear British Racing Green. As I feared, the relatively small pens size, along with being lighter than the Regency Stripe, does cause my hand to become fatigued after an hour or so. But, the pen is an enjoyable to use and I love the look.

Mark Bacas contacted me and let me know my nib work was done. I viewed his video and paid the invoice on Friday, so the pens should be on their way back to me very soon. Unfortunately, I came across another bent nib, the XXXF for a Vanishing Point. I’ve no idea how this one happened. At least with the KOP I dropped the pen and immediately saw it. So I’ll see if there’s any other pens I want nib work on, and will be sending this one out.

I didn’t make any Fountain Pen Day purchases, although that was made much easier by the two new pens that arrived last week. I did verify I wouldn’t have gotten a FPD deal for either pen.

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Listening: 1861: The Civil War Awakening by Adam Goodheart (audiobook) – I’m almost done, but didn’t listen at all this past week.

New Arrivals

None

Incoming

None

Outgoing

None

Written Dry

None

Newly Inked

None

Links

Rants of The Archer: Fountain Pen Ink Review: Scribe x Troublemaker Inks Butanding

What’s Up with the Platinum Carbon Desk Pen? – The Well-Appointed Desk

Entropy – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Writer’s Blood is the new Diamine Reddit ink! – FOUNTAIN PEN INK ART

News: M600 Tortoiseshell-Red « The Pelikan’s Perch

Five Favorites for Fountain Pen Day (and My Own Personal Distraction) — The Gentleman Stationer

Review: Pencil Revolution The Zine | Comfortable Shoes Studio

51 Clones | Quieter Elephant

What My 2020 Planner Has Been Through — The Pen Addict

American Swan 242/54 – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Cursive Italic Comparisons From Four Nib Grinders – Chicana Writes

Happy Fountain Pen Day 2020! – Penquisition

A day of fountain pens – Pam Alison Knits

Celebrating Fountain Pen Day 2020 – Fountain Pen Love

Why Use A Fountain Pen? | An Inkophile’s Blog

A stick of plastic with a nib on the end | UK fountain pens

Worth the Hype? A Close Look at a Montblanc Writers Edition (Virginia Woolf) — The Gentleman Stationer

Off-Topic

Remember to speak — Seize the Dave

73 days and counting down, even Fox News and the NY Post agree…

Biden wins presidency, Trump denied second term in White House, Fox News projects | Fox News

NY Post website frontpage

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – November 1, 2020

Photo of my two newest pens

My latest arrivals

There’s no favorite pen this week. My fountain pen usage couldn’t get much lower compared to the previous week, so relatively speaking my fountain pen usage was up this week. I didn’t have a lot of “normal” writing to do, so most of it was just an excuse to use my pens. I picked a different pen each time I sat down to write.

Friday brought a significant snowfall. (Significant has a different definition than it will in December) According to those who claim to know, it was only the sixth time October brought a “measurable” snowfall to central Connecticut in the past 115 years. While annoying, there was a positive side – the first snowfall of the season usually brings widespread traffic accidents, but I didn’t hear or read about any this time. Even after the overnight freeze. Is 2020 looking up?

I caved in and ordered a new fountain pen. It wasn’t one that was already on my watch list. The Sailor Pro Gear Racing Green, a Goldspot pens exclusive, crossed in front of my eyes and it was an instant “I want it”, but I held off. (A King of Pen) version would have been an insta-buy. The price put me off ($312) because I thought it was a premium price. But further research taught me that $312 is the new U.S. price for Pro Gears. So this wasn’t a premium or limited edition price. That doesn’t make it any easier on the wallet, but it meant I wouldn’t do better on a different new Pro Gear. That would have mattered if I was shopping for a Pro Gear, but I wasn’t.

Then I inked up my current Pro Gear Regency Stripe to try it out, since the Pro Gear is a relatively small pen for me. It was comfortable to write with, which I already knew since it has been inked-up on a regular basis. It did help me make my nib choice. I had been considering a medium or broad nib that I could then have ground to something more exotic. But after using it, I decided that I would be more comfortable with a thinner, traditional round nib. So I went with a medium fine. I have that nib on my Sailor Realo and like it. I didn’t want a second Pro Gear with an extra-fine nib.

I also ordered the new Anderson Pens exclusive Retro 51 Palmer. I skipped the in-stock notification, and planned to skip this release, along with any other Retro 51 releases before they shut down. Then I saw the pen and was hooked. It’s a brass pen with an acid edged design based on the Peacock Doors used in their Chicago store location (in The Palmer Hilton).

I ordered both pens on Thursday and USPS shocked me by delivering both on Saturday, beating their own original ETA. Another sign that 2020 is looking up?

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Listening: 1861: The Civil War Awakening by Adam Goodheart (audiobook)

New Arrivals

As mentioned above:
1. Sailor Pro Gear Racing Green (Goldspot pens exclusive)
2. Retro 51 Palmer (Anderson Pens exclusive)

Incoming

None

Outgoing

None

Written Dry

  1. Sheaffer Balance II (Crimson Glow) ran out of Sheaffer Red ink.

Newly Inked

  1. Penlux Masterpiece Grande (F) with #09 P.W. Akkerman Dutch Masters Steenrood “Red Stone” van Vermeer. My new Esterbrook Estie OS has me reconsidering the role of this pen in my rotation. So, I inked it up. I also felt oddly compelled to use every character in what may be the longest ink name among inks that I have (65 characters).
  2. Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe (EF) with a Sailor Shikiori Yamadori cartridge. I inked this one up to re-familiarize myself with the pen before ordering another Sailor Pro Gear.
  3. Sailor Pro Gear Racing Green (M-F) with Montblanc Racing Green. An old, no longer made ink, which is down to my last bottle.

For the Retro 51 Palmer, I swapped the stock refill for a 81265 Schmidt refill, black & thinner at 0.6mm.

Links

Vintage Pen News: Inks for vintage pens

Swan Leverless L245B/62 – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Kingdom Note: A virtual tour – Tokyo Station Pens

Crónicas Estilográficas: Le charme discret

The Pocket Pen Roundup! | Inkdependence! (video)

The pens of October 29th, 2020 – Everyday Scrawl

The cheap pen that changed writing forever – BBC Future

Mabie Todd Swan Visofil VT340/76 – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Why I Love Leuchtturm – Chicana Writes

http://comfortableshoesstudio.com/2020/10/on-making-things-return-to-roots/

Useful Journaling Issue 1 | Comfortable Shoes Studio

Building an interesting pen collection without breaking the bank | UK fountain pens

Classic Pens’ Collision With Pelikan: A Look At The CP6 Goethe Pens « The Pelikan’s Perch

Flow | From the Pen Cup

Off-topic

Rediscovering “Columbo” in 2020 | The New Yorker // I came across some 70’s cop shows and watched a couple. Good for nostalgia and a reminder of how formulaic cop shows were, but no chance of regular viewing. Then I dug out my Columbo’s and started watching them. Another 70’s cop show, but anything but formulaic. I enjoyed them back then as part of a rotating set of mystery movies (if memory serves). I ignored the others in the rotation and only watched Columbo. And since the killer was always known up front, rewatching them is just as enjoyable.

Neither Trump Nor Biden Drink Alcohol – The New York Times // One area where Biden & Trump agree.

Sean Connery: James Bond actor dies aged 90 – BBC News // I’m slowly working my way through the Bond films and his final Eon Productions Bond film is next on my list. I also enjoyed him in several other films.

For those of us in the U.S., the clocks rolled back overnight (I hope you’re not late) and Tuesday is the day to vote. I live in a state that doesn’t do early voting and I procrastinated requesting my mail in ballot, so I’ll be up early and in line.

Go vote

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – October 25, 2020

My fountain pen usage fell off a cliff this week, so no favorite fountain pen this week. None of them got enough usage. Even though I published a post earlier this week, the written draft was done a week (or more) ago.

Fountain Pen Day is less than two weeks away. It’s on November 6th. I’ve got two pens on my under consideration list and they’d mutually exclusive. I may decide against them both. I’ve been attracted to purple pens lately so a couple of them are on my list, but I don’t need two. If one of them shows up in a fountain pen day deal it may give me the incentive to buy one. But there’s nothing else on my shopping list.

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Reading: I finished The Aleph Extraction by Dan Moren. I’m ambivalent about it. Certainly my least favorite of the three books. The heist storyline never completely pulled me in. Plus, while I understand this is to be a series, the ending screamed “sequel needed” thanks mainly to actions (not) taken that seemed out of character. In fact, I screamed at my Kindle when a character failed to do what was expected, and read that page twice to see what I missed (nothing). From that point on the events were predictable and my enjoyment dropped. Based on Goodreads reviews I am in the minority since it has 4.3 stars.
Listening: 1861: The Civil War Awakening by Adam Goodheart (audiobook)

New Arrivals

None

Incoming

None

Outgoing

None

Written Dry

  1. Sailor 1911 Sterling (M. Stub) ran dry of Sailor Shikiori Yodaki ink and was flushed out. It lasted just under two months.
  2. Benu Briolette (EF) with the manufacturers ink cartridge was flushed out. It didn’t get written dry, but I finished up the review and wanted to clean out the pen. There wasn’t much ink left in the long international cartridge. I reviewed the pen, then put it up for sale.

Newly Inked

None

Links

Moonman C1, Conversation Starter – Everyday Scrawl // A new stationery blog, only a few posts so far, so it’s easy to catch up.

Recipe for a calm morning | From the Pen Cup

Getting Inky in October — The Pen Addict

Behind the pen: Mark Braun, designer of the Otto Hutt designC | UK fountain pens

The Unique – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Off-Topic

Berlin Tegel: Farewell to the airport that wouldn’t die | CNN Travel // I found this article strangely interesting. Four airports is a lot of land, although only one will still be open when the year ends (barring yet more delays). The airport with “Brandenburg” in the name is the furthest from the Brandenburg gate, which is what this American thinks of when the name is mentioned. German pilots & airlines weren’t allowed to fly into the airport during the Cold War. This article will trigger a bunch of useless research the next time I’m both bored and curious.