Ink and Pen Notes: Franklin-Christoph Model 03 with Caran d'Ache Infinite Grey Ink

F-C Model 03 and Caran d'Ache Infinite Grey ink bottle

The Franklin-Christoph Model 03 Iterum was inked with Caran d’Ache Infinite Grey ink back on December 7th. The Model 03 has a Franklin-Christoph extra-fine nib straight from the factory, no adjustments. I absolutely love the nib. Even more so than other F-C extra fines. It’s a nail, but the flow is perfect for me.
It’s a little noisy on some papers, such a my Doane Jotter, which I’ve been using a lot lately. It’s not scratchy, it’s more like singing. It doesn’t bother me. Actually, I like it. Maybe that’s why I like the nib so much. For me, it enhances the experience.
The Caran d’Ache Chromatics Infinite Grey ink also seems to like this fountain pen more than any others. While I haven’t used it in too many pens, this is the only one where I haven’t had any skipping or other problems. The latest fill was the same – problem free and a nearly perfect writing experience.
I really like this ink in this pen. So much so that Caran d’Ache Infinite Grey is the only ink I’ve ever used in the Franklin-Christoph Model 03.

Ink and Pen Notes: Caran d'Ache Geneve with Kaweco Red and Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite

Caran d'Ache Geneve medium nib

Now that my Caran d’Ache Geneve review is finished I decided to flush the pen, even though I’ve been trying to write my pens dry. As I said in the review, the pen is a nice pen and a nice writer but it doesn’t grab my attention. I know I’d always be picking one of my other pens to use.
I had been using Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite (also a cartridge) before the Kaweco Red and I had some annoying skipping problems with the ink. It was so annoying I swapped the ink.
I inked the Geneve with Tanzanite on Dec. 6th and in Dec 12th I got tired of the skipping and swapped it for a Kaweco Red cartridge without cleaning the pen.
The pen wrote well with the Kaweco Red cartridge. It’s your basic good nib with your basic good ink. Nothing spectacular but a problem free writing experience.

I take the photos with the pens shows any all signs of use, I don’t clean the nib or the photos. The macro shots sure do highlight all the dirt and dust. But the pen was writing just fine before the photo shoot.

Ink & Pen Notes: KarasKustoms Ink and Montblanc Permanent Blue

KarasKustoms Ink (silver) fine nib

When I empty a pen, either by writing or otherwise, I usually write a few notes about the pen and ink for future reference. I decided to try moving those notes to the website. This isn’t an original idea as David from NibsAnd.Ink and JustPelikans.com has been doing this regularly when he inks his pens.
I inked up the KarasKustoms Ink with Montblanc Permanent Blue back on November 26, 2014 and cleaned it out January 7, 2015. I picked the fine nib and aluminum gripping section.
Forty two days is a bit long for a ink that has some iron gall in it. But the modern stuff is very mild and Montblanc themselves (in the included pamphlet) just say to clean the pen “regularly.” Although, they say this is to avoid build-up of solids rather than corrosion.
Montblanc Permanent Blue is a bit on the dry side which I like. The flow was good in this pen until the final days. I’m not a fan of true blues, which is what this is, but I kind of like the color. There was some skipping and I noticed a little ink clinging to the sides of converter. I forced the ink down into the feed and got another page or two before it was completely dry.
I reviewed the KarasKustoms Ink here. I’ve yet to review Montblanc Permanent Blue but my limited experience matches this review at The Unroyal Warrant.