Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – April 11, 2021

This Week’s Favorite: Lamy Aion Dark Green (EF)

My fountain pen usage was up this past week. I did skip a day of journaling, and the total journal pages only numbered five. But I published an article this week, and there were drafts for that. I also did considerable note-taking and made a lot of lists.

The Dark Green Lamy Aion is clearly my favorite fountain pen of the week. Unless I wanted another color or a thicker line, it has been the only fountain pen I’ve used since Tuesday. My first impressions are here, but suffice it to say; I love the Aion.

Missed, But No Regrets

I’ve been cleaning up some issues with the Fountain Pen Quest at its new home, and going through and organizing some photos. This has reminded me of fountain pens that I’ve passed on to others.

I’ve only come across one that I’ve truly missed. But, I have no regrets about selling it. I loved the tactile feel of the pen, along with the look. To top it off, it had a great nib. Despite all that, it was too thin for me to use comfortably.

Caran d'Ache Ivanhoe uncapped on a mirror with the cap standing 2
Caran d’Ache Ivanhoe

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Listening: Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 by Rick Atkinson (audiobook). I did a lot of driving this past week, which meant a lot of audiobook listening. Since I was in the groove listening to the book, I got some listening in most days, and I’m nearly done with the book. I’m enjoying it as much as any other history book and learning a few new (to me) details of history.
Reading: Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson. I was looking for a new mystery author and this was book 1 in a series that a local book club had on their reading list, so I decided to give it a try. I’m about 20% through, and while I’ll keep going, neither the story nor the main character has pulled me in.

New Arrivals

  1. Lamy Aion Dark Green (EF) – I’ve been using this pen since it arrived. I inked it up with the included ink cartridge.
  2. Lamy Safari Green (F) – This pen still sits unused. I bought it because not was green, but I have enough Safaris already inked.
  3. Lamy 14k Extra-Fine nib. It arrived, but remains unused.
  4. Lamy 14k Oblique-Medium nib. It arrived, but remains unused.
  5. Lamy Aion Red (F) – I came across this locally, at a good price, so bought it since I like the Dark Green Aion so much. It remains unused. I have a little regret about the purchase. I like red, I like the pen design, but I don’t really need another pen begging to be used.

Incoming

None

Outgoing

None

Written Dry

None

Newly Inked

None

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Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – April 4, 2021

Happy Easter Bunny

I got my second vaccination shot this week, so that alone makes it a good week no matter what else happened. The first shot was side-effect free and the first 24 hours after this shot were side-effect free, but I started feeling tired late Friday, almost exactly 24 hours after the shot. I attribute it to the shot since I’ve generally been sleeping well. I was so tired that I left dirty dinner dishes soaking in the sink when I went to bed two hours early. I absolutely hate doing this, but didn’t care. Despite a good 8 hours sleep I was still, dragging around Saturday morning. I’m writing this Saturday morning in case I fall asleep during the day. I plan to add any new links later in the day, but if I sleep through it they’ll be included in next week’s post.

My fountain pen usage was down this week again, and I missed a couple days of journalling. No real favorite pen this week. I rotated through three pens, the Lamy Safari Terra (EF), the Lamy Safari (OM), and the Diplomat Green Aero with the 14kt fine nib. While I enjoyed them all, the Terra’s steel extra-fine nib was noticeably less pleasant than the other two. Which led me to a purchasing decision I’ll mention below.

The really bad news is that my wallet took a pretty big hit this week.

Currently, I have a twin fascination with green pens and with Lamy pens. They intersected and I ordered a Dark Green Lamy Aion with an extra-fine nib. I also threw in a basic green Lamy Safari. Blowing my prediction in my Lamy gold nib review, I did order another Lamy gold nib, or rather two more. The more I used the oblique medium, the more I liked in and wanted more.

I ordered another gold oblique medium nib and plan to put it on the Aion. The Aion can fit the Z55 nib (Safari nib), although the Aion’s nib itself has a slightly different shape than the typical Safari nib. I also ordered a gold extra-fine nib since the Terra’s steel extra-fine nib was noticeably less pleasant than the gold nibs I was using along with it.

I also replenished some paper and other stationery supplies.

Nock Co released a new Lookout three-pen case color way. I received an orange Lookout case when I backed the Kickstarter launch of their company back in 2014. It eventually became my favorite, and most used, out of all those launch cases. I misplaced the case a few years ago (no pens were inside). Since it never turned up, and I moved out of my apartment, I declared in lost, never to return, and started looking for a new one. Either they didn’t stock any, or I didn’t check their website at the right time, and I eventually stopped looking. I recently heard mention of it’s return, probably on the Pen Addict podcast, and I ordered one when they became available. This is more nostalgia for a case I really liked, I don’t really need another pen case. I do expect to use it, probably replacing the Nock Co Tallulah that I currently carry in my Nock Co Lanier. Yes, there’s a consistency to my cases. I also continued my green theme by throwing in a pack of Lime Green DotDash index cards.

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Listening: Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 by Rick Atkinson (audiobook).
Reading: I haven’t started another book yet.

New Arrivals

None

Incoming

  1. Lamy Aion Dark Green with an extra-fine nib
  2. Lamy Safari Green with an extra fine nib
  3. Lamy 14k oblique medium nib
  4. Lamy 14k extra fine nib

Outgoing

None

Written Dry

None

Newly Inked

None

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Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – March 28, 2021

Photo of my pens for this week, a Lamy Safari Terra (EF) and Lamy Safari Mango (OM) and
For the week ahead: Lamy Safari Terra (EF) with the factory cartridge and Lamy Safari Mango (14kt OM) and Lamy Violet ink

My fountain pen usage was up a bit from the previous week. I can’t claim that as a huge accomplishment; the bar was vary low. I did continue my streak of journaling every day.

No real favorites this week. I had planned to use the Kona Cherry and KOP as my pens this past week, but the KOP went dry early in the week. I pulled out the Lamy Safari with the Oblique Medium nib to replace the KOP. The Diplomat Green Aero saw more use than the Kona Cherry. The Oblique Medium nib will remain for the week ahead, and will be joined by my new Lamy Terra with an extra-fine nib, and the factory provided ink cartridge. I like pairing a thin nib with a wider nib in my two-pen case.

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Listening: Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 by Rick Atkinson (audiobook). I’m still making progress, albeit slowly, through this one. I’m close to halfway, but not there yet.
Reading: Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard. I finished this one off. Like any Elmore Leonard book, It didn’t require a lot of effort to read, and I enjoyed it. I curious and watched the movie again. It was closer to the book than I remembered. The book has more room to develop characters, but some minor characters I didn’t remember were in the movie, just quickly brushed over.

New Arrivals

None

Incoming

None

Outgoing

None

Written Dry

  1. Sailor Tangerine King of Pen (O.M.) ran out of Sailor Shimoyo ink on Tuesday.

Newly Inked

None

Links

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The Glorious Nail – Goodwriterspens’s Blog // My sentiments exactly

Off-topic

Suez Traffic Report // Since I remember pre-Google Maps traffic reports this made me laugh.

 

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – March 21, 2021

This week's pens the Tangerine Sailor KOP and the Kanilea Kona Cherry.

My fountain pen usage was way down this week. Journaling consumed the majority of ink used, with checklists a distant second. That journaling only filled 3 1/2 A5 pages. If I look for a positive, it’s that I did journal every day, if only a sentence or two. I alternated between the Sailor King of Pen, and the newly re-inked Kanilea Kona Cherry.

I had planned to use the gold-nib’d Diplomat Aero, but replaced it with the Sailor KOP to add a little variety to the nibs I was using. Considering how quickly I changed my pen plans last week, I’m not going to mention my plans for the week ahead. I’m trying to convince myself to pick new pens, but I like my current choices. The KOP is nearly dry, so if I can write it dry sometime today it will be easier to bring in a new choice.

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Listening: Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 by Rick Atkinson (audiobook). I’m still making slow progress. This has turned into a housework book; I listen while doing my housework, meaning it’s only about two or three hours a week. With about 20 hours left, the book will be around awhile.
Reading: Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard. Last week I mentioned that NYPD Red reminded me of a failed attempt to write a Elmore Leonard style book. I decided to switch to the real thing. I’ve seen the movie but never read the book. I don’t remember enough of the movie to say how true to the book the movie is.

New Arrivals

None

Incoming

None

Outgoing

None

Written Dry

None

Newly Inked

  1. Diplomat Aero Green (14kt fine) with a Montblanc Emerald Green cartridge
  2. Kanilea Kona Cherry (extra-fine) with Montblanc Bordeaux
  3. Lamy Safari Terra (extra fine) with the included blue cartridge

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Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – March 14, 2021

Photo of my Diplomat Aero and Kanilea Kona Cherry
Diplomat Aero (14k fine) & Kanilea Kona Cherry (extra-fine)

Considering all the fountain pens that I wrote dry this week, it might seem like I wrote a lot this week. I didn’t. My usage was about the same as last week. I’m down to eight inked fountain pens, all of which have a trait or two that keeps them from being a daily driver. Nib too wide, pen too thin. Well, one could be, but it’s the Lamy AL-Star that I leave at the office. I plan to ink up the green Diplomat Aeros and Kanilea Kona Cherry. The Kanilea will get Montblanc Bordeaux. I’m undecided which ink I’ll pick for the Diplomat.

Things are looking up for 2021 this week. I was able to get my first COVID shot, and the weather was so nice that I could open my windows for four straight days and let fresh air into my apartment. Even my fountain pens enjoyed the fresh air. As the indoor air returned to normal humidity my pens behaved better.

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Listening: Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 by Rick Atkinson (audiobook). More progress on this one, although plenty left.
Listening: NYPD Red by James Patterson & Marshall Karp (audiobook). I wanted to read a mystery/thriller and came across this one. I’d never read a James Patterson book so decided to try it. Although, anytime a famous author is a co-author I figure they are the brand name, rather than a writer, so I probably still haven’t read one. It’s a relatively short book so I’ll finish it today. But, I won’t read any other books in the series (this is Book #1 in a 6 book series). It reads like a bad attempt at an Elmore Leonard style book but with failed attempts at the snappy dialog and with unlikeable,uninteresting characters. Maybe there will be a surprising ending. Goodreads reviews are mixed, but mostly positive (3.94 out of 5 stars over 33k ratings). On the plus side, I found that the Libby app does a good job with audiobooks. Unlike Audible, it properly syncs for me.

New Arrivals

None

Incoming

None

Outgoing

None

Written Dry

  1. Esterbrook OS Estie (Journaler): Inked back in December and refilled with Sheaffer Red a couple times since then, I decided it was time for a cleaning. It will be inked up later today if I can decide between Montblanc Bordeaux and Sheaffer Red.
  2. Pelikan M815 Metal Striped SE (Fine): Was inked back in December, but unlike the Estie, it took all this time for just one fill of Pelikan 4001 Blue-Black.
  3. Sailor Pro Gear British Racing Green (Medium/Fine): I suspect this went empty due to considerable evaporation. I just don’t find this thin & light fountain pen comfortable to use for any length of time. But, I love the color.
  4. Diplomat Aero Green (Fine 14k): I finally finished the ink cartridges that came with the pen, so I get to move on to bottled inks with this lovely 14k nib.
  5. Sheaffer Balance II Aspen (Medium): One pen choice for this week went dry on Monday, so this one was called upon. It went dry on Friday. It was filled with Montblanc 90 Years Permanent Grey ink, a consistent choice for this pen.
  6. Sheaffer Crest Nova Green (Extra-Fine): Also inked back in December. I love the nib and the pen’s color, but it’s even thinner than the Sailor Pro Gear and not a pen that I can use for more than short notes.

Newly Inked

None

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Off-topic

Amazon’s monopoly is squeezing your public library, too – The Washington Post // I realize Amazon is an aggressive company (to put it politely), but this strikes me as especially egregious. They play in all parts of the book business. Standard Oil was broken up in the early 1900’s because it had similar top to bottom control of the oil business.