Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – February 17, 2019

I’m not doing much writing these days, so my fountain pen usage is low. But, these links are getting a little old.


InCoWriMo Day 1 – Start Off With a Bang – The Year of Letters

Battle Scars: Revisiting the Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black after Five Years — The Gentleman Stationer

canetas e coisas: PELIKAN

Sheaffer Balance – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Crónicas Estilográficas: Ohashido (II)

Traveler’s Notebook Meet-Up: Saturday, February 23rd 2-4 pm – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

Q&A With Richard Koehler, Art Director at Retro 51 — The Clicky Post

“Just Internet Friends” | From the Pen Cup

Some early thoughts on a modern Montblanc Meisterstuck Classique. | Fountain pen blog

Crónicas Estilográficas: Pilot in 1993

February Journaling Prompts: Art Oracle Cards – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

Ask Unclutterer: What should I do with old journals? – Unclutterer

Aaron James Draplin on Instagram: “TEARS ROLLING DOWN MY CHEEKS: Last thing I want ANY post I put up to sound like some sweaty, formal press release, so I’ll just come out…” // anew postage stamp by Aaron Draplin


Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – February 3, 2019

My fountain pen usage remains low, but these links a been accumulating for a few weeks.


Holiday Haul 2018 // Year in Review – Weirdoforest Pens

Crónicas Estilográficas: Ohashido (I)

Philadelphia Pen Show 2019 Review: A Vendor’s View – The Well-Appointed Desk

Review: Kaco Green Retro Fountain Pen | Comfortable Shoes Studio

Keeping Myself Organized (aka, Finding the Perfect Notebook System) – Fountain of Pens

Crónicas Estilográficas: Even Rarer

My Life In Notebooks | From the Pen Cup

Crónicas Estilográficas: Capless in 1966

Tips on Tidying Stationery: Organizing and Storage – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – January 13, 2019

I don’t have much to say this time around. My fountain pen usage is still low. But, it’s time to publish the accumulated links.


A Year of Wonder and Pens – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

Some early thoughts on the Pineider Pen Filler travelling inkwell. | Fountain pen blog

Pen additions to my collection – 2018 — TooManyPelikans

2018: Some of my fountain pen highlights. | Fountain pen blog

Looking Ahead to 2019 – Pens and Junk

What I Bought in 2018: Inks – Fountain Pen Follies

Keeping Them Honest. (And by “them” I mean “me.”) | From the Pen Cup

Crónicas Estilográficas: Madrid 2018

What I Bought in 2018: Fountain Pens – Fountain Pen Follies

Vintage Pen News: A 1947 snapshot of the German fountain pen industry

Crónicas Estilográficas: Pen Obsessions

Holiday Haul 2018 // Year in Review – Weirdoforest Pens

Currently Inked – January 2018

On a whim, two weeks ago, I decided to add a bunch of newly inked pens to my currently inked fountain pens. I inked up 10 new fountain pens and took only flushed out five pens.

I didn’t have any plan when I picked the pens to ink up. These were easily accessible (not stored away in a pen case), and caught my eye. It was the same with the inks, although I barely made it beyond the Montblanc inks.

It’s that time of year (dry, indoor heat) where some of my pens give me trouble. Usually, it’s ink that clings to the converter, or the ink evaporates faster. In this case, it was my Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe that was the problem. Usually a flawless performer, the ink was constantly stuck at the top of the cartridge. I’d been carrying it in my Fodderstack XL as a pocket carry, so it travels nib up. When I pulled it out to use the ink stayed at the wrong end of the cartridge. A bad trait for a pen used for quick notes. So, it was the first to go.

My three Vanishing Points also left the rotation. I like the Vanishing Points, but I wasn’t using them, so I cleaned them out.

The Visconti Brunelleschi, with Diamine Terracotta ink, wasn’t an enjoyable writing experience, so it was the fifth and final pen to leave the rotation.

Carried over from December

Currently Inked - January 2019 (carried over)

Currently Inked - January 2019 (carried over)

Aurora Optima (medium) with Aurora Black: Despite liking this pen a lot, I haven’t used it much so it still has plenty of ink.

Edison Huron Grande (EF) with Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun: Another holdover, inked back in August. The pen has gotten a lot of use sitting on my desk, at least compared to my other pens. There’s a lot of ink in that huge barrel so it will keep going for a long time.

Kaweco Brass Sport (EF) with Montblanc Petite Prince Red Fox. This pen has lived in my jeans pocket. Unfortunately, it rarely gets used. But I decided to leave it inked up.

Montblanc Meisterstück LeGrand Ultra Black (oblique medium) with Montblanc Bordeaux: A favorite pen and nib along with my absolute favorite ink. It stays until dry.

Shawn Newton Eastman with an Esterbrook #9788 (flexible medium) nib and Montblanc Psychedelic Purple (Beatles) ink. Like the Huron Grande, this pen lives on my desk. I like the ink, and the nib, so the pen remains inked up with a lot of ink left.

TWSBI Go (broad) with Monteverde Emotions Wisdom Purple. I don’t often use a broad nib, so this pen doesn’t get much use. I lift it inked up for those times I want something different.

Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age (extra fine) with Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun: Another favorite pen that will remain inked until written dry.

Newly Inked

Currently Inked - January 2019

Currently Inked - January 2019 writing samples

Esterbrook Estie with an Esterbrook #1555 (firm fine) nib and R&K Blau-Schwartz LE: I like this nib, also called a Gregg nib, but I was hesitant to try another thin nib in this pen, after two previous failures. So, I picked the ink most likely to succeed. The result is a great performing pen which was used to write the draft of this article. Since it took so long to get this article out there was one occurrence of needing to prime the nib.

Fisher of Pens Hermes (fine) with Omas Green: A green ink for a green pen.

Franklin-Christoph Model 02 (medium stub) with Iroshizuku Shin-ryoku Another green ink for another green pen. If my records are right, it’s been over five years since this pen has been inked up.

Franklin-Christoph Model 03 (extra fine) with Montblanc Meisterstück 90 Years Permanent Grey: This pen hasn’t been inked in nearly five years. It’s time.

Pelikan M805 Stresemann (extra fine) with Montblanc Bordeaux: It’s been too long since I inked this pen, so I gave it my favorite ink.

Platinum 3776 Ribbed (ultra extra fine) with Montblanc Psychedelic Purple: Yet another pen that hasn’t been inked in five years.

Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen (medium) with P.W. Akkerman Steenrood von Vermeer: It’s been two months since this pen’s been inked. That’s too long.

I couldn’t ink up just one Sheaffer Balance II, so I inked all three of them, each with ink that matches the pen. The Aspen was filled with Athena Sepia ink. The Crimson Glow got Papier Plum Burgundy ink. The Jade Green was filled with Montblanc Irish Green.

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – December 30, 2018

As the year draws to a close and I decided to break my rule of leaving my pens inked until I wrote them dry. I’ve stuck to this rule all year, just a couple of exceptions for problematic fountain pens. Thursday evening I flushed out five pens and inked up over twice as many, bringing the total to 17 inked fountain pens. I’ll be posting a complete rundown, as soon as I can get some pictures.

My fountain pen usage was low to non-existent these past two weeks. I wrote a few lists, a few notes, not much more. I did use them more this Friday & Saturday, mainly the newly inked pens.


2018 Planner Review. — The Finer Point

My Supply Room: Tokyo Pen Shop

My Supply Room: Current Rotation

Tokyo Paper Fair: An event where paper lovers can go crazy — The Pen Addict

My Goals for 2019: Laura – The Well-Appointed Desk

2018 – An Inky Year in Review

2018 Annual Review: What I Liked, Didn’t Like, and Want to See Next Year — The Gentleman Stationer

My top 12 inks 2018 – FOUNTAIN PEN INK ART

My 2019 Analogue System – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

YEAR ROUNDUP: MY FAVORITES OF 2018 | The Pencilcase Blog | Fountain pen, Pencil, Ink and Paper reviews

My 2019 Analogue System – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop