Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – December 16, 2018

I’m breaking the every-other-week cadence of these Trail Log posts since it’s unlikely that I’ll get a post out next Sunday.

Another slow fountain pen week. I did manage to do some writing on a couple nights, simply to use my fountain pens.

It’s more of a tangent, but most of my fountain pen work was redoing my fountain pen records. I finally reached the limits of my frustration with Synology Note Station, which I have been using for years. It was that time investment, and the lack of an easy migration that kept me using it. I had stopped using it for anything other than fountain pens. I’m moving them to DevonThink. It’s going quicker than expected, thanks to a Keyboard Maestro macro or two.

One thing that the exercise made apparent was how long it’s been since I used many of my pens. The records were sorted by most recently inked, and it didn’t take long to reach fountain pens that haven’t been inked all year. It’s time these pens found a home where they’ll be used. So, of the 100 pens I’ve entered so far, I’ve marked over half to be sold or given away. My impulse is to start now, while it’s top of mind. But, it will probably be at the beginning of the year.

Links

Some early thoughts on the Cross Townsend, quartz blue fountain pen. | Fountain pen blog

Pelikan, Pelican, Pélican: The How And Why Behind The “C” « The Pelikan’s Perch

My Duofold Duo. | Fountain pen blog

Syrringes for refilling – The InkSmudge

Review: CaliArts Ego Fountain Pen | Comfortable Shoes Studio

Mentmore Auto-Flow – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

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Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – December 9, 2018

Another slow fountain pen week for me. Considering the dearth of links below, I guess I’m not the only one. There’s still the usual product reviews, but I skip over those these days as I concentrate on using what I have and have little interest in new pens or ink. I do like reading about vintage pens which is obvious from my link selection.

Links

Parker Duofold Junior Streamline – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Christmas Currently Inked – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

How It Gets From Me To You – Goodwriterspens’s Blog // Interesting to see that I’m not the only one who has packages sit in U.S. customs for days. Although for me the incoming fly right through, and the outgoing languishes in U.S. customs.

The Golden Guinea M2 – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

A Peek at the Pen Cup: The “I Am So Normal” Edition – Fountain Pen Follies

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – November 25, 2018

A very slow week for fountain pen usage. A few lists, not much else. With the first snow of the year, I made the “Montana” (a.k.a. Ugly Sweater) Retro 51 as the standard carry in my Fodderstack XL.

Retro 51 Tornado Popper Montana

Links

Ink Foraging in Central Park | The New Yorker

Artisan writes tale of success with handmade pen business | WTOP

Staff Picks and a Fountain Pen Quiz Amongst Friends – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

My Title Bag Is Empty – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Adventures in Fountain Pen Repair and Restoration: Esterbrooks – Fountain Pen Follies

A look at the Montblanc Meisterstuck No. 12 fountain pen. | Fountain pen blog

What’s Next? – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Daily Carry – The InkSmudge

My 2018 Ohio Pen Show Haul – Fountain Pen Follies

Caleb and a Pencil Meet – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

A Dip Pen With Stanhope – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – November 11, 2018

My fountain pens did get a lot of use these past two weeks, although it did taper-off a bit in the last week. I was down to four inked pens, one was a little-used broad nib, and two were hard to travel large clip-less pens, so it was time to ink some up. I brought the total to an even dozen.

My typically problem free Franklin-Christoph Model 66 was starting to stain my fingers on a regular basis. It’s eye-dropper filled, and I must have been a little hasty when applying the silicone grease. There wasn’t too much ink left, so I decided to just dump the ink and clean the pen.

photo of the Franklin-Christoph Model 66 Stabilis Fountain Pen

Franklin-Christoph Model 66 Stabilis Fountain Pen

Links

Crónicas Estilográficas: Datation of Japanese Pens. VII. Sailor’s Nibs (II)

MANILA FOUNTAIN PEN SHOW 2018 | Personal Geographic

Artus Spezial – Inktronics

Further Thoughts on (Very) Inexpensive Fountain Pens — The Gentleman Stationer

The Saturday Pen Addict & Well-Appointed Desk Meet-Up Review – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

How to keep Analog Alive in the Edit Mines — The Pen Addict

Newton Pen News, Raffles, and whatever else I can think of – Newton Pens

Bad Practice – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

LAMY in NYC: A Visit In Which Some Secrets Are Revealed | From the Pen Cup

FPD // Fountain Pen Day 2018! | Weirdoforest Pens

Scriptus Pen Show Madness – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

Pen Review: The Esterbrook “Estie” — The Gentleman Stationer

A Tale of Three Planners – The Well-Appointed Desk

NYC Trip Recap: Big Apple Pen Club, CW Pencils, & More! — The Gentleman Stationer

FPQuest Trail Log – October 28, 2018

Retron 51 Play Ball penThe last two weeks have seen some heavy fountain pen usage, and heavier than normal Retro 51 rollerball usage. I wrote four fountain pens dry during the past two weeks. I’ve been consistently writing every day. As I mentioned in a previous Trail Log, I’ve been trying to use my pens every day, even if it’s a waste of ink & paper and immediately goes into the trash. I find it relaxing to just write and not have to write anything specific. I still write the occasional journal entry and for the usual notes. But my end of day routine now includes some relaxing writing. I did miss two days these past two weeks. Both were late days where I was exhausted when I got home. So no guilt. And on both of those days, my pens were used more than usual during the day. I lost track of how many pages I wrote during that World Series Game 3 marathon during which I finished off a 3/4 full Sailor KOP and used my Baseball themed Retro 51 (Play Ball) for what may be the last time of the year. Just one more win needed for the perfect season ending.

Pens that went dry:

TWSBI Go Smoke (extra fine) with Monteverde Emotions Passion Burgundy ink: I really, really liked this pen and the ink. The nib is a smooth writer and feels good in my hand.

Fisher of Pens Hermes (fine) with Iroshizuku Shin-Ryoku:  This pen has gotten better with age and use.

Esterbrook Estie (Esterbrook #9550 Firm Extra Fine) with Sheaffer Red ink:  I’d say the experience was OK. I did have some flow issues and hard starts. I’ve yet to review this pen. It’s been a less than optimum experience with the MV adapter for Esterbrook nibs, so I’ve been doing some comparisons with Esterbrook J pens using the same ink and nibs.

Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen (medium) with a Sailor Sei-Boku Pigmented Blue-Black cartridge:  Sublime. I used this throughout that WS Game 3 marathon which killed off the cartridge and well over a dozen pages. No skipping (until it went dry) and no fatigue in my hand.

Links

Pelikan’s M620 City Series (2001-2006) « The Pelikan’s Perch

Ball // Some thoughts on ballpoint pens | Weirdoforest Pens

Initial thoughts – my first Pelikan | Slightly unnerved

The Postman’s Knock Modern Calligraphy eCourse: A Review — The Pen Addict

My haul from the London Pen Show, 2018. | Fountain pen blog