Saying Goodbye: Two Platinum Fountain Pens

Platinum #3776 Century BourgnoneI sold off another couple of fountain pens this past week. Both were Platinum 3776 Century pens. One with an extra fine nib, the other with a fine nib. Being Japanese nibs, they were on the thin side of fine and extra fine. I should love them. I haven’t used either pen in the five or so years that I’ve been keeping track.

This isn’t the first time I considered selling the pens, but it’s the only time the potential of those nibs didn’t make me keep them.

I’m not a fan of translucent colored pens or gold trim. So, I kept passing over these pens when considering what to ink up next. Yes I know, the Pilot Custom 823 has both these traits and I love it. In my defense, should the 823 become available with a clear (or solid) barrel and with silver trim, I would replace mine without a second thought.

For a while, I used the low resale price to justify keeping these pens. Since they sell for considerably less in Japan (or on eBay and Amazon) than in the US (nearly 1/2 the price), the resale price would be substantially less than what I paid. But with my current mindset of a pen needing to earn its place in my accumulation I couldn’t keep a pen that never got used. I inked them up for testing. While they wrote perfectly, neither made me want to keep it inked up in place of one of my currently inked pens. So they both went up for sale and have since moved on to more appreciative homes.

 

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Favorite 5: Modern Fountain Pens

Holy Cow! It’s been nearly three years since I update my Favorite 5 Modern Fountain Pens list. It’s time to update the list. There are really only two qualifications for a pen to be eligible for the list. First, it must have been manufactured since I was born (my definition of modern. Second, it must have been used since in the last year. Typically, rule #2 is that it must have been used since the list was last updated, but that was too long in this case. “Favorite” is totally subjective and does not equate to “best” or “best value.”

The first three pens on the list were easy choices. The last two were picked from numerous contenders.

1. Sheaffer Balance II Aspen (M/F)

Sheaffer Balance II Aspen (M) with Montblanc Permanent Grey ink bottleThe Aspen returns to the list and at the top. The only reason it dropped off was the “must have used” rule. Its fragility keeps it from being used more often. It’s siblings, the Jade Green and the Crimson Glow could also be on this list, but I decided to limit myself to just one. The Aspen is my personal favorite among the three. I recently did a long term review of the Balance IIs.

2. Shawn Newton Eastman (any Esterbrook nib)

Shawn Newton Eastman with Esterbrook #2314F nib and Montblanc Irish Green uncappedThe Eastman is a custom pen so it shouldn’t be a surprise that it made the list. It fits my hand perfectly and can use any of my Esterbrook nibs. I tend to pick bright inks because I like the look in the clear body. The pen is typically desk-bound. All that ink in the barrel tends to splatter ink in the cap when it’s bounced around. (Review)

3. Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen (M)

Sailor KOP with Callifolio TeodoraThis pen has been inked 14 times in 2 1/2 years, which is a lot for me. I shouldn’t even have this pen (and wouldn’t if I didn’t handle it at a pen show). The pen is too expensive, and the nib is wider than my personal preference. Yet, I wouldn’t touch the nib, and the pen is constantly inked up and used.

4. Edison Huron Grande (EF)

Edison Huron Grande with extra fine and Montblanc Bordeaux bottleAnother custom pen. It was actually my first custom pen. It’s huge which means it’s desk-bound. I recently re-arranged my desk to make it more analog friendly. This means that my two desk pens on this list are getting more use.

5. Kaweco Brass Sport (EF)

Kaweco Brass Sport on leatherIt took me a while to realize that this pen belonged on the list. When it went dry, I immediately inked it up. I sold off another metal Sport simply because I realized I’d never pick it over this pen. (Review). While I do love the look of this pen and it’s an excellent writer, it makes this list mainly because of its utility. It may not get used a lot, but it’s inked up far more than any other pen, and I would regret its loss.

Wrapping Up

Notably absent from this list are my Visconti Homo Sapien, Pelikan M805 Stresemann, and Montblanc Ultra Black LeGrand. All three are “favorites” and met the requirements for inclusion. Yet, I decided that in the final analysis they just didn’t quite make it. I am fickle so they may be on a future list. Maybe I’ve become bored with them? They certainly aren’t among the pens that will be sold off as I trim my accumulation.

Whenever I go through my pens for an article like this, I always stumble upon a pen where I shocked at how long it’s been unused. It was no different this time. The Pilot Custom 823 seemed to be an obvious choice for inclusion, but it was last used in 2017, so it didn’t qualify, I put it aside to be inked as soon as possible.

I’m also a little conflicted in that only two of these pens are currently available for retail purchase and, one of those has a hefty price tag (Nearly equal to the combined cost of the other four pens.). But this is an entirely subjective favorites list, so it reflects what my current pen tastes are. I’m also delighted with my current accumulation, which is reflected in an empty pen “want list” and the lack of any new pens in the last year and a half. (Except a couple TWSBI Go’s)

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – March 31, 2019

My analog friendly deskDuring the past week, I made my desk more analog friendly. It used to have my laptop computer, wired to a large monitor, external keyboard and an external drive. Plus, my iPad was there too, on a stand. All that remains is the iPad on the stand and the keyboard which is now attached to the iPad. That leaves plenty of room for writing and spreading out. Assuming I can keep the clutter off my desk. It’s only been a few days, yet my desk pens are getting a lot more use.

I wrote the Kaweco Brass Sport dry this past week but immediately reloaded it with another cartridge of Montblanc Petite Prince Red Fox. Another pen went dry this past week, the Platinum 3776 Ribbed, with its UEF nib. I can’t say I wrote it dry because it seemed to go dry more through evaporation than use. I immediately returned it to active use, but this time with a Platinum Black ink cartridge this time.

Links

19 March 2019 Subway Sketches – My Creative Habit

Man’s best friend? | From the Pen Cup

Esterbrook Phaeton 300R – Review | Anderson Pens Blog

Arkansas Pen Show Recap 2019 – The Well-Appointed Desk

Flex Nibs Part 1: Defining Flex – Pen Thoughts

My Arkansas Pen Show Purchases – The Well-Appointed Desk

Small Pen Makers — Mountain of Ink

Saying Goodbye: Sometimes It’s Not That Hard

Franklin-Christoph Model 20 medium nib Tiger Red body

On Wednesdays in March I’ve been posting Goodbye articles about pens that I sold off the week before. Usually, it’s been a pen that I felt I should like, or did like at one time, but its history of non-use made it evident that it wouldn’t find a place in my regular rotation. I had to force the logical side of my brain to take control and let the pen go..

No such problem with the four pens sold last week. The three Franklin-Christophs were long-unused, but unlike some other Franklin-Christophe I didn’t feel the slightest urge to ink them up. The same with the Kaweco Sport, although that was more because it was one of three Sports, and I liked the other two more.

The three F-C pens had a combined 16 1/2 years in my accumulation, yet had only been used a total of 8 times. It’s no surprise that most of those uses were when the pens were new(ish).

I had two Model 20 pens and decided to keep one. But that was mainly because it has a history of some leaking, I didn’t want to troubleshoot the leaks, or use the pen enough to confirm it no longer leaked, so it stayed, and the other one went. I certainly don’t need both pens.

The Model 19 (my review)was another failed attempt at exploring nibs outside my comfort zone. The nib was too wide to get any regular use by me. While a new nib or a nib grind was certainly an option, the pen didn’t excite me.

The Model 29 had the distinction of kicking off what became a F-C addiction. Unfortunately, the newer Franklin-Christoph pens pushed it far out of the rotation.

While it was easy to say goodbye to these three Franklin-Christoph pens, I have a bunch of Model 02 and Model 03 pens (they are similar). I inked one up to test it, before selling, and decided I didn’t want to sell it. Eventually I sell one or two of them, but for now, I can’t decide which pens or nibs to keep. For now, I’ll put off the decision until I’ve further reduced my fountain pens and figure out which on fits into the reduced accumulation.

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – March 24, 2019

I was less consistent in using my pens this past week. I only journaled 4 out of the 7 days, and those were short half-page entries. The drafts of the articles that will post this week used more ink than those journal entries. A little note taking rounded out my pen usage.

I did finally write a pen dry, two actually. The Fisher of Pens Hermes and Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze both went dry yesterday. While my impulse is to simply refill them, I have a lot of pens inked and I want to work through some others. So, they’ll go back into the pen case once they’re cleaned.

With the good weather coming (hopefully), I stopped carrying the Fodderstack XL in my shirt pocket. Winter shirts have bigger pockets and thicker material to hold it in place. I still carry the notebook, but now my Kaweco pocket pen will get more use. It will often be the only pen I have on me. This also comes with me finishing off the Nock Co. Pocket notebook that I carried in it. The notebook went into the shredder. New new notebook will be in my pocket, sans-case.

Links

My (restrained) haul from the London Pen Show, Spring 2019 | Fountain pen blog

Sailor Shikiori Hisakata – Stardust Fountain Pen Review. — The Finer Point

Traveler’s Notebook as a Travel Journal: San Francisco – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

Crónicas Estilográficas: Katana or Fude

Arkansas Pen Show Recap: What’s New at Vanness Pens and The Nibsmith — The Gentleman Stationer

How To Differentiate The Pelikan 400 From The M400:  A Guide « The Pelikan’s Perch

Ink Permanence: Or is everything just going to fade away? – Pen Thoughts

Sailor Ink Studio Swatch Tests coming soon! – FOUNTAIN PEN INK ART // I’d never heard of Sailor Ink Studio. I’m not that into inks, but the ink line and Nick’s swatch plans are delightful.

Old but New to Me: The Waterman Edson Sapphire — The Pen Addict // Sure, make me regret selling my Edson! (FYI – this isn’t the actual pen that I sold)

Crónicas Estilográficas: The Case of Naginata. III. The Brand

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