Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – September 5, 2021

Currently inked fountain pens
Down to five currently inked fountain pens

While I hate to say it, my fountain pen usage has been rather boring the last two weeks. I’m down to five inked pens, and I haven’t felt any excitement towards inking up any new combinations. I do have a couple of pens nearing empty, so I will be inking up so new ones in the week ahead.

My fountain pen usage has been abysmal these last two weeks. So on Friday I set a goal to write for 15 minutes each day, and will be keeping track to keep the streak going. When I set goals like this I typically set an easily obtainable time limit. Fifteen minutes is easy to squeeze in, and in practice I often got longer. Even if I have a busy day, I can squeeze it in before bed. If I set the goal for 30 minutes I may decide I’d rather sleep.

I was hoping the oblique medium nib would make me like the Lamy 2000 more than I did when I had the fine nib version. While it’s not as bad as the fine nib, I still find myself rotating the nib while I write. The oblique nib is more suited to my hand and I don’t have a problem once I touch nib to paper, as long as I keep writing. This is an improvement over the fine nib, which I did rotate while writing. But if I pause, and lift the pen from paper, I must fidget enough that the pen rotates in my hand. I don’t notice the orientation when I start writing again, and it’s usually off, causing skips. With larger, visible nibs, I must subconsciously re-orient the nib as I return to writing. It doesn’t help that the Lamy is silver near that small nib. I’m giving the pen until I use all the Montblanc Bordeaux ink, no way I’m dumping that ink early. But right now, it’s looking like my second Lamy 2000 will be going to the sale page. Or maybe I need new glasses.

The Lamy 2000 has been my journal pen, living in the case with the journal. This make is less annoying, since I don’t pause very often when writing. Like I mentioned, at least with the oblique medium nib I don’t rotate it while writing. I could keep it as a journaling pen, but I want to return the Kanilea Kona Cherry to that roll. I miss it.

Speaking of journaling; these past two weeks were split. Two weeks ago I wrote four straight days (Sunday through Wednesday) for a total of five A5 pages, then stopped until last Thursday when I started up again and have written six pages in the last three days.

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Reading: The Outfit by Richard Stark (a Donald E. Westlake pseudonym). Part of his Parker series. It’s the first of the series that I read, although it’s the third installment of the Parker series, so I’m obviously missing some backstory. But, my library didn’t have the first two. I still enjoyed the book, and the character. The mob send a hitman after Parker (due to the missing backstory) who fails. Parker is pissed and goes after the outfit as he promised he would if they went after him. The book is a series of mini-capers as Parker gives his criminal friends a reason to go after the outfit. I enjoyed the book a lot. Probably would have given if 5 stars if I read the first two, but as it is: 4 stars (out of 5).

Reading: The Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov. Started this yesterday and I’m a little less than 15% through it. My feeling so far is about the same as the first two volumes, I’m enjoying it, but not compelled to devour it.

Listening: I sorted my Audible book catalog by length, in ascending order, and started listening to the shortest books that I’d yet to read. None were particularly good, and only one was bad. I generally wouldn’t pick a short Audible book to buy or use credits on, so I suspect all of these were free or part of a promotion. The Adventures of the Blue Carbuncle by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. While it was marked as unread, I do remember listening to it in the past. But I enjoyed it and kept going. I rated it 4 stars. On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt. I rated it 1 star, barely making it through the 60 minute book. Legion by Brando Sanderson. The first book of his that I read. Good enough to have me look at his other books. 4 stars. Verona by Jeffery Deaver. An interesting story about two mob families at war. An interesting, if somewhat predictable, twist at the end. I listened while cleaning the apartment and would sometimes zone out, without being compelled to backtrack and re-listen. 3 stars.

New Arrivals

None

Incoming

  1. Esterbrook (Kenro) OS Estie – Seaglass w/ Palladium trim: It’s backordered and not due until September. Estimated release date is Sept. 6th. Soon! I hope.

Outgoing

None

Out of Rotation

None

Into Rotation

None

Links

The Commonwealth Pen Show is still scheduled to happen on Sunday, September 12th. I received an email on Thursday confirming that the show was still on.

Multi Pen Review: Multi Madness, Part 1 – The Well-Appointed Desk // I tried cheap multi-pens long, long ago, but never found one I liked. None of those pens, from long ago are among the ones reviewed here.

Fountain Pen Review: Platinum Curidas Gran Red | Rants of The Archer “Jump to the article”)

Sketch/Doodle Session – Writing at Large

The Myers Pen – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Back to basics with round nibs — mnmlscholar

Do Your Pens Make You Want To Write? | An Inkophile’s Blog

Tale of a Vandal Pen Collector: Wrestling with a Writer’s Dozen | Peaceable Writer

San Francisco Pen Show: The Big Weekend Recap — The Gentleman Stationer

So September – Pam Alison Knits

Crónicas Estilográficas: Newton, Socrates, et al.

2021 San Francisco Pen Show Recap — The Pen Addict

Mini Collections, Part VI: The Rest of the Inks – Blacks, Greys, Browns, Oranges, and Golds — The Gentleman Stationer

Messy notes are the medium — mnmlscholar

Off-topic

The Surprisingly Big Business of Library E-books | The New Yorker

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – August 22, 2021

The Pen Post zine, and a TWSBI Swipe. Both new arrivals.
Newly arrived this week

Yes, I know this is posting early, and it’s still Saturday the 21st where I am, this isn’t an accidental premature posting. With Henri already raining in Newark, where my server is, and forecast to turn towards me tonight, I figured I’d get it posted, do an extra set of backups, and batten down for the night. So it’s an on purpose premature posting.

Even though I wrote a several pens dry this week. my fountain pen usage is still on the low side. I did manage to do a journal entry ever day this week, after only have a couple entries for the previous week. So while consistency is improving, the length of entries is still way down. Mary, at From the Pen Cup, puts me to shame.

I also used pen & ink to write a letter to Anderson Pens for their 400th podcast celebration. You have until August 31st to get your handwritten entry in to them. Full details are in Podcast 400 (YouTube, Audio).

Two of the pens written dry, the Aion and Model 20, are favorites and I already miss them. My Journal pen, the Kanilea Kona Cherry went dry Saturday night. It had Montblanc Bordeaux ink in it, and I refused to waste even a couple drops by flushing it out early. Good to the last drop.

My Sheaffer 300 Matte Green is turning out to be a problem pen. I’ve only used Sheaffer Black ink cartridges in it, so next fill will be a different ink. The first cartridge leaked through the cap and made a slight mess of the pen. I never came across a specific thing I could blame, but after a cleanup and inspection the problem never returned. What remained of that first cartridge seemed to do ok and was problem-free. But the two cartridges since then have skipping and hard start issues. Nothing major, but enough to be annoying. I’m spoiled by large supply of good performing fountain pens, so the Sheaffer 300 stands out. But, not in a good way.

I ended up doing my typical test which is to hold the pen at the top (end opposite the nib) and drag the pen across the paper to see what line it puts down under its own weight. The Sheaffer 300 failed this test miserably on every paper I tried, often failing to put down any ink. So it’s time to do some cleaning and testing. I don’t see any particles stuck on the nib or feed, but the tines do seem a bit close together. Since the pen worked great with that first cartridge (once that leak was cleaned up) and passed my “line test” with flying colors at that time, I’m reluctant to start yanking it apart or adjusting the tines. I’ll start with a good cleaning and inspection. Then I’ll try some different ink, probably a Waterman ink, and see where that leads me.

There was a lot of pen and ink turnover this week. I’m currently down to six inked fountain pens, which is a less than my typical load-out. One of those is the F-C Model 20 which I inked up Saturday night to use as my journal pen.

I linked to a review of The Pen Post in last week’s Sunday links. My copy arrived Saturday. I read the first couple of pages and plan to read the rest of it this afternoon. Get your copy here. As the name implies, it’s about all types of pens, not just fountain pens.

If you’re interested in Zines then check out the latest episode of the Erasable podcast where they talk about Zines. Johnny Gamber (publisher of The Pen Post) is one of the hosts. Brad joined the show and his post mentioned they talked about zines. In addition to the Zine discussion I hope they discuss the new (to me at least) Caran d’Ache + Nespresso pencils. Adding ground coffee beans to the lead seems like the dumbest stationery idea I’ve heard since the Visioneer. I don’t see how this could possibly go well. Maybe I’m missing something. After all, I’m not a pencil person. Could this be why the episode title is Bring Us Your Weird? I’ll be listening to the episode later today.

Brad (The Pen Addict) also put some of his personal fountain pens up for sale earlier this week. I purposely avoided looking at them for a full day. I had no doubt I would see some I like. Luckily most were sold by the time I looked. There’s still a couple left, one of which is my clear favorite out of all the pens he’s selling. Someone needs to buy the Visconti Aida before my willpower fades. My gut feeling (meaning zero research) is that the price, while not outrageous, is a little high. Certainly high compared to how much I want to spend on a pen these days. I haven’t done any research because I wouldn’t be shocked to find that it’s a good price, which would chip away at my will power. So, someone please buy it to put me out of my misery.

This is a problem I have. I start selling pens to slim down the accumulation, and I immediately start seeing pens I can spend the money on. I keep telling myself – “Enjoy the pens I have $#$@#*.)

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Reading: Foundation and Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov. It’s been over 40 years since I read the Foundation Trilogy. When I originally read it, it was still a trilogy. My memory is that I loved them back then. Memory provided little else as the story was new to me as I read the details, with an occasional memory of the broad strokes as I got to them. I didn’t like it as much as I expected. It provided some food for thought, especially when compared compared to history since the trilogy was published. I’m only through the first two books (Well, I plan to finish Empire this weekend. I plan to read the third, but I never intended to read the two newbies and that hasn’t changed. I’d give them 4 out of 5 stars, although some of that may be due to nostalgia and a nod to his stuff being classic science fiction.

Watched: Salt. I’m a fan of Angelina Jolie, especially when she’s in a kick-ass action movie. So I really enjoyed this. Fun action, little thought needed, just watch and enjoy the popcorn.
Watched: Casablanca Bogart and Bergman. With support from a slew of other great actors. There’s nothing better and I watch it every couple of years. It’s easy to ignore that the magical letters of transit were simply a plot device that didn’t exist in real life.

New Arrivals

  1. TWSBI Swipe (EF) in Smoke: Curiosity got the better of me and I ordered one of these.

Incoming

  1. Esterbrook (Kenro) OS Estie – Seaglass w/ Palladium trim: It’s backordered and not due until September. Estimated shipping is Sept. 6th, so soon!

Outgoing

My pen sale is still ongoing. If you used the contact form that was originally on the page last weekend I’m not ignoring you. The form was broken and I never got the info. I apologize, please use the email address that’s on the sale page, or the contact form on the about page, which does work. Hurricane Henri is right on course for me. Dire consequences are being predicted (news outlets need those clicks, and power companies have to predict the worst to avoid looking unprepared). So it may be some time before a response in the event I lose power.

Fountain Pens I’ve Shipped Out:
1. Franklin-Christoph Model 20 Marietta in Vintage Green with a medium stub nib.
2. Leonardo Officina Italiana Momento Zero Blue Green with a medium nib.
3. Diplomat Aero Orange/Black with an extra-fine nib.

Out of Rotation

  1. Lamy Aion Dark Green (EF): I finally wrote the Lamy Green ink cartridge dry after slightly over two months. Despite how much I enjoy the pen I decided to give it some time in the pen drawer.
  2. Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Gemstone (EF): I gave it a short fill of Waterman Black ink, which lasted about a month. It will return as my journal pen once I pick an ink later today.
  3. Sheaffer 300 Matte Green (F): The pen had a Sheaffer Black cartridge and was flushed out early. I talked about why up above.
  4. Kanilea Kona Cherry (EF): Inked back in March with Montblanc Bordeaux, and refilled in May. My favorite ink, with a favorite pen. Time for a change, so I’ll give it a break. I liked having it as my journal pen, although that was a recent decision.

Into Rotation

  1. TWSBI Swipe (EF) in Smoke: This arrived a little over a week ago. I inked it up with the included Black ink cartridge. The cartridge is huge, so the pen will be around awhile.
  2. Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Gemstone (EF): This was flushed out and immediately returned to the rotation. I inked it up with KWZ IG Green #2 ink. This will replace the Kanilea in my journal. Hopefully it will server as a good incentive to journal daily. Have to keep that iron gall ink moving through the pen.

Links

A London odyssey and early thoughts on the Platinum Plaisir fountain pen. | Fountain pen blog // The benefits of being able to get out-and-about again. And also living in a major city with pen, stationery and other shops.

Ink-A-Pet Pen Rest & Sample Vial Holder – The Well-Appointed Desk // I dislike sample ink vials and don’t use them. But, I want one, or two of these vial/pen holders. They’re so cute. Not just because they’re made by a 7 year old.

Filo-nanigans – Pam Alison Knits // I always enjoy what people use and like, even if it’s a planner that history has taught me isn’t for me.

Sorry – not with those swirls | Pete Denison // Good to see Pete writing about pens again. There was a time I was all about solid colors, often black. Then I started getting some brighter colors and patterns. I’ve found that while I might like bright colors and patterns for a while, I get bored with them. I don’t get bored with black. Although, some may claim I start off bored with black.

Review: “Pelikan Limited & Special Editions: Fine Writing Instruments 1993-2020” Book « The Pelikan’s Perch // I don’t have much to say here. I don’t have enough interest in Pelikan Pens to spend $100 for a book about them. But I have bought books about Sheaffer pens. One reason pen books are expensive is that the print runs are relatively small. So if you’re a Pelikan fan you may want to shop early.

Eye Candy – Cholla Cactus Wood Turned Pen – The Well-Appointed Desk // I can’t decide if this is a beautiful pen, or the ugliest pen I’ve seen in a while. Either way, it’s a nice gift, which has me leaning towards beautiful pen.

Filling Systems – Goodwriterspens’s Blog // I’ve always been interested in different filling systems. Interesting read about why there are so many variations on the sac filler. (Spoiler: Patents)

Fountain Pens From My Collection: Kaweco AL Sport | Fountain Pen Love // I still have my Brass Sport and like it. I also have the AL Sport but it’s shows more signs of abuse from the keys in my pocket, yet not enough to give it character. Both have been sidelined awhile. With the lockdowns and lack of travel I have little need for a pocket pen. Since then I begun carrying a ballpoint (egads!) as my pocket pen. This makes me sad. I’ll have to consider inking up the Kaweco.

TWSBI Swipe – Over-Engineered or Welcome Innovation? — The Pen Addict // I’ve had mine about a week. I still can’t answer that question. I’d hesitate to call it innovative.

Drillog reinvents the glass dip pen | UK fountain pens // Expensive and not for me. I haven’t dug deep, but there seems to be some drama around this Kickstarter pen.

News: Pelikan Hubs 2021 Cancelled « The Pelikan’s Perch // Not surprising, and a wise decision. A bit of a tease at the end of Pelikan’s email notification. Something new soon?

Crónicas Estilográficas: Platinum Pocket Nibs // For the last couple of years I’ve been intrigued by Japanese pocket pens from the 60’s through 80’s. I haven’t bought any, but I come close whenever I see them.

The demise of a Delike — mnmlscholar // What is it with the current rash of cracked nib collars?

Ten Journals | From the Pen Cup // Quite an accomplishment.

Off-topic

Going Nova | Dan Moren // I’ve enjoyed all three of Dan’s Galactic Cold War books, along with the Novellas. I’ve got time to reread them before Going Nova releases. This is the third or fourth book in the series. It depends on whether you use a book publisher timeline, or a human living in the world timeline. The books can be read as standalone novels, but it helps to have the backstory from earlier books. The Caledonian Gambit is the first book in the series, but from a different publisher.

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – August 8, 2021

https://www.gentlemanstationer.com/blog/2021/8/7/2021-dc-pen-show-day-1-review-and-saturday-the-big-show-preview
Pen In: Sheaffer 300 (Left) Pen Out: Lamy Aion (Top) : The Favorite: Franklin Christoph Model 02 (Right)

My fountain pen usage was up a bit these past two week, thanks to a lot of writing on Thursday and Friday. “A lot” is relative, maybe about four B5 pages and another 4 or so A5 pages over those two days, along with my usual notes and lists.

Journaling has been erratic, but not forgotten. Having the Kanilea Kona Cherry inside my Journal case helps. I love the pen, and if I open the journal case, I might as well write in the journal.

The Washington DC Pen Show is this weekend, ending today. I’m vaccinated, but I still couldn’t bring myself to go into a crowd of people. Every time I would go to a pen or trade show I’d get sick. Copious use of hand sanitizer would sometimes help, but not always. I probably should have also worn a mask back then. So I’m hesitant and probably won’t attend my local Commonwealth Pen show either.

I’m still working on getting pens up for sale. I want to do them as one big batch rather than dribble them out. I’m still debating some pens, but the longer I wait to more I lean towards selling them. I’m already weeks beyond my original target, so no way I’m estimating when they’ll be ready.

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Reading: Fall of the Core by Ryk Brown. Brown’s latest book in The Frontiers Saga. The Frontiers Saga is planned as a 75 book series. The first two series (30 books) have been released and I liked them all. This is a standalone book that seems to be a rewrite of four prequel novellas. (I didn’t read the novellas so this story will be new to me.) I got this on Kindle Unlimited but hadn’t gotten too far into the book when I was sidetracked by a library book that freed up. It’s yet to hook me, but I will go back to it.

Reading: Foundation by Isaac Asimov: I read this as a teenager, so long ago that it’s like reading a new book. The Apple TV promotions (for the series) got me interested in reading it. I’m only a few chapter into it, but enjoying it.

Not Playing: Civilization VI I’m a Civ VI addict. It wasn’t too bad when I I had an Intel MacBook Pro. Despite being a high end 16″ MacBook Pro, Civ was slow to start and unstable, which made it less enjoyable, or provided an easy stopping point when it crashed. Once I found the right settings to reduce the crashes, I could still limit my sessions by playing the game on battery, which would quickly drain, giving me a little over an hour.

With my M1 MacBook Air this all went away. The game starts faster and is stable. In theory I could easily get a few turns in during a 15-minute break. But with just my willpower to stop, it was rarely 15 minutes. The battery can power the game for over three hours which makes it useless as a way to limit gameplay. It’s been eating up my leisure time, and making a dent into what should be work time. So, Saturday morning I deleted the saved games, and the game itself. Re-installing is easy enough, bit it’s a speed bump that will make reading or writing the “easier” choice for leisure between work tasks and chores. Civ is the only video game I like, so I have no doubt it will be back to it soon enough.

Oh, I do still have it on my iPad. Could be a problem. At least it’s a few content updates behind the desktop version.

New Arrivals

None

Incoming

  1. Esterbrook (Kenro) OS Estie – Seaglass w/ Palladium trim. It’s backordered and not due until September.

Outgoing

None

Out of Rotation

  1. Lamy Aion Dark Green (EF) w/Lamy Green ink went dry. I love this pen and the ink performed well while matching the pen.

Into Rotation

  1. Sheaffer 300 Matte Green (F) with a Sheaffer Black cartridge.

Pen Shows

Pen Shows Are Happening Again! Now what? — The Pen Addict // Some good tips and advice.

The 2021 summer pen show collection — mnmlscholar // JP’s weekly load out, but with an eye to visiting a pen show.

2021 D.C. Pen Show Day 1 Review and Saturday (“The Big Show”) Preview! — The Gentleman Stationer // Friday was for weekend pass holders only. Saturday was the first public day and I suspect there will eventually be reviews of Saturday and Sunday, so if you’re interested, check for future posts.

Links

Only one link per site, so be sure to check for other new articles once you’re there.

Neglected Pens And A Waterman Carene | An Inkophile’s Blog // Every pen deserves a second chance. Personally, neglected pens have bothered me more and more lately, and I’m now in the mindset that using a neglected pen means neglecting a different pen. Hence, my upcoming pen sale.

A Nib Journey With The Leonardo Momento Zero Mango | From the Pen Cup // Good to hear they have good customer service. And a lesson to not ignore contacting the manufacturer for pen issues.

Writing – Goodwriterspens’s Blog // Agreed.

New pen day – Pam Alison Knits // I like the looks, but the rest of the pen certainly isn’t for me. I don’t know how she went so long without inking it up. Good luck with the new job!

Doing the resurrection shuffle – or how to breathe new life into pens (and maybe this blog too) | Slightly unnerved // I can relate to the retail therapy and declining pen use. I’m finding it surprisingly hard to write a pen review these days. I’ve started several.

First Impressions: The TWSBI Swipe is a Steal — The Gentleman Stationer // I’m a sucker forfountain pens with interesting mechanics or filling methods. Including two converters, and a cartridge, is interesting, as is the cartridge and converter capacities. I had one in my cart on release day, but decided I didn’t need another pen write now. While it’s standard international, that seems to apply to the feed attachment only. Everything seems too big to fit inside most fountain pens.

Review: M605 Green-White (2021) | The Pelikan’s Perch // Good review. I like the look of the pen, but the US price is a non-starter. As usual, an excellent review. As Joshua mentions, us US folks may be better off ordering from Europe.

How to Get the Most Out of a One-Day Writing Escape — The Pen Addict // Good advice, not just for writing.

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – July 25, 2021

Lamy Aion Dark Green with EF nib
The current favorite

My fountain pen usage was up a little this past week. A couple pens are actually almost empty. I’ve been journalling more consistently, about one A5 page every weekday, and another one for the weekend days. Plus drafts for a couple articles, along with copious notes.

Despite having a new fountain pen for the last week, my Lamy Aion remained the pen I picked up most often. The new F-C Model 20 may have put more ink on paper since I used it for several longer sessions.

Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Intrinsic (EF) in Gemstone.
The wannabe favorite.

In a switch from past practice which had me using a different fountain pen in my journal each day. My Kanilea Kona Cherry has become my Journal Pen and lives in the journal. It has my favorite ink, Montblanc Bordeaux. This all combines as a great incentive to use the pen and to write in my journal.

I’ve been preparing for another pen sale, probably my last significant one for a while. I’m handling pen selection for this one differently than I have in the past. While targeting pens that have gone two years without use has worked in the past, there are limits to this method. Such as many pens being under 2 years old. I’ve been feeling a lot of guilt and frustration lately about not using my “favorites” or “expensive” pens enough. Two Friday’s ago I spread out all my fountain pens. I did miss a few, and I ignored vintage completely, but it was most of them. Then I started picking my favorites and figuring out how they fit into my typical usage. My informal goal was to reduce my accumulation by 50%.

Pens on review

I’m at the point now where if I pick up a pen to decide whether or not to keep it, I’m going to keep it. When I consider only that one pen I can find plenty of reasons to keep it, and very few reasons to sell it. Case in point: I inked up the Sailor Pro Gear Racing Green to do some writing samples, and to test it for the planned sale. I had already decided that the physical aspect of the pen didn’t suit me. By the time I was done I had talked myself into keeping the pen, ignoring the fact that the thin(ish) and light pen became uncomfortable after 10 or 15 minutes of writing. I really liked the nib and loved the color. But once I saw I had the exact same nib on a Realo, and the same model in a version with metal (making it heavier), it was easier to let go of the Racing Green Pro Gear.

To forestall any questions: While I’ve now selected all the pens for sale, I still need to do the photos and get things organized. These things always take me longer than I expect so I don’t want to give an eta. In the scope of life, selling the pens is a low priority. Plus, as a friend said, I’m putting it off because I really don’t want to sell them.

Housekeeping: I’ve changed this blog to lock comments after a post has been out for 6 months. While 99.9% of spam comments get blocked automatically, there’s hundreds of spam comments every week and it annoys me. I’ll shorten the lockout if the spam comments don’t drop to my satisfaction. The About page has a form that can always be used to contact me if you feel compelled to comment on a locked post.

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Reading: Hail Mary by Andy Weir. So much better than his previous book; Artemis. A solid 5 out of 5 stars. If you like technology/science heavy Sci-fi you’ll like it. Like the Martian, man vs. science and an environment that wants to kill him, but it’s even better. Even the slightest detail could be a spoiler, so I’ll say no more.
Watched: Leverage:Redemption on IMDBtv. IMDBtv is Amazon’s “other” streaming service and this is their first original. All characters, except Timothy Hutton’s, return. Although, Aldis Hodge (Hardison) is just a recurring character due to a scheduling conflict with his other show. A couple new characters join the mix. Eight episodes are up now, with a total of 16 planned. It’s free, but with commercials in the stream. Maybe because the show was specific for IMDBtv, but the commercial breaks come at appropriate times, and not mid-sentence. Other annoyances remain; lots of repeated commercials which is annoying, and their commercial server sucks, a lot of problems when the commercials played (or didn’t play). The show itself streamed just fine. Recommended.

New Arrivals

  1. Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Intrinsic Gemstone (EF). This just arrived, I’ll have my first impressions up later this week.

Incoming

  1. Esterbrook (Kenro) OS Estie – Seaglass w/ Palladium trim. It’s backordered and not due until September.

Outgoing

None

Out of Rotation

  1. Sailor King of Pen, Black/Rhodium (M) ran low on Montblanc Psychedelic Purple and I decided to flush it it out. It’s under serious consideration for a sale since I’ve become even less enamored with bright ink on basic medium nibs. I pick the Oblique nib of the Royal Tangerine KOP over this one every time.
  2. Lamy Aion, Red (F) couldn’t hold a candle to its dark green sibling, so it was flushed to be put in the sale queue.
  3. Lamy Safari, USA Independence Day (Needlepoint) will also go on sale (with a different nib) so it was flushed out.

Into Rotation

None

Links

I’m back to limiting myself to one link per site, so be sure to browse around these sites. Several had additional articles I enjoyed and would have been listed if this arbitrary rule didn’t exist.

My Ideal Pen – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

July Greys — Mountain of Ink

What’s in the Bag; Back 2 the Office – The Poor Penman

Trash Print Making: Coffee Bags | Comfortable Shoes Studio

canetas e coisas: OPUS 88

Summer and I’m not dead yet | UK fountain pens

Inviting ink samples to the party — mnmlscholar

Mini Collections, Part II: All the Red Inks — The Gentleman Stationer

Fountain Pen Nib Options For Beginners – How To Choose Your New Nib – Fountain Pen Love

Pen and ink of the Week – July 18, 2021 -Conklin Nozac — Write Experience

Where I Write | From the Pen Cup

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – July 11, 2021

Photo of my current favorite fountain pen - Lamy Dark Green Aion (XF)
Lamy Dark Green Aion XF Nib uncapped

My fountain pen usage continues to be relatively low, mostly lists and notes. My journaling is also low, although I’m trying to get back into the habit of writing in it every night. So far I’ve succeeded in doing it one night in a row.

The Lamy Aion was easily my favorite pen of the past two weeks. The more I use it, the more I love it. The color has a lot to do with it, green being my favorite. Everything else is just right, the weight, the size, and the nib. The red Aion doesn’t even come close to evoking the same reaction from me. Part of that is the slightly wider fine nib, but it’s mostly the color. I do like the bright red, but it isn’t green. My main complaint is that I feel guilty for liking a sub $100 (sub $75 actually) so much more than other more expensive pens. It gives my Kanilea Kona Cherry a run for the money. Since I use the Aion so much more than the Kona Cherry I’d probably have to place the Aion above the Kona Cherry in my favorites list. Although, my tastes can change on a daily basis.

I’ve decided that to resolve the guilt I need to sell off some of the pricier pens, rather than not using the green Aion as much. So I’ve started going through my pens and trying to put together another batch for sale. My goal is to have a batch ready to go in two weeks. To be honest, I rarely meet these goals. I already reduced my unused pens a lot, so I’m really having to fight myself when deciding on the remaining pens.

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Reading: Freaky Deaky by Elmore Leonard. I’m Elmore’d out, so it was a struggle getting through this book. I’ll give 3 out of 5 stars.

It was a struggle to get through that last book, and none of my library holds became available. Rather than pick a book I’m not already eager to read, I took a break from reading and hit up my video library for entertainment.

Watched: I watched the Ocean’s movies, starting with the Rat Pack version from 1960 and moving on to the three Steven Soderbergh directed movies. I’m a sucker for old movies, so the 1960 version is my favorite. While none will ever top my list of favorites, I find them all enjoyable, even after multiple re-watches.

Out of Rotation

  1. The Sheaffer 300 Matted Green (F) ran out of ink. Near the end a not insignificant amount of ink splashed into the inner cap. It’s still sitting in my cleaning queue. I couldn’t put my finger on exactly why, but I found the pen just a little less enjoyable before. I used the same Sheaffer black ink, but it was just a little bit finickier. I didn’t feel as comfortable in my hand. In it’s defense, I used it more than any other of the pens I inked up in May. It’s the first one of that batch to run dry.

Links

If you’re planning on buying a Nakaya with a music nib from Nibs.com you should listen to the Tokyo Inklings podcast first. Overcast website or app – link jumps to section in podcast. You may want to follow up with nibs.com before placing an order.

Pen and Ink of the Week – July 4, 2021 – Platinum Kanazawa-Haku – The Moon and A Rabbit — Write Experience

Updating my top three pens for 2021 | UK fountain pens

Reddit r/fountainpens // Oddly satisfying. I really like the pen storage trays. (Product on Amazon) If my storage needs weren’t already met these would be under consideration.

Crónicas Estilográficas: Madrid vs. Tokyo (2021) // Pen shows are coming back. I found this comparison between Madrid and Tokyo shows interesting, and not what I would have guessed.

The Miami Pen Show is next weekend (July 16-18).

State of the Art: Return of the Mini Press | Comfortable Shoes Studio

Gourmet Pens: Handwriting with a Sailor Fountain Pen Concord Nib

Profolio Oasis Summit Notebook Review – Fountain Pen Love

canetas e coisas: LAMBITU

Considerations in Choosing a Store-Exclusive Pen — The Gentleman Stationer

England v Italy | dapprman

SGFA Centenary Exhibition Unlocked – Pens! Paper! Pencils!

Cross Bailey Light fountain pen: an update. | Fountain pen blog