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.
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
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.
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
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.
Franklin-Christoph Model 66 Stabilis Fountain Pen
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
The 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.
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