Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – August 23, 2020

This week’s favorite penMy fountain pen usage continued to be low, even though I did manage to empty one fountain pen. My order of ink and pads arrived. The Life notebook pictured above was in that order.

The Penlux Masterpiece Grande was my most used fountain pen this past week. I hesitate to call it the week’s favorite, because I’m really enjoying the zoom nib on the Sailor 1911 Ringless. It’s the one pen I would pick up and use for 5 minutes, just for the fun of it. Part of the attraction is the Montblanc Lavender Purple ink.

New Arrivals

None

Incoming

None

Outgoing

None

Written Dry

  1. Penlux Masterpiece Grande (F) with Rohrer & Klingner went dry on Saturday morning. I liked this pen and ink combination, and while I will clean it out, it will be back soon. It was inked back on June 26th.

Newly Inked

None

Links

Notebook Review: Endless Works Recorder Notebook | Rants of The Archer

Ink Overview: Waterman Inks – The Well-Appointed Desk

“The Muji pens that help me survive quarantine” – Vox

COVID-19’s Impact On Pelikan’s Operations « The Pelikan’s Perch

Vintage Pen News: Replacement Duofold arrow-imprint nibs

Vintage Pen News: Replacement Duofold arrow-imprint nibs

The Anatomy of a Sailor Realo vs an Aurora 88 – Tokyo Station Pens

Crónicas Estilográficas: Platinum 25G

canetas e coisas: PLATINHUM

Pen Review: Cross Peerless 125 Fountain Pen — The Gentleman Stationer

Vote

Everything You Need to Vote – Vote.org

Can I Vote | NASS

How to register to vote – Polygon

Home Page – Vote Save America

 

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – August 16, 2020

photo of my favorites Week of Aug 16, 2020

My favorites Week of Aug 16, 2020. Sailor Realo (M/F), Sailor 1911L (zoom) and Keychron K6

It was another week with relatively low fountain pen usage. My keyboard saw much more usage than all my pens combined. A favorite fountain pen was hard to pick this week, so I picked two. The Sailor 1911L Ringless Epinard was fun to doodle and play with, thanks to the zoom nib, while the Sailor Realo with its medium/fine nib and Montblanc Encre du Desert ink was my favorite to write with. The medium/fine nib was a joy, and I love the ink color.

Sailor’s new Shikiori ink cartridges became available here in the States. I was really being pulled to order the full pack of 20 inks (60 cartridges), but common sense prevailed. I picked three (Yama-Dori, Yodaki, and Shimoyo). The full pack of 60 would have lasted me years, probably until they evaporated, since they would only fit five of my pens. I added some notebooks to the order, but no pens. Anderson Pens shipped them out the same day (Friday), but if recent USPS experiences continue, I might receive them this coming week.

New Arrivals

None

Incoming

None

Outgoing

None

Written Dry

None

Newly Inked

None

Links

Composition Book Round Up 2020: Target Part 2 | Comfortable Shoes Studio // Be sure to check other recent posts for more Composition Book reviews. Or, if you want to skip to the end: Composition Book Round Up: Which to Stock Up | Comfortable Shoes Studio

Crónicas Estilográficas: Sailor Mini // I’ve never heard of “long-shorts”, as a style of pen, and was surprised to see the moniker is applied “in the west”
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Have a Sinister Day! – Penquisition // I’m not a lefty either, but always had some of the same questions raised here.

[PfMP] Parker Inflection | dapprman // I’ve been enjoying Gary’s “Pens from My Past” posts.

Six micro-trends for the rest of 2020 | UK fountain pens

Off-topic: xkcd: COVID Risk Comfort Zone // The third option sounds good to me.

Voting Resources (U.S.) Everything You Need to Vote – Vote.org and Can I Vote | NASS

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – August 9, 2020

This past week was one of my most unproductive of the entire year. I did my chores, like grocery shopping and house cleaning, but anything requiring thought or concentration was pushed aside. That meant my fountain pens didn’t get much use. I didn’t even journal every day. I missed two days completely, and wrote less than a page for each of the other days. The Benu Briolette was my most used pen, but it didn’t have any competition. I used the Sheaffer Balance II Aspen on Monday, the switched to the Benu on Tuesday. It stayed on my desk for the rest of the week. Seems unfair to call it a favorite, but it was certainly the most used.

I was in a bubble as the storm blew through my area. The lights flickered enough to cause the clock on the stove to start blinking a couple of times (maybe more, but I learned my lesson after setting it the first time and having it reset a few minutes later) and the sous-vide cooker was toggled off mid-way through, but then it finished without incident. I had power the next morning, and everything visible to me looked good. Twigs on the ground, some big enough to scratch car paint I suppose, but not big enough to break anything. My travels the next couple of days had me encountering closed roads and a lot of big trees down within a couple miles, which explained the 60%+ outage rate in the state. So, I did have some luck.

New Arrivals

None

Incoming

None

Outgoing

None

Written Dry

  1. The Fisher of Pens Hermes suffered a hard start after being unused for a couple of days. I decided to flush the pen since I had used most of the ink. It’s still in the queue for cleaning. I hope to clean and re-ink it in a few days.

Newly Inked

None

Links

Pens in Daily Use August 2020 | dapprman

Tale of a Vandal Ink User: Just a Little Mix-Up | Peaceable Writer

Crónicas Estilográficas: Safari in Japan

Black Lives Matter – Notebook Joy

Mabie Todd Swan 6142 – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Scrapbooking Isn’t Just for White People – The New York Times

Crónicas Estilográficas: Pilot Signing

Vintage Pen News: Greek nib breaththrough

When is a Fountain Pen Too Big? Considerations on “Oversized” Pens — The Gentleman Stationer

Cultural Nostalgia: The Italian Connection To The M151 | The Pelikan’s Perch

Off-Topic: Mont Blanc: Glacier in danger of collapse, experts warn – BBC News

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – August 2, 2020

photo of the Sailor 1911L Ringless Epinard with its zoom nibThis week’s favorite fountain pen isn’ the one that I used the most, but it’s the one I had the most fun using. The Sailor 1911L Ringless Epinard with its zoom nib was fun even though I was just playing around with the nib.

My fountain pen usage was fairly consistent this week, maybe down a little since I’ve yet to write the draft of my next article while last week’s draft was on the long side.

I I’ve identified another pen I should sell off, but I’m unable to do it. I’ve had the Lamy 2000 inked up for 1 1/2 months, yet I’ve only used it a little. The small sweet spot has been an issue in the past, but not the few times I’ve used it recently, so I can’t claim that’s the reason. It’s one of those weird pens, I have to force myself to pick it up and use it. But when I’m using it, I love it. When I’m done I forget about it for a another couple of weeks. It’s a classic fountain pen with a nib tuned by Mike Masuyama, so I can’t bring myself to sell it.

The Commonwealth Pen Show has been officially cancelled, as has every remaining U.S. Pen show except the Ohio Pen Show which is still schduled for Halloween weekend. Personally, I wouldn’t bet on the Ohio show happening. So I’m even happier that I went to the Long Island Pen Show earlier this year. The Commonwealth Pen (Boston MA area) show is scheduled for September 12, 2021.

As I was drafting this post Saturday afternoon when I decided I was bored with my current pen and ink choices. My practice of using the manufacturer’s ink cartridge had me with a lot of black (or blue-black) inks since I got a lot of new pens recently. This was aggravated by my choice of a black and a blue-black ink for my two piston fillers. I like black & blue-black inks, but everything in moderation. I’ll spend some time later today inking up some new pens. I’m covered for daily writers, so I’ll be looking for some variety in nibs, ink colors, and pen designs. I’m leaning towards so “S” brands.

New Arrivals

None

Incoming

None

Outgoing

None

Written Dry or Pre-Mature Flushing

I like to keep using my pens until they run out of ink. But things were feeling a bit stale, so I flushed out a bunch of my pens Saturday night.

The first four pens all had black or blue-black inks. That didn’t help their cases since I want some more color.

  1. Benu Scepter II (EF) w/Montblanc Bordeaux. This is the one of two pens here that went dry. It had a very short fill when I needed to get it through writing the These Just In post.
  2.  Lamy 2000 (F) w/R&K Leipziger Schwarz which was inked back on June 19th. At least the ink level was below the view window.
  3. Benu Grand Scepter (EF) w/mfg ink cartridge. I used about half the long-international cartridge since July 21st, which seems like a lot for such a short time. I did use it a lot in order to get my initial thoughts.
  4. Sailor 1911L Ringless Epinard (Z) w/Mfg ink cartridge. I used about 1/3 of the ink cartridge playing with the nib. I hate to toss that much ink, but I want some color with this nib. So while I didn’t ink it up right after flushing it, it will be inked up later today.
  5. Franklin-Christoph Model 20 (M.Stub) w/Diamine Oxblood. The cartridge had about 25% of its ink left and I like the color, so I moved the cartridge to the Fisher of Pens Hermes.
  6. Edison Huron Grande (EF) w/Papier Plume Burgundy. This was eyedropper filled and had a lot of ink left. Its sin, unusual for this pen, was frequent hard starts and skipping. Plus, the ink color had shifted to be a bit darker and less to my liking. It was inked back on April 26th. With so many nice writers to choose from, I have a low tolerance for temperamental pens or inks. It does have a long history of loyal service. I’ll cleaned it out good, and checked it over. It took a long time with the bulb syringe before I got clear water, so there might have been dried ink in the feed. I’ll make a note that the ink does not seem to age well in pens.
  7. yStudio Classic Desk Fountain Pen (F) w/ Montblanc The Beatles Psychedelic Purple went dry as I was drafting this post. I simply refilled it.

Newly Inked

  1. Fisher of Pens Hermes (F) w/Diamine Oxblood taken from the F-C Model 20.
  2. yStudio Classic Desk Fountain Pen (F) w/ Montblanc The Beatles Psychedelic Purple. As mentioned above, this went dry and was immediately refilled with the same ink.

Links

Crónicas Estilográficas: Pilot Flat-Tops

(PfMP) Parker 25 | dapprman

The Leverless – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Re-Opening Plans  – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

Delicate Gifs by Illustrator Maori Sakai Capture the Serene Moments of Daily Life | Colossal // (via Next Draft newsletter newsletter) // I find these oddly soothing.

Fountain Pens. — The Finer Point

Ebonite – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Personal Journaling Setup, Part 3: Revisiting Pocket Notebooks — The Gentleman Stationer

Crónicas Estilográficas: After the Pilot 65

My Personal Time Capsule | From the Pen Cup

Other Topics

Every Last Vote – Vote Save America

Opinion | John Lewis: Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation – The New York Times

Barack Obama’s Official Eulogy for Representative John Lewis | Barack Obama

Kentucky town hires social workers instead of more officers – and the results are surprising

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – July 26, 2020

photo of Benu Scepter II - This Week’s favoriteMy fountain pen usage was up again this week. Mainly due to a rewrite of my Benu Scepter II first impressions so that it included, and compared, the newly arrived Grand Scepter. That Benu Scepter II became my favorite fountain pen of the week. I love the green resin and sparkles.

I keep track of when I buy pens, but I rarely look at the quantity until the end of the year. I looked on Friday and saw that I purchased 18 pens in 2020 so far. I don’t keep track of sold pens in a way that’s easy to see how many I sold this year. But, I only recall two, one of the new ones and the recently sold Platinum. I was shocked at the total number. My brain had me guessing I might have reached a dozen—time to go through them and pick some more to sell-off. Unfortunately, I’m at the point where I can make a case for keeping any pen that I still have.

I also had a rash of spilled liquid at my writing district. Does two qualify as a rash? I did dampen a new notebook, although the damage was minor (smudged ink on some pages). That was a beer bottle where the condensation loosened the label, and while I grabbed it as it slipped and prevented any “spill,” the shaking caused a foam spout which found the notebook I had open. Friday, I hit the cup and splashed tea out of it. It was harmless but did require me to scramble as the tea traveled across the desk. After the Friday splashing, I decided I would only use my vacuum sealed water bottle at the desk. Of course, on Saturday morning, I sat down with my journal and a cup of tea. The same style cup as Friday’s spill. I’ll be cautious for the next couple of weeks, then forget about it. I’ll never learn.

With the arrival of my zoom nib, I searched for some videos on its use. Another video here, jump to 3:18 to skip the tea review and get to the zoom nib review. I had some fun practicing with the nib. With my regular grip and angle, with the traditional nib orientation, the line it puts down is far too broad for me, but that’s only one way to hold the pen. Getting some variation without changing pens, or requiring flex, will be interesting. Plus, I love the look of the pen.

New Arrivals

  1. The Sailor 1911L Ringless Epinard (Zoom) arrived Monday. (top pen in photo)
  2. The Benu Grand Scepter X (Fine) arrived on Tuesday. (bottom pen in photo)

photo of the Sailor 1911 Ringless Epinard and Benu Grand Scepter X

Incoming

None

Outgoing

  1. Platinum 3776 Ribbed with an ultra-extra-fine (UEF) nib. While I love the nib, the pen would go unused for years because I didn’t like the aesthetic. I had other pens with great thin nibs that would get picked before this one. While this was my thinnest nib (.1mm), my eyes couldn’t tell the difference when compared to .2mm nibs.

Written Dry

  1. While not actually written dry, I flushed and cleaned the Platinum 3776 Ribbed once I knew it would be cut from my accumulation. The water barely dried before it was on its way out.
  2. Sheaffer Ringtop Jade (fine). I love the jade green material of this pen and the Sheaffer nib is a nice writer (aren’t they all?). But the pen is small and short. I have to post the cap, which makes me grimace as I try to be gentle and not crack the cap. So, I may just use it sparingly. I may be careful but still risk using it. But for now, it’s going back to storage.

Newly Inked

  1. Platinum Carbon Desk Pen (Superfine) with a Platinum Carbon Black Cartridge. I wanted a basic black waterproof ink for the few times where it’s essential. So I went with this Platinum Carbon duo. It’s a nice nib, but a thin & light pen. I’ll only be using it for short session, so this won’t be a problem for me. I have the desk stand, so the pen resides on my desk, ready for use.
  2. Benu Scepter II. I inked this pen up again, with the same R&K Alt-Bordeaux ink, when the Grand Scepter arrived so that I could do a comparison. It got a very short fill of ink and is nearly empty after writing the comparison.

Links

Tiffany // Tailored Pen Company Custom Fountain Pen (REVIEW) – Weirdoforest Pens

I’m seeing Benu Pens in a new light | UK fountain pens // This is the first of several posts Anthony made that I collected for these links. I don’t include the others here, so be sure to check out his later posts after reading this one. Or if, Benu pens don’t excite you, go there to read about spotting bad nibs, a bad pen, and a couple good pens. As for the Benu pens, having now owned four (but only one of the ones he mentions), I obviously agree with his positive comments.

News: Chartpak Changes Pen Repair Policy « The Pelikan’s Perch

What Are My Forever Inks? – Fountain Pen Love // I like this concept, but I think one of the commenters had a good idea in mentioning that picking inks you always want available in a pen is a good idea too.

100 Years of Platinum Pens – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop // I’m feeling quality about selling off a pen from a company with such a rich history.

Notebooks over chaos. — The Finer Point

Notebooks I’m Using – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

Personal Journaling Setup Part 2: Revisiting the Commonplace Book — The Gentleman Stationer

Muji is the latest retailer to file for bankruptcy – CNN // The U.S. arm is reorganizing under bankruptcy, sounds like high-rents are a major problem, even before CIVID-19. They want to “focus” online but no word on which stores will close or remain.

Other Topics

Wear a Mask for Those Around You – 512 Pixels

How Seattle’s NHL team became the Kraken // Love the logo. Also, how can I not root for a team with a General Manager who’s pro career started with the Hartford Whalers, where he was a star center for 10 years.