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.


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.


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

canetas e coisas: UNIQUE

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – St. Patrick’s Day Edition

My fountain pen usage ticked up a little this past week. I finally got back into the habit of journaling every evening evening, which gets me using my pens. The regular posts to this blog also helps, since the firs draft is always done with a fountain pen.

Unfortunately I’ll miss the Long Island Pen Show again this year. There’s still time to get there today (Sunday). Check out the links below.

In the spirit of the day, these are the pens I’ll be using today. Both have green ink of course. The Sheaffer has Montblanc Irish Green ink which is even more appropriate.

Fisher of Pens Hermes and Sheaffer Balance II Jade Green


Hippo Noto, the A5 Standard/B6 Pygmy Invasion by Squishy-Ink — Kickstarter // They had some issues fulfilling their first Kickstarter. Hopefully, they learned and things will be better this time. I’m passing on this one since I don’t need more notebooks.

Crónicas Estilográficas: 150 Years of Maruzen

Green Ink Comparison — Mountain of Ink // Seems an appropriate color for today.

Overlooked and Underloved: Three Fountain Pens That Don’t Get the Attention They Deserve — The Gentleman Stationer // The Lamy 2000 is the only one of these I’ve used, and it’s worth it.

canetas e coisas: STIPULA

On attempting to score the currently inked. | Fountain pen blog // An interesting exercise, but a little too formal for me. Although, I probably subconsciously do some similar when deciding what pens to ink up.

Birmingham Pen February 2019 Ink Subscription — Mountain of Ink // I wasn’t familiar with this store (or was familiar and forgot). They’re all-in with a subscription box and their own ink brand.

Review: Nock Co Tallulah — Alt. Haven // The Tallulah is case I currently I use the carry my pens, the other cases are for storage.

PSA: The Long Island Pen Show Is This Weekend – – Fountain Pen, Ink, and Stationery Reviews // There’s still time to get there today.

Is Your Disassembly Really Necessary? – Pen Thoughts // I hate disassembling pens just for cleaning or routine maintenance. If I need to take a pen apart there’s been a failure someplace.

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – March 10, 2019

Another week of light fountain pen usage. I pulled out my Travelers notebook and started using it again. I’m using the two-page-a-week spread to plan my week and list the important tasks. I like planning to out on paper, where I can see the entire week and make changes as I go along. But to be honest, once the week is set I never look at it again. I’ve been using a blank pad in the book too. I’ve been using this for writing, including the review that will post later this week. The Traveler’s is small enough to carry around so I can do same writing whenever I get a chance.


Vintage Pen News: A pristine 1920s Aikin Lambert

Parker “17” Lady – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

What Makes a Pen Show “Great”? Takeaways from the 2019 Baltimore Pen Show — The Gentleman Stationer

Lending Pens – Pen Thoughts

Baltimore Pen Show Recap – 2019

On attempting to score the currently inked. | Fountain pen blog

Overlooked and Underloved: Three Fountain Pens That Don’t Get the Attention They Deserve — The Gentleman Stationer

’Spencerian’ lands seventh-grader first place in Connecticut Spelling Bee – Hartford Courant // Nice to see a writing term in mainstream media. Unfortunatly they never define ‘Spenncerian’.