Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – September 30, 2018

My fountain pen usage continues to be what I consider average for me. I keep trying to get back into the journaling habit but continue to fail. Actually, I’ve fallen out of several habits lately, but that’s a different story.

No pens went dry the past two weeks, and there was one new arrival which was immediately inked up. My most used pen was the Fisher of Pens Hermes, although I did try to give the other seven inked pens a chance.

The new fountain pen is the Esterbrook Estie with the optional MV adapter for Esterbrook nibs. The pen arrived Thursday afternoon, so I haven’t had much time with it. My first impressions are mixed. I’ll try to pull my thoughts together for a This Just In post later in the week.

Esterbrook Estie - in box

##Links

Hobonichi Techo Planner A6 | The Passionate Penman

Some silly mistakes with the Faber-Castell Basic (black carbon) and how to avoid them. | Fountain pen blog

A NEW future for fountain pen inks – FOUNTAIN PEN INKS AND BLEACH

What’s in My Pen Roll: Fall Currently Inked – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

How to Get Started with Daily Journaling – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

Thread by @Miridunn: “ATTENTION FRIENDS: Since Mom died this past Spring, my 92 YO dad waits for mail every day. Listens for the squeak of the mail slot opening. […]”

Platinum 3776 Revisited: My Thoughts 2+ Years Later — The Gentleman Stationer

Pelikan Hubs 2018, the Year of Pelikan Edelstein Olivine – Page 2 – Fountain Pen Follies

Which Is The Best Pen? – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Pennaquod : Pen Blog Searcher // I’ve linked to this before, but it’s time for a reminder of this excellent service.

 

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A Medium Bias

Favorite Medium Nibs (L-R Aurora Optima, Visconti Brunelleschi, Sailor KOP, MB Ultra Black (OM)

My fondness for thin nibs is not a secret. But, there was a long period where I was actively anti-medium. For example, if I wanted a different nib for the sake of variety, I’d go for a broad nib over a medium, even though a medium would be closer to my preference.

I have no doubt that this cost me money. Most of these broad nibs were rarely used and were sold or ground into something else (usually thinner). I continued this anti-medium bias, picking a broad nib for variety even though I knew I wouldn’t use it enough.

My first fountain pens were medium nibs because that was the only option I saw on the shelves, and I didn’t know any better. After discovering, and falling in love with thin nibs, I began to view medium nibs as a compromise that was forced upon me, and I resented them. One feature of a compromise is that it has something everyone can hate, so anti-medium became even more ingrained than it should have.

In late 2015 my anti-medium attitude began to dissipate. I bought the Cherry Bamboo Vanishing Point with a medium nib, although I did have it ground to a left oblique. Not a dull compromise medium, but a medium none the less. And I liked the nib. Later that year I picked up boring medium nib on a Franklin-Christoph Model 20 and liked it. I did consider a broad, or another style nib, but I finally accepted I wouldn’t use something wider than a medium.

The in 2016 all my bias melted away. I purchased seven pens with nibs, of which five were mediums, and a sixth was a medium oblique. This was the year I also bought the Sailor King of Pen, which has a medium as the thinness nib option. I knew the Sailor bespoke nibs would be lost on me and not worth the price (to me). The KOP and medium nib are now among my favorites and is nearly always inked.

In 2017 I bought my Visconti Brunelleschi, a pen similar in size, and with the same nib, as my Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age. I didn’t want the same extra fine nib. This typically where I would have gone with a broad nib. By now I realized I wouldn’t use a broad nib enough to justify the cost of the pen. So I picked a medium nib.

While thin nibs are still my preference for everyday use, if I had held onto my anti-medium bias, I wouldn’t have had a several of my favorite pens: the Aurora Optima, Visconti Brunelleschi, Sailor KOP. Plus, I would have been less willing to chance an oblique medium.

Favorite Medium Nib Pens

Favorite Medium Nibs (L-R Aurora Optima, Visconti Brunelleschi, Sailor KOP, MB Ultra Black (OM)

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – September 16, 2018

My fountain pen usage was sporadic these past two weeks, although I did write one fountain pen dry. My Karas Kustoms Ink ran out of Montblanc Petite Prince Red Fox ink. It was inked up back on June 13th and spent most of its time in my Fodderstack XL as my pocket carry.

Nock Co Tallulah with 2 TWSBI Go and FoP Hermes

Nock Co Tallulah with TWSBI Go, Fisher of Pens Hermes and another TWSBI Go. All but the FoP Hermes are new.

Three new products arrived over the past two weeks. I’d gone all year without buying a new fountain pen, and had money in my PayPal account, so I gave in and ordered two TWSBI Go fountain pens. The Smoke version with an extra fine nib. The Sapphire version with a broad nib. Broad nibs aren’t my typical choice, but I figure this inexpensive pen can be used for ink testing and experimentation, so I picked the broad nib.

Also arriving was my Pen Addict RelayCon 2018 Nock Co. Tallulah pen case. I’ve been using it since it came on the Tuesday after Labor Day.

I’ll write about the pens and the case in the next few days.

Finally getting my first new fountain pens in 2018 started the ball rolling. There was still money in the PayPal account when I read about a new Esterbrook Estie pen (the first since Kenro bought the company). The Estie is pretty much what I wanted in a new Esterbrook pen (except the price), so I ignored my rule that pens have to spend some time on my wishlist, and immediately pre-ordered one. I knew that no matter how long I considered it, it would remain at the top of my wishlist. I’m not sure what the market will be for this pen. I’m buying it because I have about three dozen Esterbrook nibs, while the vintage Esterbrook pens are too thin and light for me to write with for anything more than a quick note. I’ve been using the Esterbrook nibs in my custom Newton Eastman; now I can use two at one time. The pen does appear a bit pricey, especially considering that several vintage Esterbrooks can be purchased for the same amount of money, a single Esterbrook often can be less than the cost of the adapter itself. Anderson Pens has a video about the pen, and is taking pre-orders, while Goulet Pens has more of the technical details.

Links

“Always Listen to Your Mother”: I Go to the San Francisco Pen Show – Fountain Pen Follies

D.C. Pen Show Mini Haul & Recap – Owl Ink

The Dogs of the SF Pen Show – Hand Over That Pen

Back to School with the Stabilo EASYbuddy fountain pen. | Fountain pen blog

Handwriting – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

On Craft, Appropriation, and Distance. – Leigh Reyes. My Life As a Verb.

Review: Composition Notebooks at Walmart | Comfortable Shoes Studio

So Ugly It’s Cute? My Thoughts on the TWSBI Go — The Gentleman Stationer

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – Sept. 2, 2018

It’s a busy holiday weekend, so not much to say, I just wanted to get a few links up before they become too stale. I did post my currently inked fountain pens a couple days ago.

Photo of Pens currently iked on August 27, 2018 (capped)

Links

A Summer Work Space – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

Currently Inked with Aeon Timeline — The Pen Addict

Pelikan 101: An Infographic & Understanding The Basics « The Pelikan’s Perch

Review: Up&Up White Index Cards Target | Comfortable Shoes Studio // I was driving by Target on Friday and decided to stop in and pick up a couple of packs. While I’ve only used one card so far, the review is spot on so far. I nice inexpensive (1/2 cent each) card that’s durable enough (for me) and FP friendly. Most of my index cards end up in the recycle bin shortly after use, and these are ideal.

Sydney Pen Show 2018 — TooManyPelikans

Newcastle Pen Show: An Interview with John Twiss – Pens! Paper! Pencils!

Off-Topic: Katherine Johnson, the ‘hidden figure’ behind first US manned space flight, is 100 – CNN // A reminder that computer once meant “one who computes”.

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – August 19, 2018

My fountain pen usage continues to be higher than normal, or at least what has passed for normal in recent months. I’ve been writing pens dry on a consistent basis and was down to two pens by Wednesday.

The two pens still inked up on August 15, 2018

I prefer cleaning my pens as I empty them. It’s sometimes faster with fresh ink, plus it’s less tedious. I’ve been neglecting this habit and decided I had to clean all the pens before I could ink up another one. So Wednesday night was a pen cleaning party (worst party ever).

Photo of cleaned pens

Then I picked out the fountain pens that I wanted to ink up. A few of them called for silicone grease (eyedropper fillers). Naturally, I couldn’t find my silicone grease. In my quest to simplify, organize and declutter I had collected all the small silicone grease containers and put them in on baggy, rather than have them scattered everywhere. Then I put them with all my other pens tools and supplies. It was actually my pen toolbox that I couldn’t find.

I gave up looking and ordered some. Now, shipping is nearly as much as the silicone grease itself, so I had to add more to make it worthwhile. After adding I few things I was close to the $50 for free shipping. Hey, free! So add a few more things. So, $52 later I had four bottles of ink and miscellaneous other supplies added to my $4 silicone grease. Needing to justify the ink I tell myself this turned to silicone grease into a $4 purchase, rather than the $7.50 I would have paid without the free shipping. Let’s just ignore the additional $44.50 that I spent.

Naturally, I found the silicone grease (and toolbox) less than an hour after submitting the order. I had swapped my pen tools into a bigger toolbox and promptly forgot. But hey, I got some new ink colors coming (well, two new colors and two bottles of Sheaffer Red which I was out of). As a side note, Sheaffer Red is the only ink for which I’ve emptied multiple bottles.

Now if I can find the other pen related items I’ve misplaced. My Esterbrook inkwells were packed away for safe keeping, and my Nock Co. Lookout pen case has been MIA for months. (No missing pens, so I know it made it home that last time.) That Sheaffer Red is for the inkwell, so it’s time to go through boxes at home and then visit the storage unit if they’re still missing.

A filled notebookIn other minor news, I filled a notebook. This one typically lived next to my computer for notes as I worked. A few weeks from now, once I know I won’t need it for reference, I’ll run it through the shredder.

It’s the time year for composition notebook reviews. I’ve never really paid attention in the past, but they caught my attention this year. (See some in the links below.) While walking through my local grocery store (Stop & Shop) I came across Top Flight composition books with college (medium) ruling for $2. The paper seemed promising, so I picked one up. As I inked up pens last night, I tried them in the notebook. My standards a pretty flexible, but it appears to be very usable. Some show-through, but no bleed through, respectable drying time and no noticeable feathering. With indirect light (from a window) the show-through wasn’t annoying, in the light of a desk lamp it was apparent, but not any worse than other notebooks I’ve been willing to use.

Links

A new method of selecting pen, nib, and ink combination | TooManyPelikans // On the other end of the spectrum is my method: What’s within reach and catches my eye?

Ink Review: Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun – The Well-Appointed Desk // I don’t usually read (or link to) ink reviews anymore. But this ink is an old favorite that I recently rediscovered. The bottle is almost empty (with another waiting to be opened).

Review: Composition Notebooks at Staples 2018 | Comfortable Shoes Studio // First composition notebook review for this year. So check the more recent posts on the site for other reviews.

Paper Review: Composition Notebooks – The Well-Appointed Desk

Eclectic or Weak? ! Crónicas Estilográficas

The Montegrappa Fortuna Saga | Rachel’s Reflections

The View from Behind the Shop: The Slow Days of Summer – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

My 2018 D.C. Pen Show Journal — The Gentleman Stationer

Nib Novice, Part 10: The Vanishing Point | Pens and Junk