Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – June 12, 2019

It’s been over a month since my last trail log. I’ve been collecting links during this time, so the list is much longer than usual and some of the links are old. But, I figured I might as well keep them in the post rather than spend more time editing.

I did get my apartment packed up and I moved out. That includes packing up all my pens. I took the opportunity to grab some family photos since they are all in one place. Plus, maybe for insurance purposes, although I hope not.

My fountain pen usage continues to be low, mainly a Pilot Vanishing Point that I carry in my shirt pocket, or the Kaweco Brass Sport that I carry in my jeans pocket.



Waxing, Waning and Keeping The Hobby Interesting – Pen Thoughts

Chicago Pen Show 2019 Recap – The Well-Appointed Desk

The Lamy 2000 – a long-term companion | Slightly unnerved

How I use my pens — Pen Economics

Travels with pens: Tokyo (part 1) | UK fountain pens

Crónicas Estilográficas: Tokyo Pen Scene in 2019

On Keeping a Reading Journal – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

Legacy Manufacturers – Pen Thoughts

Crónicas Estilográficas: The Invisible Hand…

How to Test a Fountain Pen Before Buying It And Other Life Skills – Leigh Reyes. My Life As a Verb.

Pen Review: Leonardo Officina Italiana Momento Zero — The Gentleman Stationer

Going on a diet (recalibrating to smaller, cheaper pens) | UK fountain pens

My Wishlist And The Desire To Acquire | An Inkophile’s Blog

Summer 2019 — Mountain of Ink

Taking stock: a few thoughts on the pen collecting journey. | Fountain pen blog

Six Month Review: Favorite Pens From 2019, So Far — The Gentleman Stationer

Thank You Raleigh! — The Pen Addict

Conway Stewart Nibs – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

The (Atlanta) Pen Show Experience — nib & ink

Stationery Travel Notes — The Pen Addict

Rotation – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Stationery Supplies for the Trip, Part 1 – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

Shopping in Japan… from the comfort of home. – Calligraphy Nut

My Favorite Pens – Sheaffer Imperial | Anderson Pens Blog (Video)

State of the collection: June 2019 | UK fountain pens


Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – May 5, 2019

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last Trail Log. Since then several of my pens have been written dry. Although, this was more coincidence than increased usage. The Platinum 3776 Ribbed was the first to go dry. This surprised me because it was inked with a cartridge just a little one a month before and the UEF nib is stingy with ink. This pen doesn’t have the Platinum slip & seal cap, so evaporation probably claimed more ink than writing did.

The Sailor KOP also went dry but will return soon. The Esterbrook Estie was collecting ink outside the cartridge (seemed to be more creep than leak). It was the factory supplied cartridge, so its life was limited from the beginning. I’ll be switching to an Esterbrook nib soon enough. Finally, the Aurora Optima was written dry.

I haven’t inked, or re-inked, any replacements to force me to the 10 pens I still have inked.

I’m done selling pens, at least for now. I ended up selling 35 pens, although I did add one. (I replaced the Tortoise Estie with an Evergreen Estie). I did withdraw one pen, the Pelikan M101N Lizard, to avoid an anticipated severe case of seller’s remorse. Of the pens I offered for sale, the M101N is the only pen I truly felt that I would miss and regret selling, despite it not having been used for a couple of years.

My pen accumulation reached two milestones, at least I think they’re milestones. My accumulation dropped below 100 pens, and I’ve now sold, given away or lost more pens than I currently have.

I’ve been moving more toward cartridges, although I’ve found that pens I like to use are either piston fillers or use a proprietary cartridge. So I did order some new ink cartridges and sort through the ones I have. It’s not a lot, and most are shown below. The new cartridges were mainly restocked proprietary cartridges along with two new Montblanc colors (Emerald Green & Spider Grey).


My pen “capsule wardrobe” (cheating at a top ten of fountain pens) | UK fountain pens

Fountain Pen Review: Retro 51 Tornado Fountain – The Well-Appointed Desk

At last: reviewing the Desiderata Soubriquet | UK fountain pens

State of the collection: May 2019 | UK fountain pens

How Do You Use Your: Nock Sinclair?

STORE VISIT: SAKURA FOUNTAIN PEN GALLERY | The Pencilcase Blog | Fountain pen, Pencil, Ink and Paper reviews

Crónicas Estilográficas: Pilot’s Small Inset Nibs

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – April 21, 2019

I started journaling again this week, so there was a slight uptick in my fountain pen usage. But, it has still been relatively low.

I did ink up another pen, despite not writing any dry. I’ve been missing having a Pilot Vanishing Point handy, so I popped a Pilot Black cartridge into an XXXF nib unit and put it in the Guilloche Vanishing Point body.

I did order a bottle of ink, although it hasn’t arrived yet. As I’ve mentioned, my favorite ink is Montblanc Bordeaux, which is long out of production. I finished a bottle several months ago and I’ve yet to replace it. I’ve been setting a target price where I’d buy a replacement bottle if I find it for that price or less. My current target is $30. That would surely go up when I open my last bottle. I happened to stumble upon a bottle on eBay. A small eBay coupon brought it below my target so I bought it. It’s listed as unopened so I’m hopeful. One thing I’ll mention, I’ve found that “Montblanc Bordeaux” listings on eBay are often Montblanc Burgundy, as in this listing, so be sure to check the photos.

A couple months ago I mentioned that I wanted to use my Esterbrook Dip-Less pen but couldn’t find the inkwells. Well, they turned up this week. All safely wrapped and packed in an unlabeled box. Of course, they’ve turned up when the apartment is in disarray as I prepare to move in a month, so I kept them safely packed away, although now in a labeled box.

Esterbrook Dip-Less inkwell and pen

My fountain pen declutter is coming to a close, at least temporarily. More because I’ll be moving at the end of May and have other things to do, rather than I’m down to a reasonable number of pens. I’ll post two or three final pens for sale Monday morning. They’re pens that met my criteria to sell, but I found an excuse to keep them. After more consideration, two of them have no chance of breaking into my rotation as they never got significant use. The third, the Pelikan M101N Lizard I really do like and got a lot of use until it fell off my radar about three years ago. It’s the one pen I fear will cause me severe seller’s remorse.

I did put a Levenger Circa Folio Junior up on eBay for auction. If you’re interested you can find the auction at this link, which lists all my auctions. The Folio auction ends Friday about noon eastern time.

I just finished reading “The Woman Who Smashed Codes”. (Actually, I listened to the audiobook.) Excellent book and highly recommended. it’s the story of Elizabeth Friedman, a pioneer in the field of cryptanalysis. Not heavy on the science of codebreaking. Also an interesting look at life in those times. Her husband is known as the man who broke the Japanese Purple cipher. What I didn’t know (among many other things) is that she broke the German Enigma machine without help from Bletchley Park.


Another Completed Sketchbook. — The Finer Point

Flex Nibs Part 3: Modern Flex – Pen Thoughts

Where I buy pens | UK fountain pens

9 genius pen features | UK fountain pens

Nibs, Ancient and Modern – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Fountain Pen Ink Cartridges: What Are Your Favorites? — The Pen Addict

600 Years of Writing — Mountain of Ink

Field Trip: Toronto Old Book and Paper Show – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – April 14, 2019

There’s not much news on the fountain pen front. I’ve been busy and they got vey little use last week.

I’ve added one more fountain pen to my for sale list, the Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black with a Fine 21Kt Gold nib. The price is $175 plus shipping. I wanted to give my readers first crack at it before I promote it elsewhere. More details and photos are on my for sale page. I also updated the sale page with the remaining unsold pens. The price of the Conway Stewart FPH [pen has been lowered.


Review: The Omas Tokyo – Pen Thoughts

Travels with pens: York, and a visit to Signatures | UK fountain pens

Vintage Pen News: Shellac on sections

Inky Pursuits round-up. | Fountain pen blog

Waterman Carene – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Book Review: Andy Russell – 50 Years of the Dinkie – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Meet The Vermeil Souveräns: A Look At The Nifty Fifties « The Pelikan’s Perch

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – April 7, 2019

Esterbrook Estie in EvergreenNo change in my fountain pen usage. I did add one pen, the Esterbrook Estie in Evergreen with a extra fine nib will replace my Estie in Tortoise with a fine nib. The Tortoise will go up for sale on Monday.

I realized that my pen show calendar page wasn’t update for 2019. I’ve removed the page link from the site menu. The page still exists on the site to avoid broken links but now refers visitors to Indy-Pen-Dance which seems to have a comprehensive list.

Life is getting busy again, so things will slow back down again, at least for a week or so.


Kaweco AL Sport – Deep Red fountain pen and mechanical pencil set – The Clumsy Penman’s InKfusion Site

13 hard-learned lessons from a veteran fountain pen addict | UK fountain pens // I somehow missed this the first time around. Found it when catching up on The Gentleman Stationer.

Sheaffer Imperial IV – Goodwriterspens’s Blog // Mmmm, Sheaffer

A Short List Of Easy Inks | An Inkophile’s Blog

Make Your Fountain Pens Happy | An Inkophile’s Blog

New Orleans is a Pen Destination — The Pen Addict

My Favorite Pens – Sheaffer Military Clip Balance | Anderson Pens Blog // Video

Flex Nibs Part 2: Vintage Flex Nibs – Pen Thoughts