June Ink Sample Giveaway

The comments are closed. There was a winner.
I reviewed four inks in June and thought it would be a good idea to let someone else try them out. So I’m giving out sample vials of each ink to one winner. The vials have about 3 ml of each ink. This is open internationally but I will use the absolute cheapest delivery method so it may take awhile (read that as many weeks) to get to some countries.
The inks I reviewed in June were:
Franklin-Christoph Black Magic
Montblanc Midnight Blue
Diamine Syrah
Montblanc Mystery Black
To enter – add a comment to this post before 11:59 PM EST on July 4th that tells us what your favorite ink is. I will post the winner on July 5th and you’ll have 14 days to contact me.
WordPress comments do require a an email address but his address does not have to be valid. If it’s not valid I would ask you use something you remember so I can use it to verify it’s really you and not someone trying to hijack your prize. I’ll never share your email address or use it for anything other than this giveaway.
One entry per person please.
All comments are numbered 1 to whatever in the order they appear under this post. I’ll use random.org to pick the winning number.
Good luck!

Favorite 5: Modern Pens

It’s been a little over six months since I first picked my Favorite 5 modern fountain pens, vintage fountain pens, and inks. In looking over those lists I find that only the Modern Pens list has significant changes, with four pens bumped off the list. In my defense, all 4 replacements are new since I published the first list. The Vintage pens and ink lists are holding up so there’s no need to update those lists.

1. Pilot Custom 823

The Pilot Custom 823 has the classic cigar shape that I love. The large 14K gold nib has enough spring to add to my writing enjoyment without making me feel like its talents are completely wasted on me. It’s a large pen but light and seems custom designed for my hand. Add its large ink capacity and it defines a perfect pen for me. Here’s my review.

Pilot Custom 823 not posted

2. Franklin-Christoph Model 66

The F-C Model 66 is the only holdover from my first Fav 5 list. As I said then: The design is simple, but it fits my hand perfectly and it’s a great writer. Rohrer & Klingner Blau-Schwarz is my ink of choice for this pen which I converted to an eyedropper filler. The pen wrote consistently well for over a year without needing a cleaning. I just kept topping off the ink supply. It was a strong contender for the top position but didn’t quit make it. My review is here

Franklin-Christoph Model 66

3. Pelikan M101N “Lizard” SE

A new acquisition that seems like it should be too small for me to appreciate. It’s one of the few pens I regularly use posted, which should also be a strike against it. Despite these two strikes I love this pen, I writes great. Here’s my review.

photo of the uncapped Pelikan M101N Lizard uncapped

4. Pilot Vanishing Point Maplewood

The Vanishing Points almost made the list the last time, but I wasn’t using them enough. While practical, the metal bodies weren’t all that comfortable during extended writing sessions. That all changed with the Maplewood Edition. No review yet.

photo of the Pilot Vanishing Point Maplewood Limited Edition

5. Kaweco AL Sport Raw Aluminum

Kaweco AL Sport Raw Aluminim posted

This pen made the list simply because it’s used so much. It gets carried every day and used nearly every day, even if only for short notes. The raw aluminum has been banged up a bit since it’s a pocket carry but that gives the pen character. There’s a converter available but I’ve stuck to cartridges since they hold more ink. It’s reviewed here.
Wrapping Up
I’m pretty fickle when it comes to fountain pens. The ones I like the most tend to be the ones I’m using or used most recently. So I’m sure this list will be different in six months, but for now these are solidly in the top five.

Look Out! There’s a New Podcast In Town

A recent Pen Addict podcast mentioned a new podcast had appeared on the scene. it wasn’t fountain pen (or even pen) related. While I usually enjoy non-fountain pen discussions on the Pen Addict I’m not drawn to try anything out  So I figured I was safe when I listened to the Erasable Podcast. it was dedicated to wooden pencils and my last memory of using them was of #2 pencils to fill in ovals while taking a test. Not exactly exiting, so I figured I was safe.

I was wrong. Unfortunately what I find interesting about fountain pens (and other tech with a long history) is evident in wooden pencils. According to Wikipedia, wood case pencils date to about 1560 and technology developed in the late 1700s is still used to make the pencil lead (or actually a granite/clay mixture, not lead). My type of technology.

I was hooked. I listened to the podcast while on a drive home and decided to stop into the local Staples. True to my compulsive nature I left with the following…

Photo of my first pencil purchases

Not exactly every wood case pencil they had, but close. There is one benefit to pencils – this batch, plus a sharpener and a large Dunkin’ Donuts coffee all cost less than a bottle of Iroshizuku that’s on sale.

The pencils available were mostly Ticonderoga so I got one pack of every grade available along with the Staples house brand. The black Staedtler Noricas were in a $5 bin and looked sharp. Even though 36 pencils was far more than I ever expect to use I picked up a pack.

I’m using one of the Staedtlers to write the draft of this article. It’s not a fountain pen but there does seem to be an obsession brewing. I recommend the podcast, but you’ve been warned.

Long Island Pen Show This Weekend

Photo of my pen show haul
2013 Long Island Pen Show haul

The Long Island Pen show is just hours aways, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Last year’s LI pen show was my first ever and I recapped it here.

I’m still debating whether to attend Saturday or Sunday. It’ll probably be Saturday morning.

I don’t really have a list for this year’s show although I’m sure I won’t walk away empty. I don’t need ink, but that doesn’t mean I won’t get any. I’ll look to see if I can add any Esterbrook nibs missing from my collection.  I just realized my first Esterbrook at last year’s LI show (from Anderson Pens) so I’ve only known of them for a year. Seems longer.

I went through my pens to see if there’s any that I’d want to visit Richard Binder so they could get some nib work, but haven’t come across any. I want to see the Visconti Wall Streets but they’re way above my current budget so I’ll just be window shopping.

If I remember right, last year was slightly more vintage than modern so there will be plenty for me to browse.

You going to the show?