Franklin-Christoph Model 66 Eye Dropper

photo of the Franklin-Christoph Model 66 Stabilis Fountain Pen
Franklin-Christoph Model 66 Stabilis Fountain Pen

While it doesn’t qualify as a project, taking less than 10 minutes, I converted my Franklin-Christoph Model 66 fountain pen to an eye dropper. The conversion also wasn’t much of a conversion. Just a little silicone grease around the section threads and a little more around the feed threads just to be safe.

I put in about 3ml of Rohrer & Klinger Blau-Schwarz ink and closed it up. It looks like it can hold about 4ml if I top it off. That’s if my syringe is to be believed. In my opinion this ink is perfect for the pen and I haven’t used any other in it since I first matched them up. Add to to that the fact the the pen always has ink it seemed the perfect eye dropper candidate.

No leaking so far. Now I just have to remember not to absentmindedly open the pen to check for the ink left in the convertor.

November 2012 Ink Drop

I did my swabs and writing samples for the Goulet Pens November ink drop this past weekend. It took awhile to get to it since none of the inks grabbed my attention when I opened the envelope, except for one I already had. They’re nice enough, but I don’t think they’ll make it into a pen anytime soon The five November inks are:

  • Diamine Ochre – This brown ink is easily my favorite among the bunch since it’s one I  already have a sample. I added it when ordered some brown inks to try. Looks like it will have good saturation and shading. I do like brown inks.
  • Noodler’s Tiananmen – This is a nice dark red with a purple tint in my swab. My second choice among these five inks.
  • Noodler’s Cayenne – My ink swab and writing sample doesn’t look as orange as I expected. The swab does have an orange shade to it, but the writing sample (written with a glass dip pen) looks like a dark red.
  • Rohrer & Kilingner Morinda – I’ve read that this is an easy tio clean red ink. If so it may be more than the common red it appears to be.
  • De Atramentis Ghandi – A thin yellow ink that doesn’t appeal to me at all. Maybe useful as a highlighter or for drawing, neither is something I do.

The R&K Morinde will probably get put in a pen pretty quickly thanks to it’s reputation as an easy to clean red. But other than than, no inks jump to the top of my “must try” list, but a couple I’ll use eventually and will probably like.

Additional Reading:

Goulet Pens Ink Drop Reveal and Contest

This Just In: Pilot Vanishing Point and Nibs

Photo of Vanishing Point with two nibs

I managed to make it through October without a pen purchase, but couldn’t make it through November without buying a pen from my wish list. I ordered the Pilot Vanishing Point Gunmetal with Black Matte trim body and two specialty nibs. An 18k gold Waverly needlepoint (XXXF) nib and a 18k gold .6mm stub nib. I was expecting them to ship Saturday but when I checked the mailbox late Sunday afternoon there they were.

I kept going back and forth as to whether or not I liked the black matte trim on the Gunmetal pen or not. I liked it when first saw it but I would sometimes waver from that opinion. But I gave in and ordered it. Now that I’ve seen it up close I really like it.

I already have several VPs with the standard nibs and didn’t want another one so I decided to go with a specialty nib. I ended up getting two. This is only my third stub nib. I didn’t like the first which was a broad stub, loved the second which was a medium stub so decided for a third, also a medium stub. I haven’t used it enough to know for sure, but the first impression is positive.

Photo of the VP 0.6mm stub nib

I picked Diamine Ancient Copper as the first ink for the stub nib. The flow is great. I haven’t done a lot of writing yet, but I do believe I will really like this nib. This nib went into my Matte Black Vanishing Point.

Photo of the VP needlepoint nib

I used the last of my J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage for the needlepoint nib which went into the new gunmetal w/matte black Vanishing Point. I plan on using this nib primarily for annotations and margin notes and this ink isn’t the best choice for this use. I prefer an ink that stands out among the clutter. I only had a little of this ink left so it won’t last long, even in such a thin nib. So next up will be Waterman Purple or Red I think.

I’ve clearly have more Vanishing Points than I need. But I’m happy I added the Gunmetal/Matte Black and these two nibs to my accumulation.

This Week’s Ink – Nov. 18, 2012

Photo of pens inked for the week ahead

There weren’t any pen or ink changes last weekend, but pens began to run dry as the week began.

  1. Gate City New Dunn with a medium nib and Noodler’s Apache Sunset remains one of my favorite pen/ink combinations.
  2. Gate City New Postal with a fine nib and Pelikan Brilliant Black Ink. This has been my main writer for the last few days. It’s a nice writer and its huge ink capacity means it will be around awhile.
  3. Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Intrinsic with a medium italic nib and Waterman blue-black ink. While I linke this pen I haven’t been drawn to pull it from my case for quite a while.
  4. Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black with a fine nib and a Sailor black cartdridge.
  5. Waterman Edson with a fine nib and Waterman Florida Blue ink.
  6. Sailor 1911 (Burgundy) with 21kt gold medium nib. It’s filled with J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage ink.

The seventh spot is left open since I’m expecting a new pen and a couple nibs early this week and I’ll want to ink them up right away.

I do have a couple other pens inked up but they don’t travel with me. My Franklin-Christoph Model 66 Desk Pen always has ink and is within arms reach at my desk.

My Favorite Pen/Ink Combo From the Past Week

Gate City New Dunn Pen photo
Gate City Pen New Dunn with Noodler’s Apache Sunset

This Week’s Ink – Nov. 4, 2012

Photo of my daily carry pens for November 4, 2012
This week’s pen case.

After a month of boring stability in my pen selection I’m finally changing things up this week. So this week’s pens are:

  1. Gate City New Dunn with a medium nib and Noodler’s Apache Sunset. This is the “Tattler” version and I think the Apache Sunset ink looks cool in it.
  2. Gate City New Postal with a fine nib and Pelikan Brilliant Black Ink
  3. Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Intrinsic with a medium italic nib and Waterman blue-black ink.
  4. Franklin-Christoph Model 29 with a fine nib and J. Herbin Lie De The ink.
  5. Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black with a fine nib and a Sailor Black ink cartridge.
  6. Bexley Imperial with a fine nib and J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage ink.
  7. Waterman Edson with a fine nib. For some reason Waterman Florida Blue is the only ink I can get into this pen.

The Gate City New Dunn/Noodler’s Apache Sunset pairing has become my favorite pen/ink combination, at least for the moment. Despite the massive ink capacity I’ve refilled it rather than rotating it out of my pen case.

The Waterman Edson had the distinction of being my most expensive pen when I bought it in 2003 all the way through this year, only recently losing that title to my Marlborough Vintage from Conway Stewart.