Currently Inked – February 2017

It’s a new month, meaning it’s time to review my inked up fountain pens. I only wrote two pens dry the entire month of January (and one of those went dry late on the 31st, after being inked over 2 months). I could claim that it’s because the pens are mostly hight capacity piston and eyedropper fillers, but the reality is I used them less than usual. So there’s not much change this month. I considered flushing out a couple pens to change things up a bit, but I like these pens and inks. In fact, I like them so much that one “written dry” pen got immediately re-inked with the same ink. One new ink was added along with an eighth pen. As usual, the photos below show pens and writing samples in the same order.

Currently Inked - February 2017 - capped

Currently Inked - February 2017 - uncapped

Currently Inked - February 2017 - writing sample

Currently Inked – New Fountain Pens & Inks

The green Sheaffer PFM I with its fine nib was added to the rotation. It gets Montblanc Lucky Orange which is a carry-over from January. I want to see how this ink does in a thinner nib. It’s only been used for the writing sample but it looks promising. It’s also nice to have a vintage pen back in the rotation.

The Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen with its medium nib remains in the rotation but with a different ink. It’s my “go to” pen for trying out new inks. This time the ink is Bookbinders Red-Belly Black. The ink is new to me and seems like a wet, dark black ink.

Written Dry

I wrote the following pens dry last month. Links are to the Ink and Pen Notes post for the combination.

The Montblanc Meisterstück Ultra Black LeGrand (OM) was written dry the night of January 31st, so there’s no ink and pen notes yet. But my opinion should be obvious since I’ve already re-inked it the with the same Montblanc Bordeaux ink.

Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen (M) with Montblanc Lucky Orange

Currently Inked – Holdovers

The Newton Pens Eastman kept its #2442 Esterbrook nib and Montblanc Irish Green ink. I like the combination and have been reluctant to swap the nib.

The Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe with its thin Japanese extra fine nib has been my utility pen. I generally carry it with my pocket notebook in my Nock Co. Fodderstack XL. This means that while it gets use most days it’s only a few words. The ink is a Sailor cartridge of pigment blue-black making the ink waterproof. The firm nib works well with even the worst writing form, like holding the notebook in my hand.

I really like the Aurora Optima Nero Perla (M) and P.W. Akkerman #12 combination. It’s quickly grown on me and I find myself smiling when I use the pen. The nib does a good job of displaying the magenta ink without being unusable.

The Montblanc Lavender Purple ink in the Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age (EF) is not what I expected. Maybe it’s the thin line, maybe it’s my eyes, maybe there was some Sheaffer Blue-Black left in the pen, but the line is darker than I expected. I would not identify it as purple unless I see it in bright light on white paper. I like the properties well enough and it’s dark enough to pass as a “business ink” but I wanted more purple. It may be better in a wider nib but other Montblanc inks have generally done better in thin nibs.

The Monteverde Napa Burgundy is doing well in the Pelikan M805 Stresemann (EF). I’m a fan of burgundy inks so this isn’t a surprise.

As I mentioned above, the Montblanc Meisterstück Ultra Black LeGrand (OM) was written dry the night of January 31st and I’ve already re-inked it the with the same Montblanc Bordeaux ink.


Ink & Pen Notes: Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen (M) with Montblanc Lucky Orange

Sailor Pro Gear KOP (M) with Montblanc Lucky Orange bottleLucky Orange is Montblanc’s latest Limited Edition ink and a recent addition to my ink accumulation. I picked the Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen with a medium nib as the inaugural fountain pen for the ink. It’s the sixth ink for this pen and it’s third straight orange.

I have to say, Montblanc Lucky Orange is my favorite orange ink so far, although it hasn’t been perfect. I admit to having a bias towards Montblanc inks since they usually perform consistently well in my pens, especially my typical thin nib, and I expected (and want) to like this ink.

Dried Montblanc Lucky Orange in the feedAs usual the Sailor KOP performed well. Lucky Orange is a straight-on, vibrant orange. There wasn’t any real shading or line variation with this nib. The flow was consistently good. This was despite the feed showing signs of the ink drying out more than usual. I didn’t have any problems with the ink drying out on the nib when I was using the pen, even with pauses of about 2 minutes. The ink was easy to clean from the pen.

The ink seems to go onto the paper nearly dry but that’s an allusion. I had a few accidental smudges while taking notes as the dry time is longer than I expected. I needed about 30 – 45 seconds to avoid smudges, depending on the paper. The drying time is my only complaint about this ink.

The ink lasted well over a month. I typically used the pen to write headings as I took notes. I did use it for regular writing on occasion, but a full page of this bright orange is a bit bright if I (or anyone else) wants to read the page.

I considered giving it a second fill of Lucky Orange but decided to try the ink in a thin nib next. I already know I like it with this one and I’m curious about how the ink will do in a fine or extra fine nib.

Montblanc Lucky Orange is a Limited Edition ink, but like most LE inks there’s not much of a clue as to how limited it is (or isn’t). Since Montblanc doesn’t have an orange in their ink lineup I decided to risk a purchase of two bottles. I don’t regret the purchase.

Both Montblanc Lucky Orange and the Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen will soon return to the rotation, just not together.

Sailor Pro Gear KOP (M) with Montblanc Lucky Orange writing sample

Sunday Notes and Links – January 29, 2017

Currently Inked - January 29, 2017

I wrote one pen dry, but the other six are still around.

I’m in a rut. My writing continued at a low level. My note taking was up a little this week, but that didn’t make up for the days I skipped journaling. I finally wrote a pen dry, the Sailor King of Pen with Montblanc Lucky Orange ink. So there’s a new photo with just six pens. I may prematurely flush and replace a couple other pens as February begins, just to mix things up a bit. I’ll be re-inking the Sailor KOP later today but with a different ink (still undecided) and the Lucky Orange will return to a different pen. I want to see how it does with a thinner nib.

InCoWriMo starts this week. I was going to skip it this year, but I’ll take the motivation to write and say I’m doing it, even though I’m 99.9% sure I won’t come close to 1 a day. I’ll take the opportunity to catch up with letters that I owe and maybe send out some postcards.

Pen Shows & Clubs

The next US show is on the other coast, in Los Angeles, from February 16th to 19th.

What Others Are Using

Pen & Ink Pairing: Jan ’17 – Hand Over That Pen

Okurlardan: Faber Castell Writink Resin | Write to Me Often

Misc Links

Lucky Orange – Montblanc LE ink | Wondernaut in the world of stationery wonders // My thoughts about this ink are slightly different, although it’s still in its first pen. At this point it’s one of my favorite oranges. I have’t had the nib evaporation problem. But like I said, this is based on one pen.

Sheaffer Skrip Red | Inkdependence! // My favorite fire engine red ink

On Writing Your First Letter To Your New Pen Pal – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

Crónicas Estilográficas: From Wajima

Faber-Castell 663 Fountain Pen – Pens! Paper! Pencils!

canetas e coisas: WING SUNG and canetas e coisas: DELTA

News: Ink of the Year 2017 – Smoky Quartz « The Pelikan’s Perch

BBC – Capital – Why paper is the real ‘killer app’

Sunday Notes and Links – January 22, 2017

My fountain pen usage was down even more this week as I missed doing journal entries a couple of days. So no pens went dry and I haven’t ink up any new pens. I could have used the same picture again but I’m tired of it and I didn’t have time to take another one. So no photo today.

Pen Shows & Clubs

The 2017 Philly pen show is history. The next US show is on the other coast, in Los Angeles, from February 16th to 19th.

What Others Are Using

Twiss Pen Eye Candy – The Clumsy Penman’s InKfusion Site // An eye-catching custom pen that’s seen four months of use.

Misc Links

The Ink bottle — Alt. Haven // A nice overview of ink bottle shapes.

Crónicas Estilográficas: “Made Abroad” // Seems like a strange way to label a pen, but some potential reasons are given

My Cross Century Secret Stash (and a Cross Spire for good measure) – The Well-Appointed Desk // Not a fountain pen in the bunch. Even if there was, it would be way to thin for me.

KMPN.: Pilot Custom // Some of the pens in the Pilot Custom Series along with a chart showing nib availability.

Review: Conid Minimalistica, Delrin, EF Titanium Nib – Hand Over That Pen

Francis THEO: Labrador Sketchbook from Thailand

Tale of a Vandal Pen Blogger: Behind the Name | Peaceable Writer

Sunday Notes and Links – January 15, 2017

Currently Inked - January 1, 2017

The same set of pens for yet another week.

It was another typical week of fountain pen usage. With seven pens inked up I picked a different one as my primary writer each day to give them all a chance. While there was one day with heavier than normal note taking most of my writing consisted of one journal page each night and a few notes during the day. No pens went dry and no new pens were inked up. This makes three weeks in a row with the same set of pens.

Pen Shows & Clubs

The first US pen show of the year is going on this weekend in Philadelphia. In honor of the event I’ve updated my pen show page to include all shows that have scheduled dates in 2017.

Appleton Pen Club – Christmas Show & Tell | Anderson Pens // January 19th at 7pm in Appleton Wisconsin

What Others Are Using

What Are You Taking to Work? | Hey there! SBREBrown // New video series from SBRE Brown. Well, there’s only one video so far, so I guess it’s a potential series.

Misc Links

Nakaya Naka-Ai Awai-Murasaki First Impressions – SquishyInk

Review: Pelikan M400 Brown Tortoise — Alt. Haven

Crónicas Estilográficas: Shijin

Pen power: China closer to ballpoint success – BBC News // Not fountain pen related but I was surprised by the precision needed for ballpoint pens since they are generally cheap.

Sunday Notes and Links – January 8, 2017

Currently Inked - January 1, 2017

Same pens as last week.

It’s been a slow week when considering my fountain pen usage, but a busy week in all other aspects. Nearly all my pen usage was in my nightly journal entries and that was also below normal, although I wrote at least 1/2 a page every night to keep the habit. No change in my pens and ink during the week and there’s still plenty of ink in each one.

Pen Shows & Clubs

The US pen show season is season kicking off in Philadelphia on January 13-15th.

What Others Are Using or Used

Traveling into 2017 with a Hobonichi Techo | Peaceable Writer

My Favorite Inks for 2016 – The Well-Appointed Desk

Hobonichi Planner: Thoughts After One Year — The Gentleman Stationer

Midori MD Leather Cover After a Year – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

My Gear For The New Year | An Inkophile’s Blog

2016 Hobonichi Techo In Review — Gorgeous.Ink

Pens In Real Life: The Sabbath | From the Pen Cup

InCoWriMo is Approaching

InCoWriMo Pen Pal Match-Up – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

InCoWriMo 2017 Preparations | Gorgeous Ink

Misc Links

In pursuit of the rare | Leigh Reyes. My Life As a Verb.

My Planner Dilemma: Hobonichi Cousin v. Hobonichi Techo v. Traveler’s Notebook — The Pen Addict

Review Redux – The Sailor Imperial Black Fountain Pen – – Fountain Pen, Ink, and Stationery Reviews

Crónicas Estilográficas: A Non-Pilot Pilot

Vintage Pen News: One discovery inside another

Currently Inked – January 2017

It’s both a new year and a new month, a good time for change. Although two fountain pens didn’t get the message and start January with the same ink they had when December began. Another two pens carried over from December, but with new ink.

Currently Inked Pens (Capped) - January 2017

Currently Inked (Uncapped)  - January 2017

Currently Inked Writing Samples - January 2017The Newton Eastman with its Esterbrook Falcon Fine Stub (#2442) still has about 1/2 a barrel of Montblanc Irish Green ink. I do have a different nib than December. I’m enjoying this nib but will probably swap it out before the pen is empty. It’s a nice benefit of this pen – the ability to easily swap to any of my 30+ Esterbrook nibs. The pen pretty much remains home bound although it has ventured out one or two times.

The Montblanc Meisterstück Ultra Black LeGrand with its oblique medium nib is still on its first fill of ink, Montblanc Bordeaux. I haven’t been using this pen as much as I thought I would, although there’s no good reason for it. I love the pen and the nib.

The Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe was inked the second week of December when I needed a nice thin nib and a relatively dark ink. So this pen, with its extra fine nib was inked with a Sailor Pigmented Blue-Black cartridge. I picked this ink for it’s added bonus of being waterproof. With such a thin nib I suspect I’ll be flushing this out before I write it dry.

The Aurora Optima Nero Perla with its medium nib returns from December, but with a new ink. This month it has P.W. Akkerman #12 Mauritshuis Magenta. I’ve had the bottle for awhile but only opened it recently. This is the first time I’ve used the ink and was pleasantly surprised by the color. So far it’s doing well in the medium nib and it’s been well behaved.

The Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age (EF) age has returned to the rotation after a two month hiatus. I picked Montblanc Lavender Purple this time around. Another ink that I’ve had for awhile but haven’t used until now. This ink seems to quickly darken if the pen isn’t used for a day or two. It’s not so vibrant in this thin nib.

The Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen (M) continues in the rotation, but with a new ink. This time around it’s Montblanc Lucky Orange, which is Montblanc’s latest special edition ink. I’m still looking for my perfect orange ink and Lucky Orange is off to a good start.

The Pelikan M805 Stresemann (EF) also had a two month break but now returns to the rotation with Monteverde Napa Burgundy which is another new to me ink that was recently released by Monteverde.

Written Dry

I wrote the following pens dry last month. Links are to the Ink and Pen Notes post for the combination.

Ryan Krusac Legend (EF) with Diamine Ancient Copper

Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen (M) and Bookbinders Everglades Ratsnake

Aurora Optima Nero Perla (M) with Aurora Black