Ink & Pen Notes: Fisher of Pens Hermes with Rohrer & Klingner Blau-Schwarz LE

Fisher of Pens Hermes with R&K Blau-Schwarz LE bottleRohrer & Klingner Blau-Schwarz LE ink is my perfect blue-black ink. It’s been a perfect performer in every fountain pen that I picked for it. This time out I loaded it into my Fisher of Pens Hermes fountain pen with its fine nib. The Hermes is a dry writer and a bit finicky. I put up with it more than I would with other pens because I love the look, and as long as ink flows to the nib it’s a great writer.

The R&K Blau-Schwarz LE ink didn’t disappoint. The combination wrote perfectly from the first to the last drop. There ink lasted just under a month in the pen. While seemingly a long time, it was the only pen I wrote dry during that time period. (And once it was dry I used another enough to write it dry too.)

There was a lot of ink in the cap. It wasn’t dripping wet, but enough to add a lot of color to the water when I rinsed it out. I did carry it out and about a lot, in a pen case carried in my bag, so it probably got jostled a lot. This is the closest I have to a complaint, and it’s really just life with a fountain pen.

As expected, the ink was easy to flush from the pen.

I was tempted to re-ink the Fisher of Pens with the R&K Blau-Schwarz LE and keep right on going. But I’m at the end of my first bottle of this Limited Edition ink, with only one bottle left. Plus I have a lot of other pens inked up ready to use. Both the ink and pen will return to the rotation, probably sooner rather than later.

Fisher of Pens Hermes with R&K Blau-Schwarz LE writing sample


Ink & Pen Notes: Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen with Bookbinders Red-Belly Black

Sailor KOP with Bookbinders Red-Belly Black ink bottleI inked up my Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen (M) with Bookbinders Red-Belly Black ink back on January 30th. I wrote it dry the evening of February 28th. Yes, I know it was in my March 1st currently inked post, but that’s what happens when I write posts on the weekend and schedule them for during the week. It was March 1st in some parts of the world.

Continuing my current practice, the Sailor KOP was my inaugural pen for this ink. The ink was a bit clingy as I filled the pen, forming a film on the nib and section that was harder than usual to wipe off. But once it was in the pen it behaved well. I expected a little nib creep or ink clinging to the converter, but neither happened. The ink was also easy to flush from the pen. The ink and pen were well behaved from fill to finish.

Bookbinders Red-Belly Black puts down a wet, thick, dark black line. Dry time was about normal and I didn’t have any accidental smudges while using the pen. Others have mentioned a red sheen in the ink, but I didn’t notice any during regular use of the pen. There was a little hint of red in places where the ink was heavier than normal, such as making two passes when writing, or with a swab.It will probably show more red color in a wetter or flex nib.

Bookbinders Red-Belly Black is a nice black ink that I wouldn’t hesitate to use again, but at the same time I’m not rushing to get it into another pen. As for the Sailor King of Pen, it continues to show why I like it so much. It’s already been filled with another new (to me) ink.

Sailor KOP (medium) with Bookbinders Red-Belly Black writing sample

Additional Reading

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Sunday Notes and Links – Final Edition

Photo of Currently Inked Pens - March 5, 2017My own writing was down this past week, although I did write one fountain pen dry after using it nearly a month. The remaining 10 are shown above.

This will be the final edition of Sunday Notes & Links. It’s gone on hiatus before, and I never say “never”, but my plan is that this is the last one. I’m not one who thinks bloggers need to explain what they do and why, but I’ve been doing these so long I figured I should mention it. The reason, in a nutshell, is that it’s time for a change. It may return in some form, but certainly not as a regular feature.

In related news, my FountainPen.Link Tumblr will no longer be a firehose of links, although it may get an occasional update.

If you’re looking for a weekly links post check out The Week-Appointed Desk and The Gentleman Stationer, both of which publish a weekly links post.

Pen Shows & Clubs

The Baltimore Pen Show is going on this weekend. The Little Rock, AR pen show follows on March 17 – 19th.

What Others Are Using & Doing

My First Wax Seal! – SquishyInk

Tale of a Vandal Pen User: Transparency | Peaceable Writer

InCoWriMo – The Aftermath — The Finer Point

Standing the Test of Time (3) – Pens! Paper! Pencils!

March: The Six Pen Challenge! – Hand Over That Pen

My Modest Ink Collection — The Finer Point

Misc Links

Schneider 670 Fountain Pen | East…West…Everywhere

A feel for fountain pens | Living | The Journal Gazette

Stainless steel nibs for everyone — Alt. Haven

Vintage Pen News: 20-year anniversary

Crónicas Estilográficas: Changes in Tokyo. 2017 Edition

Currently Inked – March 2017

Another month begins, and more importantly, winter is fading into the past. Snow isn’t unheard of this time of year, but the average for my home town is less than 2.5 days of snow with an average of under 6” for the month. In mid-February I wanted some new inks and fountain pens in the mix, rather than flushing any I simply added to the inked pens. As the writing sample picture betrays, I haven’t written any pens dry since mid-February. Too many fountain pens, too little writing. I won’t be doing the Six Pen Challenge.

On to the pens:

Currently Inked - February 26, 2017

Currently Inked - March 2017

Currently Inked Writing Samples - March 2017

Currently Inked – New Fountain Pens & Inks

One February pen was written dry but immediately refilled with the same ink, while two other February pens remain in the rotation, but with different inks. Then there are four completely new pens.

The Montblanc Meisterstück Ultra Black LeGrand (OM) was immediately refilled with my favorite ink, Montblanc Bordeaux.

The Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age (EF) returns but with Monteverde Burgundy ink this time. This is the old formulation which appears to be slightly lighter (redder) than the new Napa Burgundy.

The Aurora Optima Nero Perla (M) stays in the rotation but with P.W. Akkerman Dutch Masters 09 Steenrood “Red Stone” van Vermeer. I really like the color of this ink. This is one of several new terra-cotta shades of ink to join my collection recently.

The Fisher of Pens Hermes (F) appears for the first time this year. I love the look of this pen but it’s always been a touch finicky with the inks I’ve used. That is until now. The Rohrer & Klingner Limited Edition Blau-Schwarz may be the best behaved ink I’ve ever used. It continues to impress me by making this pen a joy to use and problem free. It helps that I like the blue-black color. Too bad it’s a limited edition and I’m at the end of the bottle. Luckily I still have one more bottle.

The Pilot Custom 823 (F) returns after an extended absence. It gets Pilot Blue-Black ink which seems to be my go-to ink for this pen. Not my favorite looking pen but it’s a great size for me and a superb writer.

The Sheaffer Balance II Aspen SE (M) shows up for the first time this year. It’s filled with its “go to” ink, Montblanc Permanent Grey.

The Sheaffer Balance Lifetime Oversize (c.1935) (Broad Stub) is the one vintage pen I have inked up. It’s inked up with Diamine 150th Anniversary Terracotta, another Terra-cotta inspired ink (obviously). The broad stub isn’t my choice as a daily writer, it’s way too wide, but fun for occasional use.

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) with Montblanc Bordeaux was written dry but immediately refilled with the same ink.

Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age (EF) with Montblanc Lavender Purple – The pen returned, the ink did not.

Aurora Optima Nero Perla (M) with P.W. Akkerman #12 Mauritshuis Magenta – The pen returned, the ink did not.

Sheaffer PFM I with Montblanc Lucky Orange

Currently Inked – Holdovers

The Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen (M) remains in the rotation with Bookbinders Red-Belly Black ink. A nice dark black ink.

The Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe (EF) with its thin nib and Sailor’s Pigment Black ink continues to get frequent use, but for very short notes.

The Monteverde Napa Burgundy is doing well in the Pelikan M805 Stresemann (EF). It’s almost empty. I like the ink and may simply refill the pen with the same ink. Beats cleaning it out.

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. It recently developed a burping problem which kept me from picking it in some cases. All the ink, and now a lot of air, is beginning to take it’s toll, especially when I stopped storing it nib up. But I love the nib, pen and ink so it’s worth it. Storing the pen nib up, and letting the pressure equalize before I use it helps a bit. But it’s a small speed-bump that keeps from from picking the pen at times. Plus, once my hand heats the pen I have to be careful.

The Montblanc Meisterstück Ultra Black LeGrand (OM) with Montblanc Bordeaux was written dry but immediately refilled with the same ink so it’s also a holdover.

Sunday Notes and Links – February 26, 2017

Currently Inked - February 26, 2017

All the same fountain pens and ink as last Sunday

A lot of fountain pen usage this week when compared to my normal week. I mixed up the usage among my 11 inked pens so none were written dry. A lot of planning and brainstorming using pen and paper in addition do my usual daily writing.

Pen Shows & Clubs

The first of two March Pen Shows happens March 3 – 5th in Baltimore, MD. The Little Rock, AR pen show follows on March 17 – 19th.

The Inaugural GNYPIG Meet-Up | From the Pen Cup // A great acronym and sounds like fun. My hopes went up briefly when I saw New York, but this is about as far from me as you can get and still be in NY.

Gourmet Pens: First Dutch Fountain Pen Group Meet!

Nows as good of time as any to hype my Fountain Pen Clubs & Meetupspage and my US Pen Show Schedule page

What Others Are Using

What’s in My Pen Roll – Winter Is Ending – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

The Cost Disease — Pen Economics

The Frugal Fountain Pen: Why the Noodler’s Ahab is One of My Favorite Pens

A Static Yet Evolving Fountain Pen Collection – Pete Denison  // Excellent post that came through my feed as I was compiling this post, so no comments yet. But it was too good to hold for next week.

Misc Links

Pelikan’s M700 Series « The Pelikan’s Perch

Crónicas Estilográficas: Pilot Cartridges and Converters 2017

Ink & Pen Notes: Sheaffer PFM I with Montblanc Lucky Orange

Sheaffer PFM I (capped) with Montblanc Lucky OrangeIt’s been awhile since I flushed a fountain pen of ink before I’ve written it dry. I’ve been writing them dry unless they become annoying to use. My vintage Sheaffer PFM I with its fine nib and Montblanc’s new Lucky Orange ink became that annoying pen and ink combination.

Other reviewers have mentioned that Lucky Orange has a tendency to dry out on the nib but it did OK in my Sailor King of Pen so I decided to give it a try in a thinner nib. The PFM I would be dry after spending the night stored nib up. But then gravity would quickly bring ink to the tip and the pen would write perfectly the rest of the day. So it wasn’t annoying or especially unusual.

The Sheaffer PFM I was in use for a couple of weeks, during which I enjoyed using it. The find nib and bright line meant it got used every day, even if it wasn’t a lot of use. Typically short notes or marking up a document. Then it spent a couple days flat on my desk and needed more than gravity to get going.

Sheaffer PFM I (extra fine) with dried Montblanc Lucky Orange

Dried ink clogging the feed

I could see the dried, crusty ink between the nib and the feed. A dry towel wasn’t enough to get things going. A little water would have fixed it, I’m sure. But I put the pen aside and picked another. When I did bring the pen to water it was to flush it out. I have little patience for finicky fountain pens these days. A problem that makes me get up from my desk to resolve is unforgivable.

As expected, cleaning the pen was a pain. This pen is a pain to clean even with the easiest to flush ink. In this case it was made worse because there was still plenty of ink in the pen. Staining wasn’t a problem and the crusty ink washed away quickly. But the orange dye remained, and remained. Once I got most of the ink out I started filling it with water and leaving it nib down in a tissue for several hours, then repeating whenever I get around to it.

I like the Montblanc Lucky Orange ink and will use it in another pen, although I’ll pick one that’s easy to clean and has a wet nib. The Sheaffer PFM I remains a favorite writer. The nib and size are ideal for me. I’ll stick to known well-behaved inks.

Sheaffer PFM I (extra fine) with Montblanc Lucky Orange writing sample

Sheaffer PFM I (extra fine) uncapped with Montblanc Lucky Orange

Sunday Notes and Links – February 19, 2017

Currently Inked - February 19, 2017

Currently Inked

It was an interesting week with fountain pens, at least when compared to other recent weeks. Early in the week I decided I wanted some variety but didn’t want to flush any pens. So I inked up six fountain pens to bring me to 12. It ended up being a messy day. No actual spilled ink but I had more ink on my fingers than anytime else in recent memory. I had more of a problem getting ink into the pens than on my fingers. But the problems didn’t end there.

The Sheaffer Balance Oversize from the DC show didn’t take in any ink, which I noticed the next day as the feed went dry. After experimenting with plain water I moved the pen to the repair queue. There must be a hole in the sac or a similar problem. Was I too aggressive cleaning it last time?

The second problem was with my Sheaffer PFM I with Montblanc Lucky Orange ink. The nib had been dry after spending the night nib up but flow would quickly returned after a few nib down moments. Then I left the pen flat on my desk for a day or two. The feed was all dry and crusty and more than gravity was needed to get it going. Rather than just wetting the nib to get it going I flushed it instead. I have a low tolerance for finicky pens these days. So inked pens quickly dropped to the 11 shown above.

Now I have to start using them.

Currently Inked Writing Samples - February 19, 2017

Currently Inked Writing Samples

On to the links…

Pen Shows & Clubs

The Los Angeles pen show is going on this weekend. The show is open to the public from 10am to 5pm today (Feb 19th).

Appleton Pen Club – Spring Cleaning – // March 16th at 7 PM in Appleton, WI

What Others Are Using and Doing

Ink Swatches | East…West…Everywhere // I’ve pretty much stopped doing swatches. But others are just starting.

InCoWriMo Toolkit — The Finer Point

Misc Links

Retro fountain pens push for placement in digital world – Kitchener-Waterloo – CBC News // Another mainstream press fountain pen piece. Nothing new here (prices are up, volume down, luxury item, etc… ) except a brick & mortar pen store is mentioned.

Tale from a Vandal Scribbler: Poetry As Uniting Force | Peaceable Writer // Not fountain pen focused, but a good read

Letter Writing Call To Arms! – The Well-Appointed Desk // Looking for a reason ti use those fountain pens?

Thoughts On Organizing Your Journals – Recording Thoughts // I’ve never considered doing any organization (there than by date) since I have no reason to do so. But if you have a reason (or don’t, but want organization anyway) here are some ideas.

The Chronoswiss Styloscope by Pelikan « The Pelikan’s Perch // beautiful dark green. I also find it interesting that an extra nib was sold with the pen and that the carry case had a a way to properly carry the extra along with the pen and a small note pad.

Parker Premier Luxury Brown PGT | // As much as I’ve wanted it to, Parker pens never pulled me into their realm. But I do enjoy reading about them when the writer is a fan of the brand.

Pelikan m805 Stressman | Wondernaut in the world of stationery wonders // One of my favorite pens but it’s not for everyone. I was lucky enough to try the various Pelikan sizes at a pen show so I knew it worked for me. Wondernaut was able to borrow one a found that it wasn’t.