Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – June 10, 2018

Aurora Optima pen on knight pen stand with a little of Montblanc Beatles inkI finally wrote another pen dry, bringing the remaining inked fountain pens down to a mere dozen. The Aurora Optima with its medium nib and Montblanc Psychedelic Purple “The Beatles” ink went dry.

I also finally started cleaning some empty pens. Usually I’m good at cleaning out a pen after it goes dry. Both because it’s usually easier before the remaining ink can dry up, and because I hate tackling a bunch of fountain pens all at once. There were four to be cleaned. Not bad, but still more than my patience can usually handle. So far, only two have been cleaned.


Crónicas Estilográficas: Carving // Combines my interest in vintage pens and my interest in filling systems.

Currently Inked – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

Note taking | paperinkplan


Vintage Pen News: Yet another eBay scam


Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – June 3, 2018

Edison Menlo Pump Filler with Athena Sepia ink bottleWriting this post is getting tedious, another week with little fountain pen usage. My most used pen & ink of the week was the Edison Menlo Pump Filler with Athena Sepia ink. It bullied it’s way into my hand. When I pulled it out to use it over a week ago, the nib was dry and beyond a hard start. So when I got a chance I wetted the nib (quick trip through the faucet stream of water) and started using it. Being carried around and used each day, even a little, has kept the ink flowing nicely. I love the combination when the ink flows. While it’s a combination that needs to be used, it’s not a chore to use it.

I finally decided to order The System Retro 51, so I’ll have one coming later this month. Based on an email I received, the second batch was slower to sell out, and only about half of us who expressed interest actually ordered one. He’s considering a third batch, but there’s a 300 pen minimum order, so it’s not an easy decision, and he’s still trying to gauge interest. (It’s easy to express interest, harder to lay out the bucks, so I’m sure well over 300 people will need to be interested.)

I was lucky enough to see the first batch before it sold out, although I passed at that time. I want to avoid impulse pen purchases these days, so I have a 24-hour rule. By then the first batch was sold out. I really like the space-themed Retros and this one was unlike any of the others. This is the most I’ve paid for a Retro 51 which is what made me hesitate.


My Experiences Holiday Sketching. — The Finer Point

montblanc elixir colorist collection inks (2018) | KMPN

Rome Store Recap – Hand Over That Pen

Stationery Packing List for a Writer’s Conference — The Pen Addict

Visconti Homo Sapiens Dark Age Fountain Pen Review – Pens! Paper! Pencils!

Writing These Days – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

EPA paid $1,560 for 12 fountain pens – CNNPolitics // No mention of the pen brand, but $130 per fountain pen doesn’t seem so bad. Somehow I suspect these pens were more show than substance.

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – May 27, 2018

It’s memorial day weekend here in the U.S., which makes it the unofficial start of summer, even though summer doesn’t officially start for another few weeks. A couple days of 80º+ temperatures, although it’s supposed to dip into the low 60’s today. The humidity has yet to take hold, so it’s comfortable enough to sit on the porch and do some writing, without sweating all over the paper.

It’s all relative, but my fountain pen usage did pick up this past week, although it’s still low. Mostly lists and notes, but a few brainstorming sessions and article drafts were thrown into the mix. My favorite pen & ink were the Fisher of Pens Hermes, with its fine nib and Iroshizuku Shin-Ryoku ink. The pen was written dry. When it went dry my usage of the Sailor KOP picked up, even though it’s a wider medium nib.


Compartmentalising with Notebooks — The Finer Point // Multiple notebooks always made sense to me, yet in practice, it failed miserably for me. I never had the right notebook handy, or having to go find the right notebook was too much of a speed bump.

Chicago Pen Show 2018 Recap (Part 2) – The Well-Appointed Desk

Vintage Pen News: Fake alert: advertising signs from India| Finding out what I enjoy to use

May 2018 Pen & Ink Pairing – Hand Over That Pen

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – May 20, 2018

It’s been a slow two weeks for fountain pen usage, embarrassing for a guy with a fountain pen blog. Just the usual quick notes and checklists. No pens written dry so no new pens inked up.

Photo of the Sailor KOP and Fisher of Pens Hermes

Still the most used couple of pens this past week.


Chicago Pen Show 2018 Recap – The Well-Appointed Desk

Chicago Pen Show Write-up – SquishyInk

Clips | Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Ink Review: Waterman Audacious Red – The Well-Appointed Desk

My Supply Room: More Glow In The Dark Retro 51 Pens

Pen & Ink Pairing: April 2018 – Hand Over That Pen

Fake vintage pens on eBay – Vintage Pen News

Off-Topic (long read): The Long Way Round: The Plane that Accidentally Circumnavigated the World

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – May 6, 2018

Another week of consistent, but low, fountain pen usage. From a glass half full point of view, I used a couple of fountain pens every day. I averaged one A5 page per day in addition to the usual notes and lists.

From a glass half empty point of view, I didn’t write any pen dry and didn’t I skipped my journal entry one day.

I still have 14 inked up fountain pens. To work through them I pick two pens a day and put them in the holder on my desk to use throughout the day. I take the next two in the pen case to avoid picking favorites. In addition to those, I use my Pilot Vanishing Point (black in, XXF nib) daily for note taking and as a pocket carry.

Despite not wanting to pick favorites, I have come to prefer two of the pens over all the others. The Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen with its medium nib and Papier Plum Burgundy ink, along with the Fisher of Pens Hermes with its extra fine nib and Iroshizuku Shin-Ryoku ink. There were times where these two stole time from the two pens I had picked for the day. These pens helped lighten the mood when taking notes for something I didn’t otherwise find enjoyable but had to do.

Photo of the Sailor KOP and Fisher of Pens Hermes


Is this thing on? | From the Pen Cup // Mary writes about a thinner refill for Retro 51s. I picked up three (black, red, green). It’s even thinner than the 0.6 mm P8126 refill I typically use. It’s a 0.4 mm gel refill which makes it significantly thinner. My order arrived Thursday, so I haven’t used them much. It’s been awhile since I used gel ink so that takes some getting used to, but I like the thin line.

Getting mixed up – into the Wild Blue Yonder | Slightly unnerved //  can relate to the ever-expanding shopping cart despite only wanting one item.

Inky Fingers | The Pen Habit // Matt will be ending The Pen Habit. The existing videos will be up a while, but there won’t be any new videos. I can relate to not needing (or wanting) new pens and the lack of interest in reviews. Thanks for the videos Matt, and enjoy life.

Stormy Scene with Quink and Bleach | FOUNTAIN PEN INKS & BLEACH