Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – December 17, 2017

Well, the cold weather finally settled in. I think I triggered it by ordering some ink on Tuesday. The local temperature dropped to below freezing by the time the ink shipped and it remained below freezing until after the ink arrived. Despite this the ink arrived in liquid form with unbroken bottles. They are a couple Montblanc Special Edition inks, the Writers Edition Antoine de Saint-Exupery ink and the Great Characters Beatles ink. (Unfortunately I just have the inks, not the pens that share their names.) I’ve yet to open the bottles but samples show a very nice burgundy along with a psychedelic purple.

Another pen was written dry this week, this time it was my Sailor King of Pen with Callifolio Teodora which I liked a lot. The KOP will get one of the new Montblanc inks when I’m ready to fill it. Next on my list to write dry is the Montblanc Ultra Black with my favorite ink.

This leaves five fountain pens still inked up along with my ugly sweater Retro 51 as my pens for the week.

Links

Cleo Skribent Series fountain pen meta-review at United Inkdom. A pen brand I’ve never heard, or at least it didn’t stick in my memory. Possibly because it started it what was East Germany at the time.

Platinum Plasir Fountain Pen Review at The Finer Point. I have the came green version but unlike Jenny I was drawn to the nib matching the pen (although mine seems less luminous and a better match to the pen) but the rest of the review matches my feelings about a pen I rarely use. I should mention that the green has begun to flake off the nib so the silver is visible in places. For awhile it was the spare pen I kept at the office because it never dried out, but now that I work from home it’s rarely used.

Twelve Days of Inkmas at The Well-Appointed Desk. The title gives you the idea. This link is to a review of one of my new inks, the Montblanc Writers Edition Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Be sure to check out the past and future entries.

Franklin Covey Freemont Review at The Pen Haul. News to me that they had a fountain pen. More shocked to learn that Staples sells them.

In the off topic and “you can’t make this sh*t up” categories, the Trump administration has given the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) a list of seven words that they can’t use in their budget documents. More than a little scary that the top health agency in the country can’t use the words “evidence-based” and “science-based” among others. George Carlin is laughing his a** off.

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Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – December 10, 2018

Another fountain pen was written dry this week. The Pelikan M620 Shanghai, ran out of Omas Green ink on Saturday. It took a mere four months to write the pen dry. I had carried it in my Fodderstack XL which kept it available for use. Nearly all my writing this past week was note taking and list making. So while the Pelikan was used enough to write dry, the Franklin-Christoph Model 66 with Akkerman Dutch Masters 09 (Steenrood Vermeer) was easily the pen I used most. It sits on my desk and has a nice extra fine nib which makes it ideal for notes and lists.

The photo below was supposed to be my remaining inked pens, except I forgot about the Lamy Safari Petrol that’s still in my bag.

The pens currently inked and in my daily carry

The pens currently inked and in my daily carry

Links

Edison Pens will be raising prices on January 1st, after 9 years at the current prices.

Carl Fisher (Fisher of Pens) is raising money (on Go Fund Me) to replace/improve his lathe. Discounts on custom pens, or complete pens, are available at the various reward levels.

As the photo above shows, I still use my Foddrstack XL regularly. Ian from Pens! Paper! Pencils! just reviewed it. My review from July 2015 is here.

The Gentleman Stationer’s review of the Waterman Carène reminded me I have one too and it might me time to ink it up. Although I’m more likely to ink up the Edson.

Alt. Haven has photos of the 2017 Singapore Pen Show.

A little music to end the post (via The Loop).

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log

The week began with the first snow of the season, at least in my part of Connecticut. Just a dusting, but enough to be noticeable and require a few hours of sun to vanish. The week ended with long Thanksgiving weekend, at least here in the U.S., with temperatures up to the mid-50’s on Saturday.

I’ve still got a lot of pens inked as my usage continues to be low. I’m looking to change things up so I’ll probably flush a couple pens and ink up some new ones.

The same inked pens as November began

The same ink as the month began

Links

Cross (and Sheaffer along with it) went from one investment company to another. Not sure much will change other than the coast where the owners live. The only positive comments in the article are quotes from the press release. Their new owners have a portfolio of 11 other brands, none stationery related. Even though the new owners have no overlapping stationery brands there were some employees let go as part of the sale and the new owners used the phrase “Transom and Cross executives developed a comprehensive restructuring plan…” in the article. So if I had to guess, the brands will continue to languish, especially in their fountain pen related product lines.

Liz from Wonder Pens shows us what’s in her pen role.

Down to a one pen rotation at And All Other Tasks.

Off-topic – OK, I’m old but I do remember using CompuServe, although I had moved on before the humiliation of their acquisition by AOL. I didn’t realize any part of them was still around and called “CompuServe” (but owned by Verizon), but as of December 15th the last remnants will leave us.

 

 

Currently Inked – November 2017

No new pens inked up as the month begins. Although during October I did ink and write dry my Visconti Brunelleschi. I’ve still got some September party pens in the queue to be cleaned. I’m finding that those Diamine Music inks are a pain to completely flush from the pens.

My pen usage continues to be way down. Most of my use these days is just notes and lists. So these pens may last me all of November even though I’m eager to ink up a new pen, not that there’s anything wrong with the pens that are inked.

Currently Inked – October 2017

There’s still a few fountain pens inked up from the August pen party but most have gone dry, either through use or evaporation. My fountain pen use was a little low through September. Two party pens were promoted to the regular rotation, the remaining party pens will go dry soon enough since they got very little ink. I’ve resisted using them because I’m still behind on my pen cleaning.

The two piston filler party pens (Pelikan Shanghai and Lamy 2000) were promoted to the regular rotation. Since both would be tedious to clean no matter how much ink they got I filled them with a reliable ink that could stick around awhile.

The Aurora Optima was the only pen written dry during the month.

I’m anxious to ink up one (or both) of my Visconti pens but I’m trying to resist until I write another couple pens dry. But if I was a betting man I’d bet on them both being inked up before November 1st.

The pens inked up for October:

Currently Inked Pen Tray - October 2017

Currently Inked Uncapped - October 2017

Currently Inked Writing Samples - October 2017

Currently Inked – September 2017

This Currently Inked is extremely late but at least the month is less than half over. I actually started writing it as August ended and I’ve updated it to be current. My update was more deleting than actual updating so I could get it posted and in the past.

I had a bit of a pen party to coincide with the Washington D.C. Pen Show since I wasn’t able to attend the show in early August. I inked up 16 fountain pens for the party. Ten of them were inked from the Diamine Music Ink collection. I’d used a couple of the inks but most were unused and it was time to give them a try.

The Diamine Music Bach was the only ink I hated. It crept everywhere and I’m still trying to get it out of the converter where a purplish sheen continues to cling to the sides. It was the only party pen to be flushed early.

Because of the pen party I started September with all the fountain pens that were inked up when August began. After September began I did write a couple fountain pens dry. The Pilot Vanishing Point went dry although I immediately popped in another Pilot Black cartridge. The Aurora Optima went dry a couple days ago and I’ll be flushing it out. If the party pens don’t go dry this month I’ll probably have a pen flush part at the end of the month.

I started the month with the following pens and inks.

Currently Inked
Currently Inked Uncapped
Currently Inked Writing Samples

The following pens and inks were invited to the pen party.

Pen Party

Pen Party Writing Samples

Franklin-Christoph Writing Sample

Currently Inked – August 2017

I ended July with some heavy fountain pen usage and wrote five pens dry in the final days of the month.

The pens written dry were:

Visconti Brunelleschi (medium) with Callifolio Aurora
Fisher of Pens Hermes (F) with P.W. Akkerman #28 Hofkwartier Groen
Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe (EF) with Sailor Nano Sei-Boku (Blue-Black)
Sheaffer Balance Aspen (F/M) with Montblanc Permanent Grey
Visconti Homo Sapien (EF) with P.W. Akkerman #12 Mauritshuis Magenta

I inked up two fountain pens to bring me up to nine inked fountain pens as August begins. The Washington D.C. Pen Show is this weekend. I won’t be attending this year so I’ll probably ink up several of my pens over the next few days and have a mini pen show of my own.

The first newly inked pen is the Franklin-Christoph Model 20 “Marietta” in Vintage Green acrylic and a medium stub nib. I picked Kaweco Purple in a cartridge this time around. This is a pen that has leaked in the past, although never while actually using it. I intended to treat it gingerly the last time I inked it up but forgot and it did a lot of traveling in my bag before I remembered and there was already a lot of ink it the cap. This time it’s not in the case and I’ll give it a couple weeks of light use to see if it leaks. Then I’ll add it back to my case to see if it just handles jostling far worse than other pens. Or maybe it was my ink choice since it hasn’t leaked every time. I promised myself that if it does leak this time I’ll try to fix the issue rather than putting it aside to tackle later.

The Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen also returned to the rotation in it’s now familiar role of testing new inks. Well, inks that are new to me. I find that its medium nib is ideal for bringing out the best in an ink while not being too wide for me to use regularly. This time it gets Callifolio Téodora ink. It’s a green ink and my first impression is: Nice!

August 2017 starts with the following pens and inks:

Currently Inked (capped) - August 2017

Currently Inked (uncapped) - August 2017

Currently Inked Writing Samples - August 2017

Additional Reading

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