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

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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

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

 

Currently Inked – July 2017

July 2017 Currently Inked cappedJuly 2017 Currently Inked uncappedA lot of fountain pen changes this month. I wrote three pens dry: the Sailor Pro Gear KOP, the Montblanc Ultra Black LeGrand and the Newton Eastman. This brought me down to only four inked fountain pens. I inked some pens up and I’ll be starting the month with 12 inked fountain pens and one rollerball. The Montblanc Ultra Black was immediately re-inked with the same ink and returned to the rotation.

The eight fountain pens in my Perfect Penvelope makes up the bulk of my currently inked pens. These also happen to be the pens getting the most use in the last few days. I’ve been rotating through them so they all get a turn.

The Pilot Vanishing Point with its XXXF nib and black ink is also newly inked. It replaced the Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe in my Fodderstack XL. The Anderson Pens Retro 51 Limited Edition was replaced with the new Retro 51 “Play Ball” edition. It’s using the same stock REF5P refill, so the change is just cosmetic.

The Lamy Petrol has been inked since I got it but it hasn’t gotten much use. I like its look and the extra fine nib writes well. It just hasn’t grabbed my attention.

The Franklin-Christoph Model 66 continues to live of my desk. I eyedropper filled it so there’s probably still plenty of ink left it it. It got more use when it was one of four inked pens. Now that it’s 1 of 12 its use is more intermittent.

The Sheaffer Balance Aspen gets occasional use but it’s out of site in its protective cocoon and therefor out of mind. But I pull it out when I think of it.

Since eight of the fountain pens were inked at one time with a variety of nibs and inks I have a nice variety to keep things interesting this month. I’ve been writing more recently so that’s a good thing.

July 2017 Currently Inked writing sample

Currently Inked – June 2017

There’s no changes since my last Currently Inked post since that one wasn’t done until mid-May. But I’m a creature of habit and like consistency, so I wanted to get back to having this post up as the month begins. It’s the same seven fountain pens as my May 18th post.

Currently Inked Capped Pens - June 2017

Fodderstack XL Carry

The Fodderstack XL still has my Sailor Regency Stripe and Retro 51 Terabyte Tornado although neither has gotten much use, although the Retro 51 probably got used a bit more than the Regency Stripe. The ink level in the Regency Stripe is slowly dropping. It’s now below the collar that holds the cartridge in place. Still, at the rate I’m going it will easily survive the month.

The Other Pens

Currently Inked Uncapped Pens - June 2017

The Newton Eastman is getting to the end of its massive ink supply. I doubt it will survive the month. It’s low enough that I’d flush it out if the burping became a real problem, but I rather like the look of the remaining ink splattered around the barrel so I plan to use it to the last drop. The #2442 Esterbrook nib remains a fixture on the pen.

The Sheaffer Balance II Aspen doesn’t get a lot of use by me which is a bit strange, because it’s a great looking and writing fountain pen. I can explain part of it because it’s a fragile pen and I keep it in it’s own protective single-pen case so the actual pen is out of sight. There’s still half a converter of ink in it.

The Montblanc Ultra Black LeGrand also has a lot of ink left in it, although the level is finally visible in the ink window. The oblique medium nib is one of the wider nibs I have currently inked and the Montblanc Bordeaux is a ink favorite, so it may not survive the month.

The Pilot Custom 823 has barely been used. The only reason the ink level seems low is because I didn’t even try to get a full load of ink when I inked it up.

The Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen is nearly empty. There’s probably one or two pages worth of Bookbinders Red-Belly Black Callifolio Aurora ink left in it. I like the ink a lot and I’m considering changing my habit of cycling different inks through the KOP, rather than re-inking the same ink.

The Franklin-Christoph Model 66, while desk bound, has gotten a lot of use. It sits right in front of me on my desk so it’s always top of mind and easy to pick up and use. While the Newton Eastman is right next to it the Eastman is a bit finicky so the 66 is usually my choice.

The NASA/Space Retro 51 didn’t go dry, but I haven’t been using it. I put it in my new Lanier so I always have a pen when I carry it. But it’s more a security blanket than a needed pen since I always pack additional pens or have the Fodderstack XL in my pocket.

[June 2, 2017] This is embarrassing. I have the wrong ink listed for the Sailor King of Pen. It’s Callifolio Aurora. Should have been obvious when I thought – gee, I thought red-belly black was black, not red. Too many inks.

Currently Inked Writing Sample - June 2017

 

Currently Inked – May 2017

Currently Inked - May 2017I’m late getting this post out, with the month being half over. But not much has changed since the first. My fountain pen usage is at the lowest point in memory. Not because I don’t like them or make them my first choice when reaching for a pen, but my daily writing is at a low point. The truth is the draft of this post is the first time I’ve written more than a page in one sitting.

You’ll notice a couple rollerballs in the list. Sacrilege, I know. But with my fountain pen usage way down the Retro 51’s hold a larger percentage of use. Especially since most of my writing has been notes on the go which is where the Retro 51’s fit in.

I haven’t inked up any new pens since the April post and one was written dry. I’ve been hesitant to ink up anything new since my usage is so low.

Fodderstack XL Carry

NockCo FodderstackXLThe Fodderstack XL spends a lot of time traveling around with me, mostly in my shirt pocket. It’s easy to grab and go, and I’m sure I have a notebook, a rollerball I can use in any situation, and a fountain pen with me. It showing some scuffs and stains from use but it’s all just cosmetic, it’s still as solid as the day I got it over two years ago.

The Retro 51 Terabyte Tornado (Anderson Pens LE) and the Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe live in the Nock Co. Fodderstack XL, which travels in my shirt pocket. I’ve given into the convenience of the Retro 51 and use it for notes while I’m moving about which is a step up from carrying it as the pen I can lend to others. I typically swap the refill with a fine point Schmidt P8126 refill but this pen still has the original Retro 51 refill. I’ve been trying to waste less and throwing out the original refill would be wasteful. I haven’t hated the stock refill although I’d probably swap it if I used the pen for anything more than quick notes.

The Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe only gets occasional use these days. If I’m going to sit down and write some notes I may use it. The Fodderstack is usually on my desk if I’m home so the Regency Stripe is more likely to get used at my desk than when I traveling about, but even then it’s just short writing sessions.

A Nock Co. Dot Dash pocket notebook also travels in the Fodderstack. The notebook is bound at the top which is my preference for a notebook I carry for quick notes.

I’ve given in to the Retro 51 being easier to use in a rush. I can pull it from the Fodderstack and get it ready to use with just one hand, unlike the Sailor. I could swap the Sailor for a Vanishing Point, and I may once the Sailor goes dry.

Other Pens

The Newton Eastman has been inked up a long time. It holds a lot of ink, (5 ml) so it takes a long time to run dry. I’ve gotten used to the ink splatter in the cap and no longer obsessively clean it out. The pen has begun to burp on a regular basis now that there’s all that air in the mostly empty barrel. I remove the cap and wrap my hand around the barrel to warm it up a bit before I use it. This does help a little and I can usually see the ink glistening before it drops so I can dab it off. But it still catches me at times. This makes me use the pen less than I would like since it’s high maintenance. I also haven’t been swapping the nib as much as I expected. Actually, I’ve only swapped the nib once. Part of it is because I really like the Esterbrook #2442 Falcon Stub but the other part is simply that I’m lazy.

The Franklin-Christoph Model 66 is eye dropper filled with Akkerman Dutch Masters 09 “Red Stone” and the performance of the ink is much improved over the Aurora Optima where it was annoying.

The rest of the pens got intermittent use since I didn’t do much writing.

Currently Inked May 2017 writing sample

Written Dry

The Visconti Brunelleschi was written dry after two months. I haven’t written anything about the pen yet, but I do like it. I’ve yet to clean it out but I do plan to re-ink it relatively soon.

Currently Inked – April 2017

It’s been a hectic month so I won’t be writing much about the pens I used but I did want to post my currently inked pens. The Visconti Brunelleschi is a new pen and I’m liking it a lot so far, although it’s still on its first fill. I hope to have a first impressions post up soon.

As usual, the photos are in the same order as the writing samples.

Currently Inked capped - April 2017

Currently Inked uncapped - April 2017

Currently Inked writing sample - April 2017