Sunday Ink Notes – December 16, 2012

Not much changed on the Fountain Pen front this week. I’m still trying out my brown inks. The results for one ink is decided and I’ll have a post about it tomorrow. I haven’t decided if I’ll fill it with another brown ink or use up a couple other pens first.

There were some links worth reading today. This posting at From The Pen Cup took a couple hours out of my Sunday afternoon. Not because the article was such a long read. While it was an interesting article it sent me off to Jet Pens to look for the ink, which I found. Then I started looking at comparable fountain pens, which I found. But then that led me to looking around the Jet pens site for other low cost fountain pens. Which I found.By the time I was done I had 10 low-cost pens in my cart along with some ink and a notebook I decided to try. Jet Pens is a dangerous place to browse. I think I took as much stuff out of my cart as I left in.

The Inkophile had several good links. Rather than repeat them here just visit the fountain pen link post. The fountain pen database puts my spreadsheet to shame and the Diamine Music Collection of inks is going to cost me money, and cause me to break my resolution to not buy any new inks next year.

The latest pen addict podcast was about collecting Field Notes notebooks. I never knew there was such a thing. I listened to the podcast but still don’t quit understand. I like and use Field Notes but I can’t understand paying $50 for a set and not using it. Nothing wrong with it, I just don’t get it. Then again, people say the same thing about my fountain pens.

There’s another giveaway at FPGeeks. This time more samples plus a notebook. Check it out before December 19th.

 

Sunday Ink Notes – December 9, 2012

I’ve done away with the “This Week’s Ink” Sunday posts, at least for now. There hasn’t been much turnover recently and I’ve changed the way I carry and ink my pens. I now ink more pens, but I only pick two pens in the morning to carry with me for the day. The first is always a “writing pen” with black, blue or some other business appropriate color. The second pen varies. I also keep a few Lamys at work in colors appropriate for notations so that I don’t have to carry a red or other bright colored pen just for that purpose.

Because I’m basically lazy and don’t remove the pens from my bag when I get home I carried my Franklin-Christoph Model with a medium italic nib and Waterman Florida Blue ink along with my Gate City New Postal with Pelikan Brilliant Black ink and a fine nib.

I also inked my four Edison pens with some brown inks and have been alternating their use at home. I picked the Edisons for this since their nibs are similar. Oh yea, I REALLY like writing with them which is also a good reason. I’ve been using Diamine Ochre, Private Reserve Ebony Brown and Diamine Golden Brown. Four pens, three inks? Yup, user error but I decided to go with it.

I decided to go with the Edison pen method because I just don’t have the patience to sit down and try various brown inks. Instead I need to use them in normal use. For the most part I switch pens after writing each complete page. By my own count I have samples of 14 different brown inks to run through so this will take awhile, even if I don’t decide to try a different color family along the way.

Some links around the web caught my attention recently:

Anderson Pens and Edison Pens are collaborating on a limited edition bulb filler. I really like the ebonite model but I have to show some restraint. The question is whether or not my willpower will last until January 7th when orders close.

I came across this post by Okami on the FPGeeks forum about the Levenger Circa system. She has several good pen related ideas for using the Junior version of the system. Also, I hadn’t realized that there’s now Rhodia paper for the Circa. I tried Circa long ago as a general purpose notebook but found the notebooks didn’t like the abuse I gave them while traveling. I may have to consider them for other purposes or invest in an enclosed binder.

FPGeeks is having an ink sample giveaway so check it out before December 12th. I already have too many ink samples so I didn’t enter. But the contest did make me look to see what I got this year. I have over 100 different inks listed in my spreadsheet. Not all are from this year, but I did discover samples this year. So it’s safe to say all 70 samples arrived this year. This is why I’m not renewing my ink drop membership into 2013. Too many inks, too little time. They have a second giveaway which doesn’t interest me either. Visit the site to learn about the Montegrappa Expressione giveaway.

Finally, @edisonpenco tweated a link to an article (obsolete link) about American Pen Maker Bexley. Nice article. I was surprised to read that there’s only three employees (owner included). I realize they’re a small pen maker but figured there were more people involved.

This Week’s Ink – Nov. 25, 2012

Photo of pens inked for the week ahead

Even though it was a short work week, with less writing than usual, there have been some changes from last week.

  1. Pilot Vanishing Point (Matte Black) with my new .6mm stub nib. The nib arrived last week and I filled it with Diamine Ancient Copper.
  2. Gate City New Postal with a fine nib and Pelikan Brilliant Black Ink. This didn’t get much use the past week. It’s a nice writer and its huge ink capacity means it will be around awhile.
  3. Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Intrinsic with a medium italic nib and Waterman blue-black ink. While I like this pen I still haven’t been drawn to pull it from my case for quite a while.
  4. Sailor 1911 (Burgundy) with 21kt gold medium nib. It’s filled with J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage ink.
  5. Waterman Edson with a fine nib and Waterman Florida Blue ink
  6. Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black with a fine nib and a Sailor black cartdridge.
  7. Pilot Vanishing Point (Gunmetal w/Matte Black Trim) with a needlepoint (XXXF) nib. Both are new arrivals this week and filled with J. Herbin Morinda ink.

It was finally time to retire the New Dunn pen and give another pen a chance. The additions were my two newly arrived nibs.

My Favorite Pen/Ink Combo From the Past Week

Pilot VP Matte Black
Pilot VP with .6mm stub nib and Diamine Ancient Copper ink

Most of the appeal for this pen was the new stub nib. A first for my Vanishing Point accumulation. Diamine Ancient Copper is also among my favorite inks.

This Week’s Ink – Nov. 18, 2012

Photo of pens inked for the week ahead

There weren’t any pen or ink changes last weekend, but pens began to run dry as the week began.

  1. Gate City New Dunn with a medium nib and Noodler’s Apache Sunset remains one of my favorite pen/ink combinations.
  2. Gate City New Postal with a fine nib and Pelikan Brilliant Black Ink. This has been my main writer for the last few days. It’s a nice writer and its huge ink capacity means it will be around awhile.
  3. Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Intrinsic with a medium italic nib and Waterman blue-black ink. While I linke this pen I haven’t been drawn to pull it from my case for quite a while.
  4. Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black with a fine nib and a Sailor black cartdridge.
  5. Waterman Edson with a fine nib and Waterman Florida Blue ink.
  6. Sailor 1911 (Burgundy) with 21kt gold medium nib. It’s filled with J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage ink.

The seventh spot is left open since I’m expecting a new pen and a couple nibs early this week and I’ll want to ink them up right away.

I do have a couple other pens inked up but they don’t travel with me. My Franklin-Christoph Model 66 Desk Pen always has ink and is within arms reach at my desk.

My Favorite Pen/Ink Combo From the Past Week

Gate City New Dunn Pen photo
Gate City Pen New Dunn with Noodler’s Apache Sunset

This Week’s Ink – Nov. 4, 2012

Photo of my daily carry pens for November 4, 2012
This week’s pen case.

After a month of boring stability in my pen selection I’m finally changing things up this week. So this week’s pens are:

  1. Gate City New Dunn with a medium nib and Noodler’s Apache Sunset. This is the “Tattler” version and I think the Apache Sunset ink looks cool in it.
  2. Gate City New Postal with a fine nib and Pelikan Brilliant Black Ink
  3. Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Intrinsic with a medium italic nib and Waterman blue-black ink.
  4. Franklin-Christoph Model 29 with a fine nib and J. Herbin Lie De The ink.
  5. Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black with a fine nib and a Sailor Black ink cartridge.
  6. Bexley Imperial with a fine nib and J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage ink.
  7. Waterman Edson with a fine nib. For some reason Waterman Florida Blue is the only ink I can get into this pen.

The Gate City New Dunn/Noodler’s Apache Sunset pairing has become my favorite pen/ink combination, at least for the moment. Despite the massive ink capacity I’ve refilled it rather than rotating it out of my pen case.

The Waterman Edson had the distinction of being my most expensive pen when I bought it in 2003 all the way through this year, only recently losing that title to my Marlborough Vintage from Conway Stewart.