Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log #2: September Edition

The Trail Log is where I recap the past month , provide any updates to previous posts, and cover anything that didn’t make it into a post of its own.

Pen Reviews

Picture of the Pilot Vanishing Point Black Matte nib

There were a couple pen reviews this month. The first was for the Matte Black Pilot Vanishing Point. My Franklin-Chistoph Model 66 review was near the end of the month. The Model 66 remains inked and used almost every day. The Matte Black Vanishing Point has been dry for a couple of weeks.

New Pens

Photo of the Stipula Model T on a mirror

There were 3 pens added to my accumulation in September. Two Franklin-Christoph models, the Model 25 Eclipse and the Model 02 Intrinsic. The Stipula Model T rounded out this months acquisitions. It’s been tough deciding which of these pens to use.

Inks

Photo of a Rohrer & Klingner Blau-Schwarz bottle

My favorite new ink (at least new to me) was Rohrer & Klingner Blau-Schwarz. I’m not a fan of blue, or blue-black. These inks rarely catch my attention. But this is one I really liked. Maybe since it was a rather expensive limited edition ink I’m sublimely biased towards liking it. Whatever the reason, I do like it and expect it to be in one of my pens until the day I run out.

Noodler’s Apache Sunset and Diamine Ancient Copper are other “new to me” inks that will see more time in my pens.

Some links and additional reading that I found interesting.

  • The Pen & Design blog has a two-part interview with Scott Franklin of Franklin-Christoph pens. I just learned of F-C this year and their pens been a bit of an obsession since then.
  • November 2, 2012 is Fountain Pen Day.
  • Brandon Hollingshead finished up his 5 part series: Lamy 2000 and the Origins of Lamy Design.
  • Vintage Pen News has been investigating and writing about fake vintage pens coming out of Korea on eBay.