Ink & Pen Notes: Franklin-Christoph Model 20 with GvFC Moss Green

Franklin-Christoph Model 20 with a medium stub nib and GvFC Moss Green ink bottle

I’ve yet to decide what I really think about the Franklin-Christoph Model 20 Marietta with its stub nib. It’s a nice little pen that has a vintage vibe. There’s a lot to like about this pen but this is the second time there’s been excessive ink in the cap and this kind of ruins it for me. This time there was a potential cause, although other pens subjected to the same events survived fine. The pen did bounce around in my computer bag for a couple of days (well protected in a Nockco Sinclair, but it would have been jostled around) which could explain some of the splatter. The two other pens sharing the case were just fine, although with considerably thinner nibs. I’ll have to ink it again and handle it with kid gloves to see if it leaks or splatters with normal use. I said the same thing last time and then promptly forgot when I inked up the pen.

This time around I picked Graf von Faber-Castell Moss Green as the ink for the pen. The Model 20 is the vintage green finish so this was a bit of color matching. I inked it up back on December 4th, so it lasted nearly 8 weeks. This is a rather long time for a pen that isn’t stingy with ink which meant I wasn’t using it much. It had some intense competition from other pens I had inked up whenever I was looking for a fountain pen to write with so there were very few long writing sessions.

The converter was down to less than 1/4 full, plus whatever was in the feed when I decided to carry it around in order to give it more attention. Unfortunately after a couple days of travel more ink made it into the cap than down on paper.

The GvFC Moss Green ink was easily flushed from the pen, and the cap, without and residual staining. The cartridge/converter fountain pen was flushed with just a few squirts of the bulb syringe through the feed.

This Model 20 has the Mike Masuyama medium stub nib (steel nib) which is quit nice. I like thin nibs for my everyday writers but like using a stub nib for longer writing sessions. Considering the source it should come a no surprise that the ink flow was smooth and I didn’t have any hard starts or skipping.

The pictures don’t include any nib closeups because I had cleaned the pen before I realized I didn’t get pictures. You can see nib closeups in an earlier ink & pen notes.

Franklin-Christoph Model 20 with M. Stub nib and GvFC Moss Green Ink

Ink & Pen Notes: Franklin-Christoph Model 20 with Noodler’s King Philip Requiem

Franklin-Christoph Model 20 medium nib with Noodler's King Philip RequeimI continue to enjoy using my Franklin-Christoph Model 20s with the Noodler’s ink I picked up at the Commonwealth Pen Show. This time it’s my Tiger Red Franklin-Christoph Model 20 with a medium nib and Noodler’s King Philip Requiem that I wrote dry. The fountain pen was inked for a month before I wrote it dry which is about normal for me.

This Model 20 has a medium nib which isn’t my typical choice. It’s nice to change things up every once in a while, but it does mean the pen isn’t a daily driver for me, it’s just to wide for me to use throughout the day. This is the main reason the pen lasted so long.

I love the color of the Noodler’s King Philip Requiem ink. Like the medium nib, it’s not a color family I often use, another nice change. The ink and nib combine to provide a very slow drying line which means I did cause some careless smudging, especially on Tomoe River paper. Because I used this for leisure writing (as opposed to work notes) the Tomoe River paper was often used as it’s in my Seven Seas Writer journal and Hobonichi Planner.

The Franklin-Christoph Model 20 is new so I’ll be inking it again fairly soon. But since this was only the second ink for the pen, I’ll pick something other than the Noodler’s King Philip Requiem for its next ink.

Ink & Pen Notes: Franklin-Christoph Model 20 with Noodler’s Plymouth Wilderness

Franklin-Christoph Model 20 with Noodler's Plymouth Wilderness bottleNoodler’s Plymouth Wilderness is one of the two inks I picked up at the Commonwealth Pen Show. I picked the Franklin-Christoph Model 20 with it’s matching vintage green acrylic and a medium stub nib for its inaugural run. I picked the wide (for me) nib because I expected it to do a good job showing off the ink.

Things started off well. The fountain pen and ink performed well and provided a nice writing experience. There was some line variation and shading and the line width was true to the stub nib’s width, depending on the stroke direction. I did use the Model 20 frequently during the first nine days it was inked up.

Things changed on the tenth day. I picked it as my first pen to use that day and immediately noticed green ink on my fingers. Further inspection revealed a lot of ink in the cap and some on the section. The ink seemed to be leaking either through the feed or from around the feed. Not all the ink had leaked into the cap, there was still a lot left in the converter. But since it was so messy I decided to flush and clean the pen.

I like both the ink and the pen so I’ll be giving them another try once I write some more pens dry. I’ll use a different pen for the ink and a known good ink for the pen to see if the problem follows one or the other. Or maybe it was just a fluke.

Franklin-Christoph Model 20 with Noodler's Plymouth Wilderness writing sample

Ink & Pen Notes: Franklin-Christoph Model 02 with Pilot Black Ink

Franklin-Christoph Model 02 w/needlepoint nib and Pilot Black ink bottleThe Franklin-Christoph Model 02 with its needlepoint nib is new to me. I picked Pilot Black as its first ink. Its an ink that’s always behaved well, plus it’s nice and dark for the thin nib.

The ink performed well. The full converter lasted about 3 1/2 weeks. Considering that the nib is stingy with ink this is a good indication that I liked the pen/ink and used it more than other available choices.

But the experience wasn’t aggravation free, much to my surprise. The aggravation started when it came time to clean the Model 02. Pilot inks have always been pen friendly and easy to clean. This ink didn’t sit unused in the pen and 3 weeks is short for me so I didn’t expect problems. Some ink had splattered in the cap. Some drops had been in the cap for awhile and these were probably the spots that were the stubborn ones. Most of the ink washed away with water and a little scrubbing, but some were stubborn as was ink in the threads, which are midway down the cap. This ink needed some time in the ultrasonic cleaner, a little pen flush and more scrubbing with a q-tip.

The cap finial unscrews, making it easy to swap. The dip in the UC loosened it a bit so I removed it so any water trapped in there could dry out. I really like the way the Franklin-Christoph Model 02 feels in my hand and the needlepoint nib is considerably smoother than I expected. I have too many pens inked at the moment so the Model 02 will get a break, and it probably won’t see Pilot Black ink again. Luckily I didn’t fill it as a eye dropper, and I’ll use the converter next time too.

Ink & Pen Notes – Franklin-Christoph Model 20 with Athena Sepia Ink

Franklin-Christoph Model 20 Vintage Green with a broad stub nib and Athena Sepia Ink bottleI picked Athena Sepia as the first ink for my second Franklin-Christoph Model 20. This Model 20 has a medium stub nib, one of the optional Mike Masuyama grinds available from F-C. It took me a relatively quick two weeks for me to write the pen dry which is a good indication that I liked this pen/ink combination.

The Athena ink is the store brand of the Maruzen department stores in Japan. It appears to be made by Sailor although the bottle is unique. The ink is hard to find in the United States which makes it expensive. I picked mine up from Nanami Paper although they don’t seem to stock it anymore.

The medium stub in the Model 20 is very, very smooth. It’s a steel nib, not buttery smooth, but I like a little feedback so it’s great for me. I often forget to mention whether the nib is steel or gold when I write about my F-C pens. I always get the steel nib although gold nibs are an option, for an additional cost of course.

The Athena Sepia worked great with this pen. It’s a dark brown, almost black ink. It looks nice with this wider (for me at least) nib. There’s just a little shading. The ink flow is true to the nib size so there’s variation between the horizontal and vertical strokes thanks to the stub.

I haven’t picked the next ink for this Franklin-Christoph Model 20 stub nib yet. It’s a new pen so I’ll want to pick a different ink. I do like the Athena Sepia ink so it will probably find its way into another fountain pen sooner rather than later.