Ink and Pen Notes: Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black with GvFC Garnet Red

Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black with GvFC Garnet Red bottle

I filled the Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black with Graf von Faber-Castell Garnet Red ink back on October 14th. It’s been four months and I still haven’t written the fountain pen dry. So it was time to flush it out.

There’s nothing wrong with this combination and I can’t explain why it got so little use. Some of it is because I typically only use red for marking up documents or to emphasis certain notes. Plus the Sailor fine nib is thinner than just about every other fine nib that I have so it’s stingy with ink. Still, I often picked other pens and this combination was ignored once I inked up another pen with red ink.

I don’t have any complaints about performance. Even when it went unused for days it wrote without hesitation or skipping. Flushing the pen out was also quick and easy without any traces of staining.

The Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black is a stunning black pen, yet these days I reach past it for a brighter pen that catches my attention. So for now this fountain pen will be returned to storage.

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: Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe with GvFC Carbon Black

Sailor Professional Gear Regency Stripe

I inked up the Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe with Graf von Faber-Castell Carbon Black back on October 24th. At less than two weeks this pen went dry rather quickly, at least for me. Unfortunately there was a reason for that.

I did say unfortunately. Today I found that ink had leaked from the converter into the barrel of the fountain pen which explains why it went dry sooner than expected. It’s a converter that I had to pull apart for cleaning after past fills. The ink had obviously leaked from the top of the converter, not from down near the feed. The converter was tightly put together and there weren’t any obvious gaps or loose parts. The last time I pulled it apart I didn’t use any silicon grease when I put it back together. That may have been a mistake that allowed the ink to creep out.

Flushing the ink from the feed was quick and easy, just a couple flushes with the bulb syringe. Cleaning the ink from inside the barrel was a different story and took considerable time.

I did use the pen a lot. Enough so that I wasn’t expecting a problem when it went dry. The Regency Stripe has a very thin Sailor extra fine nib which I love.

There’s no writing sample or ink photos since the pen leaked before I did them. Once the pen dries out I plan to refill it with the same ink since I really did enjoy this combination. I have had this pen over three months so I’ll probably be giving it a full review soon.