FPQuest Trail Log – October 14, 2018

My fountain pen usage jumped in the past week. Rather than trying to write something specific, like a journal entry, I made it a point to write 15 minutes a night. As is the case for most things (at least for me), getting started is the hard part. Fifteen minutes is so daunting as to provide an excuse not to start. Typically, once I start I easily exceed 15 minutes. It also helped that I watched the Red Sox beat the Yankees a few nights. Unlike past attempts at forming a habit, the lack of an alternative motive such as journalling avoids the “I don’t feel like it” excuses.” More often than not the paper ended up in the garbage when I was done. I also had a slight increase in my fountain pen usage for my regular daily-to-day work.

Esterbrook Estie with #9550 nib Estie with #9550 nib

I wrote one pen dry and did it twice. My new Esterbrook Estie was written dry with the JoWo fine stock nib and Sheaffer Red ink. Then I switched to Esterbrook nibs. After some struggles, I settled on a vintage Esterbrook #9460 rigid medium nib. Performance of thinner nibs in the MV adapter was abysmal. I stayed with Sheaffer Red ink and also wrote it dry. I’m back to a thinner #9550 Firm Extra FIne nib. After some tweaking, the performance doesn’t sink to the level of abysmal, but it’s far below the performance in a Vintage Esterbrook J pen with the same nib, ink & paper.

Housekeeping: Long ago I experimented with subscribing to blogs via email rather than RSS. It was a failure; I’m an RSS guy. I’m only now getting around to unsubscribing from the emails. If you happened to notice that I unsubscribed to email, I do still read, just via RSS.

Links

My Sketching Update — The Finer Point

canetas e coisas: AURORA

12 Artists and How They Use Fountain Pens – Goulet Pens Blog

Crónicas Estilográficas: Tokyo International Pen Show 2018. A Stationery Salon

A Peek at the Pen Cup: Mean, Green, Certainly Not Lean – Fountain Pen Follies

Dallas Pen Show – Auctions – Scholarship Updates – – Newton Pens – Since 2012

Benu Chameleon Fountain Pen Review – Pens! Paper! Pencils!

My Supply Room: Dallas Pen Show 2018

Crónicas Estilográficas: The Case of Naginata. I. The Press Release

Fountain Pen Network Philippines Hosts First Manila Fountain Pen Show | Rants of The Archer

Pen of the Day: Nakaya Piccolo in Polished Shu with Nick Stewart Randal Ink – Fountain Pen Follies

News: Pelikan Raises U.S. Prices « The Pelikan’s Perch

Some early thoughts on the Parker Duofold International Big Red fountain pen. | Fountain pen blog

Mid-Week Mini: Inktober Progress so far… — The Finer Point

New Stamps and Letter Writing Club – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

My Supply Room: Pens From The Pen Show

Senator Windsor – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Five Months: an Extended Test of Platinum Carbon Black Pigment Ink – Fountain Pen Follies

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Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – July 29, 2018

Franklin-Christoph Model 20 Vintage Green with medium stub nibEven though four fountain pens went dry during the last two weeks, my fountain pen usage was just the usual lists and notes. The Waterman Edson and the Visconti Brunelleschi were dry when I picked them up to use them this week. While they were used since being inked in April, I suspect more ink ended up in the air than on paper. The Pilot Vanishing Point with an XXXF nib and black ink saw plenty of use before it was finally written dry, so very little of its ink escaped into the air.

The fourth pen was a different story. The Franklin-Christoph Model 20 with its medium stub nib didn’t evaporate all its ink or put it on paper. Instead, it leaked into the cap. Not all the ink, but enough to make a real mess. This leaking has been an ongoing problem with this pen, so it’s time I tackle the problem.

I have a second Model 20 which doesn’t leak at all. So it’s not something in the design, such as the recessed nib collecting ink. The nib unit sits deep in the section, so there’s a lib around the nib that could collect ink. I make sure ink isn’t pooled up there after filling the pen. I can see missing it once, but not regularly on this pen and never on the other Model 20. And not consistently so much ink.

I’ll try a few things before I send the pen off to Franklin-Christoph. I already took the pen apart, made sure there wasn’t any apparent damage (such as cracks) and then filled it up again. This time I filled the converter directly, not through the feed. We’ll see what happens.

I refilled the Model 20 with Montblanc Psychedelic Purple (Beatles) ink because it was at hand and I like the ink. The pen hasn’t leaked yet, but it’s always been at least a couple of days before it leaks (another strike against it being ink collecting in the lip while filling).

Links

Pen Zero. – Leigh Reyes. My Life As a Verb.

Nakaya Pen Clinic – 2018 — Alt. Haven

Aesthetic Bay Nakaya Clinic: Day 1 – Hand Over That Pen

Review: M815 Metal Striped (2018) « The Pelikan’s Perch

Some early thoughts on the Pelikan M120 special edition, green and black fountain pen. | Fountain pen blog

Travelling with ink: pen shopping in Lake Garda. | Fountain pen blog
Unexpected Discoveries | Slightly unnerved