Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – November 10, 2019

Nock Co Seed A5 case with Pilot Custom 823I’ve been writing consistently, using my fountain pens, since October 19th, thanks to changing the way I use my Seven Seas Writer notebook. In the past, I considered it “my journal” and only used it for that purpose. I would stay put away until I was ready to “write in the journal.” I’ve now placed it in my Nock Co Seed A5 case and made it part of my everyday carry. In the past, When it came time to write in my journal, I’d have first to find it, and then take it someplace to write. That wasn’t a huge problem, but just enough of a speed-bump to trigger some procrastination.

Now that it’s always nearby, I’ve been using it more often. While the Seven Seas Writer is now an “everything” notebook, it’s still mostly journal entries, which isn’t what I expected. I still have a pocket notebook always handy, so the Seven Seas doesn’t get quick notes, and electronic notebooks get almost everything else. In the past, I would use a different pen each time I journaled. Now I keep my Pilot Custom 823 with Pilot black ink permanently ensconced in the A5 case. It’s not flashy, but it’s always there, and it’s a great writer. Plus, there’s no rule that I can’t use another pen, I’ve just told my brain that it’s OK to use the same boring pen and ink each time.

Links

Early thoughts on the Cross Bailey Light fountain pen. | Fountain pen blog

2nd MANILA PEN SHOW OPENS IN NOVEMBER | Personal Geographic

Elysee En Vogue Cobra – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

So much for my global shopping? | UK fountain pens

Crónicas Estilográficas: November Shows. I

Crónicas Estilográficas: November Pen Shows. II

Introducing: The Pelikan’s Perch Patreon Page « The Pelikan’s Perch

Crónicas Estilográficas: In Praise of Whisky

The Notebook | From the Pen Cup

State of the collection: November 2019 | UK fountain pens

It’s Fountain Pen Day! | An Inkophile’s Blog

The First 900 Inks — Mountain of Ink

Where It All Started: The Transparent Pelikan Fountain Pen « The Pelikan’s Perch

FPD 2019 + Scriptus 2019 // My First Pen Show! – Weirdoforest Pens

MANILA PEN SHOW 2019 OFFICIAL INK | Personal Geographic

Crónicas Estilográficas: November Pen Shows. II

Introducing: The Pelikan’s Perch Patreon Page « The Pelikan’s Perch

Crónicas Estilográficas: In Praise of Whisky

The Notebook | From the Pen Cup

Guide Sheet Updates – The Well-Appointed Desk

Scriptus Recap, Part I: Pens and Things – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – October 20, 2019

Esterbrook Dip-less pen

Still on the low-end of fountain pen usage these days. I did start journaling again but it’s been sporadic at best. Mostly the usual quick notes so my Vanishing Point has gotten the most use.

I also reworked my pen accumulation page, identifying my core pens. I have 20 core Sheaffer Pens and 10 non-Sheaffer core pens which does still seem a little high. Especially since there’s another seven hangers-on. Still, with over 100 formerly owned pens, I’m happy with the results of my fountain pen decluttering.

For the most part, I think my pen sales are over once the current listing sell. There’s still a bunch of pens under “All the Rest”, but they don’t seem worth the effort. I seem to recall having sold some of them but I’ve been too lazy to research them, eventually I’ll clean up my records. Plus I now have a “1 in, 1 out” rule. Plus, I am reconsidering my keep all Sheaffers policy. Although, if i do decide to sell it will be in person. That’s a good excuse to hit some shows next year.

Links

A lot of links this week, but then again it is three weeks worth of them.

Fountain Pen Favorites for September 2019 – Fountain Pen Follies

UKFP Uncapped: 6th October 2019 | UK fountain pens

The Best Pens for Gifting and Everyday Use | HGTV

This pen that doubles as a phone is either a brilliant idea – or completely dumb | TechRadar

For sale | UK fountain pens // I’m not the only one clearing out pens. A little old since, but still some pens left.

Crónicas Estilográficas: Cheap Tools

State of the collection: October 2019. Fit to burst | UK fountain pens

Pen Review: Franklin-Christoph Model 20 Marietta — The Gentleman Stationer

My Supply Room: Dallas Pen Show 2019

Was the bauhaus a hit or a miss? — Pen Economics

Recap: Dallas Pen Show – The Well-Appointed Desk

My Supply Room: Dallas Pen Show 2019 #2

Diving In | From the Pen Cup

Colours – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Travelling with ink: pen shopping in Menorca. | Fountain pen blog

True grails | UK fountain pens

Rambling About Nibs – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – September 29, 2019

Pilot Vanishing Point Cherry Bamboo on my Roterfaden Taschenbegleiter

My workhorse pen

Another very slow week as far as fountain pen usage goes. Maybe that last link down below will inspire me to start my mornings with pen and paper.

Links

Pelikan Hubs 2019 – Philadelphia: A Recap « The Pelikan’s Perch

A Pelikan Hub round-up, London 2019 | Fountain pen blog

Ink Log 2019 // – Weirdoforest Pens

Mid-Week Mini: Stockholm Travel Kit. — The Finer Point

REVIEW: MONTBLANC WRITERS EDITION RUDYARD KIPLING FOUNTAIN PEN | The Pencilcase Blog | Fountain pen, Pencil, Ink and Paper reviews // I don’t read pen reviews very often these days. This one caught my eye because of the distinctive pen. I don’t know if I love or hate the looks. As mentioned it’s a “…oddball pen, and it’s certainly quite ‘out there’…”

Picking a “Workhorse”: How To Choose A Fountain Pen for an Everyday Writer — The Gentleman Stationer // Some things to think about when choosing a “workhorse” fountain pen. My own choice is the Pilot Vanishing Point with an extra-fine or thinner nib (usually an XXXF nib ground by Richard Binder long ago). It’s a click away from using (or putting away). It fails miserably in his ink capacity requirement, although I stick with cartridges to maximize (for this particular pen) the ink load. Converter capacity is terrible and cartridges are at lease easier to change since I always use black ink.

Stickin’ With It* | From the Pen Cup // That’s a lot of paper, ink, words, and mornings.

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – August 25, 2019

Photo of three Sheaffers added to the rotationAs mentioned in last week’s trail log, I wanted to ink up some Sheaffers and start using them. I was a bit disappointed as all my Balance Oversize pens needed new sacs. I knew I had several Sheaffers needing sacs, I didn’t realize it was every Oversize that I own. So I had to pick from my other Sheaffers.

I picked two vintage Triumphs and a more modern Legacy 1 with a stub nib. The Legacy I is a touchdown filler, the more recent type that’s removable, so a cartridge can be used. It was filled with P.W. Akkerman Dutch Masters Steenrood van Vermeer ink.

Both Triumphs and use Sheaffer’s vacuum-fil plunger filling system. I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed the conical “Triumph” nib, and my previous disappointment vanished. The Triumph Lifetime has an extra-fine nib and was filled with Montblanc Bordeaux ink. The Triumph Sentinal has a fine nib and was filled with R & K Blau-Schwarz LE (Blue-Black) ink.

Even though I recently refilled my Fisher of Pens, Hermes I flushed it out. Not due to any problem, but it’s been very hot recently and I didn’t want to risk leaving the pen in a hot car, which meant it would sit home unused (it’s too long for either a shirt-pocket carry and for the case I’m currently using). My Montblanc Ultra-Black was written dry and returned to the case. It was replaced in spirit (meaning I enjoy the nib but it’s completely unsuitable for everyday use by me) by the Legacy I.

Links

Esterbrook Pen Nooks: bringing some pizzazz to pen storage | UK fountain pens // These are a different style than I typically see, I find them intriguing. I’m not in the market for any pen cases, but if I was I think I’d pass on these unless I wanted them for desk-bound storage.

canetas e coisas: MOONMAN // I don’t pay too much attention to pen reviews or announcements these days, mainly in order to avoid temptation. Bit Moonman is a name I’ve been seeing more and more. So I searched Amazon and fount their most expensive pen was about $35. No wonder they’re so popular (apparently). Nice pen.

Which Pen? – Goodwriterspens’s Blog // I’m trying to thin my accumulation, but one pen? But she has a point. I have to agree that the nib is a big factor for me too.

It’s A Spanner! It’s A Wrench! It’s Pelikan’s Vintage Nib Removal Tool! « The Pelikan’s Perch // More good Pelikan information from Joshua.

Off-Topic – Hasbro Now Owns Death Row Records – Stereogum For some reason this struck me as both wrong and interesting.

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – August 18, 2019

A trio of vintage vacumaticsOne of these links has an expiration date, and I had a few minutes, so unexpected Trail Logs on consecutive Sundays.

In another surprise (at least to me) I inked up three vintage pens, all Parker Vacumatics, and I’ve been using them the last few days. Once I verify how well they are working I’ll probably put them up for sale since they haven’t been used in years. I did pick another one to keep.

I’ll also mention here, to give readers advanced notice, that my broken Sheaffer Balance Oversize Lifetime (Marine Green) is for sale. The pen is broken as shown here. The celluloid is still gorgeous, but the nib isn’t suited for me so I’m ambivalent about finding a replacement cap or paying to get it fixed (if even possible) despite the beautiful celluloid. I won’t be able to grab new photos until late in the week, but it hasn’t changed since that post. It’s a custom stub nib, and I’m looking for $75 OBO plus $7.90 US shipping. It’s broken, so as-is.

I also added re-sacing two other Balance Oversize pens to my todo list. One is ready for the new sac, the other still needs to be opened up and I’m hoping a new sac will fix it. With my recent moving i’ve been unable to find some of my repair supplies, so I ordered the essentials (shellac, talc, sacs) from Anderson Pens and will hopefully get to it this week. Naturally, the supplies will re-appear when I’m looking for something else.

Links

Unbranded MHR Lever Filler – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Are Fountain Pens Really Better? – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

My Personal Hall of Fame: Favorite Stationery Products in Every Category — The Gentleman Stationer

Traveler’s Notebook Stamp Caravan and TN Meet-Up – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

Fountain Pens & Inks – Universe (Airtable) // Via Pen Addict Member Newsletter (Refill) // It’s coincidental that this showed up in the newsletter the day after I played around with Airtable to create a inventory of my fountain pens. There was also a link to an ink inventory/community site, but you’ll need the membership to see that one.