Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – November 11, 2018

My fountain pens did get a lot of use these past two weeks, although it did taper-off a bit in the last week. I was down to four inked pens, one was a little-used broad nib, and two were hard to travel large clip-less pens, so it was time to ink some up. I brought the total to an even dozen.

My typically problem free Franklin-Christoph Model 66 was starting to stain my fingers on a regular basis. It’s eye-dropper filled, and I must have been a little hasty when applying the silicone grease. There wasn’t too much ink left, so I decided to just dump the ink and clean the pen.

photo of the Franklin-Christoph Model 66 Stabilis Fountain Pen

Franklin-Christoph Model 66 Stabilis Fountain Pen

Links

Crónicas Estilográficas: Datation of Japanese Pens. VII. Sailor’s Nibs (II)

MANILA FOUNTAIN PEN SHOW 2018 | Personal Geographic

Artus Spezial – Inktronics

Further Thoughts on (Very) Inexpensive Fountain Pens — The Gentleman Stationer

The Saturday Pen Addict & Well-Appointed Desk Meet-Up Review – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

How to keep Analog Alive in the Edit Mines — The Pen Addict

Newton Pen News, Raffles, and whatever else I can think of – Newton Pens

Bad Practice – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

LAMY in NYC: A Visit In Which Some Secrets Are Revealed | From the Pen Cup

FPD // Fountain Pen Day 2018! | Weirdoforest Pens

Scriptus Pen Show Madness – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

Pen Review: The Esterbrook “Estie” — The Gentleman Stationer

A Tale of Three Planners – The Well-Appointed Desk

NYC Trip Recap: Big Apple Pen Club, CW Pencils, & More! — The Gentleman Stationer

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FPQuest Trail Log – October 28, 2018

Retron 51 Play Ball penThe last two weeks have seen some heavy fountain pen usage, and heavier than normal Retro 51 rollerball usage. I wrote four fountain pens dry during the past two weeks. I’ve been consistently writing every day. As I mentioned in a previous Trail Log, I’ve been trying to use my pens every day, even if it’s a waste of ink & paper and immediately goes into the trash. I find it relaxing to just write and not have to write anything specific. I still write the occasional journal entry and for the usual notes. But my end of day routine now includes some relaxing writing. I did miss two days these past two weeks. Both were late days where I was exhausted when I got home. So no guilt. And on both of those days, my pens were used more than usual during the day. I lost track of how many pages I wrote during that World Series Game 3 marathon during which I finished off a 3/4 full Sailor KOP and used my Baseball themed Retro 51 (Play Ball) for what may be the last time of the year. Just one more win needed for the perfect season ending.

Pens that went dry:

TWSBI Go Smoke (extra fine) with Monteverde Emotions Passion Burgundy ink: I really, really liked this pen and the ink. The nib is a smooth writer and feels good in my hand.

Fisher of Pens Hermes (fine) with Iroshizuku Shin-Ryoku:  This pen has gotten better with age and use.

Esterbrook Estie (Esterbrook #9550 Firm Extra Fine) with Sheaffer Red ink:  I’d say the experience was OK. I did have some flow issues and hard starts. I’ve yet to review this pen. It’s been a less than optimum experience with the MV adapter for Esterbrook nibs, so I’ve been doing some comparisons with Esterbrook J pens using the same ink and nibs.

Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen (medium) with a Sailor Sei-Boku Pigmented Blue-Black cartridge:  Sublime. I used this throughout that WS Game 3 marathon which killed off the cartridge and well over a dozen pages. No skipping (until it went dry) and no fatigue in my hand.

Links

Pelikan’s M620 City Series (2001-2006) « The Pelikan’s Perch

Ball // Some thoughts on ballpoint pens | Weirdoforest Pens

Initial thoughts – my first Pelikan | Slightly unnerved

The Postman’s Knock Modern Calligraphy eCourse: A Review — The Pen Addict

My haul from the London Pen Show, 2018. | Fountain pen blog

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – September 16, 2018

My fountain pen usage was sporadic these past two weeks, although I did write one fountain pen dry. My Karas Kustoms Ink ran out of Montblanc Petite Prince Red Fox ink. It was inked up back on June 13th and spent most of its time in my Fodderstack XL as my pocket carry.

Nock Co Tallulah with 2 TWSBI Go and FoP Hermes

Nock Co Tallulah with TWSBI Go, Fisher of Pens Hermes and another TWSBI Go. All but the FoP Hermes are new.

Three new products arrived over the past two weeks. I’d gone all year without buying a new fountain pen, and had money in my PayPal account, so I gave in and ordered two TWSBI Go fountain pens. The Smoke version with an extra fine nib. The Sapphire version with a broad nib. Broad nibs aren’t my typical choice, but I figure this inexpensive pen can be used for ink testing and experimentation, so I picked the broad nib.

Also arriving was my Pen Addict RelayCon 2018 Nock Co. Tallulah pen case. I’ve been using it since it came on the Tuesday after Labor Day.

I’ll write about the pens and the case in the next few days.

Finally getting my first new fountain pens in 2018 started the ball rolling. There was still money in the PayPal account when I read about a new Esterbrook Estie pen (the first since Kenro bought the company). The Estie is pretty much what I wanted in a new Esterbrook pen (except the price), so I ignored my rule that pens have to spend some time on my wishlist, and immediately pre-ordered one. I knew that no matter how long I considered it, it would remain at the top of my wishlist. I’m not sure what the market will be for this pen. I’m buying it because I have about three dozen Esterbrook nibs, while the vintage Esterbrook pens are too thin and light for me to write with for anything more than a quick note. I’ve been using the Esterbrook nibs in my custom Newton Eastman; now I can use two at one time. The pen does appear a bit pricey, especially considering that several vintage Esterbrooks can be purchased for the same amount of money, a single Esterbrook often can be less than the cost of the adapter itself. Anderson Pens has a video about the pen, and is taking pre-orders, while Goulet Pens has more of the technical details.

Links

“Always Listen to Your Mother”: I Go to the San Francisco Pen Show – Fountain Pen Follies

D.C. Pen Show Mini Haul & Recap – Owl Ink

The Dogs of the SF Pen Show – Hand Over That Pen

Back to School with the Stabilo EASYbuddy fountain pen. | Fountain pen blog

Handwriting – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

On Craft, Appropriation, and Distance. – Leigh Reyes. My Life As a Verb.

Review: Composition Notebooks at Walmart | Comfortable Shoes Studio

So Ugly It’s Cute? My Thoughts on the TWSBI Go — The Gentleman Stationer

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – August 19, 2018

My fountain pen usage continues to be higher than normal, or at least what has passed for normal in recent months. I’ve been writing pens dry on a consistent basis and was down to two pens by Wednesday.

The two pens still inked up on August 15, 2018

I prefer cleaning my pens as I empty them. It’s sometimes faster with fresh ink, plus it’s less tedious. I’ve been neglecting this habit and decided I had to clean all the pens before I could ink up another one. So Wednesday night was a pen cleaning party (worst party ever).

Photo of cleaned pens

Then I picked out the fountain pens that I wanted to ink up. A few of them called for silicone grease (eyedropper fillers). Naturally, I couldn’t find my silicone grease. In my quest to simplify, organize and declutter I had collected all the small silicone grease containers and put them in on baggy, rather than have them scattered everywhere. Then I put them with all my other pens tools and supplies. It was actually my pen toolbox that I couldn’t find.

I gave up looking and ordered some. Now, shipping is nearly as much as the silicone grease itself, so I had to add more to make it worthwhile. After adding I few things I was close to the $50 for free shipping. Hey, free! So add a few more things. So, $52 later I had four bottles of ink and miscellaneous other supplies added to my $4 silicone grease. Needing to justify the ink I tell myself this turned to silicone grease into a $4 purchase, rather than the $7.50 I would have paid without the free shipping. Let’s just ignore the additional $44.50 that I spent.

Naturally, I found the silicone grease (and toolbox) less than an hour after submitting the order. I had swapped my pen tools into a bigger toolbox and promptly forgot. But hey, I got some new ink colors coming (well, two new colors and two bottles of Sheaffer Red which I was out of). As a side note, Sheaffer Red is the only ink for which I’ve emptied multiple bottles.

Now if I can find the other pen related items I’ve misplaced. My Esterbrook inkwells were packed away for safe keeping, and my Nock Co. Lookout pen case has been MIA for months. (No missing pens, so I know it made it home that last time.) That Sheaffer Red is for the inkwell, so it’s time to go through boxes at home and then visit the storage unit if they’re still missing.

A filled notebookIn other minor news, I filled a notebook. This one typically lived next to my computer for notes as I worked. A few weeks from now, once I know I won’t need it for reference, I’ll run it through the shredder.

It’s the time year for composition notebook reviews. I’ve never really paid attention in the past, but they caught my attention this year. (See some in the links below.) While walking through my local grocery store (Stop & Shop) I came across Top Flight composition books with college (medium) ruling for $2. The paper seemed promising, so I picked one up. As I inked up pens last night, I tried them in the notebook. My standards a pretty flexible, but it appears to be very usable. Some show-through, but no bleed through, respectable drying time and no noticeable feathering. With indirect light (from a window) the show-through wasn’t annoying, in the light of a desk lamp it was apparent, but not any worse than other notebooks I’ve been willing to use.

Links

A new method of selecting pen, nib, and ink combination | TooManyPelikans // On the other end of the spectrum is my method: What’s within reach and catches my eye?

Ink Review: Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun – The Well-Appointed Desk // I don’t usually read (or link to) ink reviews anymore. But this ink is an old favorite that I recently rediscovered. The bottle is almost empty (with another waiting to be opened).

Review: Composition Notebooks at Staples 2018 | Comfortable Shoes Studio // First composition notebook review for this year. So check the more recent posts on the site for other reviews.

Paper Review: Composition Notebooks – The Well-Appointed Desk

Eclectic or Weak? ! Crónicas Estilográficas

The Montegrappa Fortuna Saga | Rachel’s Reflections

The View from Behind the Shop: The Slow Days of Summer – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

My 2018 D.C. Pen Show Journal — The Gentleman Stationer

Nib Novice, Part 10: The Vanishing Point | Pens and Junk

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – August 05, 2018

My fountain pen usage picked up this past week. In addition to the typical notes and lists managed to write about a dozen A5 or larger pages.

Franklin-Christoph Model 20 Vintage GreenMy Franklin-Christoph Model 20 with its oblique medium nib and Montblanc Psychedelic Purple ink was used far more than any other pen as I waited for it to leak. Technically it didn’t leak. But, on Thursday it rolled off my desk and fell about 3 feet to a carpeted floor. There was ink all over the cap, nib, and section. I’d been using the pen moments before, so I knew the entire mess was new. The converter was now empty, so that was all for this pen. There wasn’t an obvious place for a leak. After I removed the nib unit, I saw some faint ink stains along the section threads in one area, but not enough to indicate ink was flowing through it. I’m going to give the pen a break, but with the next fill, I’ll put some silicone grease around the nib unit threads. I don’t expect that to help. I think this pen is just prone to gushing ink through the feed when gravity and momentum attack it. My other Model 20 remains leak free. In fact, I rolled it off my desk a couple of times, and it was fine.

Links

Richard Binder has published two new fountain pen books. One about L.E. & A.A. Waterman and the other about Wahl-Eversharp. All his books are listed here. I have to admit I haven’t read any of the books.

Daily Carry – The InkSmudge

Aesthetic Bay Nakaya Clinic: Day 2 – Hand Over That Pen

Hobonichi Techo 2019 Preview Festival – HOBO NIKKAN ITOI SHINBUN // Looks like they’re changing the release schedule and will spread it over six days. Follow the link to get the details. Personally, I’ll be skipping paper planners for next year. As much as I want to use one, I find its just not for me. That said, I’ll probably spend the next month trying to come up for another reason to use one.

Using my Hobonichi Techo as a Wellness Tracker. — The Finer Point // One possible excuse to buy a Hobonichi for next year.

Commonwealth Pen Show // The Boston area pen show is Sunday, September 16, 2018.