Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – February 16, 2020

Photo of my newest pens - Pelikan M815 and Sailor RealoI wrote my vintage Sheaffer Balance Oversize dry this week. Well, almost dry, then I refilled it with the same R&K Blau-Schwarz LE in.

The two pens I ordered arrived, and have been inked up. I didn’t wait to use up the ink in other pens before I inked them up, despite that being my plan. The Pelikan M815 Metal Stripped SE was inked with Pelikan 4001 Blue-Back ink. The Sailor Realo got Iroshizuku Fuyu-Syogun ink, which is a grey ink.

I did start journalling again in the evening, although it’s been sporadic and I’m not confident that I’ll stick with it. At this point it’s mainly an excuse to use my pens.


Crónicas Estilográficas: Retro

Retrospective: Retro 51 Pens – The Well-Appointed Desk

Tale of a Vandal Pen User: Lost and Found | Peaceable Writer

The Platinum Curidas: removing the bump. | Fountain pen blog

Crónicas Estilográficas: Curidas Marketing

Off topic – Welcome to the Era of Fake Products | Wirecutter

Group Buy, Auctions, Scholarships – Newton Pens

AmazonBasics Fountain Pen Review – Penquisition and First Impressions: The AmazonBasics Fountain Pen Is Surprisingly Good — The Gentleman Stationer

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – February 9, 2020

Photo of my Fisher of Pens Hermes fountain pen

Fisher of Pens Hermes

As mentioned last Sunday, the Fisher of Pens Hermes didn’t last very long, and it is now bone dry, waiting to be cleaned out and returned to the pen case for storage. I do really like the pen, and the combination with Montblanc Bordeaux makes it nearly irresistible. But I want to keep rotating new pens into the mix so I’ll flush it out and return it to the pen case for storage. It was inked up on January 6th, so it lasted about a month.

The dam that was holding back my pen buying finally burst. The first crack was the vintage Sheaffer Balance oversize, then it widened with the Retro 51 purchases. It crumbled completely when I ordered two fountain pens this past week. They should arrive early this week, although I’ll try to resist inking them up until I write another pen or two dry. Between the Sheaffer Balance and these two new pens, anything else will get short shrift, so I should give them some use first.

Not that I’m hinting at what one of the pens is, but if the Pelikan Souverän M815 Metal Striped Special Edition is on your wish list, you should check around. The best price I found was $429 at Classic Fountain Pens. Others have it discounted too. The typical US retail price was about $680. It’s a “limited time” offer, although no details on what the limit is. Maybe it ends when all are sold rather than a specific date. This was a pen I considered as a replacement for my M805 Stresemann back when it was released in 2018 but decided against it since it was too pricey and not different enough. While I didn’t sell the Stresemann intending to buy this one, the price drop certainly made me consider the purchase now that the Stresemann is gone.

I can claim some self-control since there’s one other pen on my interested list, and I decided to hold off.


Mabie Todd & Bard Eyedropper and Gunmetal Travelling Case – Goodwriterspens’s Blog // I’d love a case like this, although it would have to fit one of my current pens.

Crónicas Estilográficas: Iroshizuku 2020 // I remember when thee first came out, and wondering who’d pay that much for ink except as a special purchase. As mentioned, prices have held the line and now other brands have caught up and passed Pilot in regards to ink costs.

When to Clean Your Pens | Anderson Pens Blog // Good advice that coincides with my habits. Although, I did have a pen go 18 months without cleaning. It was problem free and the ink never changed, just got topped off. It was my Franklin-Christoph Model 66, eyedropper filled with R&K Blau_Schwarz LE ink.

Crónicas Estilográficas: Platinum in the Market 2020 // A little weird when combined with recent news that I heard on the Pen Addict podcast: Platinum is requiring retails to charge full MSRP for the Curidas.

Early thoughts on the Platinum Curidas fountain pen. | Fountain pen blog // I’m fascinated that they’re have events around the world for this pen.

Eye Candy: Retro 51 Retrospective – The Well-Appointed Desk // Luckily (for my wallet) I haven’t been attracted to the fountain pen Retro 51s.

Slightly Off-topic: You Can Rewrite the Urban Landscape with the New York City Tree Font

Slightly Off-topic: From the Travel Journal: Hong Kong’s Flow Books – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop


Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – February 2, 2020

Photo of my Fisher of Pens Hermes fountain pen

Fisher of Pens Hermes

My fountain pen usage ticked up a little bit these past week, thanks mainly to the drafts of two future articles for this sight. I’m about to write the Fisher of Pens Hermes dry. It did stop, but then I forced every last drop of that precious Montblanc Bordeaux ink into the feed. So, there’s less than a feed’s worth left. I’m considering a Bordeaux refill but will probably put it aside for another pen. Although, it serves as a good excuse to put off cleaning the pen. The four inked up Sheaffers are getting more use and I’m enjoying them.

Photo of my Sheaffer Balance Oversize

Sheaffer Balance Oversize Grey Marble c.1935

I’ve had my new to me Sheaffer Balance Oversize Grey Marble long enough to promote it to being a core pen. Hopefully this one will do better than its siblings. I love the vintage Balance Oversize, it’s a good size for me with a great nib. But, they’ve been prone to breaking, with my other three in the repair queue. Although the Marine Green is probably beyond repair and I’ll have to find a replacement cap which technically isn’t a repair.


Frequently Used. — The Finer Point

Crónicas Estilográficas: Curidas’s Name

REVIEW: PILOT CUSTOM NS FOUNTAIN PEN | The Pencilcase Blog | Fountain pen, Pencil, Ink and Paper reviews // I don’t read many pen reviews these days and rarely (if ever) link to reviews when the “pen was provided for review” if for no other reason than the usage period is probably short. But Dries’ review covers some good points on a pen I haven’t seen much about. For those of us in the US it looks like buying from Europe or Japan will be cheaper even after all the currency conversion and shipping. Or, just buy from an eBay or Amazon seller playing geographic arbitrage.

Travel Tips: Packing a Writing Kit for the Road — The Gentleman Stationer

A Russian Naval Travelling Inkwell – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Crónicas Estilográficas: Premium Pen Show in Tokyo

Originals Of Their Time: Darlings Of The 1930s « The Pelikan’s Perch

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – January 26, 2020

Photo of my latest arrival

Sheaffer Balance Oversize Grey Marble c.1935

I’ve been using my newest fountain pen almost exclusively since it arrived last weekend. I inked it up with Rohrer & Klingner Blau-Schwarz LE that I like a lot. It’s well behaved and easy to clean, so I have no qualms about using it in a vintage vacuum filler that will be tedious to clean without a friendly ink. I wanted to go with a older (can’t really say vintage, although in ink years they are) Sheaffer ink, but my two favorites were already in pens. So far I’m loving the pen. I hope to get better photos soon.


Sometimes A Rollerball Beats A Fountain Pen | An Inkophile’s Blog

A letter from the Retro51 Team | The Retro 51 Blog // via The Well-Appointed Desk // Big news. This happens to be the first place I saw it. The official post is here

A Place to Buy Ink! – The Well-Appointed Desk

2020 Philadelphia Pen Show Recap — The Gentleman Stationer

From the Desk of Martin Luther King Jr. – The Well-Appointed Desk

Sunday Rambling – Goodwriterspens’s Blog


Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – January 19, 2020

Photo of you currently inked pens.

Well now, things are changing again. I moved into a new apartment last weekend. Technically, I signed the lease and I now eat and sleep there. But “moved in” is a bit of a stretch. Furniture will be arriving tomorrow and next weekend so things are still hectic. The one piece of furniture that did arrive is the least needed but a welcome arrival, a new writing desk. It’s one I’ve seen on various furniture store websites, all called something different and sells for a wide range of prices. It’s nothing special, but I like the look. I’ll provide more info once I’ve used it a bit, and pictures once the clutter is cleaned up. Being the most convenient flat surface it’s become cluttered. The photo above shows my currently inked pens in the desk.

I inked up some more pens this week. The following pens join the Brass Sport (not shown), Regency Stripe (in the Fodderstack XL along with a Retro 51 rollerball), and Pilot Custom 823 (on the Seed case):

From left to right in the Dudek Pen stand:

  1. Sheaffer Balance II Jade Green with Sheaffer Emerald Green (Yellow box).
  2. Sheaffer Balance II Crimson Glow with Monteverde Napa Burgundy.
  3. Sheaffer Balance II Aspen with Montblanc Meisterstück 90 Years Permanent Grey.
    All three of the Balance II pens have Sheaffer’s lovely 18kt gold Feathertouch nib which writes closer to a fine than a western medium.
  4. Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen with a 21kt medium nib and Sheaffer Peacock Blue (Yellow box) ink.
  5. Fisher of Pens Hermes with a fine nib and my favorite ink, Montblanc Bordeaux.

Yes, the Kaweco Brass Sport missed another photo. Despite being in my jeans pocket I always forget to include it, and I’m too lazy to take another photo when I realize it’s missing.

A new pen arrived for me on Saturday, although I’ve yet to ink it up. This one is a new to me vintage Sheaffer which replaces nothing, just a welcome addition. I’m still deciding on the ink. It’s seems fitting that an old Sheaffer should get one of my older Sheaffer inks to inaugurate it. My top two ink choices are already in use, so I’m still debating. With this purchase I’ve already equaled last years new pen count, although last year it was swap to replace my Esterbrook Estie with a look I preferred but which wasn’t available at launch. More after I’ve inked and used the pen a bit.


Esterbrook Nib Numbers and Writing Samples – Fountain Pen Love // via The Pen Addict

Peoples Journal Project // I received this as a marketing email, while not for me it sounds interesting and I figured I’d share it.

Taking Advantage Of What’s On Hand | An Inkophile’s Blog

Happy New Year! // Travels 2019-2020 – Weirdoforest Pens

Stamps, Scientific Charts, and Hand-Drawn Maps Occupy Every Inch of Travel Notebooks by José Naranja | Colossal via The Cramped

Crónicas Estilográficas: War (I) // also check out his two more recent posts.

My 2019 Retrospective — The Gentleman Stationer

How this Japanese method of saving money changed my life—and made me richer – The Cramped // Another reason to use our pens. Check out both links if you’re interested.

The Downside of the Handwritten Novel — The Pen Addict // While not the same, I find my blog posts and other writings are better in the end if they start out of paper.

Does Platignum Deserve Its Bad Reputation? – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Just Right: The Theme System Journal | From the Pen Cup // I decided the try this journal and it arrived this past week. It’s still in the shrink wrap.

2020 Planner Set-Up. — The Finer Point

Pen Show Prep 2020 and My One-Pen Challenge — The Gentleman Stationer

Scenes from the 2020 Philadelphia Pen Show — The Gentleman Stationer