Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – April 14, 2019

There’s not much news on the fountain pen front. I’ve been busy and they got vey little use last week.

I’ve added one more fountain pen to my for sale list, the Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black with a Fine 21Kt Gold nib. The price is $175 plus shipping. I wanted to give my readers first crack at it before I promote it elsewhere. More details and photos are on my for sale page. I also updated the sale page with the remaining unsold pens. The price of the Conway Stewart FPH [pen has been lowered.


Review: The Omas Tokyo – Pen Thoughts

Travels with pens: York, and a visit to Signatures | UK fountain pens

Vintage Pen News: Shellac on sections

Inky Pursuits round-up. | Fountain pen blog

Waterman Carene – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Book Review: Andy Russell – 50 Years of the Dinkie – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Meet The Vermeil Souveräns: A Look At The Nifty Fifties « The Pelikan’s Perch


Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – March 31, 2019

My analog friendly deskDuring the past week, I made my desk more analog friendly. It used to have my laptop computer, wired to a large monitor, external keyboard and an external drive. Plus, my iPad was there too, on a stand. All that remains is the iPad on the stand and the keyboard which is now attached to the iPad. That leaves plenty of room for writing and spreading out. Assuming I can keep the clutter off my desk. It’s only been a few days, yet my desk pens are getting a lot more use.

I wrote the Kaweco Brass Sport dry this past week but immediately reloaded it with another cartridge of Montblanc Petite Prince Red Fox. Another pen went dry this past week, the Platinum 3776 Ribbed, with its UEF nib. I can’t say I wrote it dry because it seemed to go dry more through evaporation than use. I immediately returned it to active use, but this time with a Platinum Black ink cartridge this time.


19 March 2019 Subway Sketches – My Creative Habit

Man’s best friend? | From the Pen Cup

Esterbrook Phaeton 300R – Review | Anderson Pens Blog

Arkansas Pen Show Recap 2019 – The Well-Appointed Desk

Flex Nibs Part 1: Defining Flex – Pen Thoughts

My Arkansas Pen Show Purchases – The Well-Appointed Desk

Small Pen Makers — Mountain of Ink

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – March 24, 2019

I was less consistent in using my pens this past week. I only journaled 4 out of the 7 days, and those were short half-page entries. The drafts of the articles that will post this week used more ink than those journal entries. A little note taking rounded out my pen usage.

I did finally write a pen dry, two actually. The Fisher of Pens Hermes and Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze both went dry yesterday. While my impulse is to simply refill them, I have a lot of pens inked and I want to work through some others. So, they’ll go back into the pen case once they’re cleaned.

With the good weather coming (hopefully), I stopped carrying the Fodderstack XL in my shirt pocket. Winter shirts have bigger pockets and thicker material to hold it in place. I still carry the notebook, but now my Kaweco pocket pen will get more use. It will often be the only pen I have on me. This also comes with me finishing off the Nock Co. Pocket notebook that I carried in it. The notebook went into the shredder. New new notebook will be in my pocket, sans-case.


My (restrained) haul from the London Pen Show, Spring 2019 | Fountain pen blog

Sailor Shikiori Hisakata – Stardust Fountain Pen Review. — The Finer Point

Traveler’s Notebook as a Travel Journal: San Francisco – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

Crónicas Estilográficas: Katana or Fude

Arkansas Pen Show Recap: What’s New at Vanness Pens and The Nibsmith — The Gentleman Stationer

How To Differentiate The Pelikan 400 From The M400:  A Guide « The Pelikan’s Perch

Ink Permanence: Or is everything just going to fade away? – Pen Thoughts

Sailor Ink Studio Swatch Tests coming soon! – FOUNTAIN PEN INK ART // I’d never heard of Sailor Ink Studio. I’m not that into inks, but the ink line and Nick’s swatch plans are delightful.

Old but New to Me: The Waterman Edson Sapphire — The Pen Addict // Sure, make me regret selling my Edson! (FYI – this isn’t the actual pen that I sold)

Crónicas Estilográficas: The Case of Naginata. III. The Brand

canetas e coisas: UNIQUE

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – March 10, 2019

Another week of light fountain pen usage. I pulled out my Travelers notebook and started using it again. I’m using the two-page-a-week spread to plan my week and list the important tasks. I like planning to out on paper, where I can see the entire week and make changes as I go along. But to be honest, once the week is set I never look at it again. I’ve been using a blank pad in the book too. I’ve been using this for writing, including the review that will post later this week. The Traveler’s is small enough to carry around so I can do same writing whenever I get a chance.


Vintage Pen News: A pristine 1920s Aikin Lambert

Parker “17” Lady – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

What Makes a Pen Show “Great”? Takeaways from the 2019 Baltimore Pen Show — The Gentleman Stationer

Lending Pens – Pen Thoughts

Baltimore Pen Show Recap – 2019

On attempting to score the currently inked. | Fountain pen blog

Overlooked and Underloved: Three Fountain Pens That Don’t Get the Attention They Deserve — The Gentleman Stationer

’Spencerian’ lands seventh-grader first place in Connecticut Spelling Bee – Hartford Courant // Nice to see a writing term in mainstream media. Unfortunatly they never define ‘Spenncerian’.

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – March 3, 2019

My fountain pen usage ticked up a bit recently. I wrote one pen dry. My Fraklin-Christoph Model 03 Iterum (review), with its extra fine nib and Montblanc Meisertück 90 Years Permanent Grey ink went dry earlier this week. This is the pen I’d been carrying in my Fodderstack XL.

It’s been replaced with the Franklin-Christoph Model 02 (review)with a medium stub nib. I usually want an extra-fine nib in the Fodderstack, but I decided to try this.

Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Intrinsic Emerald Green uncapped

This site will finally see some new reviews next week. I’m going to start doing some long term reviews of pens that have been in my accumulation. The first is a pen that’s gotten a lot of use and already scheduled for Monday. No promises on frequency, but since they are for pens I’ve had a long time they should be quicker to write. Quicker is relative to my last review being over two months ago.

I plan to start thinning the pen accumulation (think I’ve said that before). The current plan is to post a pen or two for sale on this site every Monday or Tuesday, then list them on eBay if they don’t sell by the weekend.

Housekeeping: I’ve disabled “likes” along with the sharing buttons on this site. So if you’re looking for them, they aren’t there.


Stationery Shopping in Amsterdam. — The Finer Point

L.A. Pen Show Friday and Saturday Recap — The Gentleman Stationer

2019 LA Pen Show Recap – Hand Over That Pen

Crónicas Estilográficas: The Namiki Effect

An Esterbrook Relief – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Podcast: Penmanship — Why It’s Important and How to Improve It | Art of Manliness

Starting Fresh With a Fresh New Sketchbook! – My Creative Habit

canetas e coisas: MARLEN

Actually using pens – Pen Thoughts

Some “Other” Tools – My Creative Habit

LA Pen Show Recap (with Road Trip Round-Up) – The Well-Appointed Desk

Pink Ink Comparison — Mountain of Ink

Parker Duofold AF – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Crónicas Estilográficas: The Kubo Singularity

It’s March 2019 here at Newton Pens (and probably where you are too?) – Newton Pens

2019 Pen Show Prep! Where I’ll Be This Year and Tips for Surviving Pen Shows — The Gentleman Stationer