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.

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Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – September 8, 2019

Not much fountain pen usage this past week. But an interesting thing happened on the way to seeing if I can use a few vintage pens as daily writers. I found that I love using them. So much so that my three Sheaffers (only two are actually vintage) were moved into my primary pen case so that they are always with me. The Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe and King of Pen were put in the secondary pen case and were ignored all week. The stub nib on the Legacy isn’t a daily writer for me, but it’s a nice change of pace.

Could I cross the Rubicon by selling off those to Sailors to focus on Sheaffers? Probably not. But if the Sheaffers keep my interest, I could see not using several of my modern pens and having current favorites fall out of favor with less use. Or, I could get tired of the Sheaffers.

The two Sheaffer Triumphs are solidly built, I have no concerns about them traveling in my briefcase/computer bag. They travel in the Nock Co Burton (from the Pen Addict 2019 Kickstarter) which is usually in the Nock Co Lanier, but will sometimes be moved to another bag or used on its own. I like the design slightly better than the A5 case that came with the Lanier. For one thing, it has slots for pens. For another, it has a bit more padding.

Links

REVISITING THE WANCHER DREAM PEN URUSHI FOUNTAIN PEN | The Pencilcase Blog | Fountain pen, Pencil, Ink and Paper reviews // I have little interest in adding new pens these days so typically skip reviews. But, long-term experiences still get my attention.

Quest for Perfection: My Search for the Best Burgundy Ink — The Gentleman Stationer // Montblanc Bordeaux is my favorite, by far, and I still have 4 1/2 bottles left. That’ll carry me for a while. I’m committed to always have at least one pen loaded with that ink. I also agree with his top three choices, although maybe swap #2 and #3, depending on my mood.

Ink – Goodwriterspens’s Blog // The only old ink bottles I have are a few bottles of Sheaffer ink. I do share the affinity for green ink. My second favorite color family, behind burgundy.

The Gimborn 150 Master: A Pelikan By Another Name « The Pelikan’s Perch // Another obscure (at least to me) bit of history from The Perch.

Stationery In Real Life: Making Do | From the Pen Cup // More real-life stationery stories.

UKFP Uncapped: 7th September 2019 | UK fountain pens // I enjoy reading posts about what people are interested in. This is the third “Uncapped” post and I’ve enjoyed all three.

Off-topic – The Photography of Margaret Bourke-White – The Atlantic // I recognize many of these iconic photos, never realized they all came from the same photographer.

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.

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – August 11, 2019

Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe posted on eagle pen standWell now, it’s been nearly a month since my last Trail Log post. You may have seen some (or all) these links since some date back a few weeks.

My own fountain pens got consistent, although low use. The Vanishing Point with a XXXF nib went dry and I immediately popped in a new Pilot Black cartridge. My Fisher of Pens Hermes went dry about two weeks ago and then sat waiting to be cleaned. I gave it a quick flush to remove any dried ink and loaded a Peliken Edelstein Aventurine cartridge. The remaining water makes the first bits of ink a little thin. Lastly, I added the Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe to my rotation (pictured above). I loaded it with a Sailor Blue-Black ink cartridge. It has an extra fine nib.

My Newton Eastman and Pelikan M805 Stresemann went dry and were put back in storage after cleaning.

Rounding out my currently inked pens are:
* A Kaweco Brass Sport (EF) with Montblanc Petite Prince Red Fox.
* A Montblanc Meisterstück Ultra Black LeGrand (Oblique Medium) with Montblanc Bordeaux.
* A Sailor Pro Gear KOP (M) with R & K Blau-Schwarz LE.

I’m continuing to thin my accumulation. I’m going through and trying to pick a small group of core pens. Of course, “small” should probably be “smaller”. I’m not sure how many people would consider 30 to be small. I hope to have more pens listed for sale soon.

Links

How to Buy Your First Vintage Fountain Pen – Writing at Large

Pens and Stationery for Traveling: My Travel Kit in 2019 — The Gentleman Stationer

Going equipped (inside my EDC bag) | UK fountain pens

My Italian fountain pen line-up. | Fountain pen blog

Francis THEO: Fountain Pen Ink & Wash

Life Stationery Factory and Warehouse – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

Traveler II // Muji x Traveler’s Notebook DIY – Weirdoforest Pens

2019 Travelers Notebook Review: Part 1. — The Finer Point

State of the collection: August 2019 | UK fountain pens

Visiting Pilot Pens Fountain Pen Factory in Hiratsuka – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

A personal journey with the Montblanc Agatha Christie Writer’s Edition | UK fountain pens

Crónicas Estilográficas: A Pen Is A Pen

DC Pen Show 2019 Recap | The Looped Square

Montblanc Inks, Part 1 — Mountain of Ink

Recapping the 2019 D.C. Pen Show: It’s Still The Big Show! — The Gentleman Stationer