Sunday Notes and Links – February 19, 2017

Currently Inked - February 19, 2017

Currently Inked

It was an interesting week with fountain pens, at least when compared to other recent weeks. Early in the week I decided I wanted some variety but didn’t want to flush any pens. So I inked up six fountain pens to bring me to 12. It ended up being a messy day. No actual spilled ink but I had more ink on my fingers than anytime else in recent memory. I had more of a problem getting ink into the pens than on my fingers. But the problems didn’t end there.

The Sheaffer Balance Oversize from the DC show didn’t take in any ink, which I noticed the next day as the feed went dry. After experimenting with plain water I moved the pen to the repair queue. There must be a hole in the sac or a similar problem. Was I too aggressive cleaning it last time?

The second problem was with my Sheaffer PFM I with Montblanc Lucky Orange ink. The nib had been dry after spending the night nib up but flow would quickly returned after a few nib down moments. Then I left the pen flat on my desk for a day or two. The feed was all dry and crusty and more than gravity was needed to get it going. Rather than just wetting the nib to get it going I flushed it instead. I have a low tolerance for finicky pens these days. So inked pens quickly dropped to the 11 shown above.

Now I have to start using them.

Currently Inked Writing Samples - February 19, 2017

Currently Inked Writing Samples

On to the links…

Pen Shows & Clubs

The Los Angeles pen show is going on this weekend. The show is open to the public from 10am to 5pm today (Feb 19th).

Appleton Pen Club – Spring Cleaning – // March 16th at 7 PM in Appleton, WI

What Others Are Using and Doing

Ink Swatches | East…West…Everywhere // I’ve pretty much stopped doing swatches. But others are just starting.

InCoWriMo Toolkit — The Finer Point

Misc Links

Retro fountain pens push for placement in digital world – Kitchener-Waterloo – CBC News // Another mainstream press fountain pen piece. Nothing new here (prices are up, volume down, luxury item, etc… ) except a brick & mortar pen store is mentioned.

Tale from a Vandal Scribbler: Poetry As Uniting Force | Peaceable Writer // Not fountain pen focused, but a good read

Letter Writing Call To Arms! – The Well-Appointed Desk // Looking for a reason ti use those fountain pens?

Thoughts On Organizing Your Journals – Recording Thoughts // I’ve never considered doing any organization (there than by date) since I have no reason to do so. But if you have a reason (or don’t, but want organization anyway) here are some ideas.

The Chronoswiss Styloscope by Pelikan « The Pelikan’s Perch // beautiful dark green. I also find it interesting that an extra nib was sold with the pen and that the carry case had a a way to properly carry the extra along with the pen and a small note pad.

Parker Premier Luxury Brown PGT | mycoffeepot.org // As much as I’ve wanted it to, Parker pens never pulled me into their realm. But I do enjoy reading about them when the writer is a fan of the brand.

Pelikan m805 Stressman | Wondernaut in the world of stationery wonders // One of my favorite pens but it’s not for everyone. I was lucky enough to try the various Pelikan sizes at a pen show so I knew it worked for me. Wondernaut was able to borrow one a found that it wasn’t.

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Sunday Notes and Links – February 12, 2017

Currently Inked Pens and New Ink - Feb 12, 2017

Currently Inked Pens and New Ink

My fountain pen usage stayed about steady with the previous week. Which means it was about normal for me. I did write two pens dry on Saturday. The Visconti Homo Sapien and the Aurora Optima. Neither one has been replaced. A new bottle of ink (Akkerman Dutch Masters 09 Steenrood “Red Stone” van Vermeer) made it’s way to me once the snow was cleared. I’m debating which pen to put it in.

Pen Shows & Clubs

The Los Angeles pen show is at the end of this week, from February 16th to 19th. (I wrote the same sentence last week, but this week it’s true.)

What Others Are Using

Scribbles and Stationery – My 2016 – scribbles and stationery

Misc Links

Pen Buying Flowchart – The Well-Appointed Desk // Yup

Review: Montblanc Irish Green — Alt. Haven // A long-time favorite ink of mine.

Pen Review: Visconti Homo Sapiens Dark Ages — The Gentleman Stationer // My least favorite Homo Sapien finish, but that’s totally subjective.

Please Write! Confessions of a Lousy Pen Pal | From the Pen Cup

Nib Novice, Part 8: Platinum Preppy Conversion | Pens and Junk

Vintage Pen News: A hidden nib imprint

Penn State Industries Pen Kit Review – My Pen Needs InkMy Pen Needs Ink

Crónicas Estilográficas: Anonymous

Fountain Pen Review: Kaweco Classic Sport Red | Rants of The Archer

Parker Duofold Norman Rockwell LE | mycoffeepot.org

KMPN: Pilot Custom Urushi (2016)

Sunday Notes and Links – February 5, 2017

Currently Inked - February 5, 2017My fountain pen usage was up a bit this week. I journaled at least one page each night and returned to a normal level of work related note taking. InCoWriMo has been a complete failure for me. While I didn’t expect to write a letter or postcard every day I had intended to catch up on correspondence and I haven’t even started that.

My Montblanc Ultra Black (OM) when dry right after I published my Currently Inked post, as expected. I gave it a quick flush and returned it to the rotation with the same Montblanc Bordeaux.

Pen Shows & Clubs

The Los Angeles pen show is at the end of this week, from February 16th to 19th.

Appleton Pen Club – Pen Lovers Playdate – // February 9, 2017 at 7pm in Appleton, WI USA

What Others Are Using

Tale of a Vandal Pen User: Nibs Part 3 Revisiting Japanese Favorites | Peaceable Writer

January Stationery Usage — The Finer Point

The art of resistance. | Leigh Reyes. My Life As a Verb.

Misc Links

Eversharp Skylines and an Aurora – Inktronics // I’ve always liked the looks of Skylines but I could never bring myself to buy one.

Crónicas Estilográficas: Family Portrait (VIII). Myu-25 at al.

Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze EF – The Clumsy Penman’s InKfusion Site // One of my favorite, if not the favorite, fountain pen.

Pen Review: Pelikan M800 Souverain Burnt Orange Special Edition — The Gentleman Stationer // While I can’t bring myself to add a second M80X to my collection (despite being a great pen), every time I see this pen my resistance weakens.

Fountain Pen Sales Are Surging, Despite Flat Luxury Global Sales – Bloomberg // More mainstream news about fountain pens although I think it calls me peculiar: “The fountain pen has not gone the way of the horse and buggy. Rather, the correct analogy is with the horse itself: It would be peculiar to use one as your only mode of transportation, but it’s a privilege to trot one out on special occasions.”

Sunday Notes and Links – January 29, 2017

Currently Inked - January 29, 2017

I wrote one pen dry, but the other six are still around.

I’m in a rut. My writing continued at a low level. My note taking was up a little this week, but that didn’t make up for the days I skipped journaling. I finally wrote a pen dry, the Sailor King of Pen with Montblanc Lucky Orange ink. So there’s a new photo with just six pens. I may prematurely flush and replace a couple other pens as February begins, just to mix things up a bit. I’ll be re-inking the Sailor KOP later today but with a different ink (still undecided) and the Lucky Orange will return to a different pen. I want to see how it does with a thinner nib.

InCoWriMo starts this week. I was going to skip it this year, but I’ll take the motivation to write and say I’m doing it, even though I’m 99.9% sure I won’t come close to 1 a day. I’ll take the opportunity to catch up with letters that I owe and maybe send out some postcards.

Pen Shows & Clubs

The next US show is on the other coast, in Los Angeles, from February 16th to 19th.

What Others Are Using

Pen & Ink Pairing: Jan ’17 – Hand Over That Pen

Okurlardan: Faber Castell Writink Resin | Write to Me Often

Misc Links

Lucky Orange – Montblanc LE ink | Wondernaut in the world of stationery wonders // My thoughts about this ink are slightly different, although it’s still in its first pen. At this point it’s one of my favorite oranges. I have’t had the nib evaporation problem. But like I said, this is based on one pen.

Sheaffer Skrip Red | Inkdependence! // My favorite fire engine red ink

On Writing Your First Letter To Your New Pen Pal – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

Crónicas Estilográficas: From Wajima

Faber-Castell 663 Fountain Pen – Pens! Paper! Pencils!

canetas e coisas: WING SUNG and canetas e coisas: DELTA

News: Ink of the Year 2017 – Smoky Quartz « The Pelikan’s Perch

BBC – Capital – Why paper is the real ‘killer app’

Sunday Notes and Links – January 22, 2017

My fountain pen usage was down even more this week as I missed doing journal entries a couple of days. So no pens went dry and I haven’t ink up any new pens. I could have used the same picture again but I’m tired of it and I didn’t have time to take another one. So no photo today.

Pen Shows & Clubs

The 2017 Philly pen show is history. The next US show is on the other coast, in Los Angeles, from February 16th to 19th.

What Others Are Using

Twiss Pen Eye Candy – The Clumsy Penman’s InKfusion Site // An eye-catching custom pen that’s seen four months of use.

Misc Links

The Ink bottle — Alt. Haven // A nice overview of ink bottle shapes.

Crónicas Estilográficas: “Made Abroad” // Seems like a strange way to label a pen, but some potential reasons are given

My Cross Century Secret Stash (and a Cross Spire for good measure) – The Well-Appointed Desk // Not a fountain pen in the bunch. Even if there was, it would be way to thin for me.

KMPN.: Pilot Custom // Some of the pens in the Pilot Custom Series along with a chart showing nib availability.

Review: Conid Minimalistica, Delrin, EF Titanium Nib – Hand Over That Pen

Francis THEO: Labrador Sketchbook from Thailand

Tale of a Vandal Pen Blogger: Behind the Name | Peaceable Writer

Sunday Notes and Links – January 15, 2017

Currently Inked - January 1, 2017

The same set of pens for yet another week.

It was another typical week of fountain pen usage. With seven pens inked up I picked a different one as my primary writer each day to give them all a chance. While there was one day with heavier than normal note taking most of my writing consisted of one journal page each night and a few notes during the day. No pens went dry and no new pens were inked up. This makes three weeks in a row with the same set of pens.

Pen Shows & Clubs

The first US pen show of the year is going on this weekend in Philadelphia. In honor of the event I’ve updated my pen show page to include all shows that have scheduled dates in 2017.

Appleton Pen Club – Christmas Show & Tell | Anderson Pens // January 19th at 7pm in Appleton Wisconsin

What Others Are Using

What Are You Taking to Work? | Hey there! SBREBrown // New video series from SBRE Brown. Well, there’s only one video so far, so I guess it’s a potential series.

Misc Links

Nakaya Naka-Ai Awai-Murasaki First Impressions – SquishyInk

Review: Pelikan M400 Brown Tortoise — Alt. Haven

Crónicas Estilográficas: Shijin

http://vintagepensblog.blogspot.com/2017/01/an-unusual-fairchild-combo.html

Pen power: China closer to ballpoint success – BBC News // Not fountain pen related but I was surprised by the precision needed for ballpoint pens since they are generally cheap.

Sunday Notes and Links – January 8, 2017

Currently Inked - January 1, 2017

Same pens as last week.

It’s been a slow week when considering my fountain pen usage, but a busy week in all other aspects. Nearly all my pen usage was in my nightly journal entries and that was also below normal, although I wrote at least 1/2 a page every night to keep the habit. No change in my pens and ink during the week and there’s still plenty of ink in each one.

Pen Shows & Clubs

The US pen show season is season kicking off in Philadelphia on January 13-15th.

What Others Are Using or Used

Traveling into 2017 with a Hobonichi Techo | Peaceable Writer

My Favorite Inks for 2016 – The Well-Appointed Desk

Hobonichi Planner: Thoughts After One Year — The Gentleman Stationer

Midori MD Leather Cover After a Year – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

My Gear For The New Year | An Inkophile’s Blog

2016 Hobonichi Techo In Review — Gorgeous.Ink

Pens In Real Life: The Sabbath | From the Pen Cup

InCoWriMo is Approaching

InCoWriMo Pen Pal Match-Up – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

InCoWriMo 2017 Preparations | Gorgeous Ink

Misc Links

In pursuit of the rare | Leigh Reyes. My Life As a Verb.

My Planner Dilemma: Hobonichi Cousin v. Hobonichi Techo v. Traveler’s Notebook — The Pen Addict

Review Redux – The Sailor Imperial Black Fountain Pen – edjelley.com – Fountain Pen, Ink, and Stationery Reviews

Crónicas Estilográficas: A Non-Pilot Pilot

Vintage Pen News: One discovery inside another