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.

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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

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log -July 14, 2019

 

Much like the frequency to these Trail Logs, my fountain pen usage has dropped.

I did write my Pilot Vanishing Point dry but immediately reloaded it with another Pilot Black ink cartridge. But not much else tase changed.

There’s about a month’s worth of links below.

Links

Passing The Torch: 70 Years Of Service « The Pelikan’s Perch // Pelikan is a 181-year-old company. One man has worked there for 70 years, finally completely retired after his 90th birthday. His replacement has yet to break the 50 years mark a Pelikan.

Stationery Supplies and Set-Up for Travel, Part 2 – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop // After reading about her setup, read about the trip in future posts.

The simple joy of mucking about with pens | UK fountain pens // Things to do with a parts bin or a finicky pen.

The “Active Service” Parker Challenger Set – Goodwriterspens’s Blog // A nice bit of history – and marketing.

How I do ink swatches | UK fountain pens // I no longer feel compelled to do ink swatches anymore, but this sounds like a good plan of I ever decide to do them.

Six long-gone pens I miss — and what I’ve done about it | UK fountain pens // I’ve yet to miss any pens that I’ve sold, at least not to the point of regret.

The Waterman Keyhole Nib – Goodwriterspens’s Blog // Another trip back in time.

1920s Black Hard Rubber Blackbird – Goodwriterspens’s Blog // A tire pen.

Bentley Will, In Fact, Sell You a $700 Pen // I like reading about fountain pens in mainstream publications which make fun of the price. I have no idea if this pen is worth $700, but I’ve spent that much on a pen.

Why (and how) I just sold 70 bottles of ink | UK fountain pens // I still have a lot of ink and may try the same thing.

PEN SHOW VISIT: DUTCH PEN SHOW (UTRECHT) | The Pencilcase Blog | Fountain pen, Pencil, Ink and Paper reviews // I always like pen show write-ups.

It’s the Little Things | From the Pen Cup // I can relate, I came very close to buying this pen.

State of the collection: July 2019 | UK fountain pens // Maybe I’ll eventually get down to 25 pens. I’m not sure I could move pens in and out on a regular basis for variety.

Let’s Talk About Sepia Ink – The Well-Appointed Desk // I’ve always been confused about the modern definition of sepia ink.

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.

Links

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.

Links

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