Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – September 6, 2020

Sailor of Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen with Montblanc Leonardo Red Chalk ink bottle

Sailor KOP (M) and MB Leonardo Red Chalk ink – this week’s favorite

My fountain pen usage remained steady, maybe down a little if I had been precisely keeping track. With my Sailor King of Pen Royal Tangerine sidelined, I switched to using my other KOP and really enjoyed it. It was this weeks favorite, in addition to being the most used fountain pen. It has a medium nib and was filled with Montblanc Leonardo Red Chalk. As my fountain pen usage has been driven less and less by work, I find I’m enjoying slightly wider nibs. They aren’t well suited to my standard writing style, but I can adapt (mainly by going slower and writing bigger). They’re better suited to showing off the inks. I’m not about to trade in all my thin nibs for wider ones, but I’ll be less resistant to inking up a wider variety of nibs.

Later today, I’m going to go through all my pens and see if there are candidates for nib grinds. I want to send off my Sailor KOP for repair this week, and I figure I should take advantage of the opportunity. I’m considering getting an architect grind on my TWSBI GO. That would be a $60 grind on a $20 pen, which seems stupid. It’s one of the few broad nibs I have available, and I never use it as-is. The architect grind was all the rage a couple years ago, but I passed on it. From experience, I knew it wouldn’t be for me. But since I’ve been using, and enjoying, the Sailor Zoom nib, I’ve begun to reconsider. The zoom nib was proven unsuitable for me when I had one many years ago. I’ve been enjoying the zoom nib that I currently have. I have different expectations now. It’s not a daily writer and never will be. But I do enjoy using it. I figure the architect grind could be the same. I don’t expect a daily writer, but a different and fun to use nib. If I hate it, I’m only out the cost of the nib grind, and a $20 pen I wasn’t using. As I go through the pens, I’ll look for a pen suitable for a left oblique grind.

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Reading: The Bayern Agenda by Dan Moren (Sci-Fi) // A planetary Cold War in the future. While the subtitle says it’s Book 1 in the Galactic Cold War Series, that’s more a publisher requirement. Recommend reading The Caledonian Gambit first, which is the real beginning, but had a different publisher.
Listening: 1861: The Civil War Awakening by Adam Goodheart (audiobook) // 18 hours of Civil War history
Watching: Ted Lasso (Apple TV) // Matches the hype. Borderline corny, but doesn’t cross the line. While not enough to get me to re-up when the trial is over, it’s the only Apple TV show that would make me consider subscribing for a month when I’m able to binge the next season. Other than that, movie nights have been westerns from the 40’s and 50’s.

New Arrivals

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Incoming

It’s not a fountain pen, but the Pen Addict Kickstarter Retro 51 is waiting for me at the post office. It shipped on Monday, but tracking had it sitting in Georgia all week, including Friday night, when I checked. So I wasn’t looking for it and didn’t see the notification that is was at my PO Box until it was too late on Saturday. So I’ll pick it up on Tuesday (Damn Monday holiday!)

Outgoing

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Written Dry

The Sailor KOP, with its medium nib and Montblanc Leonardo Red Chalk ink went dry Saturday night. It lasted just over a month, having been inked on August 2nd. It did’d see heavy use until the other KOP was sidelined.

Newly Inked

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Links

Pen packaging should be…? | UK fountain pens

Fountain Pen Sketches – Weirdoforest Pens

Tale of a Vandal Pen Collector: Rambling Through Rabbit Holes | Peaceable Writer

Notebook Review: Clairefontaine Flying Spirit A5 Sewn Spine Notebook- White, Lined – The Well-Appointed Desk

Restoration? – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – August 30, 2020

photo of Sailor 1911L Ringless Epinard with Montblanc Lavender Purple ink bottle

My favorite pen and ink of the past week

My fountain usage was up a bit this week. If only because I wrote about 10 B5 journal pages this week, compared to last week. The rest of my usage, such as notes, drafts, and so on, was about the same. The Sailor 1911 Ringless was my favorite this week. It was used for more than the occasional doodling. It’s nearly empty and may not survive through today,

When I ordered some additional Life Noble 3 x 5 notebooks last week, I added a couple of items to reach the $50 for free shipping. I included two more Sailor Shikiori ink cartridge packs. I wanted to try more colors, but I screwed up and ordered some more Yodaki. While I hadn’t used the ink at that time, luckily I like the color a lot. But, I’d have preferred more variety. No excuses, not only were the cartridges still on my desk, but I entered them into Fountain Pen Companion so I could have checked there.

There was some good news. I finally caught up and cleaned all my empty pens.

Fountain Pen disaster struck this week. On Thursday, my Sailor KOP Royal Tangerine rolled off my desk, and the tines of the oblique nib are now misaligned. I had soft-capped the pen (no twisting) to free my hands. I never (until now) but down a soft-capped pen, and I forgot. When I went to pick up the pen, I grabbed it by the cap, The body popped out and rolled to the carpeted floor. The pen seemed to land flat on the barrel, and the nib looked OK, but when I went to write, the nib was rough and caught on the paper. It still looked OK to my old eyes, and I hoped I was overly sensitive. Still, I put it back on the case until I got home and could look at it with a loupe. Sure enough, when viewed head-on, the tines were obviously at different levels, which explained the poor performance.

The damage isn’t bad. If this was another pen, I’d probably try doing it myself. But this is an expensive pen. Things could get out of hand quickly, and even if it went well, it might not be as good as new. I may get the courage to try it, but the smart move seems to be sending the pen out for repair by an experienced nibmeister. It’s one of my top nibs (or, it was), so I want it to be perfect. It would be a good excuse to include a couple other pens for grinds. After all, shipping won’t be that much more.

The KOP was almost empty when it threw itself onto the floor. I had been planning to refill it with one of my new Sailor Shikiori ink cartridges. With that option gone, I decided to pull out my Sailor 1911 Sterling to load up the cartridge. I’ve avoided inking up the Sailor 1911 Sterling because I don’t want to polish it up. I decided to skip polishing it for now and keep the patina. A coincidental tweet:

New Arrivals

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Incoming

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Outgoing

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Written Dry

  1. Kanilea Pen Kona Cherry ran out of Montblanc Bordeaux ink. It was inked up way back on June 19th. I immediately refilled it with Montblanc Bordeaux, my favorite ink.
  2. Sailor KOP Royal Tangerine (OM) was flushed out after the accident. It needs to be repaired before re-inking.

Newly Inked

  1. Kanilea Pen Kona Cherry (EF) was re-inked with Montblanc Bordeaux.

Links

Crónicas Estilográficas: The Father, the Son, and the Anonymous Ghost

Two thumbs up for the Maiora Impronte and Oversize | UK fountain pens

Eye Candy: Dip Nib Pen – The Well-Appointed Desk

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

Paper So Good It Should Be Illegal? Reviewing the Blackwing “Illegal Pad” — The Gentleman Stationer

DIY: Pen Flush as Stamp Cleaner – The Well-Appointed Desk

P-p-p-pick up a Prefounte? A look at one of Platinum’s budget fountain pens | Slightly unnerved

 

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – August 23, 2020

This week’s favorite penMy fountain pen usage continued to be low, even though I did manage to empty one fountain pen. My order of ink and pads arrived. The Life notebook pictured above was in that order.

The Penlux Masterpiece Grande was my most used fountain pen this past week. I hesitate to call it the week’s favorite, because I’m really enjoying the zoom nib on the Sailor 1911 Ringless. It’s the one pen I would pick up and use for 5 minutes, just for the fun of it. Part of the attraction is the Montblanc Lavender Purple ink.

New Arrivals

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Incoming

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Outgoing

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Written Dry

  1. Penlux Masterpiece Grande (F) with Rohrer & Klingner went dry on Saturday morning. I liked this pen and ink combination, and while I will clean it out, it will be back soon. It was inked back on June 26th.

Newly Inked

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Links

Notebook Review: Endless Works Recorder Notebook | Rants of The Archer

Ink Overview: Waterman Inks – The Well-Appointed Desk

“The Muji pens that help me survive quarantine” – Vox

COVID-19’s Impact On Pelikan’s Operations « The Pelikan’s Perch

Vintage Pen News: Replacement Duofold arrow-imprint nibs

Vintage Pen News: Replacement Duofold arrow-imprint nibs

The Anatomy of a Sailor Realo vs an Aurora 88 – Tokyo Station Pens

Crónicas Estilográficas: Platinum 25G

canetas e coisas: PLATINHUM

Pen Review: Cross Peerless 125 Fountain Pen — The Gentleman Stationer

Vote

Everything You Need to Vote – Vote.org

Can I Vote | NASS

How to register to vote – Polygon

Home Page – Vote Save America

 

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – August 16, 2020

photo of my favorites Week of Aug 16, 2020

My favorites Week of Aug 16, 2020. Sailor Realo (M/F), Sailor 1911L (zoom) and Keychron K6

It was another week with relatively low fountain pen usage. My keyboard saw much more usage than all my pens combined. A favorite fountain pen was hard to pick this week, so I picked two. The Sailor 1911L Ringless Epinard was fun to doodle and play with, thanks to the zoom nib, while the Sailor Realo with its medium/fine nib and Montblanc Encre du Desert ink was my favorite to write with. The medium/fine nib was a joy, and I love the ink color.

Sailor’s new Shikiori ink cartridges became available here in the States. I was really being pulled to order the full pack of 20 inks (60 cartridges), but common sense prevailed. I picked three (Yama-Dori, Yodaki, and Shimoyo). The full pack of 60 would have lasted me years, probably until they evaporated, since they would only fit five of my pens. I added some notebooks to the order, but no pens. Anderson Pens shipped them out the same day (Friday), but if recent USPS experiences continue, I might receive them this coming week.

New Arrivals

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Incoming

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Outgoing

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Written Dry

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Newly Inked

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Links

Composition Book Round Up 2020: Target Part 2 | Comfortable Shoes Studio // Be sure to check other recent posts for more Composition Book reviews. Or, if you want to skip to the end: Composition Book Round Up: Which to Stock Up | Comfortable Shoes Studio

Crónicas Estilográficas: Sailor Mini // I’ve never heard of “long-shorts”, as a style of pen, and was surprised to see the moniker is applied “in the west”
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Have a Sinister Day! – Penquisition // I’m not a lefty either, but always had some of the same questions raised here.

[PfMP] Parker Inflection | dapprman // I’ve been enjoying Gary’s “Pens from My Past” posts.

Six micro-trends for the rest of 2020 | UK fountain pens

Off-topic: xkcd: COVID Risk Comfort Zone // The third option sounds good to me.

Voting Resources (U.S.) Everything You Need to Vote – Vote.org and Can I Vote | NASS

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – August 9, 2020

This past week was one of my most unproductive of the entire year. I did my chores, like grocery shopping and house cleaning, but anything requiring thought or concentration was pushed aside. That meant my fountain pens didn’t get much use. I didn’t even journal every day. I missed two days completely, and wrote less than a page for each of the other days. The Benu Briolette was my most used pen, but it didn’t have any competition. I used the Sheaffer Balance II Aspen on Monday, the switched to the Benu on Tuesday. It stayed on my desk for the rest of the week. Seems unfair to call it a favorite, but it was certainly the most used.

I was in a bubble as the storm blew through my area. The lights flickered enough to cause the clock on the stove to start blinking a couple of times (maybe more, but I learned my lesson after setting it the first time and having it reset a few minutes later) and the sous-vide cooker was toggled off mid-way through, but then it finished without incident. I had power the next morning, and everything visible to me looked good. Twigs on the ground, some big enough to scratch car paint I suppose, but not big enough to break anything. My travels the next couple of days had me encountering closed roads and a lot of big trees down within a couple miles, which explained the 60%+ outage rate in the state. So, I did have some luck.

New Arrivals

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Incoming

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Outgoing

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Written Dry

  1. The Fisher of Pens Hermes suffered a hard start after being unused for a couple of days. I decided to flush the pen since I had used most of the ink. It’s still in the queue for cleaning. I hope to clean and re-ink it in a few days.

Newly Inked

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Links

Pens in Daily Use August 2020 | dapprman

Tale of a Vandal Ink User: Just a Little Mix-Up | Peaceable Writer

Crónicas Estilográficas: Safari in Japan

Black Lives Matter – Notebook Joy

Mabie Todd Swan 6142 – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Scrapbooking Isn’t Just for White People – The New York Times

Crónicas Estilográficas: Pilot Signing

Vintage Pen News: Greek nib breaththrough

When is a Fountain Pen Too Big? Considerations on “Oversized” Pens — The Gentleman Stationer

Cultural Nostalgia: The Italian Connection To The M151 | The Pelikan’s Perch

Off-Topic: Mont Blanc: Glacier in danger of collapse, experts warn – BBC News