Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – December 30, 2018

As the year draws to a close and I decided to break my rule of leaving my pens inked until I wrote them dry. I’ve stuck to this rule all year, just a couple of exceptions for problematic fountain pens. Thursday evening I flushed out five pens and inked up over twice as many, bringing the total to 17 inked fountain pens. I’ll be posting a complete rundown, as soon as I can get some pictures.

My fountain pen usage was low to non-existent these past two weeks. I wrote a few lists, a few notes, not much more. I did use them more this Friday & Saturday, mainly the newly inked pens.

Links

2018 Planner Review. — The Finer Point

My Supply Room: Tokyo Pen Shop

My Supply Room: Current Rotation

Tokyo Paper Fair: An event where paper lovers can go crazy — The Pen Addict

My Goals for 2019: Laura – The Well-Appointed Desk

2018 – An Inky Year in Review

2018 Annual Review: What I Liked, Didn’t Like, and Want to See Next Year — The Gentleman Stationer

My top 12 inks 2018 – FOUNTAIN PEN INK ART

My 2019 Analogue System – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

YEAR ROUNDUP: MY FAVORITES OF 2018 | The Pencilcase Blog | Fountain pen, Pencil, Ink and Paper reviews

My 2019 Analogue System – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

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Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – December 16, 2018

I’m breaking the every-other-week cadence of these Trail Log posts since it’s unlikely that I’ll get a post out next Sunday.

Another slow fountain pen week. I did manage to do some writing on a couple nights, simply to use my fountain pens.

It’s more of a tangent, but most of my fountain pen work was redoing my fountain pen records. I finally reached the limits of my frustration with Synology Note Station, which I have been using for years. It was that time investment, and the lack of an easy migration that kept me using it. I had stopped using it for anything other than fountain pens. I’m moving them to DevonThink. It’s going quicker than expected, thanks to a Keyboard Maestro macro or two.

One thing that the exercise made apparent was how long it’s been since I used many of my pens. The records were sorted by most recently inked, and it didn’t take long to reach fountain pens that haven’t been inked all year. It’s time these pens found a home where they’ll be used. So, of the 100 pens I’ve entered so far, I’ve marked over half to be sold or given away. My impulse is to start now, while it’s top of mind. But, it will probably be at the beginning of the year.

Links

Some early thoughts on the Cross Townsend, quartz blue fountain pen. | Fountain pen blog

Pelikan, Pelican, Pélican: The How And Why Behind The “C” « The Pelikan’s Perch

My Duofold Duo. | Fountain pen blog

Syrringes for refilling – The InkSmudge

Review: CaliArts Ego Fountain Pen | Comfortable Shoes Studio

Mentmore Auto-Flow – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – November 11, 2018

My fountain pens did get a lot of use these past two weeks, although it did taper-off a bit in the last week. I was down to four inked pens, one was a little-used broad nib, and two were hard to travel large clip-less pens, so it was time to ink some up. I brought the total to an even dozen.

My typically problem free Franklin-Christoph Model 66 was starting to stain my fingers on a regular basis. It’s eye-dropper filled, and I must have been a little hasty when applying the silicone grease. There wasn’t too much ink left, so I decided to just dump the ink and clean the pen.

photo of the Franklin-Christoph Model 66 Stabilis Fountain Pen

Franklin-Christoph Model 66 Stabilis Fountain Pen

Links

Crónicas Estilográficas: Datation of Japanese Pens. VII. Sailor’s Nibs (II)

MANILA FOUNTAIN PEN SHOW 2018 | Personal Geographic

Artus Spezial – Inktronics

Further Thoughts on (Very) Inexpensive Fountain Pens — The Gentleman Stationer

The Saturday Pen Addict & Well-Appointed Desk Meet-Up Review – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

How to keep Analog Alive in the Edit Mines — The Pen Addict

Newton Pen News, Raffles, and whatever else I can think of – Newton Pens

Bad Practice – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

LAMY in NYC: A Visit In Which Some Secrets Are Revealed | From the Pen Cup

FPD // Fountain Pen Day 2018! | Weirdoforest Pens

Scriptus Pen Show Madness – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

Pen Review: The Esterbrook “Estie” — The Gentleman Stationer

A Tale of Three Planners – The Well-Appointed Desk

NYC Trip Recap: Big Apple Pen Club, CW Pencils, & More! — The Gentleman Stationer

FPQuest Trail Log – October 28, 2018

Retron 51 Play Ball penThe last two weeks have seen some heavy fountain pen usage, and heavier than normal Retro 51 rollerball usage. I wrote four fountain pens dry during the past two weeks. I’ve been consistently writing every day. As I mentioned in a previous Trail Log, I’ve been trying to use my pens every day, even if it’s a waste of ink & paper and immediately goes into the trash. I find it relaxing to just write and not have to write anything specific. I still write the occasional journal entry and for the usual notes. But my end of day routine now includes some relaxing writing. I did miss two days these past two weeks. Both were late days where I was exhausted when I got home. So no guilt. And on both of those days, my pens were used more than usual during the day. I lost track of how many pages I wrote during that World Series Game 3 marathon during which I finished off a 3/4 full Sailor KOP and used my Baseball themed Retro 51 (Play Ball) for what may be the last time of the year. Just one more win needed for the perfect season ending.

Pens that went dry:

TWSBI Go Smoke (extra fine) with Monteverde Emotions Passion Burgundy ink: I really, really liked this pen and the ink. The nib is a smooth writer and feels good in my hand.

Fisher of Pens Hermes (fine) with Iroshizuku Shin-Ryoku:  This pen has gotten better with age and use.

Esterbrook Estie (Esterbrook #9550 Firm Extra Fine) with Sheaffer Red ink:  I’d say the experience was OK. I did have some flow issues and hard starts. I’ve yet to review this pen. It’s been a less than optimum experience with the MV adapter for Esterbrook nibs, so I’ve been doing some comparisons with Esterbrook J pens using the same ink and nibs.

Sailor Pro Gear King of Pen (medium) with a Sailor Sei-Boku Pigmented Blue-Black cartridge:  Sublime. I used this throughout that WS Game 3 marathon which killed off the cartridge and well over a dozen pages. No skipping (until it went dry) and no fatigue in my hand.

Links

Pelikan’s M620 City Series (2001-2006) « The Pelikan’s Perch

Ball // Some thoughts on ballpoint pens | Weirdoforest Pens

Initial thoughts – my first Pelikan | Slightly unnerved

The Postman’s Knock Modern Calligraphy eCourse: A Review — The Pen Addict

My haul from the London Pen Show, 2018. | Fountain pen blog

Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – September 16, 2018

My fountain pen usage was sporadic these past two weeks, although I did write one fountain pen dry. My Karas Kustoms Ink ran out of Montblanc Petite Prince Red Fox ink. It was inked up back on June 13th and spent most of its time in my Fodderstack XL as my pocket carry.

Nock Co Tallulah with 2 TWSBI Go and FoP Hermes

Nock Co Tallulah with TWSBI Go, Fisher of Pens Hermes and another TWSBI Go. All but the FoP Hermes are new.

Three new products arrived over the past two weeks. I’d gone all year without buying a new fountain pen, and had money in my PayPal account, so I gave in and ordered two TWSBI Go fountain pens. The Smoke version with an extra fine nib. The Sapphire version with a broad nib. Broad nibs aren’t my typical choice, but I figure this inexpensive pen can be used for ink testing and experimentation, so I picked the broad nib.

Also arriving was my Pen Addict RelayCon 2018 Nock Co. Tallulah pen case. I’ve been using it since it came on the Tuesday after Labor Day.

I’ll write about the pens and the case in the next few days.

Finally getting my first new fountain pens in 2018 started the ball rolling. There was still money in the PayPal account when I read about a new Esterbrook Estie pen (the first since Kenro bought the company). The Estie is pretty much what I wanted in a new Esterbrook pen (except the price), so I ignored my rule that pens have to spend some time on my wishlist, and immediately pre-ordered one. I knew that no matter how long I considered it, it would remain at the top of my wishlist. I’m not sure what the market will be for this pen. I’m buying it because I have about three dozen Esterbrook nibs, while the vintage Esterbrook pens are too thin and light for me to write with for anything more than a quick note. I’ve been using the Esterbrook nibs in my custom Newton Eastman; now I can use two at one time. The pen does appear a bit pricey, especially considering that several vintage Esterbrooks can be purchased for the same amount of money, a single Esterbrook often can be less than the cost of the adapter itself. Anderson Pens has a video about the pen, and is taking pre-orders, while Goulet Pens has more of the technical details.

Links

“Always Listen to Your Mother”: I Go to the San Francisco Pen Show – Fountain Pen Follies

D.C. Pen Show Mini Haul & Recap – Owl Ink

The Dogs of the SF Pen Show – Hand Over That Pen

Back to School with the Stabilo EASYbuddy fountain pen. | Fountain pen blog

Handwriting – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

On Craft, Appropriation, and Distance. – Leigh Reyes. My Life As a Verb.

Review: Composition Notebooks at Walmart | Comfortable Shoes Studio

So Ugly It’s Cute? My Thoughts on the TWSBI Go — The Gentleman Stationer