Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – February 17, 2019

I’m not doing much writing these days, so my fountain pen usage is low. But, these links are getting a little old.


InCoWriMo Day 1 – Start Off With a Bang – The Year of Letters

Battle Scars: Revisiting the Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black after Five Years — The Gentleman Stationer

canetas e coisas: PELIKAN

Sheaffer Balance – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Crónicas Estilográficas: Ohashido (II)

Traveler’s Notebook Meet-Up: Saturday, February 23rd 2-4 pm – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

Q&A With Richard Koehler, Art Director at Retro 51 — The Clicky Post

“Just Internet Friends” | From the Pen Cup

Some early thoughts on a modern Montblanc Meisterstuck Classique. | Fountain pen blog

Crónicas Estilográficas: Pilot in 1993

February Journaling Prompts: Art Oracle Cards – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

Ask Unclutterer: What should I do with old journals? – Unclutterer

Aaron James Draplin on Instagram: “TEARS ROLLING DOWN MY CHEEKS: Last thing I want ANY post I put up to sound like some sweaty, formal press release, so I’ll just come out…” // anew postage stamp by Aaron Draplin


Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – January 13, 2019

I don’t have much to say this time around. My fountain pen usage is still low. But, it’s time to publish the accumulated links.


A Year of Wonder and Pens – Wonder Pens – Life Behind a Stationery Shop

Some early thoughts on the Pineider Pen Filler travelling inkwell. | Fountain pen blog

Pen additions to my collection – 2018 — TooManyPelikans

2018: Some of my fountain pen highlights. | Fountain pen blog

Looking Ahead to 2019 – Pens and Junk

What I Bought in 2018: Inks – Fountain Pen Follies

Keeping Them Honest. (And by “them” I mean “me.”) | From the Pen Cup

Crónicas Estilográficas: Madrid 2018

What I Bought in 2018: Fountain Pens – Fountain Pen Follies

Vintage Pen News: A 1947 snapshot of the German fountain pen industry

Crónicas Estilográficas: Pen Obsessions

Holiday Haul 2018 // Year in Review – Weirdoforest Pens

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.


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

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.


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


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