Sunday Notes and Links

I spent a lot of time cleaning out pens a couple days ago. Ten pens headed back to storage so needed a good cleaning. I decided to snap a photo of my pen cleaning gear.

Photo of my pen cleaning supplies

The two white bulbs are store brand “ear syringes” picked up at my local drug store. One is cut off to provide a little bigger opening. The bigger blue bulb is still sealed up. I bought it from Goulet Pens while I still had the Ink Drop membership discount since it had a larger capacity. But so far I haven’t been frustrated enough to open it up. Then there’s two empty ink cartridges with their tops cut off. These are used when the syringe doesn’t fit well over the feed. There’s an international and Lamy cartridge in the photo. Oh yea, the paper towels aren’t shown, lots of paper towels. And lots of water.

Some of my favorite reading of the past week…

EdJelly has a hand written review of the Sailor Professional Professional Gear Imperial Black fountain pen.

Inkophile wrote about using a Platinum pen with a “chunky” nib, My Platinum pens all have thin nibs which is my preference but there are alternatives.

JetPens has a post about the Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen. I picked up one of these $15 pens last year when I bought a bunch of low cost pens. I just inked it up yesterday.

It’s reviews and pens like these that keep me adding to my accumulation. Inktronics reviewed the Sheaffer Intensity Carbon Fiber Fountain Pen, and quit favorably. So far I’m managing to do it, but it’s tough to resist a carbon fiber pen for under $70.

Anderson Pens posted a review of the Philadelphia Pen Show and also talked about it on their podcast. I’m beginning to pay more attention to these as I hope to attend a show this year – Long Island, Washington D.C., or both,

Finally, some nice fountain pens.

Sunday Notes and Links

No “This Week’s Ink” this weekend and an abbreviated Notes & Links. A couple pens went dry but haven’t been re-inked or replaced. On Friday a water pipe broke in an apartment above me and I’ve been mopping and drying since then. Luckily I worked from home of Friday and was able to move all the electronics out of the way of the water. One thing that dig get swamped was my empty box storage closet which included the fountain pen empties. Guess I have an answer to the question of whether I should keep the old boxes, at least for some of them.

I’m almost done with the Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black review. I just need to proof read it and get some photos. Hopefully the sun will still be out later today and I can get some photos.

Now for the links.

Most of you probably already read these sites, but I decided to list the sites I’ve spent the most time reading lately. This isn’t comprehensive, just the sites I been visiting lately, and I hope to put together a more complete list in the future. The link is just to the most recent article I liked, be sure to look around.

Inkdependence recently had a review of Noodler’s Antietam which got added to my want list. It’s similar to two colors I like.

The PenAddict has a website with reviews and weekly links (in addition to his podcast). I wouldn’t be surprised in 100% of you already visit the site. Brad was nice enough to link to several of my posts over time and sent a ton of traffic here (Thanks Brad!). Saturday’s links included one to a review of Noodler’s Lexington Grey. I’ve always liked black inks but have only recently begun to appreciate grey as more than watered down black. Another ink for my want list.

Looking for more to read? Inkophile publishes links to interesting articles nearly every week.

Inktronics is another regular for me. I linked to a pen review last week, but he also does notebook reviews such as the Palomino Luxury Notebook.

Ed Jelly has great hand written reviews. His latest is Diamine Majestic Purple. I don’t have a need for another purple, but I still read and enjoyed the review. Ed just started writing stationary reviews for FPGeeks (congrats Ed!). His first in on the Clairefontaine Classic Side Wirebound Notebook.

Sunday Notes and Links

Some links that caught my interest while prowling the internet.

Pilot brought their Iroshizuku ink line up to 24 inks. The Goulet Pen Ink Nouveau blog has a post and video about the new Iroshizuku inks. I’ve ordered a bottle of the Take-sumi (Bamboo Charcoal) yesterday and look forward to trying it out. The iroshizuku line seems heavy on the blue inks, which I’m not a fan of although some of the colors appeal to me.

I’ve mentioned in the past that reading Greg Minuskin’s blog was going to lure me into buying my first vintage pen. While this pen was long gone before I saw it, it’s something like this that will trap me.

It started about a year ago, but I came across this FPN poll on how many fountain pens people have. Two votes for 1000+.

On Fountain Pens has a post about fountain pens improving handwriting, or rather the myth of fountain pens improving handwriting. I never heard that fountain pens were considered to improve handwriting, myth or otherwise. They make me want to improve my writing, but I didn’t expect it to improve just by using a fountain pen.

Inktronics has photos and a review of an ebonite Edison bulb filler. I love this pen.

Sunday Notes and Links

It’s not actually Sunday yet, at least in my corner of the earth. But I just finished an annoying pen cleaning session and wanted to relax with some reading. So here’s some links and notes but first I’ll gripe about cleaning the pens.

I started with cleaning the Sailor Black out of my Sailor Pro Gear Imperial. I didn’t really need to remove all traces since it would be getting a refill of the same ink. So naturally, all traces of the ink were gone in two flushes of an ear syringe.

Then it was on to cleaning the Diamine Ochre from my Edison Collier. It took seemingly forever to remove all traces of the red dyes. It wasn’t dried out or stained and the water actually looked clear after a couple of flushes. But every time I shook the nib into a paper towel there were those red traces. Did some soaking and more flushes than I could count to remove all traces. Almost refilled the pen with ink as the path of least resistance to cover up the remaining traces.

The third ink was Waterman Blue-Black which wasn’t bad at all. Not as easy as the Sailor Black, but not nearly as rough as the Ochre.

That was enough work so it was time to read some links I saved up over the week.

Anderson Pens and Edison Pens have extended the buying period for their LE bulb filler. I like both pens, especially the ebonite one. They’re making it tough, but I’m still going to pass on these.

FPGeeks is giving away a Delta Fusion 82 fountain pen. marketing BS aside, this seems like a nice pen so I’ll be entering. Besides, the entry is via snail mail so it’s a great reason to use a fountain pen. The pen seems like a pretty good value based on their review. If I don’t win I’ll add it to my list of pens of interest.

Also at FPGeeks, Stephen Brown had an Inkcyclopedia entry for Montblanc Toffee Brown. I like the ink and naturally I want it. But I already have some brown ink samples to work through so I’ll wait until it makes sense to get a sample.

I thought I was nuts when I added three Platinum 3776 Century pens to my accumulation at year end. But I’m not alone as Inkophile also has 3 on their desk to start the year.

EdJelly has a review of the Banditapple Carnet Handy Notebook. I had been interested in these because they seemed reasonably priced. The review saved me some money.

I don’t have any vintage pens and I can’t say I have a interest in a specific vintage segment, but I do love reading through Greg Minuskin’s website. Since there’s so many reasonably priced pens there it’s probably only a matter of time before I give in and add a vintage pen to my collection.

Lastly, Inkdependence has a review of Diamine Ancient Copper, one of my favorites and currently in my Edison Nouveau Encore.

 

Sunday Links and Notes

Some parts of the web caught came through my RSS reader and caught my attention this week:

Ed Jelley published a review of the Black ‘n’ Red Notebook only a couple hours before I was heading out to Staples for some last minute gifts. Based on his advice and warning I picked one up while I was there. I used it for my weekly ink post this week. First impression is good but be sure to read his review before you blindly buy one.

The Inkdependence Blog is new to me so I spent some time reading through it. I was happy to see he had the same problems with the Scribal Workshop ink as I did. I wasn’t happy he had problems, just that I finally read a review that mentioned the flow problems and it wasn’t just me.

Levenger is offering 25% off through December 26th with the promo code “HOLIDAY”. There are some exclusions including many non-Levenger fountain pen brands, so be sure to check the details. But a good offer if you need to stock up on notebooks, ink or paper and like their stuff.

I just ordered a Platignum Studio pen from Goulet Pens although I haven’t received it yet (because I just ordered it, not because of Goulet Pens). While Ivan Romero published a review of it on his Inktronics blog before I placed the order, I just read it today. I ordered the Orange as part of my low-cost fountain pen quest. I’d passed it over for many of the same reasons he also originally passed it over, but decided to add it when I went back to order other supplies.

I was happy to see the Edison/Goulet Encore LE’s are done and will be shipping out after Christmas. Can’t wait to get mine.

That’s it for this Sunday.

Happy holiday to those who celebrate Christmas.