Ink & Pen Notes: Fisher of Pens Hermes with Rohrer & Klingner Blau-Schwarz LE

Fisher of Pens Hermes with R&K Blau-Schwarz LE bottleRohrer & Klingner Blau-Schwarz LE ink is my perfect blue-black ink. It’s been a perfect performer in every fountain pen that I picked for it. This time out I loaded it into my Fisher of Pens Hermes fountain pen with its fine nib. The Hermes is a dry writer and a bit finicky. I put up with it more than I would with other pens because I love the look, and as long as ink flows to the nib it’s a great writer.

The R&K Blau-Schwarz LE ink didn’t disappoint. The combination wrote perfectly from the first to the last drop. There ink lasted just under a month in the pen. While seemingly a long time, it was the only pen I wrote dry during that time period. (And once it was dry I used another enough to write it dry too.)

There was a lot of ink in the cap. It wasn’t dripping wet, but enough to add a lot of color to the water when I rinsed it out. I did carry it out and about a lot, in a pen case carried in my bag, so it probably got jostled a lot. This is the closest I have to a complaint, and it’s really just life with a fountain pen.

As expected, the ink was easy to flush from the pen.

I was tempted to re-ink the Fisher of Pens with the R&K Blau-Schwarz LE and keep right on going. But I’m at the end of my first bottle of this Limited Edition ink, with only one bottle left. Plus I have a lot of other pens inked up ready to use. Both the ink and pen will return to the rotation, probably sooner rather than later.

Fisher of Pens Hermes with R&K Blau-Schwarz LE writing sample

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Ink and Pen Notes: Namiki Sterling Silver Dragon with R&K Smaragdgrün

Namiki Sterling Silver Dragon with R&K Smaragdegün bottleI’ve had two Namiki Sterling Silver fountain pens for many years. I can’t remember the last time I inked them up, so it was time. For the Namiki Sterling Silver Dragon, with its medium nib, I picked Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdgrün for this outing. It was inked up back on March 28th.

R&K Smaragdgrün is a green ink that’s new to me. While the nib is a medium, it’s a Japanese medium which makes it thinner than many of my fines and even some extra fines.

The nib and ink combined to provide a nice writing experience with some line variation. There’s nothing close to shading, just enough variation from the flow to give it some character. The nib itself is firm, which is my preference.

The sterling silver does tarnish over time so I needed to polish it up before inking. While the pen is not hard to clean, it does seem to take longer to flush out all the ink. Even when it’s been written dry there’s still a lot of ink in that feed. A bulb syringe makes it a little easier. In this case I went to the ultrasonic cleaner since the pen will probably be in storage for awhile and I wanted all the ink gone. This polishing and extended cleaning time makes the pen a little high maintenance.

The Namiki Sterling Silver fits my hand well and has a terrific nib which provides an enjoyable writing experience. While technically great, the Namiki Sterling Silver Dragon just doesn’t excite me. Unlike other pens I won’t miss it when it’s back in it’s case. As for the ink, the R&K Smaragdgrün is one of the nicer greens I’ve used. I do expect it to return in another pen although it’s not a contender as a favorite green fountain pen ink for me.

Ink and Pen Notes: Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age and R&K Blau-Schwarz LE

Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age with R&K Blau-Schwarz LE ink bottleI filled the Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age with Rohrer & Klingner Blau-Schwarz LE ink back on March 13th and refilled it one more time between then and now.

The Bronze Age is my favorite fountain pen and R&K Blau-Schwarz is one of my favorite inks. This is the first time that these two have been paired and I had high expectations. I picked the ink to cleanse my palate after a disastrous performance of Montblanc Golden Yellow in this pen.

I wasn’t disappointed, it was a terrific writing experience, the pen and ink performed perfectly without any skipping or hard starts. Cleaning did take a little while. Flushing the pen until the water was clear didn’t take too long but then I held the nib in the ultrasonic cleaner. Ink flowed from every nook and cranny for nearly 10 minutes.

The Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age, with its lovely extra fine nib, will get a little time off in order to give some other pens a chance. I’m having fun using different inks in it so when it returns it will be with something new, at least new for it. Likewise the R&K Blau-Schwarz LE will be back in the rotation in the near future.

Ink and Pen Notes: Franklin-Christoph Model 66 with Rohrer and Klingner Blau-Schwarz

Frankln-Christoph Model 66 with extra fine and R&K Blau-Schwarz LE inkA second desk pen went dry right after the first. My Franklin-Christoph Model 66 was filled with Rohrer & Klingner Blau-Schwarz LE ink since September 19th of last year. This ink has become standard for this pen, which I use as a eyedropper fill. It was filled the same day as the Edison Huron Grande and went dry the same day even though it holds slightly less ink. Like the Edison, it was also topped off once during the six months it was in the rotation.

The pen and ink are among my favorites and are typically problem free. There was one speed bump with the pen as March began. The pen didn’t write one morning and since it’s always been problem free I was quick to assume it was written dry. I stored the pen nib down (by chance) while waiting to be cleaned. Also by chance, I gave it another try before cleaning and it wrote. And it kept right on writing.

Other than this incident there weren’t any hard starts or skipping. They performed great together and justified why I’ve consistently paired them for nearly three years.

It’s time to give the Franklin-Christoph Model 66 a break, I have too many other pens inked up. The R&K Blau-Schwarz ink remains in the rotation, with my Visconti Homo Sapien.

Ink & Pen Notes: Pilot Vanishing Point with R&K Scabiosa

Pilot Vanishing Point Left Oblique Nib with R&K Scabiosa ink bottleI fitted my Cherry Bamboo Pilot Vanishing Point with a left oblique nib with the intent to use it to write the postcard replies to the contest entrants. I picked Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa as the ink. Being an Iron Gall ink means it’s waterproof which is ideal for the postcards.

The ink and pen are great, my choice of postcards was fountain pen hostile. I couldn’t find any postcards locally, at least none that I liked and were reasonably priced so I ordered some postcards from Amazon. The postcards were fine (Connecticut themed) but it wasn’t completely unexpected that they were coated and glossy. As shown in the photos the coating was attracted to the nib and clumped up a bit. Cleaning the nib while writing was required as it would affect the flow. Plus, neither the ink or nib were able to highlight their character on the coating.

I used a Con–50 converter that has the agitator inside, so it doesn’t hold much ink. Despite this I was surprised when I actually wrote the pen dry. I used the pen last night, with the intent of cleaning it when I finished, empty or not. I inked it up back on November 24 and three weeks was long enough for an iron gall ink. Instead it went dry. I must have used it more than I remember in the week before the Visconti Bronze Age arrived since I haven’t used it much since then.

The Vanishing Point is an easy pen to clean since the nib unit is removable and the Scabiosa ink was easily flushed from the pen.

A nib and ink that I like. For the postcards I’ll pick a more basic waterproof ink and a run-of-the-mill easy to clean (and harder to clog) medium nib. (I already have better postcards, but will use these up first) The left oblique Vanishing Point nib and the R&K Scabiosa ink are both worth frequent visits to my rotation and will return. I wrote about the Cherry Bamboo Vanishing Point and Left Oblique nib here.

As is my practice, the nib is photographed after using it for awhile. So in most of the photos you can see the coating that accumulated from the postcards, although in the last two I cleaned the nib off a bit.