Ink & Pen Notes: Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe and R&K Blau-Schwarz LE

Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe extra fine with R&K Blau-Schwarz LEThe Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe is another new pen for me. It arrived in mid-July and I immediately inked it up. I wrote it dry yesterday. It took just under four weeks for this which is a little quicker than average for me. This nib is thinner, and therefore more miserly with ink, than my average nib so this was a little quicker than I expected.

My Sailor Pro Gear Regency Strip has a extra fine nib which means it’s thin, as is typical with Japanese nibs. My Pelikan M805 extra fine nib feels like a broad nib in comparison. The Pro Gear’s nib has a little bit of softness. It’s not as springy as the nib on my Pilot Custom 823 so I wouldn’t say it’s springy. The one adjective I’m sure of is great. I love this nib.

The Rohrer & Klingner Blau-Schwarz LE ink is one of my favorite inks, just behind Montblanc Bordeaux. Performance in this fountain pen was fantastic – great flow, no hard starts or skipping. I could pause my writing for a couple of minutes and the pen would immediately write when the nib touched the paper again.

The ink was easily flushed from the pen with a bulb syringe. It actually took longer to clean the traces of the ink from the converter. It would have been easier if I took the converter apart but I dislike doing this as a matter of routine so I didn’t even try.

The Sailor Pro Gear Regency Strip is a great fit for my hand, combined with the nib this makes it a joy to write with. I also love the R&K Blau-Schwarz LE ink. I’m tempted to refill the pen with the same ink since it’s not currently in any of my other pens. But since the pen is new I’ll probably opt for variety and pick something else. I will be re-inking the pen sometime over the weekend, I’m just not sure which Ink I’ll use.

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Ink and Pen Notes: Pelikan M805 Stresemann and R&K Blau-Schwarz LE

Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann with R&K Blau-Schwarz LE ink

Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann with R&K Blau-Schwarz LE ink

For the Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann’s second ink I picked Rohrer and Klingner Blau-Schwarz LE ink which is second ink on my current Favorite 5 Ink list. It’s first ink was my favorite on the list but this ink liked the pen better than the #1 Montblanc Bordeaux.

The Stresemann was inked on April 3rd and written dry the last day of May so it lasted nearly two months to write it dry. This ink has already proven that that’s not a problem. At least as long as the pen is used regularly.

I had a few minor issues that I mentioned when I wrote about the performance of the Bordeaux in this pen. I had no such complaints about the R&K Blau-Schwarz ink.

The Blau-Schwarz ink is more free flowing than the Bordeaux. It’s possible the nib smoothed out and broke in a bit as I used it, but it’s more likely this ink just lubricates this nib better. There was no skipping at all. The Pelikan kept on writing until it was out of ink, no skipping and no thinning out until it just plain stopped writing. OK, to be honest there were a couple letters at the very end that were a little thin but those hardly count. While I described the nib, with the Bordeaux ink, as feeling a bit “off”, it feels perfect when it’s writing with the R&K Blau-Schwarz.

My only complaint is completely subjective and I’m not sure it should be a complaint. The extra fine nib is wider and wetter than I typically prefer in my extra fine nibs. Because of this the Stresemann isn’t the best choice for all nib situations. While I do use it to write in my Field Notes there’s significant show through and I write a little bigger than I’d prefer at times. It’s also a little wet for my Hobonichi planner so I have to be extra cautious to avoid accidental smudges and give it time to dry before I close it out. A blotter helps a little, but there’s a lot of smudges in that book. But for flat out writing at my desk the pen & ink are perfect.

The Rohrer & Klinger Blau-Schwarz LE continues its trend of making every fountain pen that uses it even better.

The Pelikan M805 Stresemann was great with the ink but I wanted to try a third ink so I immediately flushed it out and filled it with Montblanc Toffee Brown.

Ink & Pen Notes: Platinum Plaisir with R&K Alt-Goldrün

Platinum Plaisir with a fine nib and R&K Alt-Goldrün ink bottle

Platinum Plaisir with a fine nib and R&K Alt-Goldrün ink bottle

In my notes about this pen & ink combo I wrote:

Too light a shade and too dry a writer

I actually said in was too dry. I’d have thought that was impossible. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

I’ve been trying to keep my pens in my rotation until I’ve either written them dry or their performance is annoying. This pen has been neither written dry (far from it) and it’s not annoying, at least not in the ways that would make me consider flushing a pen, such as skipping and hard starts. The pen and ink are still writing great and there’s no objective reason to criticize either the Platinum Plaisir (fine nib) or the Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Goldrün ink.

So why take it out of the rotation? Like I said, to light a shade and too dry a writer. Those two attributes together create a greater annoyance than either would individually. One plus one equal seven on the annoyance meter.

The ink is a color of green that’s hard to describe, and none of those descriptions describe colors that are considered popular. Seaweed and swamp water come to mind. I really want to like this color, after all, it is green. I don’t actually dislike the color, but the ink is thin and watery which encourages the swamp water analogy. If the ink had more saturation I’d probably like it better. No matter how hard I try I just can’t bring myself to like this ink.

My real problem with this pen & ink combo is that I just didn’t enjoy writing with it. The thin ink, combined with the dry flow had me subconsciously thinking the nib was about to skip. I found myself griping the pen tightly and also pressing down on the nib. This made using the pen a very fatiguing experience. The Plaisir isn’t a thin pen, but it had the same effect on me as a thin pen. In the past, with other inks, the Plaisir has been great and doesn’t play mind games with me. Clearly the Alt-Goldrün is a bad influence.

Technically I’m not flushing it. But it is out of the rotation and out of mind. I’ll put it in my desk drawer to test the Platinum Plaisir’s claim to prevent evaporation for a year. I added a reminder to check the pen in 3 months since I probably will forget about it.

I actually like the Platinum Plaisir itself. I like the color and it’s a well built sub-$20 pen. I also like that the nib color matches the pen and the ink is visible in the feed. I have a second one in red. The nib is nice and smooth even if it is uninspiring.

I’ve already picked it’s replacement. I need a green ink and I’ll be returning to my Sheaffer Balance II in Jade Green and I’ll fill it with Sheaffer Emerald Green ink. This may seem repetitive, because it is. That combo was used in April.

Ink and Pen Notes: Edison Huron Grande with Extra Fine Nib and R&K Blau-Schwarz LE

Edison Huron Grande Extra Fine Nib and R&K Blau-Schwarz LE inkRohrer & Klingner Blau-Schwarz LE ink is the standard ink for my desk pens and one is usually always inked up. The Edison Huron Grande was inked up back on December 7th as a eyedropper fill. It went dry once but was immediately re-inked. I decided to clean it out this time and give it some time off.

I’ve never had a problem cleaning this ink out of a pen and this time was no different. It’s one of my favorite inks based on both color and performance. At the moment I don’t have it in and fountain pen and I’m already going through withdrawal.

Despite the size, it’s easily the largest pen in my accumulation, there’s no metal (other than the nib) so it’s nice and light so long writing sessions aren’t a problem.

The fountain pen and ink combine for a nearly perfect writing experience, at least for me. The only problems I had was a couple instances of a drop escaping from the nib when it shouldn’t. It was never on the paper and always when reaching for something with the pen in hand.

 

Ink Notes: Rohrer & Klingner Salix

Rohrer & Klingner Salix bottleI’ve been on a bit of an iron gall ink recently, using it in several pens so far this month. I reviewed Rohrer & Klingner’s other iron gall ink, Scabiosa, last week. I’m not a fan of blue inks but Salix has proven to be an exception.

Iron gall inks bond with the paper as they dry so they’re considered archival and they’re also waterproof. After drying about a day a little of the dye washed off but it was very minimal and the writing was still easy to read. The downside is that iron gall tends to corrode metal over time. So it’s not an ink to be left sitting in a pen for weeks on end. I tend to set a two week limit but will go longer if the pen is used regularly, meaning almost every day.

R & K Salix goes onto the paper as a true blue, especially in a wet nib, and darkens as it dries. When dry it leans towards being a blue-black which is more to my liking. I also enjoy the effect of writing a full page and seeing some color variation between the top of the page and the bottom.

I didn’t experience any feathering or bleed-through, even on cheap copy paper. There was show through especially with thinner paper or wetter nibs.

I had significantly fewer smudging problems with Salix than I did with Scabiosa. Drying time is reasonable although I wouldn’t call it fast. Dry times between Doane and Rhodia were comparable rather than the expected longer times with Rhodia.

Rohrer & Klingner Salix is a blue ink I like and it will be a frequent ink in my pens.

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