The Ryan Krusac Legend with its extra fine nib was another DC Pen Show purchase from August. I was surprised to see it had been unused for just over two months. This time I picked Diamine Ancient Copper as it’s ink when I inked it up back on November 7th. It was just over a month when I wrote it dry on December 12th.
Diamine Ancient Copper is a reddish brown I like a lot, but this this extra fine nib doesn’t allow the ink to shine. There’s no shading or line variation. But still, it’s a nice color and I enjoyed the ink.
Being a clip-less pen does limit my use of the Legend. It won’t stay in a shirt pocket and I’m not sure the relatively soft wood would do well in pants pockets. So it took just over a month to write the pen dry.
The Krusac Legend and Diamine Ancient Copper combined to provide a pleasant, if uninspiring, writing experience. I don’t have any complaints but I wasn’t left wanting to immediately re-ink it. In fact, the Legend is back in storage.
This fountain pen was a Sunday morning purchase, and my third overall, at the 2016 Washington DC Pen Show. Sunday’s are dangerous when I still have money in my budget that’s burning a hole in my pocket, my want list goes out the door. Ryan Krusac’s latest design is The Legend (he capitalizes the “T” so I assume it’s part of the name) and liked the design more than his others so ended up getting the last one he had at the show. It’s made of black walnut burl.
I’ve always liked the look of Ryan’s wooden pens although, until now, none of them really made me want to reach for my wallet. The Legend is a nice simple wooden pen, not a lot of fancy extras. It’s a light pen when compared to his other designs and it’s clearly a fountain pen for writing.
It has an ebonite section that’s also made by Ryan. The nib is a branded Ryan Krusac nib, although I believe it’s still a JoWo nib, they’re just custom engraved with his logo. The simplicity of the nib design appeals to me and this one is an extra fine. The nib is nice and smooth, especially for an extra fine. I picked Papier Plume Burgundy as its first ink and I haven’t had any hard starts or skipping while using the pen.
The pen is relatively short, but not Kaweco Sport short, and long enough for me to use comfortably without posting. The pen is postable but I’d be concerned that the threads would scratch the barrel.
It’s a international cartridge/converter pen that came with a converter and a pen pouch (at least at the show). He may include ink cartridges or pack the pens differently if shipped through the mail.
There are other fountain pens of similar size and with similar nibs that cost much less. The price is higher than those due to the material and craftsmanship involved in making the pen. Whether or not this translates into a better writing experience depends on you (and me). I like the warmth of the wood and the ebonite when using the pen. I don’t regret the purchase at all although I do wonder if I’ll still be using it in a year or if I’ll sell it once the novelty wears off. This is what I mean about Sunday’s being dangerous. With all the pens I wanted out of the way (so I thought, but was wrong) I was more willing to take a risk. It’s hard to recommend the pen due to the price, unless the design appeals to you. It does appeal to me and it is a great writer. Still, I wouldn’t have bought it without seeing it in person and knowing exactly what it was like.