The magnificent seven: week four

My “magnificent seven” project is having good results. This week I wrote three of last week’s pens dry, even though I had another new pen day (the replacement Graf Guilloche after my bad experience… I filled it with Montblanc Spider Web Grey).

I wrote dry the Desiderata Soubriquet, Montegrappa Extra, and Graf Classic. I decided to dump the Dr Gachet’s black cartridge, which was drying a muddy green, and instead inked it with Akkerman SBRE Brown — I like the ink but it’s not really a fit for the pen’s colour scheme.

Anyway, this week is ALL CHANGE. Here’s the entirely new lineup.

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Aurora Optima, Montblanc Encre du Desert

I sent back the Aurora Talentum Black Ops to the lovely Iguanasell, who are ordering me in a version with a different nib. So I’ve decided to get my Aurora fix this week from the Optima, with its fine flex nib. I can see why people get obsessed with Aurora… they have such a distinctive character.

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Montblanc 149, Montblanc Greek Blue

Welcome back to the big beauty. Like the Optima, the Montblanc has a degree of pencil-like tooth, but it’s a very different feel in the hand. This has been sat in the drawer for a couple of weeks and I’m looking forward to giving it a try again.

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Diplomat Aero, Franklin-Christoph Spanish Blue

The Diplomat was one of the pens I had to fix, but now it’s a nice wet writer, and I’m interested to see if I can make the ergonomics work, or if this is going to go on the ‘for sale’ list…

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Sheaffer Legacy, Montblanc Psychedelic Purple

The Sheaffer is turning into one of my most faithful pens. It never fails to write, and it’s so comfortable in the hand.

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Lamy 2000, Herbin Rouge Grenat

To me, the 2000 is much like the Sheaffer: it’s a pen that just gets out of the way. It’s been sat for weeks and started up with no hesitation.

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Pineider La Grande Bellezza, Aurora Black

I gave the Pineider a little bit of a kicking in my review, but I’m quite fond of it. This week I spent a while trying to narrow down the stub, and I may have made a bit of difference — but I really need a grinding wheel! I inked up with Aurora Black, which unfortunately looks a bit washed out when spread out over such a wide line. Maybe I need to increase the flow.

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Esterbrook Estie, Bungubox 4B

I recognised the Estie in my end of year awards, and I’m glad I did. It really is one of my most pleasant surprises this year, a definite smile-raiser. I’m curious to see if the new Phaeton model has the same more-than-the-some-of-its-parts quality.

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Now here’s the killer… approximately 5,000 miles away my new Nakaya, Karas Ink and Karas Starliner XL are sitting in the hands of my brother. So, indirect new pen day?!

5 thoughts on “The magnificent seven: week four

  1. Great to see you at the pen club and to try out your current week’s line-up (except that I didn’t get to the Sheaffer Legacy).Also I am glad that the duff nib on your Graf Guilloche has been replaced for you and you can start to enjoy it. I passed on that Black Friday deal, as I’ve had a lot of treats lately😁. I was pleased that you liked my Duofold; it goes to show the limitations we have of being able to study only one example of a pen when doing a review. Have fun chosing next week’s carry!

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    • Yes, your Duofold was a delight — you should be very pleased with yourself! And the Cross, too… You’ve started to erode my prejudices against that brand 😄

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