Another month, and it’s all change in the collection.
Sailor 1911 Black Luster: The 1911 was a huge step up from the Pro Gear I had before. The extra length of the 1911 shape helped, and the metal section of the Black Luster not only looked great, but added valuable weight. But I still found it small, plasticky, and the nib just didn’t work for me. So out it went.
Aurora Optima Flex Grey: to Iguanasell’s credit, after more than 12 weeks waiting for a repair, they sent me a new Optima. I sold it immediately, for a huge loss.
Visconti Homo Sapiens Steel Age: I sold an old friend. I rationalised that I like the London Fog and Medici more, and I can’t justify having THREE Homo Sapiens in a 25-pen collection.
Montblanc 149 Platinum: Same justification here. I strive to make my collection interesting, with unusual nibs, pen designs and finishes. The wonderful 149 didn’t get as much use as it should.
In and out:
Lamy 2000 Stainless Steel: I ordered this to do a back to back comparison with my Makrolon 2000. I feared it would be heavy, and slippery. Actually, it was neither — it was great. And the fine nib I received was superb. But I decided that I had to limit myself to just one 2000, and the warm, light Makrolon version just pipped it.
Parker Duofold Centennial Big Red: The Big Red had gnawed at the back of my mind for ages, so I had to scratch the itch. It’s a very accomplished pen, with a classic design, pretty nib and much nicer writing experience than I feared. But it left me cold, and I’ve learned to recognise the signs.
Pilot 823 FA: In a fit of sanity I cancelled the order for my THIRD 823 before it even dispatched. I recognise the popularity and excellence of the 823 but it doesn’t fit me personally.
Conid Kingsize: It’s back! Oh how I missed it. Immediately reinked with my custom green ink and put back into rotation.
Aurora 88 Nettuno: In case you missed my recent review, the Nettuno has taken up a spot in the Italian section of my collection. It’s a looker, for sure.
Franklin-Christoph Model 02: I sold an 02 some time back, and missed it. I reordered the identical colour scheme. It’s such a comfortable pen, and the Masuyama fine cursive italic is an absolute blinder.
Geha 760 EF: I’m in the process of buying this from a friend. It is TINY, sub Pelikan M200 size, but it’s the second-sweetest EF nib I’ve ever used, and I couldn’t resist.
Montegrappa NeroUno Duetta: Impulse buy. But I like my Montegrappa Extra and I’m interested to broaden my experience.
Kaweco AL Sport Petrol: When I saw the exclusive colour I had to buy it. We’ll see how it looks in person when it arrives later in the year…
Pilot Custom Urushi Vermillion: The rave reviews I’ve seen about the #30 nib, and my positive experience with vermillion urushi on the Namiki Yukari Royale, pushed me over the edge. I’m wondering whether it will be a replacement for the 149.
Pilot Murex: I think this is hung up at customs as I write this. I’m really excited to see if it’s more usable than the Myu.
Esterbrook Estie Blueberry: Kenro are sending me a review sample of the latest Estie colour. Can’t wait to see it in person — the photos make it look great.