Happy Fountain Pen Day, dear reader! I hope today your ink flows smoothly, your nibs run straight and true, and your postman is weighed down with parcels!
For me, the last month has been heavy on the sales. I still have quite a few pens in my for-sale case, but I said a proper goodbye to a number of old friends:
- Nakaya Decapod
- Nakaya Long Cigar
- Sailor Pro Gear Shumibun
- Franklin-Christoph Model 02
- Montblanc Rouge et Noir (gifted to my brother)
I also welcomed several beautiful new additions:
- Montblanc Writer’s Edition Homer
- Montegrappa Duetto Nero Uno (waiting for a new feed, so not pictured)
- Pilot Custom Urushi
- Schon Pocket Pen (not pictured, in my pocket!)
- ASC Arco Bronze Gladiatore Medio (still incoming)
- Pelikan M600 White Tortoise (still incoming)
- Aurora Oceano Pacifico
- Eureka Symmetry and Asymmetry (on loan)
- Ferris Wheel Press Brush in Printmaker’s Teal
- Graf Intuition Platino
- Waterman Carene
…which have pushed me once again past the end of my main pen tray….
…and in to my overflow Esterbrook Pen Nook.
As you can see, I’m back in colour order.
Let’s run left to right…
Montblanc Heritage 1912
Medium nib, currently inked with Troublemaker Hanging Rice (extra wet).
Montblanc Writer’s Edition Agatha Christie
Medium nib, currently inked with Kobe #51 Kano-Cho.
Omas Milord Ludovico Einaudi
Fine nib, currently inked with Birmingham Jeff Goldblum Independence Grey.
Still hunting for more Omas now that I’ve had a taste of this one!
Montblanc 149 Expression Flex
Flex nib, currently inked with Birmingham Polar Bear.
Technically for sale, but I’m glad nobody’s bought it yet…
Leonard Slattery Pens A Haon Grenadilla
Fine nib, currently inked with Pilot 100th Anniversary Hoteisen.
Montblanc Writer’s Edition Homer
Fine nib, currently inked with Edelstein Aventurine.
Seeing heavy use in my journal. Loving this pen.
Medium nib, currently inked with Anderillium Inks Colossal Squid Dark.
Accidentally left my Bauhaus Blue 2000 in my Nock Burton and forgot to photograph it!
Pelikan M1005 Stresemann
Medium nib, currently inked with Birmingham Vaudeville Regalia.
I’m still enjoying the M1005. Getting lots of use.
Extra fine nib, currently inked with Maruzen Athena Sepia.
I haven’t had much cause to get the Geha out recently, but I still admire its fantastic nib.
Graf von Faber-Castell Intuition Platino Grenadilla
Fine nib, currently inked with Pilot Hoteison.
Very pleased to have the Intuition back in my collection. I’ve been using it quite a bit.
Waterman Carene waves
Medium nib, currently inked with Iroshizuku Take-Sumi.
Still over the moon about this smooth stubbish nib.
Fine nib, currently inked with Namiki Sepia.
Montblanc Solitaire Geometry Platinum
Double broad nib, currently inked with Troublemaker Abalone.
Extra fine nib, currently inked with Lamy Dark Lilac.
Sheaffer Legacy Heritage Deepcut Palladium
Fine nib, currently inked with Montblanc Homer Greek Blue.
Visconti Homo Sapiens London Fog
Medium nib, currently inked with Sailor Studio 123.
Franklin-Christoph Pocket 66 Solid Ice
Medium Masuyama cursive italic, currently inked with Montblanc Beatles Psychedelic Purple.
Sailor King of Pen Demonstrator
Broad nib, currently inked with TWSBI Sky Blue.
At last I own a King of Pen! Chunky, compact, and a smooth writer.
Fine nib, currently inked with a custom green mix (Akkerman #28 + Edelstein Olivine).
Onoto Magna Classic Dubai Prototype
Medium nib, currently inked with Montblanc Turquoise.
Lamy Studio Aquamarine
Medium nib, currently inked with Montblanc Maya Blue.
Montegrappa Extra 1930 Colori del Mare The Sea
Fine nib, currently inked with Troublemaker Abalone.
Aurora Oceano Pacifico
Crazy double-broad nib, currently inked with Birmingham Winter Snowflake.
I had my eye on this pen for a long time. It’s compact like other Auroras, but with a lot of silver so it has more heft. The nib looks a little less than perfect at the tipping end, but it writes beautifully. Very pleased that my Nettuno has a companion.
Pelikan M805 Ocean Swirl
Extra fine nib, currently inked with Sailor Studio 140.
I swapped back in my old “EF” (more like a medium), and I’ve been using the Ocean Swirl much more.
Aurora 88 Nettuno
Home-ground italic nib, currently inked with Pure Pens Celtic Sea.
Ferris Wheel Press Brush
Medium nib, currently inked with Ferris Wheel Press Bluegrass Velvet.
I’ve never seen a pen like this. Beautiful colour, elegant tapered shape, engraved brass section, and that distinctive brass nut as a cap band. I fear it’s too small and slim for me, but I’m enjoying it. Look out for a review soon.
Kasama Una Ultem
Broad nib, currently inked with Montblanc Golden Yellow.
Namiki Yukari Royale Urushi 20 Vermillion
Medium nib, currently inked with Birmingham Truss Blue.
Pilot Custom Urushi Vermillion
Fine/medium nib, currently inked with TWSBI Orange.
This is the biggest pen I’ve ever used. Yet the nib is fine and agile. I can’t quite get my head around it.
Rose gold medium nib, currently inked with Montblanc Chine Red.
Nakaya 17mm Portable Cigar Toki-Tamenuri
Gold soft medium, currently inked with Birmingham Alternator Crimson.
Now my only Nakaya. I’m that committed to it.
Desiderata Soubriquet Cocobolo Mk1 (and Mk2!)
0.6mm stub and fine, both currently inked with Birmingham Allegheny Observatory Celestial Blue.
I have two Soubriquets in cocobolo with mix and matched caps. Both a joy to write with.
Thanks for joining me on this epic tour… see you for the next one!