State of the collection: November 2019

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….

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…and in to my overflow Esterbrook Pen Nook.DSCF7189

As you can see, I’m back in colour order.

Let’s run left to right…

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Montblanc Heritage 1912

Medium nib, currently inked with Troublemaker Hanging Rice (extra wet).

Read my review.

Montblanc Writer’s Edition Agatha Christie

Medium nib, currently inked with Kobe #51 Kano-Cho.

Read my review.

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.

Read my review.

Montblanc Writer’s Edition Homer

Fine nib, currently inked with Edelstein Aventurine.

Seeing heavy use in my journal. Loving this pen.

Read my review.

Lamy 2000

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!

Read my review.

Pelikan M1005 Stresemann

Medium nib, currently inked with Birmingham Vaudeville Regalia.

I’m still enjoying the M1005. Getting lots of use.

Read my review.

Geha 760

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.

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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.

Read my review.

Pilot Murex

Fine nib, currently inked with Namiki Sepia.

Read my review.

Montblanc Solitaire Geometry Platinum

Double broad nib, currently inked with Troublemaker Abalone.

Read my review.

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Lamy Imporium

Extra fine nib, currently inked with Lamy Dark Lilac.

Read my old review.

Sheaffer Legacy Heritage Deepcut Palladium

Fine nib, currently inked with Montblanc Homer Greek Blue.

Read my review.

Visconti Homo Sapiens London Fog

Medium nib, currently inked with Sailor Studio 123.

Read my review.

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.

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Conid Kingsize

Fine nib, currently inked with a custom green mix (Akkerman #28 + Edelstein Olivine).

Read my review.

Onoto Magna Classic Dubai Prototype

Medium nib, currently inked with Montblanc Turquoise.

Read my review.

Lamy Studio Aquamarine

Medium nib, currently inked with Montblanc Maya Blue.

Read my review.

Montegrappa Extra 1930 Colori del Mare The Sea

Fine nib, currently inked with Troublemaker Abalone.

Read my review.

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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.

Read my review.

Aurora 88 Nettuno

Home-ground italic nib, currently inked with Pure Pens Celtic Sea.

Read my review.

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.

Read my review.

Namiki Yukari Royale Urushi 20 Vermillion

Medium nib, currently inked with Birmingham Truss Blue.

Read my review.

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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.

Visconti Medici

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.

Read my review.

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.

Read my review.

 

Thanks for joining me on this epic tour… see you for the next one!

4 thoughts on “State of the collection: November 2019

  1. Pingback: UKFP Uncapped: 1st November 2019 | UK fountain pens

  2. Ever tried a Caran d’Ache or a Dupont? They don’t tend to get the love they deserve, partly because they’re metal and maybe mostly because they’re expensive. But nibs, esp on Duponts tend to be v nice. Given you like GvFC, might be something to try…

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    • I have thought about a Leman, but they’re a bit pricey to try on a whim. And I’ve looked at ST DuPont but again, expensive for a first dabble with a brand, and I’ve found myself getting confused by the sizes and naming 😂. I will look again!

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  3. Pingback: Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – November 10, 2019 | Fountain Pen Quest

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