I'm not sure how to include a Youtube video (advice appreciated!), but here's the link:
I used a Desiderata Daedalus (fountain pen that can use a dip nib) inked up with Iroshizuku Take-Sumi.
Apologies for the dearth of entries this past year. Many reasons, but double eye surgery was one of them. If you want to know more, here's my blog post.
Many out-of-town trips (mostly work but some personal) combined with work deadlines resulted in my poor pens (and snailmail correspondences) being neglected. I just recently was able to do a proper pen cleaning and have started catching up on snailmail again.
And one of the pens I'm finally able to use is my Pilot Custom 823 with FA nib, acquired earlier this year from my pen enabler friend, mishiechau. I LOVE THIS PEN SO MUCH. I'll post more when I have time. Anyone else love this pen?
You can see a stream-of-consciousness doodle I did last night on Instagram.
Thanks to PenChalet.com for sending me a Monteverde Giant Sequoia to review. This is my very first pen review! It's probably not going to be your typical review, however, since I tend to use my fountain pens for drawing (I write and draw children's books for a living) as well as writing.
First off, the pen is GORGEOUS:
The shimmery brown really did look like a highly polished wood. It came in this classy-looking Monteverde box:
And here's what the pen looks like inside the box:
As you can tell from the photo at the top of this post, the pen comes with a converter for bottled ink. If you lift up the inside display thingy, though, you'll find some cartridges as well as info about the pen:
Here's a size comparison. From L to R: the Monteverde Giant Sequoia, TWSBI 580, Lamy Safari, Edison Nouveau, Pilot Falcon:
The pen feels a bit big in my hand so although I love using it, I will probably give it to my husband (who loves the bigger pens). This would, in fact, make a wonderful gift for anyone who does like bigger pens.
In the video above, I was using KWZ Honey ink.
I wrote the above using Iroshizuku Take Sumi, and the Medium Nib that came with the pen. I inked up the pen with some KWZ Honey and liked how it drew just as well:
If you have any specific questions about my experience with the pen, feel free to ask them below and I'll try to answer.
Thanks again to Pen Chalet for sending me this Monteverde Giant Sequoia to try out!
Pen Chalet kindly sent me a Monteverde Giant Sequoia. It is gorgeous, and I immediately had to ink it up with some Robert Oster Caffé Crema for a quick doodle. I'll be posting a proper review once I've had a chance to try it out for a while. THANK YOU, PEN CHALET! I lovelovelove my new pen. It was easy to fill, started up with no problems, love how it doodles.
I'm giving my Noodler's Ahab another go. I like the bit of flex it gives, and I don't have to worry about springing the nib (I do have nicer pens now, so am aware of the difference).
BUT it always ALWAYS leaks on my middle finger (see photo). I've tried adding silicone grease to the bit where the body connects with the writing bit.
Any other advice?
p.s. For the drawing above, I used Noodler's Black Swan In Australian Roses, one of my new favourite inks.
Here Are The Fountain Pen Inks I've Accumulated Since Last October (And Yes, I Know I Have A Problem)
My husband gave me a bunch of ink samples from Goulet Pens for my birthday earlier this year, and I'm still working my way through them. Today: Noodler's Apache Sunset. Wow, LOVE the shading.
Inked up my Edison Nouveau Premiere Seaglass (a gift from my husband Jeff) with some new ink I acquired from my fountain pen enabler friend, mishie. Used a water brush to smear the ink around a bit.
This is my first Mont Blanc ink, and I'm fascinated by the bottle shape. Does anyone know if this shape customized for Mont Blanc pens? Or just for an interesting design?
Anyway, it's a beautiful colour and I'd like to try this in one of my pens with a broader nib to see how it shades.
Inked up my Noodler's Ahab with the new Sailor's Jentle Sky High ink I recently acquired from mishie (aka Fountain Pen Obsession Enabler). When I first bought my Ahab from Wonder Pens, I confess I was not enamoured because the nib required too much fiddling (I had been warned about the Ahab but I still wanted to try it). So I de-inked & cleaned it, set it aside for several months. Took it out yesterday to try again...and LO AND BEHOLD, I love it. It takes more pressure than my beloved Pilot Falcon to get line variation, but I don't have to be quite as paranoid about bending the nib. I also really like my Sky High ink. Some lovely shading.
p.s. And yes, I WANT TO READ ALL THE BOOKS.
I inked up my TWSBI (my first TWSBI!) with Iroshizuku Syo-Ro and created this wee doodle.
The Pilot Falcon is still my favourite writing experience, but I'm too paranoid to take with me travelling in case I lose it or someone I meet along the way (young readers, etc.) accidentally hurts my gold nib. The TWSBI is a pen I can take out to jot notes without feeling I have to be super-careful. I would be disappointed and sad if I lost it, but as much as if I lost my Pilot Falcon.
I ended up not taking ANY fountain pens on my book tour earlier this year because I was travelling with just carry-on for the week, and it would have been Very Bad if I had gotten any ink on my clothes since I wouldn't have any time to wash any along the way (I flew to a new state every day). I really missed my fountain pens!
Thanks SO much to ralfstc, who sent me this pen, which I LOVE: from researching online, I believe it's a Waterman's 352 Stalwart, made in Canada in the 1940's. According to ralfstc, the nib was modified by John Sorowka (Oxonian).
Ralf sent me this pen in thanks for a fountain pen drawing I sent him which was in thanks for the sample of Lamy Dark Lilac he sent me. :-)
I love fountain pen people!
It's my first Waterman and also my first pen with an ink sac - I had to look up online how to use it! Any advice/tips re: maintenance welcome. :-)
And again, THANK YOU, RALFSTC! So looking forward to writing with my new pen. I've inked it up with Iroshizuku Kon Peki.
I had a chance to visit the Fountain Pen Hospital (http://fountainpenhospital.com) in Manhattan earlier this week. WOW!!! It's pretty amazing.
Had a great conversation with Joseph, who has been working there for 16 years. I tried out a Sailor 1911 with a music nib & some other pens, browsed the gorgeous pens in the showcases, salivated over all the inks and notebooks. I resisted buying any new pens, mainly because (1) I want to get to know my new Pilot Falcon better before considering other gold nib pens, (2) I need to keep an eye on my budget) and (3) was also feeling a tad overwhelmed by ALL THE CHOICES. :-)
This shop was founded in 1946 and used to focus on repairs, but now carries a wide range of vintage as well as modern-day writing instruments...PLUS pens, notebooks, inks and more.
I bought a Rotring pen after hearing about it from artist friends, as well as some inks, notebooks & other pen goodies:
When I got back to my friend's place, however, I realized that somehow my two Rhodia notebooks never made it into the bag...so I had an excuse to go back the next afternoon. Joseph apologized but I reassured him that it was mostly my fault for distracting him while he was ringing up my purchases; I was excitedly chatting with him about pens and the store as well as asking him to take a photo of me in the shop. :-)
Can't wait to try out all my new goodies.
A couple of weeks ago, I posted on the forums saying that I was going to NYC for work but had a few extra hours to wander about, and asked if anyone had any suggestions about where I should go. Thanks to everyone who gave me advice! One of the places I visited was CW Pencils on 100 Forsyth St. ( https://cwpencils.com ).
It's a tiny shop but WOW, does it have a lot of different pencils!
I asked the clerk for advice and she put out a bunch of sample pencils for me to try as well as a test notebook. I ended up buying a lot of pencils I can't wait to start sketching with. My pencils at home are horrible and scratchy and I am going give them away as soon as I can.
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