These are my inked pens today.
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Posted 30 December 2018 - 17:30
Posted 31 December 2018 - 16:15
That's a really good looking pen!
Posted 01 January 2019 - 11:48
Whatever I find in my second home
My dad's MB 149!
Not a charm unfortunately.
I have to push much more than my normal writing pressure to see anything.
Just compared side by side with my 146 and an Aurora (steel nib).
Or I will redirect myself to the proper section.
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Posted 06 January 2019 - 18:05
Changed a couple inks today - my Cross Bailey got changed out because Noodler's Concord Bream was HORRIBLY badly behaved on all the paper I tried it on, and my LAMY I just ran out of the previous ink (Robert Oster Clearwater Rain) and wanted a change.
Hence my lineup right now is:
That's my entire collection...not much but they make me SO darn happy (and seem to make me write more!). Now I have to get to work on Important Things but wanted to pop in and report on the current lineup.
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. (Winston Churchill)
Posted 07 January 2019 - 02:50
Edited by A Smug Dill, 07 January 2019 - 03:34.
Posted 08 January 2019 - 09:28
Nice photo A Smug Dill.
And yes; I'm often guilty of pen/ink matching as well. And I do love Diamine too.
My pens today:
Posted 09 January 2019 - 05:19
This is a bit of fun for a $7 pen (that buyers in the US might be able to source it for US$4 delivered), but not something I want to use for 'everyday' writing:
I am curious, however, as to whether a Namiki Falcon with a 'soft' EF nib could be used to produce comparable output; my Namiki Falcon with F nib certainly cannot.
Edited by A Smug Dill, 09 January 2019 - 05:37.
Posted 12 January 2019 - 07:21
Posted 20 January 2019 - 13:09
Been using this J. Herbin glass dip pen for some ink testing and writing lately... it is quite pleasant.
Posted 22 January 2019 - 09:57
Posted 22 January 2019 - 11:49
So much to catch up on. Lovely work people .
Prepping for a commission. Sending over "blacks" to a client for approval.
This Noodlers free pen is fabulous for sketching. Holds a ton of ANY ink, never fussy, and flexes with the best of them . . . fine lines too.
Posted 23 January 2019 - 09:29
Posted 23 January 2019 - 17:19
This just arrived today.
Posted 23 January 2019 - 18:07
The Leonardo Momento Zero acrylic must be my next pen. I prefer broader nibs, usually italics. I may try their fine nib. The EF may be too adventurous.
I have two F's. Finest nib I've ever wielded, bar none. Very personal, of course. No guarantees.
A Smug Dill: Leonardos are quite wet pens. I notice you're using Iroshizuku, which is a good-flowing ink. Since line width matters a lot to you, would it be useful to try Sailor Kiwaguro...? That ink reduces the line width of any pen I've ever put it in, usually by 30% to 50%, but it doesn't feel dry at all.
Posted 23 January 2019 - 18:13
Posted 23 January 2019 - 22:26
I have two F's. Finest nib I've ever wielded, bar none. Very personal, of course.
I trust that, by 'finest', you meant of the best quality and not the narrowest width?
I notice you're using Iroshizuku, which is a good-flowing ink. Since line width matters a lot to you, would it be useful to try Sailor Kiwaguro...?
It crossed my mind, but it's no secret that I compulsively try to match pens to ink by colour (or by name), I don't think I want to put black in the Hawaii. Right now I've changed the ink to Pilot Iroshizuku kon-peki, and the line widths are much the same as before, of course; but the colour matches better, and I'm just going to use the pen to write primarily with the nib upside-down. Wouldn't that just make a bystander aghast thinking I don't know the first thing about how to use a fountain pen, haha? There are already so many of my pens that I prefer to use primarily nib-upside-down, it's not funny (but kinda is); that said, a nib that writes smoothly enough both ways, but yield significantly different line widths (or qualities) in different physical orientation, count as versatility to me.
Edit: Ah, that's better! That's what I call Extra Fine.
If I had to try a Sailor (formerly marketed as Nano) pigment ink in the Hawaii, it'll be seiboku, but that doesn't have the same reputation as kiwaguro for being an effective slimming tea for nibs.
The Leonardo Momento Zero acrylic must be my next pen.
I like the look of the Hawaii resin/acrylic very much indeed (and I love the sight and sound of the sea), and usually my fiancée have extremely similar tastes, but somehow she tells me she's not crazy about it. I guess Hawaii won't be our honeymoon destination! (Not kidding. We talked about it before, last time we were planning overseas holidays, before going to New Zealand.) I was looking at the other Leonardo acrylics – this time with particular interest in the Furore pen model – and she prefers the Blue Emerald (which is very nice, swirly green shallow Pacific waters kinda way), but I prefer the Sun Yellow that again she isn't so taken with.
Now that I've handled the Momento Zero, though, I find that it's a large enough pen for my hand where the (full-sized, not slim) Sailor Professional Gear and Pilot Custom Heritage 91 fall short, so perhaps I prefer the MZ over the Furore after all, and we can settle on the Blue Positano next... if I can live with the way its EF nib is, given I have no intention at this point to learn to grind nibs to new specifications myself.
In any case, it'll have to wait, as I just ordered the Delta Seawood in natural iroko, and I'll see if its Fusion EF nib satisfies better.
Edited by A Smug Dill, 24 January 2019 - 00:41.