:lticaptd:Need to slow down.....
Back when I was with some 4 pens, I thought 10-12 pens would well be enough....that and ten inks. ****
Writing is 1/3 nib width&flex, 1/3 paper and 1/3 ink and in that order.
Still no idea where you are at, but don't recognize your paper....have no idea if it's GB or Stateside.
I'm in Germany.
But in in England, I like Oxford Optic 90g (same as in the Red&Black notebook), which is = to Clairefontaine Velot' 90g
I don't know Mead...heard of it but rings no real bells, Don't live where it can be bought.
Never heard of...."greenroom" and "clementine paper inc..................but I'm not a paper expert even if I do have fair amount. (40 counting 5-10 sheet samples.) If you know Rhodia then your saying the paper is ok, it is then.
I chase shading inks, so the paper has to be 90g/24 pound, in the common copy paper of 80g just won't shade. The 90g costs twice as much....but I'm not planning to put it in the printer...( though that has happened ....it shouldn't.)
Laser paper 90 or more gramage is best..........
Ink Jet paper is to be avoided, in it must absorb ink fast, it causes feathering with fountain pens.
A laser-Ink Jet combo paper, has to have compromises.....my Southworth boxes are "OK", but wish they were not combo paper.
My advice is with every three inks you buy, buy a ream or box of good to better paper. In no time you will have a nice selection of inks and papers.
I did it all wrong....bought pens like a crazy man, then inks and finally papers.
A decade after starting, I've 90 pens, 60 inks and 40 papers.......not all of which I'd buy again....but it costs money or reading time to learn.
Of course you need a thin, large Snorkel, It of course has grand balance, it was a great flagship pen back in the days when a pen had to have at least good balance.
It will need to be re-saced in the sac's don't last the 30-40 years they use too....when buying anything but a C/C pen or a P-51 (which you do need) do figure in repair costs.
WARNING!!! Will Rogers....Danger.....Danger.....Esterbrooks are addicting. I once had 5 of the 8 grays, two of the 5 greens, all the blue, DJ and Otherwise....and a Copper.
OF Course you need a couple DJ's, get a SJ and LJ in different colors....and there is a hell of a lot of nibs to be had. Never did have either of the two reds or the fabled Tootsie Roll. (Not counting the white one or the couple of black ones....I hit for a 'lot' of Esties and pre&just after the War Wearevers. To go with the gray Esterbrook that was in the few inherited pens that started me in this addiction.
Back in the Day....I had the ugly single color metal topped Esterbrook...post 1960....(Missed the '40-60.pretty ones, )............someone stole that one too. All of my fountain pens were stolen from me. Then came the Bic stick.....and one learned to keep the top on one's hand..............actually use a pen until it was dead.
Skill Craft black pens were safe from thieves, too cheap to steal.
I now only have an old Single Jewel marbled blue SJ, and a DJ Copper. I have six nib Osmiroid nib set I use in them.
Suggest looking at our sales subsection. Fair prices both ways for pens that work well.
Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 08 March 2019 - 11:58.