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While perusing Badger and Blade yesterday (as it seems a number of us do), I found a running thread with this title and wondered if it could be adapted to FPs.

So to break the ice, here's my starter for 10:


Pen - Conway Stewart 58 - UK

Ink - Pilot - Japan

Paper - HP 32lb Letter - US (Yes, I did carry a ream back in hand luggage !)

Notebook - Clairefontaine A5 - France

Diary - W H Smiths mini leather A6 6-hole refillable - UK


Is it a goer?


Yesterday is history.

Tomorrow is a mystery.

Today is a gift.

That's why it's called the present

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My pen and ink was from Japan.


No idea of the make or size of the notebook I was using but it could well be Clairefontaine since I did buy a whole stack of them a few years ago. I also wrote on some grid ruled paper in a notebook I keep in the car (only a couple sheets left) but again no idea what brand it is or where it was made.


My car is a Nissan Versa which I think is a Mexican car.


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Let's see:


  • Japan. Pilot Murex and Pilot Custom Heritage 92 pens. Sailor Jentle Tokiwa-Matsu, Namiki Blue, and Pilot Blue-Black inks.
  • Netherlands. Akkerman Shocking Blue ink.
  • U.S.A. Parker Vacumatic and Sheaffer's Admiral pens.
  • France. Quo Vadis notebook (using Clairefontaine paper) and Rhodia notebook.
  • Vietnam. Banditapple notebook (very limited and specific use).

I guess that's about it for today.

"So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do."


- Benjamin Franklin

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Pens on the desk...


UK. Modern CS 58, vintage CS 336, and 58.

USA. 18111 custom and Sheaffer PFM III.

Taiwan. TWSBI 580.

Japan. Platinum 3776 Chartres, and Nakaya Portable Cigar.

Germany. Two Lamys...Safari and Al-star.

Italy Visconti HS, and an Aurora 88.

France Waterman Ici et La.


Filled with inks from UK (Diamine), Japan (Sailor and Platinum, and Pilot), Australia (Robert Oster), and Italy (Visconti).


Which will write on papers from Japan (Traveller's and Tomoe), and France (Clairefontaine).


Quite cosmopolitan.

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Today I've finished Italian pen with ink branded by Italian manufacturer.

I've switched to Taiwanese pen with Polish ink.


The papers I use are French and Polish.


My backup pen is German, and it's loaded with French ink.


Today was pen cleaning day, I've cleaned Italian, (mainland) Chinese and Japanese pens.


I took a look on my ink drawer, and I've found no representatives from Antarctica (obvious), but also from Africa and South America.

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Pen - Parker 45 (UK) & Sheaffer Balance (US)

Ink - Sailor Oku Yama (Japan) & Herbin Lune (France)

Paper - Scholar (India)

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A lifelong FP user...

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Pen: Noodler's Konrad (US company, Indian manufacture)

Ink: (diluted) Diamine Oxford Blue (UK)

journal: [red] Milquelrius MR leather-look journal (Spain)


Later, when I figure out what ink to use for this week's "Ink of the Week Thread" and what pen to put it in, that list may expand a bit....

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."

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Currently 11 pens are inked - and I have used all of them at least a little today.


Japan- Platinum

Taiwan - TWSBI (2)

USA - Esterbrook (2), True Writer (1)

Germany - Pelikan (4), Lamy (1)



England - Diamine (5)

Australia - Blackstone (1), Robert Oster (1)

Germany - Lamy (2)

Japan - Iroshizuku (1)

Poland - KWZI (1)



Japan - Tomoe River


"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind" - Rudyard Kipling
"None of us can have as many virtues as the fountain-pen, or half its cussedness; but we can try." - Mark Twain

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What good timing! As part of a joke, I have 8 pens inked today, and used all 8 - but only 7 countries. So:



  • Pilot Vanishing Point, Pilot Falcon, Pilot Penmanship
  • Iroshizuku Yama Budo, Pilot Blue


  • Akkerman #9 (Laan van Neiuw Oost-Indigo), Akkerman Oranje Boven


  • Karas Kustoms Fountain K Mini
  • Noodler's Shah's Rose


  • Waterman Laureat, Waterman Kultur
  • J. Herbin Poussiere de Lune


  • Lamy Al-Star


  • Visconti Homo Sapiens London Fog


  • Robert Oster Blue Denim, Robert Oster School Blue


Paper would not add any countries - France, Japan, US.


The only countries I could add are China, Taiwan (pens); UK, and Poland (inks).


I feel so worldly. :rolleyes:

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Used only one FP today:

Sheaffer Craftsman TD (US)

One ink:

Pelikan 4001 Brilliant Brown (Germany)

Two notebooks:

Franklin-Christoph Firma-Flex Journal (US)

Quo Vadis Habana (France)

Practice, patience, perseverance

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ASA Nauka #1: Waterman nib, JoWo feed/housing, Sailor ink (India, France, Germany Japan. Wonder where does the ebonite come from).


ASA Nauka #2: Platinum nib and feed, JoWo housing, Noodler's ink (India, Japan, Germany US of A)


Danitrio Densho: Pelikan nib and housing, PR ink (Japan, Germany US of A).



free 70 pages graphic novel. Enjoy!

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Countries of origin of my pens:


Austria, Turkey, Czech Republic, West Germany, Germany, France, England, USA, Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, and India.


Paper comes from China and Egypt.


Ink comes from China, Japan, Slovenia, France, and wherever Parker short cartridges are made.

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Pens currently inked : Germany, Italy, UK (3), USA

inks in said pens : Australia, France, Germany and Italy

paper on top of the desk : Australia, China (or Asia somewhere), Germany and Japan.


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Last night at work:


Pens - Germany Pelikan M150, USA Sheaffer school pen, France Herbin rollerball

Inks - Poland KWZ Maroon, Slovenia Skrip Turquoise, USA Noodler's Red Black

It's hard work to tell which is Old Harry when everybody's got boots on.

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I mailed ink to Sweden and vials/pipettes to Japan.

Breathe. Take one step at a time. Don't sweat the small stuff. You're not getting older, you are only moving through time. Be calm and positive.

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Well, in addition to what I mentioned earlier, add a 1993 Parker Vector (US-made -- all my other ones are actually from the UK), filled with Akkerman #10 (Netherlands, but possibly UK made).

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."

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USA - Edison (3)

Japan - Platinum (1)

Italy - Visconti (1)



Japan - Iroshizuku (2)

Germany - Pelikan Edelstein (1)

USA - Levenger (1) Franklin-Christoph (1)


I think that is it for today; I've just been changing out pens over the weekend.


Sharon in Indiana

"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self." Earnest Hemingway

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