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What Pens Are You Using Today 2020

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A Nakaya Portable with a nib worked over by Michael Masuyama who also did the nib on the Eboya Natsume button filler that was also used today in my journal.

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Pelikan M400 green stripe M nib (just finished)

Sailor 1911 L Tangerine with a MF nib/Diamine Poinsetta

Lamy Al-Star bronze f nib/Lamy Bronze ink

Pilot metro black M nib/Diamine Elf

Platinum 3776 Bourgogne with a F nib/Diamine Poinsetta

Pilot VP matte blue M nib/Pilot-Namiki blue

Pilot Falcon red with a f nib/Noodler's Apache Sunset


Those are all I have inked right now :)

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Parker Duofold Centennial Big Red Vintage, to write a complaint to the brand's local distributor about what it did with that pen.


Pelikan M600 Vibrant Orange and Aurora Optima 365 (2018 limited edition) 'Cappuccino', each with a very narrow italic nib customised by Dan Smith of Nibsmith.com for me, to produce some writing samples for illustrating to Santini Italia – with whom I've just placed an order — what I'm after in terms of nib customisation.


120+ other fountain pens inked, as always.

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In the few hours since the turn of the year, fooling around with some artwork, I've used a PenBBS TWSBI Go B inked with Graf von Faber-Castell Burned Orange, a PenBBS 480 F inked with Diamine Eclipse, a Moonman C2 F inked with Diamine Purple Rain, and a Sailor Pro Gear Slim F inked with Organics Studio Manganese. I have also tried and mysteriously failed to ink an anodized aluminium PenBBS 323 with Diamine Earl Grey. Converter won't draw. Odd. Never mind. Sort it out tomorrow.

Lined paper makes a prison of the page.

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I generally carry a broad and a medium every day. I mostly write mathematics (slowly, artfully) and Gregg shorthand (poorly)


my favored combos are:


1973 MB 149 M (architecty-feel) in De Atramentis Purple Violet

Visconti Homo Sapiens Magma M (acts like a broad) in Herbin Rouge Grenat


Namiki Emperors inked up in these combos

M Murasaki-Shikubu, B Momiji

M Fuyu-Gaki B Tsutsuji

M Ina-Ho B Tsukushi

M Bishamonten B Yama-Budo


pick one M and one B at whim on any day, but those are the usual combos


Ranga model 5 B in Hoteison and Kon-peki


more Ranga 5's on order I absolutely ADORE these pens


I have many TWSBIIs and Jinhaos in various Frankenstates of abuse with shimmering inks and experimental grinds


I am going to explore Pelikans in 2020, but I have no experience with them

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Platinum Century 3776 UEF for notetaking in studying for upcoming exams. TWSBI 580 AL for writing for fun.



~ hu-327:


Good luck with your exams.

That sounds like an excellent fountain pen for notetaking.

Tom K.

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~ A black Pelikan Classic M205 B with a Fritz Schimpf Italic Grind, inked in Pilot Iroshizuku Kiri-same.

Tom K.

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Pelikan 400 OM

Pelikan 400 NN EEF

Pilot 823 with a fine nib

New Postal Reservoir Pen broad italic

Mabie Todd Blackbird self filler F

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So far just my Lamy AlStar Marron XL!


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Omas Milord Arco Brown

Omas Bologna

Omas (small pen and a demo but I can't remember the name-steel nib)

Omas Burkina MP

Omas 360 RB

the Danitrio Fellowship

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A late '30-s40's BCHR Osmia mdl 76, with a grand steel Supra nib....maxi-semi-flex.

Herbin Blue Pervenche...a nice turquoise ink.


The new Pelikan 200 Ruby Star, with a B nib, using Diamine Lilic Satin a glitter ink.

I'm going to have to go to OB or OBB,semi-flex in as 'wet' as a Pelikan nib is....(made for a dry ink), it is not wet enough to deposit easy to see glitter.

German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.

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Namiki Custom Impressions in Amber C/C

Visconti Moonlight Voyager Red Au Vermeil PIF

Waterman #52 LF

Pelikan 100N Green/Black Binde PIF

Noodler's Konrad {FreakyInkPen} PIF

Filcao Tukano Ag.925 Barrel in alternating panels of greek key/smooth BF




Since I met you baby I fooled around and fell in love..Fooled Around And Fell In Love..E.Bishop.....

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I need to put ink in a pen today. I will use that pen for the month of January in my TN weekly and memo calendar. The pen is a Franklin-Christoph Omnis (#31) in Smoke and Ice, to be filled with J Herbin Gris Nuage which was a Christmas gift.


I think gray will capture Winter in a Midwestern January.

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OMAS (M) Violet Ebony of Madagascar w/ Waterman Intense Black

Pelikan 400 (OM) with Diamine Royal Blue

Pelikan 400NN (OB) with Diamine Eau de Nil

Pelikan 400NN (OBB) with Pelikan Blue-Black

Kaweco 805G (OBB) with Diamine Monaco Red


Happy New Year and Happy Writing!

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