Jump to content

What pen(s) are you using today?


A Smug Dill

Recommended Posts

  • Replies 6.8k
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

  • inkstainedruth

    428

  • OldTravelingShoe

    369

  • Misfit

    367

  • USG

    334

Top Posters In This Topic

Posted Images

Here is a photo of the Karas Kustoms Decograph in Monster Green Cerakote. The pen has a 1.1mm stub nib. 
 

large.030CC538-C12A-4D20-A242-B97F7078FB60.jpeg.4e2304b260d2dcc85e877e2261c61727.jpeg

Posted Image
Link to comment
Share on other sites

large.PXL_20230318_013031582.jpg.3b04eef9ae3dce1c48733b86821b144a.jpglarge.PXL_20230318_013018650.jpg.c1028d720e392f966af81b0dd665466f.jpg

Fountain pens are my preferred COLOR DELIVERY SYSTEM (in part because crayons melt in Las Vegas).

Create a Ghostly Avatar and I'll send you a letter. Check out some Ink comparisons: The Great PPS Comparison 

Don't know where to start?  Look at the Inky Topics O'day.  Then, see inks sorted by color: Blue Purple Brown Red Green Dark Green Orange Black Pinks Yellows Blue-Blacks Grey/Gray UVInks Turquoise/Teal MURKY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

One used today (not the only one) is my Pelikan M150 green/black fine nib with KWZI Pine Green.

Brad

"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

Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 hours ago, USG said:

Aurora Primavera [M] Aurora Blue Ink, 52gsm Thin Kokuyo paper

 

1701230080_IMG_3510900.jpg.fbbee93457e25c41152b4a01051bc16e.jpg

What a lovely St. Patrick's Day pen!

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.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

7 hours ago, inkstainedruth said:

Well, I suspect that the long skinny hemostat pliers I bought a few years ago will finally get put to use....  It's just that I hate probably having to dump what would have been a perfectly good ink fill.

The problem with rubber gloves for me is that they don't really fit right -- so the "grip" doesn't really help me.  I have used plastic gloves sometimes in kitchens, but those aren't really comfortable to wear (and I'm not sure we have any in the house at the moment -- any we DID have will be down in Mississippi in the food booth that is my husband's sideline business/"midlife crisis").  

I just talked to him on the phone a few minutes ago, and he was complaining that he slipped and fell in the mud because it's been raining down there; and that the person who is now doing the cashiering for him -- now that I quit doing it -- doesn't seem to understand that even the money that's packaged up and unopened still counts as "opening till"....  Which is kinda scary since she's been the treasurer in the past at at LEAST the regional level (and was the "PayPal deputy" for the organization's 50th anniversary event a few years ago... :o)  And formerly was in the Army Corp. of Engineers (I believe she retired with the rank of at the very least Lt. Colonel).

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

Yikes! That is scary on the 'opening till' 'float' thing I was working on tills from 15 years of age, and 'cashing up' or 'balancing' tills a couple of years later. Little did I know I'd be doing it for the next 35 years at one place or another 🤣🤣🤣

Link to comment
Share on other sites

10 hours ago, inkstainedruth said:

The problem with rubber gloves for me is that they don't really fit right -- so the "grip" doesn't really help me.  I have used plastic gloves sometimes in kitchens, but those aren't really comfortable to wear (and I'm not sure we have any in the house at the moment


I have trouble finding household rubber gloves to fit my hands. I’m a man who is 6’ tall, and has commensurate paws.

Various manufacturers do make them in the size I need, but no stores actually stock them*.
Cthulhu-alone knows what the young 6’4”-6’7” tall men I’ve seen stocking shelves in the local supermarkets are supposed to do.


Meaning that, to buy ‘household rubber gloves’ in my size, I would have to specially order whole boxes of packets of gloves from wholesalers.

I have previously resorted to doing that in the past, but then I found a better solution.

 

I live in dairy-farm-country.

The Agricultural Supplies store in my home town stocks nitrile ‘Dairy Gloves’ (to wear while milking) in various sizes. They stock XS-XXL. And the nitrile is stretchy. One buys the size that is right for the length of one’s fingers.

A box of 50 pairs of ‘gauntleted’ nitrile gloves (i.e. ones that are as long household rubber gloves, not short like ‘examination gloves’) cost about £7.50 last time I bought a box.
For reference, a single pair of ‘household rubber gloves’ costs about £5.

 

Ok, my nitrile Dairy Gloves don’t have moulded grips on them, but they are ideal for household chores, or cleaning engine components, or cleaning out ink from pens.

 

 

* it is almost-universally bemoaned by women here that men don’t do our fair share of the household cleaning.
When we can’t easily get gloves large enough for our hands, is it any surprise that we don’t want to put our unprotected hands into dirty toilets, or bleach, or NaOH?

I suggest that women lobby retailers to stock - or to at least include on their online-ordering websites! - gloves that are large enough for men’s hands. These gloves are manufactured. IMO it’d make everyone’s lives easier if men could buy ‘household rubber gloves’ that fit their hands.

Foul in clear conditions, but handsome in the fog.

mini-postcard-exc.png

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Midori MD pen for a little abstract fun

2023-03-18-1.jpg.5efdd490b613715d213cf19552539165.jpg

What have you done with the cat? It looks half dead.

 ~ Schrödinger's wife

Link to comment
Share on other sites

6 hours ago, Mercian said:


I have trouble finding household rubber gloves to fit my hands. I’m a man who is 6’ tall, and has commensurate paws.

Various manufacturers do make them in the size I need, but no stores actually stock them*.
Cthulhu-alone knows what the young 6’4”-6’7” tall men I’ve seen stocking shelves in the local supermarkets are supposed to do.


Meaning that, to buy ‘household rubber gloves’ in my size, I would have to specially order whole boxes of packets of gloves from wholesalers.

I have previously resorted to doing that in the past, but then I found a better solution.

 

I live in dairy-farm-country.

The Agricultural Supplies store in my home town stocks nitrile ‘Dairy Gloves’ (to wear while milking) in various sizes. They stock XS-XXL. And the nitrile is stretchy. One buys the size that is right for the length of one’s fingers.

A box of 50 pairs of ‘gauntleted’ nitrile gloves (i.e. ones that are as long household rubber gloves, not short like ‘examination gloves’) cost about £7.50 last time I bought a box.
For reference, a single pair of ‘household rubber gloves’ costs about £5.

 

Ok, my nitrile Dairy Gloves don’t have moulded grips on them, but they are ideal for household chores, or cleaning engine components, or cleaning out ink from pens.

 

 

* it is almost-universally bemoaned by women here that men don’t do our fair share of the household cleaning.
When we can’t easily get gloves large enough for our hands, is it any surprise that we don’t want to put our unprotected hands into dirty toilets, or bleach, or NaOH?

I suggest that women lobby retailers to stock - or to at least include on their online-ordering websites! - gloves that are large enough for men’s hands. These gloves are manufactured. IMO it’d make everyone’s lives easier if men could buy ‘household rubber gloves’ that fit their hands.

Nitrile gloves are the best, especially if they have some texture.  Hospital gloves do have texture and as said, stretch to fit.  I have medium to large hands and find going down in size to medium gives me ample dexterity for fine dexterity tasks.

 

Vinyl gloves are too slippery and don't fit well despite the sizing.  I was getting Vinyl gloves issued for use when nitrile was in short supply in late 2019 and 2020.  They are rubbish as far as I'm concerned.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

6 hours ago, ParramattaPaul said:

Nitrile gloves are the best, especially if they have some texture.  Hospital gloves do have texture and as said, stretch to fit.  I have medium to large hands and find going down in size to medium gives me ample dexterity for fine dexterity tasks.

 

Vinyl gloves are too slippery and don't fit well despite the sizing.  I was getting Vinyl gloves issued for use when nitrile was in short supply in late 2019 and 2020.  They are rubbish as far as I'm concerned.

 

6 hours ago, ParramattaPaul said:

Nitrile gloves are the best, especially if they have some texture.  Hospital gloves do have texture and as said, stretch to fit.  I have medium to large hands and find going down in size to medium gives me ample dexterity for fine dexterity tasks.

 

Vinyl gloves are too slippery and don't fit well despite the sizing.  I was getting Vinyl gloves issued for use when nitrile was in short supply in late 2019 and 2020.  They are rubbish as far as I'm concerned.

 

Ever wished you had never mentioned 'Marigold Household Gloves'?  🤣

 

The truth is I haven't had any 'messy' incidents with ink in years. I only recently started to ink some of my pens after some years absent from the 'hobby'. To my horror I found one of my favourite Chinese pens had a damaged nib. I have no idea how this happened as I'm normally very careful with my pens. I checked on Youtube and

Goulet Pens ( a pen company I remember from back in the day)  did a good video on swopping out a nib.  ( I have never had to do any pen repairs previously) I ordered a new nib off ebay.  The nib arrived, I didn't have a large elastic rubber band (as recommended by Goulet Pens) or a peice of bicycle innertube 🙂 I've used kitchen gloves for opening tight pickle jars and things.....So lets give it 'a go'... That nib was in there good and tight, but after a couple of goes the nib and the feed accepted defeat :thumbup:  The Marigolds also assisted with reassembly. 🙂

 

I have to say, I must have 'sweaty palms' or something, as although I use the nitrile and latex type gloves for car and bike repairs I find them horrible things to use for anything other than short periods.

IMG_3188(1).JPG

Edited by 51ISH
Add photo
Link to comment
Share on other sites

And my newly nibbed  :thumbup:  Chinese Dolce-Vita Narjanja loaded with Aurora Black as a special treat,  as she was playing 'hard to get' after I had treated her so badly :sad:

IMG_3188(1).JPG

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Today's journal pen is a Kaigelu 316 with a Long Knife nib. The ink is Teranishi Antique Black. I wasn't confident the long knife nib would be good for ordinary writing, thinking it more suited for drawing, but with some adjustment in pen strokes it worked. I needed to keep the strokes quick and short, making a hybrid print cursive hand - a bit weird, but it worked comfortably in the writing and I rarely read what I have written so I'll call it a success. :blush:

 

I really like the warmth of the Antique Black, but for drawing would be wanting it to be light fast. I can't find anything to confirm that. Is there another ink in a similar colour that's pigmented? Or otherwise known to be light fast?

 

large.kaigelu316_Teranishi_AntiqueBlack.jpg.abccb12f3628be41bdee8406dec29ee3.jpg

Will work for pens... :unsure:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

No pictures of the pens, but here are some samples of the  writing.

 

Thanks again to @Tom Kellie for his work with the MBIE.

 

large.PXL_20230318_222248536.jpg.56b18f01068e150238570d4736f50cf6.jpg

Fountain pens are my preferred COLOR DELIVERY SYSTEM (in part because crayons melt in Las Vegas).

Create a Ghostly Avatar and I'll send you a letter. Check out some Ink comparisons: The Great PPS Comparison 

Don't know where to start?  Look at the Inky Topics O'day.  Then, see inks sorted by color: Blue Purple Brown Red Green Dark Green Orange Black Pinks Yellows Blue-Blacks Grey/Gray UVInks Turquoise/Teal MURKY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

4 hours ago, 51ISH said:

I haven't had any 'messy' incidents with ink in years.

I did and without gloves as well.  The good news is I found out that washing dishes with Palmolive dishwashing liquid removes ink stains from one's hand and leaves not the faintest hint of ink.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Currently using two original Parker 51s, a navy gray medium nib filled with Private Reserve Claret (a dark red) and a  burgundy fine nib filled with vintage Parker Superchrome blue black.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I’ve been enjoying a couple of classic black and gold pens, a Pilot Justus 95 and a GeHa 760, both exceptional writers.  I marvel every time I pick them up and write with them, showing me what nibs can be.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Cross wanderlust antelope canyon, Pelican classic M200 Brown, and Monteverde Ritma. All running Pelican Edelstein Jade green ink also Lady Sheaffer rolled gold Diamine Presidential blue ink 

Mark from the Latin Marcus follower of mars, the god of war.

 

Yorkshire Born, Yorkshire Bred. 
 

my current favourite author is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

largebronze-letter-exc.pngflying-letter-exc.png

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now


  • Most Contributions

    1. amberleadavis
      amberleadavis
      43844
    2. PAKMAN
      PAKMAN
      33575
    3. Ghost Plane
      Ghost Plane
      28220
    4. inkstainedruth
      inkstainedruth
      26763
    5. jar
      jar
      26102
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Comments

    • Shanghai Knife Dude
      I have the Sailor Naginata and some fancy blade nibs coming after 2022 by a number of new workshop from China.  With all my respect, IMHO, they are all (bleep) in doing chinese characters.  Go use a bush, or at least a bush pen. 
    • A Smug Dill
      It is the reason why I'm so keen on the idea of a personal library — of pens, nibs, inks, paper products, etc. — and spent so much money, as well as time and effort, to “build” it for myself (because I can't simply remember everything, especially as I'm getting older fast) and my wife, so that we can “know”; and, instead of just disposing of what displeased us, or even just not good enough to be “given the time of day” against competition from >500 other pens and >500 other inks for our at
    • adamselene
      Agreed.  And I think it’s good to be aware of this early on and think about at the point of buying rather than rationalizing a purchase..
    • A Smug Dill
      Alas, one cannot know “good” without some idea of “bad” against which to contrast; and, as one of my former bosses (back when I was in my twenties) used to say, “on the scale of good to bad…”, it's a spectrum, not a dichotomy. Whereas subjectively acceptable (or tolerable) and unacceptable may well be a dichotomy to someone, and finding whether the threshold or cusp between them lies takes experiencing many degrees of less-than-ideal, especially if the decision is somehow influenced by factors o
    • adamselene
      I got my first real fountain pen on my 60th birthday and many hundreds of pens later I’ve often thought of what I should’ve known in the beginning. I have many pens, the majority of which have some objectionable feature. If they are too delicate, or can’t be posted, or they are too precious to face losing , still they are users, but only in very limited environments..  I have a big disliking for pens that have the cap jump into the air and fly off. I object to Pens that dry out, or leave blobs o
  • Chatbox

    You don't have permission to chat.
    Load More
  • Files






×
×
  • Create New...