Fountain Pen Favorites for September 2015


It is hard to believe that this is already the last day of September. But I guess it’s sinking in. Chicago’s weather just turned from summery to frosty, too. To console myself about summer’s end, here are a few pen and ink favorites from this month

1. The Pink Pelikan. I still can’t help marveling at my luck. Pelikan made a pink M600 fountain pen. And I have one.

2. All of the Shimmer Inks. I am so impressed by every one of the ten Diamine Shimmertastic inks, all of which I tried in September. And those came right on the heels of J. Herbin’s 1670 Emerald of Chivor, another new favorite. I never would have thought I’d like these so much.

3. Postcards! That vintage postcard of the old Chicago Stadium really made my day. I wish I had time to learn more about vintage postcards. With the photography, the history and the occasional kitschy appeal, these are right up my alley.

4. The Never-Ending Story. Try this. Take a pen with a Japanese extra-fine nib, insert a large ink cartridge, and see how long it takes you to empty. I inked my Platinium Carbon Desk Pen with Carbon Black ink before Labor Day, and it still looks three-quarters full. I won’t be shocked if I am still writing with it on Halloween. Oh heck, I won’t be shocked if I’m writing my Christmas list with it.


Photo by Dafne Cholet, Flickr, used under Creative Commons license.

3 thoughts on “Fountain Pen Favorites for September 2015

  1. Haha, yeah. It is kind of attention grabbing. It’s in a quiet pedestrianized alley, so no cars, but it’s plenty good at stopping foot traffic, I bet. It stopped me on my way out of the shop!


  2. Re. the Pink Pelikan in the window, I imagine passing drivers, catching a brief glimpse out of the corner of their eye, then doing a double or triple take. “I thought that was a pen store….”


  3. The shimmer inks were a highlight for me as well! Through your lovely reviews 🙂 So was the postcard, especially since you found some background on the sender, pretty neat!

    Yesterday I saw the Pink Pelikan at a local pen shop – with box *dun dun dun*. It was laid out in the shop window with the pen actually ON the box, which made the contrast between them all the more jarring. So mismatched!

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