Fountain Pen Favorites for November 2015


This is the last day of November.  The Christmas tree is up and decorated.  And we’ve only had four of the light bulbs fizzle in 24 hours, so there’s at least a 10 percent chance it will stay lit all season.

And we’ve already  triggered our traditional winter visit to the auto body shop.  Yesterday the teenager with the learner’s permit borked a right turn, ran over the curb and rammed into a sign post.

Luckily, that did stop the car.  So it didn’t hit the two neighbors right there on the sidewalk.   That’s a silver lining.  And here’s another:  we’ve mutually agreed that dad needs to take her in the future.  Apparently I yelled “stop” too much.

Well, it’s obviously time to focus on the past, rather than the future.  So here are my own fountain pen favorites for November.

1. Kaweco. I love those AL-Sports in raw aluminum and stonewashed.

2. Seitz-Kreuznach. Those inks are such a great deal and such high quality that if I were starting out today I’d snap up the blue, black, red and brown Seitz-Kreuznach inks and probably use them for half my writing.

3. Pelikan Brilliant Black. Sure, it’s not exciting, or new.  But I used Pelikan Brilliant Black a lot during a hellish month of work this November.  And I appreciate it.  It’s an ink I can count on.


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

Pen of the Day: Custom Edison

DSC_6287Custom Edison with medium nib.  Brian Gray made me this Edison in tortoise lucite in a clipless cigar style.  It features one of Edison’s excellent gold nibs in medium, which is positively cushy.

I love the material.


It’s inked with a sample from a friend of Diamine Racing Green.  Made by Diamine exclusively for Missing Pen, a German eBay dealer, Diamine Racing Green is based on the discontinued Montblanc Racing Green ink.

I’ve never used the original Racing Green, but I’ve seen it in letters.  This Diamine version looks lighter and greener, but it’s still a nice color, with a lot of shading, and I feel very lucky I’ve gotten to try it.  I might mix some with a bit of black, to see how that looks.


Pen of the Day: Montblanc 146


Montblanc 146 with broad nib.  Admittedly, I am not the world’s biggest user of broad nibs, but my favorites are those made by Montblanc.  Not than just wider, the Montblanc broad nib is stubbish, with a thinner cross-stroke and wider down-stroke.


I have it inked with Kaweco Ruby Red, a color I like a lot.




Good Things About Winter?


Like much of the Midwestern US, we got hit this weekend with an early storm, meaning snow, ice and sub-freezing temperatures. It’s pretty early for this: there are still leaves on the trees.

But let’s not despair. If life gives us ice and snow, let’s make snow cones. Here are ten good things about winter.

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