On Journaling, and Crowd Sourcing Some Help With That

Nanami Paper The Writer Journal

I am bad at journals. It’s just not a natural fit with my personality. Or my schedule. As a result, despite giving it the occasional college try, I’ve only journaled occasionally over the years.

But I’m kicking off a new, more dedicated journal phase. Because I’m working on a project involving journals and fountain pens. And I will soon get to use my new, beautiful Seven Seas journal.

Yet, despite that little kick-start, I foresee reaching the same stumbling block as always: me being bad at journals. So I could really use some help, if not to turn into a master journal writer, then at least to make my fountain pen and journals project better.

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First Impressions: Nanami Paper Seven Seas Writer Journal

Nanami Paper The Writer Journal

So this is the Writer from Nanami Paper, which is going to be a journal for me.

After Christmas, of course.

Now, I am far from a journal expert. I’m not even a real journal writer. The Writer made it onto my Christmas list because I’m doing a project involving journals, and I need to learn something about them. But the Writer is very appealing.

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A Christmas Present That the Fountain Pens Will Enjoy

Nanami Paper The Writer Journal

Before I let made my husband wrap my fountain-pen related Christmas present, I leafed through it, and I took a few photos. Because I get the mail first.

Nanami Paper The Writer Journal

This is paper, which isn’t something I usually consider a gift. But I’m doing a project on journals and I thought I could get a good one, or at least a premium one, to see what that’s all about.

Nanami Paper The Writer Journal

It’s pretty good looking, I have to say.

New 2017 Lamy Al-Star Pacific


Thanks to Fontoplumo, we know the upcoming 2017 Lamy Al-Star will be this blue shade, called Pacific.

At first glimpse, I really like the color. It’s almost an Al-Star version of the no-longer-available Lamy Safari Aquamarine. Which is excellent.

I found this photo on Fontoplumo’s Twitter, which gives me the chance to say that Fontoplumo is another very nice store, from the Netherlands, from whom I’ve purchased before and will again. I’ve actually bought some of my Al-Stars and Safaris from Fontoplumo, because they have excellent prices and the European stores usually get the annual Safaris and Al-Stars first.


Photo from Fontoplumo Twitter, here

Some Ink Greenery

Pantone Greenery Color of the Year 2017

The color experts at Pantone just announced Greenery as their 2017 Color of the Year. I like it a lot. Of course my thoughts immediately turned to ink. In order: “Great color! Caran d’Ache Delicate Green. No, Sailor Waka-Uguisu.”

The paint swatch above reminds me more of Waka-Uguisu. But here’s the fabric swatch.

Pantone Greenery Color of the Year 2017

The fabric has a shimmer which reflects more light, and that lighter hue also calls to mind Caran d’Ache Delicate Green. But probably because I just love that ink. Greenery is much closer to Waka-Uguisu. It’s more yellow.

Waka-Uguisu and Delicate Green are great colors, and I’m totally on board with Greenery in 2017. It does feel very current. Judging by the inks, the color is interesting but easy to live with, eye-catching but calm.

If you want to see the inks that remind me of Greenery, I have a little review of Waka-Uguisu here. I’ve never reviewed Delicate Green (what?!) but it’s currently in my green Sheaffer “Pen for Me,” so there’s a glimpse of it here.

Pilot-Iroshizuku Chiku-rin is a nice ink which might be an option, but for some reason that one never appealed to me as much as Delicate Green and Waka-Uguisu. Diamine Wagner is much too yellow, and Diamine Meadow I think too green. But both Diamines are good inks on their own.

Despite the huge range of green Lamy Al-Stars and Safaris, there is none close to Greenery. (Because Greenery is a nice green.)  I do hope Lamy does not take this as a challenge.


Both Greenery swatches from Pantone Twitter.

Pen of the Day: Pelikan M600 Ruby Red with Graf von Faber-Castell Garnet Red

Pelikan M600 Ruby Red fountain pen and Graf von Faber-Castell Garnet Red ink

Pelikan M600 Ruby Red with fine nib. Winter weather’s here, with days dark and drear. Perhaps a new ink might bring some good cheer.

Outside Fountain Pen Follies world headquarters, cold and snow have arrived. Which of course means it’s time for the long-awaited limerick contest winter ink colors. Time for the jewel tones, the dark and rich hues, the seasonal shades.

My first choice this year is Graf von Faber-Castell Garnet Red. I originally tried Garnet Red, and wrote a brief review, last winter. Garnet Red on white paper makes me think of red berries silhouetted against snowy ground.

Graf von Faber-Castell Garnet Red writing sample

Garnet Red is an attractive, business-appropriate maroon or cranberry.  I always love an ink that shades. And Graf von Faber-Castell has a great ink bottle. As a fellow blogger recently pointed out, a bottle of premium ink would make a great Christmas or Hanukkah gift. Start hinting.

I do like my Pelikan M600 Ruby Red with maroon inks. The pen’s acrylic is a mix of the right kind of dark reds.

Pelikan M600 Ruby Red fountain pen closeup

A Review of the Lamy Lx in Rose Gold

Lamy Lx Rose Gold fountain pen

Lamy Lx Rose Gold with medium nib. Clearly under the influence of too much Thanksgiving pie, as well as the word “sale.” I succumbed to Black Friday frenzy and ended up with a Lamy Lx in Rose Gold with a medium nib. And now it’s here.

I think the Lx is a very nice-looking pen in rose gold. The Lx nib writes noticeably more smoothly than the normal Safari nib. But I don’t like the Lx so-called case. And I think the Lx price is easier to justify if you’re buying it as a gift, or you are a new user, or you have a serious yen for one of the colors.

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Cool Pelikan Video 

For fans of How It’s Made, here is a video showing the manufacture of Pelikan fountain pens.

Some things have changed since this was filmed: I think Pelikan no longer makes its own nibs, and I know Souveran cap medallions are metal now. But I am impressed by how careful and labor-intensive the process was, and probably still is.

I found the link on FPN. Many thanks to the poster.