Pen of the Day: Kaweco Classic Sport with KWZ Iron Gall Orange Ink

Kaweco Classic Sport fountain pen with KWZ Iron Gall Orange ink

Kaweco Classic Sport with broad nib. Not so much a Pen of the Day this time, because I’m more interested in the ink, the new-to-me KWZ Iron Gall Orange.

KWZ Iron Gall Orange ink writing sample

If you read this blog regularly, you will not be surprised that KWZ Iron Gall Orange is not so much orange as brown. After all, this is KWZ, the imaginative ink maker that offers a black ink called Dark Brown and a fairly purple ink called Brown-Pink.

I look forward to putting Iron Gall Orange through its paces. This pen is my old reliable, the Kaweco Classic Sport, here with a broad nib.

KWZ Iron Gall Orange ink writing sample with Kaweco Classic Sport fountain pen

Pen of the Day: Aurora Optima Burgundy Auroloide with KWZ Raspberry Ink

KWZ Raspberry ink with Aurora Optima Burgundy fountain pen

Aurora Optima Burgundy with medium nib. It took a good two weeks to kill it, but Blue Week is finally dead. All hail KWZ Raspberry.

KWZ Raspberry ink writing sample

This looks like a nice pink. Not bright or flashy, and neither sweet nor girlish. It’s the perfect antidote to an overdose of blue.

Aurora Optima Burgundy fountain pen nib with KWZ Raspberry ink

I use this lovely pen a lot. It’s part of my Red/Pink Triumvirate, together with a Pelikan Pink and Pelikan Ruby Red. The Aurora is the most dignified. And I like Aurora’s narrow sort of medium nib.

Pen of the Day: Kaweco Classic Sport with Pilot Iroshizuku Ama-iro

Kaweco Classic Sport clear with Pilot Iroshizuku Ama-iro ink

Kaweco Classic Sport with double broad nib. Here’s an ink I had never used, but I found a leftover sample vial with just a little bit remaining. That’s a perfect situation for the Kaweco Classic Sport. I don’t need to go through contortions to fill a Sport from a small sample — I can syringe whatever ink is left into the pen body or a converter.

Here is Ama-iro with the Kaweco double broad nib.

Pilot Iroshizuku Ama-iro ink writing sample

The Kaweco Sport also lets one easily swap nibs. So here’s Ama-iro from an extra-fine nib, for Fountain Pen Geeks forum.

Pilot Iroshizuku Ama-iro ink writing sample

But I’m in it for the bling, frankly. So for me the eyedropper is key. Especially when the ink is a beautiful sky blue like Ama-iro.

Kaweco Classic Sport clear eyedropper with Pilot Iroshizuku Ama-iro ink

Pen of the Day: Kaweco Classic Sport Blue

Parker Penman Sapphire ink Kaweco Classic Sport blue

Kaweco Classic Sport with calligraphy nib. Again we have what’s really an Ink of the Day, but, shhh, don’t tell anyone. This is the sample of Parker Penman Sapphire a friend very kindly sent me.

Is it the world’s most beautiful blue ink?

Parker Penman Sapphire ink writing sample

The pen is my son’s Kaweco Classic Sport in blue, which is a very good pen at an excellent price. I swapped in Kaweco’s 1.1 mm calligraphy nib, which is a smooth writer with excellent line variation, and another real bargain.

Parker Penman Sapphire ink Kaweco Classic Sport blue

Pen of the Day: Montblanc 146 (Another One) (Maybe for the Last Time)

Montblanc 146 with Montblanc BMW ink

Montblanc 146 with broad nib. This is actually not the same 146 with broad nib that I was using last week with Caran d’Ache Infra Red. Because, currently, I have two. Sigh. Bad Fountain Pen Follies.

Would you believe that I have two by accident? And if not, what would you believe? Aliens? Amnesia? Feel free to tell me, so I can use that instead.

Montblanc 146 with Montblanc BMW ink

This is my newer 146 with broad nib. And I have been intending to sell it. But, see, it’s lucky that I’ve been dragging my feet on that. Because it’s such a good pen. And because when this Montblanc BMW ink arrived, I had the perfect pen to put it in.

And they say procrastination is bad.

Montblanc BMW ink writing sample

Pen of the Day: Kaweco Classic Sport Clear

Kaweco Classic Sport clear with double broad nib KWZ Azure #4 ink

Kaweco Classic Sport Clear with double broad nib. I decided I wanted to see this next ink. So it was time to eyedropper a Kaweco Classic Sport. And I decided to bring out the monster truck of nibs, the double broad. My usual extra-fine and fine nibs quail before its majesty.

Kaweco Classic Sport clear with double broad nib KWZ Azure #4 ink

I left Azure #4 for last of the five KWZ Azure inks I’ve tested. Because it seemed to have a slight blue-green tint, and I am not a huge user of teal or turquoise blues. So I wasn’t quite as excited about this one.

Which lasted as long as it took me to ink up a pen. Look at what KWZ did here. Another awesome blue.

Kaweco Classic Sport clear with double broad nib KWZ Azure #4 ink

Pen of the Day: Pelikan Piccadilly Circus

Pelikan M620 Piccadilly Circus fountain pen

Pelikan M620 Piccadilly Circus with fine nib. We went to Captain America: Civil War this weekend. I am so Team Captain America, and this was the closest pen I could find. Which okay, strictly speaking, is a total fail. But, imagine if Captain America ever went out and had some fun in the West End. Let’s go with that.

The Piccadilly Circus is my most used Pelikan Cities Pen, and in some ways my favorite. It’s the most fun.

Pelikan M620 Piccadilly Circus fountain pen detail

I inked it up with Caran d’Ache Divine Pink.  Yes, Caran d’Ache Week was last week. But I can almost hear a Donna Summer song playing somewhere, and I’m going to pretend the party is still going on.

Caran d'Ache Divine Pink ink writing sample

Pen of the Day: Montblanc 146

Montblanc 146 with Caran d'Ache Infra Red

Montblanc 146 with broad nib. Well, I am nothing if not consistent, because I just realized that the last time a 146 was Pen of the Day, it was this very pen.

That’s not my fault, though. It’s because Montblanc makes a great broad nib. Look at this thing.

Montblanc 146 with broad nib Caran d'Ache Infra Red

The ink is Caran d’Ache Infra Red, a red so special it had to be named for something outside the human visible spectrum.

(Although, actually, it’s now been shown that humans can see infrared light under certain circumstances. And that it looks green. So thanks, science, for wrecking everything.)

But science schmience. Ink is my thing. Caran d’Ache Infra Red ink is very visible, very red and very awesome.

Montblanc 146 with broad nib Caran d'Ache Infra Red writing sample

Pen of the Day: Pelikan M205 Transparent Blue (Again)

Pelikan M205 blue demonstrator Caran d'Ache Idyllic Blue ink

Pelikan M205 Transparent Blue with fine nib. This was pen of the day fairly recently, but I’m repeating it because it’s got a brand new bag — I mean, ink.  This time I filled it with Caran d’Ache Idyllic Blue, another pure blue. I really like the combination.

Pelikan M205 blue demonstrator Caran d'Ache Idyllic Blue ink writing sample

I get the feeling that Caran d’Ache inks may not sell very well. They are so expensive in the US that I only buy them on sale, or from Europe. But it can’t just be price: other inks that are even more expensive get a lot of internet buzz. And Caran d’Ache inks fly under the radar.

Sample a few if you want to try something new. They are excellent inks. With great bottles.

Caran d'Ache Idyllic Blue ink bottle

Pen of the Day: Pelikan 400nn

Pelikan 400nn fountain pen J. Herbin Vert Pre

Pelikan 400nn with medium nib. I still have a few vintage Pelikans hanging around, and this is one I’ve always liked the look of. The original green stripe Pelikan celluloid binde is a beautiful thing. And the 400nn shape is sleek.

Pelikan 400nn fountain pen

I desperately needed to add a little color to my roster of inked pens, so I filled the 400nn with J. Herbin Vert Pré. It’s a little wild and a lot of fun. And it is yet another example of one of my favorite ink categories: the barely legible.

Vintage Pelikans like this often have lovely semi-flex nibs. I couldn’t resist.

Pelikan 400nn fountain pen with J. Herbin Vert Pre ink writing sample