Pen of the Day: Montblanc Heritage 1912

Montblanc Heritage 1912 fountain pen and Montblanc Pink ink

Montblanc Heritage 1912 with broad nib. I just inked this wonderful pen yesterday so I can bring it to a meet-up Sunday with some other Chicago-area fountain pen fans.

One of the other attendees has a Heritage 1912, too. But I think my Heritage 1912 is going to be much more badass.  Because mine is filled with Montblanc Pink.

Montblanc Heritage 1912 fountain pen and Montblanc Pink ink

Put on your sunglasses! No, just kidding. It’s actually a really nice ink. I don’t think it was ever popular online, perhaps because photos can make it look unpleasantly eye-searing.  But in real life, it’s a lovely, cheerful pink with nice shading.

Montblanc Pink ink writing sample

And totally badass.

Fountain Pen Favorites for March 2016


Okay, we’re already into April, but just because March is in the rear view mirror, metaphorically, doesn’t mean we can’t pump the brakes and look back for a few seconds. Here were my fountain pen favorites for March.

1. KWZ Red #1. This is going to be a favorite for a long time.

2. Spring inks. The weather is warmer, and I’ve brought out the lighter, brighter inks once more.  I love them. Especially Caran d’Ache Delicate Green. Also fun: Pink Week.

3. Pelikan M205 Transparent Blue. Faithful readers know how strong my resolve is and how firmly I resist temptation. So there’s absolutely no reason ever to think that I’d order this pen.  But, hey, is that a cute kitten over there?  We should all look at that cute kitten.


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

Things That Are Purple

KWZ Brown-Pink ink

I’ve just starting testing KWZ Brown-Pink ink.  It’s a really fun color.  Mostly because even though it’s called Brown-Pink, to me it’s purple in disguise.

Just look at it.  Purple, right?

I think KWZ must make the most surprising brown inks ever.  The other KWZ brown ink I’ve tested is KWZ Dark Brown.  Which to me is basically black.

I love it. Just like the proverbial box of chocolates, you never know what you’ll get.

Pen of the Day: Pelikan M600 Pink

Pelikan M600 Pink fountain pen

Pelikan M600 Pink with fine nib. What could be more springy than the Pink Pelikan?  Probably only filling the Pink Pelikan with pink ink. Now that’s turning spring up to 11.

Pelikan M600 Pink fountain pen and Diamine Carnation ink

I think Diamine Carnation is a perfect spring pink.

Pelikan M600 Pink fountain pen

The pen is really a raspberry sort of pink. But not an actual raspberry:  it’s like a raspberry pink dye. Raspberry-colored shiny plastic product. Raspberry-flavored hard candy.

And let’s not forget the Pink Pelikan comes in the Box of Bad Taste.

So I think the Pink Pelikan goes to 11 all by itself, really.