Which Pens Survived?
I’m mentally and emotionally girding myself for the next week, which promises to be pretty busy. Then I have a schedule change, which hopefully won’t be quite as frenzied! Which fountain pens did I keep inked, after my evening of flushing out pens? These are the pens that will be my mainstays for at least a couple of weeks, if not more! Here they are, from left to right, in a denim four-pen pen wrap:
1) Leonardo 529 with F nib, filled with J. Herbin Orange Indien. I purchased this on a whim on eBay for a few bucks. Didn’t expect much due to the price, but I love this pen! The fine hooded nib is very smooth, and a pleasure to write with.
2) Pilot 78G with B/stub italic nib, filled with Noodler’s North African Violet (one of the V-Mail series). I love how it provides an instant upgrade to my handwriting, even if I’m not purposely trying to write in a “fancy” manner! And the bright purple ink, with some water-resistance (good for addressing envelopes!), cheers me up. I received this pen from a generous FPN member, saint_inky, who was giving away several fountain pens.
3) Parker Vector with M/cursive italic nib, filled with Noodler’s Spirit of Bamboo (one of the Singapore series). This pen was another gift from saint_inky, part of my further experimentation with italic nibs. The olive green bulletproof ink is pleasing, too.
4) Newly inked: Parker Vacumatic Debutante, filled with J. Herbin Vert Empire. This was a very thoughtful gift from the witty & talented @ethernautrix–it came at a great time, when I had a lot going on in my life. It really lifted my spirits! This pen is not only pretty, but lots of fun to use–it has some flex to the nib. Spent the whole afternoon yesterday enjoying this pen, writing letters!
Oh, and I have a couple of Platinum Preppy fountain pens inked with Noodler’s Polar Blue and Noodler’s/Pendemonium’s Legal Lapis that hang out in my pen bag. But since I can’t really carry much with me these days, they probably won’t be seeing much use.
I guess it’s not actually a coincidence that most of the pens I kept inked during this hectic time were gifts from pen friends (and the pen wrap, too!). Not only do I get to enjoy the pens themselves, but I also get the added benefit of warm fuzzies when I think of the gifters each time I use them!