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My Core Four Plus One


My desk is always a disheveled mess except for my fountain pens. Those I keep tidy and at the ready for whenever the muse strikes. However, with product testing, the number of inked pens can grow well beyond anything manageable, so I’m separating the lot into two groups with my Core Four Plus One the most accessible. Others employed mostly for testing purposes have a tray in which to snooze until needed.

Core Four Plus One is a name for four of my most used fountain pens plus one mechanical pencil. The four pens are the mostly likely to get used either for the ink or the fun factor of using that particular pen. The Platinum #3776 music nib is the anchor. For now the other three pens are the Noodler’s Standard Flex, the Pilot Prera Italic and the Sheaffer Taranis Medium. Those four provide a good variety of nibs and pen sizes and changing between them is good for my hand. The inks are Diamine Sepia, Noodler’s Black Swan in Australian Roses, Noodler’s Black and Diamine Steel Blue. Again this is a good variety for maximum appeal though all of it is subject to change on a whim.

The Autopoint mechanical pencil is the Plus One. It gets more use than any fountain pen since it doesn’t need to be uncapped, can write on any paper, and is erasable, an important benefit for a fickle writer.

When I head out with pens in tow, I have a two-pen case for an intrepid duo or a four-pen case for the whole lot. An Autopoint MP is always in my handbag along with a black Sharpie Pen so I am never caught out without writing tools. A small Rhodia pad completes the ensemble. An inkophile should be prepared, yes?

Do you have something like my Core Four Plus One? If so, what’s in your primary rotation?


Links From Moleskine To Neil Gaiman To Doctor Who


If ever there was an eclectic group of links, this is it.


Sunday Links From Geeks To Siri To Martha Stewart


No rhyme nor reason to this lot save they all made headlines somewhere this past week.


Links From Yogi To Pens To A $1000 Rat


No lie. The rat costs more than $1,000!


Noteworthy For Early Spring At Levenger – Free Shipping Ends 2/24


Free shipping with promo code SHIP2013 ends February 24, 2013.


Now Might Be The Time To Try A Calligraphy Nib


Art Brown and The Ink Flow have on offer an OnLine calligraphy kit that includes three wide nibs (0.8, 1.2, 1.4) along with an assortment of cartridges to make things colorful. At half price, even if it is a plastic pen, this is a great opportunity to see if calligraphy is for you. I’ve never used an OnLine nib so I can’t vouch for quality but at the price it seems a good gamble. If you want to use bottled ink, you can refill a cart or purchase a converter. Art Brown indicates a Schmidt converter will fit but that should be verified.

Art Brown and The Ink Flow offer huge selections of bottled inks including some I use regularly like Noodler’s, Diamine, and J. Herbin plus most every other brand on the market. You just might want to include a bottle or two to sustain interest in that new hobby. If that interest wanes, your fountain pens will soak up the leftovers.

Another item I use frequently is a glass dip pen to test ink. $10.50 is a decent price so consider that as well.

I have no affiliation with Art Brown or The Ink Flow, but thought you should know about some good deals any inkophile might appreciate.


Pen Aficionados, These Links Are For You


This may be a first. Every link is pen, ink, or paper related. Aficionados, indulge…


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