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The Pens On My Desk

06/04/2021

Now that a few pens have moved out, what’s left on my desk? It’s a pretty varied lot with the exception of Platinum pens. Out of ten pens, three are Plats. All of the others are singles. Hint, hint. I am a fan of that brand, especially the #3776 model, but turns out I can only use one pen at a time.

Currently, five are inked and five are waiting for fills. The photo is of the pens that are inked including a Lamy Studio F, TWSBI 580 1.1 stub, Delike bent nib, Platinum #3776 Century Nice M, and Levenger True Writer Masuyama CI.

The five pens that have yet to be filled are a Platinum #3776 Century Nice Pur B, Platinum #3776 Music Nib, Pelikan M400 F, Conklin Duragraph 1.1 Stub, and Pilot Metropolitan M.

The Delike has a review in the works that should be completed in a few days. It quickly charmed its way into my rotation and has been a pleasure to use. All of the others have been mentioned in the past or received full reviews.

Are any of them your favorite pens, too?

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Links To Inks, Pens, and Watercolor Supplies

06/01/2021

Getting back into the swing of things after a long holiday weekend…

From the archives:

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Review: Ayush Notebooks From Federalist Pens

05/21/2021

My pens have made best friends with Ayush notebooks, a paper from India that is perfectly suited to fountain pen ink and at 100 gsm, sturdy to boot. Yes, they are delighted with this new match and so am I.

Fred from Federalist Pens sent a couple of notebooks to review, but Ayush would have received high marks regardless. What is written on the back of the 3.5 x 5.5″ spiral pocket pad isn’t hype.

The only problem I had was trying to photograph the colors accurately. The paper is not quite white, easy on the eyes and did not shift the ink color. The photo at the end of this post is more accurate. The cover is salmon for the grid format which suits the paper color nicely.

The surface has a very slight softness to it unlike the slick surface of some Japanese brands of paper. It made writing a little less tiring since the nib had no inclination to wander and it also made controlling the nib easier. Being able to write on both sides of the paper makes Ayush economical as well as resource conserving.

The grid lines are neutral and unobtrusive, and at 5 mm, useful with a variety of nib widths. Even a Conklin 1.1 mm stub put down very legible words. Lined paper is 8 mm if you prefer more space. The pads are offered with blank paper for writers like me who tend to doodle or reject the confinement of lines. A dot version is offered as well so there is a format for everyone.

The double-spiral notebooks come in A4 and A5 sizes in addition to the pocket size plus there is a sewn-signature, glue-bound journal that is 135 x 210 mm. With a little use, it should lay flat.

Ayush is good for fountain pens, attractive, and very reasonably priced. Toss a couple of notebooks into your next pen and ink order. I am always looking for ways to meet the minimum purchase requirement for free shipping and these notebooks could be a good way to do it.

Thanks, Fred, for the Ayush paper samples. It’s good stuff and my finicky pens were glad to make its acquaintance. Not a hint of misbehaving from any of them.

From the Ayush paper company:

 

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Selling Some of My Best Pens

05/17/2021

Update: All of the pens have been sold. Congratulations to the new owners!

Spring cleaning made it clear that a few of my pens ought to go to writers who will use them more consistently than I have. They aren’t unloved – just unused. Considering the size of my collection, that isn’t surprising especially with my minimal rotation the last few years.

These Platinum #3776 pens are ready for new homes. Only the Chartres Blue shows any sign of use and is priced accordingly. There are writing samples at the end of this post to help you evaluate the nibs.

The Platinum #3776 Century Chartres Blue with a 14K B nib received this remark in a post from a few years ago: “Beautiful, smooth, balanced, and very blue. If you are a collector, purchase one soon to get a serial numbered card indicating your pen was manufactured in the initial run. It won’t cost more but it is kind of cool.” This pen has the nicest B nib I have ever used but it does have some scratches that are visible only at just the right angle. It takes a bright light to bring out the blue color and it usually appears almost black. $110 (PNB-10000 #51-B)

Next is a Platinum #3776 Century Black in Black with gold trim and a 14K SF nib. Note that it is soft and not flex though the box says FF for fine flex. It does give with a little pressure though not comparable to vintage flex. With practice, it can add a bit of character to letter forms and is a solid pen for everyday use. $125 (PNB-10000#1-FF)

The Platinum #3776 Century Yamanaka has a 14K SM nib and will also bend enough to be both comfortable to use as well as to add some line variation to your writing. I am particularly fond of transparent pens and this one has beautiful detailing along with its rhodium nib. $155 (PNB-20000Y #5 SM)

I have written about my Platinum #3776 14K rhodium Music Nib many, many times. It easily ranks in my top five favorite pens. Luckily for you, I have a never-used one to sell. I don’t think this one is a Slip and Seal, but I have never had a problem with ink drying out in mine or the nib failing to start even if left unused for weeks. $130 (PTMB-25000 #1-MU)

With the exception of the music nib, the others are lightly used. Only the Chartres Blue has been filled more than once. Again, I have too many pens to keep them all happy.

Each pen comes in its original box and has a converter. Shipping for a single pen will be $10 that includes $100 insurance to United States addresses only. International shipping is not an option for me at this time so domestic sales only.

  • Contact me at inkophile *at* gmail.com to ask a question or to make a purchase.
  • Payment via Paypal (Friends and family. We are friends, aren’t we?) or Zelle at price plus shipping fee.
  • Shipment within 72 hours of cleared payment.
  • U.S. buyers only.
  • Shipping fee is for Priority Mail.
  • Combined purchases requiring a larger box will increase the shipping fee.
  • If the pen is not as described, please return it within 7 days.

Platinum Chartres Blue B

Platinum Century Black in Black SF

Platinum Century Yamanaka SM

Platinum #3776 Music Nib

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Mostly Ink Links

05/07/2021

Much ado about ink…

From the archives, a Sheaffer Taranis Fountain Pen with Sheaffer Blue-Black ink on Apica 6A10 paper.

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On My Desk: A Ton Of Ice

04/13/2021

Cracked ice that is. Fashioned out of celluloid or resin, these pens bring color to my workspace without shouting, “Look at me!” Subtle and varied but undemanding, all have wide nibs that add flair to my writing. The nib is usually the attraction for me, but sometimes a little color adds to the joy of writing and the beauty of cracked ice does that very well.

The True Writer is a custom cursive italic ground by Mike Masuyama. The Durograph is a stock stub. The Delike New Moon came from the manufacturer with an extra-fine nib bent into a fude and will get a review soon. 

Do you like the cracked ice models or do you prefer another variant on the colored fountain pen theme?

 

 

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Pen, Ink and Paper Links (Hide Your Credit Card Before Reading)

04/01/2021

It is way, way, way too easy to blow your budget when there are so many goodies calling your name. Can you resist or have you been enabled?

Camellias through my kitchen window and matching pen.

 

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