How Do You Put Together Ink and Pen Duos?11/30/2009
The holidays still seem distant so my December rotation may look understated for this time of year. No bright reds or greens though Diamine Monaco Red may yet get a call to join in, dressed in a red marble Levenger True Writer to fit the season. They are mates from last year and already known to be quite happy with each other.
Besides the possible Monaco/TW hookup, the line up is set with ten colors from six ink makers. Six pen companies are represented. Pilot/Namiki, Levenger, and J. Herbin got the most nods which would probably hold true in any month though usually a Sailor pen would be in the mix as well.
Do you plan ahead with your rotation? Seasonally adjusted line ups suit many fountain pen aficionados. Monthly rotations are less common but October, November, and December are so commercial in the U.S. that it’s easy to think of them as dominated by specific holiday colors. Of course, some people are “contrarians” and use peach in December but maybe south of the equator, that would be the perfect color for the month.
So what works for you? Are you swayed by the month and its holidays or do you prefer a seasonal palette? Are you a free-spirited inkophile who prefers an “anything goes” rotation?
Oh, I just realized there is an even better choice. All of the above!
Note: The images in this post are not great matches for the true colors. The worst of the lot are the Eclat de Saphir sample and the Mink True Writer at the center of the pen photo. The former should have more red to it and the latter got a really bad job of editing in GIMP just to be roughly the correct color. It will have to do for now.