Pens and Inks for Summer06/17/2010
For the last two weeks, my pens and inks have taken on summer hues. Inks more than pens but black is a neutral, right?
While other inks and pens will surely get added over the next few weeks, my current rotation includes
- Mabie Todd ‘Jackdaw’ Stub with J. Herbin Lie de The
- Sailor Sapporo with Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku
- Namiki Falcon SF with Diamine Violet
- Lamy Vista 1.1 italic with J. Herbin Rouille D’Ancre
- Lamy Safari Custom Cursive Italic with Montblanc Racing Green
- Montblanc 220 with J. Herbin Larmes de Cassis
- Pilot “Isaac Newton” with Rohrer & Klingner Solferino
- Pilot Blue Flower Pocket Pen with J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche
- Yellow Levenger True Writer with Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Goldgrun
- Retro 51 Scriptmaster II in Clementine with Iroshizuku Yu-Yake
There are five fine nibs, four stub/italics and lastly one lone, flex nib. Not until I completed the list did I realize how well it represents my usual choice in nibs. Unintentionally, I picked just the right mix of pens.
The inks were a bit more considered but still without a true plan. Summer weather does call for lighter, cheerful shades like orange and turquoise. Larmes de Cassis fits the season as well. So the inks skew a bit softer than my usual rotation.
Just to keep things from getting into a rut, I’ve also have at the ready two Levenger True Writers with fiber tip refills, one black and one blue. Veering even further from the fountain pen fold, a couple of Pigma Microns showed up in orange and evergreen. Those two will make colorful notes on anything including an old Moleskine Cahier with paper that just doesn’t play fair with fountain pen ink.
Well, that’s my seasonal kit. Varied and colorful it invites playful use which is just the thing for the lazy days of summer.
How about you? Do you have a group of pens and inks that suit this time of year?