Is A Limited Rotation Evidence Of Bias Or Balance?01/13/2013
My ten pen rotation has grown rather limited and might be showing signs of bias. Or maybe it’s balance in some way.
- Noodler’s Tahitian Konrad flex with Diamine Teal
- Black marble Levenger True Writer fine with Noodler’s Purple Martin
- Red marble Levenger True Writer fine with Noodler’s Tiananmen
- Kyoto Levenger True Writer Matsuyama stub with Noodler’s Beaver
- Mink Levenger True Writer Matsuyama cursive italic with Noodler’s Golden Brown
- Pelikan M215 (silver rings) Binder italic with Noodler’s Ottoman Azure
- Namiki Falcon soft broad with Noodler’s Black Swan in Australian Roses
- Platinum Century Chartres Blue broad with Platinum Pigment Blue
- Platinum Century fine flex with Noodler’s Golden Brown
- Platinum #3776 music nib with Diamine Sepia
That’s four True Writers, three Platinums, and one each of Noodler’s, Pelikan, and Namiki (Pilot) pens. The inks are even more lopsided with seven Noodler’s, two Diamine, and one Platinum. My most expensive (Iroshizuku) as well as discontinued (Montblanc Racing Green) inks get less use so they last longer. That does sway things a bit.
The nibs are more varied and even more so when a Lamy Vista 1.1mm joins the lineup in the near future. The Sapporo fine is asking to play with one of the Iroshizuku jewels and that is always hard to refuse.
A dozen pens is excessive but it’s also a lot of fun. Yeah, maybe I’m biased toward some ink brands and pen makers but I’m an equal opportunity employer when it comes to nibs. How about you? Do you gravitate in one direction more than another? What gets you excited? Er, that applies to pens and inks only, okay?