Archive for the ‘Fountain Pens’ Category


Platinum #3776 Music Nib With Colorful Inks


The Platinum music nib remains my favorite pen after more than two years of use. This sample of ten colorful inks shows how well the nib works with whatever I toss in it even on cheap paper.


J. Herbin Stormy Grey, A Simple Review


Any questions?

Oh, bottle courtesy of Karen Doherty at Exaclair, who thankfully insists on feeding my ink and paper addiction.


Fountain Pens To Excess


Is there a ten-step program for people who ink too many pens at one time? My current rotation is ridiculously out of control. Or maybe not…

Top row:

  • Mink Levenger True Writer
  • Amber Conklin Duragraph
  • Clementine Retro 51
  • Raspberry Lamy AL-Star
  • Green Lamy AL-Star
  • Green Levenger True Writer
  • Cracked Ice Conklin Duragraph
  • Noodler’s Creaper Demo
  • Platinum Century Nice Pur
  • Platinum Century Nice

Bottom row:

  • Platinum Century Chartres Blue
  • Platinum #3776 music nib
  • Namiki Falcon SF
  • Sailor Sapporo
  • Pelikan M-215 Rings


Links From Pens To Nibs To Words


If nothing else, do watch Leigh’s video about nibs. It will sort any confusions about flex nibs plus it’s a joy to watch her use any sort of pen.

Tuckered out after a bath and fifteen minutes of zoomies to get dry. Aren’t I just the cutest thing ever!


The New Platinum Pens Plus Nibs, All Sorts


Sometimes email brings exciting news. If you have been waiting for the new Platinum #3776 pens, Pen Chalet has just the thing for you. Not only do they have the Century Chartres Blue with rhodium trim and the Century Black Diamond, they have lots of nib sizes in the other models including my favorite music nib on three Century models, Black with gold trim, Bourgogne and Chartres Blue. I’m tapped out, but you aren’t, right? So what are you waiting for? Oh, Pen Chalet has free shipping on orders over $50. Go for it, pen friends. Go for it!


Links From Doctor Who To Fossils To Godzilla


Godzilla gets his due and other stuff from around the web…

Grandson of Secretariat, JD blows out his birthday candles!


Which Fountain Pen Would You Recommend?


Thanks to a recent donation, I can invest in a new pen and could use a little advice deciding which one to purchase.

It would be good to acquire a pen that either hasn’t been reviewed or a pen that would be good at testing inks. A TWSBI 580 would suit the former while an additional Conklin Duragraph would fit the latter. Both are stubs and that is my preference. An unmodified pen would be best since readers would be able to purchase the same model. Price should be no more than $60, making it accessible to most of us. For ink testing purposes, a converter or piston filler will do.

I have many Lamys, so skip that brand. Is there another pen with a stock stub or 1.1 calligraphy nib I should consider? My Kaweco only takes cartridges, so never gets used for ink tests. I know people love them, but the size isn’t ideal for my hand. However, if it’s the best option, I’ll make it work since the newer ones accept a converter.

A second Duragraph would be a good choice for my daily writing needs, but in Amber or Forest Green this time.

The TWSBI has an iffy reputation and I don’t like fiddling with my pens. They either work or they don’t which seems to describe the TWSBI very well. However, if mine turned out to be a good one, it would get plenty of use as well as praise.

The short list:

Have I missed a pen that ought to be on this list?


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,843 other followers

%d bloggers like this: