It only took a couple of 90 °F days to signal summer is on its way and it is time to reduce my writing tools to an uncomplicated few for the season. This is a simple feat I attempt every year with varying degrees of success. Annual modifications are often suggested by new products, but also by rediscovering good things from past summer kits. It is a mix of both this time.
This year it will be two Midori Traveler’s #013 Notebooks with Tomoe River paper, one as a journal and the other for ink and watercolor experiments. A grid pencil board will help with writing level and drawing squares for color swatches. I haven’t settled on a cover yet though a lightweight leather or a colorful fabric hold the most appeal. Last year I purchased a fabric cover from DesignsbyRamona107 on Etsy, but I’d like something different for the next few months.
For long term, keep forever notes, a journal from Paper for Fountain Pens will get pressed into service. The bound format is perfect for the purpose and it was a gift which makes it extra special.
My rotation will dwindle to five or so as the currently inked pens empty. However, testing new colors will fill several pens and no doubt the crew will return to a dozen by summer’s end. Incoming inks from Noodler’s will keep things lively and fresh along with several from last year that have yet to be reviewed.
The Platinum Century pens with the Slip & Seal caps endured the heat last year better than other pens and will see duty throughout the summer. A medium and a broad nib will provide variety. Though not in the same class, the TWSBI 580 and the Conklin Duragraph 1.1mm will represent the italic nib range along with the Platinum #3776 music nib just because it is my favorite.
Although they aren’t in the right pens yet, the inks most likely to be in the rotation are
- J. Herbin Larmes de Cassis
- Sailor Peach Pink
- Stipula Calamo Sapphron
- Diamine Meadow
- Diamine Aqua Blue
- J. Herbin Vert Reseda
All are evocative of summer’s sun bleached hues, but a deeper blue might be needed for business. Noodler’s General of the Armies, Diamine Mediterranean Blue or Pilot Blue-Black are likely candidates. Platinum Pigment Blue in the Platinum Century Chartres Blue or Waterman Florida Blue in the Pelikan M400 would be more conservative duos should the need arise.
To mix things up a bit, I’m going to order a set of Papermate Liquid Flair pens on Ed Jelley’s recommendation. Fountain pens may dry out in the summer heat, but these porous tip pens shouldn’t. Add to that an Autopoint mechanical pencil and a medium Sharpie Pen and my tool kit will be more than adequate for the months ahead.
Do you reorganize for summer? If so, how do you do it?
Resources mostly through my Amazon Affiliate link:
- Conklin Duragraph
- Platinum Century Fountain Pens
- TWSBI 580
- Platinum #3776 Music Nib
- Pelikan M400
- Midori Traveler’s Notebook #013
- Paper For Fountain Pens Journal
- Noodler’s Ink – General of the Armies
- Diamine Ink
- J. Herbin Ink
- Pilot Blue-Black Ink
- Stipula Calamo Sapphron Ink
- Papermate Liquid Flair Pens – Set of eight
- Autopoint All-American Mechanical Pencil
- Sharpie Pen
Macy interrupted the photo shoot to see what I was up to that did not include her.