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Two End Of The Month Deals


In case you need pen goodies at special prices…

  • Yafa Outlet has deals on Stipula
  • Pen Chalet is offering a 10% discount (coupon END10) and 15% (END15) if you spend more than $200

Not an end of the month deal, but a beautiful pen at a discounted price from Fountain Pen Hospital:



Fountain Pen Inks That Celebrate Autumn Colors


Sometimes the inks in my rotation do a little ink dance in my daily journal. The steps consist of the ink name plus a doodle that shows the ink color to good advantage.

My most recent ink and pen duos were chosen at random and include a few favorites plus several inks that warranted testing in pens different from their last outings. None of those former couples were wedded but rather suffered ill-fated flings. Time to be a bit more successful at matchmaking.

To my surprise and without planning, my rotation took on the colors of autumn. I have no idea how that happened but the result is quite pleasing.

Autumn Inks

Autumn Inks

Pens in order from top to bottom:

  • Pelikan M215, custom cursive italic
  • Levenger True Writer, Masuyama stub
  • Lamy Safari, custom fine cursive italic
  • Levenger True Writer, Masuyama cursive italic
  • Namiki Falcon (resin), Soft Fine
  • Pilot Elite Socrates pocket pen, Fine
  • Levenger True Writer, Fine
  • Lamy AL-Star, Oblique Broad
  • Lamy Vista, 1.1mm italic
  • Lamy AL-Star, custom fine italic

Notes: Montblanc Racing Green has been discontinued and Noodler’s FPN Dumas Tulipe Noire was a limited edition release. Noodler’s #41 Brown is the original formulation – not the one currently available. The Pilot pocket pen was made in 1976 but all of the other pens are current models. The paper is Strathmore Windpower Sketch. It’s a bit toothy for fountain pens but excellent for swabs and doodles.


The Bounty On My Desk


Sometimes it’s good to appreciate the amazing choices we have. So today I took stock of the bounty on my desk and found plenty to make a pen person smile.

Next to my right hand, coffee mug, and mouse are ten fountain pens, three felt tips, a brush pen, a mechanical pencil, and one highlighter. Does that seem like a lot? You should see the mountain of art supplies that hogs the left side of my workspace. Pens are small, tidy things in comparison. Paper is the biggest space invader but that’s another story.

Inkophile Pen and Ink Samples for August, 2011

Inkophile Pen and Ink Samples for August, 2011

The first three pens get daily use and I am content with each. The newest addition is the Namiki Falcon SB which is well-matched to Stipula Verde Mushiato both in flow and shading. The Levenger True Writer Masuyama Cursive Italic is perfect for brown ink but the Namiki Falcon SF gets to change its colors frequently. Its ink will be determined by what is missing when the other pens have been filled.

The three pens not pictured in the sample are due for cleaning and replacement by old favorites like my Sailor 1911 EF. That one works brilliantly with Noodler’s Red-Black and is an easy choice. The Sapporo F might get a fill of something turquoise or possibly one of my 1976 Pilot Elite “Socrates” pocket pens will get Diamine Teal. All three pens are good for long sessions and disinclined to clog even if unused for days at a time.

Sometimes I like to dig deeper in my pen drawer for older pens that deserve some playtime. The navy gray Parker ’51’ Aero F looks like a good mate for Noodler’s Zhivago and the Pelikan M250 Fine Stub has had a thing for Diamine Emerald for years. The dimensions of these two are slightly different from the other pens so that helps reduce hand fatigue on those days that seem to have no end.

Lastly it’s time to go back to black. Either the Limited Edition Sailor Hougado Deep Moss Black or Noodler’s Black but the pen has yet to be determined. The Lamy Safari OB and the Pilot Custom Black Stripe F are good candidates for a rich, dark ink. Again maintaining a variety of dimensions will determine the winner.

So that’s my latest pen and ink rotation.

Putting aside everything on my desk but the fountain pens and the written sample, I looked for a common thread to this rotation. Danged if I can find one save the pleasure in using a fountain pen and the colorful line it produces. That’s pretty simple but it does make me wonder about other fountain pen people. If you are a member of that club, what drives your rotation?


A Few Fountain Pens For Sale


Need a fountain pen? As my collection has become more focused, several have fallen on hard times with no use in over a year. Time to send them off to new homes.

Watercolor sets for sale.

Basic rules:

  • Contact me at inkophile *at* to ask a question or make a purchase.
  • Payment via Paypal at price plus shipping costs.
  • Shipment within 72 hours of cleared payment.
  • U.S. buyers only.
  • Domestic shipping via USPS Priority One Rate will be the current rate for a small box. No non-U.S. sales. Shipping to U.S. addresses only.
  • Additional insurance and tracking fees are responsibility of buyer
  • Combined purchases will increase shipping cost if larger box is needed
  • If the pen is not as described, please return it within 7 days.
  • For items new or New Old Stock (NOS): If you ink it, you keep it.
  • Original pen box available for some but not others.
  • Used pens will not be perfect. Idiosyncrasies are noted if known. There is a list of pen vendors in the sidebar, if new suits you best or you prefer a warranty. Hey, I tend to buy new as well.

All of my Japanese pocket pens were made in the 1970s so they are not pristine. However, some are more perfect than others. Either an empty cartridge or used converter is included so you can put your pen to use without delay.

Some of these pens got a fill or two here while others were never inked. There isn’t much I can tell you about them beyond what is in the descriptions.

Lastly, take the color of the pens with a grain of salt. Black will of course be true but other colors may not be so accurate. It’s fine if that puts you off and you look for a pen elsewhere. I would much rather you be happy with your pen purchase from another source than to sell you one of my pens that is a disappointment.

Now for the goods…

Inkophile Pens for Sale - Dec, 2010 #1

Inkophile Pens for Sale – #1

Inkophile Pens for Sale - Dec, 2010 #2

Inkophile Pens for Sale – #2

Inkophile Pens for Sale - Dec, 2010 #3

Inkophile Pens for Sale – #3

  1. Platinum Pocket Pen in frosted silver with gold trim. 18k fine nib with white plastic section. Made in the 1970s and still has its sticker. I have never inked this pen and cannot say whether anyone else ever has. It uses Platinum cartridges and an empty one is included to get you started. The cart is well-designed with a small metal ball that floats in the chamber to keep the ink flowing. There are no converters made for this model. Length is 4 3/4″ capped and 5 7/8″ posted. Let me know if you would like to purchase a box of carts along with your pen. Sold
  2. Platinum Pocket Pen in black with a double-sided 14k nib, one side is fine while the other is medium. This is a dry-writing pen that works best with free-flowing inks. It uses cartridges only and there is an empty one included. Length is 4 7/8″ capped and 6″ posted. There are a few boxes of cartridges here if you are interested. Sold
  3. Waterman 52, ca. 1915-1929 in black chased hard rubber (BCHR) with nickel trim. The 14k Ideal nib is a semi-flex fine to medium. It has no clip and the lever-filler has no brassing. The nib has a slight hook and writes a bit scratchy. However, a lubricating ink, light touch, and smooth paper make it fun to use. This pen has been professionally serviced and is overall in good condition. Note that the nib is slightly discolored though you might be able to improve on that. Length is 5 5/16″ and 6 5/8″ posted. $100 US
  4. Waterman Lady Patricia, ca. 1930-38, semi-flex fine 14k nib. This is a small but lovely pen that has been professionally serviced. It is onyx plastic with a red, hard rubber section and cap edge. All trim is gold-filled metal. The pen is in good condition with typical discoloration plus a few scratches on the clip but very little brassing. The nib is not bent though it may appear so in the close-up image. Length is 4 1/4″ and 5 3/8″ posted. $125 US
  5. Parker Vacumatic, ca. 1943, in azure blue with a 14k fine to medium nib. Very good transparency but shows signs of wear and a few spots of brassing on the cap ring. This pen has been repaired and the cap replaced. The end cap narrows slightly but fits well. The plunger filler works as it should. Consider this a user pen with a very good nib. Sold
Inkophile Pens for Sale - Dec, 2010 #4

Inkophile Pens for Sale – #4

Inkophile Pens for Sale - Dec, 2010 #5

Inkophile Pens for Sale – #5

Inkophile Pens for Sale - Dec, 2010 #6

Inkophile Pens for Sale – #6

  1. Levenger Verona fine nib in marbled gray plastic. The 14k nib is dual-toned and in perfect condition. The barrel has some scratches so it is user grade. The nib writes like a medium but I find Stipulas to write wider than the nib size states. The flow is good with some inks but not others. A new converter might help with the flow. The cheap one it came with is not impressive. Sold.
  2. Pilot Prera in ivory with stainless medium nib. That original nib has been swapped for a medium italic from a Pilot Plumix but you can easily swap them back. Both pens are included in this item along with a squeeze converter for the Prera. Length is 4 3/4″ capped and 5 3/8″ posted. Withdrawn.
  3. Pilot 78g in black with a broad nib but it really is an italic. It comes with a squeeze filler and is in like new condition. In fact it may never have been inked. Length is 5 1/4″ capped and 5 7/8″ posted. Sold.
  4. Pilot Elite Pocket Pen Script Nib with Silver Luster Cap. The nib is a double-vented, fine firm 18k script nib. The extra vent increases ink flow which really benefits this dry-writing pen. The cap can appear either silver or champagne colored depending on the light. Length is 4 1/2″ capped and 5 5/8″ posted. Sold.

Seeing Green – Ink That Is


Sometimes making a list helps me organize. This time my list revealed that I like a lot of brands but it also revealed a surprising color bias. Out of my eleven top choices, four are green while both blues have more than a hint of green in their formulas. Then there is Waterman BBk that can appear quite green depending on the pen and paper. Who knew I had such a bias in favor of green!

One favorite ink from a variety of major manufacturers…

  • Diamine – Mediterranean Blue in a Namiki Falcon
  • J. Herbin – Lie de Thé in the mink brown Levenger True Writer F
  • Rohrer & Klingner – Solferino in a Pilot Elite Newton F
  • Noodler’s – Red-Black in a Sailor 1911 F
  • Iroshizuku – Ku-Jaku in a rhodium and black Sailor Sapporo F
  • Sailor – Uranari Green in a Lamy Safari 1.1 mm
  • Montblanc – Racing Green in the Lamy Safari custom cursive italic
  • Private Reserve – Avacado in a Waterman Carene Stub
  • Waterman – Blue-Black with any flex nib
  • Stipula – Moss Green in a Pilot Elite F
  • Parker Penman – Ruby in a Namiki Falcon

Seldom used inks but still my first choice from these manufacturers…

  • Pelikan – Blue-Black
  • Duke – Blue-Black
  • Levenger – Amethyst
  • Aurora – Black
  • Parker Quink – Blue-Black
  • Visconti – Blue
  • Sheaffer – Blue-Black
  • Platinum – Black
  • De Atramentis – Aubergine

When you look at your list of favorites, do you see a strong color influence or are you less slanted in your choices?


The Yellow True Writer Arrived


The yellow marble Levenger True Writer arrived this afternoon though the color is quite different from what I expected. Not a yellow but rather an amber tone very similar to J. Herbin Encre Ambre ink. It will look wonderful with yellow-brown ink like Noodler’s Golden Brown or purples like Diamine Violet and Damson. Yellow-green like Stipula Moss Green or black-green like MB Racing Green will work nicely, too.

What is a little less exciting is the width of the nib. There is an inconsistency in True Writer fine nibs that makes them unpredictable. Though labeled “F” for fine, the range is from a true fine to a near medium split about 50-50 in my collection. The nib on the yellow TW is more accurately a medium-fine. So a dry ink will produce a line closer to my preference while a free-flowing ink will not.

That might sound limiting but with few exceptions, pens are a bit finicky. What works well in one may not in the next. Unfortunately the ink colors that would be the most interesting in this TW are not the inks best suited to the nib with the exception of the two greens. Both are good and useful inks so there is that. Or the nib could get customized to make something really special. Either would be fine with me.

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On My Desk – 2008/05/31


Working lean today with only a Sailor Sapporo fine and Stipula Moss Green. It’s a conservative look but fits the overcast sky and low light in my office. Maybe later in the day I will switch to something bright and sassy like J. Herbin Larmes de Cassis in the medium Pilot Prera or Diamine Kelly Green in the jade marble True Writer. That should brighten the day!

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