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Midweek Links: Journals, Pens, And Fountain Pen Ink


Two pens, two inks and two fabulous journal links.

From the archives…





Pelikan’s European Price Increase


The Pelikan’s Perch has a comprehensive post about the price hike and a theory behind the increase. The comments to the article add to understanding how Pelikan aficionados view the situation.

At its peak, there were a dozen Pelikans in my collection. That number has been cut by half so I remain an enthusiast. My modern M400 has been a solid worker for many years though it needed adjustment before it truly suited my hand. It has a fine nib with no drag and significant flow. There are days when it is the perfect pen though it is never inspiring since I like lines with at least a modicum of character. The fine has none. Round nibs aren’t expected to so that isn’t a fault. Just something that is.

The current offering of just five nib sizes does not appeal to me and I would not spend the going rate for any of them. In the past, Pelikan offered a huge variety of nibs but that has long since ceased to be. That deficiency in addition to the escalating prices makes older and vintage Pels more appealing. Not that you can’t spend a goodly sum on a vintage pen, but why buy new when there are gems on offer that are far more exciting to use.

Platinum and Pelikan Pens
Binder Modified Pelikan Stub

Pelikan M400 with Waterman Florida Blue Ink

Pelikan 400 Tortoiseshell Brown (1951-1954) Quick Fountain Pen Review

Pelikan M400 (Old Style, 1982-1997) Tortoiseshell Brown Quick Fountain Pen Review


Pen Friends In Blue


While putting together my November pen rotation, two old mates decided to hook up and what a pair they make. The Pelikan M400 might be a tad small, but the nib makes up for that minor inconvenience. Waterman Florida Blue not only matches the barrel, but flows perfectly. The duo even improves my handwriting. What more can you ask of pen and ink?


A Moleskine, A Pelikan, And Waterman Ink


Did the Moleskine, the Pelikan, and Waterman ink play well together?

Moleskine, Pelikan M400, and Waterman Florida Blue ink

Not bad at all.

To be accurate, that is a Moleskine reporter notebook, a Pelikan M400 (not a 600) sporting a fine nib adjusted to increase the flow, and Waterman Florida Blue ink. There is a very mild amount of feathering, but only noticeable on close inspection. Ink flowed along some of the fibers, but that is typical of Moleskine’s performance with fountain pen ink.

Writing sample of Waterman Florida Blue ink on Moleskine

Back in my small notebook, on-the-road, Moleskine days, Noodler’s Black and Quink Blue-Black were my standard inks. Both performed admirably so I had no clue there were feathering issues with the paper. WFB would have been a good choice to round out my color rotation. These days Waterman Blue-Black would replace Quink, and added to NB and WBBk, would make a good trio for the persnickety paper.

The surprise was that the free-flowing Pelikan nib worked so well. I expected the flow would make a mess of my writing, but not so. It’s quite legible. My handwriting is somewhat large, but the fine nib is better suited to the paper’s narrow line width than my usual writing from broad and stub nibs. Now I’m having second thoughts about exchanging the nib for a wider one.

The pen is on the small size for me at 125mm capped, but I adjusted quickly thanks in part to the light weight. Writing was stress-free which would make long sessions very manageable. In part that’s attributable to the ink, to give credit where it is due. Another ink that could be perfect with the pen is Iroshizuku asa-gao, but that will have to wait for the next fill.

Did the Pelikan with WFB tame the Moleskine? Enough that I would take them on the road. Now where did my keys go…


Fountain Pen Nibs – It’s All Relative


When it comes to nib size, fountain pen users have a multitude of choices. Recently I was doodling with the inky beauties on my desk and was struck by the differences between them. Even two from the same maker and of the same width produced varied results. Getting the perfect line size to show your writing to its best may take a little trial and error, but the satisfaction in seeing your words look their best is worth it.

I have become an equal opportunity user though I was stuck on narrow nibs for a very long time. Most fountain pen nibs are either fine or medium with a smaller number available in broad and extra-fine widths. The tip of the nib is round in shape, a bit like a ball point pen when you put it to paper. That angle of contact suits general use very well.

Moving beyond the typical nib, the sweet spot where nib meets paper becomes less forgiving and requires more care in use. If it suits your writing style, even an exotic nib should work well once you get the hang of it. Less common categories include double broad (BB), stub, italic, cursive italic, music, and Arabic. There are other exotic nibs but they are too rare for a general discussion.

If a rigid nib doesn’t thrill you, there is a unique characteristic called flex which can be an attribute of any sized nib. It is measured in degrees from a soft give that produces just a slight squish with pressure to a wet noodle that puts down ink like a paint brush.

Another quirk is that Asian nibs for the most part are more narrow than Western nibs. Add to that the interplay between nib, ink and paper as well as the rate of flow from the ink supply to the nib tip and the range of line widths can get ridiculous.

Still there is a range and that is what the image demonstrates. Size is relative.

Fountain Pen Line Comparison

Fountain Pen Line Comparison

Note that the ink scan has not be color adjusted. Take that aspect of this post with a grain of salt.

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