My last ‘in-use’ post was four months back at the start of January. Since then we’ve had a London Pen Show and I’ve started to look at inks, so what has changed in the pens at my desk.
The Permanent Resident
Franklin Christoph Model 66 Stablis in frosted ice with a medium SIG steel nib, filled with Montblanc Lucky Orange. It is still sharing the red/orange writing with other pens below.
The Other Pens
Pilot Custom 823 in Amber with a medium 14k nib and filled with Robert Oster Citrus. I still tend to take this pen with me when I’m using my larger Midori journal to take notes where it is used as an alternate colour to the purple in the Lamy Scala attached to that.
Magna Carta Elements Water with a medium steel nib, filled with Pelikan Edelstein Sapphire. Finding it hard to stop using this pen. Says a lot about the model and especially the nib.
Gravitas Skittles Polished with a medium steel nib, now filled with Noodlers Habanero. Coming to the end of this fill of ink. As I do prefer to use the F-C 66 Stablis and now also have the Kilk (see below) filled with a red ink I suspect this pen will be retired for a while once empty.
Wancher Seven Treasures with a medium 18k nib, filled with Kyo-Iro Soft Snow of Ohara. Having been reviewed I find myself still using this pen. Not a lot, but enough to justify keeping it out.
ScriBo Piuma with an extra fine 18k nib, filled with ScriBo Grigio. Still the pen I use to annotate documentation.
Pininfarina Segno PF1 with a broad steel nib, filled with Robert Oster Fire & Ice. Not using this pen much any more though I still like it. Will be interesting to see if it is still present in 3-6 months time when I create my next ‘in-use’ list.
Pininfarina Segno PF2 with a medium steel nib, filled with Pilot Iroshizuku Syo-Ro. Unlike the PF-One, this pen still sees regular use.
ScriBo Write Here Mariana (Release 4) with a medium 14k gold flex nib, filled with Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku. Not used that much, but still enough to justify its position in my rotation.
Onoto Scholar with a medium steel nib, filled with Pelikan Edelstein Onyx. Been a joy to use this pen since I picked it up at the Spring 2022 London Pen Show, where it was launched. It has now replaced my stalwart Lamy Imporium as the black ink go-to pen.
Kilk Novo-Baroque with a fine steel nib, filled with ScriBo Melograno. I enjoy using this pen and it is also a nice one to just pick up and look at.
Ryan Krusac L14 Fountain Pen Day Scholarship with a medium steel nib, filled with Franklin-Christoph Spanish Blue. Been quite a while since this pen was last out, but there is just something about the feel of a wood barrel.
Titan Round 250 with a double broad steel nib, filled with Lamy Charged Green. My ‘Water Melon Man‘ pen, partly named due to the colour of the 3-D printed resin. A fun pen from the works of William Shakour, this model being smaller than his normal Titan to take a #6 nib without looking odd. Not sure if I was alone in asking William for a pen like this, as I do not get on with titanium nibs where the only alternative in that at size #8 is gold.
In the Kitchen
A new section to this irregular write up. I have used a fountain pen for note taking in the kitchen for years. Originally with a Platinum Preppy I was given. Pens tend to be swapped out once they have been emptied, though some of the TSWBI ECOs that have seen service have gone through a number of fills as I also use the selected pen to finish off samples.
Powerful Signature Orkney Heather with a medium steel nib, filled with Rohrer und Klinger Helianthus (Sunflower). Moved here from the main stack, rather than putting it back in to storage, replacing the TWSBI VAC 700R which had been there for over half a year.
Back in to Storage
Montblanc 146 with a medium (?) 14k gold nib. It might be a reliable pen but I also find it rather boring and so it was never being used.
Lamy Imporium with a fine 14k nib. I still part regret cleaning and storing this pen, however for black ink use I have a new champion.
John Garnham Teal Breaker with a medium steel nib. It is a very well made pen, but I struggle to feel any real emotion for it.
Attached to Journals
Gravitas Pocket in Skittles finish with a fine steel nib, filled with Rohrer und Klinger Alt-Bordeaux, attached to my Midori Traveller Passport.
Lamy Scala in Dark Violet (2019 limited edition) with a fine 14k gold nib (which was swapped in at purchase for the stock steel nib) and filled with Faux Lamy Dark Lilac, attached to my Midori Traveller.