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May 2014 Fountain Pen Loadout

My May / June 2014 Fountain Pen/Ink Loadout

May 2014 Fountain Pen Loadout

Left to Right:

  • Rotring 800 Pencil – Pentel AIN HB lead, 0.5mm
  • Karas Kustoms Render K – Pilot Hi-Tec-C Refill – 0.4mm
  • Omas Vintage Arco Celluloid – Medium nib, Iroshizuku Tsuki-Yo
  • Sheaffer Taranis - Medium nib, Iroshizuku Kon-Peki
  • Parker IM –  Medium nib, Noodler’s Cayenne
  • Montblanc Meisterstuck No. 149 – Medium nib, Montblanc Mystery Black
  • Pilot Custom 823 – 0.7mm Architect Point by Richard Binder – Iroshizuku Tsuki-Yo
  • Lamy 2000 – Binderized Medium Nib – Sailor Kiwa Guro Black
  • Case – Nock Co. Brasstown zip up pen roll

May 2014 Fountain Pen LoadoutNotes: There are a bunch of pens in here that are loaded up for review, specifically the Parker IM, Sheaffer Taranis and the Omas Arco. Be on the lookout for full reviews soon! My Lamy 2000 is always inked up, and this loadout is no exception. I think this is one of the first times I’ve loaded it with the Sailor Kiwa Guro, making it an ultimate workhorse pen. The Pilot Custom 823 is loaded up with Tsuki-Yo (which made two appearances) and it’s just awesome. I’ve had this pen since March, but I have yet to review it. I don’t know why it’s taking so long, but the 0.7mm Architect point is really something special.May 2014 Fountain Pen Loadout

I’m not huge on the Sheaffer Taranis, but I still have to put it through some more writing tests. The Parker IM is surprisingly nice, especially considering the price point. I haven’t inked up the Montblanc in a while, and I figured I’d break it out. It’s not seeing too much use, but it’s fun to write with such a large pen. Everything is all bundled up in the Nock Co. Brasstown – which I absolutely love. It keeps everything safe and in place without taking up too much valuable bag space. I love that the roll zips into the case as well. There’s some extra room around the pen roll section that I’ve been throwing the Rotring and Karas into. Be on the lookout in the coming weeks for the launch of their webstore!

May 2014 Fountain Pen Loadout

I’ve also been getting acquainted with my new Canon 7D, which I am absolutely in love with. It’s a huge step up from the Olympus I was using for everything else and the image quality is just so much better. I’ve been using a 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 general purpose zoom lens, as well as a 50mm f/2.5 Macro lens. All of the photos are processed using Apple’s Aperture 3. I’ve been wanting to take my photos to the next level and now I have the tools to do so!

May 2014 Fountain Pen Loadout

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed seeing what I’ve been lugging around!

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Weekly Loadout Submission – Jeffrey Bruckwicki of Nock Co.

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Jeffrey Bruckwicki of Nock Co.’s Loadout

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Jeffrey’s Description:

From left to right:

  • Nock Co. Note Card Prototype Sleeve
  • Nock Co. Dot.-Dash Note Cards
  • Esterbrook LJ with EF Flex Nib 9128, inked with Rohrer & Klingner Schreibtine
  • Nock Co. Reject Lookout
  • Platinum Pro-Use .7 with H4 Lead
  • Karas Kustom Render K in Delrin with Gold Anodized Tip with Hi-tec C 0.28 refill (gift from Dudek
  • Mini Maglite LED 

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I don’t keep many pens inked up because I let a few dry out. So I keep to my Esterbrook from Brad which is the prefect writing experience for me. When I am making lists of ticking things off an existing list I go Render K. When a new product idea hits I sketch it with the Pro-Use. I really dig that my EDC flashlight fits so well in our Lookout so that goes everywhere with me now. The two under-wrap items are the prototype note card sleeve and the note cards themselves. This is my go to recording device. Every few weeks I go through the used cards and scan them in with my Doxie Flip for permanent records.

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Favorite Combo:

Render K with a black Hi-tec C and our note cards. It’s just so damn smooth and it forces me to write more clearly. 

Least Favorite Combo:

I don’t sketch a huge amount so the Pro-Use doesn’t get much love. I have tried other pencils like the Kuru-toga but always come back to this. 

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Editor’s Note:

He is the one who Nocks. No really, he’s the man responsible for feverishly cranking out your brand new Nock Co. cases. It’s awesome to see what the man behind the cases is carrying. There’s not too much of any one thing here, and it’s clear that he chose the best tool for the job. Thank you a ton for submitting Jeffrey!

You can find Jeffrey whipping up some delicious looking vegan-friendly food over at The Sunday Recipe, making all sorts of awesome goods at Bruckwicki.com, and of course bartacking away all of our pen cases at Nock Co.!

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Weekly Loadout Submission – Tim W. Of The Writing Arsenal

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Tim W. of The Writing Arsenal‘s Loadout

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Tim’s Description:

Pocket Carry:

Lately I’ve been carrying a Davis Leatherworks Simple Cover modified with an extra band up the spine. Inside, I have one plain Field Notes and one ruled Moleskine Cahier. I use the Field Notes for my general “brain dump”. The Moleskine is where I’m working on a current short story. I only use pencils in my pocket notebooks, so I carry a pencil (like this Blackwing 602) that has been worn down short enough to fit in my pocket. This system has been working like a charm so far.

Pens / Pencils:

1. Kaweco AL-Sport (F nib) with Noodler’s Bulletproof Black: If I carry a fountain pen out on the town, and am not carrying my bag, this is usually the one I go with. It’s a tank and I’m not scared of hurting it.

2. Lamy AL-Star Purple (M nib) with Diamine Syrah: I’ve said it many times. This is the most striking pen I own. It’s simple, but the tone of the purple and the steel clip gets me every time. The Syrah is a wine color, so it complements the pen perfectly. I’m not usually one for matching a pen’s color to an ink, but I can’t deny this combo is a home run.

3. TWSBI Diamond 580 (M nib) with Diamine Red Dragon: At my desk, this is the pen I use more than any other. The medium nib is just right, and it’s behaved well with every ink I’ve thrown its way. The Red Dragon is a new favorite of mine too. I’m a sucker for deep, warm colors.

4. Lamy AL-Star LE Black (F nib) with J. Herbin Terre de Feu: This combo happened on accident. I’d been underwhelmed by the Terre de Feu since the bottle arrived in the mail. As soon as I got it, I realized it was too watery for my taste. But, I like to use fountain pens to grade papers at school, and when I gave this one a shot on the cheap paper we use in our copy machines, it looked great! It’s now my official grading pen/ink.

5. TWSBI Diamond 580 (1.1 stub nib) with Diamine Ancient Copper: Can’t say enough about this ink. The shading is amazing and it quickly became my favorite ink in this stub nib (and maybe my favorite ink overall). Lately, this has been my primary pen for letter writing.

6. Pilot Metropolitan (M stub nib from Plumix) with Noodler’s Liberty’s Elysium: I’m still playing around with this pen. Before the Plumix nib, I had the stock nib with Kon-Peki and it was amazing. But, the Kon-Peki sample ran out and I wanted to test the stub, so I did surgery. This combo looks great, but I haven’t found myself reaching for it too often because the stub seems to write dry. I’ll likely switch the nibs back.

7. Dixon Ticonderoga Laddie: I recently reviewed this pencil, and it’s become my desk pencil for journaling. To broad for quick notes in a Field Notes, but perfect for my big cursive handwriting.

8. Palomino Blackwing 602: The rock star of the pencil world. Half the pressure, and twice-ish the speed. I’ve married this pencil to my pocket notebooks. Makes me feel like Nabokov, writing stories with a Blackwing on his index cards.

9. Palomino Blackwing Pearl: The Pearl is a great middle ground between the Blackwing and the 602. This is another journaling pencil for me. Really, this is my go to pencil out of the three pictured. I can carry it in my Nock Co. Brasstown, put it in my Dudek Modern Goods Groove, and use it for any type of writing. It writes darker than the 602, but doesn’t wear down as quickly as you’d expect.

Favorite Combo:

Tell us what your favorite combo(s) were for the week!: Tough call between the TWSBIs. I’ve been writing lots of letters for InCoWriMo, so I’ve been able to enjoy the stub nib and Ancient Copper a lot. But, the Red Dragon has really been wooing me since I loaded it into the M nib, which is my workhorse pen. If I’m choosing one, the 1.1 stub with Diamine Ancient Copper gets the KO…

Least Favorite Combo:

Pilot Metropolitan with the Plumix nib. The Metropolitan’s stock nib felt way better than this one. I’ll probably switch it back soon and put the stub nib back on the Plumix. All will be well again.

Editor’s Note:

Thank you for submitting, Tim! I still can’t get into pencils myself, especially those of the wooden variety. You have some real nice stuff here with all of your bases covered. I haven’t tried the Plumix nib, only the Penmanship’s EF which was actually quite nice.

You can find Tim blogging over at The Writing Arsenal, or talking about pencils on The Erasable Podcast!

 

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Weekly Loadout Submission – Chris S.

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Chris S.’s Loadout

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Chris’s Description:

You were kind enough to use my Loadout in June last year, here’s an update view, showing the four pens I mainly using at the moment. The pens are:
  • Jinhao 159 with Nemosine 0.8 nib with Diamine Oxblood
  • TWSBI VAC-700 1.1mm nib with Akkerman Treves-Turquoise
  • Pelikan M625 Burgundy M 14k nib with Diamine Red Dragon
  • ONOTO Minoris #5 two tone gold nib with Akkerman Brown #23
They are resting on my Hobonichi diary with recently acquired One Star leather cover, (loving it all).

Favorite Combo:

Favourite pen is the recently restored (by Peter Crook-Carneil pens) ONOTO Minoris which is a pre-WWII plunge filler, lovely flexy nib, just wish my leftie handwriting could do it justice!

Editor’s Note:

Thanks for the new submission! You can check out his old submission here. That Onoto looks awesome, consider me jealous! One Star also makes great stuff, I’m sure you’ll have it for years to come. Thanks for sharing!

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Weekly Loadout Submission – Alia L.

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Alia’s Loadout
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Alia’s Description (Top to Bottom):

  • Pilot Vanishing Point Raden Medium Nib, Pilot Iroshizuku yama-budo ink
  • Levenger True Writer with Stub Nib, Private Reserve Electric DC Blue ink
  • Waterman Paris Fine Nib, J. Herbin Rouge Hematite ink
  • Pelikan M205 Duo Double Broad Nib, yellow highlighter ink
  • TWSBI Diamond Mini Medium Nib, Pilot Iroshizuku kon-peki ink.

Favorite Combo:

The Vanishing Point with the yama-budo ink is my go to combo. I love the smoothness of the pen and the color of the ink pops for me.

Least Favorite Combo:

I really love the J. Herbin Rouge Hematite, but I want to get it into a pen with a fatter nib (right now I’m working on one sample, my bottle is in the mail).

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Editor’s Note:

Awesome submission! I really like those raden VPs, I just don’t think it suits me so well. I also need to get some kon-peki into my TWSBI mini, it looks so nice sloshing around in there. Thanks again for submitting, great stuff!

Thanks for sharing!

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