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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 Weekly Loadout Submission 1

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).

Alia Weekly Loadout Submission 2

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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March 2014 Fountain Pen Loadout

My March 2014 Fountain Pen/Ink Loadout

March 2014 Fountain Pen Loadout

Left to Right:

  • Karas Kustoms INK Prototype – Medium Nib – Noodler’s Bad Blue Heron
  • Lamy Vista – 1.5mm Stub – Pelikan Highlighter Green
  • Nakaya Neo Standard in Kuro Tamenuri – Soft Medium Nib – Diamine Eau de Nil
  • Pilot Custom 823 – 0.7mm Architect Point by Richard Binder – Sheaffer Peacock Blue
  • Lamy 2000 – Binderized Medium Nib – Sailor Jentle Epinard
  • Sailor Professional Gear Imperial Black – Fine Nib – Noodler’s 54th Massachusetts (unshaken bottle, more on that below)

March 2014 Fountain Pen Loadout

Notes: I’ve been finding myself carrying less and less fountain pens lately. Like last time I posted my own loadout, I think there are clear favorites emerging. I’m actually really happy with everything here. The Karas Kustoms Ink is a total beast, that writes so smooth. It’s loaded with one of my favorite dark blue inks, Noodler’s Bad Blue Heron. I don’t carry this pen in a case because, well, it’s not necessary. I ordered a sample of Pelikan Highlighter Green and it immediately went into the Lamy Vista. They just look so awesome together. The 1.5mm stub makes it easier to highlight things, instead of doing a bunch more passes with a broad nib.

March 2014 Fountain Pen Loadout

The Nakaya Neo Standard has been awesome. I’ll be posting a review of it very, very soon. I just swapped the ink from Kon-Peki to Diamine Eau de Nil and it both writes and shades wonderfully. The next pen in line is my newest acquisition, the Pilot Custom 823 vacuum filler with a custom ground 0.7mm Hebrew/Arabic/Architect italic nib. It’s super awesome, you can hear me blabbing on and on about it on the Pen Addict podcast.

March 2014 Fountain Pen Loadout

I always have my trusty Lamy 2000 inked up, this time with Sailor Jentle Epinard. It’s an awesome dark green with some nice shading and a subtle golden sheen. The combo is awesome. Last, but not least in the line is the Sailor Professional Gear Imperial Black which I recently had adjusted by Richard Binder at the Long Island pen show. I filled the pen up with Noodler’s 54th Massachusetts, but I didn’t shake the bottle first. What filled the pen is this weird, light blue, super liquidy fluid that doesn’t write well. It’s going to get cleaned out ASAP. I know there are mixed opinions on shaking ink bottles before filling, but I think this is a clear cut case of why it can be absolutely necessary.

March 2014 Fountain Pen Loadout

Three of the pens are kept safe in my Nock Co. Lookout prototype, which I’ve been using every day since Brad and Jeffrey sent me one. I’m anxiously awaiting my Kickstarter reward’s arrival, and this is doing a great job of holding me over. The Nakaya has been carried exclusively in a One Star Leather pen sleeve in forest green leather, that is super soft and gentle to the finish on the inside. It’s an awesomely constructed case that’s doing its job quite well. Admittedly, there’s a Tactile Turn Shaker on the list up there, but I forgot to take it out of my pocket for the pictures. This is kind of a good thing though. The pen is small enough to go unnoticed in my pocket, and I literally forget about it until I need it. It has a Fisher Space Pen refill in it, which can pretty much handle any writing task at hand.

March 2014 Fountain Pen Loadout

I’ve also been carrying a Paperscreen “Five” notebook in my pocket everyday for writing down odds and ends. It’s the same size as my iPhone, and they’re often in the same pocket. You can check out my full review here. I keep a Field Notes for a daily journal, and I opted to use another one from the Drink Local Colors edition. I’m really happy with the way everything is working out, with the exception of the Noodler’s dilemma. I think it’s going to be tough to change out the pens I’ve been carrying, as I like these so much. Thanks for reading!

Check out my submission to ILaikePens.com for last month’s loadout to see how it’s evolved!

If you need a daily dose of fountain pen pictures, check out my Instagram.

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Hans Noodleman Loadout

Weekly Loadout Submission – Hans N.

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Hans N.’s Loadout

Hans Noodleman Loadout

Hans’ Description (Left to Right):

  • Lamy 2000 (F) filled with Iroshizuku Take-Sumi
  • Platinum Preppy (F) filled with J. Herbin Rouge Hematite
  • Lamy Vista (1.1 nib) filled with Noodler’s Red Black
  • Pilot Custom Heritage 92 (F) filled with Iroshizuku Kon-Peki
  • Pentel Kerry pencil red-white-blue edition (0.5 lead)
  • Platinum Preppy highlighter (yellow)
  • Montblanc Meisterstuck ballpoint (F) black refill
  • Palomino Blackwing 602 pencil

Accessories:

  • Tombow Mono Zero eraser (the rectangular shaped one)
  • Tombow Mono One eraser
  • Nomadic PE-06 case in yellow/orange
  • Homemade/prototype copper pencil case for the Palomino

I pretty much stick you fountain pens whenever I can, using the ballpoint only when it seems I have to.  I use the Kerry when drawing-up plans (and I know there will be a lot of erasing), and the Palomino is my go-to tool for crossword puzzles.

Favorite Combo:

I always carry a Preppy loaded with Rouge Hematite – that would be my favorite combo.

Least Favorite Combo:

This is my first time using Take-Sumi – it seems fine but I’m not a big fan of black inks.  It works well with the 2000 though and I don’t like to put anything in that pen unless it will be easy to clean.

Editor’s Note:

Nice Loadout you have here! You have everything covered, from different nib sizes to ballpoints. It’s important because fountain pens can’t always do the job. Thank you for submitting!

Thanks for sharing!

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Weekly Loadout Submission – J. Robert Lennon

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J. Robert Lennon’s Loadout
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J Robert Lennon Loadout

JRL’s Description:

I’m a fiction writer and college teacher, and most of my writing tasks this week will consist of correspondence and editing student work. From left to right, we’ve got:
  • Pilot Prera F
  • TWSBI Classic 1.1mm Stub
  • ACME Studio Rollerball
  • Vintage Parker Vacuumatic
  • Pilot Custom Heritage 92 FM
  • Retro 51 Tornado Snapper
I’ll probably be writing letters with the Parker and TWSBI—either on the Rhodia DotPad you see here or on some Tomoe River paper that just arrived and that I have never tried. The Prera I’ll use in that Field Notes Cold Horizon, for general note-taking. (I used to be terrible at remembering to keep a notebook on my person, but I’m trying to change that, lately.) These pens are filled with Diamine China Blue at the moment. The Custom Heritage is my editing pen, and I’ve been enjoying Diamine Oxblood for this purpose.
The ACME and Retro 51 are new, and I’m trying them out. Thumbs up on the ACME—it’s quite heavy and solid, and the Schmitt refill writes great. So far, I’m not wild about the Snapper, I’m afraid—it rattles like crazy. It looks cool, though.

Favorite Combo:

Definitely the Heritage with Oxblood. It feels great, it’s cool-looking, and the nib hasn’t let me down yet. I wish more pens were manufactured with FM nibs—it’s just about perfect for me.

Editor’s Note:

Great picture, thanks for the submission! Even though I’m not a big fan of the paper in the Cold Horizon edition, it looks awesome with that Pilot Prera, and it picks up on the blue in the mug in the top left of the photo. I have yet to try an F-M (although the Sailor Clear Candy I have is an M-F – I wonder if they’re the same?) but it sounds intriguing.

Thanks for sharing!

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