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 for last month’s loadout to see how it’s evolved!

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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


  • 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!

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Pen Addict Podcast Episode 98 – “Space Credits”


Brad and Myke were kind enough to bring me back AGAIN on this week’s episode of The Pen Addict Podcast. The Long Island Pen Show was this past weekend, and I did a full recap post you can see here. The main topic of discussion on the show was my newly purchased, custom ground Pilot Custom 823 and general pen show order of operations. Enjoy!

“In this episode Brad and Myke are joined by Ed Jelley to recap the Long Island Pen Show. Ed provides great insight, especially concerning a purchase he made that knocked Brad’s socks off. We also discuss Myke’s Nock Co. order landing across the pond and the new Retro 51 Tornado Touch.”

You can listen to the podcast on the
5by5 Network right here!

It was a lot of fun being on the show, and I just wanted to thank Brad and Myke again for having me!

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2014 Long Island Pen Show Recap

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This past weekend was the annual Long Island Pen Show. I attended last year, and I’ve been looking forward to this year’s show for months. This was only my second pen show, but going last year really helped me to know what to do. First thing worth mentioning, is that I completely broke all the rules by not having a list. It helps a lot to go into these things vaguely knowing what you want, and then seeking them out. This post is pretty much a casual rundown of my day there, and if you have any questions regarding pen show etiquette or routine, please feel free to ask!

Long Island Pen Show 2014 Recap

My first order of business upon walking in the door was to immediately get my name on Richard Binder’s list to get some nib work done. As soon as I got in the door, I headed over, and got lucky #13 on the list. They predicted the wait to be about 3 hours, which gave me a ton of time to see the rest of the stuff at the show. Long Island Pen Show 2014 Recap

There are tons, and TONS of vintage pens here.  Most of them are vintage actually. I’m not too much of a collector, but it’s cool to see so many different makes, models, and years of fountain pens. Last year I walked away with a vintage Parker Vacumatic from Terry, who runs the show and the Long Island Pen Club. I also purchased a NOS Sheaffer Snorkel last year, that has done a good job at holding me over from buying more. I was on the lookout for a Golden Web Vacumatic, but the only one I saw there was $275 with a bum nib. Ouch. Long Island Pen Show 2014 RecapFront and center of the entryway to the show is the Anderson Pens table. They have a TON of new pens, everywhere from cheaper Pilot Metros to some awesome Viscontis. The Andersons are both super friendly and approachable, and it was great to see them again this year. It was an absolute pleasure chatting with them throughout the day. I ended up picking up a bottle of Sailor Jentle Epinard (an awesome dark green with a gold sheen) and a bottle of Rohrer and Klingner Scabiosa (a dusty purple iron gall that I love).

Long Island Pen Show 2014 Recap
Even more vintage pens. The room may not seem huge, but when you take into consideration how much room a single pen takes up, there are thousands and thousands of pens in here to look at.
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Oh look, more vintage pens!

Long Island Pen Show 2014 Recap Here’s a view of all of the Rhodia / Exaclair goods that Terry was selling. You can see the corner of the ink testing table in the lower lefthand side of the frame that had a ton of Noodler’s and J. Herbin inks to try out. The station had some dip pens so trying out a bunch of inks was an easy task.

Long Island Pen Show 2014 Recap
Some of the vintage pens that the Andersons brought with them. There were a bunch of really nice condition pens here. Alas, I didn’t go for anything vintage this year.
Long Island Pen Show 2014 Recap
The ink selection at the Andersons table. There were SO many inks and they were all nicely swabbed in those binders. It made purchasing them an easy task.
Long Island Pen Show 2014 Recap
The new pens offered at Richard Binder’s table.

So here’s where my wallet took the biggest hit. I didn’t intend to buy one, but somehow I ended up with an AMAZING vacuum fill Pilot Custom 823 in amber, with a custom 0.7mm Hebrew/Arabic italic grind done by Richard Binder. If you buy a pen and want a customization, you essentially get to skip the line. It makes sense that anyone looking to purchase a pen will get priority. It’s a real treat to see Richard grind the nib and drop some serious fountain pen knowledge at the same time.

Pilot 823 Writing Samples

The pen performs like a stub nib, but reversed. The downstrokes are narrow instead of broad, and the cross strokes are broad instead of narrow. It makes for some really awesome looking writing. Also, instead of it shading downwards, the ink shades sideways. It’s unlike anything in my collection, and I really love it. Expect a full review of this soon. Also, Todd of was at the show and we talked for a bit. Great meeting him as well!

Long Island Pen Show 2014 Recap
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More pens from the Anderson’s table.

Long Island Pen Show 2014 RecapIt was a big surprise to see Sunny here. Sunny works for Exaclair Inc., the US distributor of all things Rhodia, Clairefontaine, and J. Herbin. I had the pleasure of working with Sunny on some videos for Rhodia back in May. It was great seeing him again, and I tried my hardest to get him to spill the beans about new product, but he’s a tough one to crack. All I got out of him is that there’s some cool stuff coming soon.
Long Island Pen Show 2014 RecapSo I ended up buying the Pilot Custom 823 with the custom ground nib, and I got my Sailor Professional Gear Imperial Black “Binderized”. It was writing a little scratchy, and the flow wasn’t as inky as I wanted it. After a few minutes on Richard’s bench, it was writing like it never had before. The pens are resting on a pen tray I picked up from the Go Pens table (they sell them online too for $7) that I had cut to fit a desktop box I had at home.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI’m really happy with how it came out, and it fits a bunch more pens than the foam I had crudely cut that was in the box before. I have another tray of the felt-lined material that I want to get a larger box to line. So far, so good though.

Long Island Pen Show 2014 RecapOverall, I’m really happy with my purchases, and I had a great time. I have some new ink to play with and a new pen that I absolutely love. It was great to meet some readers of the site as well. Someone had found out about the pen show because of my post the other day, which was really cool. We introduced ourselves, and Saul and I got to talking, and he found my site through the Pen Addict Podcast. He found the Pen Addict podcast because he listened to other podcasts on the 5by5 network, and kind of fell feet first into the fountain pen world. He ended up picking up a new TWSBI 540 and a Pilot Vanishing Point in Gun Metal / Matte Black. He had mentioned that since listening to the podcast, he backed a bunch of kickstarter pens as well. I happened to have my Karas Kustoms INK with me, and I let him try it out. He really liked it, and I was glad that I could give him an idea of what to expect. If you can, definitely try to make it out to your local pen show (if you are fortunate enough to have one near you). It’s the best way to get your hands on a bunch of different styles of fountain pens and meet some of the nicest people around.

Have any questions about attending your first pen show? Feel free to ask in the comments!

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The Long Island Pen Show Is This Weekend!

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Spring is almost here, and thank goodness it doesn’t look like it did here a few weeks ago. Last year I attended the Long Island Pen Show, it being my first pen show. I’m very fortunate to live very close to where the show is held. There are lots of collectors, companies and vendors, and the show was a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to getting a few pens tuned up by Nibmeister Richard Binder and hoping to cross off some items from my “wanted” list. If you’re going to the show, please let me know! I’d love to meet readers of the site. I also heard that they revamped the room that the show will be in, including the addition of better lighting. Last year, this was a bit of an issue and I’m looking forward to being able to properly see everything in the room.

Check out my recap of last year’s show over at so you can get some idea of what to expect.

I have to admit, I haven’t planned out what I want to get yet, but this is the short list:

  • Stainless Steel Lamy 2000 – Fine Nib
  • Get my Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black “binderized”
  • Check out the custom ground Pilot VP nibs
  • Find an ideal vintage wet noodle flex nib

Hope to see you all there!

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