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Fountain Pen Loadout – June 2015

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  • Lamy Safari Griso Grey – Diamine Grey – F Nib
  • Montblanc 149 – Iroshizuku Tsuki-Yo – M Nib
  • Pilot Custom 823 – Diamine Asa Blue- Architect Point
  • Nakaya Neo Standard – Diamine Asa Blue – S-M Nib
  • Lamy 2000 Stainless – TOP SECRET – B Nib
  • Lamy 2000 Makrolon– Sailor Kiwa Guro Black – M Nib

Notes: It’s kind of a weird feeling to be completely content with a set of pens. I’ve spent the last four to five years buying, trying, and selling a TON of different pens and I feel like I’ve finally achieved a small collection of writing instruments in which I am completely happy with. Since the last loadout post, I’ve sold off my Pelikan M805 Stresemann – only reason is that I didn’t bond with it. I had the same experience with my M605. They both write wonderfully, look great, and were classic looking pens. The problem is that I found myself reaching for my Lamy 2000 Stainless that I bought at the same time way more than the Pelikan.June 2015 Monthly Fountain Pen Loadout-2 As far as I’m concerned, this set of 6 pens is all I really need. The Safari is great for grab and go, the Montblanc is large and has significant presence, the Pilot 823 with architect point is super fun to write with, the Nakaya just has a feel in hand like no other pen, and I absolutely love my workhorse Lamy 2000s. Not in the pack are my Karas Kustoms Inks – I still have two of them and they’re not going anywhere. They’re just on a little bit of a break. I’ll continue to buy and try new pens, but right now I’m completely content with these and that is a really weird feeling…

June 2015 Monthly Fountain Pen Loadout-1 The inks I’ve been using are a bit different too. Two pens contain Diamine’s Asa Blue (Pilot 823 and Nakaya) – a wonderful medium blue that really pops off the page. It’s like a slightly toned down Kon-Peki and I’m loving it. I picked it up in one of Diamine’s smaller bottles to try out, and I suggest you do the same! The Grey Safari is loaded with Grey ink, also by Diamine. It just makes sense in there. The Tsuki-yo (I think it’s Tsuki-yo…can’t remember!) in the Montblanc is a darker blue that just feels right loaded in there. It looks a bit more serious and it’s a serious pen. The Lamy 2000 is loaded with Sailor Kiwa Guro Nano Black – one of the blackest black inks out there. It’s also pigmented and permanent. I had to sign some really important documents this week, so I loaded that up specifically for that. The last on the list is the broad nibbed Lamy 2000 with a mystery ink. I’m sworn to secrecy on what the ink is, the brand of the ink, and the color of it. Trust me, this one is REALLY exciting. I should be able to uncover it within a few weeks so keep an eye out!June 2015 Monthly Fountain Pen Loadout-7June 2015 Monthly Fountain Pen Loadout-5 June 2015 Monthly Fountain Pen Loadout-6 June 2015 Monthly Fountain Pen Loadout-4

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Fountain Pen Loadout – March 2015

March 2015 Fountain Pen Loadout-2Left to Right:

  • Karas Kustoms Ink – Kaweco Green Ink – Hero 9018 Fude Nib
  • Lamy 2000 Stainless – J. Herbin Orange Indien – B Nib
  • Pelikan M805 Stresemann – Sailor Miruai Ink – B Nib
  • Pilot Custom 823 – Iroshizuku Momiji – Architect Point
  • TWSBI 580AL – Noodler’s Bad Blue Heron – M Nib
  • Pilot Vanishing Point – J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche – M Nib

Notes: It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these and there are a lot of new things here. Also a few things I’ve had for a while but haven’t gotten around to reviewing yet. I just figured out that the Hero 9018 fude nib fits into the Karas Kustoms Ink and I’m having a lot of fun with that. I recently picked up the Lamy 2000 and the Pelikan M805 so those two are being put through their paces for official reviews – expect those soon! The Pilot 823 is almost always inked up, the architect point is so fun to use. I haven’t emptied out the 580AL in a while, no problems with the ink and no visible staining, which is nice. I’m not huge on this pen, but somehow it’s managed to stick around. I filled the Vanishing Point with the JH ink to do a review, it’s just about empty so it will be back in storage soon.

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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!

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Weekly Loadout Submission – Keegan of One Star Leather

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Keegan of One Star Leather Goods
@OneStarLeather on Instagram

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Keegan’s Description (Left to Right):

Here is what I currently have in the rotation. I try to keep it to 4-5
fountain pens inked at once. I am always trying different inks as that is part of the fun of fountain pens for me (thanks to Gouletpens.com for offering ink samples).

  • Karas Kustoms Render K in Copper. This is one hell of a pen. The design is flawless (Dan Bishop is a genius), and while I prefer the lighter weight aluminum if I’m going to be writing for extended periods, the solid copper is so gorgeous and rugged. It has a permanent home these days clipped to the front pocket of my jeans. It is perfect for quick notes, grocery list check-offs, and if someone ever tries to jump you in an alley they will have their hands full if you’re armed with this beast. I have it loaded up with a black Otho ceramic roller ball refill, .5mm.
  • Rotring 600 series fountain pen, fine nib. I’m not sure this is considered a “vintage pen” yet, but it is out of production so you’ll have to troll ebay to find one. As you’ll see as I continue with the list, I love the line variation you get with cursive italic and stub nibs. Pendleton Brown from Pendletonspens.com ground the tip for me into a stub and I couldn’t be happier with it. Pendleton is a gentleman, has great prices for custom nib work and I’ve always experienced quick turnaround times. I love this pen, it is a joy for long writing sessions. The knurled grip is perfect as is the weight (unposted, posted it is a cruel joke). Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku ink (one of my favorites).
  • Lamy 2000, fine nib. This one was also stubbed by Pendleton Brown. This is an iconic design that is unchanged since the 1960s for a reason. It is perfect. The gold nib is super smooth, and the weight of the pen is perfect. Again, I prefer it unposted. I just filled it with Noodler’s Saguro Wine. Great maroon color!
  • Pelikan M215, .5mm cursive italic nib custom ordered from Richard Binder at Richardspens.com. I picked up this pen used with a damaged steel nib on fountainpennetwork.com for less than $100, then splurged on a replacement nib from Binder. This is the nicest nib I own for sure. It delivers an exceptional writing experience with great flow from the nib–really awesome. The cursive italic grind is a little sharper than the stub nibs I have, so its not great for fast writing or scribbling notes. But when I sit down to write a nice letter, this is the go-to. Noodler’s Dark Matter Ink.
  • Kaweco Art Sport, medium nib ground by Pendleton into a cursive italic. I just love these Kaweco Sport pens. I make custom leather sleeves for these little guys to protect them from keys and other pocket hazards. The pair makes for perfect pocket carry. Great line variation and flow from the Pendleton nib. And this “Alabaster” is my favorite of the ArtSports, I love how the white looks likes quartz. Noodler’s Nikita ink – bloody excellent!

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I get the most out of these pens and inks by using them with great paper – I love me some stark white Clairefontaine. I am currently brainstorming and outlining for a film I am writing and I’ve found the A4 size spiral bound Clairefontaine notebooks to be a great size for free form writing. For brainstorming I prefer the pace of handwriting to typing (not to mention my dislike for staring at a screen) and I’ve noticed my cursive handwriting has improved markedly in the couple months I’ve been focusing on it while working – an added bonus. For back pocket carry (always in one of my leather covers) I use the 3.5×5.5″ Life Unplugged notebooks from Clairefontaine (no offense to Field Notes, but they can’t hack it with fountain pens – great for grocery lists though!).

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Editor’s Note:

First thing’s first, I think I need that table/cutting board/whatever that background is. It really shows off the pens nicely. I really like that you keep it down to a few pens, but each one is special. The Karas Render K is great for when a fountain pen just can’t do the job. They’re all classic looking pens, nothing too trendy, and you could definitely continue to carry these 5 for decades without ever needing any more. Richard Binder does some great work, I’m sure the nib on that Pelikan is out of control. Great pictures, and great pens, thanks Keegan!

You can find Keegan’s awesomely made leather goods over at OneStarLeatherGoods.com or on Instagram at @OneStarLeather. I’ve reviewed his pen sleeves, and they are top-notch! Thanks for sharing!

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Weekly Loadout Submission – Thomas G.

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Thomas G.’s Loadout


Thomas’s Description (Left to Right):

  • Moleskine pocket notebook
  • TWSBI Precision retractable tip mechanical pencil
  • Caran d’Ache 849 ballpoint
  • Lamy 2000 fountain pen
  • TWSBI Mini Classic
  • Kaweco Classic Sport

Favorite Combo:

I like using Diamine Midnight and Diamine Ancient Copper in my FPs. The BP and pencil are great for other uses.

Least Favorite Combo:

I’m not happy with how the cover on the Moleskine is peeling, but the paper is decent.

Editor’s Note:

Thomas, nice simple loadout here! You have all of your bases covered with a pen, pencil, ballpoint, and some nice fountain pens. I love my Lamy 2000, I think it would be my “desert island” pen – if I could only take one with me, that would be it. I would recommend checking out some Doane Paper Utility Notebooks – they’re great with all kinds of pens and they’re definitely durable. Maybe even some sort of leather cover if you’re happy with the Moleskine? Bonus points for the red coffee mug – I have one just like it! Great stuff, thanks for submitting!

Thanks for sharing!

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