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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!

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

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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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Paper:

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
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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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Weekly Loadout Submission – Nicholas G.

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Nicholas G.’s Loadout

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Nicholas’ Description (Left to Right):

  • Pilot Kakuno – fine nib – Pilot cartridge: Fun pen (even has a smiley face on the nib)
  • Omas Bologna – fine nib – Converter filled with Toucan Bright Blue (an Australian ink company): Nice combination!
  • Columbus Extra 132 Green Arco lever filler – fine nib (152) – filled with Private Reserve Avacado
  • Campo Marzio – USB pen – filled with Pelikan black cartridge. Fun pen!

Favorite Combo:

Omas and Toucan – if blue is your thing then this one gave off everything but the blues!

Least Favorite Combo:

Visconti Salvador Dali – brown and gold. A lot of bling, not much sing (since sold).

Editor’s Note:

Thank you for sharing, all the way from Australia! I’d like to add that you have a great Instagram page as well. That Omas is quite the looker. The swirl on that thing is amazing! I definitely need to look into that ink company, even if it isn’t available here in the states. I’ve never heard of the Campo Marzio either, going to have to do some homework in the near future. Great stuff!

 You can find Nicholas on Instagram at @youstruckgold. Thanks for sharing!

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Weekly Loadout Submission – Stuart H. of Informal Scribble

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Stuart H. of Informal Scribble
@q_t_scribbles on Twitter

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Stuart’s Description (Top to Bottom):

  •  Visconti Van Gogh ‘Room in Arles’ Fine nib loaded with Diamine OxBlood
  • Pilot Vanishing Point ‘Matte Black’ Fine nib loaded with Pilot Iroshizuku Kiri-Same
  • Kaweco Sports Luxe Extra-Fine nib loaded with Diamine Blaze Orange

My everyday pen is the Pilot Vanishing Point but my prized possession is the Visconti Van Gogh.  This for me is my favourite pen and has made me cross a line from being a pen fan to a pen collector. I could see me trying to collect more Visconti’s this year and in fact I ordered a Visconti Rembrandt today.  The Kaweco is the most recent addition to my collection and the Sports Luxe model is one I hadn’t come across before. Another pattern you might notice is that I enjoy using fine to extra fine nibs.  They suit my everyday purposes. These three pens I would recommend in a heart beat.

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Editor’s Note:

Thank you for sharing your Loadout Stuart! That Visconti is definitely something to be proud of. I handled a Homo Sapiens Bronze Age back at a pen show last year and it was awesome. I’ve never written with one though. I love my Vanishing Point, when I saw the matte black, I knew I had to have it. I have a bunch of Kaweco pens, but not the Sport Luxe. I really like the built in clip, as the one they sell that you can attach on isn’t very functional. Oxblood is one of my favorite inks too! I went with Fuyu-Syogun instead of Kiri-Same, but they’re both great grey inks from Iroshizuku. Thanks again for submitting!

You can find Stuart blogging over at Informal Scribble or on Twitter at @q_t_scribbles. Thanks for sharing!

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