Weekly Loadout Submission – Ryan H.

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Ryan H.’s Loadout

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Ryan’s Description:

Lamy 2000 – F nib – Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa
My favorite ink of all time in my favorite pen of all time. The newest addition to my collection, I had the opportunity to finally pick up a used Lamy 2000 for a steal. Its nib is the tiniest bit dry and scratchy, so I’ll probably wind up sending it to a nibmeister at some point.

TWSBI Diamond 580 – F nib – Sailor Jentle Sky High
My second-favorite ink in my second-favorite pen. Sky High is a very wet ink with a tendency to feather on lower-quality paper, but its striking color and gorgeous – if subtle – shading more than make up for it. The only downside is that the 580 isn’t the most travel-friendly fountain pen. When the Vac-Mini finally gets released – or if I find a good deal on a used Vanishing Point – this might get swapped out down the road.

Lamy Al-Star – F nib – Rohrer & Klingner Salix
Classy and dependable, a perfect match.

Lamy Al-Star – EF nib – J. Herbin Vert Empire
If I could design any green ink imaginable, it would be Vert Empire. If I do ever get a new pen for Sky High, this will get the promotion to the 580.

Pilot Metropolitan – M nib – Organics Studio Edgar Allan Poe
EAP is a fantastic ink, but I’m not so much a fan of the Metropolitan, which has given me issues with skipping and hard starts. Finding a new pen for this ink is my biggest goal once I get some more cash in my pen fund. Maybe a black TWSBI Classic?

Lamy Safari – F nib – Noodler’s Apache Sunset
My first ever fountain pen, it currently has a scratchy nib I got with one of my Al-Stars, so it’s currently relegated to specialty/trial inks. Apache Sunset is, of course, a great ink.


  • Karas Kustoms “Render K” – Uni Signo DX 0.28 mm, Brown Black
  • Karas Kustoms “Retrakt” – Pilot G-2 0.38 mm, Black
  • Karas Kustoms “Retrakt” – Uni Jetstream 0.7 mm, Blue
  • Lamy 2000 Mechanical Pencil, 0.7 mm

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Editor’s Note:

Ryan, thanks for sharing! This looks a LOT like how my collection started off. Like, exactly how. I started with a Lamy Safari in charcoal, and it just got worse from there (not that it’s a bad thing). I didn’t upgrade to the 580 (still have the 540), but I have the same fountain pens in the same colors, so nice choices! I also really like both Scabiosa, and Salix, they’re awesome inks.

Thanks for sharing!

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4 thoughts on “Weekly Loadout Submission – Ryan H.

  1. What problems does the TWSBI 580 have with travel? I’ve been pretty happy with mine as my road pen up until some recent issues with the nib internals.

    1. Maybe he’s referring to their tendency to crack? Also, if the ink reservoir isn’t full enough, and you’re keeping it in a pocket, body heat could cause the air to expand, therefore expelling ink. This isn’t unique to TWSBI and can happen with any eyedropper/piston filler. I want to like TWSBI so bad, but I just can’t get over their so-so quality. They back it with awesome customer service, but I’ve emailed them for parts for my 540 so many times that I retired the pen. Oh well!

  2. Thanks for sharing Ryan. I’m in the same ballpark minus the 2000 and 580 (and throw in a Prera and a couple Kakunos). I’ve been at a standstill lately wondering if I should dive into the endless world of inks and possibly step it up to a couple nicer pens. Your submissions might have pushed me over the edge!

    Love this series Ed. Thanks..

    1. If you are enjoying fountain pens, then there’s a really good chance that you’ll enjoy a nicer pen. That’s not to say there aren’t a ton of affordable great writers, but my Lamy 2000 is my favorite pen and I’m really glad I got it. It was the first expensive pen I bought, and I have zero regret. Glad to hear you’re enjoying the series!

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