Fountain pen day 2022

Scriptus came and went quickly. It was SO FULL and CROWDED! I picked up a Nolty notebook since I had never tried that paper. The staff at Paper Plus Cloth said it was their new favourite paper. I also grabbed 017 monthly undated inserts from Traveler's Company for my 2023 journal. I like Traveler's Company's design work for their 2023 cafe theme, but don't drink coffee! Too bad they didn't stay more general to include tea drinkers.

Afterwards we had Egg Club and then a few hours of pen/paper tasting. I always enjoy introducing folks to the different kinds of experiences that they can get through FP world!

Shortly after, it was Fountain Pen Day on Nov 4. I took these fountain pen prompts from Maiji (Pillowfort) about fountain pens.


Tell us how you got into fountain pens/inks.

I didn't necessarily "get" into fountain pens as much as I thought of the pen as another kind of tool that could be used. Sort of like how you just try different art tools/stationery when you see it. I have brush pens, pigment liners, ballpoints, gel, rollers, etc. A Pilot Metropolitan followed after, but I wouldn't say that I had the fever yet. A few years later, I got my third pen, a TSWBI Eco, and more inks. Then it was downhill from there...I wanted to try all sorts of different pens and papers!

What's your collection like? How do you organize your collection or information related to your collection?

For a while I was tracking my collection in a spreadsheet. Since I was blogging about my stationery, I made a page on my blog, but moved them over here!

You're given a fountain pen to test out. What would you typically write or doodle? Show us!

I usually write Hello Hello in print/cursive, some swirlies, and horizontal and vertical lines. I would probably draw Pinkey (see below).


Your first pen

Lamy Safari, yellow, fine nib

Your newest pen

Sailor PGS mini, black, broad nib

A pen you're currently using

I'm using most/all of my pens in rotation for daily journaling.

Your "essential" pen (e.g., everyday carry/EDC, favourite pen, etc.)

I am very fond of the nib on my Pelikan 400NN. I haven't been carrying EDC pens because of COVID-19.

Your "fanciest" pen

Jebs Pens Manaslu to be my most special one, since I commissioned it at a turning point in my life.

What tends to catch your interest when it comes to pens? e.g., drawn to particular colours, features, types or sizes of nibs, brands, etc.

Flatter ends, golden hardware, clips, and more vintage looks. I would get pens that I don't already have (in colour or nib size). At this point I've gotten most of what I want—a full suite of pens ranging from EF to BB and fude, modern and vintage, steel and gold, rounds and stubs, different filling mechanisms, coloured bodies, etc. Now I know how important it is to have a good cap seal, since my writing rotation is so long...


An ink you're currently using

I'm using all my ink except Noodler's red cactus eel for now, since I'm trying to get through all my ink samples.

An ink you love

Sailor Kobe Taisanji yellow!!

An ink name that stands out to you

Diamine Oxblood. Makes me wonder if different species/animals have different tone of blood. How did they name this one oxblood, and the other ones other things? Did this person know what blood of oxes look like, or was it simply based on the common name of a dark red that's often used in fashion/boots?

What tends to catch your interest when it comes to inks? e.g., drawn to particular colours, features/characteristics, brands, etc.

Super shading is my preference! Don't have strong feelings towards sheen or shimmer. I've tried to get 1 colour from ROYGBIV rainbow, but I have 3 browns and 3 olives, perhaps because those tend to shade more? I'm not that excited about blues and blacks unless they look very different from ballpoint ink, but then again, I have at least 3-4 different bottles of blue...


Share a fountain pen/ink related tidbit. (Examples: a show or local shop that you love; something you made with fountain pens/inks; a personal memory or story related to pens/inks.)

I was at Wonder Pens with a friend in October and the staff were very nice. My friend doesn't own a fountain pen and is a leftie, so they were trying Sailor, TWSBI, Kaweco, Pilots, etc. (after trying my colleciton at home). Eventually my friend and I were chatting about Kaweco Sports that were metal, and my friend seemed very jazzed about a heavier pen.

Another customer was nearby and offered to my friend (if they were comfortable) to hold their Kaweco Sport brass to see how it feels. It was a very kind gesture! Then the Wonder Pen staff helping us also pulled out their brass Kaweco Sport. A meeting of enthusiatics with similar tastes, sharing their joy with each other.

Photo collage of drawings done with fountain pen ink, on a square grid ruled paper. A penguin, shrimp, and puffy sheep are drawn in blue ink that is feathering/bleeding. In the background surrounding the animals are some splotches of other ink colours that are predominantly blue/green/yellow/pink-toned. There is also random handwriting in cursive, on the paper (Rhodia).

Social media is exploding/imploding. Mastodon has been really busy since I follow the instance's Curator! It feels like I'm seeing the same thing over and over again re: people fleeing birdsite, coming to masto for 1 week, and then going back to birdsite. I hope people find a nice place to land—whereever they wind up.

I ended my lease, my toilet and light are fixed, and soon there will be a mad rush to pack, give away furniture, throw away books, and move. I'm toying with the idea of starting a casual stationery and sticker store. Flat stuff that fits lettermail.