Like September, October's focus was to write the month's chosen pens dry and to carry over as few as possible. To achieve this I have continued to use each pen in succession, focussing on each until it is empty and then moving on to the next. I entered October with eight pens inked up and I end the month with only two that will be carried over. These two are the Lamy Safari containing Emerald of Chivor and my Edison Hudson containing Organics Studio Gregor Mendel. Both of these inks are nice and I hope to finish them off in November.
The first pen of the month to be used until dry was my Pilot Custom 74 which had been loaded out with J. Herbin Poussier de Lune. This pen was brand new and new pens always get the attention. I had read many great things about the Custom 74 and I am happy to say that they are all true. I did do a little nib smoothing but the pen is a nice wet writer and is a joy to have around. It was cleaned out and put away but is back again for November, this time with a newly acquired CON-70 converter that has been filled with Aurora Blue.
Next to be used was my Edison Collier. This pen had been filled in June with Diamine Ochre and its performance had started to flag because ink evaporation had started to set in. Once I put my mind to it, the pen was emptied within a few days. While I usually have this pen loaded and on hand, I'm putting it away for a little while so that others can see some use.
The Prera was next up for use. It had been fitted with a partially used cartridge of Pilot Black and it was easy to finish off. I usually save black inked pens for addressing envelopes but journal writing and draft blog posts saw this pen empty in a couple of days.
With the month's low hanging fruit now addressed, it was onto the Pilot Custom 823 with broad nib. This pen holds a lot of ink and I wasn't sure that I would be able finish it. I started writing letters in earnest and was able to empty it in about ten days. I like this pen a lot but I think that it would see even more use if it was a medium nibbed pen rather than a broad.
My final pen for the month was my Pelikan M605 which had been loaded out with Pelikan 4001 Blue Black. I wasn't sure about this ink when I started using it but it grew on me and it works well on cheap office paper. Even though this pen is a piston filler, I wrote it dry in three days.
My penvangelism continued in October. At the beginning of the month I leant my Karas Kustoms Ink to a co-worker and he wrote it dry over the course of the month. He has decided to back the Tactile Turn Gist so he will have his own pen once that project ships this winter. My other co-worker, whose ink consumption had surprised me in October, bought himself a Jinhao X450 on Amazon for 99¢ plus $6 shipping. He was very pleased with himself and his steal of a deal. Now that the pen has arrived he is starting to realize that you sometimes get what you pay for. The Jinhao's converter doesn't seal well on the nib's feed post and this means that it is almost impossible to get a complete fill from a bottle unless you fill the converter separately. The pen's other quirk is that the feed runs dry and he has to prime it occasionally. He still likes the pen but admits that his $20 Pilot Metropolitan works much better.
As I mentioned, he goes through a tremendous amount of ink so my bottle of Pelikan 4001 Blue Black now lives in his office at work. Since he was having to fill up daily, I decided to set him up with an eye dropper. I took my Pilot Kaküno and epoxied the breather holes in the barrel. It now holds 4.5 ml of ink and the transparent section acts like an ink window too. I am curious how long it will take for him to empty that.
Entering November I'm trying to have fewer pens inked. I'll carry over October's Safari and Edison and to those add a Franklin-Christoph Model 20 Marietta that has been fitted with a Mike Masuyama medium stub. I have selected Diamine Autumn Oak since it is both a great shading ink and appropriate for the season. As mentioned earlier, the Pilot Custom 74 is back with Aurora Blue. This is a really nice ink that has good lubrication. Next up is my Namiki Capless. This is a late 90's model and is fitted with a medium nib and a Pilot Blue Black cartridge. This is the first time that I have used this ink in cartridge form so I'll have to see if there is any difference from the bottle.
This leaves one slot open in my Brasstown. Luckily I'm off to Scriptus on November 1st and I hope to right this injustice while at the show.