Monthly Load Out: July 2015

I have done a truly awful job of using the pens that I selected for June, in fact the only pen out of the bunch that has seen any use is the Pilot Custom Heritage 92. It's not that I didn't use my pens, just not the ones that I had planned.

From Left To Right Parker Vector - Medium Nib, Aurora Blue Pilot Custom Heritage 92 - Fine Nib, Pilot Blue Black Edison Nouveau Premiere - Fine Nib, De Atramentis Pigeon Blue Franklin-Christoph Model 65 Stabilis - Medium Nib, J. Herbin Ambre De Birmanie TWSBI 580 - Medium Nib, Diamine Red Dragon Tactile Turn Shaker - Schmidt Easy Flow 9000M Black

From Left To Right

Parker Vector - Medium Nib, Aurora Blue
Pilot Custom Heritage 92 - Fine Nib, Pilot Blue Black
Edison Nouveau Premiere - Fine Nib, De Atramentis Pigeon Blue
Franklin-Christoph Model 65 Stabilis - Medium Nib, J. Herbin Ambre De Birmanie
TWSBI 580 - Medium Nib, Diamine Red Dragon
Tactile Turn Shaker - Schmidt Easy Flow 9000M Black

Three of the pens from the April load out were cleaned out this month. The Namiki Capless is a bit of a cantankerous pen; if it is used daily it is a champ but when it is set aside for an extended period of time it sulks and doesn't want to write. In the middle of June my Pilot Stella 90s was written dry with its current load out of Pilot Blue Black so the pen had a trip through the ultrasonic and I transferred the cartridge of Sailor Sei-Boku from the Capless to the Stella. The ink is performing well now and the Capless has been flushed out and sent on vacation to another pen blogger to play with.  

May's Pilot Metropolitan was exhausted of its Montblanc JFK Navy and is now cleaned out and waiting its turn to enter the use cycle again. Other pens that were written dry were the Karas Kustoms Ink (Noodler's Black Swan In Australian Roses), Pilot Plumix (Diamine Merlot) and a Pilot 78G (De Atramentis Orchids). Of these three, the only one that was re-inked was the 78G. This is my document mark up pen and it usually lives on a steady diet of De Atramentis Orchids but this time it was loaded up with De Atramentis Fuchsia Document Ink. The Japanese fine nib is perfect for writing between single spaced lines on type written sheets of copy paper.

From Top to Bottom: Karas Kustoms Ink, Pilot Plumix, Pilot 78G

From Top to Bottom: Karas Kustoms Ink, Pilot Plumix, Pilot 78G

For document mark up I also purchased a Pilot Parallel to be used as a highlighter. It is working well in this function but I have found that the ink (Noodler's V-Mail North African Violet) needs to be diluted to cut back on the saturation. This is fine, it improves the dry time too.

In terms of new pens this month, I am gathering a collection of low cost Pilot Pens to do a deep dive review. The one that got inked up was the "Winkie" version of the Kaküno with a Blue Pilot cartridge that I had kicking around. 

My big addition was a Pelikan M605 which got inked up with a sample of Pilot Iroshizuku Tsuki-Yo given to me by Amanda at The Purl Bug blog. This pen has seen daily use and is a true pleasure to write with. I hope that we have a long honeymoon together.