Parker Vector - Steel Medium Nib, Aurora Blue (Inked June)
TWSBI Diamond 580 - Steel Medium Nib, Diamine Red Dragon (Inked June)
Pilot Prera - Steel Medium Nib, Pilot Blue cartridge (Inked July)
Edison Collier - Steel Medium Nib, Diamine Ochre (Inked June)
Pelikan M605 - 14K Medium Nib, Pilot Iroshizuku Tsuki-Yo (Inked June)
Lamy 2000 - 14K Fine Nib, Montblanc Daniel Defoe Palm Green (Inked May)
As you may know, July was a rather quiet month for me here on the blog. We were away on vacation for two weeks and there was time off to prepare for, and clean up after the trip. This is my way of leading into saying that the fountain pens didn't see too much use. Be that as it may, a lot of pens were seeing the ends of their fills so I was able to clean out quite a few early in the month.
I have had all of my Edisons in service for the last few months but they have now been drained and cleaned. The Collier had been inked the longest and I think that the water portion of the ink had started to evaporate because the pen started to become temperamental. After a flushing and re-inking with a fresh load of Diamine Ochre it is happy again and writing as should be expected. This is the only ink I use in this pen, they were made for each other. The Edison Nouveau Premiere had been loaded with De Atramentis Pigeon Blue which is a nice colour but I am finding it to be a less than well behaved ink. It seems prone to spreading and deep penetration into the paper. Of all of the Edison's that I own, the Nouveau Premiere suits me the least; I would have liked a pen with a bigger section. I think that this pen may be on its way out of the collection. The Hudson on the other hand, is perfect for me. I had loaded it up with Noodler's V-Mail Mandalay Maroon in May and it was good to the last drop. A perfect ink for a perfect pen.
Edison Nouveau Premiere - Steel Fine Nib
Edison Hudson - Steel Medium Nib
Edison Collier - Steel Medium Nib
I had inked up my Franklin-Christoph Model 65 Stabilis in late May with J. Herbin Ambre De Birmanie and wrote it dry in early July. This is a good pairing, it is an orange-gold ink that looks great on a cream paper. I have been in touch with Lori Todd of Franklin-Christoph and reserved a Model 20 that I will be purchasing at the DC pen show. This will be my "custom pen" for 2015. I realize that it really isn't a custom pen but the looks tick so many boxes on my pen wish list that I am willing to over look that fact. I'm sure the Stabilis will be happy to have a sibling.
My Pilot Kakünos both got cleaned out this month. The "Winkie" nibbed version had been inked with a Pilot Blue cartridge that was installed in June. When my Prera arrived in late July I transferred the cartridge to it and flushed the Kaküno. The "Smiley" nibbed version had been inked with Noodler's Habanero since April and the ink had seen a lot of evaporation. This made for an ink that would not dry on the page even though it wrote just fine. You could smear your writing 15 minutes after laying it down. Super odd. In future I will have to burn through this ink faster.
Finally I flushed a Noodler's Ebonite Konrad that had been fitted with a Steel JoWo nib. This pen had been loaded with Montblanc Permanent Grey since May and had performed really well. I hadn't been impressed with the flex nib that the pen shipped with but this replacement from Anderson Pens has brought new life to it. The ebonite feed was always wet and there was never an instance where the pen was not ready to write, even if it had been left uncapped for an extended period of time.
The tool that got used a lot last month was my Bullet Pencil ST. It had been loaded with a Staedtler Norica HB insert that was fully used up. This insert was replaced with a Palomino Golden Bear which is a little harder and won't require sharpening quite so often.
Of course I have my Lamy Safari testing pens which are loaded up with Franklin-Christoph inks for review. You will hear more about these over the next couple of weeks.