I started September with eight pens inked up, some of them having been inked for months. Having pens inked for months at a time was starting to get me down so I made a concerted effort to empty them. To do this I picked a pen and carried it everyday until it was written dry. This had two effects, firstly it completely removed the question of which pen to use and secondly I got to spend a longer time with each pen and ink combination which allowed me to really start to appreciate what I had in my hand. More than once I found myself saying "Man, what a great ink!"
The first pen that experienced this new treatment was my Parker Vector with medium nib, it had been inked with Aurora Blue since June. This pen was close to being empty so I was quickly onto my Edison Nouveau Premiere with its load out of Pilot Blue Black. Once I was able to flush out the Premiere, it was onto the Franklin-Christoph Model 20 Marietta that I bought at the DC pen show. This pen has a medium stub nib so it is more expressive than the majority of the pens that I use on a regular basis. The Montblanc Blue Hour ink worked well and was very enjoyable to write with. The last pen that was written dry was my Lamy 2000 with fine nib. I have had this pen filled with Daniel Defoe Palm Green since May and I had been finding it difficult to work through the load out. This was a three fold problem, firstly the pen is a piston filler and holds a good quantity of ink, secondly the fine nib is quite miserly and didn't use up ink at a very quick rate and finally green is a hard colour to get through in daily use, not impossible, but more difficult than blue or black. Once I put my mind to it, I was able to empty the pen in about a week of letter writing and note taking.
September was also a month for thinning the herd. A reader of the blog contacted me and said that he was interested in purchasing both my Lamy 2000 and TWSBI 580 so they are now on their way to a new home. I enjoyed them while I had them but some pens are better fits than others and these ones had been moved to my "Tier 2" list long ago. Having opened up slots in the collection meant that there was room for a Pilot Custom 74.
For those of you keeping track, that means that only three of last month's pens are being carried over into October. These pens are the Lamy Safari filled with J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor, the Edison Collier filled with Diamine Ochre and the Pilot Custom 823 filled with Pilot Blue Black. These are the pens that I am going to focus on emptying in October, especially the Edison since it has been inked since the late spring.
The new pens for October are:
Karas Kustoms Ink - Fine Nib
This pen has been filled with Noodler's Burma Road Brown, I reviewed this ink in June but have not used it since. I has been months since I used the pen and I find that the nib sings a bit when I write. I can't remember whether it has always been this way or whether it is related to the choice of ink. I have loaned this pen to a co-worker who is considering backing a machined fountain pen project on Kickstarter and wanted to know what to expect.
Pilot Prera - Medium Nib
September saw a post on the blog about Pilot steel nibbed pens and that meant that I had a Black Pilot cartridge in circulation. Once the review was complete I transferred the cartridge to the Prera and it has been a knock about daily pen since. It is great in this role and I think that the Prera gets overlooked by too many people who are looking for starter level fountain pens.
Pelikan M605 - Medium Nib
This pen had been on loan to a fellow blogger and just arrived back home late last week. In this case I can say that the absence has made the heart grow fonder. Looking at my inks on hand I realized that I had a bottle of Pelikan 4001 Blue Black that had never been used. While this ink is a nice colour, I'm undecided about its performance, it's certainly not as enjoyable as the Tsuki-Yo that had been in the pen before.
Pilot Custom 74 - Medium Nib
This pen is new and so far I like it. I selected Poussière de Lune for the first load out and this dusty purple ink is proving to be quite enjoyable. Purple doesn't make it into rotation too often so this makes for a nice change.
Edison Hudson - Medium Nib
The Hudson is a big pen and it fits my hand very well. The cap is a bit large for my liking but I won't niggle. The Organics Studio Gregor Mendel is no longer made and I only had enough of a sample for this filling. I vacillated about whether I should use it or not but in the end I decided that it was meant to be used and I will enjoy it while it lasts. As they say, you can't have your cake and eat it too, and anyone who has met me in real life knows that I have never met a cake that I didn't want to eat.
If everything works according to plan, there should be some reviews of a few very unique inks in October so don't forget to come back and check them out.