I haven't done a load out post in months but today was the day to clean out pens and swap some different ones into rotation. For the most part I have chosen gold nibbed pens, the Franklin-Christoph being the one exception. Also, there is a heavy concentration on medium nibs since these are my favourite for letter writing. There are two exceptions to this, my Pilot Stella 90s will be used for drawing markups and therefore a fine nib is preferable, and my journalling pen, not shown above, is a Namiki Capless with fine nib unit so that it is easier to write in my Hobonichi Techo.
As always, I will keep my Pelikan M800 loaded up with Sailor Sei Boku, a well behaved blue black that is pigmented. This ensures that I have a permanent ink available to me even though the Pro Gear's iron gall ink could cover off this requirement.
I flushed out a Safari which had held Lamy Dark Lilac ink and I am already missing the golden sheen that this ink had on Tomoe River paper. We'll see how the month progresses but this Lamy ink is a real winner and it may get loaded up again sooner than I had anticipated. That said, it took a lot of flushing to get it out of the pen so I won't be putting it in any pens that are a pain to clean.
A lot of people say that steel nibbed pens have equal performance to gold nibbed ones but I'm starting to feel that this statement, which may be true at initial inking, doesn't hold up one month along. I have a fleet of steel nibbed Pilot pens that I use at work for drawing markups. When newly inked they work great but within a week they hard start and skip and there seems to be significant evaporation of ink from the pens. My gold nibbed Pilots can be capped for months and start up like a charm when set to paper. I doubt that this has anything to do with the nib material and everything to do with the gold nibbed pen being 10X to 20X the cost of a Kaküno. I'm not going to go out and buy a handful of Custom 823s to replace my Kakünos but I am going to use my Stella 90s as a markup pen this month and see if I'm happier with the way it performs compared to some of the others.
I haven't been writing as much as I should and even my journalling has taken a hit since our vacation in November. I find that I'll go several days without journalling and then have to go back and fill in the happenings for the earlier dates. Sometimes I just declare bankruptcy and leave the page blank and carry on but it is a cop-out and I would like to do better in this regard. When journalling was my first task of the morning I tended to do better so I'll try to get back on that schedule. I'll be switching to Pilot Blue Black ink rather than the Pilot Mixable Blue Black which was used in 2016. The Mixable Blue Black was much darker that I thought it would be and I hope that going back to the regular Pilot Blue Black will give my journalling a more blue appearance rather than the near black it has been in 2016. I'm still a fan of the Techo and have 2017's ready to go.