This month has been filled with hand written correspondence. To be honest I thought I would have used up more ink than I have. I started the month with a full complement of newly inked pens, none were a carryover from January, and I added two additional pens to the load out as new inks arrived in February's mail. Early in the month I leant my Franklin-Christoph Model 20 to a friend for extended use. I haven't heard back from her yet so I assume that the converter hasn't run dry.
The first pen in the line up to be written dry was the Pilot Custom 74 which had been filled with Noodler's V-mail Burma Road Brown. I have no complaints about the performance of this combination but I wasn't blown away with the ink either. I remembered the ink in a more favourable light from my past use and this time the colour left me feeling meh. They say indifference is the opposite of love and I didn't really love this ink this time. Maybe in a different season I might feel differently.
Next up was my Sailor Pro Gear filled with Super5 Darmstadt. This ink was chosen because it is the most waterproof ink in my collection. With a month's worth of post cards to write and envelopes to address, this combination saw a lot of use. After I finished my last piece of InCoWriMo correspondence this pen wrote exactly one more word before running out of ink. I couldn't have planned it if I tried. The pen wrote well over the month but the Super5 ink can be a bit of a hesitant starter. Normally this would get the ink shunned but it was a trade off I was willing to live with for the waterproofness. It won't be loaded again anytime soon though.
As in past months, the Namiki Capless cartridge ran out mid month and was immediately replaced with the same ink. The pen and ink performs well for its specific purpose, tiny writing in my Hobonichi Techo, but I don't love the nib size enough to use the pen outside of this task.
The final pen to be written dry was my Pilot Custom 823. This pen holds a lot of ink but this is a good thing since its broad nib is a thirsty writer. It saw me through the full month of letter writing and ran dry while writing the rough draft of this post. Pilot Iroshizuku Tsuki-Yo is a great ink and I love the way it looked on the letters that I wrote throughout the month.
My Karas Kustoms Ink was loaded with the original formulation of J. Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean and writing with this ink felt great on the Tomoe River paper that I used for this month's letters. I had forgotten how nice this ink is to use. I'm not done with this filling yet so I'll be able to enjoy it into March.
Next up in the pens to be carried over is the Edison Hudson. I had been missing having a brown ink in the rotation and the Diamine Sepia filled the void well. The converter is still about a third full so the pen has some life left in it.
As I mentioned earlier, I got some new ink this month and I couldn't wait to try it out. The first one was KWZ Iron Gall Turquoise, this ink is a nice bright turquoise colour on initial application that quickly darkens. To top it off it even smells like vanilla! Since I planned to review it in the near future, I loaded it into one of my many Lamy Safaris, my standard ink testing pen. I like this ink so far but I haven't had to clean it out of a pen yet. If that is a PITA it could colour my opinion.
The second pen and ink combination was my Pelikan M605 and Hieronymus Ink Brown 02. This ink was sent to me for review and while it works well, the colour is lighter than I would choose for myself. It is still usable but is more suitable for home use rather than the office. I've only burned through half of a pen's worth so there will be plenty of opportunity to test it out more in March. I know that I won't be purchasing any of this ink for myself, not because of its performance, but rather because of its US$48 price tag. There are lots of inks that perform as well as this one for a fraction of the price.
This leaves two slots open in my NockCo Brasstown for pens that I expect to take possession of in March. The first is a Pelikan M800 in Burnt Orange. It has yet to ship from the Netherlands but I can't imagine it taking a full month to get here. The second is a little more speculative. The Tactile Turn Gist Kickstarter project is nearing completion and I figure that the pen should arrive in late March or early April. We'll see whether this comes to fruition.
With a host of partially filled pens in this month's line up, it is likely that March will see a significant amount of turnover. If I manage to write everything dry I'll pick a new batch of pens and inks to close out the month.