March started with a handful of partially used pens that that been in rotation since the beginning of February. These pens ran out mid month and were replaced with new candidates. The first pen to run dry was my Karas Kustoms Ink which had been filled with J. Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean. It has been a long time since I've had this ink in a pen and I've really enjoyed the smoothness of this pen when loaded with this ink. This is a combination I should try to pull out again in the future. I think that I will join the camp of people who are sad that the glitter was added to this ink in the current formulation.
Next up was the Edison Hudson, it had been filled with Diamine Sepia. This ink does not get a lot of attention in the community but two separate pen pals mentioned how they liked the look of the ink in letters that I had sent to them during InCoWriMo. Warm browns truly are lovely inks to have on hand.
The lone Safari during March had been filled with KWZ Iron Gall Turquoise. This ink was new to me in February and I'm really glad that I bought it, it is definitely on the keeper list. Being iron gall means that it has better than average permanence so it was used for addressing envelopes during March.
My Pelikan M605 actually got topped up a second time with the Hieronymus Ink Brown 02. The more that I used this ink, the more I enjoyed it. That could be because it was loaded in a pen with an exceptionally smooth nib. The colour family is a sombre one but this particular ink has a bit of warmth to it that appeals to me. I won't be buying any but it was nice to use the sample that I was sent.
As always, the Namiki Capless is still going strong with its Pilot Mixable Blue Black. This is the first month where it did not need a new cartridge but it is running on fumes now so I expect that the first week of April will see a cartridge replacement.
For newly inked pens, this month is heavy on Lamy Safaris. When the yellow Safari got cleaned out in mid March it was refilled with another KWZ ink, this time Iron Gall Orange. To my eye, this ink oxidises to a colour that is similar to Noodler's Kiowa Pecan. This is a nice brown with some shading. I have yet to test its permanence but it is likely pretty good since it is an iron gall.
Next is the orange Safari which has been filled with Hieronymus Ink Violet 01. This ink, while called violet, is decidedly blue. I have not used it enough to develop an opinion yet but there doesn't appear to be any stand-out properties.
April sees the Pilot Custom 74 back into rotation. This pen has been loaded with Montblanc JFK Navy Blue, an ink that sees the rotation fairly often around here.
Now it's onto the new acquisitions. Last month I had said that I hoped to receive my Tactile Turn Gist during the month of March, that did not happen. Will Hodges, the manufacturer of the Gist, reported that he crashed the tool turret into the sub spindle of the lathe used to make the pens. This incident necessitated the rebuild of the sub spindle, pushing the delivery date out by at least two more weeks. Will also let backers know that the first two weeks of April would see little to no progress on the project because he was getting married and would be on honeymoon in Europe. I've come to expect delays on Kickstarter projects, a more jaded consumer might suggest that there is a culture of bait and switch delivery estimates that goes hand in hand with this funding model. This is all academic, I need a new fountain pen like I need another hole in my head. That being said, onto the two new pens that did arrive in March.
Early in February I mentioned in a post that it was too bad that you couldn't just purchase a Lamy 14K nib after market. This comment lead to a very worthwhile conversation on Twitter with our favourite Economist.
It took five weeks for the nib to get here, due to it being out of stock at the time of order, but it was worth the wait. I realize that this is a little like a gang banger putting a $4000 stereo into a $1500 car but I'm really enjoying this pimped up Safari. The body colour doesn't hurt either.
I also ordered a bottle of Montblanc Leo Tolstoy Sky Blue. This ink reminds me a bit of Pilot Blue Black with the writing sample having a bit of red sheen when viewed in the right light. So far I like it.
Finally onto my Mid Life Crisis Pen; I turn 40 in May so I decided to treat myself to an M800 to mark this milestone - it's cheaper than a 911. This pen is beautiful both to look at and to write with. I've filled it with Aurora Blue which is working out well for me but I think that I will fill it with something that has a little more pizazz once I write it dry. I like Aurora Blue a lot but it is striking me as a little mundane this month for some reason. A good shader would be welcome.
And to close out, I got my Franklin-Christoph Model 20 Marietta back from the friend that I had loaned it to. It still has a 1/4 converter of Poussière de Lune so I'll polish that off in quick order, clean it out and put it into storage.
For paper, I've just received a pad of Life Brand Bank Paper so I'll be trying it out to see how it compares with my old standbys of Clairefontaine Triomphe and Tomoe River paper.