Hello! Been a while since I did one of these. They usually happen on impulse and today I happened to be trying to wrap up a pen review finally but got distracted looking at the exorbitant amount of pens I have inked which totally goes against my Monthly inked (recently updated with April!) of two pens inked at a time.
Who in this hobby really only has two pens inked at once…one can try 🙂
Anyway, as is quite evident, I am on a bit of a black pen run this year – my resolution being to (to the best of my ability) only buy black fountain pens to limit my spending. It’s only partially working because I’m four months into 2022, and I’ve probably picked up at least four black pens. That’s one a month!
Alright here be the list:
- Pilot Penmanship (x3) – Should be no surprise to any visitor of my blog. I have a Penmanship inked permanently for doodles. More recently I’ve picked up a pigment black ink from Kakimori which is truely waterproof and I’m loving it for my doodle work. I usually keep a pair of them inked with the same ink to make things more convenient, but right now I actually have a different ink in three separate Penmanships. One has Noodler’s Blue Upon the Plains of Abraham, which is a bulletproof ink that isn’t black that I like to use for commissioned watercolour work so it’s not as harsh as black. The other is kind of random and I have no explanation for but right now a nice FWP Bluegrass velvet is sitting in it.
- Lamy Studio – I inked this up a week ago so I would have a pen with red ink to do markups with. Because I would be using it on and off throughout my class, I picked a pen that had a snap cap, just to make things more convenient.
- Leonardo Momento Zero – If you follow my instagram, you might have seen me using this one as of late. My first Leo pen! It’s a little larger than I thought it would be, but the EF nib is almost equivalent to the penmanship which makes me happy since I can use it for doodling and potentially keep it permanently inked too. Review is down the road, but so far so good.
- Tom’s Studio ‘Spark’ – I picked this one up earlier this year thinking I wanted to try something new, and also because I really like what Tom’s Studio does and makes! I bought the brass pen stand for my Holiday Haul and am very happy with it. The semi-flex nib that comes with this pen requires quite a bit of pressure in order to get the line variation, so for the most part I’ve been using this pen just as a regular steel nib pen.
- Pilot Metropolitan in Black – One of the 2022 black pen grabs. It’s a long time coming. I’ve heard this is the next step up and probably THE best entry-level fountain pen you can get right now. I think I would have to agree that it is literally the best bang for buck pen you can get. A metal barrel with great weight, smooth writing nib out of the box and the option to swap my EF penmanship nib into it? Very easy win. But I think I am still a sucker for the cheapo look of the penmanship, so we’ll see how long I keep this one inked – maybe until a review?
- Fine Writing Instruments ‘Golden Armor‘ – I had this one inked so I could do a white and gold photoshoot with it. And it’s recently as of this post, run out of ink so it might get shelved until it comes into rotation for a Monthly. Great pen in any case, and still really love the intricate patterning on the cap. The brass does look quite worn though, might need to give it a good shine one day.
- Online Campus Pen ‘Fluffy Cats’ edition – Wonderful reader of my blog and fellow pen friend, Rupert Arzeian, gifted me a Fluffy Cats pen and it’s awesome!! I took a while to decide what to ink it with, but settled on the latest FWP ink ‘Spadina Rose’. Preview for monthly inked next month. Its just one of those pens that can make you happy just looking at it, let alone using it. The cats are very cute, and it really does feel like a novelty pen.
- Midori MD Fountain Pen – This is the 70th anniversary edition that came with a bottle of ink. I really dig the design of this pen. I have read many reviews and accounts of how overpriced this pen is, but the more I look and use it, I think it was worth the money. It’s a unique design, combining the ‘cheap’ look of a plastic demonstrator, simple nib and feed with a nice stainless metal cap. I very much like it and can’t wait to do a full review on it. Someday 🙂
- Scriptorium Pens Idyll in Abalone – one of my Holiday Haul pens and my first truely custom ordered pen. I had this one inked for Monthly and it’s got some leftover in it so I can complete a review in due time.
- Benu Euphoria ‘Vodka on the Rocks’ – Currently inked for Monthly. I can’t help but compare it with the Talisman, for which I gave it a raving review. This pen writes just as wonderfully and smoothly, but if I had to pick, I’d use the Talisman because of my small hands. That pen just fits so much better, while the Euphoria is a tad too large to my liking. It reminds me a bit of the Opus 88 Flora felt – beautiful pen but too large to use regularly.
I think that’s a wrap. Over 10 pens (if you count the duplicates)! As you may have noticed, many of these pens do not have a review tied to them yet. I’m working on it :’)
Thanks for tuning in! Any favourites out of the bunch?