Category: Pen and Ink OTP

#FPOTD: Parker 51 and Edison Pearlette

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I’m enjoying my pens for today so thoroughly. Both are great writers and both are beautiful in very different ways. The ink pairing of earth colors is absolutely gorgeous too. I love it a lot.

Parker 51 – Burma Road Brown
Edison Pearlette – Diamine Sepia

Pen and Ink OTP: Bexley, Edison, Diamine and J. Herbin

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Finally got my first Edison pen today, the Pearlette in Aztec Gold Flake. It’s so pretty and the material used is really beautiful. Today’s pen OTP are:

Bexley BX802 and J. Herbin Stormy Gray
Edison Pearlette in Aztec Gold Flake and Diamine Autumn Oak (later changed to Diamine Sepia, still goes well together)

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#FPOTD: Bexleys and Sheeny, Shady Ink

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My pens for the day are two Bexleys (Corona and BX802), both with 1.1mm nibs from Goulet and inked with two of the most fun inks I have in my collection; Bilberry and Apache Sunset. If you use a pen with just the right amount of wetness and broadness, on paper like Elias journal which is just the right amount of smoothness and absorbency, the result can be magical. It’s one of the reasons I try out many different paper with my fountain pen. Not all kinds of paper can show off the properties of ink, like shading or sheen. This combination hits the spot perfectly. 🙂

Waterman Expert II with a Left Oblique CI Nib by Pentangeli

I sent my pen off to Pentangeli Pen Spa and Nib Works to have it ground as a cursive italic nib, but I changed my mind and thought I’d have it reground to a left oblique cursive italic instead. Thanks to the busy holiday season, I was able to ask JP to change the regrind just in time, before he had any work done on it.

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photo by JP of Pentangeli Pen Spa and Nibworks

I met up with JP today, despite feeling under the weather, so I can take the pen home. It’s actually like getting an entirely different pen from before. It used to be a medium nib, now it’s a left oblique cursive italic, which is like a regular cursive italic nib, except it has a cut to make it oblique. Photos below are taken by JP too.

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This kind of nib is a lot more forgiving for people like me who like to rotate their grip on their pens. The result is very much like how my TWSBI Micarta writes (that’s a cursive italic), except that this one’s sweet spot is a lot easier to find.

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It’s a joy to write with, and like the other nibs that JP fixed and reground for me, the ink flow is better than ever (not extremely wet) and the nib is smooth with just the right amount of feedback. A trip to the pen spa has made this pen an even better pen than it was before. 🙂

Also, this blue ink that JP put in the pen is perfect. I need this in my life. <3

Pen and Ink One True Pairing: Wahl-Eversharp Skyline and Sailor Miruai

I’m not exactly sure yet why this is true, has always been true in my experience, but some inks just work better with some pens. I had to adjust my expectations because I thought that all kinds of ink would work the same way with all kinds of pens. As it turns out, that’s not always true, not even with the most consistent writers I have in my collection, like Lamy.

I found that some inks flow a bit more “dryer” in some pens and a bit wetter in others. For example, I loaded my Parker 51 demi with Diamine Twilight and the flow wasn’t very good. It wrote in very thin, skipping lines. I thought the pen was broken or clogged up. I cleaned it up and tried again, same result. When I changed the ink to Diamine Onyx Black, lo and behold–it wrote magnificently (and thus started my penchant to collecting Parker 51’s).

Here’s another OTP that I thoroughly enjoyed. Wahl-Eversharp Skyline with Sailor Miruai (Seaweed Indigo).

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The person who sold me the pen actually let me get a fill from his bottle when I bought it. I wrote with the pen until I used up all the ink, and then cleaned it out and used Diamine Twilight with it. Surprisingly, that ink bled through the pages of my journal like crazy. It flowed too thick and wet. I got myself a bottle of Miruai and tried that again (the color of the ink perfectly complements the dark moss green color of the pen). It behaved perfectly. Absolutely no bleed through.

There’s probably a scientific explanation for all that? Maybe? I’m happy to just call it a pen and ink OTP. 🙂