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It’s a new month, what’s in your pen cup?

April showers bring May flowers, no showers here. I started April by inking up a Waterman Hemisphere with Diamine Aurora Borealis ink. The pen performed great but I wasn’t impressed with the ink. And the Pilot Prera with the medium calligraphy nib is still inked up and in service.

In mid-April, I acquired an Osmiroid nib that fits vintage Esterbrook pens. Suffering from BSO (bright shiny objects) syndrome, I immediately fitted a J series and inked it up. The nib is an Italic Broad Straight nib – does this sound like an oxymoron or what?

For the new month, I pulled out my Shaeffer Taranis, sporting a medium nib. The Taranis is inked up with the De Atramentis, Document Fog Grey.

In case you missed any of these last month…

  • Safety Caps and Pens. The phrase”safety” means the pen has options ensuring safety with respect to ink loss. Waterman, Moore, Parker, and Mabie Todd (Swan) pioneered something we take for granted today.
  • The Fountain Pen Mystery Theatre Presents, Mystery Behind the Blue Diamond. Welcome to the Fountain Pen Mystery Theatre, where “it may be said with a degree of assurance that not everything that meets the eye is as it appears.” In this episode, our hero unravels the mystery behind a Parker “51,” where there are more so-called “first-year” pens than Parker ever made.
  • Pen Nibs, More than Just A Type, its Geometry. If you know anything about fountain pens you know they write in a variety of fashions. Some have firm nibs, while others have flexible nibs. This is normally attributed to the nib material and the width of the tip. There are additional factors, time to grab a pen and your high school geometry books.
  • Heat Setting an Ebonite Feed Without Burning Down the House. Heat setting an ebonite feed is a topic of much conjecture, often viewed as some deep dark secret shrouded in mystery. There is a solution so simply the only required skill is knowing how to boil water.
  • Gold Starry, More Than A Ladies Pen. I present a small mottled ebonite lever-filler with a gold loop to attach the pen to a chain and worn around the neck. As with my other 2 Gold Starry’s, there were surprises, some good, some not so good, let’s see what is awaiting me.

Two questions, are you enjoying the new background paper? I’ve used many of the new sheets in the April posts and what’s in your pen cup?


I'm a loser as my wife likes to tell me, I enjoy researching dead cousins and playing with fountain pens.

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