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

I start the month rotating in a pen that hasn’t been in rotation since 2007. I pulled out a blue Waterman Philéas. For those not familiar, the pen is named after the Jules Verne character Phileas Fogg (Around the World in 80 Days).

The usual suspects have changed. I rotated out the Kaweco Student, replacing it with the Shaeffer Taranis. Still in rotation include the Pilot Prera, the Wing Sung 601 and the Waterman Philéas.

For March I am rotating in my Sheaffer Taranis. In part because I inked it up for a review last month and it is just a nice pen to write with.

Did you miss any of the past month’s blog posts? Welp, here is your chance to catch up…

  • It’s a new month, what’s in your pen cup? Let’s see how I started February with a review of January. It’s a new month and time to shelve your current choice of pens in favor of new pens or those that may be long forgotten and feeling neglected. Also, let’s review how did the pens from last month fared? Also included is a recap of the month’s posts.
  • A Journal of Pens, For Pens, About Pens Do you keep track of your pens? Maybe with Excel, journals, index cards, or the ever favorite – nothing at all?
  • A 1950s Esterbrook Deluxe LK Model Esterbrook manufactured two “Deluxe” models. The SM model was introduced in 1949, followed by the LK model in 1955. The changes between the two models were dramatic.
  • Pen Organization in a Digital World Back story 2. For collections to truly be considered a “collection,” there needs to be some basic level of curation or organization, otherwise, it’s just clutter. I mentioned my adventures using a journal to organize and document my pens. Now I am presenting my digital solution.
  • Flat-bottom pens make the journaling world go round Fountain pens come in just about any and every size and shape imaginable. I have a preference for flat-top pens. I know “flat-top” means the top is flat, who cares about the aft end? ME, that’s who. I prefer both the cap and the aft end horizontally.
  • Jetpack, Addition through subtraction This is off-topic but I needed to vent. WordPress is going through some major changes and Jetpack is taking over. This is my experience with the conversion and welp, it hasn’t been good.
  • Sheaffer Taranis (Celtic: “Thunderer”) The Sheaffer Taranis is named after the Celtic Storm God of Thunder. This pen elicits some strong feelings polarizing the fountain pen community. The lines along the section/grip to the nib remind me of a ‘57 Chevy Belair.

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

9 thoughts on “It’s a new month, what’s in your pen cup?

  1. Yesterday, when I realised it was March the very next day I thought, ‘Danny’s going to ask about the monthly choice of pens!’ So I did think about this one yesterday. You always have great colour choice. Your Taranis looks the business. Most of my pens are black in colour. This month? I’m going for two black and two red. The newly acquired Montblanc 1950s 3-44G, Onoto Junior de la rue (black) and the Waterman Expert 2 and Osmiroid 65 school days pen (deep red/burgundy) are what I feel are going to be used the most often this month. An Italic choice from Sheaffer/Osmiroid/Platignum with a fine or extra fine nib is always a pick out ‘cheap pen’ choice to muck about with. Scrawling doodle lettering/drawing which is fun. But for diary and journal it will be the four previously stated. Cheers Danny. All the best.

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    1. I do not want to be the cause of anguish (LOL). If the pens you are using in February are superb, feel free to give them another go. Your choices for the new month are excellent. I enjoy black pens. I’m on a color kick these days. All the best.

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      1. 😊 No anguish Danny. I was writing with the Rotring Art Pen (black Ritring cartridge) in my daily diary for January and February. Very dry ink to paper. Then yesterday started writing in the diary with blue ink in the new MB. So will continue with that. The others are easy writing choices and can be used in little hand written reflections from books read which is an intention for this month’s blog theme. All the best too.

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    1. Thanks Brenda. I have a green one as well. They were a couple of my very first fountain pens. I can’t say I loved them, they are fluffy (don’t like calling them fat – they will get a complex) and made of plastic. At the time, I felt that made them cheap. I’ve learned since them and grown to appreciate them.

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  2. For some reason, I have my Lamy Safari in rotation, lol. This is despite me not liking the pen at all. But I just stuck a Lamy Black cartridge in it and began using it. Sometimes the most fuss-free options are the best one. Tiny details like smoothness and pen weight be darned. I’m sure I’ll swap it out soon but that’s in my ‘cup’ for now.

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    1. The path of least resistance is always best. There are pens I really like to write with but I know it will not be the best experience. They have issues but I like the pen…. Pick and choose our battles!


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