Currently Inked: What Pen and Ink are you currently using?

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That yellow pen cheers me up just looking at it. Happy for you, benbenberi.
 

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I had been using Pilot V5 "HI-TECPOINT" 0.5 black pens, because they make nice thick black lines.

But that's too messy. So now I use 0.3. I have some Pilot "G-TEC" and some other 0.3 pens. Much finer lines (obviously) and forces me to write more clearly.

I still use the heavier ink pens for larger notes but those lines are just so thick.
 

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Fountain pen fanatic here! I use reds like Iroshizuku Momiji or Yamabudo or Jacques Herbin Rouge Hematite for my brainstorming notes, written with a Sheaffer Prelude that my father gave me. Then I rewrite everything, condensing and refining as I go, using a broad nibbed pen- usually a Nemosine Singularity tipped with a B-sized Goulet nib, with waterproof Rohrer and Klingner sketch inks in case of coffee spills. I also use a small squadron of vintage Pilot pocket pens- you can get really interesting nibs for a relatively cheap price! On the whole, though, I prefer Western to Eastern nib sizes, so I stick to Western pens- mostly Sheaffers or anything that can use a generic Jowo nib.
 

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I usually prefer Mediums, but I've recently become obsessed with grinds and italics. I think it's all about my mood. I've been a little buoyant/manic lately, and my preference for extremely thick, wet nibs followed... Recently I purchased a Custom 74 music nib, and I was lucky enough to purchase a broad Rotring Newton that a local nibmeister ground into a wet, thick cursive italic. Also very lucky to have an old Franklin Christoph SIG nib by Jim Rouse before he passed- that's an interesting nib!
 

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I like stub nibs, so the Pilot Custom 74 Music Nib is the perfect pen for me. I love its ergonomic size and classic design.
 

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Fountain pen victim.

I’m a fountain pen victim.
My daily writers are the Visconti Homo sapiens and the Visconti Watermark
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With Pilot inks - I have the ama iro and the pink (forgot name). Pink in watermark.
Notebooks - currently on Nuuna but the latest is ghosting, no idea why the pens and inks havenÂ’t changed. Also have a YDesign tomoe river notebook that IÂ’m saving for... who knows what. Genius ideas? Hah.
 

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I have a small number of notebooks I appear to be saving for the End Times. Nothing is good enough for them, you know?

Are you by chance typing on a non-English keyboard? I'm seeing a capital A with a "hat" plus an apostrophe in places where an apostrophe goes. If you don't know how to get rid of it, don't worry. We'll come to think of it as your amusing little quirk.

Maryn, whose quirks aren't all that amusing
 

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Fuguilong 902 - Pelikan Tinte - Fullhaltertinte Konigsblau #4001
 

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I have a small number of notebooks I appear to be saving for the End Times. Nothing is good enough for them, you know?

Are you by chance typing on a non-English keyboard? I'm seeing a capital A with a "hat" plus an apostrophe in places where an apostrophe goes. If you don't know how to get rid of it, don't worry. We'll come to think of it as your amusing little quirk.

Maryn, whose quirks aren't all that amusing

I know! At first I went back and edited them out... and circa 1am, I was like, F** it. I'm on a regular iPhone and while I do have a few keyboards installed I'm (in theory) using the US-English one. Just switched to my desktop. Although, maybe I'll grow fond of that A`...

On notebooks... I know the feeling. I have a few (cough cough dozens cough) that I look at sideways with the "you're the champagne to my collection and the clock hasn't struck midnight" look to.... often. Very often.
 
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I've been thinking about getting a fountain pen just for the cool factor. Was out at dinner with a friend this weekend, and he had just gotten into the hobby with like three pens. I think I'm hooked.
 
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I've been thinking about getting a fountain pen just for the cool factor. Was out at dinner with a friend this weekend, and he had just gotten into the hobby with like three pens. I think I'm hooked.
There are a lot of nice pens that aren't $$. I'm trying very hard not to buy any, but some of the Chinese pens are dangerously tempting.
 
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I have gotten into fountain pens over the past few months. I think I can blame Maryn since they mentioned Platinum Preppies. I got one....then the whole rainbow pack...then stuff to convert my duplicate blue into an eyedropper pen....and then I went to the LAMY store in downtown San Francisco!

I do a lot of my "whatever" writing with the Preppy with Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-jaku ink and my "work" writing with the LAMY AL-STAR with LAMY Amazonite ink. It was supposed to stay at work and I'd started going back into the office but a pipe burst and now it's at home with me. My work notebook is a Moleskine from their Moleskine studio series and it sucks so much with fountain pens, once I use it up I'll switch brands. My totally disorganized for everything writing notebook is some random Moleskine knock off from Amazon (it's "white marble" with "gold," you know that pattern everyone has for their iPhone case I bought it for that) and I use Pentel EnerGel pens with that (my fave pens tbh). I bought a caliber composition book from CVS because I read it was really good for fountain pens and it is! It's a $3 notebook and it performs better than the ~$40 Moleskine??? I'm using it just for my interactive story because I'll have to throw it in my bag to meet with friends for the programming stuff.

I have been trying to get my friends also into fountain pens but most of them don't write things down since they have JIRA and stuff 😩 So I'm glad I can talk to people here about it!!
 

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Yes, absolutely, the first one is free.

I gave one of my Metropolitans away to a friend. It's not a bad pen but it's a large pen, and I'm not a fan. I kept the "stub" metropolitan; it has a wide angled nib that's useful for calligraphy. The Metropolitan, for me, is a little too heavy to write with comfortably for long.

Honestly, while the Metropolitan is often suggested as a "first" pen, I tend to suggest people try a Platinum Preppy first. Yes, it's plastic, but it's refillable, and you can find out if you really are interested for less than 10.00.

I also like TWSBI ECO, and I like Lamy Vista and Safari, but many people find the triangular grip, where your fingers rest, uncomfortable.
 

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My work notebook is a Moleskine from their Moleskine studio series and it sucks so much with fountain pens, once I use it up I'll switch brands.
Look for Rhodia or Clair Fontaine for reliably good paper for fountain pens. Moleskine has gradually degraded paper quality, and much of the buzz around the brand is artificially generated by marketing.

That said, I do most draft writing in standard composition books I buy in bulk on sales. They're rarely more than 1.00, often just 0.50. The trick is that you buy one and test the paper, then go back and buy more. You can't count on the same brand working with fountain pens year after year. Typically paper made in countries that use sugar cane or rice to make the paper tends to be better.
 
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I use a bamboo pen from IDEAPOOL for journaling and important things. Otherwise I will more often than not reach for a Pilot G2 despite how pricy it is for an everyday pen. I just love the smooth flow of the ink compared to standard pens. And if you were to ask my preference, black ink is superior to blue.
I have a hoard of notebooks as well that I dare not mark up because they are too pretty on the covers 😂
 

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Fellow fountain pen addict here!

Thus far, my favourite pens are TWSBIs. I have some Ecos, which I like, but I prefer the Diamond AL line.

Currently inked are my Lami Petrol (medium) with Diamine Royal Purple, and the TWSBI DiamondAL (broad) with Robert Oster's River of Fire (beautiful deep, forest green with a bit of a red sheen that shows up on Tomoe River paper and Rhodia especially well).

My favourite inks of all time, though, are the Pilot Iroshizuku inks (I have Kon-peki and Yama-budo and they write like a dream) and Robert Oster inks (I have Fire & Ice and River of Fire).

I also have Diamine's Hope Pink which I adore, but is a little difficult for letter-writing, so I tend to use it more in my planner.

When making notes for my books, I usually use Rhodia (notebook or notepad) and two colours of ink. One colour is for making titles and emphasis and bullet points, etc., the other colour is for the actual text. My notes for the current work, Impetus, are are actually very colourful -- I started last year using Kon-peki and Hope Pink, and have since switched to the Diamine Royal Purple and River of Fire, since that's what is currently inked and the other pens had just been cleaned and were still drying...

I'm likely going to treat myself to another TWSBI soon. DiamondAL. I have a Sheaffer that was my first pen and it writes like satin with the Yama-budo ink, but it's very thin and heavy and makes my hand tired. :/
 
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I have a TWSBI Eco in Broad, and love it. It's my only broad nib; I wanted to use it mostly for practicing writing with my left hand, as my right is increasingly not useable.
 

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I have a refillable purple pentel energel pen. I got a bunch of replacements all purple ink! They are also pentel energel refills. .7 I could either use .5 or .7 I'm not picky but .7 suits me fine. Now all my writing is in purple and I love it.
 
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My latest workhorse has been the Japanese market Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in an 04. I love the balance. The ink flows really well and is nice and dark. I have them in several colors but when it comes to just grinding out copy I almost always pick the black pen up.
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I've got a bright yellow LAMY for everyday use, but recently DB got me a vintage (~100 yo) Wahl Eversharp with the most awesome flexi-nib. It writes like a dream, and it's fun to imagine where that pen has been and what kind of letters it has written.
 
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