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POTD: What pen/pencil are you using today?

Postby southpaw » Thu Apr 24, 2008 5:14 pm

Pen Of The Day: Thought I'd give this one a try and see if it goes. Many shave geeks are also into writing instruments, modern and vintage (just like razors and brushes). What pen/pencil are you using today? General description is fine, details are better, and photos are best.

Here's what I used today (photos not to scale):

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The pen is a Pilot MYU 701. It's made from surgical stainless steel and is a very rugged and durable fountain pen. The barrel and nib are made from one piece. The craftsmanship is superb. It's a c/c filler (cartridge/converter), so it can use either ink cartridges or bottled ink. It is also one of the Japanese long/short style pens, meaning it posts (pen on the back of the barrel) to a normal size pen but when capped, it's short so it will fit in any sized pocket (or clip inside the buttons of a polo) easily. It's a neat and very reliable pen.[/b]
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Postby D.Irving79 » Thu Apr 24, 2008 5:44 pm

the pilot DR. GRIP gel. clicky top. love that pen.
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Postby divotmax » Thu Apr 24, 2008 6:40 pm

Pelikan Souveran, blue stripe barrel. Have ballpoint and pen. My go to set.
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Postby Squire » Thu Apr 24, 2008 6:55 pm

Daily companions.


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Good working instruments, low profile.
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Postby southpaw » Thu Apr 24, 2008 6:58 pm

Squire, that's a very nice Sheaffer PFM IV you have there. I've got one in my pen carousel right now that's just like it (along with the matching pencil). Did you know that the PFM IV is one of the harder models to find given that it was only made between 1959-1963? IMHO, the stainless cap with the gold trim and the solid color barrel with end cap is the epitome of style and class. You've got good taste. :wink:
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Postby murchmb » Thu Apr 24, 2008 7:31 pm

A rOtring Core today with Noodler's Squeteague.
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Postby fallingwickets » Fri Apr 25, 2008 1:28 am

I have used the same pen every day for the past 25 years.....Cross (its the simple one with a fairly large gold nib) filled with mont blanc ink... turquoise in colour of course! :lol:

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Postby jww » Fri Apr 25, 2008 2:28 am

It's called a Lenovo Thinkpad. My handwriting is so atrocious - I can't decipher it on a very good day. :oops:
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Postby southpaw » Fri Apr 25, 2008 5:39 am

Today I'm using my Sheaffer PFM IV (looks just like Squire's, so I'll not bother posting a photo).

For those of you who are curious about it's Snorkel filling system, the most sophisticated filling system ever made in a fountain pen, or about the pen, here are a couple of excellent links:

http://penhero.com/PenGallery/Sheaffer/SheafferPFM.htm

http://penhero.com/PenGallery/Sheaffer/SheafferSnorkelGuide.htm
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Postby Trumperman » Fri Apr 25, 2008 6:08 am

Squire wrote:Daily companions.


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Good working instruments, low profile.


Hey Squire, you have excellent tastes. We own the same watch! (I always knew you were a cool guy.....)

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Postby NineMinuteNap » Sat Apr 26, 2008 12:26 am

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Postby Rufus » Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:09 am

I have three fountain pens filled and ready to go: a Bexley America the Beautiful in Mahogany with a factory stub nib and loaded with Waterman's South Sea Blue, a Bexley 10th Anniversary in Chocolate ebonite with a fine nib and loaded with Waterman's Havana Brown, and a Sailor green ribbed Naginata-Togi with a medium fine nib and loaded with Parker Qunink blue black.
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Postby southpaw » Sat Apr 26, 2008 9:06 am

Rufus wrote:I have three fountain pens filled and ready to go: a Bexley America the Beautiful in Mahogany with a factory stub nib and loaded with Waterman's South Sea Blue, a Bexley 10th Anniversary in Chocolate ebonite with a fine nib and loaded with Waterman's Havana Brown, and a Sailor green ribbed Naginata-Togi with a medium fine nib and loaded with Parker Qunink blue black.


Very nice pens! Also, I really like the Waterman inks you're using. I haven't tried the Quink blue-black (don't like their regular blue). Is that an iron gall blue-black?

Anyhow, today I'll mostly be using a Conklin Nozac Word Gauge LE (actually made for Conklin by Visconti) inked with Visconti Blue.

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Postby Rufus » Sat Apr 26, 2008 10:39 am

southpaw wrote:
Rufus wrote:I have three fountain pens filled and ready to go: a Bexley America the Beautiful in Mahogany with a factory stub nib and loaded with Waterman's South Sea Blue, a Bexley 10th Anniversary in Chocolate ebonite with a fine nib and loaded with Waterman's Havana Brown, and a Sailor green ribbed Naginata-Togi with a medium fine nib and loaded with Parker Qunink blue black.


Very nice pens! Also, I really like the Waterman inks you're using. I haven't tried the Quink blue-black (don't like their regular blue). Is that an iron gall blue-black?

Anyhow, today I'll mostly be using a Conklin Nozac Word Gauge LE (actually made for Conklin by Visconti) inked with Visconti Blue.

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That's a very nice looking pen; is it still available? With respect to Parker Quink blue-black, it is not iron gall. I believe that Montblanc blue-black and Diamine Registrars are iron gall. The problem with an iron gall ink is that it is acidic and will corrode any non-gold metal parts on a pen with which it comes into contact. As for Waterman's, it is my favourite ink and the only reason I'm using the Quink blue-black is because my local supplier was out of Waterman's blue-black. I find that Waterman's performs better than most other inks in terms of flow and lubrication and it doesn't stain or clog my pens; as well I've never had any nib creep with it. To top it off its readily available and not expensive.
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Postby southpaw » Sat Apr 26, 2008 10:57 am

Rufus wrote:That's a very nice looking pen; is it still available? With respect to Parker Quink blue-black, it is not iron gall. I believe that Montblanc blue-black and Diamine Registrars are iron gall. The problem with an iron gall ink is that it is acidic and will corrode any non-gold metal parts on a pen with which it comes into contact. As for Waterman's, it is my favourite ink and the only reason I'm using the Quink blue-black is because my local supplier was out of Waterman's blue-black. I find that Waterman's performs better than most other inks in terms of flow and lubrication and it doesn't stain or clog my pens; as well I've never had any nib creep with it. To top it off its readily available and not expensive.


Hi Rufus,

Thank you. No, they've been sold out for quite some time and rarely pop up for sale on the pen boards.

I was aware of MB and Diamine being iron gall inks, but wasn't sure about the Parker. You are absolutely correct about the acidity of iron gall inks being a problem.

I have most of Waterman's colors (except green), but the blue-black is the most disappointing given how quickly the color fades (also explains why I don't use it anymore - Diamine Prussian Blue is my blue-black of choice and it's in my PFM IV right now). If exposed to sunlight, the color will fade in a matter of weeks. Over on FPN there have been some who have gone back to read their notes at the end of a semester and had difficulty doing so because it had faded so much (an extreme case to be sure, but it is known for fading).

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Postby Rufus » Sat Apr 26, 2008 11:09 am

southpaw wrote:
Rufus wrote:That's a very nice looking pen; is it still available? With respect to Parker Quink blue-black, it is not iron gall. I believe that Montblanc blue-black and Diamine Registrars are iron gall. The problem with an iron gall ink is that it is acidic and will corrode any non-gold metal parts on a pen with which it comes into contact. As for Waterman's, it is my favourite ink and the only reason I'm using the Quink blue-black is because my local supplier was out of Waterman's blue-black. I find that Waterman's performs better than most other inks in terms of flow and lubrication and it doesn't stain or clog my pens; as well I've never had any nib creep with it. To top it off its readily available and not expensive.


Hi Rufus,

Thank you. No, they've been sold out for quite some time and rarely pop up for sale on the pen boards.

I was aware of MB and Diamine being iron gall inks, but wasn't sure about the Parker. You are absolutely correct about the acidity of iron gall inks being a problem.

I have most of Waterman's colors (except green), but the blue-black is the most disappointing given how quickly the color fades (also explains why I don't use it anymore - Diamine Prussian Blue is my blue-black of choice and it's in my PFM IV right now). If exposed to sunlight, the color will fade in a matter of weeks. Over on FPN there have been some who have gone back to read their notes at the end of a semester and had difficulty doing so because it had faded so much (an extreme case to be sure, but it is known for fading).

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I wasn't aware of the fading problem with the Waterman's blue-black because I don't tend to keep my handwritten material very long; I haven't noticed this problem with the other Waterman's inks nor with the Quink blue-black. I understand Diamine ink is very good and according to Richard Binder (the guru of pen-guru's) it's as good as Waterman's, which is his favourite ink. I'd like to try some, but I'll have to wait until my next trip into Toronto, as the local stationer does carry it. Too bad about the Conklin, but it's probably a good thing as I already have more fountain pens than I need.
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Postby southpaw » Sat Apr 26, 2008 11:35 am

Rufus wrote:I wasn't aware of the fading problem with the Waterman's blue-black because I don't tend to keep my handwritten material very long; I haven't noticed this problem with the other Waterman's inks nor with the Quink blue-black. I understand Diamine ink is very good and according to Richard Binder (the guru of pen-guru's) it's as good as Waterman's, which is his favourite ink. I'd like to try some, but I'll have to wait until my next trip into Toronto, as the local stationer does carry it. Too bad about the Conklin, but it's probably a good thing as I already have more fountain pens than I need.


It's an unfortunate flaw in an otherwise excellent ink. I have nine bottles of Diamine (not counting a backup or two) and they're all great. Richard is very knowledgeable and his website is an excellent resource. As to FPs and "need," I think that goes hand-in-hand with all the shave gear ADs. :wink:
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Postby southpaw » Tue May 06, 2008 6:35 am

Tuesday's pen:

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Stipula Vedo, made in Italy, filled with Waterman Purple.
The mid-section of the pen is clear so you can see how much ink you have left (note the air bubble) and so you can see the piston move.
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Postby drmoss_ca » Tue May 06, 2008 6:40 am

Today is a Vanishing Point with a custom stub nib (courtesy of nibs.com)

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Postby DEF » Tue May 06, 2008 9:10 am

My usual daily pen is a Pelikan Souveran 405 Rollerball -- black with silver accents. But since we moved house last week, I haven't seen it. It must be packed away in a box somewhere.

I have another lost pen story that is a real heartbreaker. When I began work at The University of Tulsa in 1999, I spotted a fountain pen in the office junk can. I asked my boss if I could trade another pen for the FP, and she said no problem. It was a Parker 45, in brushed stainless finish with a medium nib. After a little cleanup, it wrote superbly -- a bold, wet line that was effortless and expressive. Somewhere along the way it just disappeared. I don't know if I misplaced it at home, if someone relieved me of it, or what. Easy come, easy go I guess.
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