Saturday, February 15, 2014
And thus ends the Great Daily Carry Quest of 2014. Already pressed into service, I'm looking forward to giving this one a workout. Thanks to all who offered suggestions and recommendations. This one just hit the sweet spot for me, helped in part by the fact that I have a lot of cartridge/converter pens, of which a vanishing point would be Yet Another. I hate running out of ink mid-meeting, and a pistol fill is just simple enough to make topping up the reservoir a daily ritual.
The Safari is also a surprise favorite, and I'm really glad I picked that one up as well. Maybe it's the size difference, or maybe I'm just not babying it as much as I am the Pelikan right now, but I'm enjoying it more than I thought I would, given that it's (in essence) more of the same sort of thing I already have.
For those crazy about ink, Waterman's "Serenity Blue" is a renaming of their "Florida Blue" color, as near as I can tell. That was the first ink I ever used with the pen that's now been replaced. Not every pen user is a fan of shading in their inks, preferring the lines to come out one single, bold color. Personally, I like the shading, and Florida Blue always shaded like crazy with my writing style. I'm pleased to see it's still doing so from the bottle. Masochists with a good 'net connection should take a peek at that second pen photo in the large size. I may have to save up for an oblique nib, just to spend more time with that color shading.
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What kind of sugarcane paper is that specifically? I particularly like the line colors and the margin.
I'm also finding that I like a bit of tooth. For me, a broad nib on clairefontaine 90g shoots around enough I end up focusing too much on controlling the pen. XD
Very nice pen, ink, and paper combination. I may need to spring for a Pelikan. I never spent that much on a pen yet. There is always a first time.
Now if Waterman would make Serenity Blue in non-washable. This is my primary ink and so often I get documents ruined because it is not permanent. I like the ink too much to switch.
@Nick: It's a Staples brand. I don't see the specific product on their web site, but that's not unusual. It's an "Eco Easy" branded composition book with wide lines and a brown cardboard cover. The labeling says it's 80% sugarcane waste (bagasse) paper. It's the same notebook shown in this blog post.
It looks like they still offer other products like spiral-bound notebooks. You might want to check them out. I like bagasse paper, and had a ream of combination bagasse/bamboo paper turned into some fountain-pen-friendly notebooks for my desk as scratch pads.
@Bill: This is my first "real" pen too, and I'm babying it. Probably more than I should, considering this is the lower end of the line, and after that you're looking at brass barrels and laser-etched bling. The piston-fill and the potential ease of nib-swapping pulled me toward Pelikan, and the good reputation on FPN settled it.
The ink's impermanence is a vote in its favor for use in vintage pens, I gather. You know it's not going to gunk anything up, and a quick wash under water should remove it. I'd look into to Noodler's "bulletproof" inks for water resistance and protection against fading. I'm mostly making notes or edits: nothing so precious that needs to be kept for the ages.
Congrats on a great pen, Michael. My 205 gets regular use as a daily carry. And the Waterman's Florida Blue is a great shade. No real need to baby this pen too much. It's pretty sturdy, and the steel nib is a little more resilient to pressure than the gold nibs. Enjoy it!
It's so...red! And...red!
Pretty pen. And, since I have its vaguely more traditional sibling(an M200), I have no doubt it will be a faithful and friendly companion.
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