More on Fountain Pens

Since my last post on fountain pens, I have made a few more acquisitions.

I have my Sheaffer Prelude. But I have switched from the Sheaffer Skrip Turquoise ink for Monteverde Horizon Blue. In my wife’s opinion, the turquoise was girly, so I switched to something more manly. And the Horizon Blue is a nice bolder and darker blue. It will be my blue choice for life.

I picked up a Lamy Studio Imperial Blue in a medium nib. I sent it back. The chrome grip was slippery, making it hard to write.

I replaced the Lamy with a Monteverde Invincia Deluxe, which is made of carbon fiber and metal. It’s nice and heavy. However, the fine nib is scratchy. My cheaper Sheaffer is more smooth! So, it’s disappointing.

I paired up this pen with Diamine Oxblood dark red ink, which looks like dried blood! It’s a bit too dark—nearly brown—so I will switch eventually to Sheaffer Skrip Red or maybe Diamine Poppy Red. I’ll have to get samples and make a choice.

I picked up a Pilot Metropolitan Silver Plain with medium nib. I heard that Pilot nibs tend to run a size small, and I like a fine nib, so I went medium—and it was the right choice. This pen is light but very smooth. It was cheaper than both of my other pens and it is providing the best writing experience to boot!

I paired up the Metropolitan with Monteverde Yosemite Green ink. It’s beautiful! This ink will be my green choice for life.

I decided to get a white pen to pair with my Lamy Black ink. I purchased the Jinhao 321 but it won’t be here for some time. It was super cheap. Less than $5 on Amazon new. So far, my cheaper pens are my best and smoothest ones, so I am willing to try this one out. Besides, there is not a great selection of attractive and affordable white fountain pens, so I had limited options.

I’ve also picked up Clairefontaine Triomphe A4 notepad in white. It’s super smooth paper and thick enough not to rip. But I also picked up matching envelopes, so I don’t have to worry about the wax seal ripping the letter. Writing on it is a fantastic experience!

In addition, I picked up a Clairefontaine A5 notebook. Same kind of experience in a journal form as the A4 notepad. But it lacks page numbers. So far, I’ve only written in it with my Monteverde pen, and it seems a bit scratchy. That may be the nib of the pen though, and it can also be that the notebook doesn’t lay flat, so the curves of the paper may be impacting the writing experience.

So, you live, you learn. More expensive pens aren’t necessarily better. Sample ink before getting a bottle. Page numbers and lay-flat are important notebook features.

Depending on how the Jinhao works out, I may stick to Pilot fountain pens from here on out. I hear they are not only smooth but also consistent. Some potential options may be:

As far as paper is concerned, I plan to try out these:

What about you? Have you decided to try out a fountain pen and paper combo?