Montblanc 22 repair

Last summer I purchased a Montblanc 22 and when it arrived, within a day I broke it. I was crushed, I’m not sure if I actually cried, but I felt like it.


The Fountain Pen Network and the wonderful people who participate in sharing their knowledge, skills, wisdom and sympathy came to my rescue. Yes Vande Weert of Belgium repaired my pen and I am so grateful.


Ink comparisons, Let’s go pink!

I’be been trying lots of colors in my fountain pens, going through the color wheel in inks. 

In the pinks I’m starting J. Herbin Larmes de Cassis (Tears of the Black Currant), which is actually a dark burgundy.  This ink is one of my go to inks.  It behaves well in fountain pens, doesn’t dry in the pen too quickly.  Rinses out well and is a yummy color.

Next to it is De Atramentis Strawberry, this color is a nice medium red with a hint, a breath of orange.  Just enough to remind you of the blush of red that rests on the surface of those lovely summer berries.

 J. Herbin Rouge Bourgogne is a bright pink that shades well and like al the J. Herbin ink behaves well in fountain pens.  I liked it so well I used it twice in this sample.

I was introduced to Larmes  Noodler’s Rachmaninoff.   This ink is heavy on preciptants so I rinsed it out of my Platinum PG-200 soon after I wrote this sample.  It was clogging my pen.

De Atramentis Dianthus in my Sheaffer Demonstrator with an M8 nib is such a nice bright deep pink.  I been using this ink from tiny ink sample vials and I think I’ll have to buy a whole bottle.  It behaves well in pens, flows smoothly and I just love this color.

Once I rinsed out and dried the pen that had Rachmaninoff, I loaded Noodler’s Hellfire.  This ink is so light on paper, I think it is meant to be used as a highlighter ink.  It is a little dry in the pen so I’ll rinse it out soon. 

Private Reserve Arabian Rose in my Namiki Vanishing Point Medium Nib.  When I wrote this sample, I was surprised to see the nib flex just a little so it showed me that this ink does shade.  I’m remembering this once I improve my pen collection with more pens that have flexible nibs!

Noodler’s Saguaro Wine, if you love a rich pink that has plenty of saturation and shades toward blue, ooo baby this ink is the one for you!  It does shade a tiny bit.  This ink behaves well in pens, rinses out well and lays down well on the paper.

Noodler’s Catus Fruit Eel flows well.  It is an eel  ink after all, Noodler’s formulated these inks to increase their flow ability.  It’s a little brighter that Saguaro Wine and is such a great color.  This ink is a favorite of mine. 

Iroshizuku Yam-budo (Crimson Glory Vine) is less bright that Saguaro Wine or Catus Fruit Eel.  It has just a hint of duskyness that I like.  All the Iroshizuku inks be outstanding performers in pens, beautiful colors and behave well in my fountain pens.scan0001

Today, et us all remember our brave soldiers.


Today as we know, it is Remembrance Sunday, or Armistice Day. A day on which we pay our respects to servicemen and women in the Great Wars, and conflicts to this day. We hold a silence at 11 o’clock, AM, to this respect.
Now, I am not particularly one for poetry. I prefer literature and song. My attitude for poetry is not shifted for war poetry, but for one poem. It is of course ‘In Flanders Fields’, by John Mccrae. This is one of the only poems I enjoy, and I will lay it now in respect of Armistice, at 11AM on the 11th November, 1918.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw…

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I have a couple sets of these ink journals. I have one book for blue, brown/black, magenta, purple, red/orange, and green.

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Do you keep track of your inks in a journal? If not, it’s a great way to chart your ink journey. When my collection blossomed from fewer than ten to dozens and later more than a hundred, a simple notebook was the best I could find. Now there is a better option, the InkJournal from Tom Oddo of Goldspot Pens and Oddo Ink.

Full specs are available at the blogs below but suffice to say the paper is friendly to fountain pen nibs and inks. The format is useful and the dimensions similar to a pocket-sized Moleskine cahier. The journals are environmental friendly, too.

The prompts are logical and include enough space for your unique observations.

The back of each page is assigned to notes and comments. I used it to write a few words with the same ink but from different pens as new ones went into my…

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