I love all types of pens

I love fountain pens and all types of pens and pencils, each had a place in my writing instrument universe.

Fountain pens are for writing in my journal, when I want to share my deepest thoughts and want to handwrite at length, the fountain pen is the thing. I like to use different pens as my hand gets tired easily, differences in barrel width, nib drag on paper and ease or difficulty in creating the line on paper all factor into my decisions on which pen to use.

For many years I’ve been working on improving my handwriting and have practiced calligraphy to facilitate this effort. Now there are so many more resources on the web, it’s a joy to explore. Gaining access to flexible nibs with their super expressive line widths such as the Montblanc 244 or the the Namiki Falcon Metal soft fine nib are fabulous. I’ve discovered the varied line widths found in the oblique nibs in the Pelikan M800, M400 and vintage 140. I’ll do write up on the Montblanc, Namiki Falcon and Pelikan in the future.

A partial list of the pens in the photos: Pilot M90, Tornado Retro pencil for Sudoku, brown Platinum, Platinum PG-200 (the short fountain pen with the pink barrel), Pilot with Arabeque designs on the cap and barrel, two Platinum Sterling Silver with 18kt white gold nibs, four more PG-200s (I use different colors in each pen and match the barrel color, Pilot PG-200 type in White with Pansy flowers on the cap, another Platinum with stripes and vines, leaves and flower designs in a band on the cap, this one has an 18 kt gold nib, Namiki Vanishing Point, Cross roller ball, Waterman Carene, Cross ball point, Pilot H1076, Sheaffer Targa, Waterman cartridge fill and multi-lead pencil for highlighting.

Why so many types you might ask? Each one is useful for a different purpose, I use the pencils for sketches or if I really need to write with an instrument that has no drag on the paper and need to write fast. The downside of pencils is their line is impermanent and doesn’t copy well. However, if I’m doing a pen and ink drawing, often I’ll use a pencil for the preliminary sketch.

You can probably see the photos of part of my collection that I use and own, “gasp” rollerball, pencil and ball point writing instruments. Sometimes you need a pen that can write on soft paper, like Moleskins or copy paper, ball points are great. When I write a check, I use a ball point pen as I have duplicate checks and need to press a little harder. Happily, check writing is nearly becoming a thing of the past. Rollerballs are great because they often have a wider, more expressive line. The durability of the written word with the ball point pens are rarely matched by roller balls, gel pens or fountain pens. Sometimes, I’ll discover my calligraphy practice sheet has wet paw prints from my buddy, Chaz.

Part of my collection

Part of my collection

Close-up of the collection

Close-up of the collection

More of the collection

More of the collection

Acorn Squash drawing using Fountain Pens and Inks

Pen and ink drawing

Pen and ink drawing

Hero fountain pen

Platinum PG 200

Sheaffer School PenPlatinum PG 200Montblanc 244

I was baking some Acorn Squash and was inspired to do a line drawing. I focused on the colors in the photo, a dark green, a lighter green, a touch of orange and a subtle brown.

I used Iroshizuku Syo-ro in a Montblanc 244, Waterman Harmonie in a Wing Sung, Apache Sunset in a Sheaffer School Pen, J Herbin Vert Empire in a Platinum PG-200, and Iroshizuku Ina-ho in a Hero. I needed pens that for the most part had a very fine line.

The Hero and Wing Sung pens are great for drawing and ink sampling and have a fine line. The Hero pens are wonderful little pens. I bought a whole tray of a dozen pens for under $30.00 a few years ago. I’ve given a few away. Often, I use them for ink sampling, they hold a small amount of ink in a converter. The Wing Sung are very inexpensive and have a permanently attached converter. Each of these pens needed nib smoothing before use.

The Platinum PG-200s are an ultimate fine line pen and are great performers. I used a modified Platinum converter as it’s rare to find an old style squeeze converter for these pens. If you want a fountain pen that is very high quality, 14 kt gold nib and an extremely fine line try one of these pens.

The Montblanc 244 with an oblique nib is so expressive and with the Iroshizuku Syo-ro, and ink that shades so beautifully. A wow pen with a wow ink. I needed a neutral brown that was not to0 saturated so I loaded a Hero pen with Iroshizuku with Ina-ho, it was great for drawing in the stems on the squash and the stylized grass in the background.

About that Montblanc 244, there is a question as to whether this is a 244 or is it another Montblanc? Perhaps it’s a combination of pens. Hmmm. Any help?