Currently Inked: July 2016

Lots of smaller pens this month in anticipation of some travel plans.

Pen and Ink Line-up

I managed to use up everything for June. For the first time ever, no holdovers!

#NEW (In order of appearance in line-up)#

Pen: Franklin-Christoph Pocket 40 Blue-Violet and Ice 1.1
Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-Gao


This is pocket pen #1 for this month. I really enjoyed using Asa-Gao last month in the Franklin-Christoph Model 66 with the music nib. I think the 1.1 stub will help bring out the nice sheen of this ink. It also matches the body of this pen. Eyedropper.

Pen: Franklin-Christoph Model 45 IPO 14K Matsuyama M Cursive Italic
Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku Yu-Yake

Pocket pen #2 for this month. I'm loving the form factor of this pen and especially that sweet, expressive nib. I haven't used Yu-Yake in a long while. I thought it would be nice with this nib and bring some sunshine colour into the lineup. Eyedropper. (Yes, I did accidently write Model 40 rather than Model 45 in the lineup sheet.)

Pen: Tactile Turn Gist Titanium EF
Ink: Noodler's Raven Black

This is not exactly a pocket pen but it's on the smaller side for this lineup. I selected the Dasmascus steel finial and grip section for the pen which I think looks pretty awesome. Even more awesome is the soft titanium nib. This one is pretty smooth and offers the semi-flex personality of gold. Such a stealthy pen is nicely paired with the Wonder Pens Canadian exclusive Noodler's Raven Black.

Pen: Pilot/Namiki Vanishing Point Raden Water Surface F
Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki

My Pilot/Namiki Vanishing Point Raden Galaxy is currently with my DH (a story for another blog post) so, self-indulgently, I got myself the Raden Water Surface. The Raden finish is all bling-bling. It was only fitting that the first ink up would be with the oldest bottle of ink in my possession, which was also one of the first to be inked in its Raden Galaxy sibling.

Pen: Edison Nouveau Premiere - Lilac 1.1
Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Budo

I want to pair the lilac pen with a purple ink. I love the intensity of Yama-Budo.

Pen: Platinum 3776 Sai M
Ink: Bungbox Kotohogi Kurenai (New Year’s Red)

I wanted to have a red ink in honour of Canada Day. I thought it would look awesome in the crystal clear Platinum 3776 Sai M.

Pen: TWSBI Diamond 580 - Orange EF
Ink: Akkerman #22 Hopjesbruin

Orange accented pen. Orange ink. Not an exact match since Akkerman #22 is muted with a hint of brown. There's more difference between Akkerman #22 and TWSBI Diamond 580 - Orange than TWSBI Diamond 580 - Lava and TWSBI Diamond 580 - Orange. 🤔

Pen: TWSBI Vac Mini 1.1
Ink: KWZ IG Turquoise

New pen to the line up. I've had it for alike but only now had a chance to bust it out. This is also a smaller pen but not exactly pocket sized. So far I love the form factor. Since it's a clear demonstrator, I can fill it pretty much with anything. KWZ IG Turquoise looks pretty good in it.

Pen: Kaweco Brass Sport EF
Ink: KWZ Brown Pink

Pocket pen #3 for this month. And a virtually indestructible one at that.
I think KWZ Brown Pink is pretty funky and wanted to try it out in the Brass Sport.

Closing Comments

Astute readers may notice a glaring pen omission for this month. Can you guess what that is?

How many pens do you have inked up for July? What are your favourite pen and ink combos?