Lots of smaller pens this month in anticipation of some travel plans.
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.
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?
The arrival of October brings to mind fall colours capped off with Halloween. So, my pen and ink line up for the month rich reds, oranges and brown. The one limitation was that the ink had to come stored in plastic bottles. This was because October 1 fell on Sunday but I headed up to our family cottage for the weekend on Friday. I didn't have time to ink up before leaving for our trip hence, I tried to choose ink bottles that wouldn't crack.
The themes for July are Canada's 150 and travel.
It's been a few months since I last posted a Currently Inked. Over this time, I've experimented with the number of pens I have inked up at any time. At one point I had as many as 12 pens inked. It got to be a bit too much to manage. Too many pens to track and maintain. Now I'm trying to keep to 6 inked pens with a complete refresh every month.
October came and went in a flash! With the Scriptus pen showthis past Sunday and yesterday being Halloween, I didn't have much time to prepare my pen + ink combos for November. Without further ado, here they are...
I’ve finally decided what to carry to the Scriptus pen show tomorrow. I wanted to bring a backpack but not a huge one so I dug up this little pack from my closet and dressed it up with some pen-related pins to show my pen pride.
October has been fairly light in terms of travel but duty called. This time the duties as a hockey mom which involved going with my son and his team to the city of Kitchener for a hockey tournament. Originally this was supposed to be a 3 day trip but cut short by the sad reality that our team did not make it into the final day of the tournament. On a positive note, it gave me an opportunity to plan another pen + ink load out.
Apart from my must-bring Hobo and TN, I wanted to bring whatever pens and paper I could fit inside a larger case. The case I had in mind was the A5 sized Lihit Lab Teffa Bag in Bag. I was expecting to travel a lot from rink to rink and I wanted a self-contained writing tool kit that I could bring along.
When I posted my October pen + ink line-up, I mentioned that there were only 8 pens rather than my preferred 9 pens as a I was holding a spot for a new pen in transit. After an eventful journey from Eastern US with a side trip to Canada Customs, the pen has finally arrived.
Last Wednesday, I posted some picturesI took on a recent hike. In fact, I went on a 1 night, 1 day get away trip to the cottage with the family. To be precise, we headed up on Friday night, September 30th. And headed back home on October 1st. I pondered a bit on what pens I should take seeing as I still had a couple of September inked pens to use up and my planned pens for October were only partially inked up. So, I did what any rational pen addict would do for a 1 day trip that starts at the last day of one month and ends on the first day of the next month: I took all pens in sight!
I’m posting my pen & ink line-up a later than originally planned. I had hoped that a new pen that shipped out at the end of September would have arrived in time to join the October line-up. I decided to go ahead and post my Currently Inked for October and do an addendum for the new pen.
One week after returning from my trip to Philly, I was off to Canada’s capital, Ottawa, for a conference. I barely unpacked but gave some thought to my pen and stationery carry for this 2 day trip. Once again, I dipped into my September pen & ink line-up for this outing. This is what I brought.