Glass Dip Penned: Six at Random

I am always looking for an excuse to "fiddle" with my Fountain Pen database. This afternoon I was playing around with the random function in Filemaker looking to see if I can add a bit more variety to my pen/nib/ink selection algorithms. In the end I didn't make any change but instead used the code I had created to select random inks from my collection. It was selecting some very interesting inks that I hadn't seen for quite a while. (inks are taking two years between uses at the moment).

So I set the script to select six and these are what resulted. I dragged out my trusty dip pen and scribbled their names on Tomoe River paper. 

I designed my lightbox for only one ink bottle at a time so its a bit cramped for all six.

Noodler's scored three of the six spots, with the shade-rific Apache Sunset, the Eternal/Bulletproof/forge-proof Hunter Green and the very long named Whaleman's Sepia. Montblanc gets one entry with their very nice twilight blue - Blue Hour, Sailor's take on racing green is there with Epinard, and finally Organics Studio's ode to Walt Whitman's famous poem Leaves of green - to say it is a dark green is false in my humble opinion. 

A side effect of the dip pen is that the writing tends to be very wet (dark) at the start, levels out and then tapers off as the ink is used. Sometimes I turn the pen so you will see a darker patch mid-scribble.

Pelikan M805 Black/Blue Striated, M800 18K Broad, inked with Montblanc Meisterstück Blue Hour

It has been just over eight months since I added a pen to my collection. It is a long way from the early days when I was averaging a new pen every ten days! Why? A couple of reasons. My tastes are more expensive now and the Australian dollar is a shadow of former self.

Well this week I broke the drought and took delivery of the 92nd pen into my collection - the Pelikan M805 Black/Blue Striated. 

The previous owner is the famous Pen Economist who made comment on twitter that he preferred to use a Pilot Pera to this pen. Not surprisingly he subsequently offered it up for sale. I have being eyeing off these Black-Blue-Silver pens for quite a while thinking I would one day pull the trigger on the M605 version. But I knew I had to have this pen, if only to give it a home where it is loved. :) 

This is one classy looking pen - Black/Blue striped, silver trimmed rather than gold, and shiny two-toned 18K Broad with juicy flow.  

I teamed this combination with my initial use of the Montblanc Meisterstück Blue Hour Twilight Blue (to use its full title), first impressions are good, some shading, nice range of tones, and great flow - another good ink from Montblanc.