Pelikan M800 Black, M800 18K 0.6mm Stub, inked with Noodler's Berning Red

You can't get more simple than a black pen with gold trim. Some people in the pen community look down their nose at them and think they are boring. I look at them and choose to consider them workmanlike.


There is nothing workmanlike about this nib however. It left the Pelikan factory as a medium and was turned into a 0.6mm Stub by Richard Binder. I did not commission this custom nib but purchased it with a M805 Black pen some 5½ years ago. It does not quite have the sharpness of cursive italic but is a lovely writer with some line variation.


Noodler's Berning Red is the third in the range of fast drying inks satirising Ben Bernanke (the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve). Other than being fast drying this is just a standard medium red ink - nothing to get excited about.


TWSBI Micarta, S/S 0.9mm Stub, inked with Noodler's Berning Red

My TSWBI Micarta looks like it has had a hard life. It hasn't, but it did have a leaky nib section that caused me to spend quite amount of time scrubbing it to get it cleaned - not the easiest process considering the micarta material is quite porous. This pen has a bit of a history - its previous owner was Dan Smith of FPGeeks fame and this very pen was featured on that site when the Micarta was first released.

This stainless steel nib came from the TWSBI factory as a broad but was ground into a 0.9mm Stub by Dan himself. It tends to be a dry writer than can be frustrating at times.

Berning Red is a fast drying red, one of the Bernanke range. It is Noodler's latest offering. I am a sucker for Noodler's inks sometimes buying them more for the label art than the ink inside. This one's label art lives up to expectations with a two sided spread. I am quite amused that poor old Bernanke is still coping it from Noodler's inks even though he has retired from the Fed.  

A pretty nice red - it leans blood red to my eye from this stub nib. It certainly dries very fast leaving no pooling even on Tomoe River paper. Its dark enough for me to use at work, so I am looking forward to filling pages with trails of blood...