I thought I’d kick things off with a look at what accompanies me to work…
My ‘workhorse’ pens are a TWSBI Vac 700 and a Conklin Duragraph in Cracked Ice finish. The Vac 700 has so far only been inked with Pilot Iroshizuku kon-peki, but it needs refilling so I’ve cleaned it and will see how it fares with a different ink. The Duragraph has lived mainly on a diet of J. Herbin Perle Noir, but I’ve recently been trialing another Iroshizuku ink: ku-jaku.
Until recently I hadn’t contemplated the world of vintage pens, but an impulse buy from eBay left me the owner of a slightly dog-eared MontBlanc No. 24. It’s a piston filler that I think dates from the 1960s, but I know next to nothing about MontBlancs (never thought I could afford one). So far I’ve been impressed.
The next pen is both vintage and brand new. Sounds odd, but it’s a 1940’s Eversharp Skyline that never made it out the shop that stocked it. These pens seem well regarded and the nib supposedly has a bit of flex to it. I haven’t used it much so far and will write up something more detailed in the near future.
Next up is my collection of Kaweco pens – 2 Liliputs and a Skyline Classic Sport. The Liliputs are solid brass and copper and I’ve had them a while as you can tell from the patina. I love these pens, the all metal construction gives these tiny pens some weight. The Skyline is relatively new and I’m still trying to work it into my pen rotation.
My main journal/notebook is a Hobonichi Techo diary/planner. I came across this gem a couple of years ago and have been hooked ever since. At present I don’t use mine for much beyond a work diary and planner, but can’t see myself going back to a standard issue diary. Its major selling point is the Tomoe River paper it’s made from – ultra thin and beautiful to write on. Even with a leather cover, at a day to a page it’s still less than 2cm thick.
The two green notebooks are CIAK Appuntinos. I’ve been experimenting with small to medium format notebooks and this pair caught my eye on the Journal Shop website. Apart from the textured cover, it was the dot grid paper that took my interest. I’ll write some more detailed thoughts about these books shortly.
Like many people, I was introduced to Midori through their Traveler’s notebooks. They also produce a range of other notebooks, all on high quality, fountain pen-friendly paper. I’m attempting to keep a journal and using this A5 MD Notebook to jot down my thoughts. I went for grid paper rather than ruled.
I’ll confess, I hardly use a pencil these days but I still carry a couple on the off chance I’ll need them. I bought a Pentel Graphlet for this purpose and then acquired a Uni Kuru Toga M5 from Cult Pens as freebie on top of an order I placed.
My pens and pencils get transported in a Nomadic PN-01 pencil case. For a comparatively simple and straightforward design you can fit a lot in. I’m still looking for the ideal pencil/pen case, but this does the job for now.