New arrivals

I should be saving my money, not spending it on more pens and pen stuff.

In spite of that, I just received a  Nock and Co. pen case– Sinclair in peacock and coal.  I also threw in a Pilot Metropolitan Retro Pop in turquoise with a medium nib.  I got medium because I tend to prefer a fine nib, and wanted to branch out.

The case is sturdy canvas and has three pen slots, space for this and that, and a pocket for a small notebook.  I’m actually keeping three fountain pens, a blackwing pencil (sharpened- the full sized pencil would be too long) and a cross ballpoint pen in the pen slots, so it’s quite roomy.  You can see the overall size as compared to my passport sized Travelers Notebook.

The pen was only $15, but it writes very well- I’m pleasantly surprised.  The nib is too broad for me to use everyday, but it’s nice for the more decorative writing I’ve been experimenting with.  Right now it’s filled with Noodler’s General of the Armies, which is a thick green with black undertones.

These are both going to travel with me every day.

Calligraphy Practice

I’ve been working on my “lettering”.  Lately I’ve been using a Lamy Joy Calligraphy pen with a 1.9mm nib.


It came with a dark blue ink cartridge, which I usedfor practice.  The pen started skipping terribly, and I thought it was going to be a bust.  I decided to fill it with a wetter ink and see if that would help.  It did. Once I had changed the ink it was much smoother and I haven’t had any more problems with it.

I’m not really a Lamy fan, which seems to put me in a minority.  That said, this pen does the job admirably.  I like the way it looks –long and slim, with a shape reminiscent of a classic dip pen.  It’s too long for my pen case, but I can overlook that.