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Dec. 14th, 2013

Fountain Pen Pics!

Finally found my camera. They're still not great, but they at least give you an idea of what they look like. I also couldn't find any blank white notebook paper, so I used a yellow legal pad.

I probably need to clean my desk...

Capped Sailor Clear  Candy Milk Coffee fountain pen

(a capped Sailor Clear Candy Milk Coffee fountain pen. The pen is brown with white spots, like a cow).

uncapped Sailor Clear Candy Milk Coffee fountain pen

(uncapped Sailor Clear Candy Milk Coffee fountain pen. You can also kind of see my fingers, holding it still).

Close up of the pen's nib, with text

(close-up of pen's nib, with my handwriting saying Hi! I'm Kaboom's fountain pen!)

bottle of J. Herbin fountain pen ink

(bottle of J. Herbin Cacao du Bresil fountain pen ink)

Dec. 12th, 2013

My New Pen

For a long time, I've been intrigued by fountain pens. They look so complicated, but they're so pretty. They have such a wide variety of ink colors that aren't necessarily reproduceable in the gel ink pens I usually use for writing various things, and I've always wanted to try using one. I bought a really cheap disposable one at the art store once, but it leaked all over the place and ended up ruining both my pen case and my clothes. So I've put off buying a real one for a while, because I'm nervous about how it would work out. The nib was also really broad and wrote widely on that pen, and because my handwriting is so small, really trying to write with anything bigger than a 0.7 mm line makes it illegible. I wasn't sure how wide most fountain pens wrote, and if I bought an expensive one, I would like to be able to use it and actually read whatever I had written.

Well, last week I finally bit the bullet and ordered a Sailor Clear Candy Milk Coffee fountain pen, medium fine nib. So far, I like it a lot, although I do wish the tip was a bit thinner. I would estimate it to be about equivalent to a 0.6/0.7 mm line, about the threshold for readability for my handwriting. I also bought a bottle of J. Herbin ink, although I haven't used it yet, I'm going to finish the cartridge of black ink that the pen came with first. Of course, in order to use the ink bottle, I had to get a ink converter too.

I can see how writing with fountain pens could be a very expensive hobby. The pen itself was $16.00, which was on the cheap end for fountain pens- I've seen pens for sale upwards of $200 at the fancy stationery shop in my city. The converter was $8.25, and the ink was $9.00. However, I've also done a lot of research, and the fountain pen may be more economical in the long run. I have a problem with hoarding office supplies, but even though I hoard them I end up buying more gel ink pens every few months because I go through them so quickly. I handwrite drafts of my fics, so I use a lot of ink. From what I understand, one bottle of ink for a fountain pen can last six months to a year, so I wouldn't have to buy pens as often, and they really do come in lovely subtle colors.

Of course, this doesn't mean I won't use my old pens anymore. I do get bored writing with only one color, and I don't think I'd want to have to clean my converter every few days to switch the ink color.

Pictures will be forthcoming in a few days- I can't find my camera at the moment and my cell phone doesn't do the pen justice.