As you may well imagine, there are many
wonderful pens, inks, and books available here at Classic Fountain Pens. But what
makes a particular pen or ink stand out when you are surrounded by them
daily? Read on to find out what the Nibsters love best and why...
Fountain Pen: John likes the Nakaya Naka-ai in Kuro-tamenuri better without the clip (cigar), but because he likes to carry his pens, the cigar model doesn't fit his lifestyle as much, so he uses the writer version. If he were only using it at his desk, he would use the cigar model. "I love the simplicity of the design as well as the 14K nib, which I have customized to a semi-flexible left oblique. The deep rich color with red peeking out at the edges turns my crank."
Ink: Platinum mix free ink kit. John enjoys mixing colors to get exactly the hue he wants. When Sailor discontinued their Red Brown, he was able to match it pretty closely. Why stick to one color when the entire palate is available?
Book: Fountain Pens of Japan has taught John that there is a big world of fountain pens that he did not know existed. The pictures are beautiful and the history interesting.
Fountain Pen: Pilot Custom 74 in Blue with a medium nib.
Jonella usually prefers something a little broader, but for everyday writing this medium nib is perfect for her. The blue tint of the cap and barrel disguises the ink that sneaks into the nooks and crannies of all pens just enough to not distract her from what she's writing and the press button converter makes it easy to fill.
Ink: Asiatic Day Flower is bright enough to contrast with other inks without screaming "Look at me!"
Ink: Sailor Kiwa-Guro Black is a rich jet black pigment ink that is very safe to use in any contemporary fountain pen. As a lefty, David much appreciates the quick-drying properties of this ink. It is also highly water-resistant.
Book: The Chronicle of the Fountain Pen serves both as a terrific introduction to the world of fountain pens and also places pen development within the context of social and historical events. A very engaging read.
Fountain Pen: Michael's favorite pen is the Pelikan Silver Screen Limited Edition. It reminds him of the days when the silver screen really looked silver and Hollywood really had “glamour”. He likes that the stars in the barrel decoration look a bit like the stars on the “Hollywood Walk of Fame” and the rubies in the stars remind him of the “ruby slippers”, it’s a very big, very important, very cool pen. Michael can picture using it to sign that big contract for the head of the studio. The presentation case is a "wide-screen" spectacle in itself. This pen should be a "must-have" on the desk of anyone who is (or wants to be) an entertainment mogul. It's totally over-the-top and makes no apologies.
Ink: Michael's favorite ink of the moment is perfect with his favorite pen…Pelikan Edelstein Ruby. It reminds him of Technicolor Spectaculars and the glamour of old Hollywood. Signing an important document in this color really appeals to my sense of humor.
Book: Michael's favorite book is American Cursive Handwriting by Michael Sull. "Like many others in today's world of e-communications my cursive handwriting can stand improving. I find this book practical, easy to understand, interesting and informative as well. The history of American Cursive handwriting is quite fascinating. "
Fountain Pen:Nakaya Portable Writer Many Treasures - Christina harbors a fierce empathy toward this oft-maligned and greatly misunderstood fountain pen. Though Eastern Philosophy encourages finding many treasures in the diverse world of objects, this pen is often eschewed in favor of more classic-looking writing instruments. And a classic it is not: the urushi lacquer body coupled with abstract maki-e elements evokes a Postmodern convergence of traditional Japanese craftsmanship and twentieth-century Western art movements ranging from Russian Constructivism, to Memphis design, and even a bit of Art Deco. This is an unconventional tool for the unconventional writer, and recasts even the most pedestrian scribbling as a singular writing experience.
Ink:Platinum Mix-Free Cyclamen - This super-saturated, almost dayglo pink has a creamy under finish that makes it easy on the eyes. Christina uses it for nearly all of her day-to-day business.
Accessory:Rhodia Classic Top Wirebound 5.8 x 8.3 inches, 80 sheet lined notebook - These sturdy French notebooks can be found in every Monoprix in Paris.The paper is slightly thicker, smoother, and takes to fountain pens much better than moleskine notebooks. As a freelance writer, Christina often takes notations in various settings. This mid-size pad is great for travel, but still large enough for comfortable long form writing. It has a rigid back that allows for taking notes while sitting or standing, and the wire bound top makes it easy to hold for lefties, righties, and the ambidextrous alike.
Nib: Pilot Vanishing Point Black-plated Medium, cut to cursive italic - Christina writes in medium-sized cursive with a light touch. A Pilot Medium Point on it's own is a bit too broad for her liking, but cut to a cursive italic, the nib adds a crisp expressive nice to her lettering while still being smooth enough for everyday use.