The wisdom of the ages. When new to an enterprise, your head quickly gets filled with bits and pieces of knowledge, some of which you realize you are taking on faith until you actually experience an event yourself that exemplifies the lore. I completely believed when told that the fountain pen writing experience was a combination of nib, pen, ink and paper. But I didn’t understand until I wrote with my TWISBI 580 AL inked in Iroshizuku Ina-H0 in a Life Noble notebook.
My deep felt love for my TWISBI mini was not carried over to the 580 (which I rail on about here). I loathed it with the stub nib on it (fire hose anyone?) and was not much happier with the fine nib. As for Ina-Ho, it is lovely but impractical. I had only a small sample so I did not want to flush it down the drain and I decided to switch out the stub nib for the fine. I thought I would lose the shading but it would give another use of the ink for comparison. I felt I had wasted it already so had nothing to lose.
I was writing in my Life Noble notebook when I had to stop and comment:
This is the first paper on which this pen has acted as if it has a fine nib. And the first time I have ever enjoyed using this pen. Put that together with this amazing ink and it is delicious. Delicious.
And there you have it. A pen I disliked, an ink I had no time time for. Put them together and write in a Life Notebook and it is such a joyful feeling I have to take time out of my journalling to note how fantastic it is. I ended up writing six pages. I literally did not want to stop writing.
That finial is the reason I could not buy an Ecco even though in the back of my mind I suspect I would prefer it to the AL. That is how crazy I can be. I cannot accept the flat plastic end of the Ecco, not when put up against the beauty and detail of the Classic and 580.