I have never been a Moleskine fan. I have owned a few in my day but they were nearly all problematic in one way or another. I never even considered getting into them when I got into fountain pens because the general lore was that they, like their famous brother Field Notes, were not fountain pen friendly.
The other week I found myself at the end of my first Leuchtern 1917 desparately needing a new journal and on the road. I couldn’t find a Leuchtern anywhere but Chapters had tons of Moleskines and I took a chance on the Volant because I was desparate and they were relatively cheap: two for $17.00.
A pleasant surprise. The paper is not that great, really, only 70 gsm but it works just fine. On the plus side, the two colours are cool and they come in a great range of colours, two to every pack. They have a full sheet of labels that you can use to organize your book and, neat-0, all the pages are perforated. They are an odd little size (5 x 8 1/4) but it is not bad for a journal. I will definitely pick up more of these.
At first I was cautious and used a fine nib and one side of the paper but then I threw caution to the wind and have been using just about everything in them and yes, both sides.
I am incapable of resisting the lure of a fresh notebook. Especially with a newly inked newly acquired pen in hand. New pen, new ink, new notebook. Pretty close to bliss.
Today is stub day. I bought a small yellow-orange Franklin-Christoph Pocket 66 from Take Note. It just caught my eye in the display case and before I knew it, I had brought it home. It has a ginormous nib and yes, it is a stub. I had the presence of mind to try it out first. I swore it wrote finer than my TWISBI 580AL 1.1.
I looked at both of them and the F-C looks much bigger but it does write finer. Regardless, I popped the stub on the TWISBI too. And I swapped out my Lamy for a 1.1. So now I have five stub pens: two Lamy’s, two TWISBIs and my new Pocket 66.
The Pocket 66 has to be eyedroppered which I did, despite not having fantastic success with my Franklin-Christoph Model 20. I am hoping that the screw cap on the Pocket will make all the difference. If it continues to work, I will retry with the Model 20 because it really does look totally amazing to have the entire barrel filled with ink.
My limited edition pink Lamy (I will tell that story some day) is now inked with Private Reserve Arabian Rose. And stubbed. Perfect. My lilac Lamy is inked with Sailor Jentle Shigure. And stubbed. Perfect. My mini TWISBI is now inked with Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin. And stubbed. Perfect. My TWISBI 580 AL is now inked with Pelikan Edelstein Tourmaline. And stubbed. Not quite perfect but certainly interesting.
And my new Pocket 66 is now inked with J. Herbin Lie de Thé. And stubbed. Perfect. So far, I find this ink more greyish than taupish but that may be a function of many things including not cleaning the nib out enough before proceeding. I am like a kid at Christmas and can never bring patience to bear with a brand new pen.
Max has declared my new pen ugly. Ha! I think it is gorgeous.
Still working on a system. So far, I have:
- An ink journal. It has a page for each ink. The facing page is where I can add examples of the ink in different pens. I am doing my best to make the reviews informative but I do find that a lot of reviews are nothing more than opinion. I have no problem adding mine.
- A pen journal. It has a page for each pen. So far, all I have are examples of the pen with different inks. I don’t feel like I know enough about anything to do reviews yet.
- My Midori has a Tomoe River paper insert I bought at Wonderpens where I track my currently inked pens.
I am trying to cut down on the number of pens I have inked but it is very difficult. I would like it to be three but I normally have nine. In part it is because I take such comfort in the whole process that sometimes I will feel an urgent need to write with a particular pen and ink and I just have to do it. The life of an addict.
Quoting from the wrapper: The cream colored paper is easy on the eyes while creating a beautiful contrast with black or black/blue ink. Crafted using traditional Japanese binding techniques and original methods, it opens for easy writing and is highly durable…this notebook was first developed in the 1960s as Midori Co.’s (now Designphil Inc.) original diary paper and has continuously gone through quality improvement until today. The paper is adapted for high writability.
I cannot quarrel with any of the above. Here is a link to their notebook site.