I went to Take Note on the weekend to pick up a Lamy stub nib. The prior weekend I had bought a Lamy lilac Safari in lieu of a Kaweco (which Take Note did not sell) and I got a steel black EF nib to replace the one that got lost with my yellow Safari. But I wanted a stub nib which wasn’t in stock at the time. Fast forward.
As soon as I approached the pen case, a group of three pens caught my eye. Bright yellow-orange, green and blue toned semi translucent. What are they? I asked. Franklin-Christophs came the reply and my heart sank a little because they are not cheap. I could not stop my (grasping) hand from reaching out for the orange one. It only came with a 1.1 nib.
I put on a brave front. I explained that my stub for my 580 AL was ginormous, more like a bucket, and this nib looked ginormous too. But the proprietor did not miss the gleam in my eye and she inked it up. Oh my. It was wonderful. The nib does look LARGE on this small pen but it wrote like a dream. Needless to say, the Pocket 66 left the store in my pocket along with a small bottle of J. Herbin Lie de Thé. My passing nod to austerity. And my Lamy stub nib. And a Midori diary paper journal.
I decided to do some research on this pen and on my Model 20. A definite cart before horse approach to purchasing. I could not find my pen on the internet. It seems, from reading their site and bits and pieces that the company does limited runs of whatever catches its fancy from time to time. Everything I read praised the company for its service and dedication to quality.
Max thinks the pen is ugly but I dare to differ.
No one has described the scuffed up interior of the FC acrylic pens better than Leigh Reyes, “The irregularity of the inside surface makes me think of a transparent moon, with ink leaving mysterious tracks.”
According to their website, their design philosophy is to achieve austere simplicity while maintaining uniqueness. I think they accomplish that in spades.
This pen is much smaller than the Model 20. It has a threaded cap (thank goodness) but the threads are located at the very bottom of the section, out of the way of fingers. Apparently this is not only good for fingers but is designed to limit the amount of air in the cap thus slowing the process of the pen drying out.
It walked out in my pocket even though it had no cartridge and no converter. Given my debacle with my Model 20, this is an indication of how smitten I was. So far, I have not had any leakage at all. I did stumble on the FC video on how to set up an eyedropper pen and I had done it backwards both times (why am I not surprised to discover this?) but regardless, it has not leaked with the Pocket 66. It has given me the courage to try again with my Model 20 once I have run out of ink (it is inked in Ajasai which I only had in a sample bottle and it is so beautiful I cannot bear to waste it).
I have not stopped writing with my Pocket since I got it. Even my current ambivalence about the ink has not stopped me from grabbing it and usually that is a show stopper for me.
Since its initial acquisition, this pen has never been un inked. Max bought me a bottle of Sailor Jentle Kin-Mokusei for Christmas. It has had a variety of browns tossed in it. A couple of greens. And some turquoise. For whatever reason, I have just not found the “perfect pairing” for it yet.