I can’t remember exactly how I stumbled upon Gourmet Pens but ever since I did, I’ve been a regular there. It’s not all about fountain pens there, either. There’s a good mix of all kinds of pens, pencils, paper, and cats. Lots of cats. But all with a fun, light hearted tone. If you’ve not visited Gourmet Pens I highly suggest adding it to your RSS feed or preferred news delivery service. Anyway, while reading through all the entries of past monthlong giveaways I came across a letter from Azizah that caused me to investigate some of the fountain pens she uses, which naturally led to this week’s featured Daily Carry. Azizah, take it away…
My little daily carry is transported in a Lihit Lab Teffa Book Style Pen Case (from JetPens). While it’s not ideal because the pens do touch, I am very, very careful in how I move them around.
SIDE A, Modern Pens
Pilot Vanishing PointRaden – Medium nib
Inked with Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki
I actually fell in love with this pen because I have an obsession with the raden look and it’s the only one I could afford. Turns out it’s a great match for me!
Lamy Studio Platinum Grey - Fine nib
Inked with Diamine Monaco Red
A pretty standard pen, but I like the nib.
Graf Von Faber-Castell Anello Titanium – Medium nib
Inked with Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Budo
This is a spectacular pen. It’s easy on the eyes and has a nib that has never ever given me a hard start, a skip, or even dried out, despite sitting for weeks with ink. Plus, the nib is soft so it gives just enough variation to make my writing look cooler than it really is.
TWSBI Diamond 540 Amber – Extra-Fine nib
Inked with Rohrer & Klingner Blu Mare
A work horse of a pen. I’m a big fan of TWSBI now.
TWSBI Diamond 540 Clear – 1.1mm nib
Inked with Caran d’Ache Caribbean Sea
This is my favorite stub nib. And on this pen, it’s perfect. Great ink capacity and an overall awesome pen, combined with the slightly springy 1.1 is fantastic, all at a price that is hard to argue with.
Pelikan M1005 Demonstrator - Fine nib
Inked with Rohrer & Klingner Alt Goldgrün
I love little pens. This is obviously the complete opposite of a little pen, but it’s awesome. I’m a little nervous about what inks I use in it. However, the nib is so huge and springy that I love inks that have shading because they look amazing.
SIDE B, Vintage Pens
Waterman 42 Red Mottled - Extra-Fine – Double Broad wet noodle nib
Inked with Diamine Aqua Blue
This is my most recent acquisition. I very much wanted an extra-fine flex and was absolutely thrilled that it was an eyedropper so despite my “no more pens” plan, I ended up with it anyway. And it’s amazing. It’s very new but I can’t put it down and I’ve already gone through several fills. Without a doubt, this is my favorite pen in my entire collection.
Waterman English Version Black & Copper Celluloid- Medium – Double Broad superflex nib
Inked with Sailor Jentle Grenade Red
This is an unusual color for this pen, and it was in such good condition that I couldn’t pass it up. I love having a variety of flex nibs too so it was a perfect addition.
Waterman 52V Red Ripple- Fine – Triple Broad wet noodle nib
Inked with J. Herbin Vert Olive
My first vintage pen, and my first flex pen! This was pretty much my gateway pen to vintage and flex pens and now I can never go back, nor would I ever want to.
Wahl-Eversharp 2nd Generation Doric- Adjustable #7 nib
Inked with Diamine Oxblood
I had no idea nibs could be adjustable. This was acquired because my sweet husband thought I should be broadening my horizons and buying pens that bring something different to my collection so he surprised me with it. I guess I’ll keep him.
That’s everything! Fortunately, nothing to do with cats here because I don’t let them anywhere NEAR my pens or inks (because they’ll knock everything over and try to eat the pens because they’re monsters). [Editor's note: Spend 2 minutes at GourmetPens.com and you'll understand the context of that last sentence.]