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    Default One pen per month challenge

    Usually I have about 9-15 pens inked but lately I've found it more of a burden than fun. Is that weird or normal?

    As with my wristwatch collection I've decided to settle in on one pen for a month at a time. I didn't quite get there but I'm down to two pens.

    In June I pulled out a pen that had been languishing for months, my Waterman Hemisphere Sapphir Nocturne from Le Collection Privee and filled it up with some Waterman Bleu Mystère.



    It's been lovely. I'm really liking the ink a lot. It's so well behaved, flows nicely, and I love the color. Dark blue but muted. Easy to clean too. Perfect for personal or work writing.

    The pen has been wonderful. The only reason I haven't used it more is the narrow grip but I'm finding that less of a problem. The weight is good for me. And the pen is gorgeous. I'm always a bit happier to see and admire it.

    I filled it twice so far. But I decided I would try a different pen in July--a Parker 45 in XF with Quink Black. It writes a bit smoother but flows a bit much for my tastes. I used it for several days but I'm back to the Hemisphere.

    Anyway, it's been a nice change to spend less time thinking about what pen or ink to use, what needs cleaning, etc.

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    Default Re: One pen per month challenge

    I did the same thing back in March, I think it was. I used a Parker Vac 51 loaded with 4001 Royal Blue. Put away all the other pens on my desk, which was fantastic for clutter. My bullet journal and random thoughts notebook didn't look like a rainbow vomited on them, and my fingers were clean all month.

    I did switch to black ink in the middle of the month - for about a day. I found I was missing Blue, so I filled the rest of the month as Quink Washable Blue. But I could have happily stayed with the Pelikan Royal Blue the entire month. I have Quink Blue-Black in that Vac 51 right now, or I might consider going back to the 4001.

    I have never used a Hemisphere, but I have frequently thought it looks like a nice pen! And Waterman Mysterious Blue is a terrific ink - I have a bottle and like it very much.

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    I'm going through and experimental/learning stage and it's been on my mind that I don't want a lot of pens inked up. I've pretty much got it narrowed down, but since I use different papers, one ink will not do it. Besides, I like using several tones, especially when I'm doing markup. I've now got it down to three or four pens. There are at least two others whose purpose has past, and I can't decide whether to write them empty or just pour it out. I hate to waste ink, but wasting may be the best plan. In any case, I've recognized that too many pens inked up is indeed something to keep an eye on.

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    Default Re: One pen per month challenge

    It's tough if you're dealing with many different paper types. I only write notes for work on one kind of paper so one pen is no problem and most inks work fine.

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    Default Re: One pen per month challenge

    Wouldn't it be interesting to know why folks end up with so many things? Some do and some don't of course. I mean, having more than you could possibly need where having to choose just one for a month is necessary?

    Right now I have multiple shaving toola, pens, pocket knives, but only one watch. I wear the watch all day everyday. It is the best watch I have ever had.

    If the truth be known, my Lamy Al-Star is the only pen I really need. It is like the watch. That said. I enjoy seeing the other antique pens sitting in the coffee cup. I can enjoy them without using them. Most days I have a Parker 51 or Sheaffer Crest coupled with a vintage Autopoint.

    This is a hobby of much enjoyment and it is nice to have something of excellent quality to use for a daily need.

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    Default Re: One pen per month challenge

    I did something similar a couple of years ago. I challenged myself to one pen per week. I dumped however much ink was left, and filled a new one. I had to go through all my pens before getting to reuse a pen. This allowed me to experiment with all my pens, and rekindled my enjoyment of them.

    I'm back to inking 3-4 at a time, and within two weeks, I am usually a little tired/bored/overwhelmed by them.

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    Default Re: One pen per month challenge

    Relief! I’m glad that you didn’t actually throw down the challenge gauntlet. I write many letters each week and find it impossible to confine myself to a single ink. I generally change pen and ink for each page, so 5-6 pens inked at any given time.
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    Default Re: One pen per month challenge

    Wow yeah I don't write *that* much or I'd be refilling all the time. Yikes.

    Although I just tried to use my Parker 45 again and found it almost empty. Seems like it went pretty fast this time. It was writing kind of wet and I was using a squeeze converter. Anyway, still using the Hemisphere.

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    Default Re: One pen per month challenge

    This is a wonderful idea. I've got seven pens and when one ran dry I just cleaned and didn't refill it. The rest have ink in them and I take two to work with me each day. As I use them up and clean them I'm going to work towards using a pen or two for a period before moving on to another. Trying to remember which still need to be used in the rotation is silliness and I think I'll enjoy all of the pens a lot more when I use them more exclusively for a time.

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    Default Re: One pen per month challenge

    I have to keep a notebook record to track pen and ink usage.

    The Hemisphere ran out today. I now have two pens filled. Bad me.

    I have my Stargazer filled with RO Black Violet and filled one of my Jinhao 51A pens with Mysterious Blue (which was in the Hemi). The latter pen has a super smooth nib so I actually find it hard to write with so I think I will run that one out of ink and go back to the Pilot for a good long while.

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    Default Re: One pen per month challenge

    Surprisingly I've been using the same pen now for over a year. It's an old Aurora 888P most likely from 1959 and filled using Platinum cartridges.



    Granted with all that's been going on, particularly down here it's often sat unused for a month, maybe more but always starts up at the touch of paper.
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