I noticed that some people are coming to my blog to see writing samples from my Pilot Vanishing Points. In order to give the people what they want, I did up a quick sample of a few of my VPs. I don’t have the medium nib sample on the page because I didn’t have the M nib VP with me today. But I do have a .7 Binderized cursive italic, a .9 Binderized cursive italic and a 18K fine nib from Japan.
Just so you know, the Conway Stewart Turquoise would not skew green in any scanner so I took a picture which is closer to the color of the ink. This has nothing to do with the writing samples but since there is no ink review on FPN for this ink, I thought that I’d mention it. Also, the paper is Rhodia lined #18 pad. Might be #19. I can never remember which is which.
Lamy Turquoise review
I got some Lamy Turquoise cartridges on a whim from Amazon. They were $4.50 and I think I added them in to some other order. You get 5 cartridges for that price so it’s not a bad deal if you have a Lamy fountain pen. It’s a terrible deal if you don’t have a Lamy fountain pen since the cartridges are proprietary. I happen to have so many Safaris and Al-Stars that I literally don’t know how many I have. I can usually put my hands on at least five at any one time. They are great for doing reviews because you can just change nibs on the same pen to see how an ink performs for different nibs.
Anyway, the Lamy turquoise is a really intense blue. In a wet writer it is a deep, clear blue. In a dry writer or an extra fine or fine nib, the color is a lighter, more traditional turquoise color. I like this color in both instances so it’s like having two colors for the price of one. This is also one of those colors that shades wildly in some pens and on some papers and not at all in other pens or on other papers. I have one Lamy where the feed has really generous flow, in this pen the color was just like the color from the 1.5mm calligraphy nib. The exact same nib on a pen with a stingier feed gave the lighter turquoise color.
As a lefty, one of the most important aspects of an ink is how fast it dries. This ink isn’t going to win any speed records but it is noticeably faster than most inks. It is water resistant when dry. I didn’t show this on the scan but I’m always drinking something in my office and writing, so trust me, I know. The paper I’ve been using lately is Rhodia or super cheap copy paper (I work at a library where every penny counts). The paper in the scans for this review is Rhodia.
As an aside, my normal ink
pusher supplier GouletPens now carries these cartridges, too. Same price but I love dealing with Rachel and Brian so I’m giving them a little plug. This shop is where I’ll be buying my next box of cartridges.
I bought a used Vanishing Point off of FPN (Fountain Pen Network) and had it customized with a .9 Binder Cursive Italic. Later, it went missing and I mourned it. So, I bought a .7 Binder cursive nib and Slate Grey pen body to replace the missing pen which may still turn up somewhere. I inked that pen with Pelikan Edelstein Jade. I’m thinking now that I like this Jade but not the .7 cursive italic nib. To me, it seems like the .7 misses the point of contrast in strokes entirely. Maybe I would have been happy had I bought the .7 first but I didn’t. I bought a .9 first and LURVED IT!! The .7 is just not doing it for me and I’ve had it here just a few hours. The Binderized VP nibs are $91 which may not be much for some but I’m a college librarian with two kids. It’s tons for me. So I’m gonna have to live with this one.
I do like the slate grey body. Seems to be one of those colors that won’t attract attention in a meeting. That is exactly what I was hoping for, I have a decimo in champagne pink which is also a subtle color in a meeting. A few people at work know I’m into fountain pens. One, even takes my leftover samples from the Inkdrop to use in his fountain pens. He found out I was into fountain pens and resurrected his old fountain pens. I now have a fellow convert in the Tallahassee area.
Rather than start a list somewhere in a journal, I’m going to post this here and add as necessary.
1670 Rouge Hematite (on the way!)
Eclat de Sapphir
Larmes de Cassis
Lierre de Sauvage
Bay State Blue
Kung Te Cheng (on the way!)
DC Supershow Blue
Midnight Blues fast dry version
Tanzanite (Although I’ve heard this is a pen killer)
Rohrer & Klingner
South Seas Blue
I have a thing for Safari’s and Al-Stars. I have lots of them and they come and go. For instance, earlier today I wrote with my Ice Blue Al-Star. I know I did because I have a piece of paper to prove it. However, if asked to place my hand on that pen at any given time I wouldn’t be able to do it. Right now, I don’t know where that pen has gotten to.
My Lamy’s drift in and out of my life. I always seem to have one around. Right now, I have three at my office desk. They are all Al-Stars, so I have an M nibbed Black Purple, an M nibbed Raspberry, and an Aluminum colored EF. The Raspberry isn’t inked and has never been inked. It sits just in case I have to have a new color available to write with. (I know that’s weird. I’ve accepted this and moved on.)
Up until recently when it disappeared, I was writing a lot with a plain old blue Safari. I haven’t seen it in a few weeks. It will turn back up. One of the upsides to being the only person I know that likes fountain pens is that no one steals or borrows those pens. Still I don’t know why my Lamy’s like to disappear and reappear. Just one of those things…
Three Lamy Al-Stars
I haven’t had this pen very long. It just came in from Japan but I like this pen very much so far. Or should I say, I like this nib. The entire pen is still out for discussion. I got this pen from Engeika on Ebay. I like Fine and Extra Fine nibs and this nib is exceptional. It is both thin and smooth which is pretty much what I’m looking for. I think that for a budget pen this is a great nib. It skips much less than my extra fine Safari’s. Admittedly, I don’t have a lot of pens and I’ve had this pen for (literally) hours.
In terms of looks, the pen was described on Ebay as a demonstrator. It is not a demonstrator. The only clear portion is the cap. I have filled it with Iroshizuku Tsutsuji which came with the pen. The ink is the same color as the pen which is a fun little twist.
I don’t have a lot of cheap paper so I can’t tell you a lot about how it performs on terrible paper. I can say that it seems very, very thin on a Moleskine. I’m not a fan of this paper/pen/ink combo. On my Paperchase journal, the experience is much more pleasant. I am a lefty and had no problems whatsoever with the ink not being dry. However, this is a very fine nib and fountain pen friendly paper. I’m not sure the exact size of the nib since the auction didn’t specify and I don’t read Japanese however, it is finer than any of my other Extra Fines. It is my first Japanese pen so it could be a Japanese Fine. Dunno.
I’m a fountain pen newbie so I don’t know what this filling system is called but I really like it. You squeeze a section on the cartridge and it fills. Easy Peasy!
The one drawback that I have noticed so far is that the pen is very short and oddly balanced unposted. Posted, it is still an oddly balanced pen. I don’t know how I would like it for long writing sessions. For writing in a journal or writing notes, it is perfectly acceptable.