Currently Inked #11 | 2 September 2016

This episode of Currently Inked is sponsored by Open Book Audio, a distributor of audiobooks for independent authors and small publishers. Open Book Audio recommends the books of Brian McDonald to Pen Habit viewers. Brian is a screenwriter, author, lecturer, and teacher who helps writers and filmmakers the best ways to tell their stories. You can find Brian’s audiobooks, Invisible Ink and Ink Spots, on Audible, iTunes, Amazon,, Overdrive, Findaway World, and all other major audiobook retailers. 

Show Notes

  • 2:15 – How to go about getting an architect nib
  • 6:00 – About the San Francisco Pen Show
  • 12:00 – What do you do with your pen boxes?
  • 14:30 – Sponsor – Open Book Audio (
  • 16:27 – Nib Sizes (#5/#6, etc.)
  • 20:50 – SF Pen Show Acquisition – Robert Oster Signature Inks
  • 24:30 – SF Pen Show Acquisition – Parker Duofold Centennial
  • 26:00 – Can you recreate out-of-production inks with Platinum’s Mixfree Ink
  • 27:43 – SF Pen Show Acquisition – Aurora Optima Green
  • 31:10 – How much does changing brands of ink impact ink flow
  • 34:35 – SF Pen Show Acquisition – Waterman’s Ideal #7 with a “Pink” nib (
  • Thomas Budi Gunawan

    Lovely acquisition Matt. God bless.


    Congratulations and best wishes on the new job! The Parker and Aurora pens are fantastic finds and the colors that I can never resist. Xpens are now Birmingham pens which they announced recently. On nib sizes, I believe that Platinum even has a #50 on their most expensive pens!?!

  • Lez Cartwright

    I want to have a go at the pen give away and will be visiting here looking for the entry form.
    Hebrew nibs must still be available through that societies sources as the script is still used and taught. Think about school suppliers for Jewish schools or the script copyists.

  • Quoc Pham

    Is the giveaway link going to be on the website or social media?

    • It will be a blog post, and it’ll get announced on Social media. I’m just waiting for some information from Kenro, and I’ll get it kicked off very shortly.

  • 82-Greg

    I am so jealous of the Pink!

  • Clifford Hughes

    Congrats on your new job Matt! I loved the pens you got at the San Francisco show (I already have that green Optima – for writing to my favourite people). We have very few shows here in England and only one in London where I live (for a city of ten million people that might seem amazing). it’s a relatively small and low-key affair, maybe 20 – 25 tables, but very friendly and welcoming. You can try your hand at calligraphy and copperplate styles with dip-pens or vintage flex fountain pens. I’m dying to see you get into Spencerian penmanship with your new Waterman. And I look forward to your reviews of the Robert Oster inks.

    • I’ve heard good things about the London show. Plus you probably get to have Sarj at that show, and he’s got a metric butt-ton of pens!

  • G. Christopher Lyn

    Congrats on the new job Matt….Awesome! BTW…just got the Currently Inked books…they are great.

  • Alexander Zurek

    So just as I find the Aurora Optima and it becomes my grail (for now) you post a give away. What a pleasant coincidence. Well done on the new job!