Currently Inked #19 | 27 October 2016


This episode of Currently Inked is sponsored by Vanness Pens. Use the coupon code PENHABIT for 10% your order of a beautiful Aurora Optima.

  • 1:02 – Where is the best place to resell pens?
  • 3:45 – When and why do you use your ultrasonic cleaner?
  • 5:25 – Re-review #1 – TWSBI Vac 700
  • 9:10 – Comparison of Ancient Copper vs. Diamine Autumn Oak
  • 11:00 – Why don’t you use Noodler’s Inks anymore?
  • 16:50 – Re-review #2 – Conway Stewart Wellington
  • 19:35 – Sponsor: Vanness Pens
  • 22:01 – Have you ever used up an entire bottle of ink?
  • 22:50 – What is the difference between a workhorse pen and your top pen?
  • 26:25 – Re-review #3 – Pilot Metropolitan
  • 30:25 – Do you insure your pens?
  • 31:15 – How do your co-workers at your new job react to your pens?
  • 33:25 – Re-review #4 – Faber-Castell Ambition
  • 35:22 – What motivates you to do Pen Habit content?
  • Heikki Virtanen

    Thanks
    Matt of new episode of “Currently Inked”. Really good and interesting
    talk about fountain pens and related topics as well. I really enjoy you way to
    do reviews and Currently Inked episodes. Because topic “How many pens are
    enough?” is already dealt with, I like to bring out following claim
    “If someone pay more than 100 (€, $,) of any pen, he as well pays of
    something else than pen itself”. It would be really interesting to hear
    your thoughts of this.

    • Kevin Guo

      I’d like to jump into the discussion here 🙂 Sorry for the long comment; here’s my opinion on the subject:
      In a sense, you can buy a pack of toothpicks at a dollar store, and not all that money went into the toothpicks.
      To me, a hobby needs to meet 2 criteria: brings happiness/positivity, and make fiscal sense.
      And the problem is that the hobby brings in a lot of frustration (negativity) when one gets too caught up in the trying to figure out where each cent of the price comes from. So practically speaking, the only sensible way of measuring a pen’s worth is:
      “does this pen provide me with more positivity than other pen options at a similar price>”.
      For example: Suppose I want to buy a Montblanc 149; I’m NOT going to ask “Does this pen cost $800 to make”, because of course it doesn’t and nothing sells for what it costs. Instead, I AM going to ask: “Would $800 buy me something I’ll be happier with/be more useful to me?” In this case, one can buy the Pelikan M1000 for $550 from Europe, which to me is same amount of positivity less price; or it can buy me one of the Visconti Homo Sapiens demos (more positivity, same price).

  • Kevin Guo

    Don’t feel embarrassed about your earliest videos, Matt! I’ve exclusively used fountain pens to write all my life, since I was 6; I’m 21 now and still know next to nothing about a lot of things in this hobby. And I’ve only watched your MB149 video a few weeks ago and had a good laugh (the friendly/amusing kind) out of it. Good times

  • Walter Molina

    Thanks for all the amazing reviews!!
    You mentioned lubricated inks. Besides de Noodler´s Eel inks. What other brands have lubricated inks.
    Question 2: Does lubricated inks makes writing smoother or the lubricate the piston mechanism?
    Sorry if I misspelled something. English is not my natural language.

    • Most inks have lubricants in them…the level of lubrication varies by ink.

      Some of the more “lubricated” inks that I like include Diamine, Iroshizuku, Sailor, Montblanc, KWZ, and Robert Oster.

  • Gordcallan

    Hi Matt: I was recently on a 13-hour flight to Hong Kong and decided to watch the James Bond movie Spectre again. I became fascinated with a small scene in the movie where Bond signs, with a fountain pen (such a cool guy), some papers with Monica Bellucci. I say fascinated because I still have not been able to determine what the pen is. While Dupont brought out a limited edition version for the movie,that pen does not resemble the pen in the movie. If I was a betting man, I’d say it is a Visconti – which makes sense because this scene is filmed in Rome. If you do have a chance, I’d love to hear what your sleuthing uncovers.

  • Clifford Hughes

    Thanks Matt,
    Interesting that you were in musical theatre, taught in a university and love to be out there doing stuff in front of people yet still consider yourself an introvert. I perfectly understand that, as someone who has spoken and recited and even sung in public (the singing was years ago and never to be repeated). But the reason we introverts get out there is because we have something we want to share or something we feel needs to be said, definitely not to parade our egos in public. That vulnerability, although not always visible, makes the whole exercise difficult but infinitely more worthwhile. Believe me, Pen Habit videos are infinitely more worthwhile than those thousands of others who upload every hour to what is essentially “The Losers’ Channel”.

  • Let me be the one who agrees with you on the Metropolitan. Have one. Meh. It’s ok, but it’s nothing special. A kakuno I like, but she he metropolitan for me just is. Thankyou as always for your show.