Currently Inked #28 | 1 January 2017

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  • 2:45 – Are the Kaweco and discontinued Caran d’Ache Colors of the Earth the same inks?
  • 5:10 – What is the point of reverse writing?
  • 6:50 – What are the benefits to a gold nib over a steel or titanium nib?
  • 11:05 – Currently Inked #1 – Pelikan Calculation of Times with Pilot Blue Ink
  • 13:50 – Have you ever purchased an expensive pen with the intent of swapping the nib as soon as you get it?
  • 16:30 – Sponsor –
  • 19.00 – Are cotton swabs the best way to get an accurate representation when swabbing inks?
  • 22:15 – Currently Inked #2 – Sailor Pro Gear – Diamine Shimmertastic Blue Lightning
  • 25:45 – What is your wanna-have fountain pen? If your hobby more about wanting pens rather than having pens?
  • 28:50 – How do you find people to whom you can write who aren’t creepers uninterested in actually sending letters?
    • FPGeeks
    • FountainPenNetwork
    • Pen Addict Slack
  • 32:10 – What’s a good ink to use in vintage fountain pens?
  • 35:05 – Delta The Journal with Bril Turqoise
  • 37:50 – Do you think the Jinhao is still a good starter pen? What is your favorite pen under $20?