Currently Inked #29 | 15 January 2017

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  • 00:45 – Mailbag
  • 4:35 – Why are plastic pens generally more expensive than metal pens?
  • 11:10 – Currently Inked #1 – Waterman Carene Gunmetal with Montblanc Leo Tolstoy Sky Blue
  • 13:55 – How helpful would it be to have a standarized scale for nib gauges?
  • 17:20 – Why do people talk about posting the pen to improve its balance?
  • 22:25 – Currently Inked #2 – Visconti Divina Metropolitan – Robert Oster Jade
  • 24:40 – What A5-sized, dot grid notebooks do you recommend?
  • 27:00 – How do you get a full fill in a vac-filled pen when the bottle starts to get empty.
  • 29:05 – How did you modify the feel or your Aurora Optima by re-inserting the nib differently?
  • 31:05 – Currently Inked #3 – Xezo Eternal Flame – with Monteverde California Teal
  • 32:40 – How come so many pens have metal sections?
  • 34:00 – How comfortable would you be having your favorite expensive round nibs ground to cursive italics?
  • Dave

    Hey Matt, a short heads up: The brand Leuchtturm (lit. “shining tower”, i.e. lighthouse) is pronounced (I’ll try to describe it as best as I can) “Loycht-Toorm”. Which is funny because if you look for “Leuchtturm pronounciation” you will probably find a youtube video where some guy explains it wrongly 😀
    Also, the Divina is a beautiful pen, although personally I would prefer the silver/grey version. Big shame there are nib troubles though.


    Matt, just a short comment about balance and fountain pens. The concept of balance is universal from darkness and light to objects such as knives and fountain pens. With knives, if you can find their balance point you can either throw them or use them. With fountain pens, once you find that balance point you can write with them.