Currently Inked #30 | 7 February 2017


This episode of Currently Inked is sponsored by Vanness Pens at http://vanness1938.com. Head there for all your fountain pen, ink, and paper needs. Now featuring specialty nib sizes of the limited edition Aurora 88 Sole and the new Lamy AL-Star Pacific Blue.

  • 5:04 – How do you find vintage pens online, and what warning signs do you look for to avoid duds?
  • 8:30 – Have you ever used Twiss pens?
  • 9:10 – Currently Inked #1: Stylo-Art Negoro w/ Franklin-Christoph Urushi Red
  • 11:30 – Currently Inked #2 – Parker Vacumatic Oversize Golden Pearl w/ Waterman Inspired Blue
  • 13:45 – My wooden pen case came with packets of activated carbon and silica gel. Would you keep these? Would they hurt the pens?
  • 15:55 – My handwriting quality varies based on the pens and inks I use. Have you noticed the same thing?
  • 18:00 – Sponsor Spotlight – Vanness Pens
  • 22:00 – Currently Inked #3 – Platinum 3776 Celluloid Jade w/ Caran d’Ache Grand Canyon
  • 23:20 –  Currently Inked #4 – Mango Pen w/ Robert Oster Fire & Ice
  • 25:15 – A bit of self-promotion – Pens for Sale, Inky Fingers Notebooks
  • 27:05 – Can you recommend some pens with wider grips?
  • 29:50 – What makes paper fountain pen friendly?
  • 34:25 – My Monteverde Impressa won’t fill up properly. Any idea why?
  • 36:05 – Currently Inked #5 – Franklin Christoph 45 Italian Ice w/ F-C Philly Show Orange
  • 37:35 – Currently Inked #6 – Montegrappa Linea NeroUno w/ Montblanc Lucky Orange
  • 42:30 – What’s your preference for storing inked fountain pens?
  • 44:15 – What is your opinion about Lamy Inks, particularly considering the price difference between different inks?
  • Clifford Hughes

    You don’t need to apologise for the 51 minutes Matt. We never get bored out here in penland. Nice to see Tanya with you and some beautiful pens and inks. I think the FC Urushi Red looks great, the shading is stunning. By the way, I live in London, so it’s great to know that Inky Fingers notebooks will be available in the UK without the need for a mortgage to pay postage. That’s the only reason I didn’t order one before – but I will now. Thanks Matt and Tanya.

  • anaximander70

    Great episode! Tanya, thanks for joining!

  • Jan Scott

    Excellent episode, Matt. Tanya, thank you so much for showing us your lovely pens and art. And Luke the dog as well? Perfect.

  • Jaime Calleja Alderete

    Matt, you make reference to your views on Noodler’s inks, but no specifics. I couldn’t find details on your 2 reviews of Noodler’s inks. Do you mind sharing what you like/don’t like about them?

    Also, question #2: I like vibrant blue inks, but am not a Kon-Peki type of person. I recently sampled Noodler’s Blue Eel and seems to be the right shade for me, but if the cons of Noodler’s inks are too much, do you have any other like-colored inks (assuming you’ve tried “Eel”) to recommend?

    Thanks for the awesome info, as always!

    • Jaime,

      Short answer: The owner of Noodlers incorporate his political beliefs into many of his products. While I don’t mind if someone’s politics differ from my own, when they integrate politics into the product, then (for me), buying the product becomes a tacit endorsement of those beliefs. I personally choose not to spend my money in that way.

      I’ve not tried the Blue Eel inks, but so long as you’re using cartridge converter pens or even piston fillers, chances are you’d be fine. A few Noodler’s inks have been reported to dissolve latex sacs, but so long as you practice good pen hygiene, you should be fine with Blue Eel.

      You might want to also give a try to other lubricated inks like De Atramentis or Diamine, which will be more affordable and likely more vibrant.

      Good luck!

    • Hi Jaime,

      Short answer: The owner of Noodler’s incorporates his political beliefs (beliefs which I don’t personally share) into many of his products. While I don’t mind if someone’s politics differ from my own, once those beliefs are integrated into the product, then I feel like buying the product becomes a tacit endorsement of those beliefs. Since I don’t personally agree with his beliefs, I don’t feel comfortable spending my money on products into which they are integrated.

      I’ve not tried the Blue Eel inks, but so long as you’re using cartridge converter pens or even piston fillers, chances are you’d be fine. A few Noodler’s inks have been reported to dissolve latex sacs, but so long as you practice good pen hygiene, you should be fine with Blue Eel.

      You might want to also give a try to other lubricated inks like De Atramentis or Diamine, which will be more affordable and likely more vibrant.

      Good luck!