Currently Inked #32 | 3 March 2017

  • 0:45 – Do you have any suggestions for pens that pair well together (2 fountain pens plus a ballpoint)?
  • 4:20 – Do you have another goal in mind for your ink collection?
  • 6:20 – Pen purchases as investments?
  • 7:55 – What are your thoughts about Massdrop?
  • 10:00 – Any news on updates to the Inky Fingers Notebook lines?
  • 11:55 – What is your favorite ink per brand?
  • 14:20 – Have you used a fountain pen with a WA nib? How do they compare to standard nibs?
  • 15:05 – How do you mentally get over not matching the ink to the pen body?
  • 17:50 – I love the Aurora Optima Green Auroloide. Are there any other larger pens that use a similar material?
  • 19:20 – What are your tea preferences?
  • 21:15 –  What are the benefits and the disadvantages to modern vacuum-fillers filling systems?
  • 24:20 – Currently Inked #1 – Homo Sapiens Bronze Age Maxi w/ Diamine 1864 Terra Cotta
  • 27:20 – What is the best way to polish a pen?
  • 29:30 – Am I better off getting a bunch of cheap pens with a Platinum Preppy or a slightly more expensive pen with swappable nibs?
  • 31:10 – What are some of your other interests in life besides nibs and ink.
  • 34:55 – I start to get pain in my back and shoulder are when I write. Any suggestions or tips?
  • 39:10 – What is your opinion about the pricing strategies of Italian nibs?
  • Waski the Squirrel

    I enjoyed this video. For some reason the color matching really caught my ear. I like purple ink in yellow pens for some reason. And, overall, I enjoy bright colors. I do sometimes match pen to ink, but, like you, don’t really care. Of course, I also like my slim black pens too. One last note: I don’t have your decorating eye, but your mention of your bathroom and a previous video where we saw your bedroom show you like color. I love seeing brightly colored houses and rooms, and it’s something I always encourage when I see it. My own house is a bright “Frosty Margarita” color which has been controversial in my rural North Dakota town.

  • Richard V Sims

    Hi Matt, What are your recommendations regarding buying vintage pens on eBay? I very much enjoy your reviews! Thank you.

    • I actually talk about that in Episode 29 or 30 or Currently Inked. I’d check out my thoughts there first. 🙂

  • Clifford Hughes

    What is it about fountain pen users and loose tea? I’ve met so many who are into both. Maybe it’s the precise and fastidious nature of preparing the perfect cup of tea and taking that first sip is somehow equivalent to inking a favourite fountain pen and putting the nib to paper. There’s nothing better than sitting down to write your journal or letter with a steaming cup or two of delicious tea at your elbow. I’ve tried to convert my girlfriend to both pens and tea. She does now, after some persuasion use a fountain pen (success!), but, despite all my efforts, steadfastly refuses to don a kimono and play the part of a geisha while I sit on the floor at a low table in acceptance of her servitude while she attempts with all due ceremony to please me with various exotic teas. Weird I know, but there it is.
    And, as for writing comfort, I find that the perfect height for a writing surface is level with my navel. Any higher than that and my shoulders start to hunch and, if I’m writing for any length of time, my neck and back will start to ache. So writing surface height is definitely important.

  • Pascal Leers

    A question for a future episode of “Curently inked”.
    Do you ever think (or daydream) about making your daily job out of your fountain pen “hobby”? For example opening a fountain pen shop, making and selling your own pens or becoming a nibmeister ?