Currently Inked #33 | 15 March 2017

  • 00:00 – Life overview, Inky Fingers Paper problems, 2017 pen show attendance
  • 3:20 – Matt’s 4th anniversary of fountain pen users
  • 4:40 – Does it matter if you store the converter with the pen, or if you use the same converter with the pen all the time?
  • 7:30 – Have you noticed any variation on the green in your Nakaya Heki-Temiuri Decapod over time?
  • 8:50 – Could you make a video comparison of different kinds of papers?
  • 10:15 – Have you ever used Ogami paper?
  • 12:10 – Currently Inked #1 – Platinum 3776 Chartres Blue with Parker Quink Blue-Black
  • 14:55 – Thoughts about Visconti’s nib quality in the ’90s and early ’00s vs. today.
  • 18:30 – Some inks stain clear demonstrators. Are there “rules” for what inks are safe and what inks to avoid?
  • 21:10 – Aurora Optima vs. Sailor Optima Realo
  • 24:30 – Currently Inked #2 – Aurora Optima Green Auroloide with Diamine Autumn Oak
  • 26:05 – What type of reviews do you prefer making: Written or video?
  • 30:40 – Shouldn’t we be able to store our pens with the nib down?


  • Ted

    I am bummed to hear that your wheat paper supplier is discontinuing. As a happy repeat customer of your inky notebooks, I say noooooooooo!

  • Ramiro LS

    Just two episodes ago you helped me with a Vanishing Point with dietary problems and now you provided me some insights as to the relative merits of a Sailor or Aurora pen, so thank you again.
    So… heading to La Couronne du Comte I see an Aurora Optima goes for about 380 Euro after discounting taxes, getting 10% off courtesy of the Pen Habit and getting free shipping (yay for free shipping) holly guacamole!
    it’s just too much for me right now. The Sailor Realo goes for about 290 there and with some aggresive shopping from Japan I could get it for about 240 Euro but that’s still too much for me, considering that I love my Platinum #3776.
    I’m interested in both of them because of the piston filling and the nibs made in-house that, one would think, are specially tuned for their pens. I have also heard the bad rep Sailor converters get so I will avoid them. But all in all, I think I’m all set for now and will spend some time enjoying what I already have, thank you for illustrating two of the three pens I was considering.
    Lastly, please refrain from posting any more videos about the inks you have. New pens I can easily abstain from, but inks, erm, please just don’t ;-).

  • Vasco

    Cheers, Matt! Thank you for your tips and suggestions. I’ve been sampling inks and sticking to the ones I’ve already tested. Found a safe trio to rotate with while I sample other inks: Yard O Led’s Sepia (which I suspect is the same as Diamine Sepia but with a different label and price tag), R & Klingner’s Sepia (a truly nice grey-brown) and Kyo Iro’s “Stone Road of Gion”. Good luck with the backyard/gardening!

  • Pen Arbor

    One of our program managers is leaving and we’re looking for one to replace him. If you plan to ever return to Michigan, it would be great to have you join us here in the beautiful city of Ann Arbor 😀
    And I’ll be glad to have a fellow pen enthusiast at work!

  • Clifford Hughes

    Keep strong about the paper Matt, it will work out. Those Inky Fingers notebooks are just meant to be. I’m waiting for my first consignment to be delivered right now from Couronne du Comte. By the way, I got my first fountain pen – an Osmiroid with italic nib, which I purchased through my school – in 1963 when I was 7 years old. We learned italic script at school from that age. I moved on to ballpoints at my senior school, as did everyone else at that time, and only returned to fountain pens in the 1990s. What a relief! My handwriting is legible again. Thanks for your continuing informative and entertaining videos, Matt. All the best with the notebooks.

  • Jenn Dee

    Hi Matt, It is the Jennifer from SF and the pen show. Thanks for the letter, and I am glad that you mentioned having trouble with the sailor converters. I feel lucky that until now, I have never had a sailor converter one leak or have issues, other than being way, way too small.

    But after I filled my pen, this last time, I found that the converter had leaked out the back end, into the inside of my pen. I thought maybe I hadn’t put it back together correctly or maybe it was even missing a part. But I think it must be one of those “bad” ones that you are taking about.

    That being said, I love love love my sailors and my fleet is growing. So, I guess I’ll just have to live with the occasional converter issue. Oh well…

  • Colors_and_beads

    I have to say I really appreciate your written review. They’re perfect to read in passing and enough to know if I don’t care of the pen, or if I’m interested enough to take the time to know more and watch the full review. That’s very helpful!