Currently Inked #50 | 26 November 2017

Show Notes


  • rmonster

    Ehn, the multiple pen thing is easy: humans like variety. Vanilla icecream is my favourite, but it doesn’t mean I don’t like strawberry icecream. I would pick vanilla 9 times out of 10, but I’m not eating vanilla icecream for its nutritional value, I’m eating it for the pleasure of it.

    You’re not buying fountain pens because of their utility—a 50c pen from the corner store works too—you’re buying them because they confer a certain amount of delight that you can’t get from purely utilitarian objects. We pick and choose the areas where we take pleasure or just have things for the sake of utility. I don’t feel like this is a huge mystery, unless you feel like ALL human enjoyment is a mystery, which is fair enough. 🙂

  • Vasco

    I believe using a architect’s grind would be nice for a left-handed person because broad horizontals and fine verticals would turn around 90º and become something close to a standard stub nib — and give you a nice stylish calligraphy and also a versatile nib with line variation. Being left handed myself, I never tried what I’m proposing, though.

    For sketching and drawing (which is actually what I do with pens most of the time) I’d say find a japanese piston-filler with a SF or SM nib or a pen with a western F. Extra Fines can be scratchy and you have to find one that isn’t.

    Personally, I think the Lamy CP1 with extra nibs is the perfect all-around sketching pen — because you have multiple nib choices, the nibs are small and easy to carry around and switch. That includes a nice LH for the left-handed which is close to a western F. To me it’s the nicest pen under $100 all drawing things considered. I wouldn’t mind if it was larger and bulkier with better ink capacity but then you’re looking at the very expensive Conids 😉

    Under $300 you’d probably be happy with a Lamy 2000 also, but the nib is hooded (meh, that means no spatula work with the back of the nib) and you can’t switch nibs in any way that is remotely easy.

    Another good option for small-hands and drawing is probably a Platinum 3667 with their Black Carbon pigmented ink — because they have that special slip seal and they say the ink won’t dry up as easily (I have to say I’m not 100% sure about this)

    As for a non-pigmented, near permanent, well-behaved drawing ink I think Faber-Castell Carbon Black is a good choice.

    Sorry if I got carried away 🙂