Thursday, January 20, 2011

Year of the Fountain Pen

That's right, I have been inspired and I am going to take up my own challenge. Some explanation is in order.

Brian from The Goulet Pen Company has been keeping us updated on the exploits of Nathan Tardif, founder of Noodler's Ink. I have become addicted to watching his YouTube channel and after seeing his video about his year long contest I had an idea. Now, it is not really an original idea, but more so a combination of several ideas and a concept. Credit is due to Nathan and Seth (pen meister from Goodpens) because they have both inspired me.

The idea, which I have dubbed The Year of the Fountain Pen, is simple. For one year I am swearing off ballpoint, gel and rollerballs and only using fountain pens. I am doing this for several reasons.

1)Economics
2)Simplicity
3)Clutter reduction
4)It seems like a good idea

So far I have been hanging with my Pilot Varsities and one of my Kawecos.

From Year of the Fountain Pen


From left to right we have a Varsity refilled with Noodler's Bad Black Moccasin, Varsity refilled with J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir, Varsity refilled with Noodler's Nakahama Whaleman's Sepia and sporting a poorly ground stub nib(my first attempt) and a Kaweco Pocket Pen refilled with a personal mix of Noodler's Bad Black Moccasin and Bad Blue Herron. I was going for a blue black ink but it is more of a gray or Zhivago color. Also pictured is my Clairefontaine staplebound notebook that has become part of my standard EDC. I love the size and paper, perfect for a back pocket.

So that's it, my personal challenge for the year. I do have one exception but it is contingent on me making a purchase. I would use a Noodler's Nib Creaper Rollerball and feel safe that I was still following my concept and idea. I just have to get one.

If you haven't watched Nathan's videos please watch them now. They are very informative and entertaining. He is a creative genius and has some great products. I can only imagine that he is a very interesting fellow and someone we would all love to watch work.

I'd like to know if anyone else is up for the challenge or maybe some of you already do this. I'll keep you updated on my pen choices and ink colors. This may be interesting. Nr

19 comments:

dowdyism said...

I think this is a great idea, and look forward to the updates!

Aaron said...

I suppose I've been doing this now for a couple years. The only time I use a gel pen is when I need to write on a carbon-less copy form. Other than that I use 2 Lamy's, 1 with Noodler's black, the other with Noodler's navy blue. It should be a lot easier than you think!!

Carmen said...

good luck! I've been using fountain pens exclusively for 2 yrs up to now when I went back to the Uniball Micro 207 for a while. I miss them.

Nrepose said...

Dowdyism - Thanks for the support, though after seeing your post about the micro needle point 207s I'm second guessing.

Aaron and Carmen - It's good to know that there are everyday fountain pen users out there. If you guys have any tips please share them with me.

Thanks! Nr

countrydirt said...

I use fountain pens exclusively, unless I have to make a 3 carbon copy. for a simple 1 carbon copy, the nail-like nib of a Lamy Safari is sufficient. I always have ink in at least 2 Lamys and 1 other Noodler's Nib Creaper or Preppy converted to eye-dropper fill. Keep spreading the FP encouragement!

Jim Six said...

Aren't Varsities disposables? What gives?

Nrepose said...

Countrydirt - Nice selection of pens. I have a Safari that I love to use but that I need to get an EF nib for. Love the Noodler's pens but yet to get one. Good to know that fountain pens do work with carbon paper. Thanks! Nr

Nrepose said...

Jim - Yes, Varsities are marketed as dispoable but they are refillable. Several other blogs have done posts about it and here is a good one. Try it out. They really are nice writing pens and if you lose one it's no big deal. Being able to refill them it wonderful. Nr

Sara said...

I love this idea.

Fountain pens for an entire would be fun but I know I'd be miserable. I need rotation and variety :) I get cranky if my pen isn't chosen for that day ahead of me... its part of my morning routine XD

All my best and can't wait to read all the updates!

Nrepose said...

Sara - I completely understand and that will be the hardest part of all of this. The variety and rotation is part of why I am doing this, however. I carry WAY too many pens and I am constantly going through them. I hope that this will help me focus and prioritize. All other pens will be put in storage. We'll see how long that lasts. Take care! Nr

Economy Pens said...

It's going to be difficult, but I think you can do. Keep us posted, er, Unposted. :)

Trece said...

You are to be envied! I'd love to use nothing but fountain pens, but most of the paper I currently have is so cheap and thin that there is tremendous feathering and bleed-thru. Sigh. . .
Once I take care of that problem, I'll be delighted to use just fountain pens, believe me.

Nrepose said...

Thanks EP!

Trece - That's interesting. I use a cheap composition notebook at work and I haven't hasd any issues. I use a variety of nibs with basically 3 inks: Lamy, J. Herbin and Noodler's. What kind of paper, pens and ink have you tried?

Nr

Greg said...

Nice. I take challenge.
I haven't been using anything else than a fountain pen since december (last year), and I'm trying not to change that, including for technical drawing (mechanical engineer inside). Still, I need a red ink to be able to to be fully up to speed (I only have Black Heart of Darkness, X feather, Forest Green, Purple, Kiowa Pecan and Brown from Noodler's, and also a few J. Herbin, Waterman and Quink... but no red) and a bunch of pens (3 Apostrophe, Charleston, Expert II Fine, Phileas from Waterman, Parker IM, Noodler's Ebonite, 2 Noodler's piston fill, 3 Noodler's Nib Creaper flex, and 7 decent chineese fountain pens, oh and also 10 platinum preppy 03 and 05) so I guess that helps a bit.
Anyway, really nice idea.
Also, I've been using fountain pens regularly for almost 20 years (ever since I learnt to write).

Good luck to all of those who took the challenge.

Nrepose said...

Greg,
It sounds like you are well prepared for this challenge!Your collection in amazing. Thanks for the comment. Nr

Daisy said...

Sounds like it's going to take some self discipline to get through a whole year with just a few fountain pens. Your project brought this one to mind: http://www.littlebrowndress.com/brown%20dress%20archive%20home.htm

The experimenter made two identical brown dresses and wore them every day for a year (alternating depending on which one was in the wash). So, if she could do that, I have confidence you can stick to your selection of fountain pens. Good luck!

Daisy McCarty
San Diego Office Furniture

Nrepose said...

Thanks Daisy! I'm doing pretty well so far. Nr

Brian Goulet said...

That's right, forget those ballpoints! Thanks so much for linking to me, I appreciate it ;)

Nrepose said...

No problem Brian. I hope to get a Noodler's Rollerball and some Bay State Blue from you soon. Take care. Nr