I’m a bit of a weirdo really. Using fountain pens probably isn’t the hobby you’d envisage of a college student, I swim too, which is a bit more normal. My.. ‘Set’ of fountain pens isn’t comprehensive right now. It only contains eight items. I do not like to call it a collection as that, to me, would imply I don’t intend to use them.
I also buy bottled ink. For each ink, I log it into a notebook. I bought a notebook for this purpose – a Rhodia Webnotebook ‘Webbie’. It’s a lovely notebook, quality 90GSM Clarefontaine Paper suited to pen and ink. For each ink, I log it into the book so I have a little bit on every ink. The format I use for a log:
Ink Name and Brand
Writing Sample Sentence
Writing Sample Alphabet
So that’s basically a simple ink review. I only write on one side of each page, so I can check how much an ink shows as bleeds through the paper. I like being organised in that way. I’ve got a queue of ink samples that have generously been gifted to me from members of the Fountain Pen Network, one being the wonderful Phil Deane. Please check out his site here.
I thought to myself today ‘hey, I must be a pretty sad guy’, then I though ‘nah, I’m just a bit different’! I do enjoy the creativity of pen and ink. Here’s an example of an ink log. Apologies for the bad snap.