There have been two real setbacks that I should write about. I have only filled one pen (TWSBI 540 ROC 100) since restarting the blog, setting back the reveal of five new pens and inks I have promised. This is for a good reason, however. I am working on emptying the pens I have inked. I have a whopping 13 pens and 10 inks selected for future use, but I’m not going to ink five of them until I actually need more pens inked. I call this a sign of my maturation as a pen user.
The other setback is that following the successful transplant of a TWSBI 580 barrel on my 540 ROC 100 pen, my beloved red TWSBI 530 has developed a similar crack that is affecting its piston unit. I worry this will be a fate that befalls all my Diamonds. The happy part of this setback is that TWSBI has very graciously offered me a clear 580 barrel for this pen as well since they no longer make red parts of any sort. While it will not be the same pen, I think I’ll actually really enjoy a clear barrel with red knob and cap. I hope my green, orange, and blue 530s, my smoke 540, and my clear 530s and 540s (I have 3 of them) don’t have the issue, but I am reassured that TWSBI will make things as right as they can if those pens do have issues. TWSBI is a fantastic company in my book.
On the same day I posted the photo of the cracked barrel, I fixed my TWSBI. It now features the same mechanism that is in the 580 series pens. It wasn’t difficult at all. The hardest part was getting the piston out of the cracked barrel. I had to find some needle nose pliers to make it happen. The second hardest part was figuring out how to get the knob to go on just right in the assembled pen.
I didn’t take video because frankly I thought it would be much more difficult than it was and that I needed the practice before shooting. I was wrong. It could have barely been easier to fix.
Tomorrow some time I plan to ink four pens plus the TWSBI and reveal a new five pens for the week. I’ll mention that it was filled with Noodler’s Legal Lapis because I think it will possibly always have a home in that pen. I like the way the ink looks between the blue knob and the red cap, I suppose.
I intend tomorrow to post a photo of either the pens I already have filled or a post of another set of pens I will fill. I just can’t decide whether or not to fill a clean set of pens for the purity of the blog post or to write out the ink in the pens filled even though I’m not certain in every case what the ink inside is called. I’m leaning toward the latter.
Although I have not been writing much, I have been reading and thinking a lot about what I’d like this blog to be. I think I have decided more than a reviews blog I want it to be the digital manifestation of my love and use of fountain pens.
I have a second child as of three months ago, the debt befitting a law school graduate, and the salary of a humble public servant. I have decided that these three things do not really support the type of budget I had been allocating to pens. In addition, I have a ton of really nice pens and not nearly enough ability to use all of them. I may sell some selected pens, but I doubt that’s going to be a huge focus. I suppose what I’m saying is that I’m in much more of a user space than a collector space right now.
That’s a bit frustrating to me. There are a lot of quality products coming out. I want every single ebonite Noodler’s Konrad Nathan Tardif releases. I want at least the black Lamy Al-Star if not the neon yellow Lamy Safari. Ink might occasionally happen, but even there I am awash in what seems like an ocean of ink. Paper is similarly possible but currently unlikely due to a large surplus. We won’t even talk about the excellent work Franklin-Christoph is doing or the prospect of an Edison group buy at Badger & Blade later in the year I won’t likely be participating in.
I make no promises to you readers, and I know my readership is certainly attenuated from the small core there was at the height of the reviews I did. I can only state my goal is to write things I am proud of and that hopefully people like to read. We will see.
I won a clear Dilli from Kevin Thiemann of Fountain Pen Revolution. It is the fourth Dilli I own — I bought a black and a green, and a problem with the green one inherent in the very first ones made led to Kevin sending me a replacement part for the green one and a whole new green Dilli.
For my taste, the Dilli is a terrific little pen for the money. The flex nib is decent, but I really like the stub option. One issue that evidently comes up, however, is that if you overtwist the piston when getting ready to fill there will be a gap between the knob and the body of the pen. I addressed that issue when filling the Dilli by pushing on the knob. It went back into place, and the Everflo Blue-Black I put in the pen ended up on my pants.
Happily, I wore 100% polyester dress pants Friday when this happened and absolutely no harm was done. My newest attorney colleague walked in on me dabbing the ink away from a spot uncomfortably close to my crotch, but all was well. She knows I’m a spaz already.