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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Hey, whatever works!

I've made it very clear before that I'm more of a paper and ink guy than a pen guy. If I had unlimited funds, then sure, I'd get m1000's and 149's all day, but I'm a young small business owner with a 7-month old....even if I DID lust after expensive pens, it's not an option for me!

I do love ink though, and I love to play around with as many colors as I can ink up and flush out in a day! Some days I spend more time at the sink than at my desk, haha! My point is that I'd much rather have a dozen cheaper pens that function pretty well, and have them all inked up at the same time with different colors. I currently have nearly 20 pens inked up, only 2 have the same color in them!

My daily workhorse tends to be the Pelikan Script 1.0. It's functional, pretty comfortable in my hand, makes my handwriting look GREAT, and best of all, is cheap and easy to clean! I have 5 of them I'm currently using. 5 of the exact same pen? Yup!

Here's how I tell them all apart:

Nothing fancy, I just write the name (or a variation thereof) on a small strip of paper (Rhodia!), cut it, and tape it on the back. When I change the color, I change the label! Easy, fast, and simple. Not the prettiest thing, but hey, whatever works (hence the post title!). Here I have PR Invincible Black, J. Herbin Rouge Hematite 1670, J. Herbin Poussière de Lune, Private Reserve Naples Blue, and Diamine Majestic Blue. What fun! Next week they'll likely all be different ;)

How do you tell which ink you have in your pens?

13 comments:

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  2. I keep a pen and ink, letter and post card journal which you can see on my website here:

    http://okami-whatever.blogspot.com/2010/05/levengers-circa-system-junior-size.html

    I tried to link it, but couldn't get the link to work, so you'll have to copy and paste. :-D

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  3. Brian, my style is very similar to yours! I really like lots of ink available, and I'm also a klutz, so I am so worried about dropping or breaking my more expensive pens. I've gotten in a nice groove of less expensive pens constantly inked with a fun array... except I keep around 50 pens inked. (Eek.) No, I'm not nearly as good about pen maintenance as I should be, but oh well... a good 10 or more of my pens are Platinum Preppies.

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  4. Currently I use a pocket eccosystem notebook to jot down when the pen comes in rotation and what it's inked with. Not because I need to but because I like to see what I've been using over a period of time. I totally respect what works for you and I like your labeled pens. We have very different pen needs! I usually have 2 pens inked at one time so it's easy to know what's pen is inked with what. Until the bottles run dry, at the moment the inks are Diamine Florida Blue and J. Herbin Cacao Du Bresil.

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  5. I keep it all in my head. All my pens are different in some way so that makes it easier. I think I have about 14 pens inked right now.

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  6. Noodler's Bad Blue Heron and Waterman's blue-black. These are the two inks I use in all of my fountain pens currently.

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  7. Great idea, Brian. Out of curiosity, why not use whatever the ink is to write the label too, thereby giving you both the name as well as a color reference (e.g. use PDL to write the PDL label)?

    A while back there was a FPN thread about how to manage having a number of MontBlanc 149s all inked up with varying nib widths. I doubt ever having to face such challenges!

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  8. Sadly, i hardly ever know which ink is in a pen as i have too many inks and 10 to 12 pens inked at a given time. I am thinking of using pages in the back of my journal to keep tabs on what ink is in which pen :)

    As most of muy pens are M149 etc., i don't fancy stickers on them LOL

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  9. Ha, I thought I was the only one who did this. I've never used those Pelikan pens, but I have a metric poop tonne of Platinum Preppy eyedropper pens.

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  10. Ha, I thought I was the only one who did this. I've never used those Pelikan pens, but I have a metric poop tonne of Platinum Preppy eyedropper pens.

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  11. I keep it all in my head. All my pens are different in some way so that makes it easier. I think I have about 14 pens inked right now.

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  12. Currently I use a pocket eccosystem notebook to jot down when the pen comes in rotation and what it's inked with. Not because I need to but because I like to see what I've been using over a period of time. I totally respect what works for you and I like your labeled pens. We have very different pen needs! I usually have 2 pens inked at one time so it's easy to know what's pen is inked with what. Until the bottles run dry, at the moment the inks are Diamine Florida Blue and J. Herbin Cacao Du Bresil.

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  13. I keep it all in my head. All my pens are different in some way so that makes it easier. I think I have about 14 pens inked right now.

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