Part of my work-from-home routine includes writing notes using my fountain pens, but I have pretty much narrowed down my in-use pen line up to three: Pilot Metropolitan (M) filled with Pilot Namiki Blue/Black ink, LAMY Safari (B) filled with Iroshizuku Ama-iro, and Pilot Kakuno (M) filled with Iroshizuku Chiku-rin. The black, blue, and green combination looks nice on the pages, and my notes are actually kind of fun to look back on! I tend to prefer thicker lines, so I retired my Pilot Metropolitan (F) and replaced it with the Kakuno medium-nib as my green ink pen. I really like the Kakuno because it’s all about fun – even the smiling face on the nib gives off a happy vibe! You can see it in the photo above. That’s my home notebook, and a short list of ukulele songs that I practice.
So, I bought a couple more fountain pens – the Jinhao 993 Shark in green and blue! Aren’t they cool? I’m going to use them at work, with Iroshizuku Ama-iro and Chiku-rin inks. I love them! What is nice about these pens is that not only are they dirt cheap, but they come with converters which makes refilling with ink super easy.
Highly recommended as a fun, beginner fountain pen. Enjoy!
The other day my fountain pen wasn’t writing well. I thought the nib must be messed up because the ink wasn’t being applied to the paper as smoothly as before. The lines were broken and uneven. Could something be plugging up the slit that the ink flows down? Maybe the tines got skewed a bit. Is there a bit of dried ink somewhere in the nib? I treat my pens gently, so I was kind of angry that the pen company could manufacture something that only writes nicely for about a month, and then breaks from normal use!! Garbage! 😤
Then I realized… the pen was out of ink. 🤭
Today’s photo is of a “Dogijuku” hot dog that I had for lunch at work. It’s the Japanese-style hot dog that I was reluctant to get because I love authentic Japanese food, and often the fusion type foods are not so great. But I have to say, this hot dog was yummy! It had nori, ginger, and wasabi mayo on top of the bacon-wrapped hot dog. So yummy!
This is a great video from Jetpens.com about beginner fountain pens. I personally have a Pilot Kakuno, two Pilot Metropolitans, and a Lamy Safari. In addition, I have several Jinhao pens, but the Pilots and Lamy are much nicer, and a lot more pleasurable to write with. At first, I didn’t like the Metropolitan, but now it might just be my favorite (medium nib). Funny how that worked out.
Here’s a photo of some hiragana practice. The first line is the Kakuno (fine nib), second is the Metropolitan (medium nib), and third is the Safari (broad nib). I wrote this in a plain Mead notebook, so there’s a bit of feathering.
I love using my fountain pens for Japanese practice. It makes it a lot more fun!