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It appears as if I might have embarked into what can become a fairly
costly indulgence. (As though I do not already spend enough cash on art
supplies) Having seen a lot of Flickrites using fountain pens, (most
generally the Lamy Safari models due to their relative affordable
cost and the opportunity to write like an infinitely more costly pen), I
made the decision to purchase one and try it out. I began having a medium nib,
and located it very easy to create with. This type of smooth and easy method to
write – I discovered my self writing many for extended amounts of time.
My first selection of ink was the Noodler’s Bulletproof Black, suggested
on several occasion to be “safe” (no feathering or bleeding)
around the Moleskine paper. (Which can often be persnickety towards
fountain pen ink.)
The other Lamy Safari grew to become three. An Additional-Fine, an excellent and also the
Medium. I believe there’s a unique distinction between the way in which each
one writes. The Medium is super smooth and incredibly wet and when I’m inside a
hurry, it’s not easy to see back my very own writing. The Fine nib isn’t
as smooth because the medium, but it’s still a pleasant glide, less wet and
most likely my personal favorite from the three. The additional fine? Less smooth,
(smaller sized nib, less ink to lubricate it from the paper) however the
cleanest, clearest, and driest from the three.
I’ve been getting a hard time looking for a appropriate blue ink
for that Moleskine. Waterman Blue Black is great, however it from time to time
down. (And it is not dark enough for me personally) Noodler’s Le Colour Royale
(not pictured) is an excellent deep bluish crimson which from time to time
down. The Noodler’s Polar Blue is sort of of the mess. Bleeds &
feather’s horribly. Unsure what I will use it….
After I selected up my last Safari from isellpens.com, I made the decision to test
out a few of their affordable Chinese fountain pens that appear to attain
well using the Flickr crowd.
First was a non-current timepiece Hero 329. ($9.99) It’s a hooded nib that
writes such as the Fine Lamy. I love it, however i don’t like it. The hooded
nib makes me forget it’s a fountain pen and that i keep failing to remember to re-cap
it. It’s a duplicate from the old Parker 51’s.
Next is really a $10 NOS celluloid Wing Sang. I’m getting issues with it
dripping, but I am not quite sure it isn’t because of operator error while
filling the pen. For just $10, I haven’t been shy about taking it
completely apart to see results for yourself, and why it may be dripping. When
I’m able to keep your ink from my hands, it writes superbly. It leaves a
smooth line that could be between your Lamy Medium and Fine nibs.
Anybody have suggestions on which pen I ought to try next?
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36 ideas on “
Moleskine Fountain Pen Test ”
for me personally, it will be an pilot G2 or perhaps a Lamy. It’s the only fountain pen I’ve attempted that does not bleed around the moleskine.
Nice work, that’s useful, thanks!
I’ve found that personal Reserve ( American Blue is very nice – http://www.privatereserveink.com) ink and Parker washable blue have virtually no bleeding or feathering.
i lately purchased a lamy cp1 (fine) which one works quite nicely for me personally. it’s black, sleek and never too clearly lamy-like. and it also creates either t10 cartridges or perhaps a ripper tools.
The Pilot Dark night will be a great one to test next.
They are available in medium, but it’s a Japanese nib, so it’s nearer to a eu fine…
I love the Pilot Disappearing Point. For ink the Noodler’s legal lapis is effective around the moleskine paper. Best of luck.
I would recommend purchasing a relatively affordable fountain pen after which grinding your personal nib (http://www.marcuslink.com/pens/nibs.html). I made use of this method with an Ohto Tasche and delay pills work superbly. The line is sharp and chiseled, no feathering, as well as their width varies like antique calligraphy pens.
i’ve been using:
noodler’s old manhattan blackest black permanent..
it really works great on molekines with all of my fountain pens..
i believe that ink is different to fountain pen hospital. there is a couple of exclusive colors with city styles. next, i wish to try nowhereOrdark..
I’ve always had have fun with an XF Rotring Core. The pen continues to be stopped, but they’re readily located on the web. My F Waterman Phileas hasn’t been bad, though some inks are more effective than the others. I personally use J. Herbin Poussiere de Lune by preference, and I’ve had very have fun with it.
Personally, i like Noodler’s Indigo Bulletproof Ink. It doesn’t have a tendency to feather and dries rapidly. I’d issues with Noodler’s Polar Blue bleeding also.
Rather of attempting a wide variety of pen and ink combinations, why don’t you use greater quality paper?
I’ll first provide a second towards the Disappearing Point. It’s a great pen, writes well, along with a good cost. Oh, which is the only real retracting fountain pen available on the market. Seriously, it’s an excellent pen your money can buy, even when it didn’t retract.
I’d also go vintage. Obtain a Parker 51. A few of the Heroes are clones from the 51. Most collectors feel that it’s the best fountain pen available (particularly like a author). I’d certainly check it out.
I really like my Tasche FF-10t from Ohto. Check it out and you will see why.
I second the suggestion of the Pilot Dark night, quite affordable ($30 – $35) and thus amazingly smooth. Pilot makes fantastic fountain pens.
I’m able to use any fountain pen with any ink on the Clairefontaine notebook. Basically want an rubber band, I add an rubber band. Basically desire a pocket, I stick a part of an envelope on the rear of the final page. It’s perfect! Why persist with Moleskine when they want to know the best paper quality? Duh!
woofer : basically want suggestions about Clairefontaine notebooks, I visit a Clairefontaine related website.
Personally, while these suggestions are in least intriguing and for the most part helpful, I’ve discovered that the Mix rollerball refill — inside a Pilot G-2 pen believe it or not — is still effective the very best for me personally. Being left-handed implies that I experience the fountain ink smearing, even if I write from the rear of it towards the front.
But that’s my .02 worth, and you will want some change back…..
i’ve made the unfortunate mistake of departing my moleskine out while it is raining before. you’re most likely more careful and thus it isn’t really an issue…but, i came across that the writing which was completed with a fountain pen or perhaps a gel author pen washed away, however the less great looking ball point pen ink remained ( it is due to the thickness from the ink vehicle). since that time i’ve written almost solely in ballpoint (that has saved money) so when i travel i put my moleskin inside a ziplock bag.
I have many very costly fountain pens (Montblanc, Waterman, Pelikan, S.T. Dupont, Caran d’Ache and so forth), but those that work most effectively are: 1) My Montblanc Meisterstuck and a pair of) my $2 Pilot Varsity disposable fountain pen (Medium nib). The Pilot writes ridiculously well for this kind of affordable pen, I recommend it (it’s also obtainable in an excellent nib).
That stated, Moleskine paper is sub-componen and unsuited for fountain pen use. Mode e Modo’s brilliant marketing notwhitstanding, you will find better choices, for example Miquelrius or Clairefontaine. Exactly why Clairefontaine does well with fountain pens is the fact that in France, schoolkids are needed to make use of fountain pens as ballpoints are considered to stunt handwriting. Thus school supplies need to be compatible, and fountain pens are affordable and commonplace (you’ll find them in the local equicalent of Wal-Mart).
Thanks everybody for the comments!
I’d prefer to address a couple of of the things that individuals have stated.
I don’t use Miguel Rius or Clairfontaine notebooks because I don’t like writing on white-colored paper. I love the cream from the Moleskine and that i love the book lies flat.
I’ve got a Pilot Varsity – it bleeds horribly on every writing surface I’ve ever attempted.
I’ve attempted G2 pens. Too tickly for me personally.
I am not thinking about a Parker 51, as my Hero is really a Parker knock-off and that i keep failing to remember to re-cap it because it’s hooded and appears just like a regular ballpoint.
The Pilot Dark night looks quite nice, but I am not in love with utilizing an aluminum pen. I do not like the actual way it feels within my hands.
Private Reserve inks aren’t waterproof. I’m now looking for a waterproof blue that does not bleed within the Mole.
In my daily ideas within my moleskine ruled notebook, I personally use a classic Pelikan pen, black, with golden pen full of “
4001” Pelikan ink, black. Black is gorgeous ! But may I switch to my Parker pen, with Royal Blue Ink. Depens on my small moods…
Incidentally, I really like your mandala’s.
I hac a Schaeffer Targa for a long time, an easy stainless pen i made use of for writing, drawing, doodling, everything. Switched to some Mont Blanc, that is nice, however i find the F tip too broad in my liking. Lately, I acquired a black Schaeffer Prelude which i rapidly fell deeply in love with. Your body consists of brass, which makes it feel easily heavy, and also the M nib is really thinner compared to MB. It had been kind of pricey, but worthwhile in my experience.
Hi Stephanie! I’m studying the same angst! LOL. Any new recommendations for fountain pens? Yes, I understand moleskines aren’t ideal for fountain pens, consider I’m so into fountain pens and inks at this time, I do not mind trying a not-too-costly fountain pen and ink combination 😀 I’ve browse the Pilot Prera writes very fine, finer compared to Lamy XF. Has anybody used that?
I’ve attempted some fountain pens on moleskine and the only person that writes wonderful using the smooth gliding of Lamy’s M nib however with higher quality compared to EF one, is really a cheap Inoxcrom pen with inkjet cartridges of the identical brand. Common within México, the Inoxcrom is created in The country, to good my understanding, and also the nib states Germany.
Inoxcrom ink is just offered in cartridges here, but it’s the only person that doesn’t bleed or feather in moleskine’s thin, bad quality paper. The black is really a deep black and also the writing in a single side is nearly neglectable in sleep issues, so we understand how thin mole’s paper is.
Hmmm. Interesting comments. I really like Moleskine paper precisely because my fountain pens (two Pelikans which i spent waaay an excessive amount of on) write very well onto it. I, also, prefer cream to white-colored paper. Another paper which i really adore with my fountian pens may be the cream paper within the Myndology Fundamental notebooks. I’ve lately become into disc-bound notebooks, and that i infinitely prefer Myndology paper up to the more popular Circa products due to feathering. I believe that there’s a significant difference in the caliber of paper between your Moleskine hard-bound books as well as their cahiers soft notebooks. I’ve didn’t have a poor batch of hard-cover-bound paper.
Have you ever any knowledge about the dropper fill pens?
Noodler is giving one away free, however it doesn’t have brand onto it and that i cannot think it is.
To date it’s the just one I’ve come across that it’s not necessary to transform yourself.
I write a great deal and that i love lots of ink.
Every other information on this subject?
As well as your in history favorite Pen?
Just discovered fountain pens myself. Three ancient Sheaffers demonstrated up towards the bottom of the art supply cabinet within the studio. Exactly what a delight. Now I’m looking for old unused Sheaffer pens because I’ve got a huge way to obtain Sheaffer’s cartridges in scrumptious colors.
Attempting to don’t get distracted by the require a couple of Lamys.
I’m presently utilizing a fine nibbed Hero 329 with Noodler Eternal Luxury Blue (bulletproof) also it writes perfectly fine and you may greater than use both sides from the page. I’ve not been loving the paper in newer Moleskines when compared to ones they replace (they keep getting lighter grade every time I purchase a replacement! It isn’t even like how Creme Eggs are smaller sized than whenever you were a child (they’re though) because you’re bigger- you’ve still got that old notebook to check it) so when they begin bleeding using the 329 I’ll jump ship but at this time it is not happening. I’m loving the very fact it’s a magazine having a spine that really lies flat so technology-not only for speech notes and that’s a killer feature.
hello, fellow moleskiners and fountain pen enthusiasts,
my home is nigeria, even though we obtain molekines, fountain pens and inks, we do not have nearly the choice you need to do in america and uk. therefore, i’m restricted to inks like mont blanc, mix, lamy, parker, etc.
i really like my moleskine, love my fountain pen but HATE the truth that frequently it normally won’t love one another. the feathering, the bleeding – it’s the verbal same as an on-going argument from a husband and wife.
anyway, i’ve finally hit around the Right diamond necklace, one produced in paradise in ways.
1) the only real moleskine to make use of, for me, would be the hard-cover notebooks which come in black and red. even though the cahiers and volants are funkier and are available in really lovely colours, their paper is much like toilet tissue when compared to paper in difficult-cover notebooks that is silk in comparison. never be fooled into believing that the paper is identical in each and every kind of moleskine – it’s not. how do you know this? because i’ve written on all types of moleskin. believe me: hard-cover notebooks are what you want. (debbie will accept me.)
2) the only real pen and ink to make use of – again, for me – is really a fine-nibbed mont blanc 146 (costly pen) or perhaps a medium-nibbed parker vector or jotter (cheap pen), and all sorts of with mont blanc ink (or shaeffer, if you like light coloured ink). i personally use this mixture because (a) it really works superbly inside a moleskine (h-c, naturally) and (b) we don’t get exotic ink like Noodlers.
i question when the marketing and production gurus at moleskine read these blogs? if that’s the case, you’d think right now they’d have caught with that there’s an issue with their paper vis-a-vis fountain pens, and began producing higher quality paper.
that stated, i’m going to take a look in the clairefontaine website…
I have not understood the Moleskine/fountain pen issue. I have tried personally a number of pens (both modern and vintage) with a number of inks (Noodler’s, Sheaffer, Parker, LAMY, Mont Blanc, Pelikan, Waterman)on regular Moleskines, Cahiers and Volants and have not had an issue.
Maybe it’s my predilection for Fine nibs? But my Medium Nib LAMY 2000 which writes broad and wet has been doing well (although I am inclined to like drier inks within this pen like LAMY Blue Black or Noodler’s Black).
You might like to check out the Rotring 600s or 700s having a fine, or fine italic nib. I acquired one in the marketplace, second hands. It’s an unusual barrel shape and can not suit you, but it’s as comfortable (in my experience) because the Lamy Safaris.
Of the numerous pens I own, under $100.00 this pen seems to do well of all paper, such as the Moleskine I simply got.
Well I just read here the very first time things i allways experienced. I figured I had been the only person with bleed-trough problems. I simply purchased a Montblanc Meisterstuck 146 (LeGrand) – fine point – with original blue/black Montblanc ink. This mixture doesn’t bleed a little trough individuals beautifull creamy pages from the moleskine. It is always good to create with!
Within my Parker Duofold (M-nib) I attempted three types of ink (J. Herbin, Private Reserve, Diamine) all of them bleed trough within this pen.
I in addition have a Caran ‘d Pain Leman (fine-nib) – exactly what a beauty!! – in wich I’ve right now J. Herbin Cacao Du Brasil (gray-brown) this mixture also does no bleed trough.
I’ve got a Parker Sonnet (fine-nib) full of J. Herbin Rouge Caroubier (red) that certain also bleeds trough the Moleskine-pages.
I purchased my daughter (12 years) a giftbox of all types of J. Herbin inks with two Lamy Safari’s (m-nib), and gave her a Moleskine of mine. All of the colors bleed trough. And So I am searching to purchase here an execllent journal, that’s more fountainpenfriendly.
The stated the fact is that Moleskine no more uses paper that stops bleed-through when utilizing a fountain pen. Unsure they ever endured paper so good, however they sure don’t now. When you believe that fact, the only real solution is to locate another company that realizes that many notebook users write with fountain pens, and cares enough about this sell to use paper that actually works on their behalf. As this is a Moleskine blog, I won’t mention individuals companies by name, but many individuals know who they really are. In lots of quality stationery stores, individuals brands are next to the Moleskine display. When the cost the thing is is near to a similar Moleskine notebook, you’ve most likely had a solution at hands. Simply do it. It’s challenging break a Moleskine obsession, but when you are regarding this, you will be more happy. I sure am.
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He guys, I simply did my first review within my pursuit of foutainpen/ink combinations that actually work great on Moleskine paper. My first ink was Montblanc Blue Black. Just browse the “
review Montblanc Blue Black ink”. I already new the end result, since i authored alot recently with this particular ink.
I personally use a Montblanc Meisterstueck 149 (presently full of Montblanc ink — so shoot me for involving myself). A lot of it has a tendency to bleed & feather noticeably around the ordinary Moleskine paper (i.e. hardcover, softcover and cahiers). However, to my delight, the Folio selection of notebooks (particularly, the Ruled A4 Notebook I own) are manufactured from thicker (100gsm) paper and work perfectly with this pen/ink combo: no bleeding or feathering of any sort.
Does anybody are conscious of a resource for the following:
1) A composition-sized (US) notebook with extra fine vellum paper (as with the Clairfontaine or even the Rhodia notepads? The caliber of the paper within the blank (unlined) composition notebooks I’ve beenusing for journals and work have arrived at an item of bleed-finished my fountain pens which i cannot cope with it anymore.
2)Otherwise the above mentioned, does anybody are conscious of a resource in america where I’m able to order this quality of paper and I’ll discover a method to create my very own notebooks.
I truly shouldn’t switch from the composition sized notebook basically might help it. I designed a leather cover that I must keep using….
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