Today I'll show you the pens that I currently have inked up. I've already posted about two of them, but you get to see writing samples now; isn't that special?
Here are the pens:
On the left is my TWSBI Vac 700R with the beautiful rainbow treatment. (By the way, Goldspot Pens has it in stock again, if, you know, you might be interested.) It contains a gorgeous fuchsia ink from Papier Plume called Desire. Yes, like the streetcar.
On the right is my Narwhal Peter Pen, a special edition that's a collaboration between Narwhal and Peter Draws. I decided to fill this one with Birmingham Pen Company's Salt Water Taffy, a bright peachy orange. Or is it a bright orangey peach?
Now for that pen in the middle. It's an Otto Hutt Design 7, and it is one of my two grail pens. I got a very nice bonus last month and decided to splurge on a really really, really nice pen. I had my eye on a Mont Blanc Meisterstuck. Or maybe a Visconti Homo Sapiens. What about a Pelikan Souveran M800? Then I saw a review of the Otto Hutt and that, as they say, was that. (I did get a good discount using a coupon code from PenBoyRoy's YouTube channel, so my nose didn't bleed quite as much as it might have.)
The cap and barrel are sterling silver; the nib is 18k gold. It's a cartridge/converter fill and comes with a wee box of cartridges, a converter, and a polishing cloth for maximum shiny-ness. I was a little scared to handle it at first, but I got over that. I even bought a special ink for it - a glittery silver-gray called Moon Dust from Diamine. I wish you could see the shimmer.
Anyway, without further ado, the writing samples:
You may be wondering about that reference to an "ink explosion." Yeah. I was filling the pen with a TWSBI inkwell made especially for filling TWSBI vacuum pens. But I didn't fill up the inkwell enough, so the vacuum mechanism pulled in air as well as ink and BLAMMO! Luckily, it was only a minor inktastrophe and cleaned up quickly, although my fingers looked like I'd caught them in a door, even after an enthusiastic scrubbing. Such is life!
So there you go - the fountain pen quest continues!