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2017 Fountain Pen Wish list

I’ve written about my wish list for 2016 when Maybelline of On Fountain Pens requested that I write a guest post on her blog.

My list has:

  • Pilot Custom 742 with Falcon nib
  • TWSBI Vac Mini
  • OMAS Milord Noir
  • Edison Pearlette
  • Nakaya - A Fox with the Harvest Moon

I’ve purchased 2 out of the 5 on my wishlist, namely the Pilot Custom 742 with Falcon nib and the Nakaya fountain pens. I’ve not gotten around to doing a review of the Pilot Custom 742 because the falcon nib just doesn’t lend itself to daily writing. It’s sole purpose is just to do flex writing on my ink reviews.

Whereas the Nakaya fountain pen was also something of an impulse purchase. I didn’t expect myself to be placing an order for another Nakaya pen so soon after purchasing my first. However the news of the price hike prompted me into action. There is no regrets buying the pen.

Technically I did buy an OMAS fountain pen just not the Noir. I had a chance to handle a Noir but I found I didn’t enjoy the finish. I picked up an Arte Italiana in Liquid Green instead but I sold it in the end because of the slippery grip.

I had decided against buying the TWSBI Vac Mini but picked up a Pilot Custom 823 instead. Also a vacuum filler just not so mini. The only pen I didn’t buy or get something similar is the Edison Pearlette. I’ve not stepped into the realm of custom pen yet but someday I will. Meanwhile I shall be contented with the pens that are already or will be available in 2017.

Update: Apparently I wrote this blog post too early in advance that I've picked up the Edison Pearlette second hand from Leigh Reyes. So, I guess I am 5 for 5?


My wish list for 2017 will be:

Number 5: Pilot pen with Waverly Nib

I’ve been interested in Pilot’s speciality nib selection especially the Waverly nib. The Waverly nib is said to be smooth regardless you are pulling or pushing the nib across the page. It might mean as a lefty, the Waverly nib might be the perfect nib for me. I’m personally not keen on the pen body options for the Waverly nib so here’s hoping that a more interesting pen body comes along.

Number 4: Custom fountain pen

Maybe next year will be the year I’ll put money down on a custom fountain pen. It doesn’t have to be one from Edison, maybe I’ll order one from Shawn Newton or Scriptorium Pens? Who knows, in the world of custom pens the world is my oyster!

Number 3: Graf von Faber-Castell Intuition Platino

I have seen and caressed one. It was a great understated and classy pen. The EF nib that came with it was a lovely and almost sensual writing experience. I would love to get one in the Grendilla wood. Plus the wood box it comes in is just on point. Good job on presentation, Graf von Faber-Castell.

Nummber 2: Montblanc 1912

Now this pen might be a lost hope. The Montblanc 1912 is an interesting pen that has a retractable nib but it was launched quite a while back and locating one in a reasonable price might be tough. However, the nib that came with the pen I’ve tried is just a great writer. If I’m able to find it, it would be my first Montblanc pen!

Update: Remember the Singapore Pen Show that happened recently? I've seen the pen sold there so I've placed an order for this pen in EF but I've not picked up or paid for the pen so can I still leave it in the wishlist?

Number 1: Nakaya Negoro “Nuro Kise” Hon Kataji

Another year another Nakaya pen, maybe? This is the next Nakaya pen I am eyeing. It is way more affordable than the one I got this year. The cracked finish has caught my eye from the start when I began browsing the Nakaya website. Maybe I’ll be able to afford one again next year?

Update: Remember the Singapore Pen Show? I've placed a pre-order for this pen but I've not fully paid up for the pen so I guess I can count it as a 2017 pen too?

What pens are on your wish list for next year? Tell me about them in the comments below.

Breakdown of Pen and Ink Collection 2016

Ok, some readers have requested I go into the breakdown of my pen and ink collection so here is the breakdown of my pen collection.

Pilot Metropolitan White Tiger - F On loan
Pilot Metropolitan Pop Red - F
Pilot Metropolitan Pop Orange - M
Pilot Custom 74 - SF
Pilot Custom Heritage 92 - F
Pilot Custom 742 - FA
Pilot Custom 823 - F
Pilot Myu 701 - F
Pilot Murex - F
Pilot Kakuno Orange - F
Pilot Kakuno Grey - F
Pilot Vanishing Point - F (SS)

Lamy Safari (Matte Black) - EF / F / B
Lamy 2000 - EF (Modded)
Lamy CP1 - EF 14k

TWSBI Mini - 1.1 stub / F / EF / M / B

Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black 21k - F

Nakaya Decapod Mini - SM
Nakaya Fox with Harvest Moon - SF
Platinum #3776 Kawaguchi - SM

Deccan Advocate Jr. - F

Visconti Van Gogh Starry Night - EF

Kaweco Supra - F

Tactile Turn Gist - Ti EF

Pelikan M600 - EF
Pelikan M405 - EF (Modded)
Pelikan Twist - M

Faber-Castell Loom - F

Edison Pearlette - EF

The Edison Pearlette is a new addition that I neglected to add to the total pen tally. As you can see I have a lot of Pilot pens. Most of them are not super expensive, they are my most reliable fountain pen. They all just work right out of the box. I am in the process of spring cleaning so I’ll have some pens for sale soon. Right now I’m trying to sell my Pelikan M600. If you are interested, drop me an email or look for me on social media.


Now for my inks.

Pilot
Iroshizuku Ku Jaku
Iroshizuku Ama Iro
Iroshizuku Yama Budo
Blue Black

J Herbin 1670 Emerald of Chivor

Diamine
SBRE Brown
Pumpkin
Majestic Purple

Sailor
Kobe #31 Kaigan Grey
Bung Box Blue Black
Bung Box L'Amant x 2
Bung Box Hamanako Orange
Bung Box June Bride Something Blue
Jentle Oku Yama
Jentle Yama Dori
Jentle Gernade
Jentle Tokiwa Matsu
Jentle Apricot
Jentle Souten
Jentle Yuki Akari
Jentle Rikyu Cha
Jentle Kin Mokusei
Athena Sepia

Montblanc
Lavender Purple
Toffee Brown
Irish Green
William Shakespeare Red

Pelikan
Edelstein Mandarin
Edelstein Amethyst
Edelstein Topaz
Edelstein Turmaline
4001 Dark Green

Graf von Faber-Castell
Stone Grey
Deep Sea Green

Rohrer and Kligner Scabiosa

Lamy Dark Lilac

Delta Sepia

Caran D'ache Sunset

De Atramentis Singapore

Montegrappa Special Reserve

Same thing here, I have an overwhelming number of Sailor made inks. I just love their inks. I am in the process of streamlining my ink collection. I’ve ear marked 5 bottles to go, these have found new owners already, I just have to pass them on to their new homes.

Drop me a comment if you have any questions about my collection.