2015 Purchases

I have been tracking the pens and inks that I have purchased this year. This is a way to keep track how much I am spending on this hobby. At the same time, I can see how my preferences have change throughout the year. I tend to sell pens and inks that I do not like rather quickly. Looking at my list, I can say that I didn’t spend as much as I thought I might have.

In the fountain pen category, the pens I have purchased throughout the year in the order I have acquired them are:

I very rarely buy used fountain pens but the Pelikan M600 was a good deal. The tally of 8 European and American fountain pens and 4 Asian fountain pens for the year seems quite controlled since it's technically 12 pens for 12 months of the year. Technically The Gist and the OMAS 361T should have been a 2016 purchase since it would arrive next year. The turn around for the Lamy Logo was pretty quick. I got it earlier in the year and I sold it by the 4th quarter. 2 of my top 5 pens this year were purchased this year. I guess that’s money well spent.

In the ink category, I think I have gone a little overboard. Here are the inks that I have purchased in no particular order:

35 inks in a year is a little excessive. Though I must say the were 2 bottles of Delta inks were free with a pen purchase and I got a whole bunch of Bril and Chelpak inks from a good friend recently. The 4 bottle of Sailor Bung box inks were part of the mass order that I’ve organised. I was rather disappointed with Dandyism and Ink of Witch that I sold them pretty much as soon as I was done with the reviews. A few Pilot Iroshizuku inks were purchased because I had a sample of the inks previously and I had liked them. Though more than half the inks were not Japanese inks but my top 5 inks is dominated by Japanese inks.

I didn’t have much things in mind when I started tracking my purchases. The point of the list isn’t to guilt trip myself with but to help me to crystallise my pen and ink preferences, especially with what I have sold. What have you purchased this year?