Pens and Travelling

Hello everyone, I am finally back in Singapore after 2 weeks overseas at Frankfurt and Italy. This is my very first time travelling after getting into fountain pens and inks. In preparation for being away for 2 weeks, I washed out all of my fountain pens except the 2 eyedropper-ed pens I have namely the Franklin Christoph Model 66 and the Pilot Prera. I was curious to see if they would dry out.

The Franklin Christoph Model 66 (Review coming soon.) wrote as soon as the nib touched the paper without any hard starting or problems. However the Pilot Prera was totally dried out. I capped the pen and gave it a couple of hard shakes. The nib wrote easily after that. I had expected both pens to be totally dried out considering I was away for 2 weeks. I guess the snap on cap of the Pilot Prera isn’t as air tight as the screw on cap of the Franklin Christoph Model 66 since they were both stored in the same manner and space on my table.

I also took the opportunity to bring a fountain pen along for the trip. This was my first time travelling with a fountain pen so I wasn’t sure what is the preferred filling system with travel in mind. I posted the question to the Singapore Fountain Pen Lovers. I had posted the options of going with a piston filler, converter and a cartridge. If I had a vacumatic fountain pen I would probably have gone with that but I didn’t so that idea is out of the window. (New pen to get?) I nixed the idea of bringing a ink sample vial along because I didn’t want to fuss over filling the pen when I get there and with the washing up after.

The overwhelming preference is the cartridge filling system. The idea is to only break the cartridge once I have landed at my destination. Plus to prevent ink from spewing all over the place I bagged it in a Ziploc plastic bag. I ended up bringing the Pilot Metropolitan (durable metal body with affordable price if I do lose it) with a standard black Pilot cartridge. The Pilot Metropolitan didn’t vomit ink all over except just a little inside the cap. The grip section remained ink free through the trip even after 3 separate plane rides on my way home. I used the pen to write my travel journal as I go through the day, noting down on the various things I have done.

This gives me the confidence to travel with fountain pens. In future I will be bringing my pens along for the ride as I travel. Also I am shifting my Twitter to a new account because I have lost the access to my old account. I would appreciate it if you guys would follow me on my new Twitter handle @_althaven. Thank you.