The “core” list reflects the pens I’ve collected to write with 90% of the time. Dates reflect production year of the pens.
Core Writing Pens
- Aurora 88 Diopside Minerali, clear resin with green cellulose, Piston, 18K factory stub nib (#49 of 388; 2017).
- Danitrio Cumlaude, small version, Brown marble cellulose-acetate, ED, 14K #3776 Coarse & #3776 Newton stub (early 2000s). Custom nib housing holds current style/short tail Platinum nibs by Newton Pens.
- Edison Huron, Yellowstone acrylic, ED, 18K Kinney CI (2009). Original Bock nib housing before Edison switched fully to JoWo housings.
- Edison Hakumin Mina, Shiro-tamenuri w/turtle maki-e over ebonite, ED, 18K M nib (2012). JoWo #5 nib and housing.
- Newton Banana Slug, Ebony and cream acrylic, ED, 14K Kinney CI (2013). JoWo #6 nib & housing.
Goes Everywhere/Notetaking Pens
- Pilot Decimo, Light blue aluminum, c/c, 18K Kinney CI & F & B (2015)
- Platinum Kanazawa-Haku The Moon and a Rabbit, Resin, c/c, 18K F (2012)
- Fisher Bullet Pen with silver neck chain, Chrome, ballpoint, (purchased 2006)
There are a few pens that were gifts or otherwise have a sentimental connection to a person. These pens get used, too, but mostly for letter writing, grocery lists, or this or that; not for long writing sessions.
It’s not the fountain pens themselves that are the heart of the writing experience. The pen bodies are important vehicles for the nibs—these matter most of all. Taking advantage of custom pens, or pens that allow for interchangeable nibs can provide a writer with more nibs than fountain pens.