The Nib & Barrel

Welcome to The Nib & Barrel wherein you can find my current pen collection, my inkventory, what I have currently inked, and a number of articles about pens, ink, and related topics.

Below are some recent articles and pen and ink pairings.

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By my understanding, there was a time when the fountain pen was common, standard, possibly even the de facto writing instrument. That time, if it truly existed, is in the past. Because of this, there is — for me at least — a romantic appeal surrounding the fountain pen. They harken back to a time when life was “simpler” (is life ever simple?): a time when men wore fedoras and suits, were private investigators (or bull whip carrying archeologists), and families smiled at each other while eating a pot roast. For me, there has always been a soupçon of sophistication surrounding the fountain pen, and that was what initially drew me into this hobby.

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Teak Montegrappa Heartwood Fortuna Fine filled with KWZ Brown Pink

On my Teak Montegrappa Heartwood Fortuna (Fine) joined its comrades when it was filled with KWZ Brown Pink. I refilled it once; the last refill was on . The pen was in use for 3 weeks and was emptied and cleaned on , saying good-bye to its fellows.

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Black Aurora Talentum Extra Fine filled with Waterman Serenity Blue

On my Black Aurora Talentum (Extra Fine) joined its comrades when it was filled with Waterman Serenity Blue. The pen was in use for 3 weeks and was emptied and cleaned on , saying good-bye to its fellows.

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Silver Wing Sung 30 IEF filled with Noodler's Lexington Gray

On my Silver Wing Sung 30 (IEF) joined its comrades when it was filled with Noodler's Lexington Gray. This pairing has been in use for 2 months.

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Blue Wing Sung 3008 IEF filled with KWZ IG Turquoise

On my Blue Wing Sung 3008 (IEF) joined its comrades when it was filled with KWZ IG Turquoise. This pairing has been in use for 2 months.

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Lapis Inferno Noodler's Ahab IF filled with KWZ IG Blue #6

On my Lapis Inferno Noodler's Ahab (IF) joined its comrades when it was filled with KWZ IG Blue #6. I refilled it 2 times; the last refill was on . This pairing has been in use for 2 months.

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King Philip Purple Noodler's Ahab IF filled with Platinum Classic Lavender Black

On my King Philip Purple Noodler's Ahab (IF) joined its comrades when it was filled with Platinum Classic Lavender Black. I refilled it 2 times; the last refill was on . This pairing has been in use for 2 months.

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Cardinal Darkness Noodler's Ahab IF filled with Platinum Classic Cassis Black

On my Cardinal Darkness Noodler's Ahab (IF) joined its comrades when it was filled with Platinum Classic Cassis Black. I refilled it 2 times; the last refill was on . This pairing has been in use for 2 months.

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Blue Diplomat Aero Extra Fine filled with Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-peki

On my Blue Diplomat Aero (Extra Fine) joined its comrades when it was filled with Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-peki. The pen was in use for about 2 months and was emptied and cleaned on , saying good-bye to its fellows.

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Black Aurora Talentum Extra Fine filled with Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-jaku

On my Black Aurora Talentum (Extra Fine) joined its comrades when it was filled with Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-jaku. The pen was in use for 2 weeks and was emptied and cleaned on , saying good-bye to its fellows.

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Dixie #10 Methuselah's Pine Cone Noodler's Konrad Ebonite IB filled with Noodler's Proctor's Ledge

On my Dixie #10 Methuselah's Pine Cone Noodler's Konrad Ebonite (IF) joined its comrades when it was filled with Noodler's Proctor's Ledge. The pen was in use for 5 months and was emptied and cleaned on , saying good-bye to its fellows.

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Beige Opus 88 Koloro Fine filled with Noodler's General of the Armies

On my Beige Opus 88 Koloro (Fine) joined its comrades when it was filled with Noodler's General of the Armies. This pairing has been in use for 7 months.

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Blue Opus 88 Picnic Fine filled with Diamine Aqua Blue

On my Blue Opus 88 Picnic (Fine) joined its comrades when it was filled with Diamine Aqua Blue. This pairing has been in use for 7 months.

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Clear Aurora Optima Medium filled with Aurora Blue Black

On my Clear Aurora Optima (Medium) joined its comrades when it was filled with Aurora Blue Black. The pen was in use for about 6 months and was emptied and cleaned on , saying good-bye to its fellows.

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White Sailor Professional Gear Slim Fine filled with Aurora Blue

On my White Sailor Professional Gear Slim (Fine) joined its comrades when it was filled with Aurora Blue. The pen was in use for about 5 months and was emptied and cleaned on , saying good-bye to its fellows.

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Dark Lilac Lamy Safari Fine filled with Diamine 150th Anniversary Purple Dream

On my Dark Lilac Lamy Safari (IF) joined its comrades when it was filled with Diamine 150th Anniversary Purple Dream. The pen was in use for 6 months and was emptied and cleaned on , saying good-bye to its fellows.

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