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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Purple TWSBI Diamond 580AL IF filled with TWSBI 1791 Royal Purple

On my Purple TWSBI Diamond 580AL (IF) joined its comrades when it was filled with TWSBI 1791 Royal Purple. This pairing has been in use for 3 months.

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Prussian Blue TWSBI Diamond 580ALR Fine filled with TWSBI 1791 Sky Blue

On my Prussian Blue TWSBI Diamond 580ALR (IM) joined its comrades when it was filled with TWSBI 1791 Sky Blue. This pairing has been in use for 3 months.

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Emerald TWSBI Diamond 580AL Extra Fine filled with TWSBI 1791 Emerald Green

On my Emerald TWSBI Diamond 580AL (0.5mm CI) joined its comrades when it was filled with TWSBI 1791 Emerald Green. This pairing has been in use for 3 months.

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Green TWSBI Diamond 580AL Broad filled with TWSBI 1791 Prairie Green

On my Green TWSBI Diamond 580AL (Fine) joined its comrades when it was filled with TWSBI 1791 Prairie Green. This pairing has been in use for 3 months.

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Orange TWSBI Diamond 580AL IM filled with TWSBI 1791 Orange

On my Orange TWSBI Diamond 580AL (Extra Fine) joined its comrades when it was filled with TWSBI 1791 Orange. This pairing has been in use for 3 months.

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Pink TWSBI Diamond 580AL Fine filled with TWSBI 1791 Pink

On my Pink TWSBI Diamond 580AL (IF) joined its comrades when it was filled with TWSBI 1791 Pink. This pairing has been in use for 3 months.

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Turmaline Lamy Al-Star Extra Fine filled with Lamy Turmaline

On my Turmaline Lamy Al-Star (Extra Fine) joined its comrades when it was filled with Lamy Turmaline. 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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Blue TWSBI ECO-T IF filled with Birmingham Albert Einstein Relative Cadmium

On my Blue TWSBI ECO-T (IF) joined its comrades when it was filled with Birmingham Albert Einstein Relative Cadmium. This pairing has been in use for 9 months.

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Orange Pilot Custom Heritage Fine filled with Birmingham Winter Garden Snowflake

On my Orange Pilot Custom Heritage (Fine) joined its comrades when it was filled with Birmingham Winter Garden Snowflake. This pairing has been in use for 9 months.

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Makrolon Lamy 2000 0.6mm CI filled with Birmingham George Westinghouse Alternator Crimson

On my Makrolon Lamy 2000 (0.6mm CI) joined its comrades when it was filled with Birmingham George Westinghouse Alternator Crimson. The pen was in use for 6 months and was emptied and cleaned on , saying good-bye to its fellows.

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Blue Eversharp Skyline Fine filled with Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-peki

On my Blue Eversharp Skyline (Fine) joined its comrades when it was filled with Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-peki. I refilled it once; the last refill was on . The pen was in use for 6 months and was emptied and cleaned on , saying good-bye to its fellows.

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Red Opus 88 Koloro Fine filled with Birmingham Ebenezer Denny Carmine

On my Red Opus 88 Koloro (Fine) joined its comrades when it was filled with Birmingham Ebenezer Denny Carmine. This pairing has been in use for one year.

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Teak Montegrappa Heartwood Fortuna Fine filled with Monteverde Napa Burgundy

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

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Black Italix Parson's Essential 0.65mm CI filled with Birmingham G.C. Murphy Tarnished Nickel

On my Black Italix Parson's Essential (IF) joined its comrades when it was filled with Birmingham G.C. Murphy Tarnished Nickel. The pen was in use for one month and was emptied and cleaned on , saying good-bye to its fellows.

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Emerald TWSBI Diamond 580AL Extra Fine filled with Robert Oster Lake of Fire

On my Emerald TWSBI Diamond 580AL (0.5mm CI) joined its comrades when it was filled with Robert Oster Lake of Fire. The pen was in use for one year and was emptied and cleaned on , saying good-bye to its fellows.

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