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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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. This pairing has been in use for 3 months.

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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 4 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 4 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. This pairing has been in use for about 5 months.

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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 . This pairing has been in use for about 5 months.

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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. This pairing has been in use for one year.

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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. I refilled it once; the last refill was on . This pairing has been in use for one year.

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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. I refilled it once; the last refill was on . This pairing has been in use for one year.

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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 . The pen was in use for 11 months and was emptied and cleaned on , saying good-bye to its fellows.

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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 . The pen was in use for 11 months and was emptied and cleaned on , saying good-bye to its fellows.

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