Here is my first Kaweco, a Liliput Fireblue, which is one of the smallest fountain pens — less than four inches long when capped! Each pen is hand-torched by Kaweco CEO Michael Gutberlet to give it the distinctively mottled steel finish. I’m looking forward to putting it through its paces in future ink tests!

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A friend asked if I would write some lines of poetry in Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku fountain pen ink but I need to break out the dSLR to capture the shading. Not tonight! Too sleepy.

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Writing from: my study in Portland, Oregon. Listening to: an episode of “Take My Wife”.

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Some people unwind after a long workday with a martini. I refill fountain pens.

Writing from: my study in Portland, Oregon. Listening to: the rain.

The Chicago Cubs won the World Series! Somehow this “Westworld” quote seemed appropriate.

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Practicing my wonky g’s with some Pelikan Edelstein Amethyst in my Conklin All-American.

Writing from: my study in Portland, Oregon. Listening to: November rain. Not the GnR song.

The weekend is nearly over, so it must be time to play with some ink. De Atramentis Charles Dickens is a greenish gray (the bottle says “cement grey”) with excellent shading.

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Writing from: my study in Portland, Oregon. Listening to: “Little River” by Loamlands.

I love my notebook, but on days like today I worry that my analog to-do list isn’t capable of handling everything I throw at it. Occasionally I flirt with a digital task manager …

And then I think of all of the ink I’d be missing out on.

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Writing from: my study in Portland. Listening to: FunkyPlaid watching NFL.

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