Pen and Ink Dilemma

I’m trying to decide what pen and ink would be best for taking notes for my training. Currently, only my Lamy Safari is inked with a waterproof ink, and I’m not using that motherfucker to take notes. Even with a wet ink, it skips the first half inch if left uncapped for longer than twelve seconds. Not conducive to happy note taking.

I just emptied and cleaned my Pilot Metropolitan. It’s reliable and cheap, so a great choice for work. But it has a stub nib, which isn’t great for work. I might go with it anyway, for lack of reliable options that the loss of which wouldn’t make me homicidal. Well, more homicidal than usual. I’ll check my drawer of un-inked pens when I get home and see if anything jumps out at me.

But which ink, regardless of the pen choice? I have Baystate Blue, Aurora Black, a little more Kung te-Cheng, Salix, Scabiosa, and that’s about it for waterproof colors besides s couple sample vials of various versions of purple or burgundy. Oh, and a bottle of Noodler’s Bulletproof Black that has gone bad and makes lines that look exactly like pencil. I need to throw that shit out.

I don’t want the ink color to attract attention. So that rules out all of those and Scabiosa. Salix would work, but I learned today that R&K recommends that pens inked with iron gall inks be cleaned weekly to keep them performing well. I guess I dodged a bullet with Scabiosa and my Preppy, because that combination stayed undisturbed for almost a year and nothing bad happened.

Baystate Blue supposedly hates cheap paper. I plan to use a Moleskine or Claire Fontaine notebook, so that shouldn’t be an issue. It’s also known to stain every fucking thing within seven parsecs. I only have a sample vial of it, but that’s more than enough to fuck up lots of shit. So, maybe.

The Aurora Black is water resistant rather than waterproof, and it’s very wet. I’ve used more of it than any other ink I’ve owned, so I’m not averse to it. But I’m not wowed by it either.

That leaves the remaining milliliter or so of Kung te-Cheng. That would be enough for a week or so, probably, but only puts off the decision. That shit is nearly unobtainable, and costs $20+ when it can be found. Why didn’t I consider water resistance when I started buying a bottle of every pretty color ink that I saw?

I’ll go through the pens and ink when I get home in an hour or so and pick something. I might have forgotten something ideal that I shoved back in a corner years ago.

UPDATE: I have a bottle of Bernake Blue that I’ll give to anyone who wants it. I bought it because I found the inspiration amusing. It’s absolutely not waterproof, nor is it a wow version of blue. Therefore, it’s useless to me. Speak up in the comments and it’s yours.

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3 Responses to Pen and Ink Dilemma

  1. hollychism says:

    Has the Noodler’s Bulletproof Black grown mold or started smelling rancid? If not, you can shake the hell out of it and have it dark black again. It settles.

    • alaskan454 says:

      I have taken your advice and after verifying that all else was normal, I attempted to shake all the hosts of hell out of it. Then I inked my black Vector that I’d completely forgotten about with it. Then I inked my similarly forgotten blue Vector with Baystate Blue. Waiting for the ink in both to make it to the nibs.

    • alaskan454 says:

      And it appears that you are correct. Black it is. Thank you.

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