Fountain pen day

My Fountain Pen Day Line-Up

The fist Friday of November marks International Fountain Pen Day. This year to celebrate I have decided to share the fountain pens I am using and the paper products I use with them.

Lamy LX, Tacticle Turn Gist, Kaweco AL Sport, Kaweco Skyline Sport and the Pilot Kakuno

Lamy LX, Tacticle Turn Gist, Kaweco AL Sport, Kaweco Skyline Sport and the Pilot Kakuno

Fountain pen and ink combinations

Lamy LX in Rose Gold with a medium nib and KWZ Brown Pink - this is a new fountain pen and ink combination both bought at the London Pen Show. The rose gold colour of this pen is gorgeous and works so well with the KWZ Brown Pink ink, it's a natural pairing. Over the past few months I have been enjoying broader nib widths and the medium nib on the Lamy LX is perfect. This was I get to really see and enjoy the inks I am using.

Tactile Turn Gist with a fine nib and Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-Kai - this combination is left over from my 1 week 1 pen mini series. It’s my sensible combination that I can use is almost all scenarios.

Kaweco AL Sport with a fine nib and J. Herbins Bleu Nuit - I really love my AL Sport. The grey colour is so nice in person and the Bleu Nuit seems to be the perfect ink colour for this pen. It’s a very wintery fountain pen and ink partnership.

Kaweco Skyline sport with an extra fine nib and Diamine Ancient Copper - I love the mint colour of this fountain pen, it’s possibly one of my favourites. I have this loaded with a Diamine Ancient Copper cartridge, an ink colour I have been keen to try for some time. The thing is I am not sure that this pairing works very well, therefore I don’t see this partnership lasting long.

Pilot Kaukuno with a medium nib and Pilot Iroshizuku Syo-ro - I love my Kakuno. As it’s a simple, entry level fountain pen I don’t feel too precious about it and its one that comes on the move with me. I opted for Iroshizuku Syo-ro as it’s a nice deep green for the autumnal season.

The notebooks I am using

The notebooks I am using

My current paper choices

The Soukime plain A5 slim notebook is used for blog post planning and outlining of ideas. I have this with plain paper in the dark green cover.

I have a Midori Kraft notebook that I use as a photo journal. This is crammed with photos of my son documenting the small developments he is making and the things we are doing together. This isn’t a journal I use everyday and is somewhere I can experiment with different journaling techniques.

My Rhodia staple bound ruled notebook is being used for notes for my Open University course. I am using this in my Start Bay Navigator.

I have a Clairefontaine ruled notebook for morning pages, or my version of it. This is also in my Navigator.

I am using a Field Notes Lunacy edition notebook to capture notes on the move and for some journaling on the go.

I have the English version of the Hobonichi Techo which I am currently using as a sort of bullet journaling and planning notebook.

My Midori 019 free weekly refill is being used as a small memory keeper recording snippets of my day.

Fountain pen day 2016

I have found that my fountain pen usage has swayed towards Western brands and that I have begun to enjoy a range of different nib sizes. A year ago all of my fountain pen choices would have been extra-fine or fine nibs, but this isn’t the case any more. I have tried to align my current ink colours to the time of year enjoying Autumnal tones. As usual I am using a lot of different notebooks at one time, (I plan on streamlining this a lot next year). Due to my love of fountain pens I have found and acquired a range of notebooks that have the right types of paper for fountain pens.

This year I won't be celebrating Fountain Pen day by adding to my foutain pens as I am happy with my purchases from the London Pen Show. Instead I will be enjoying some time writing and appreciating those fountain pens I own.

TWSBI Diamond 580RB - EF Nib

Today marks the fourth annual Fountain Pen Day and to celebrate I will be reviewing one of my favourite and most used fountain pens - the wonderful, the reliable, the pretty...TWSBI Diamond 580RB

A beautifully designed fountain pen. 

The TWSBI Diamond range of fountain pens are full sized with a piston filling mechanism that enables the pen to hold more ink than a standard convertor or cartridge. 

The 580RB is a special edition member of the Diamond family with the addition of a red, semi-translucent cap and grip section and a blue piston knob. The main barrel section remains clear allowing you to see your ink colour sloshing about - a design feature I love. Before the pen is inked up it kind of reminds me of the French flag. At the end of the pen cap the 580RB has a white Taiwanese sun emblem which replaces the usual TWSBI logo. The decoration of the nib includes their logo and some fine detailing.

The perfect mid-level fountain pen

The TWSBI 580RB can be snapped up for around the £45 mark. For this price you get some additional features above an entry level fountain pens and all for a very reasonable price. The upgrade brings with it the piston filling mechanism, lovely chrome detailing especially on the pen cap and a well tuned nib. 

A strong and sturdy nib. 

The reason my TWSBI has been in constant use and why I reach for it over others is the nib. It writes consistently well and I have never had any ink flow issues or skipping problems. This is a pen I can rely on and know it will just work. I have an EF nib as I prefer a nice fine line however there are several options available including stub nibs. I really enjoy writing with the 580RB. It's a good weight and the nib glides smoothly over the page making it really easy to write with.  

A handwritten review using the TWSBI 580RB

A handwritten review using the TWSBI 580RB

It's adaptable. 

TWSBI fountain pens allow you to swap out the nibs. I could completely change how I use this pen by replacing my existing nib with a stub or broad nib as an example. This means that the TWSBI range of fountain pens are adaptable to your needs. You have the option to create several pens in one with the small upgrade addition of a replacement nib.  

A cap-less TWSBI 580RB

A cap-less TWSBI 580RB

In Summary

I love this fountain pen. In my opinion it's the best fountain pen in the market at around the £50 mark. The TWSBI 580 Diamond series of fountain pen receives praise from numerous other bloggers and fountain pen enthusiasts and I can see why. 

If the TWSBI 580RB is not for you there are several design options including a Diamond mini as well as some special edition colours, the most recent a lovely blue. There is something for everyone.