Spring Cleaning

I flushed, cleaned, and readied all of my pens (save two) for new ink on Saturday morning.

I will likely do this again later this week because it was rather therapeutic (and because I didn’t take any ruddy pictures and because my four favorite pens are currently not at home). The failure of it was, though, that I managed to leave my two favorites (my True Writers) in my office and my next two favorites (the new Prera and my Parker Vector) at a friend’s house last night. I also left my day planner, my blank Clairefontaine, and apparently my willpower at said friend’s house. (There have been Cadbury Egg casualties in large numbers this weekend.)

But: I did have the experience of cleaning out two cartridges for refilling. What a nifty and painless experience when one has a syringe for such a task. The converter for my Prera is so incredibly petite that I will likely use the empty cartridge for swapping ink colors, thought. And though I have no photos just now, the Prera is refilled with Noodler’s Black Swan in Australian Roses (I’m kind of in love with that ink. Don’t judge me) and the Vector has its empty cartridge refilled with J. Herbin Bleu Myosotis. I filled my Lamy Studio with some of the Noodler’s Kung Te-Cheng sample I got last week. Lovely ink. The pen continues to underwhelm me, but I’ll give it some more time.

All of this is in preparation for the Great Grading Odyssey that will be the next two weeks for me. I graded a huge whack of papers today, too, alternating between the Lamy Studio, a blue Signo, and the .3 mm Zebra Sarasa. Okay, so I “alternated” for about eight papers, and then I clutched the Sarasa tight and wouldn’t let anyone else play (since my go-to pens are partying elsewhere without me and I’m a bad pen-custodian). I wasn’t sure I’d like the superfine tip on the Sarasa, but I do. It writes in a lovely chocolatey brown, and there were no smudging problems.

Another experiment in this arena soon. It’s hard to decide what will go into my True Writers next. It’s likely that Black Swan will go in the stub (again. still) and my trusty Levenger Cocoa will end up in the Waterlilies pen, as that is absolutely my favorite grading combination, but I’ll go through so much ink in the next two weeks, I can likely let everyone play.

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