As I started pulling old pens out of storage and cleaning & filling them, I realized another change that’s happened in the intervening years. I’d switched to black ink.
My mother was always a black ink fan. She always said that nothing seemed permanent until it was written in black – she was raised in the fountain pen era, by the way. I always thought it made more sense to write in blue, so that one’s signature would stand out on copies. In fact, Namiki/Pilot blue was my favorite. I think that is partly why I ended up switching to Gel pens and then to the Fisher – the color was just so consistent.
But after I switched away from fountain pens, I switched to black ink. I’m not sure why, or when exactly. All I know is that when it came to filling pens, there was no black ink in the house.
I surfed a bit looking for some recommendations, and ended up at the Fountain Pen Network. Opinion there suggested to me that Aurora and Noodler’s were the blacks of choice. After a quick order at Fountain Pen Hospital, a bottle of each should be on my doorstep, along with a Namiki Vanishing Point nib section in broad, on Monday.