Field Notes

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Fountain Pen Tests

February 18th, 2009 by Bryan Bedell

Parker 51 medium nib, private reserve Blue/Black ink
FIELD NOTES have found a lot of fans in the fountain pen community, largely thanks to some good reviews on enthusiast sites like Fountain Pen Network, Richard’s Pens, and a few others. Fountain pen fan John G. Lowe of Laurel, Maryland decided to go a step further and try out more than a dozen pens — new and old, of various styles — in a FIELD NOTES notebook and mailed us the book for reference. His complete results follow:

Note that you can see the back of each page in the next photo. Click on any photo to enlarge it. His conclusion?

“I’d say this paper holds up rather well to my fountain pens… This paper seems to perform better than Moleskine.”

Here’s the complete book for reference:

Parker 51 medium nib, private reserve Blue/Black ink
Parker 51 fountain pen, medium nib
Private Reserve Ink (Blue/Black)

ST Dupont (2007) Medium Rollerball Black
2007 ST Dupont Medium Rollerball (Black)

Montblanc 2008 Medium Nib Private Reserve Ink Ebony Blue
2008 Mont Blanc fountain pen, medium nib
Private Reserve Ink (Ebony Blue)

Pelican Ball Point 2005 Fine Point
2005 Pelican fine ball point (blue)

Parker 61 Flighter 1960 Medium Nib Private Reserve Ebony/Blue ink
1960 Parker 61 Flighter fountain pen, medium nib
Private Reserve ink (Ebony Blue)

Pilot Elite (1970) Fine Nib Pilot Blue/Black Ink. This Pen is designed to draw Kanji Characters, it\'s called a \"pocket pen\"
1970 Pilot Elite fountain pen, fine nib
(“Pocket Pen” designed to draw Kanji Characters)
Pilot ink (Blue Black)

Lamy Studio 2008 Broad nib, Parker blue/black ink
2008 Lamy Studio fountain pen, broad nib
Parker ink (Blue Black)

Lamy Studio 2008 Fountain medium nib, Parker blue/black ink
2008 Lamy Studio fountain pen, medium nib
Parker ink (Blue Black)

Lamy Studio 2008 Rollerball (Blue)
2008 Lamy Studio rollerball (blue)

Lamy Studio 2008 Ball point Blue
2008 Lamy Studio ballpoint (blue)

Parker Concord 1966 Fountain pen. Visconti ink, custom mix, Red + 10% Brown
1966 Parker Concord fountain pen, medium nib
Visconti ink (custom mix, 90% Red, 10% Brown)

Parker 51 Demi 1955 Fountain pen Fine nib Private Reserve Naples Black ink
1955 Parker 51 Demi fountain pen, fine nib
Private Reserve Ink (Naples Black)

Mont Blanc Meisterstuck 2008 Rollerball medium point, black ink
2008 Mont Blanc Meisterstuck medium-point rollerball (black)

Waterman Liason 1980s Fountain pen medium nib, ink unknown
1980s Waterman Liason fountain pen, medium nib
Ink unknown

Mont Blanc #32 1970 Double Broad Nib Fountain Pen Parker Blue/Black ink
1970 Mont Blanc #32 fountain pen, double broad nib
Parker ink (Blue Black)

Hard pressure with old Parker 51 fine point
Parker 51 fountain pen, fine nib (hard pressure trying to bleed through paper)
Private Reserve Ink (Blue/Black)

Waterman Gentleman 1970s broad nib Fountain Pen (ink unknown)
1970s Waterman Gentleman fountain pen, broad nib
Ink unknown

observation
John’s observations and conclusions

back cover
Thanks a million, John! Sorry it took us so long to share your work with everyone, but we really appreciate the time you took to test the book so throroughly and I bet others will, too.