And so, when it comes to deciding what pens and paper to take on my upcoming weeklong vacation, I--as do all pen enthusiasts--face some difficult choices. Fountain pens or non-fountain pens? Bottled ink or cartridges? Unfortunately, this may turn into a "working vacation," so I can't exactly go penless. Paper will most likely be Field Notes. As I mentioned earlier, I'm on the cusp of finishing my last Doane Utility Journal, which will happen before I leave on my trip, so I've got my Shelterwood and a fresh Field Notes Kraft edition ready to go. So what else to take? Since this is a road trip, there's no need to worry about the "airplane" factor.
Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black Edition with Sailor Kiwa Guro Nano Black Ink
Probably my all-time favorite pen and ink combination for pocket notebooks and Moleskines. As Brad on the Pen Addict noted during his most recent podcast, which I was listening to driving home last night, Sailor's Nano-Black ink is incredibly dark and well-behaved, keeping a very clean line. It is a pigmented ink, meaning that it contains superfine particles of pigment that theoretically could cause a clog, if you don't practice good pen hygiene. Personally, I have never had a problem with this ink, except for possibly having a minor stroke when I got to the register and realized what it cost. At close to $30 a bottle, it had better be good, but two years later I'm glad I made the investment. Because the pigment sits on the paper and dries quickly, there is no feathering or bleedthrough on Field Notes or any other pocket notebook I have tried. The only paper I could remotely get this ink to bleed on was a cheap Tops yellow legal pad, which frankly was useless with anything other than a pencil.
So, for a one-week trip where I can bring one or two pens that I'm sure will write on basically anything, this combination makes the cut.
Kaweco Sport with Kaweco Green Ink: I've had this pen inked up for a week or so but have not had a chance to use it much. I typically use my Kawecos when I'm on the road, so I'll probably take this one with me.
Karas Kustoms Render K: As Ed Jelley observed, another great Field Notes pen.
This has turned into kind of a random post, but I'm excited to go on vacation, so there. What are your favorite travel combos?
Note: Because I will be on vacation starting this Friday, and I have no idea what my internet situation will be, posting may be spotty. I intend to keep to my regular schedule if at all possible.