Monday, April 19, 2010

# Daily Arsenal

On Twitter I always see #dailyarsenal on quite a number of posts. They are usually refering to writing instruments and paper (pads, notebooks, etc) that one uses for the day. I think I've finally settled on my daily arsenal.

On the left is my orange Lamy Safari that I got lucky and won a handwriting contest by Tiger Pens. I hadn't used it until now, but I recently purchased a 1.5 calligraphy nib from The Honolulu Pen Shop and installed it. I want to load it with a nice orange ink which I am looking for right now. In the meantime I've inked it with Pelikan Brown. I'm normally a pointed pen writer so a broad edged italic nib will be an adjustment for me.

Next is my Pilot Falcon. That I would say is my main pen for correspondence and I've blogged about it here.

That colorful ballpoint I bought from a pen maker on Etsy. The colors caught my eye and it is comfortable in my hand. I guess it's like food, if it looks good it will taste better...if the pen looks nice and feels good it enhances my writing experience.

The black fountain pen second from the right is a Platinum. I bought it because it had a Music nib on it, but I swapped the Music on to a Platinum Urushi I bought from Pendemonium a few years ago. I put this pen with the nib from the Urushi on the side without considering how good the nib was. I recently took it out and inked it, I was surprised at how smooth that nib writes. I now use it to write when I don't want to focus on writing in script with the flexible Falcon and just...write!. I hope to use it for sketching also.

On the far right is a Sailor brush pen that I bought in Japan because I thought it was so cool. Opened it recently because I've become interested in sketching and have gotten some advice on using a brush instead of a pen or pencil.

Oh it may change I'm sure, but it is truly me daily arsenal. I carry it in my backpack wherever I go.

I also carry the obligatory cheap ballpoint pen in case someone asks to borrow a pen. I will be attending a diabetes conference this weekend, I'm hoping I will score more nice free drug rep pens since they don't give them out to the doctors anymore.

For writing media I carry a few Moleskine journals around with me. I didn't take any pictures because they aren't very photogenic-well mines aren't anyway. There are some fantastic Moleskine covers out there done by artists of which I am not...yet. I also try to carry some small note cards from Papyrus in the event I want to leave a nice note perhaps after recieving outstanding service from someone.

I also need to mention my iPhone as part of my daily arsenal which seems to be glued to my hand and needs to be charged two to three times a day.

By the way, I don't understand why it's called the daily arsenal on Twitter. Most posts seem to say that they have something different everyday, wouldn't that make it "#arsenaloftheday" instead?

Gah! Who am I to change things like that?


  1. Great post. I can't wait to see what you do with that 1.5 mm nib.

  2. we rock the #dailyarsenal because it *IS* the arsenal of the day. we wanted something short and sweet and that was our result :)

    Mine changes every day because I have pen ADD. Plus I have *SO* many I need to shuffle or I feel guilty ;)

    Great to see what you are carrying!

  3. Nice arsenal. Iroshizuku Yu-Yake is a great orange ink. I have the same orange safari, currently sporting a B nib, loaded with yu-yake. It's very nice.

  4. Nice to see what you are using right now. A bit of a snapshot in time. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Sara,

    Ha! "Pen ADD." I suffer from that, too. As well as Ink ADD and Notebook ADD.

  6. Try Private Reserve Orange Crush in that Safari--a great deep orange.