AskPA is a somewhat regular post where I collect questions from Twitter followers using the hashtag #AskPA. Just drop #AskPA in your tweet to @dowdyism and I'll collect and answer them as often as possible.
@DwayneLively: @dowdyism What is the pen you swore you'd never get rid of that you're now thinking about getting rid of (or have gotten rid of)? #AskPA
I have a hard time letting go to be perfectly honest. I've traded some pens - my Pelikan M205 Yellow Highlighter for a Franklin-Christoph Model 40 Pocket Fire for example - but I don't think I have ever sold a pen. I think that is going to change soon because I want to make room and have funds for new purchases. But, as I stare at my pen storage cigar boxes, I am having a difficult time deciding what, if anything, I should sell. This is likely just the beginning of this conversation.
@y2bd: @dowdyism #AskPA Are there any ink colors that you just can't get into?
Red. Almost any red. I like the thought of a very bright, true red, but none ever stick. The closest I've come to having a red that I use frequently is the unfairly impossible to get Sailor Jentle Limited Edition Autumn 2010 Oku Yama Maroon (see above). I'm surprised I like the maroon shade of the ink but it is the only one that has stuck over the past couple of years.
@DanielleMBena: @dowdyism Do you have any recommendations for left handed people? Example:I enjoy using Pilot V5 on Rhodia notebook but still smudge #askpa
The Uni-ball Jetstream is one of the most popular suggestions for lefties due to it's smudge free properties. I also think drawing pens like the Sakura Pigma Micron do a decent job of quick-drying. Check out episode #62 of the podcast for more left-handed goodness.
@ModernStationer: @dowdyism Have you found a FP nib/ink combo that sucks least on Field Notes paper, embrace the bleed, or stick with non-FPs with FN? #AskPA
Not really. I stick with gel ink pens in Field Notes almost exclusively. I do have a modified Pelikan M405 with an XXXF nib and Pelikan blue black ink that works well, but overall this is a short list. Embrace the bleed!
@Lord_Reynardine: @pen_addict I read you prefer a fine nib, but use a stub nib for letters: why the difference? General rule or personal preference? #AskPA
I like to show off the properties of the ink when writing letters, so the stub nib works well for that. I use inks that the recipient is not likely to have seen before, and most of the time they end up replying back about how cool the letter looked.