Moleskine and Waterman pen

Posted by jerry on February 6th, 2006 — Posted in Journal, Writing

waterman pen and moleskine notebook

moleskine notebooks are my constant companion – my preference always being for the squared paper pocket sized ones. And my trusty Waterman fountain pen – the ink does not bleed into the moleskine paper. And here’s the proof:

Moleskine notebook

Some people seem to have trouble with fountain pens on Moleskines – perhaps they use a really broad nib?

The other day I pulled out my pen as usual, and noticed to my horror that the pen is now looking a bit careworn. It’s only about two years old, but the enamel is starting to show signs of wear. The pen itself is still wonderful to write with – one of the few fountain pens I can trust on an aircraft not to leak – but I have to acknowledge that sometimes sharing a pocket with my keys is not a good idea!

Moleskine notebook

Ah well, it is showing its history, having been carted around folk festivals, written in my journal on the Great Wall in China, and it carries many memories in its short existence. This is the pen that wrote the entry on the Wandering Moleskine Project (Moleskine number eight), as well as the one that sketched the outline of my shed refurbishment.



Comment by Edmond Dantes

Excellent entry. This is what makes the art of writing: a Moleskine, a good fountainpen and far-away places.

Posted on February 8, 2006 at 5:30 pm

Comment by Chris Meisenzahl

Great post Jerry. I use a fountain pen in my Moleskine almost exclusively too. Never had any trouble. What inks do you use?

Posted on February 8, 2006 at 11:06 pm

Comment by FC

Which model Waterman do you use? What nib size?

Posted on February 9, 2006 at 10:42 am

Comment by jerry

The model was described as an ‘Apostrophe’ Waterman with red marbled lacquer. I have a fine nib fitted and am currently using Ryman ink cartridges from the UK. I have also used Parker cartridges with equal success.


Posted on February 11, 2006 at 8:56 pm

Comment by Lesia Fontana

Congrats on UR pen! Waterman is certainly a superb pen maker 🙂
I’m surprised that people are finding the signo inks to work with the Moleskine, I have tried both the Signo RT

and 207 and both of them smear easily even after a minute or two of drying time. The G2 is better, but still

takes a while to drive. My favorite ink for my Moleskine is the Cross Gel Roller Ball refill which works very
well. I actually use it in a Water Phileas Rollerball pen, it fits nicely and the ink seems to work better on the
Moleskine than the Waterman rollerball refill.

Posted on October 31, 2007 at 11:53 am

Comment by Richard Kallio

Hi All,

I actually use a vintage Parker 75 with a Broad Italic nib in my Moleskines, with garden-variety Sheaffer Blue ink. Works great, with no feathering or bleed-through.

The vintage 75s (they are no longer being made) are IMHO one of the best FPs ever made…..and I own a Montblanc Meisterstuck 149!

Posted on November 10, 2010 at 3:25 pm

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