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Pens For Kids Big Black Beauty Review


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#1 stevlight

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 22:07

So I saw Shawn's kickstarter way too late and he had already raised way more then he was asking so I asked him if I could support his project by being one of his first costumers. He said yes--of course I wanted a big black pen!! He was happy to make one for me and for a kid. The Idea of his "Pens For Kids" is that every pen you buy, Shawn makes and identical pen for a kid and gives it to them to introduce fountain pens to kids and encourage them to write and draw--and get ink stained fingers. I love the idea but truthfully I thought the pen I was going to get I would gift or not really use but I wanted to support the great idea and a great person.

Then I got the pen!! WOW it is beautiful and simple in its design but I guess all the years of Shawn reading my posts he knows what I like!! This pen has a great weight, great girth and posts very well, giving it the perfect posted length. I find the MB 149 when posted is the perfect length --the Shawn Newton Big Black Beauty or BBB is just slightly longer--very nice.

The threads and material are beautiful--I love the warm feeling of the matte acrylic. The pen caps securely and stays capped.

The nib that it came with was a steel broad nib that flips to a fine and Shawn did a great job on it. I switched right away to a 14K nib John Mottishaw added flex to--just because I am obsessed with flex right now. I am sure B nibs that flip to fines will come back into favor with me and Shawn's excellent nib will get lots of use.

This pen comes as a cartridge convertor or eyedropper. The BBB can hold a ton of ink as an eyedropper!!

For the price and the fact that you are giving a kid an identical high quality pen it really can not be beat. I have not stopped using it since I got it--thinking of ordering another!!

Ok enough talk-- all drawings shown were drawn with the BBB!! Here are the pics:

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Compared the the MB 149. I love the little bulge in the barrel--makes it very comfy to hold.

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OK I think I covered everything--Bottom line --A great pen for the price and for giving a kid a pen and Shawn is great to deal with.

Edited by stevlight, 31 March 2012 - 22:10.

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#2 Brian C

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 22:10

Can you post a pic of both the BBB and 149 next to each other unposted?

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 22:13

very understated and elegant :thumbup:
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#4 stevlight

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 23:09

Can you post a pic of both the BBB and 149 next to each other unposted?


Here you go:

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 23:26

Wow. I'm totally honored with your review. Thanks so much, Steve. I've had the twin to this one at the pen show with me all weekend, along with the other 3 or 4 that haven't found new homes yet, and people LOVE it. I'm just stunned by the response my work has gotten. That big pen has gotten me a few commissions already. :thumbup:

Somebody asked me yesterday afternoon what pens I was giving my students - and said "Not these right?" I said of course these. And his jaw just dropped.
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 00:05

I can't wait to have the money saved up to help!!

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 13:19

Really nice shape, Good job Shawn!

reminds me of the out of my reach Namiki Emperor pens.

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#8 Brian C

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 13:29

I'm excited. Can't wait to see how my 1st pen comes out, and 2nd, and 3rd... :puddle:

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 13:34

Really nice shape, Good job Shawn!

reminds me of the out of my reach Namiki Emperor pens.


Hmmm :hmm1: Shawn and urushi. Oh the possibilities :cloud9:

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 14:41

Thank you so much!

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 14:56

I absolutely love the way this pen turned out. Great job, this is really an awesome project!


Do you find you're mostly using it posted?
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 15:25

Do you find you're mostly using it posted?


I post ALL my pens, ALWAYS!! --Shawn knew that and made this pen post very well. I find the MB 149 the perfect pen length when posted--The BBB is just slightly longer and wonderful when posted. I hold my pens VERY far back when drawing --on the threads or even farther back. The threads on the BBB are very smooth and the lack of a step in the barrel all make this pen very comfortable.
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 17:39

Nice looking pen. Now post a lick so I can order one.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 19:05

Whoa! I missed the Kickstarter thread! That looks great, Steve -- wow, the pen, Shawn! You've really rocketed up the pen-making ladder!

Steve, as always, I love your drawings!

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 19:13

Nice looking pen. Now post a lick so I can order one.


I think you meant "link" NOT "lick" cause that would be a WHOLE DIFFERENT forum!!! HaHaHa!

I do not think Shawn has a website yet but just message him through this forum--he is "Watchart" and has posted above--click on his name to view his profile then click "send a message" on the left under his name.
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 19:20

Nice looking pen. Now post a lick so I can order one.


Try this:
http://www.coffeegri...s.com/pens.html

but really just email him.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 19:23

Try this:
http://www.coffeegri...s.com/pens.html

but really just email him.


Oh Thanks Heraclitus--I did not know Shawn had that site!!
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Posted 02 April 2012 - 00:08

I'm pretty easy to get a hold of and I LOVE to get mail! Just ask my wife and kids. On Saturdays or days off of school, I scope out the mailman like a hawk scopes out its prey. :roflmho: And I usually answer pretty quickly too. There'll be no waiting a week for me to email you back. :)

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