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  1. Hey guys... Its been a long time since i have been on FPN. I felt like i needed a break from the pens world, for the moment. But just now, i saw a notification of a new video in my inbox. Its "the two minutes" guys review of the good old Platinum Preppy... Here have a look: I m so happy with the way this video has been shot. I used to adore Matt Armstrong for the way he showed the pens in his review, but this guys has taken it a step ahead. Asthetically beautiful review. And this review has made me take out my Baby Pink Platinum Preppy from my closet. I havent tried many colors of this pen, because of high price, but the purple one from the video looks kinda cool. How's yellow? Has anyone tried it? I think it is too light.
  2. Received today. Review in the photo,
  3. Much has been written about the Delta Dolce Vita Oversize. The look quite similar, but may appeal to different sets of people. Here, I attempt to give a quick review of the DV medium and highlight some of the differences. The first difference is of course the price point, with the oversize about GBP 100 more than the medium. I went for the medium because the oversize is too broad for my hand (like I said, they may appeal to a different set of people). The medium is the perfect size for me, presented in a very nice and substantial felt-covered box. The box contains some literature on Delta and the nib, a small box of delta cartridges, and the pen itself. The pen is a beauty-if you think orange is not your thing, take a look at this one. It is distinctive without being too flashy. I went for the vermeil trim, and I am not complaining. The detailing of the Pompeii relief on the central band is quite meticulous. Also, the small rolling wheel at the end of the clip is a nice touch. Unlike the oversize model, this pen doesn't have a ink-window. Personally, I am not a big fan of ink windows (with the exception of the one in Lamy 2000)-so this is not a deal breaker for me. The filling system is a normal C/C-and not the piston fill or eyedropper as in the Oversize. I found the filling system quite efficient. However, the girth of DV, even on the medium is quite wide-it didn't get into my bottle of J Herbin 1670 Anniversary Edition inks. This was a bit annoying. So I can only guess that the Oversize might not fit into some more ink vials. Finally, I managed to fill it with Herbin's Orange Indien-I know, I know, that's one orange too many! This pen needs to break into your hand. The first few strokes mayn't be smooth enough, I ended up with an ink blob on my paper. But after that boy, does it write well! The 14k-585 nib is buttery smooth, with some flex in it. I went for the Fine grind, and it produces consistent lines every time without ever being scratchy. I got this baby for a steal from martemodena (no affiliations) and hence it is wonderful value for money. If you want a distinctive pen, that writes like a dream, reminds of a summer well spent in Italy, and doesn't burn a hole in your pocket-the Dolce Vita medium might just be it. Thanks for reading.
  4. dot

    Pilot 77

    http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg517/brooklynshere/Pens/pilotreview2_zps376f577e.jpg Thought I'd post some observations on the Pilot 77. Like others here, I purchased mine NOS at Luis Store. (Side note: it's my first foray into older pens. It was scintillating.) Just below the cap are engraved these three lines: NAMARCO//PILOT 77//MADE IN JAPAN. On the cap and the nib are engraved PILOT. http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg517/brooklynshere/Pens/pilotreview1_zps72ca60c1.jpg It's really more of a good workhorse pen than one for high flourish, as you can see--you're not going to get really thick lines. The nib feels resilient and a bit springy--definitely my favorite feature of the pen, along with its slim body (I have small hands and prefer svelte pens) and early 1960's color scheme. The shape of the nib, however, makes it prone to nib creep or at least ink collecting in the crevices. Here's a close-up: http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg517/brooklynshere/Pens/pilotreview3_zpsf3c7a4b1.jpg And here's a fuzzy picture alongside some more widely syndicated budget pens, the Pilot 78G and the Lamy Al-Star, for comparisons' sake. http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg517/brooklynshere/Pens/82746c43-a02d-4f9c-b5df-3cf046827c1e_zps02fe967b.jpg Hope you liked this brief look at one of my favorite writers!
  5. I cannot find any reviews for any of the bril inks. Anybody found one? If not, anybody up for reviewing it? It would be great to have a review, i have heard it is one of the standard reliable Indian inks like Camlin/Chelpark. I found a couple of reviews of the Camlin royal blue ink, but none for the bril. So, Anyone up for it? Oh, and bdw. I just did a review of the Camlin ink on YouTube because i thought the ink is worthy of documentation. If anybody is interested. Here is the link. Thanks! http://youtu.be/tH8jmAFYGkc
  6. AgentVenom

    Noodler's Ink - Nightshade

    * Originally posted on my Instagram page. Ink Review: Noodler's Ink, Nightshade. Grade: 62.50%. Paper Tested On: Norcom Composition, Clairefontaine 85g, 20lb Staples brand). Nightshade (NS) is a dark mauve, or burgundy, colored ink that reminds me a lot of Noodler's Black Swan in Australian Roses. On cheaper paper it sometimes has a brown quality to it that reminds me of rust, especially when just writing normally. When used in a flex pen, the shading is very subtle, which can be appealing depending on the desired application, but on very absorptive paper, the color becomes matte and the shading is almost non-existent. NS is a very wet ink, that drys very quickly despite its saturated nature. Which I think makes this ink ideal for practicing calligraphy in a flex pen. The trade off, as you probably guessed, is that NS feathers and bleeds heavily, even on 85g Clairefontaine paper. When I did flex writing with NS on cheap office paper, some of the letters got a gray halo around them. It reminded of the separation you see in chromatography. NS is not a permanent ink. You can see from my tests that water lifts the words right off the page. I've used NS in an ink wash and I really enjoyed the effects I got with NS. I was surprised that it held up so well to hand sanitizer and nail polish remover. Just don't expect it to be bulletproof like its Australian cousin. If you're looking for a wet ink that isn't your every day purple, then you should check out Noodler's Nightshade.
  7. Hi All! Here comes a new "ruthless review". My ruthless reviews have a few peculiar features: Concise;Very strict. If a pen costs hundred of euros, no faults are allowed. - A good pen gets a 60/100, - A great pen an 80/100, - An almost perfect one a 90/100. - Only a divine pen can have above 90.Don't care about the box,Add a few peculiar criteria:Nib appearance;Usability in shirt pockets;Out-of-the-boxness, meaning to what extent a nib was perfect right after leaving the seller. Fosfor Sandalwood pen (Custom made) I don't have own pictures, but you can see an example here. Mine is the same, just with a red ebonite section. It's my first Indian pen and I'm really happy! 1. Appearance and design: 8/10 If you like a perfect, timeless minimalist design, this is great. No complaints here, just that the inner of the cap scratches a bit the section, which is not nice. 2. Construction: 10/10 Really sturdy, perfectly hand-crafted. Couldn't find a single contruction fault so far! 3. Quality of materials: 9/10 Genuine sandalwood, with a lovely scent to it. What else do you want? I remove one point because it's prone to staining, but that's the price to pay. 4. Weight and dimensions: 7/10 A bit too large for many hands, I'm afraid, but has the right length. Super-lightweight, also, which may be an issue for some. 5. Nib performance: 7/10 Nice standard JoWo steel nib: stiff, but reliable; a bit soulles, though. It can be a hard-starter on very dry inks, but it's not a major issue. 6. Nib appearance: 5/10 Meh.. Not exactly the most beautiful nib out there. It looks like this. JoWo could do a far better job, but it's not Fosfor Pens' fault. 7. "Out-of-the-boxness": 8/10 The nib needed a bit of tweaking to get the ink flow right, but it was easy. Good job here! 8. Filling system and maintenance: 6/10 Standard C/C system, nothing special. The converter looks well-built enough. 9. Clip and usability with shirts: N/A This is a desk pen, so this field doesn't apply. 10. Cost and value: 10/10 USD 100 + 12 for shipping. Considering it's hand-made, and Manoj of Fosfor Pens is a great seller to deal with, this is an excellent price. Final mark: 70/90, or 77.8/100 This is a very good pen indeed. If only it had a nicer nib, it would be a great pen. To give you an idea, at the moment it's at the same level as a Platinum 3776 with music nib, and very close to my Omas Arte Italiana. Enough said To conclude: go on Manoj's Fosfor Pens' website and get one now. No affiliation, etc. etc.: the guy is great and knows how to make really unique stuff.
  8. themadstork

    Noodlers General Of The Armies

    First off I apologize for my egregious juvenile handwriting and the fact that a small bit of the scan is cut off. However I Didn't see any other reviews of this ink yet so I figured why not give my opinion. Also thank you to Mezzie for the PIF I received some months ago for 3 months of ink drop, the two inks I compare General of the armies to were received in those ink drops. I got this bottle of General of the Armies back in march. I filled it once before the fill I used to review the ink. On the first fill the ink was substantially darker and seemingly a bit more blue, the dyes may have settled in between fills causing this but I'm not sure. Overall though, I liked both colors and I think this is a great addition to Noodler's stable of bulletproof inks. Hopefully you can read my bad cursive and chicken scratch
  9. Organics Studio isn't making inks anymore, but back when they did I was a big fan. Nickel was the first ink of theirs I purchased, and after some time I started getting more. The creative inks were my favorite, like the iron gall Aristotle and the chlorophyl-pigmented Mendel. When I heard OS was stopping ink production I bought almost $100 worth of OS ink from the Goulets. Imagine my surprise when half of them developed SITB a few months later… So far the bottles lost to SITB are Neon, Nickel, and two others that are at the bottom of a shame pile I don't care to dig through. Luckily I'd written this review already, so while reading it just remember that when I wrote the review it was a currently produced ink and also didn't have a colony growing in it. http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/537/6AdqZc.jpg
  10. AgentVenom

    Noodler's Ink - Dragon's Napalm

    *originally posted on my Instagram. Ink Review: Noodler's Ink, Dragon's Napalm. Grade: 58.75%. Paper: Norcom Composition. Noodler's Dragon's Napalm (DN) is one of those colors that I may have never bought on my own. Fortunately, a 3oz bottle was given to me as a gift. I would call DN either a fulvous or a deep cadmium color. Or, if you're from Tennessee like me, Volunteer orange. DN may look like a highlighter ink, but a pretty long drying time may make you think twice about using it as such. If you can get past the long dry times, DN will burn off the page. You may find DN to be one of those inks that is a little hard to read on its own and may even strain your eyes if you stare at it too long. DN isn't waterproof, bulletproof, or eternal, so it's pretty easy to clean. Even from your hands so long as you wash them quickly enough. But, DN is fluorescent. If you shine a black light on it you'll probably be reminded of a construction workers safety vest. However, it is interesting to note that when I put water drops and hand sanitizer onto the ink, the portions washed out glowed just as bright as Noodler's Blue Ghost. Just be aware, that according to the Noodler's properties chart that DN does not respond to all UV wavelengths. I was fortunate that it reacted to mind. DN is a smooth writing ink that will be prone to feather. Especially on cheap office paper. I've done some flex writing with a Zebra G nib, but the ink explodes and bleeds heavily unless I use some pretty nice paper. You're not going to get very much shading out of DN, which is a shame because of its beautiful color. I think I'll try to put some Whiteness of the Whale in a sample to see what happens. Overall, I love DN. The bright color and severe feathering and bleeding may not be for everyone, and I get that. But, if you love orange, and feel like you can handle a a Hungarian Horntail, then I would highly recommend this ink.
  11. I spent many hours on this video, mostly because the program I use to edit is garbage. There's a typo or two in the video that I don't want to fix, as that would risk losing every subtitle and transition. That's how bad the program is.The pen's alright, though. I'm trying to improve, so feel free to leave criticisms.
  12. Here is the review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiyAiUX1ywA Has anyone tried this Pen before? I have just seen this pen on the office site of Luxor.. They say, its out of stock.. I will be calling Luxor to see if they still have this pen. If i am not wrong, Luxor sells Parker and Pilot pens in India. Who knows, they might have borrowed the technology of these companies to produce a very nice pen of their own. This review says so, atleast. If anyone can provide me the link from where i can get this pen, i would be more than happy.
  13. This review is going to be a bit unorthodox compared to others I have seen on here, but I still hope my style of writing will be useful for all of you. This is just copy and pasted from my blog so I hope you can check it out as well. Today I am going to talk about the carbon fibre Faber Castell Basic. It is fairly well know in the fountain pen community, but not as widely recognized as the popular Lamy Safari, which is in a similar price range. This particular version is a sexy pen, I will say that right now. The carbon fibre body matched with the matte black cap has a very sleek feel to it, even if the cap is a little on the large side. http://i1.wp.com/www.thepenhaul.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Cap.jpg?resize=640%2C853 However, I have had some issues with this pen that you will need to seriously consider if you are thinking about purchasing this pen. I will start with something that is more of a feature than an issue depending on your preference. It is a very heavy pen (34 grams according to Goulet Pens), which I don’t mind, but due to the pen and grip section being so round, it tends to roll in my hand as I write. It might just be how I hold the pen, but it is definitely something to keep in mind. http://i1.wp.com/www.thepenhaul.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Barrel.jpg?resize=640%2C853 For those of you who like to post your pens, start looking elsewhere now. Even though the cap is light enough and actually stays posted quite solidly, it makes the pen waaaay too long to the point where it just looks goofy and becomes impractical. Here are a few pictures to see how the size of the Faber Castell Basic sizes up against a few of the other popular pens out there: http://i2.wp.com/www.thepenhaul.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Basic-Comparison-Capped.jpg?resize=640%2C480The Basic between a Pilot Vanishing Point, Lamy Safari, and Noodler’s Neponset capped. http://i2.wp.com/www.thepenhaul.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Basic-Comparison-Uncapped.jpg?resize=640%2C480Uncapped http://i2.wp.com/www.thepenhaul.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Basic-Comparison-Posted1.jpg?resize=640%2C479Posted For those of you who don’t know, the Noodler’s Neponset is a huge pen! Now look at how short it looks when compared to the Basic when both are posted. Imagine writing with that in a meeting or at school, your colleagues will think you are a nuts! Writing Experience Lets talk about the nib for a minute. I opted for the fine nib because it was only option available at my local pen store, The Paper Umbrella. I have read quite a few reviews on this pen before I purchased it (a few of those are linked below), and the common theme seems to be that Faber Castell has the smoothest steel nibs out there. This has not been my experience. http://i0.wp.com/www.thepenhaul.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Grip-Section.jpg?resize=640%2C853 The writing experience has been average at best, and frustrating at it’s worst. I currently have it inked with Private Reserve Avacado and while there is definitely feedback, it provides as decent writing experience. It is hard to explain the smoothness of a nib, but it is by no means “buttery smooth.” You might be thinking that a bit of feedback doesn’t sound so bad, but when I previously had it inked with Diamine Eclipse, which is a fairly dry ink in my experience, it was almost unusable. Hard starts nearly every time I went to write with the occasional skipping plagued my writing experience. It is possible that I just got a dud, so don’t discount everyone else’s experiences since mine seems to be an outlier. You can also use this as a learning opportunity that not every ink will work well with every pen. A wet ink with a dry pen, or a dry ink with a gusher may help you find that customized writing experience that you have been looking for. Here is quick comparison of the fine nib on the Faber Castell compared to a few other pens I had lying around: http://i0.wp.com/www.thepenhaul.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Writing-Comparison-Printing.jpg?resize=640%2C853 The Section Now here is where the real problem with this pen lies. The rubber grip section with little grooves going through it may look pretty cool, but it causes more of a headache than it’s worth. First of all, if you want to fill the pen from a bottle, you will want to dip the converter directly into the bottle rather than with it attached to the nib and section. This is because ink will get in those little grooves and can be a pain to clean out. The biggest issue, however, is the fact that this rubber grip section cracks! Before you go jumping to the conclusion that I just over tightened the barrel or that I have super human strength, I consciously did not over tighten the barrel having read reports of cracking before buying the pen. I first noticed a crack after about 2 months, but over the next month or so, it progressively got worse before I eventually delegated it to storage. http://i2.wp.com/www.thepenhaul.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Cracked-Section.jpg?resize=640%2C853 Recently I was looking though my pens to decide what to ink up next and I seen my poor Faber Castell Basic and thought there has to be a way to fix this. I did what I should have done when first noticed the crack, and emailed both the store and the Canadian Faber Castell distributer about the issue. The service I received was top notch and I had a replacement section coming in the mail within days! Why didn’t I do this earlier!!? Let me show you quick how to change the section if you ever come across the same problem. First, remove the barrel and converter from the nib and section: http://i0.wp.com/www.thepenhaul.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Dissasembled.jpg?resize=640%2C853 Next, pinch the nib and feed in one hand and the cracked nib section in the other. Once you have a good grip, just twist the nib unit counter clockwise to remove it from the section: http://i0.wp.com/www.thepenhaul.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Screwing-in-the-nib.jpg?resize=640%2C853 Finally, just screw in the nib unit into the brand new (soon to be cracked?) rubber grip section, reassemble the pen and you are good to go. Conclusion With this new grip section, I now have a functional pen that I can use everyday. The new grip section may or may not crack again in the future, but I am definitely going to be very delicate when handling this pen in the future. Based on my experiences, I do not recommend this pen to anyone looking for a problem free pen. However, if you really like the look and price of this pen and can deal with the risk of getting a subpar nib out of the box and the potential for the rubber grip section cracking, go right ahead!
  14. TWSBI Diamond 580 Rose Gold Edition in Fine Writing Performance Review If you have any questions, feel free to ask them here!
  15. Julia161

    Noodlers Panther

    Just received my first Noodlers Panther from ebay and here are my honest impressions. - Firstly I thought that the pen looks cheaper than it costs. Sure, It's not expensive, but still there are much cheaper pens which look more presentable. - The clip is so soft and fragile that when I unscrewed the cap it changed it's angle a little. - But the color is fun. - The piston filler is interesting and convenient to use. - Semi-flexible nib for me happened to be absolutely useless, because when I tried to use its functions my handwriting became even worse than usual. In fact this is not the pen which made me write beautifully. Quite the opposite ) But for sure I need to train my cursive. - This nib also gets scratchy when underlining something or striking out. - On the other hand the nib feels very soft and pleasant when I just try to write something without care about the beauty of the letters. - The ink flow is optimal - not too little, not too much. - Another good point is that the ink doesn't dry in this pen when it's not used for few days. - In general (if not pay attention to the fragile clip) the pen looks quite stable and trustworthy. - Would I buy it again? Yes, to know what it. - Will I buy another? Only if they make some new cute color or design. - How many points I give this pen out of 10? 6. Do you have this pen model or other Noodlers? What are your impressions?
  16. Good day FPN, This event literally just happened a few minutes ago and I wanted to recount the details. Before I go further, I will say at the very beginning that the issues occurred in transit after leaving Goulet, this is a review of their customer service in dealing with such an incident. I'm also not affiliated with Goulet Pens in any way other than a customer who spends way too much on fountain pen supplies, but that's all of us right? So I've been ordering from Goulet Pens for a pretty long time, since before the Noodler's Ahab came out, and I've made more than a couple of orders so I know their shipping habits by now. Over the weekend I ordered a shiny new TWSBI Diamond 580 in Rose Gold (buy one here, if you like), as usual I got my shipping confirmation from Goulet first thing Monday morning when they opened. The first odd thing I noticed is USPS tracking said the item would take several days to be delivered, I live about 1.5-2 hours north of their office (in the DC area) so I'm used to my packages from them arriving within 24 hours even with regular shipping. No big deal, something must be going on with the post office. The day of delivery (according to the tracking number) arrives, and the pen does not. I check the tracking number again after receiving the rest of my mail, and see they misrouted my package to the wrong city; again, post office issue. The next day they've sent it where it needs to go and this is where things go from curiously irritating to bad. My box arrives and I open it up to find... nothing. The TWSBI box inside has the plastic case with the wrench and the booklet (you know the one I mean), but no pen. I was as crestfallen as a child without a puppy: http://i.imgur.com/W2l2zEC.jpg So I contacted Goulet Pens with a few pictures, and this is where the review starts. In less than 5 minutes I received two emails; one was an order confirmation for a replacement, the other was an email from Jeremy in customer service expressing his concern and he wanted to know more about the situation. I was also contacted by Jessica (who is a personal friend of my girlfriend, so we met each other quite recently) who recognized the order immediately. Between the three of us we discussed the state of the package, the outer box was banged up and retaped where torn, the TWSBI booklet was loose inside, there was no bubblewrap or cellophane (anyone who orders from Goulet understands this is a red flag), the TWSBI box itself was torn and taped over, and the TWSBI casing was missing tape on one side. We very quickly determined that something must have happened with the postal service, which I would not say is Goulet staff saying "oh it isn't our problem", this is a conclusion which I came to on my own from my personal inspection and past experiences and I fully believe the problem happened during transit: http://i.imgur.com/Khx5dSy.jpg http://i.imgur.com/7eMa8oI.jpg At this point, they've already packed my replacement, they even made sure the pen was inside the package and sent me a photo of it. If it arrives without my pen again, of course I must challenge USPS to a duel. I'm confident in my abilities, I'm a trained rapier fencer and a biter. I can't express enough the atmosphere of this company, it was a very human experience, no form letters or customer service templates, the interest and concern was sincere, you aren't getting the "jaded customer service rep punching a timecard" from Goulet Pens. This is also the only bad experience I've had while ordering from them, and clearly at no fault of their own. I'm preaching to the choir here for veteran Goulet customers, but this sort of personal touch is what put Brian and Rachel Goulet on the map in the first place; I think it's important to recognize that in 8 years since the company started, that core value has not changed. Goulet Pens has expanded and evolved over the years quite a bit, however they are no less personal and organic than when they were shipping out of their garage. I don't think that will ever change, because it's deeply ingrained into the company culture. I hope that the US Postal Service can do something to mitigate the damage, but regardless I am sad that this incident may have caused them a loss of profit because of the lost merchandise, that being said I appreciate them taking care of me so throughly and quickly. I can only hope that this testimonial will steer more business towards them in the future, and the potential customer base will outweigh the cost of one misappropriated package. A big thanks to Jeremy and Jessica at The Goulet Pen Company for giving 120% to taking care of the issue! Cheers.
  17. jody_fpn

    Jinhao 599A

    //disclaimer - I am new to fountain pens. I received from the postman a Jinhao 599a, a red pen, an inexpensive pen. I cannot figure out how the postage alone is not more than the entire purchase price. Filled with Parker Quink Ink - it writes a heavy line. It writes reliably. The pen is light. Problem: Weird grip - it wants to force your fingers in a certain position. Maybe the grip will grow on me. The flats on the grip do let you know the position of the point. Cheers, Jody
  18. Scrawler

    The Wembley Pen

    I have finally gotten around to writing a review of The Wembley Fountain Pen. It is attached in pdf format. Wembley Fountain Pen.pdf
  19. I've now had this pen for long enough, and used it enough, to feel like I can at least give it a decent review. With a quick search, I pulled up a review that included a lot of photos of packaging and things, so I won't include those. I don't pay much attention to them anyway. Suffice it to say, the pen was safe and secure in the plastic pen case. Brand: Faber Castell Pen Name: Ambition Model: Pearwood Nib: Fine Intro: A friend purchased the pen for me as a gift to start my new job. I had ogled the pen previously, as I thought it was gorgeous. Simply holding it in the store, no ink, it felt very natural in my hand. I love the feel of the wood on my fingers. It's a silly, non-empirical sentiment, but it feels very New England to me, so seemed appropriate with my origins in MA. Appearance/Design: 10/10 Clean, gorgeous, "mission" styling. I'm biased. This pen plays to all of my stylistic preferences. Clean lines, warm (untreated) natural wood, unadorned metal, and what I think of as Shaker or Mission styling with the straight, square, simple but sturdy look. I look at this pen and I WANT to write with it. Construction/Quality: 8/10 Very little flimsy here. There's very little here that seems like it could break. The threads on the metal-core body are appear brass. The pocket clip is Faber-Castell's lovely levered clip which is easy to use and doesn't get over-stressed. Everything fits very tightly, there are no visible cracks, weak points, glue joins, etc. The only worries here are the plastic lining in the cap, which seems like it could eventually wear out as it's a very tight cap (something I value). Also, a core feature of the pen is the untreated wood. If you write with it regularly you'll probably be fine. If you care for it like you would untreated wood, you'll likely be fine. But as it's thin, I could see it drying out and cracking if left alone in a box for too long, like a guitar or such. Here's the clip Weight/Dimensions: 10/10 or 5/10 Perfect for me, Heavy cap for posting Posted, the pen is 6.2 inches long and 1.1 ounces - long and hefty Unposted, the pen is only 4.8 inches long and... much lighter. I don't post. This is lucky for me, as the cap is mostly metal, while the body is light wood and light metal so posted it feels top-heavy. I also have small hands and a slightly "off" grip. I love the light, thin, straight body, and the "short" barrel is just large enough that I actually alternate gripping the pen there, and on the wood, depending what kind of writing I'm doing. However, if you have larger hands/fingers, be aware that you will have to hold it by the wood or get used to your finger tips overlapping the seam between metal and wood. If you like the hefty, broad bodied, "power pens" then the slim line of this "skinnypen" likely won't make your heart sing. Nib/Performance: 9/10 mid-flow, smooth, a bit broad I tend to prefer super-fine, dryer writers, as I write a lot of really tiny stuff. This pen doesn't do that, which at first really disappointed me. Then I got some other pens, actually used this one at work, and came to appreciate it more. I'm now on refill 3 and I've only been using it for a month, that's how much I use it. It's so far played nice with Noodler's Bad Black Moccasin, De Atramentis Black Edition Brown, and Platinum Carbon Black. I have a Fine nib. They come in EF/F/M/B. The Fine is not as fine as I'd like. That's really not the fault of the nib, it's the fault of my being used to Japanese Fine and my friend not being a FP person. Objectively, it does fall into the "fine" category. That said, the nib is a beautiful steel with iridium tip, and I've yet to have a hard-start. While I don't always prefer broader/wetter writers, I've taken to carrying this with me to meetings if I might need to write on unknown paper. It doesn't flex, at least not much with the pressure I'm willing to put on it. That's fine, it's not what I use it for. The writing is very smooth, with just a bit of feedback, even on cruddy paper, even after it has sat for a few days unused, and that feature I love. I consider it a "wetter" writer, but that's in comparison with my other pens, which are mostly Pilots currently, none of which are wet at all. It's certainly not sloshy like my Creaper. And that wetness is what facilitates the crappy paper writing. (of note, I have Noodler's Bad Black Moccasin in it at the moment). Filling System and Maintenance: 8/10 It came with a Faber-Castell converter already installed, but that's easily taken in and out and replaced. The nib and grip are easily separable, and both screw into position. The converter is simple to operate. I don't know how you would clean the wood if it became ink stained. I haven't smudged enough yet to stain. I probably will, because I am not a neat person. I worry about this, and hope my finger oils will protect it some. Otherwise, the pen doesn't seem very high-maintenance. It filled easily and wrote flawlessly straight out of the box, and re-filled equally easily. Certainly caused me less issues than my newly acquired Platinum Plaisir *looks at bright orange hands* Taken apart. You can easily unscrew the nib from the metal grip as well. Cost/Value: 7/10 A bit pricey, but worth it for me I'll admit I have little idea about this one. It feels worth it to me. I ADORE the styling on this pen, I really like the way it writes, and use it regularly. It cost $150 with the converter, which is the high range of what this pen can cost, but having bought it from a physical store I could go back and have them mess with it if something goes wrong. I write with it on a daily basis, and it's my go-to pen when I need to write on unknown paper, or when I'm practicing my penmanship with quotes on Rhodia or sugar cane paper because, like I said, it makes me WANT to write. So, for me, totally worth it. For others? If you want a thin, low maintenance pen, that you probably won't post, that's really reliable and writes like butter... it's probably worth it. It came from Paradise Pens in Reston, VA. They only had Medium nibs in stock, and I pretty much only use Fine and Extra-Fine. The shop was happy to send out for a Fine tip, and it came within a week. He didn't realize they made an Extra-Fine. Conclusion: 8.7 or 7.8 I love this pen with all my little heart. I'm not broadly experienced yet, but for me it's one of my go-to pens. With this and my Pilot Cavalier, I feel like I can write on just about any paper I need to and am not going to have problems. I love the feel of it in my hand and it makes me want to write better. It definitely has it's flaws, especially if you're a poster, or have big hands, but I'm neither. I worry about the wood, but the wood is also the reason I love it so much (mm tactile). Hopefully this is helpful! If you're new to FPs and have small hands like me, it's definitely worth the monetary leap.
  20. rickygene

    Ink Review: Blackstone Blue

    Hi fellow inkophiles. I was excited to see that Blackstone inks are now available from justwrite.com.au, just black and blue so far. I ordered a sample of the blue a couple of days ago and it's just arrived. I am a bit tight for time tonight so without any further delay here's a quick review. In summary it's a pretty blue with some nice properties - no feathering, good flow and shading. More to follow later. Yours Rick PS: The Rhodia sample I hit with about 20 seconds of water on the cross hatching at the bottom of the sheet. I'd call the ink a little water resistant.
  21. SaskNapolean

    Private Reserve Ebony Blue

    Sorry if this is missing some of the nuts and bolts of other reviews, but I thought I would share my experience with Ebony Blue. It is just copy and pasted from my blog so please check it out as I am just getting started! My first review, so It should be my favourite ink naturally. Browsing around on reddit and other pen blogs (hi fellow bloggers!) I don’t see this ink being recommended too often and I definitely haven’t seen anyone say that this their favourite. If I am alone on this one, so be it. If you are also a proud Ebony Blue fanatic please let me know! The reason why I love this ink breaks down easily into 2 things: colour and sheen. This tells you almost nothing, so let me explain. http://i2.wp.com/www.thepenhaul.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/PR-Ebony-Blue-in-Vanishing-Point.jpg?resize=300%2C300 In my stealth black Vanishing Point The Colour First I want to talk about why I own the ink. Well when I first got into fountain pens and began browsing pen stuff for hours online, I finally stumbled upon GouletPens.com. After looking at what it seems like every single ink on the website, I came across Ebony Blue, the perfect shade of dark blue/teal that was just screaming my name. I immediately put it in my cart and let it sit there for weeks, taunting me every time I would visit the gorgeous Ebony Blue, which ended up being almost daily. I finally decided to pull the trigger, but to make up for expensive shipping to Canada, I ordered 5 bottles of ink. For the curious, they were Diamine Ancient Copper, Eclipse, and Green/Black, along with Private Reserve Avacado. Just imagine how the wait felt like waiting for this pen haul. Also keep in mind that I didn’t really understand the benefit of ink samples at the time. If I like the colour online, that means I will love the ink right? Well I’ve gotten over that now (check out My Collection for all of the samples I own now). Funny story to go with this. I also had a fairly large wish list piling up on WonderPens.ca that I also decided to pull the trigger on at the exact same time (I had a few Visa gift cards). Guess which sample I forgot to remove from my order. Yup, Ebony Blue. Needless to say I didn’t use the sample before diving right into the bottle. http://i0.wp.com/www.thepenhaul.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Swab1.jpg?resize=225%2C300 Swab of Ebony Blue http://i1.wp.com/www.thepenhaul.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Writing.jpg?resize=225%2C300 Writing Sample The Bottle When I purchase a bottle of ink, I always consider what the bottle looks like and how it will look sitting on my desk. The 66ml bottles are what all of my Private Reserve Inks came in. They are a fairly simple cylinder shaped bottle (yes, a little geometry) with a fairly simple label on in. Nothing to fall in love with right? Well when my girlfriend first saw these bottles sitting on my desk, you would have thought they were made of diamonds and were made for The Louvre. This made me appreciate them more than I did at first, but also gave me some leverage to buy more Private Reserve Ink. This next part did not make her happy and may or may not make you cringe, but my lovely bottle of Private Reserve Ebony Blue that was fit for a museum has some battle scars. Here is what a pristine bottles looks like: http://i2.wp.com/www.thepenhaul.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/39-be-2.jpg?resize=300%2C225 Picture Courtesy of Wonderpens (50ml bottle) And here is what my bottle looks like: http://i2.wp.com/www.thepenhaul.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Ebony-Blue-Bottle.jpg?resize=225%2C300 Battle Scars If you are curious to how this can happen, I suppose I can indulge. I was refilling my pen before leaving for school one day and everything was going according to plan. When I went to put the lid back on, it did not line up correctly the first time, so instead of doing what a logical person would do and lift up the lid and try again, I decided to twist the cap backwards to let the threads line themselves up. DON’T DO THIS!!! Apparently that created a vacuum that was pulling ink up and eventually exploded the ink outwards all over the bottle and my desk. Not the best way to start a day I’ll tell you. The Sheen For those of you who don’t know, sheen is when you can see a different colour, usually where the ink goes on wet or pools, than what it is actually supposed to be. There is probably a more detailed/scientific definition out there, but this is how I like to put it. Ebony Blue is special not only because of it’s gorgeous deep blue/black/teal colour, but also it’s amazing red sheen. I had no idea there was sheen when I purchased the ink and didn’t even notice it until a month into using it. I was using it in a fine nib, so it wasn’t as apparent. I was sitting in class with the afternoon sun shining through the window behind me when I seen it. A beautiful red coming from my accounting notes. I was so excited when I seen this that I went online to tell everyone what I discovered, only to find out that this was a well known fact with a simple google search. That was fine. After knowing this, I put it in a wetter pen and was mesmerized every time I could see this amazing red sheen. Just take a look at how amazing the red sheen goes with Ebony Blue, how can this not be your favourite! http://i2.wp.com/www.thepenhaul.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Photo-2015-03-23-10-21-34-AM-1.jpg?resize=300%2C300 Just look at that sheen The Bad As much as I love this ink, it is not perfect. Thankfully the negatives are limited to just one. What can this nearly perfect ink have wrong with it you may ask? Well it smears quite easily, sometimes days after it has dried. I am not going to blame the ink 100% since I have fairly sweaty hands, but it happens more with Ebony Blue than other inks that I own. http://i0.wp.com/www.thepenhaul.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Smear.jpg?resize=225%2C300 Some smearing after a day Final Thoughts I think it is obvious that I love this ink, even with the annoying smearing. This is just my opinion of course, but I definitely recommend that you try a sample for yourself! A few similar inks that I have tried are Noodler’s Air Corp Blue Black, which is a bit darker, and Sailor Yama Dori which is lighter than Ebony Blue, but shares that amazing red sheen.
  22. Hi all, Some time last week I caught myself switching back and forth between 3 or 4 different fountain pens and I became curious about why I did it. I love variety, of course, but I also wondered whether I could get a clearer view of the relative virtues of my pens if I focused on them one at a time. That was all the inspiration I needed to start the "working week pen challenge". The premise is simple: pick a pen and try to use it exclusively for five days, keeping a record of what you like and don't like about it. My first pick was the humble Skilcraft fountain pen. Costing about $5 after shipping, this little pen is easy to overlook. It's also, it turns out, a sturdy and reliable workhorse. In what follows I'll give you a brief account of what it's like to use this pen as an EDC. This is my first pen review so please let me know what you'd like to see in any future reviews. Appearance and Construction First thing's first, here's the pen in question: It's not a particularly attractive pen, I don't think. The clip, for instance, is very cheap looking and the fit and finish are what you'd expect for a pen in its price range. I'm not a very big fan of the three rings on the barrel. They're very signature looking, but I actually think the whole thing would be more classy in appearance without them. What I like most about it is it's very solid metal construction. I dropped this pen once to twice during the week and not a thing happened to it. I'd be fairly confident chucking this across a room. The section is the only plastic part of the construction and so far it has proven very durable. The cap, as you can see, snaps on. It's a very secure fit in my experience. One little quibble is that twice as I carried the pen in my pocket I noted that the barrel was coming unscrewed from the section. This doesn't normally occur, but once or twice in a week is enough of an issue to raise it in a review. Ergonomics and Performance The most delightful surprise this pen has in store for its users is the super smooth nib and impeccably reliable ink delivery. I really cannot stress enough what a reliable writing instrument this has proven to be over the last week and really with every ink I've tried over the last several months I've owned it. Another praiseworthy element is the diameter of the section. I have an ebonite Konrad and I've had a Shaeffer No Nonsense in the past. Both of those are pens I'd say had a thick section -- definitely a little too thick of maximum comfort, in my opinion. On the other hand, I find the sections of pens like the Lamy Safari and Pilot Metro to be too thin. This Skilcraft hits the golden spot in the middle. I wrote extensively over the week (hand drafting essays), and I never felt that the grip section was anything but accommodative. One major quibble, however, is with the balance of the pen. For reasons I cannot imagine, someone decided this pen needed a tremendously long and top heavy cap. The pen is already somewhat back heavy (see balance photo below), but when you add the cap the balance point moves quite a ways back. For my hand, when I grip the pen with the cap posted, the balance point is at the fleshy point between my thumb and index finger (anatomy, anyone?). Some writers might appreciate that, but it's all too awkward for me. I prefer the balance to be as near as possible dead center of the pen barrel. Else-wise, the pen should be a little nib heavy. All that said, I tend not to post my pens, so it is not a big issue for me. I mentioned before that this pen is a very reliable writer. I want to stress that point again. I never had a hard start, or got any ink spilling into the cap, and I found the pen to have great consistency in its wetness. On that latter point, I wouldn't call this pen a wet writer or a dry one. Less saturated inks will come out a little pale, but overall it lays down enough ink to keep things true to color without leaving puddles everywhere. I'd say this pen has a medium nib (sadly there are no options), but it tends to write a line that varies a good deal by the ink. Inks I used over this last week: Noodler's Black and Liberties Elysium, Waterman Brown and Black. With Waterman Absolute Brown or Intense black it is a nice medium or fm. With something like Noodler's Liberties Elysium it writes much broader. I have a photo below to demonstrate the difference. I found the line this pen made to be adequate for most applications, although it isn't fine or dry enough to be used for small writing on cheap paper. In one class I had to resort to a ballpoint pen when asked to fill out a form with small cells on cheap copy paper. Fortunately I was caring a ballpoint as a backup. (Another fountain pen would have been cheating). Summary thoughts Due to the comfort of the grip section and utter reliability of the pen I've found myself still going back to the Skilcraft a couple days after this first challenge ended. I am, however, still annoyed with the cap length and clip design. Those are small quibbles but they make a difference. At some point this week it occurred to me that a challenge like this really equips you to specify three possible praises about a pen. In question form, they go like this: If this was your only fountain pen would you have a good opinion of fountain pens? If you were only allowed to recommend one pen to someone would this be it? If you had to choose just one of your pens to keep would this be the one? Here are my ratings: (X) Happy User ( ) Top Recommendation ( ) Sophie's Choice Pen Big Quibble: None Little Quibble: Little aesthetic sticking points, really. Big Praises: Nib smoothness, section comfortability, reliability Little Praises: None
  23. When I saw it was a Pilot and it had a smiley face nib...I had to have it! Not bad for a pen that cost less than $15, I'd say. Knowing it was from JapanI opted for the medium nib, which is more or less somewhere between a fine and a medium nib in the USA. Yes, it's a cheap plastic pen...with a lot of character! It's a remarkably smooth writer at this low brow price point and what's not to love about a smiley face nib that uses the air hole for the nose? It puts out a fairly wet ink...I like that. I have had no negative issues with this little Kakuno (even the name is cute) to date. If you have a large hand, I would suggest you stay away...but my hands are so small I can purchase gloves in the children's department. The cap comes in an array of cheerful colors but the body is a not so cute see thru gray. I would give it an 8 on a 1-10 scale because I think it would be so much more appealing if the barrel was an opaque white. It comes in an adorable box with one black Pilot ink cartridge. I think it is a terrific gift for a child...like me. (I'm thinkin'...baby's first fountain pen...well in my case...grand baby's first fountain pen). I quickly put Kakuno right next to my shopping list in the kitchen. Where will you put yours? P.S. The plastic grid behind the pen and note in the picture was another new purchase from the amazing little/big country of Japan. Its called a shitajiki mat and I use it with my light box to keep my lines properly aligned while I write letters or practice calligraphy. It has the added advantage of creating a soft glide to the surface between you table, paper, and pen (We call it a paper towel here). It comes in two sizes and can be found at jetpens.com.
  24. Hello dear FPNers!, Today I received my much awaited Oliver F27 Fountain Pen in the post from our trustworthy Mr. Subramaniam of ASApens.in. I had requested the Blue acrylic variant of the pen because i love the colour. It was not listed on the site but dear Mr. subramaniam arranged it for me and shipped it. Now, although our fellow FPN member, Mr Mohit has excellently reviewed the pen; I am reviewing it because mine is a different colour and I just felt like sharing.Okay, so when i opened the package, i just stared at the pen in awe...for a while! And here's why... The acrylic on this pen is Just so "fluid" and with all that shimmer, i just felt like i am holding a frozen part of the sky in my hand! Hence the title. And yes that's geeky CONSTRUCTION is bold and sturdy but on the lighter side which makes writing a pleasure for long durations. And trust me, you would want to keep on writing with this pen! Look at all that acrylic (However, the pictures don't do justice to the beauty of the pen as usual.) The Cap is solid and clicks satisfactorily and securely in place.The Clip has just the right amount of tension to fit properly in a pocket. The finial. The Section has just enough girth for me to hold comfortably. P.S. The black line on the cap in this image is an editing mistake and is not present on the pen itself. The NIB is just.... I like broader nibs and the Schmidt nib unit on this pen is just perfect! It is so smooth and wet! That's Chelpark turquoise on the nib bdw in case you were wondering The pen comes with an option to add a Schmidt converter with your purchase on ASApens.in but i did not buy it because it was a little steep for me. And a standard international converter fitted just well in my pen. The writing sample. (My instagram edit.) Conclusion. I give it a 10/10! Yes, it is that good for the price! The acrylic is surreal, the writing; Superb. It is well balanced in hand, well constructed, the filling system is well, standard but also convenient. I cannot ask for more of the pen. If you are considering buying it, the only deal breaker for some might me the nib width as it is only available in Medium size. But other than that, its a steal! As per Mr. subramaniam, the pen company is going to cease producing the pen and it will not be restocked again. So grab one if you want to!
  25. This is a review of the Nemosine Fission Gunmetal with a .8mm Stub Nib. Sorry for my poor penmenship, the reason why I got into fountain pens was to work on my handwriting and learn cursive. My one gripe with the pen is that sometimes it is overly dry to the point where it isn't a smooth writing experiance. Perhaps with time the nib will adjust? The pilot metro (fine nib) and Jinhao x450 (medium) are shown to give you an example of how the nib writes. I think the pilot writes a little finer, but the Jinhao is very similar to the downstroke of the pen As far as weight, a lot of people say this is a heavy fountain pen, but I actually like the weight and don't think it's that heavy. The Jinhao is actually a little heavier to give you an example. It's roughly the same size as the Jinhao, but has a wider girth. I wish the nib was a little more wet but that's something that can be fixed with alignment. I've noticed that sometimes it's really smooth and wetter, and then a few minutes later it'll start skipping every now and then. The line variation is pretty good as you can see in the pictures, however when I first got the pen (before opening the tines a little) the side strokes railroaded a lot. Great pen, I got it for $25. Comes with a converter and six blue ink cartridges that work well. I ordered it from Goldspot.com and happened to land on a promotion where for 1 penny I got my name engraved on the cap for fun

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