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  1. "Dear god, not another Lamy 2000 review" you must think. Well, I thought that too ! However I find interesting to see the consistency of the reviews over time. I've noticed that there are review on this forum of this very pen from 2008, 2010, etc. So, in my opinion, it's interesting to have another one, especially since Lamy said they reworked on the Lamy 2000 nib a few years ago. Be aware that I'm still a newbie to the fountain pen world, I've been using for 3 years a cheap cartridge waterman and a Twsbi 580 since this summer. Concerning, the review, there will be no pictures nor handwriting scans as I don't have anything to take decent pictures. I've bought this pen at pengallery as it was the cheapest, it just arrived today (just 4 days from Malaysia !) and I've been playing with it for some hours now but enough talking, let's get down to the actual review. Appearance and design : 9,5/10 10/10 Oh boy ! What a beauty ! I'm a fan of bauhaus design and this pen is pretty much the epitome of it ! It's elegant, modern and functional, what could you ask more ? The material is quite interesting to the touch, not your typical plastic body and I find it very pleasing. The machining is just brilliant, it's very neat and tightly machine, it screams german quality. The design in itself is genious, the round lines that follow the curve of the nib, the metal part at the front creating a nice touch, contrasting with the black makrolon body are things that make the Lamy 2000 a design masterpiece I could write pages on the design itself but I'm not proficient enough in english to do so. The cap system is quite nice, there is some kind of spring mechanism to secure the cap. Some people warned against the two metal pieces that are on both side of the pen to secure the cap as they would be uncomfortable for some people but they're so small you don't even feel them. My only critic will be against the ink window which isn't very readable and that would be the only weakness of the pen's design. It's actually very readable and does the job as expected Piston filling system : 7/10 The piston filling method is well-done, it's working as intended and the separation between the part you turn and the body is seamless. I can't tell yet if it holds enough ink but previous reviews have showed that it can. So why 7/10 ? It's because you can't easily grease the piston itself and it's wuite stiff, however the goulet pen co showed it was possible using some q tips Nib and pleasure of writing : 6,5/10 9/10 Considering all the pen I have, it's the wettest, the nib just glides on the paper and it's very pleasant to write with. The pen feels nice in the hand, not too small nor too big and has some decent weight. It was smooth straight out of the box so no problem here on QC nor the flow of ink. BUT, and I don't understand why they don't change their standards, the nib is far too big for an EF ! It really is like a japanese M and that really bothers me, it's just too big and thus I find it difficult to even try to make some hairlines. Even if it's not the main purpose of pen, I always find pleasant to make some for capitals but it seems also that the nib isn't flexible at all. Because of this, I plan to send it to a neibmeister in order to grind the nib. So my advice people who look for thinness to look for something else if having a big ink capacity is not their concern. EDIT : Now I understand my mistake. You see I'm always used to apply some pressure on the pen and that's why my Lamy was doing such a broad line, Now a gentle touch dives a very elegant line that follows your hand like a charm. The pen respond to the pressure you make so you have to think about that when writing but that means you have a lot possibilities. Conclusion : I have mixed feelings towards this pen, it has strenghs and weaknesses. Its strengths being the gorgeous design, the quality of manufacturing and the piston filling system however the nib is quite a disapointment although it's super smooth advertising it as EXTRA fine, instead of let's say fine, is a lie to me. Now that I understand the pen better, it is clearly a no brainer for me and perhaps the ultimate pen you could find.
  2. KreepyKen

    Knox Galileo Review

    Knox Galileo Fountain Pen Price: $15.00 Nib: Extra Fine Filling System: Piston / Cartridge (International Standard) Knox is an interesting brand. They're only available from one retailer (XFountainPens out of Pittsburgh, PA, USA). They appear to be commissioned from a Chinese manufacturer, but outfitted with German nibs. I heard some great things about the Knox nibs and noticed that the Galileo came with a free bottle of ink. For $15, I figured I'd take a chance on it (okay, the fact that it comes in a nice, shiny orange may have had something to do with it, too). With the exception of one rather large flaw, I absolutely love this pen. http://www.gizmosauce.com/img/galileo_01.jpg Appearance I find the pen to be beautiful, if not a little simple in design. It's a sleek, clean design that has just enough chrome accents to give it a little sparkle. I have two pens, each with a different finish. The orange pen is glossy and shiny; the black pen has a matte finish. Both finishes are extraordinary, although the glossy one is a bit of a fingerprint magnet. The cap and barrel are metal, and the pen has a bit of heft to it, although I wouldn't say it's heavy. It feels solid; sturdy. The finial and endcap are simple chrome adornments, as are the clip and cap band. The clip reminds me a little of Pelikan in style, but it's shaped in a wave pattern that adds a little bit of flare to it. The nib is gold colored, which I think is a strange choice, given the pen's silvery chrome accents. It would have looked much nicer with a silver-colored nib instead of gold. http://www.gizmosauce.com/img/galileo_02.jpg http://www.gizmosauce.com/img/galileo_03.jpg Build Quality (5/5) The Galileo feels like a solid, well built, good quality pen, and it performs very well. Both the glossy and matte finishes are beautiful and feel durable. The snap-on cap secures tightly in place with a loud and satisfying click. Although sometimes the cap doesn't close. You can push on it pretty hard, but it won't snap shut. I don't know if it's slightly misaligned or if I'm pushing at a minute angle that it doesn't like. When this happens, I just separate the pen and cap and try again, and it always snaps into place the second time. The section is very smooth and somewhat slippery. I can't tell if it's plastic or metal, but the threads on the section are metal and well machined. The section screws and unscrews from the barrel very smoothly; the metal-on-metal feel of the coupling makes the pen feel nice and solid. The converter is a standard screw-type piston filler that slides in and out of the section. It would be nice if it screwed into the section, but the hold is pretty firm. I have no fear that the converter will dislodge from the section accidentally. And the converter comes with a small plastic or glass ball in it to agitate the ink for better flow into the section & feed. http://www.gizmosauce.com/img/galileo_07.jpg http://www.gizmosauce.com/img/galileo_05.jpg Dependability (5/5) I had quite a few skips early on, but the pen seems to have settled down quite a bit. I generally don't have any problems with it writing. I've noticed that if I let the pen sit open for more than a few seconds, it may take one or two strokes for the ink to start flowing to the paper, but otherwise, the writing is beautiful and consistent. The cap is very secure on the pen. I have no worries about it coming off by surprise. And I have had absolutely no issues with the pen leaking or dripping, although I've found nib creep to be pretty prominent. http://www.gizmosauce.com/img/galileo_09.jpg Comfort (3/5) The pen is pretty comfortable to write with for short periods of time, but I've found that my hand tends to cramp up when writing with the Galileo for an extended period of time. The section is very slick, and it's not uncommon for my fingers to slip around a little bit when writing. It hasn't been a huge problem, but it's noticeable. One gripe of mine with the pen is that the cap doesn't post. I'd very much like to try writing with the cap posted to see if it changes the balance of the pen and alleviates the hand cramping. I've heard of other people successfully posting this pen by forcing the cap onto the end of the pen, but I'm afraid if I push too hard, I'll break the plastic sleeve inside the cap. I'd rather have a pen that doesn't post than a pen that doesn't close. And speaking of the cap, because it's a push-on cap, there is a slight lip where the section meets the barrel. These lips tend to be a little sharp and can cause discomfort if you hold the pen higher up the section. But honestly, I don't notice the lip at all when writing. I think they did a great job of designing it to not be a nuisance. The slick section and hand cramps are enough for me to dock the pen a couple points for comfort. http://www.gizmosauce.com/img/galileo_04.jpg Writing Experience (4/5) Now that the skipping business is out of the way, I have to say that I'm very impressed with how this pen writes. The nib is fantastic: super smooth and consistent. There is no line variation, but the flow is great. It's a pretty wet writer. My only problem with the nib is that it's supposed to be an extra fine, but writes closer to a medium. I have very tiny handwriting and am dying to find extra fine nibs that are actually extra fine (I wish Pilot sold standard #5 and #6 nibs!). The pen writes awesome, but it's a bit too thick for my taste. I did try a bit of reverse (upside down) writing. The line is super fine...just beautiful, in fact. But the nib is wicked scratchy in that orientation. It makes me nervous, so I don't do it. http://www.gizmosauce.com/img/galileo_10.jpg Value (5/5) This pen is an amazing value for $15. When I ordered it, it came with a free bottle of ink. It comes with a converter, but also takes international standard cartridges. One thing I really like about the Galileo is that there are a ton of nib options available. It takes a Knox K26 nib, which comes in EF, F, M, B, OB, and OBB for under $10 each. So for a pretty small price overall, you can get a solid, dependable pen and various sized nibs to swap out. If the EF nib was a true extra fine, the Knox Galileo would rival the Pilot Metropolitan for value and sheer awesomeness. Best Qualities: Solid Build Great Nib Attractive Design Worst Qualities: EF nib is not an EF Cap does not post Cap does not always snap into place Overall Score: 22/25
  3. yogalarva

    Iroshizuku Tsuki-Yo

    This is a more subdued color because I’m hoping that if I stop using bright, summery colors, fall will hurry up and get here. It is my favorite season after all… This ink was sent to me by a very generous member on FPN, who I will not name for privacy (thanks again!!!). It’s a blue black that I think looks just like Diamine Registrars right after you put it down on paper. So, if you wanted that blue/black/grey color of an iron gall but you don’t want the upkeep requirements of an iron gall, this might be a good choice for you. As you can see, it’s not completely water resistant, but I would say there’s enough left there that you could decipher what’s written if you really needed. Otherwise it’s a really nice ink, just like every other Iroshizuku I’ve tried. Very well behaved, no real issues with feathering or bleeding and no hard starts. This is a hard one to recommend. The color is nice, but to me it’s not that exciting. Like I said, if you are looking for a classic blue-black, I think this is a good one. On the other hand, pretty much every brand has a blue-black and there is probably one to be found that would be cheaper than this one, at ~$28/bottle in the States. My advice would be to try a sample first so that you can ensure it will be worth the investment for a full bottle. I have a few other blue-blacks in my sample collection, so I’ll try to do a comparison between the ones I have this weekend. :-) This ink was provided for the purpose of review and I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions above are my own and you are free to disagree if you like.
  4. yogalarva

    Noodler's Apache Sunset

    This is one of those inks that is legendary in the FP world. I don’t know that I’ve ever heard of someone who absolutely hates it, and I don’t know that I’ve heard that much about people who are relatively indifferent to it. I wish I could be one of those people, but sorrynotsorry, this is going to be another gushing review for this ink. Like I said above, at first I didn’t see what all the hoopla was about. Then I switched to the notebook I have started using for my ink reviews and the beautiful shading really started to show itself. In case you are super new to fountain pens or have been living under a rock for, like, ever, Apache Sunset is known for being an ink that has some serious shading. And I love shading, so this was a wonderful treat to write with. As I expected, this ink does not have a ton in the way of water resistance. Which usually irks me, but then again this ink is not something that I would be using for writing important messages. While it is definitely dark enough to stay readable, I would never use this as my all-purpose daily user. However it would be fun to have loaded up for marking up a document or just writing for the sake of writing. This ink worked well on all the papers I tested it on, but I found that it performed the best on the notebook paper making up the bulk of the review. Nice bright white to bring out the color, smooth for a good writing experience, and no troubles with bleeding or feathering. Overall, I would definitely recommend this ink. I will be getting a full bottle once my finances recover a bit from some recent ink buying binges. The nice thing is that, as a Noodler’s ink, you can get a lot of it for not too much money - roughly $13/100 mL here in the States. How can you say no to that? This ink was provided for review by a generous reader. I am not being compensated for this review in any way. All opinions expressed above are my own and you are free to disagree with them if you like. The full page scan of the review, in case anyone was curious:
  5. Let's talk about a pen which is seldom mentioned here (or anywhere else for that matter...). The Gate City Belmont Syringe Filler. 1. Appearance & Design (9/10) This is the caribbean version, which looks pretty amazing, under my lamp the material sparkles like metal flake paint on cars (I tried to capture that in the first photo following this paragraph), the material is resin as far as I can tell. The pen tapers towards the end of the filler cap and the section, with the biggest circumference at the thread of the filling 'mechanism'. The ink chamber is translucent with a slightly blue/turquoise hue. It has a black section and a two-tone steel nib (it's possible to order the pen with a gold nib) and a pretty big cap with some engraved text on it. All in all, a pretty looking pen. Three things which bother me: The threads at both ends of the ink chamber look somewhat rough, the cap is build from two parts and I don't like the seam between them and finally the clip, which is too small for the cap and looks like a joke. ] 2. Construction & Quality (6/10) Not sure if I wanna go down even further to 5 points. This is a 160,- US $ pen and it just doesn't feel the part. The whole thing and its components feel flimsy. There was glue (or pretty old silicone grease) at the threads, making the thing feel sticky. Nib wasn't correctly aligned to the feed and now for the thing which drives me nuts: The filler cap sits slightly askew on the barrel (see photo below), I can feel a ridge with my thumb. Maybe this is because I'm German and precision craftsmanship is something we germans like very much, but I could rant for hours about this... Addendum: For folks who think a Ford Lightning pickup truck is nicely build, this won't be a problem, you can add 2 points to the score... 3. Weight & Dimensions (8/10) Not much to say, it's light (that's nice, at least in my opinion) and a bit bigger than a Pelikan M200. For me (6'2 guy with small hands) this is the right size. It posts pretty well, if that's important for you. To add a bit more text to this paragraph I've made three photos of the box, as you can see the pen seems to be made by Bexley. 4. Nib & Performance (9/10) Now for the important part: The nib is a two-tone steel nib and it would look nice if there was just a Bexley-logo and not this big, ugly "Iridium Point Germany" text... This was a broad, which Richard transformed into a 0.8 stub nib. After aligning the feed and a bit of writing it skipped, a lot. After some extreme flushing/cleaning/scrubbing/cursing this was solved and now the pen writes as it should. The line is easily as wide as my Lamy 1.1 and shows nice variation. I've ordered a 6/10 wetness (Richards default wetness) and the pen lays down beautiful wet lines. It's smooth and writes with minimal feedback, but it's not as smooth as my TWSBI 1.5 stub, which glides without any feedback at all. 5. Filling system & Maintenance (9/10) System or mechanism is a big word for something which is essentially a simple syringe. Unscrew the filler cap and you can move the plunger up and down. That's it... Great for fast flushing and it holds a ton of ink, around 1.8ml! If you are into nifty filling systems, buy a piston or vacuum filler, this here is easy, fast, reliable and pretty simple. Everything can be disassembled for cleaning and re-greasing. Nib and feed are friction fit and pull out easily. I would give it 10 out of 10, but there's a thread insert which holds the plunger and is screwed into the ink chamber. The filler cap also attaches to that insert and the thing is pretty difficult to remove. If this could be unscrewed with -let's say- a TWSBI wrench, this would be pretty close to perfect... 6. Cost & Value (7/10) It looks really nice, I love how it sparkles in bright light, it writes really well and it's a syringe filler, which is something you don't see that much. But it's also a pen with a very simple filling mechanism, mediocre build quality, average materials and an ugly steel nib to put it very bluntly. I know that Bexley isn't the biggest manufacturer and that I shouldn't compare it to mass production pens, but in the end a 60,- $ TWSBI seems the much better deal than the 160,- $ Belmont. 7. Conclusion (48/60) I'm sure that in some parts this review sounds like I hate the thing. But no, I like it, really! It looks really great, it's a great writer and the filling system is special (even if it's as simple as it gets). I'm disappointed with the quality, I've expected something that was built like a tank but I've got a paper plane...made out of thin paper... I hope this was useful to some of you and if you have questions/unsolicited criticism/useful info/bitter rants/etc. please voice them below
  6. MSchneider

    Ink Review - Diamine Blue Black

    Here is a quick writing test on notebook paper from a Mead five start notebook. The feathering that I mentioned Is extremely hard to see and is in no way a hindrance to its use. The ink has a very nice color with some shading, the scan does not show the full range of color. The ink lubricates the nib well, it can be a little scratchy on 20 lb copy paper but it is smooth on about everything else I have tried. It has a nice even flow and rarely has any starting problems. Diamine Blue Black is a Wonderful ink and a perfect choice for students, and everyone else! Ps. I know I misspelled Written.
  7. danieln

    Ink Review: Parker Quink Black

    Hi everyone, this is my review of Parker Quink black. If you have any questions or suggestions please leave a comment. I am still trying to figure out the best way to do this. Enjoy! - Daniel
  8. Flounder

    Jinhao 321

    The Jinhao 321 is one of those common or garden hooded nib Chinese pens. In fact, looking back at RichardandTracy's 2011 review, I'm reminded that the 321 was the first hooded nib pen I ever used, and the one that set me on course to try the Hero 616 and eventually the Parker 51. It's been that long since I used this Jinhao, I almost feel like I'm looking at it with fresh eyes! Time to wheel out the Pelikan Royal Blue. http://i773.photobucket.com/albums/yy19/flounder2009/Jinhao%20321/Jinhao321capped.jpg LOOKS I think the hooded nibbed pens are among China's most restrained, and this one follows that convention. There's no steps or lines for the eye to follow, apart from a slim bright metal trim ring that separates the hood from the barrel. It's all very swoopy and tapered; the shape reminds me of a slimmed down zepellin. This is a slim & sleek pen, a nice shade of green, with a longer section and shorter barrel than the Parker 51. The design is heavily influenced by Parker's 61, though there's no arrow on the hood. In a further departure from the Parker 61, the barrel's attractive bright metal finial is an inverted cone. The cap is a trifle more ungainly than the pen. Its satin finish contrasts nicely with a polished arrow clip and coinstack flat-top metal jewel, but the clip is a bit of an ill match: too big, flat and imposing to suit the cap. http://i773.photobucket.com/albums/yy19/flounder2009/Jinhao%20321/Jinhao321bodyshot.jpg BUILD QUALITY The pen itself is pretty good! The nib and feed are flush with the hood, there are no uneven gaps at the trim ring or the barrel finial. The hood is still scratch and leak free. The cap is less impressive, as the clip is slightly loose in its slot. The cap construction overall is a little crude, I can see a rivet in there holding the inner cap in place, which itself holds a metal 4 finger open clutch in place. Nevertheless, this is still much more robust than the "inner cap as snap cap" design that proliferates nowadays. The pen will post, deeply and securely, if that's your thing. I did drop this Jinhao once, on a thickly carpetted surface. The pen landed horizontally, and the cap shot off! http://i773.photobucket.com/albums/yy19/flounder2009/Jinhao%20321/Jinhao321nibmacro.jpg FUNCTIONALITY It writes. I could always take that to the bank. Despite the rivetted inner cap, this has never been a pen to dry out overnight. Come to think of it, did I seal it up with shellac back in the day? Might well have done! Whenever the fine nib meets paper, I know ink will flow. The nib is very feedbacky, but doesn't drag or scratch on even the worst paper I have. Flow is 100% consistent and will match pace with my fastest scribbling. As well as being fine, it's also very rigid so there's no shading to speak of. The squeeze filler is not great, the squeeze bar on the sac guard just doesn't make much headway. The sac will fill well enough with the metal guard removed. Overall, it's certainly a very comfortable design, and sure to keep your fingers clean no matter what grip you favour. Very light and well balanced too, even posted. http://i773.photobucket.com/albums/yy19/flounder2009/Jinhao%20321/Jinhao321barrelfinial.jpg YAY/NAY Oh, that's a hard one. It's hard to avoid comparisons with the 616 Jumbo, which I have to admit a preference for. The Jinhao is slimmer, smaller, has a shorter and harder to fill ink sac, and no ink window. The cap is less servicable, the ringless open clutch retention system less to my tastes, and the inner cap is much thinner. And yet... this one Jinhao 321 has many of my 616's trumped, in that it didn't need any fettling. I received the pen, and used it without fuss. Sure it is small and thin, but a lot of people might prefer that. If you've reached the end of this review thinking the same thing, keep an eye on the Pay It Forward thread. I've got a couple of new pens winging their way to me, and to make room, will be passing this one on.
  9. Jane Austen Fountain Pen Review http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/c4/c0/74/c4c07467d2b6153a83990aec23b3a3fe.jpg I purchased this pen from Victorian Trading Company for $20 Packaging and Presentation: 10/10 I really like the black box this pen came in. It features Jane’s signature on the top and Victorian Trading Co’s logo inside. The pen came nestled inside the white silky lining with a ribbon holder and two elastic holders as well. The box was packed safely in bubble wrap and had no damage when it arrived. The packing slip even had instructions on how to insert the ink cartridge. http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/b0/87/8d/b0878ddf02530c3f6cd01fbe1113a96a.jpg Pen Appearance: 8.5/10 This pen is pretty! Seriously it is lovely! I love the shiny pearly white finish. And the alabaster white part (in the middle when pen is capped) is so gorgeous! Jane’s signature is also on the pen and seems to be very nice; no fading or flaking off. The finish is smooth and pleasant to the touch. There are two things I am not incredibly fond of: 1) The cap has a strange shape at the end; I think this is to stop the pen from rolling around since there is no clip on the cap. There is nothing wrong with this; it just seems a little strange at first. I have gotten used to it, and while I still don’t particularly fancy the strange shape of the cap’s hat, I do appreciate that it helps stop the pen from rolling around so I am willing to compromise. – 1/2 a point 2) The grip section is very skinny and the white metal part is not shiny like the rest of the pen. I think it makes the pen look cheap and it takes away from the appeal of the pen slightly. -1 point Function: 10/10 This pen came with one black standard int’l ink cartridge. I did purchase the Monteverde Mini Converter from Goulet and it fits perfectly. The cap snaps on and off and posts. The pen has a little weight but is not too heavy for me (I don’t like real heavy pens.) The pen has not dried out, nor has ink evaporated or any other problems when left sitting for a few days. Writing Experience: 8/10 This pen wrote surprisingly well and far exceeded my expectations the first time I wrote with it. After writing with it for a couple weeks I have noticed a couple negatives. 1) The small metal section is super skinny and uncomfortable even for me to hold – and I typically like smaller pens. But I found a solution to this problem. Keep reading. 2) The second problem is that as the converter was running low on ink, ink would creep from the section and the silver finish above the nib resulting in very inky fingers. This doesn’t seem to be a problem when the converter is full, only when the ink level is very low. I also found a solution to this. My solution to both aforementioned problems was simply to hold the pen on the alabaster section of the pen. It is a little strange for me at first since I am familiar with holding pens closer to the paper, but this has solved both issues for me and is a compromise I am willing to make. It hasn’t really changed the way the pen writes, I just have to adjust when I first hold the pen and then as I write it becomes more comfortable and I forget that I made an adjustment in the beginning. So my experience is now very pleasant. Ink Flow: 10/10 The pen’s ink flow is in the middle, I think. It is not dry (I hate dry pens) but definitely doesn’t gush (nothing like the Ahab). I feel like the wetness level is exactly perfect. If I had to compare, I would say it is similar to the Metropolitan and Artista Crystal in flow. Nib: 9/10 This nib is smooth! Not buttery smooth, like the Goulet nibs, but still very smooth – so smooth that I do not even need to use Mylar paper with it. It is truly great! The one problem is that it skips sometimes. I haven’t figured out a pattern, but it seems worse when I write too fast and on very slick paper like Clairefontaine or Rhodia. It hasn’t been too big of a deal for me, but it has annoyed me a couple times. I need to try more inks in the pen to see if different inks will affect this skipping issue. Durability: 10/10 The pen is very durable when carrying around in my purse (three different times: inside the box, in a zipper pocket and in a pen case roll); there was no leaking or any other issues. A few ink spots on the nib were minor. I have not noticed any scratches or any other defects in the pen. Everything seems to be working perfectly! Cost: 10/10 This pen cost me $20 with a coupon for $2 shipping. An awesome deal! http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/28/de/ba/28deba65abd0f937a7d92f60237fea00.jpg Overall Value: 75.5/80 I personally feel this pen is worth the cost. I enjoy the pen for the novelty, the loveliness and it is fun as well as practical. I do recommend this pen for any Jane Austen fan. Just be sure to get a mini converter so you can use bottled ink (or a syringe to refill the short cartridges). To see more photos please visit my gallery on my website: http://tessymoon.wix.com/tessymoon#!fountain-pen-love/cp8t
  10. Hi all! When I first tried out Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki, I thought it was perfect in almost every single way except for one small thing - it would have been amazing if it was just slightly lighter. Then, I discovered Pilot Iroshizuku Ama-iro, which is a lot lighter and exhibits fantastic shading as well. However, on my journey to find the perfect turquoise ink I've noticed that there are many lookalikes, making my quest harder and harder. I've finally decided that I will order a bunch of samples and compare some of the most popular turquoise inks out there in one massive ink review, which will ultimately go up on my blog. However, I am not sure how many people will be interested in something like this. I've read a number of reviews that compare four or five different inks, but what I am planning now is significantly larger. Here are the inks I am thinking of reviewing. Feel free to let me know if A. you would be interested in something like this, and B. if you are, what ink(s) you would like me to review or remove from the list. I am thinking of keeping the list limited to inks that are in an affordable price range (I'm looking at you, Caran d'Ache) and regularly available (i.e. not limited edition). Also, (please let me know if you disagree/agree with this or not but) I am thinking of focusing on inks that exhibit notable shading. Inks: Caran d’Ache Hypnotic Turquoise Diamine Aqua Lagoon Diamine Aqua Blue Diamine Havasu Turquoise Diamine Mediterranean Blue Diamine Turquoise J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche Lamy Turquoise Montblanc Turquoise Noodler’s American Eel Turquoise Noodler’s Navajo Turquoise Organics Studio Copper Omas Turquoise Pelikan Turquoise Pilot Iroshizuku Ama-iro Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-jaku Sheaffer Turquoise Waterman Inspired Blue (previously South Sea Blue)
  11. a.zy.lee

    Pelikan M200 Gripes

    Just over a month ago, I got a Pelikan M200 with a broad nib. I like the pen as a whole, but I have quite a few gripes. I don't mean to rant, I'm just stating some of the things that have been bugging me. Sorry M200 fans. 1. It's way too light. I didn't think this would bug me, as I don't judge pens by their weight. However, the M200 doesn't feel comfortable in the hand. The grip and balance are fine, but the weight makes the pen feel cheap and unpleasant. That's my experience, anyway. 2. Hard starts. This may just be in my case. My broad nib may have baby's bottom. Very disappointing and greatly worsens the writing experience. 3. The joint in the grip section. The joint between the two halves of plastic is not seamless. Very minor issue, but it's there. 4. The front of the feed is wider that the nib. Just a little bit. 5. The broad nib is impractical. Completely unusable for maths and cheap paper. I'm saving for a spare medium nib unit. Just so that this isn't a rant, here are some things I like about my M200: 1. Classy and timeless gold & black design. 2. Comfortable grip. 3. Piston filling system. 4. Removable nib & feed unit. 5. Screw cap. 6. The feed is aesthetically appealing. 7. Wet flow. 8. The broad nib is great for recreational use. 9. Long nib. 10. Springy/Flexy/Soft nib. 11. Aesthetically balanced. 12. It's (almost) everything a fountain pen should be! Can you relate to any of my gripes?
  12. Hi all, this is my first attempt at a review so please excuse the poor color balance. I'm ashamed to say as a photographer that paper is quite challenging! I just received several samples from Goulet Pens and am having a ball trying them out. What better way to enhance the enjoyment than to come here and share... so here goes. Noodler's Kiowa Pecan: I love this golden brown with tons of shading! What a pleasant surprise. As far as drying time, not great but that's not something I'm really worried about, for my purposes. This was done on cheap card stock, as opposed to Fabriano. I didn't do a waterproof test but in future reviews will definitely include an image of those results, too. Now on to Noodler's BSiER: The ink came out super dark at first, but I was using a BB nib so that might have something to do with it. The color seemed to dilute after a dozen words or so. Really love the color, the shading and the vintage feel/look. Here's a drying test. I noticed at the top of the page the first word I wrote (Noodler's) didn't dry for some time, but those first words let out a ton of ink. Probably due to my penmanship style, too. Again, this is on cheap card stock. So there it is! Thanks for looking and please let me know your experiences with either of these inks, pens and/or paper. More samples to come!
  13. Tessy Moon

    Diamine Majestic Purple Ink Review

    Here is a brief handwritten review of Diamine Majestic Purple Ink. It is difficult to display the true color of this ink. It has a vibrancy to it but it is definitely not searing bright. It is a medium purple with pink undertones. (When diluted it is a pretty pink color.) I think it is a very nice medium purple and very easy to read. As noted in my review, this ink appears much darker in a wetter pen (like the Ahab) as well with broader nibs (I have tried a stub 1.1 and 1.5) http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/1d/06/3b/1d063b5d998b929012ff08e3d774563a.jpg More detailed photos are here: http://tessymoon.wix.com/tessymoon#!fountain-pen-love/cp8t
  14. Well, I can stand here and say never walk into a pen shop with the intent of "just looking". While trying out a variety of vintage pens I came across one nib I simply could not leave in the the display case, a Conklin 30 with an absolutely stunning nib. The body of the pen is similar to many vintage pens in its appearance, the standard BCHR material and in this case a very nice perfectly functional crescent filler. The pen fills full and holds enough ink to sustain this ink cannon for a while. The nib, did I mention the nib? This is where this pen truly shines, this is the kind of nib people, including me, dream of. The type of nib which simply cannot be matched today, a #3 size "Toledo" nib. A true wet noodle which will go from a medium/fine line to a BBB with little pressure, putting down ludicrous amounts of ink in the process. The only other type of nib I can compare this to is a dip nib really, the variation and responsiveness is amazingly fun. I attached some pics to try and give an idea of the nib and what it is capable of.
  15. Does the sentence, "The five boxing wizards jump quickly." have any meaning to you? What if I said, "The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog." Well if you've ever made or seen an ink review you're probably familiar with this sentence. What I'd like to talk about is why- why do we use this particular sentence all the time? Some may say it's because it's just what you've always seen so you just picked up on the trend. Others vouch that it's the best sentence because it's a pangram. (a sentence containing all of the letters of the english alphabet at least once) My point is that it may be the most well-known pangram, but it certaintly isn't the best. There's so many more creative/fun pangrams out there that it's a shame no one ever uses them, such as: sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow; pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs; or jinxed wizards pluck ivy from the big quilt. All of which contain close to or fewer letters than the famous quick fox. You could even take it upon yourself to create your own pangrams. Here's an example of one of mine, "Quiz, what fox coveted big picky jackal mooners?" I was currious what you'd all think about it. Would you consider useing other sample sentences? Does this not even concern you? Let me know your thoughts. edit: spelling error
  16. TheTechFish

    Lamy 2000 Video Review

    Hello! Having watched sbrebrown's video "Why aren't you doing reviews?" I decided that I would try my hand at doing YouTube reviews of fountain pens! Here is my review of the Lamy 2000 Medium Nib - if anyone has any suggestions/tips/tricks to help me improve my videos it would be really appreciated. A review of the Lamy 2000 Medium Nib Fountain Pen All the best, TheTechFish
  17. Titania

    Levenger Cardinal Red Review

    I originally posted this review on my blog. Please visit for more reviews like this one. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-J1QERw11URM/U7TBjQIKxdI/AAAAAAAAAhQ/X6jBSI7FES4/s1600/DSC_0466.JPG Introduction This is the fourth review in my series on Levenger inks. Thus far I've noticed that their properties are very consistent: most dry quickly and perform well on low-quality, absorbent paper. Cardinal Red mostly continues the trend with the exception of its longer dry time. I decided to try this ink because I needed a bright red for editing documents by hand. The ink is perfect for that purpose, so a bottle may find its way into my ink drawer. If you're interested in this ink, it's often on sale for $10 with free shipping from Amazon, making it an excellent value for your money. I was in no way compensated for this review, and this review contains my honest opinions about the ink. Specifications: Manufacturer: Levenger Color: RedMSRP: $12Actual Price: $12Price I paid: I bought this as part of the Levenger Ink Sampler for $12 while it was on sale. I would highly recommend this ink sampler as it is the only way to try Levenger's inks without buying full bottles.Amount of Ink: 50 mlCost per ml: 24¢/ml at $12 Bottle: Glass; It includes a reservoir Where to Buy: All of Levenger's inks are exclusive to their website.* * All prices are the prices at the time of this review's writing on July 1, 2014 Properties: Sheen: NoneShading: Hardly noticeableWater Resistance: Somewhat water resistantFeathering: Minimal on copier paperBleed through: ModerateShow through/ Ghosting: HighDrying Time: FastWetness: AverageLubrication: Well lubricatedStaining: I haven't noticed any staining. Cleaning: The ink cleans out of a pen easily Nib Creep: Minimal- Nib creep doesn't bother me because it has no effect on the writing experience.Okay on Copier Paper?: If you're using the ink only for editing or grading papers, it performs very well. For more intensive writing, the show through may be bothersome. Writing Sample:Pen: Visconti Rembrandt FinePaper 1: Levenger Circa PaperPaper 2: Copier PaperPaper 3: Black n' Red NotebookPaper 4: Flashcard for the Extended Soak Test (2 hours) http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5qqkp6xPpnA/U7eYuVKLogI/AAAAAAAAAiE/qoHRXpbSVyU/s1600/DSC_0509.JPG http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IEyEnkxYUNA/U7TBbku4zwI/AAAAAAAAAhE/RZskYL-Rc9w/s1600/SCAN0048.JPG http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-x6RxEoNRN0s/U7eYyWlOzaI/AAAAAAAAAiU/XpNRpIxmIJA/s1600/DSC_0497.JPG http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OH-ny79k3_A/U7TBlyh9-1I/AAAAAAAAAhk/ecCv5iZ9tlM/s1600/SCAN0050.JPG http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MVOuWDP21zg/U7eY4vygZFI/AAAAAAAAAic/SLETRDqi_wk/s1600/DSC_0524.JPG http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QI2Wav6KhuM/U7TBpzhlADI/AAAAAAAAAhw/s4YosBkRApI/s1600/SCAN0052.JPG http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Kh8QYtH7kAg/U7TBW_FlboI/AAAAAAAAAg0/pgZ69Ek7Agk/s1600/SCAN0046.JPG http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RXsJTvZ5rbw/U7TAdQ3sj2I/AAAAAAAAAgE/Wwgic6PBfdM/s1600/SCAN0053.JPG Levenger Cardinal Red is a fantastic red ink, but it isn't very water resistant. If this ink were water resistant, it would be perfect for my uses. When editing a document or grading something, a small spill would destroy everything written with this ink. This ink also takes more time to dry than Levenger's other inks. As a dextral writer myself, this doesn't trouble me at all. If you're left-handed and move your hand over freshly written words, the ink will smear and may cause issues. The redeeming quality of this ink is its color. Cardinal Red is a true red, and when diluted slightly with water, it becomes a nice pink. I may have to buy a bottle of it just for its color. Pros A great red color which could be used for editing or gradingMinimal feathering on average and nice paperDries quicklyLightfast according to Levenger's website (I haven't tested this yet.) Cons Moderate bleed through and show throughExtreme feathering on highly absorbent papers (e.g. the flashcard)Not very water resistant Possible Uses Editing, correcting, and grading papersChristmas cards and letters around that timeSending love letters (Cardinal Red is much better for this while diluted slightly.) I originally posted this review on my blog. Please visit for more reviews like this one.
  18. Hello there! Today i will be reviewing the pierre cardin "Masterpiece" fountain pen! It is a brand marketed by the Flair pens in India in associtation in design with the french fashion designer Pierre Cardin. First look at the pen and you will say "whoa!! is it a Mont blanc Meisterstuck 146 in there by mistake?!! :D" Well ofcourse not! but you will see what i mean as we get on with the review! (Also the name "Masterpiece" = "Meisterstuck") This is one of the most affordable good quality FPs in the market which also manages to give a hint of luxury of the higher end pens. Priced at around Rs 400 ($6.75) in India as in may 2014, It is a must-have for starters! So, lets move on, shall we?.... The pen comes with four standard short cartrideges in a nice tin box with a transparent plastic window. The red velvet plastic pen holder can be taken out and the case can be used as a pen box. Now you see what i meant by "Whoa! a Mont blanc?!" The design is clearly Mont blanc inspired with the pocket clip, the center band and the cigar shaped body. Which is a rather classical FP design anyway. The cap is a clip-on type cap and not screw type. The pen feels quite nice in the hand and the body plastic built quality is very nice with polished lacquer feel to it. The clip, the center band, the barrel threads, and all other golden accents are made of metal which adds a decent amount of weight and feel to the pen. The pen is well balanced even when posted and posts quite securely giving a robust feel. The clip and the center band. The pen posted (and yes! i am working on my handwriting! ) The two-tone steel nib too is quite impressive and smooth with nice engraveing on it. It is a M nib with consistent ink flow. Size-wise it is fairly big as well, giving a richer feel to the pen on the whole even while writing. This isnt one of those "creepy" iridium point germany nibs...it is indeed a quality one. And anyway not all IPG nibs are bad. The section has a smooth taper towards the nib with a mild concave curvature making it pleasant to hold. The pen also comes with a standard converter pre-fitted into it, making it a very user-friendly package on the whole (with 4 spare ink cartridges in the box). Now, moving to the final writing sample..The feathering seen on the paper is because it is a low quality paper and nothing to do with the ink. i tried the pen with diffrent inks and it did not have a single issue with the flow or writing! So, in the concluding statement, i would like to say it is a really good pen package on the whole for everyone! It gives the feeling of using a high end pen without the fear of loosing or damaging it in everyday use. Thats because of its price. Secondly, those who are starting out with FPs and want a really good, reliable writer...this is IT! No doubt about it! ofcourse there are other brands..but this is the complete pen package i have seen so far in this price range. With the classic design, the great looking pen case the 4 spare ink cartridges and the converter...you can never go wrong! So...just go and get it if you can! Simple as that! You will not be disappointed! Hope this review was useful!. Please share through comments and ask any question that you might have regarding the pen! I will be glad to know your views or suggestion! I will be coming up with other reviews for the FPs in my collection later....till then, HAVE A NICE DAY AND KEEP WRITING!
  19. PenFeed

    Lamy Safari Review

    Introducing the first PenFeed review! Created by two brothers, the Pen Feed is a new blog dedicated to the world of fountain pens. We will be reviewing pens, inks, notebooks, and fountain pen accessories. Check out our first review of the iconic Lamy Safari here: http://penfeed.blogspot.com/ and follow us on twitter @PenFeed We would also greatly appreciate any feedback so please feel free to comment! All the best, PenFeed
  20. Just put this review up on my blog this afternoon, and figured I would post it here as well. :-) Even if you are not a pocket notebook user, I bet that pretty much everyone has heard of Field Notes and especially the Spring 2014 special edition, Shelterwood. Since I can’t really describe it better than they can, here’s the description from the website: The “Shelterwood” edition features covers made from actual American Cherry wood, sliced ever-so-thin and bonded to a substrate of kraft paper for durability. I really like that each cover is totally unique. The picture above is a scan of one of mine, and the grain pattern on the three I purchased are all different. The cover also seems very robust and I’m sure will take a thorough beating before looking too worn. The gold staples are also a nice touch. :-) Inside the cover is cream colored paper with green ruling. The ruling is a bit narrow, but it’s a pocket notebook, so it seems to be reasonable for what it is. Field Notes don’t have a great reputation for being fountain pen friendly, and this is true as well for the Shelterwood. The paper is decently thick and seems to resist feathering in most EDC type nibs (M and narrower). Sadly, bleed through is a thing that occurs. On the picture above, the right side is the back of the variety ink test page and the left side is the back of PIP #14. Obviously this is not the kind of notebook you would want to be using a wet noodle in, but I think that it’s not so bad as to be unusable. Overall, I really like this notebook. At first I couldn’t get past the bleeding issue, but I think the important thing was shifting my expectations. This is an EDC pocket notebook, and as such it’s not exactly like I’ll be writing my memoirs in it. I use it mostly to take quick notes in meetings, write out to do lists, and doodle. If something bleeds through too bad, I just don’t use the back of a page. If you really want super FP-friendly paper in a pocket notebook, I would suggest buying one of the Clairefontaine pocket notebooks. If the price turns you off ($10/3 notebooks), then there is nothing I will be able to say that will change your mind. In that case, make your own pocket notebooks or pick up something cheaper at the drug store. I don’t know that I would pay $10 for a pack of the basic Field Notes, but for the limited editions I feel like I get my money’s worth because of the fun covers and variety of papers available. So, those are my feelings about the Shelterwood Field Notes. I recommend them if you have the funds to spend on fun pocket notebooks and can look past a little bit of bleed through with broad nibs. :-) I purchased this notebook with my own money and I am in no way being compensated for this review. All opinions expressed above are my own and you can feel free to disagree with them if you like.
  21. yogalarva

    Diamine Red Dragon

    Just posted this review over on my blog and figured I would put it up here too. :-) As a TA, I’m always on the lookout for a brightly colored ink for grading. Unlike at my brother’s school, we have no rules prohibiting us from grading in red but I usually try to avoid it purely for the sake of variety. Still, this was a good color for grading but otherwise it was just meh. Haha, please excuse my poor drawing skills! Like I wrote, this was overall a pretty well behaved ink. I would imagine that it doesn’t have much for water resistance (not many red inks I’ve seen do, unless they are Noodler’s), but for quickly jotting down a grade or annotating a manuscript, moisture might not be a huge threat. Unfortunately, there just wasn’t anything that special about this ink. It’s good, it behaves well, and it’s very red. Diamine inks are also pretty cheap both here in the States and in the UK, so if you have a need for a lot of red ink and you don’t need it to do anything special, I recommend this ink. For me, though, it’s not the one true red… This ink was generously provided to me by a reader as a gift and I am in no way being compensated for this review. All opinions above are my own and you are free to disagree with them if you like.
  22. Some other things. The design for me gets a Solid A+. The Nib is an A- with some down marks for railroading under pressure. The cost is a C. It's an expensive pen. It is however a VERY solid pen. The nib is a joy to write with. It can be had for around 312 in the states and if you want to roll the dice on an japan ebay import, 270 to 290 shipped. You will not regret the purchase. Overall a Solid A-
  23. The Blue Knight

    Dex Compact Fountain Pen Review

    IntroI have lately been looking to add a few low cost everyday pens to my collection so when I saw the UK high street and online retailer "The Pen Shop" had launched a new range of low cost fountain pens I jumped at the opportunity to add something new to my collection. The new youth orientated pens are under the Brand Dex as a division of their existing Kingsley own brand pens. I’m not really sure what to think of the name Dex as a pen brand, but hey, I may be too old to appreciate it’s name appeal, perhaps they were trying to associate the name with the once popular 90's Dexter’s Laboratory cartoon. The range consist of two different pen styles, both in ink roller and fountain pen variants in various finishes (see here) they do appear to have done a good job with a number eye catching designs.I ended up going for the Compact pen in blue as it caught my eye in the store. Here are my thoughts after two weeks of use. Design Materials and aesthetics 7/10The pen has a modern, distinctive design with chrome accent opaque body and an ink window with a contoured rubber grip section. The pen is a little on the light side as all the components bar the clip and nib are made of plastic. Overall an interesting, unique design. Construction Quality 6/10 The quality of the materials used in the pen are reasonable at the price point, however the plastics do feel low cost and the pen overall feels relatively cheap. Ergonomics 6/10 For a compact fountain pen the ergonomics are quite good and the pen fits fine into smaller hands unposted however, it probably will be too short for larger hands unposted. However, if the pen is posted it becomes a similar size to a posted Safari. The grip section of the pen is fairly comfortable, however, I do think the positioning of the finger placements recesses are a little strange as they seem to be placed too widely apart for a comfortable grip. Nib performance 8/10 I was pleasantly surprised with the nib having only paid about £13 for the pen I wasn't expecting much from its “iridium point” nib. However, I found the nib to be one of the highlights of the pen as it delivers a firm, smooth, Medium line with a little bit of reassuring feedback. The nib isn't quite as smooth as my Parker Frontier nib however the nib is excellent for a sub £15 pen. Filling Mechanism, 6/10 The pen is a compact pen so is relegated to using only small international cartridges out of the box. However, I have successfully managed to convert mine into an eye-dropper pen with a touch of petroleum Jelly which has meant the ink capacity has been effectively tripled to approximately 3ml. The ink window is especially useful when the pen has been converted as it allows for a clear indication of the remaining ink. Cost and Value 7/10 Bought for £13 The pen isn't bad value, however it does feel a little on the cheap side and perhaps a price of just under the £10 may have been a bit more reasonable price. Final Thoughts Overall score 40/60 The Good Smooth nib.Compact Design.Can be converted to an eye dropper. The Bad Feels a little on the cheap side.Cartridge only out of the box.
  24. Gaslight

    Pelikan M200

    Review of my Pelikan M200 So, after lurking around for quite some time, it's time for my first review (please be gentle with me... ) The Pelikan M200 was my first serious fountain pen, I got it from my mother as a gift when I switched schools. I went to school in Germany, so a fountain pen wasn't that big of a deal, but this black-golden piston filler sure was something different. This was about 22 years ago... The pen was my workhorse back then and it shows, clip broke off, cap has a few cracks, the barrel has scratches all over it. I dropped it a few months ago and that was the moment I decided to retire it and buy a new one. It arrived today and after a short flush and test it seems to has all the good things which made me love the first one. Good moment for a review, isn't it? My scanner isn't working like it should, so it's crappy photos.. ______________________________________________________________________ Appearance & Design (8/10) - A Timeless Classic A Pelikan piston filler in black with golden accents, it won't get any more stereotypical and classy than this. This M200 is nearly the same as my old one. On top of the cap is a small plastic nubbin with the Pelikan logo, then comes the golden clip which is shaped like a pelican bill. At the end of the cap is a golden band with the text "Pelikan Germany". The pen itself has a gold-plated nib, engraved with the Pelikan logo, the word "Pelikan" and a letter indicating the size. For the rest it's a simple black barrel with a green, translucent ink window and then the filler knob which is separated from the barrel with a gold band. Construction & Quality (8/10) - It's a Pelikan... This pen oozes quality, yeah it's small and light, but still manages to feel solid and like something which can stand some abuse. The barrel and ink window are seamlessly connected, like it's made from one block of the same material. I like the threading of the caps, there are 4 in there. I mean when turning the wrong way, the cap will 'click' 4 times with one turn. So when tightening the cap it always seems to go with the same short motion. … Weight & Dimensions (6/10) - Light & Small This is a very small and lightweight pen, similar to a TWSBI mini. I have small hands (at least for a 6.2" guy...) and the pen is just large enough when unposted. Posted it should be ok for most people and because of the lightweight cap it doesn't become top heavy. But for people in search of something substantial this isn't the right pen. … Nib & Performance (8/10) - Wet and Springy (for a steel nib) Both my M200's have medium nibs. The 200 has a gold-plated steel nib which has a bit spring to it. Springy-wise it feels similar to my Vanishing Point which has a 18k gold nib. Writing with a bit more pressure gives very slight line variation, but this doesn't feel right to me. The nib is pretty wet, at least with Waterman ink and smoothness is ok. I prefer really smooth nibs like the aforementioned (binderized) Vanishing Point and the Pelikan gives a bit more feedback than what I prefer. … Filling System & Maintenance (7/10) - A Classic Piston Filler... More or less my favourite filling system, the piston filler. Easy to fill, good capacity and for me it's a filling system I associate with quality. It's relatively easy to clean and the nib and feed unit unscrews which I find pretty amazing. The piston mechanism is clicked into the barrel and its not really possible to remove it without damaging the pen, so it's a far cry from the serviceability a TWSBI pen offers. … Cost & Value (7/10) - it's ok-ish.... I bought this pen for 64,- Euros from ebay, which is ok, but officially this is more like 90,-, which is quite a lot more than a TWSBI 580 or the TWSBI classic. Yeah, it's a Pelikan and everything, but the official retail price is bit much. For me it's worth it, I got more than twenty years of heavy (ab-)use out of the first one... … Conclusion (44/60) - ​A lovely small pen which won't disappoint you I think the M200 is a classic, nothing about it is spectacular, but it's more than just the sum of its parts. A steel-nibbed, plastic piston filler shouldn't be much to write home about, but this little guy has never let me down and I still love to pick it up and write with it, despite the Lamy's, TWSBI's, Pilot's, etc, which I also have available.​ I hope this was somewhat helpful and/or a nice read. If you have feedback, questions, criticisms please let me know. Other M200 users are welcome to give their experience.
  25. Sailor 1911 Profit, Fine Nib, Ivory Body I realize there are several reviews of the Sailor 1911 Profit, but I don't seem to see many pictures of the ivory body. I decided to put in my two cents and also have some reference pictures available for anyone else who wants to check out the pen before buying. The pictures I have seen prior to receiving this pen made it difficult to determine whether or not the pen was a bright white or a true ivory. I can happily say that it's a lovely off white colour and that I am very pleased with it. What follows is my picture heavy mini review. I would highly recommend the pen, and it is honestly my favourite pen overall (I had a burgundy one that I have sadly misplaced). The pen came with a standard Sailor box, that seems price appropriate, a converter, two cartridges, and an instruction manual. The pen was a birthday present from my girlfriend, and I appreciate it a lot. She's far too kind to me and indulges my hobby. The Review: Appearance and Design: 8 The classic cigar shape of the pen is fitting, though admittedly uninspired. I very much like the ivory colour and I think it's a step up from white. It looks like a nice warm pen, and the gold trim only adds to the appeal. The clip is also classic and uninspired, but far from ugly. It fits with the pen and all in all it looks very classy. In my book, it does get bonus points for being ivory coloured. If you don't care for the colour as much as I do, I would say the design is a 7, since it's unoriginal but well executed. The Pen DSCF6769 by makey95, on Flickr The Trim DSCF6774 by makey95, on Flickr Construction and Quality: 9 The pen feels very well made, and is very sturdy. The threads where the cap screws on are smooth and rounded, and they never interfere with the grip. There's not a single loose part in the pen, and it seems sturdy enough to take drops while capped. The resin body feels durable, and nothing about the pen seems cheap. The nib and feed are friction fit, and they can easily be pulled out, but they're not loose at all and are a snug fit. Nib and Feed DSCF6777 by makey95, on Flickr Weight and Dimensions: 10 The pen feels like it's made to be posted, and once posted feels perfectly balanced. Unposted, it is a tad too short for my hands, and feels rather light. Capped the pen measures around 5.25" and uncapped it is about 4.625" unposted. Posted, the pen is about 6" long. The diameter of the grip seems to be around .375". It is a medium-light pen, but I can write with it for hours at a time without my hand tiring. Nib and Performance: 10 Honestly this is my favourite modern nib/favourite non-flex nib. I've tried a few flex nibs that come close to being the joy that this one is, but even they pale in comparison. It is honestly one of the most enjoyable writing experiences that I have experienced. For such a fine nib, it is extraordinarily smooth and has almost no feedback, but still enough to let you feel the paper enough to enjoy the ride. The feed does a superb job of keeping up and it never has any hard starts or skips. The nib wrote immediately, even after being left out to take the photographs. The Nib DSCF6783 by makey95, on Flickr The Feed DSCF6775 by makey95, on Flickr Filling System and Maintenance: 7 The pen uses a cartridge converter system, and despite that has great ink flow. The converter does not hold all that much, but it's certainly enough to last several days of note taking. Having a cartridge converter system makes maintenance easy enough, but the friction fit nib and feed makes cleaning out the pen a breeze. Just take it apart, wash it, dry it, and it's quick and easy to move from a black ink to say a light yellow-orange. Normally I would give cartridge converter pens a 5, utterly average, neither good nor bad, but the ease of maintenance warrants a higher grade. Cost and Value: 10 This tends to be highly subjective, but for a pen that I consider to be the best writing experience, with a marvelous fine nib, easy maintenance, and perfect balance, I would say that the $100 that my girlfriend paid for it was reasonable. I would be personally willing to pay the full U.S. price for this pen (with tax, around 180 dollars). Conclusion: Highly recommended, if you couldn't tell. A word of warning, every once in a while I do see a Sailor 1911/Pro Gear or two out of the box (I've worked with a few over the years) with misaligned tines, but that's usually a quick fix. I have never seen a Sailor 1911 Standard that, once aligned, does not write smoothly. The majority of Sailors that I have seen write perfectly out of the box. Writing Sample/First impression review (Muji Notebook) DSCF6787 by makey95, on Flickr Final Words: Thanks for reading, feel free to mention your own thoughts on the pen, the colour, or my pictures. I tried my best to accurately pick up the colour of the body. I cannot thank my girlfriend enough for the gift, and I know it will see a lot of use. The only thing that I'm worried about is staining the ivory body. I've been looking into leather pen slips/holders for this pen, and I would appreciate any cheap but durable recommendations. I would like around 10 dollars, 15 maximum for the holder. I hope the review was informative.

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