A Better Desk: Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen Review

A Better Desk:

The Lamy 2000 is a truly remarkable pen. Its fifty-year-old design still looks modern and edgy, and I’m sure that it will look just as edgy in fifty more years. The pen’s features, from the ink window to the piston knob, only appear when needed and then vanish into the pen’s brushed body. The Lamy 2000’s gold nib, perfect weight, and brushed body combine to form the best writing experience that I’ve ever had. If you’ve stumbled upon this review because you’re on the fence about this pen, go ahead and buy it. I spent several months reading reviews and none of them seem to do the pen justice, now that I have it in my hand. Aside from the functionality of the Lamy 2000, its history is something special. While I love my TSWBI, Kaweco, and Pilots, this will be the pen that I pass down to my children. In a world of throwaway things, this is a pen that is truly built to last.

In case you are wondering, yes I love the Lamy 2000, and I love how many great reviews of it that have been published lately.

The Cramped: To a good home…

Patrick Rhone:

I get a fair number of notebooks sent to me for review. I write in them for the first couple of pages, maybe try out some different inks or handwrite a draft of the review, but then I’m done. The truth is, I generally use the notebooks I use and like the ones I like and tend not to veer from them. If I do get sent a notebook that knocks me off my feet, I will switch to it but this is rare. So, these notebooks sent to me by all too kind folks go into my (way too large and growing) pile of notebooks likely never to be used again — which seems a shame and a waste.

This is a fantastic project.

Congratulations Brad!

Brad Dowdy of Nock.co, The Pen Addict: the website & the podcast announced on the podcast last night that he had left his job and is going to do stationary full time.

I think it is great to see him go independent, I don’t think I would be into pen and paper haven’t it been for him & the podcast. Listen episode 185 for details. It is strange that he have been able to do a podcast, a blog, have a family, a full time job and to be able to do Nock.co at the same time. I can’t wait to see what he is able to do now that he does the blog, the podcast and Nock.co full-time.

First Impressions: TWSBI 580AL, Midori Travelers Notebook & Pilot Iroshizuku Take-sumi

I ordered a bunch of stuff that I have had on the top of my stationary wish list for a very long time on Friday.

I think it is amazing that a package from California can find its way to Bergen, Norway with FedEx in little over a weekend. The funny or not so funny thing is that I can’t even get a package from our capital to here in the same amount of time.

There are a lot of great stuff here. Let’s begin with the boring stuff. I always throw in a three pack of Field Notes when I order something from a place that carry them. I fill out one every 7 – 10 days, and having too many have never been a problem. I also got a new converter for my Pilot Metropolitan, it works just like the one I had before it(before it broke).

I got a new ink: Pilot Iroshizuku Take-sumi. Because I ran out of my Noodler’s Bernanke Black a few weeks ago. The first thing I did was to clean my pens and filled both of them, plus my new pen with this ink. And I love it. The dry time is longer than the Noodlers, but it is more or less the same as the my “backup” ink, Lamy black. I love it, both the standard Lamy ink and the Noodler’s was kind of black, this is black.

My first expensive fountain pen I bought was the Lamy 2000 I got almost a year ago. I have been looking into another good, but not as expensive fountain pen during the last six months. And I finally pulled the trigger and ordered a TWISBI 580 AL Crystal. I wanted the blue, but it was sold out. So I got the regular silver model instead. The pen is very good, it holds a lot of ink, the nib is smooth, and I love how it looks. My only complaint is that the grip is a little bit slippery.

I have been drooling over the Midori Travelers Notebook since August. And I have been very close to ordering it many times during the last 2-3 years. And I finally did it. The reason is simple: I wanted something in between the large A4 notebooks I write long hand(journaling, and studying) when I am at home and my Field Notes; for example when writing in a coffee shop or traveling. And I also like the idea of buying cheap refills instead of expensive similar notebooks.

I pimped it up with a pen holder, and extra bands so I could fit three refills in it.

My first impressions are: the dry time is shorter than I expected, and it looks great. And I really love the “what the heck is that”-look of the MTN. I would have preferred the lined refill to have a little bit taller lines. But other than that, a fantastic notebook.

Pilot Iroshizuku Ina-Ho Ink Review

Jenny Mason:

Ina-ho translated into English means ‘rice ear’ a name that I found very unusual. After a quick google search the name makes perfect sense. I think this ink colour is great for the Autumn/Winter season. It is a subdued brown/gold colour with some small hints of green. This is perfect for writing Christmas cards and looks great in my Hobonichi Techo for the winter journal entries.

Interesting colour, its not something I would go for personally. But I think the Pilot Iroshizuku inks are very cool. I got my first bottle today; the Take-sumi of course. You can go wrong, and you can either be like me and buy a large 50ml bottle or get smaller sets with three different colours.

I have state this before, but I am a black ink person, it isn’t often that I write with anything else. The only time I consider getting something else, than my beloved black, is when I look at the Iroshizuku inks.

Ink Review: Noodler’s Bernanke Black

My dive into different kinds of fountain pen inks have been very limited. I’m not the kind of guy that buys ten different bottles of ink. I get one or two bottles, and then I use one up, before I move on to the next one.

I got two bottles when I bought my Lamy 2000(Noodlers Bernanke Black and Lamy Black Ink), and I have a few others things on my wish list, for when I order ink the next time.

Noodlers Bernanke Black is the ink I have been using with my Lamy 2000 since I got it January last year, until today, when I cleaned it, and filled it up with standard Lamy black ink(because I ran out of the Noodlers a few days ago).

I think the Bernanke Black Ink is fantastic, for what it is. The reason I got it was because of its fast dry time. It is very hard to find a black ink that dries fast. Something I think is very important, especially for us lefties. That is the reason I recommend this ink for lefties and anyone else that wants a good black ink that dries very fast.

My personal opinion is that the other inks I have used(mostly Pilot and Lamy cartridge ink) have a much more pleasing and blacker black. It isn’t bad, and the short dry time makes it well worth it. And my impression is that I get a much smoother writing experience with my Lamy 2000 using this ink compared to for example the Lamy ink.

Edjelly: Three years with The Lamy 2000.

Edjelly:

Absolutely. The Lamy 2000 is a great value for a solid, dependable workhorse fountain pen. It never gets pushed aside, and for me, it’s almost always in use. Several years later, I’m still just as excited to write with it as when I opened up the package for the first time. I’ve since purchased an all original 1960’s Lamy 2000 and a new Stainless Steel model as well. This particular 2000 was my first, and I doubt it will be my last!

I have used mine almost a year now, and I never go anywhere without it. The only time I have gone more than a few hours without it was when I went to England in May.

Today is Journal Day

The Cramped:

My plan for celebrating the day (which, truthfully, I started last night) is to open up past year’s journals, logs, and notes and tease out any ideas that may have gotten lost in the shuffle and see what I might want to put into action the coming year. On August 10, 2014 I noted that my wife and I were a pretty good canoe team after a jaunt out on the lake at our family cabin and that, perhaps, we should go canoeing more often here in town. There are plenty of lakes with canoe rental in town and it would be a lovely way to spend some more time together. I had forgotten this so, now, I can make it a part of my intentions for the coming year.

Semicolons: A Love Story

The New York Times:

So yes, Kurt Vonnegut: simplicity, in grammar as in all things, is a virtue, not to be sneezed at. But I can’t agree that semicolons represent absolutely nothing; they represent, for me anyway, the pleasure in discovering that no piece of writing advice, however stark, however beloved its deliverer, should ever be adopted mindlessly.

Fantastic article, about my favorite punctuation mark.