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The Pencilcase Blog

March 09, 2016

<strong><a href="http://www.pencilcaseblog.com/2016/03/montblanc-m-fountain-pen-review.html">Pencilcase</a>:</strong>

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  With the M (by Marc Newson), Montblanc brought a radically different product to the fountain pen market. Compared to the ever-so popular Meisterstück 146, with its conservative looks, the M appears to come straight from the future, which is kind of what Montblanc aimed at…

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I’m not a fan of Montblanc for a number of reasons. The three most important ones are: they refuse to sell online; their aesthetics is a little bit too conservative or a little bit too “grandpa” for my personal taste; their prices are beyond stupid.

The M is one of the few, if not the only Montblanc pen I have ever considered. It looks fantastic. There are many pens that look better. But it has something unique to it that made me put it on the list. I also hope that this might be the first step for Montblanc to join the 21st century.

Seaweed Kisses

March 08, 2016

<strong><a href="http://www.seaweedkisses.com/2016/03/the-journal-diaries-kims-bullet-journal.html">Seaweed Kisses</a>:</strong>

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  The Journal Diaries is a blog segment where we get a sneak peek into the journals, notebooks, organizers, and diaries from creative souls all over the world. My special guest today is Kim based in California, USA.

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That’s one good looking bullet journal. And Bullet journal is a fantastic system for anyone that wants a task management system for pen and paper with a lot of structure. I personally prefer something much simpler.

The Pen Haul

March 07, 2016

<strong><a href="http://www.thepenhaul.com/lamy-charged-ink-review/">The Pen Haul:</a></strong>

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  I want to start this review out right, with my honest opinion of how I like this ink. I hate it. Now let me tell you why I hate it and why you probably don’t need this ink in your collection. I luckily only picked up a pack of cartridges to try out and avoided getting a bottle that would take up unnecessary space on my desk.

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That got to be the most useless ink I have ever seen.

Review

March 06, 2016

I was very skeptical about this pen, for a very long time, and I still don’t like the cap or the top of the pen from a aesthetic point of view, but the cap is a very functional one.

This pen is also the first stub nib I have tried, and I am intrigued. The verdict thus far is that I like it for certain things, for example for writing down tasks and for when I want to make sure that what I write look good. And I know from this that I probably would love a soft and flexible gold stub nib.

I think this pen is fantastic. It feels much more solid and durable than my 580AL, and the price makes it a no brainer. I will without doubt get at least one more of them(with a different nib). You get so much bang for your buck. It is a excellent beginner pen. What I mean by beginner pen isn’t necessarily the first pen, but the pen you get when you aren’t afraid of buying a whole bottle of ink.

The thing I started to think when I first got it, and that have been stuck in my mind every single time I have been using it since is that I would rather get three ECO’s than a 580.

It is comfortable to write with, it holds enough ink and you have a lot of nib options. Which is everything I don’t like about the Pilot Metropolitan and the Lamy Safari.

If you ask me if you should order one, the answer is yes for everyone. As I touched on above, the exception might be those of you that haven’t started buying ink in bottles yet. I wouldn’t go for it as my first fountain pen, but it is a excellent second one. And it is the perfect pen to get started on piston fillers on ink on bottle.

I think everyone should get into bottled ink as fast as possible. It is much better than what you find in cartridges. First of all you can probably buy the most expensive ink available and still get more ink for your money than what you get from cartridges. The money thing was a key factor for me. But the best thing is that you have to many more options.

Goulet

March 01, 2016

<strong><a href="http://blog.gouletpens.com/2016/02/the-7-biggest-fountain-pen-mistakes.html">Goulet:</a></strong>

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  We’re all human, and we all make mistakes. Having learned from the error of our own ways and from the vast amount of feedback and experiences we hear from customers, we’ve compiled a list of the biggest mistakes we see made with fountain pens. Hopefully, now that you know them, you can avoid the disastrous results…

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A great list, I don’t agree that 7, is a mistake, I don’t. I guess it’s a matter of if you think a pen should look like it did out of the box, or not.

Pens! Paper! Pencils!

March 01, 2016

<strong><a href="http://penpaperpencil.net/whitelines-pocket-notebook-mini-review/">Pens! Paper! Pencils!</a>:</strong>

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  I was really very pleasantly surprised by the Whitelines pocket notebook. The cover is strong, the design is tasteful and the paper is great.

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I love Whitelines notebooks, I used to use them a lot during my first year at the University. They are utilitarian, well designed and have pretty good paper. Their design is fantastic, but that doesn’t mean it is the most beautiful notebook in the world. But it means that they have a very functional design. The thing I loved about them is that lines and grids are designed in a way where it is very easy to ignore them, and follow them when you need to.

Goulet Review of the Lamy Charged Green ink.

February 29, 2016

<strong><a href="http://blog.gouletpens.com/2016/02/lamy-charged-green-ink-review.html">Goulet Pens</a>:</strong>

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  It’s ink review time! Madigan here, reviewing the newest ink in the Lamy line up, Lamy Charged Green. Sarah used it in Monday Matchup this week, paired with the Lamy Charged Green Al-Star. I’m a little bit in love with the pen and was hoping that the ink would be like last year’s CopperOrange, which I loved so much, I bought a bottle! I was hoping for a light green with some dark green shading.

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  Unfortunately, this ink was closer to the NeonLime ink that went with last year’s NeonLime Safari. No, it isn’t quite as neon, but it is such a light hue! Read on to hear about my experience.

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Interesting colour, but the thing that always makes me not adding or straight out removing Lamy inks from my shopping list is the fact that their dry time isn’t good enough. They have some inks that I think look fantastic, and some that are just “meh”. And they never manage to get it right. I don’t mind a longer dry time, even though 30 seconds is beyond ridiculous, if the colour is fantastic. <em>But</em> the dry time should and must be almost none if the colour is in the “meh” category.

Pen Addict Review of the Pilot Stargazer.

February 29, 2016

<strong><a href="http://www.penaddict.com/blog/2016/2/18/pilot-stargazer-in-ruby-red-a-review">Susan Pigott</a>:</strong>

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  The Stargazer is an impressive little pen. It is well made and has more decorative features than some more expensive pens. It would make an excellent pocket pen and/or small notebook pen. The cap snaps on securely, and the pen is small and substantial enough to be an EDC.

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Interesting pen, I have gotten an interest for Pilot pens recently, not anything beyond the “window shopping”-stage yet. I like how it looks(I would have gone for the black model though) but the thing that makes it a non starter for me is the converter. The ink capacity is not even close to be good enough for me.

There are two important factors that plays a role when I decide if a pen is something I am going to consider buying or not. It is how it looks, and it is the utilitarian aspect. how comfortable is it to use it & how much ink does it hold? I’m not going to buy a pen for $150, when it holds the same amount of ink as a Metropolitan, when I could get a Lamy 2000 for the same amount of money.

TooManyInks

February 29, 2016

<strong><a href="http://www.toomanyinks.com/blog/2016/2/22/lamy-studio-brushed-stainless-14k-z50-fine-inked-with-bookbinders-snake-ink-blue-coral">TooManyInks</a>:</strong>

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  Why, given this is one of more boring Studios? Well it was my first Lamy, it has a plastic grip section rather than shiny metal (making it lighter and less slippery), and at a pinch the brushed finish can be used as a nail file.

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Nice. This pen have been on my list for a while now, and I guess I have to wait until I either find a used one with a plastic grip, or until they start making them again.

Review

February 28, 2016

I got this lovely green ink with my last order from JetPens. One of my goals for 2016 is to try out more different inks, especially as many as I can of the Iroshizuku inks. I have used black inks for as long as I can remember. The reason I love black inks is that I can use them for everything, and I personally think that black in general look much better than the “bic-blue”. This doesn’t mean that I hate all blue inks, but I’m not a fan of the lighter ones.

The two most important factors for me when I try a new ink is how it is to write with it & the dry time. Both of the Iroshizuku inks I have tried are excellent at both. It always flows wonderfully, and the dry time is short. What I mean by that is that the time it takes the ink to dry is short enough so that I never have to think about it. It is more or less the same as the black Iroshizuku, but slower than the Noodlers Baranacke.

I love this green colour. It doesn’t have the properties I don’t like about many light greens where it just looks too light and is hard to read. That means that it looks very good if you write with a finer nib. And it doesn’t have what I don’t like about many darker greens either, where it is just this very dark thing. This means that it looks slightly different with finer and broader nibs, and you get slight variations when you write with a stub nib. This is probably old news for most people, but I hadn’t experienced it much myself, because black is black.

It is fantastic ink, and I also look forward to trying out a few more Iroshizuku inks. I have another Iroshizuku bottle waiting for me. And I’ll probably order a few more the next time I buy something. Black will probably continue to be my primary colour, but I really enjoy to have a few pens with something different.

The thing I have learned to enjoy about the Iroshizuku inks is that they are very consistent; based on both my own experience and reviews. That means that how it feels to use them, and the dry time is more or less the same. And that is a fantastic selling point by itself, as long as it is consistently good.