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TWSBI ECO Fountain Pen Review — Pen Addict

February 10, 2016

<strong><a href="http://www.penaddict.com/blog/2016/1/24/twsbi-eco-fountain-pen-review">Brad Dowdy</a>:</strong>

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  This is a flat-out cool pen, and one I have been recommending constantly since its launch last summer. For someone like myself who has some experience with fountain pens, the ECO is a daily workhorse that can be taken out, used and abused, refilled, cleaned, nib swapped, and any other worry-free fun you want to have with a low cost fountain pen.

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The ECO is a cool pen. I got mine <a href="http://www.inksmudge.net/blog/2016/2/9/twsbi-eco-first-impressions">yesterday</a>.

Why the Lamy 2000 is My EDC Pen — nib & ink

February 10, 2016

<strong><a href="http://www.nibandink.com/pens/2016/1/18/why-the-lamy-2000-is-my-edc-pen">Matthew Morse</a>:</strong>

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  There’s a reason this pen has been around for half a century. In fact, there are a lot of reasons and they are the same reasons I carry this pen with me nearly everyday. I’m not afraid to throw it in a pants pocket or bag or pen case because I know that it can take a few knocks and perform flawlessly. And it’ll do so all day, everyday.

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I could not agree more, my Lamy 2000 was my preferred EDC and pocket pen from I got it, until I started using the Hightower again four or five months ago.

TWSBI Eco

February 09, 2016

I ordered a TWSBI Eco with the 1.1 Stub Nib, when I ordered a pile of refills for my Midori Travelers Notebook and two bottles of ink. I’ll get back to the Ink, when I have had the time to giving it a proper test; aka using them for a while.

I went with the black model.

As always: I’ll do a proper review once I have used the pen for a few weeks. But these are my first impressions:

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  Design: looks like a cheaper version of the more expensive TWSBI models. My only problems with the design is the cap and the part you twist to operate the piston.

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  Feel: It feels great, and I actually like it a little bit better than the 580AL; the grip section is much more comfortable.

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  Nib: I love the stub nib. This might be a new rabbit hole for me.

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I think this is the best value pen I have ever bought. It isn’t something I would recommend for a beginner as their first pen. But it could be a very good second pen, as long as the person isn’t scared of buying a bottle of ink.

When I think about it, I might go as far as I would rather get three of these than the 580. But I’ll get back into that when I writer a proper review.

Bic Cristal Ballpoint Pen Review — Pen Addict

February 01, 2016

<strong><a href="http://www.penaddict.com/blog/2016/1/17/bic-cristal-ballpoint-pen-review">Brad Dowdy</a>:</strong>

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  The fact is, this is a good pen, if not a great one. Released to the public in 1950, it has had a 65-plus year run and shows no signs of slowing down. The design is revered too, with its clear hex-barrel being featured in the Museum of Modern Art. A design classic that has stood the test of time? Sign me up.

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I have spent many hours writing with stolen Bic Cristal pens over the years. I’m not a fan of this pen, I don’t like how it writes and the ergonomics, but it is without doubt a well designed pen. And I miss the days when this was the standard in all supply cabinets, instead of the horrible pens many of the places I have worked that last five years buy.

Midori Traveler’s Notebook

February 01, 2016

<strong><a href="http://www.abetterdesk.com/blog/2016/1/18/midori-travelers-notebook-first-impressions">A Better Desk</a>:</strong>

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  Fountain pens are built to last. They may run out of ink, but they can be refilled over and over again. The same thing can’t be said for notebooks. Pages are filled with everything from beautiful prose to grocery lists, and the tears and scratches that mar the covers are reminders of the journey. Once these books are their most worn and beautiful, we chuck them out or put them on a shelf to collect dust. I’ve been longing for a notebook that could acquire these beautiful signs of age while lasting as long as a good pen.

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You should, if you haven’t already, read this brilliant & elegant post about the Midori Travelers Notebook.

Ink Review

February 01, 2016

<strong><a href="http://www.gentlemanstationer.com/blog/2016/1/9/ink-review-pilot-iroshizuku-tsuki-yo">The Gentleman Stationer</a>:</strong>

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  One of my favorite things about Iroshizuku is the name that Pilot/Namiki gives each ink.  Though only the Japanese name appears on the bottle, most stores also provide the English translation (which I assume is accurate and comes directly from Pilot).  Tsuki-Yo translates to “Moonlight.”  The ink, when wet, appears as a rich blue-black, but when it dries fades somewhat to a dark teal, and hints of blue-green emerge.  On certain papers, and when you are writing with a wet nib, you get some pretty good red sheen.

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I’ve had this ink on the top of my ink wish list for a while, together with one of the green Iroshizuku inks. This ink is the first blue ink where I think: damn, I want that.

My review of the Pilot Metropolitan

February 01, 2016

I got my Pilot Metropolitan almost three years ago. And I still use it more or less every week. There are two popular beginner fountain pens the Pilot Metropolitan and the Lamy Safari. My personal opinion is that the Pilot is better because it looks far better and the Lamy Safari has a moulded grip section which makes it very difficult to use for left handed people, like myself.

The great thing about the pen is that you have a wide variety of colours and two different nibs: medium and fine. Most people can find something they like. You can get the pen for around $15 and a converter for it is another $5. You get a lot of pen for the money.

It is a very well designed pen, there is one exception, I’ll get to that in a while, and it looks like a lot more expensive than $15.

I have two minor issues with the pen. My two other fountain pens have piston fillers and have a large ink capacity. So I might be a little bit spoiled. But I find the ink capacity of the converter for this pen to be way too small. My test is to see if I can get through a day with it or not. Either at work or while studying. Which means around 10 A4 pages.

The Pilot Metropolitan can get me through half a day.

The other “thing” about this pen is that there is a uncomfortable and sharp edge between the grip section and the pen body. It can get a little bit annoying during long writing sessions.

I still think it is a great pen. The solid casing and how tight the cap sits makes it a great pocket pen. My only problem with it is the ink capacity, so my advice is to either have two of them or to use cartridges, if you also think the ink capacity is too low.

Negotiations — Pen Addict

February 01, 2016

<strong><a href="http://www.penaddict.com/blog/2016/1/14/negotiations">Jon Bemis</a>:</strong>

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  I was tickled. To think that my multi-colored chicken scratch had legal standing was almost too funny to comprehend. The likelihood that my notes would ever end up in a courtroom was slim to none, but I was delighted nonetheless that my indulgent hobby could one day be entered into evidence.

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Notebook Stories

February 01, 2016

<strong><a href="http://www.notebookstories.com/2016/01/11/david-bowies-notebooks/">Notebook Stories</a>:</strong>

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  It’s hard to imagine a world without David Bowie…

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The Gentleman Stationer

February 01, 2016

<strong><a href="http://www.gentlemanstationer.com/blog/2016/1/20/i-forgot-i-had-this-pen-the-lamy-studio">The Gentleman Stationer</a>:</strong>

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  When most people think of Lamy’s gold nibs, they think of the Lamy 2000, another personal favorite of mine.  Lamy’s “standard” 14K nibs are often–and, in my opinion, unjustifiably–overlooked.  The extra-fine nib on my Lamy Studio is relatively wide for an extra-fine nib, and writes more like a “fine” from most other brands.   The nib is, however, springy and smooth.  It’s also slightly stubbish, in that it offers a touch of line variation and gives my writing an italic look and feel. To me, Lamy’s interchangeable stainless steel nibs offer good quality and exceptional value in entry-level pens, but this 14K gold nib has frankly blown me away.  At around $150, both the Lamy 2000 and the Studio make great options for a “first gold-nibbed pen,” though I must say, I prefer the Studio’s extra-fine to the extra-fine on my Lamy 2000.  I suspect it’s because the lack of a hood on the Studio gives the nib the additional springiness, making it very pleasant to write with.

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Another Lamy pen made it to my pen wish list. I haven’t tried one, but this is a good option, if you either don’t like the hooded nib on the 2000, or don’t want a piston filler.