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Loadout December.

December 17, 2015

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This is my first loadout posts. I was planning to do one last month, but never go around to it. My daily carry stuff this month contain a few new items.

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  <a href="http://fieldnotesbrand.com/shop/">Field Notes</a> is as always the corner stone of my note taking and productivity; I use them for shorter notes and tasks.

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  <a href="http://www.1101.com/store/techo/2016/planner/detail_cover/c_hpr.html">Hobonichi Planner 2015</a> is the second and last part of my productivity. I have used this baby since the beginning of March. I use it to keep track of meetings, other events and the most important tasks; in other words: the high level stuff that I absolutely need to complete at any given day. I also use it to write up monthly goals. I ordered the 2015 version a week ago.

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  <a href="http://www.jetpens.com/Pilot-Metropolitan-Fountain-Pen-Medium-Nib-Black-Plain-Body/pd/10177">Pilot Metropolitain</a>(I think it is a medium nib, but I got it back when there was only one kind of nib for it). I’m not using this pen at lot anymore. But it is still the pen I reach for when the two following items run out of ink.

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  <a href="http://www.jetpens.com/Lamy-2000-Fountain-Pen-Medium-Nib-Black-Body/pd/9187">Lamy 2000: medium nib</a> this have been the pen that I have written 99% of everything I have written in 2015. I use it a little bit less at the moment, because I just got the next pen on the list. But this will remain one of my go to pens.

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  All of the three pens above is inked up with: <a href="http://www.jetpens.com/Pilot-Iroshizuku-Ink-50-ml-Take-sumi-Bamboo-Charcoal-Black/pd/9973">Pilot Take-sumi</a>. I usually use one ink until I run out. I got this ink two days ago, and I think it is great.

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  <a href="http://www.gouletpens.com/twsbi-diamond-580al-fountain-pen-silver-broad/p/TW-M7444270">TWSBI Diamond 580AL Silver: medium nib</a> this have been my go to pen since I got it two days ago. And I love almost everything about it.

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  <a href="http://nockco.com/cases/hightower">Nock.co Hightower</a>: this thing is just fantastic. I bring it everywhere, it is always filled up with three pens(the three pens above) and three Field Notes.

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  <a href="http://www.jetpens.com/Midori-Traveler-s-Notebook-Starter-Kit-Regular-Size-Brown-Leather/pd/13623">Midori Travelers Notebook: with lined refills</a>. This became my new favourite notebook within minutes after packing it up. I love how it looks, and everything else about it. I use it for journaling, and everything else I write long form.

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The Case for multiple pens

December 17, 2015

I used to be a strong defender of only having a very limited number of pens. My opinion was coloured by minimalism. I have come around, and I see a value in having and carrying more than one pen. It all depends on what you need.

Some people like du use different pens for different things; some use different pens for different things; while others have different fountain pens for different things. I always have three or four pens with me. I have more or less the same ink in all of them, and the nib is also more or less the same.

You might wonder why I have so many pens. I have one non-fountain pen, and three fountain pens. The reason is simple, I want to always have a pen that I enjoy to use available. I write a lot every single day, and my goal is to have enough pens with me to be able to go at least a couple of weeks without refilling.

There are many good reasons to carry multiple pens. But the most important thing is that you use them, and don’t just carry a lot of pens; and don’t just own a lot of pens you don’t use.

Congratulations Brad!

December 15, 2015

Brad Dowdy of <a href="http://nockco.com">Nock.co</a>, The Pen Addict: <a href="http://penaddict.com">the website</a> & the <a href="http://relay.fm/penaddict">podcast</a> 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 <a href="http://www.penaddict.com/blog/2015/12/15/the-pen-addict-podcast-episode-185-dont-make-me-cry-again">185</a> 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 <a href="http://Nock.co">Nock.co</a> 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 <a href="http://Nock.co">Nock.co</a> full-time.

First Impressions

December 15, 2015

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.

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  A <a href="http://www.jetpens.com/Pilot-Fountain-Pen-CON-50-Converter/pd/1531">converter</a> for my Pilot Metropolitan.

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  <a href="http://www.jetpens.com/TWSBI-Diamond-580AL-Silver-Fountain-Pen-Medium-Nib/pd/14084">TWSBI 580AL</a>.

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  <a href="http://www.jetpens.com/Midori-Traveler-s-Notebook-Starter-Kit-Regular-Size-Brown-Leather/pd/13623">Midori Travelers Notebook</a> + <a href="http://www.jetpens.com/Midori-Traveler-s-Notebook-Accessories-Connecting-Bands-Regular-Size-Set-of-4/pd/13625">Extra bands</a> to fit three refills in it and a <a href="http://www.jetpens.com/Midori-Traveler-s-Notebook-Accessories-Pen-Holder-Medium-Brown/pd/13628">pen holder</a>

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  <a href="http://www.jetpens.com/Midori-Traveler-s-Notebook-Refill-Regular-Size-Lined/pd/13650">Five extra refills for it</a>.

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  Three three backs of <a href="http://www.jetpens.com/Field-Notes-Memo-Book-Original-Cover-3.5-X-5.5-48-Pages-Blank-Pack-of-3/pd/7455">Field Notes</a>. Pro tip: always throw in a few packs of Field Notes when you buy something else; especially if you use then a lot, like me.

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  <a href="http://www.jetpens.com/Pilot-Iroshizuku-Ink-50-ml-Take-sumi-Bamboo-Charcoal-Black/pd/9973">A 50 ml bottle of Pilot Iroshizuku Take-sumi</a>.

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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.

Ink Review

December 15, 2015

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(<a href="http://www.gouletpens.com/noodlers-bernanke-black-3oz-bottled-fountain-pen-ink/p/N19066">Noodlers Bernanke Black</a> 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.

Pilot Iroshizuku Ina-Ho Ink Review

December 15, 2015

<strong><a href="http://www.thefinerpoint.net/blog/pilot-iroshizuku-ina-ho-ink-review">Jenny Mason</a>:</strong>

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  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.

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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.

Pens! Paper! Pencils!

December 09, 2015

<strong><a href="http://penpaperpencil.net/pilot-iroshizuku-take-sumi-ink-review/">Pens! Paper! Pencils!</a>:</strong>

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  Pilot Iroshizuku Take-Sumi is a great black, flat and neutral in tone, like a lump of coal. It’s not as black as, say, Aurora Black but it’s not far off. I really like this one.

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This ink have been on the list, for the next time I am ordering inks. I just love the black, and the bottle is absolutely gorgeous.

Edjelly

December 09, 2015

<strong><a href="http://edjelley.com/2015/12/07/review-redux-lamy-2000-fountain-pen/">Edjelly</a>:</strong>

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  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!

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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.

Semicolons

December 09, 2015

<a href="http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/02/semicolons-a-love-story/?nytmobile=0&_r=0"><strong>The New York Times:</strong></a>

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  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.

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Fantastic article, about my favorite punctuation mark.

Today is Journal Day

December 09, 2015

<strong><a href="http://www.thecramped.com/today-is-journal-day/">The Cramped</a>:</strong>

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  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.

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