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The Pen Addict

November 19, 2015

<strong><a href="http://www.penaddict.com/blog/2015/10/7/retro-51-tornado-25th-anniversary-limited-edition-review">Retro 51 Tornado – 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Review</a>:</strong>

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  Retro 51 — the darling of rollerballs — recently celebrated an important milestone of making great pens for 25 years. I had no idea that my favorite rollerball pen maker was having such a significant anniversary this year, but it’s certainly exciting.

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That is one good looking pen. I love my Retro 51, and there are so many fantastic designs. I think it is too bad that I don’t need a rollerball more often, because I don’t need more than one pen I barley use. This is the Retro 51 I would have bought if I was ordering one today.

A Beginners Guide to Fountain Pens

November 18, 2015

I was in the middle of planning a beginners guide to fountain pens; it was one of the posts I was going to have here on day one. Then I found this article from <a href="http://penaddict.com">The Pen Addict</a>. So, I deleted it.

The following link is a excellent guide into the world of fountain pens.

<strong><a href="http://www.penaddict.com/blog/2015/10/1/the-beginners-guide-to-fountain-pens-by-a-true-beginner">The Beginner’s Guide to Fountain Pens (By a True Beginner)</a></strong>:

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  I have always loved the look and the mystique of fountain pens. As a writer, I have a sentimental attachment to the written word, and all things that go with it. I’ve always had a bizarre fascination with stationery stores. I own far too many notebooks, and while you would have to drag me kicking and screaming into a shopping mall, I’ll happily spend money on office supplies. As such, maybe it was a foregone conclusion that I would some day grow fond of fountain pens.

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This is the best place to start if you curious, or just want to learn more about fountain pens.

Four fantastic pen blogs

November 18, 2015

There are many other great pen blogs out there, this is just a short list with some of my favourites.

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  <strong><a href="http://www.penaddict.com">The Pen Addict</a></strong>. I have been reading The Pen Addict for a long time; I found it when I started to listen to the <a href="http://relay.fm/penaddict">podcast</a> with the same name. It is a fantastic resource, and I always check up what Brad(or any of the the other contributors) have written about it before buying a new notebook or pen.

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  <strong><a href="http://www.thecramped.com">The Cramped</a></strong> is another fantastic pen & paper blog by Patrick Rhone. Mr. Rhone is one of, if not my favourite web personality. The thing I love about The Cramped is that it isn’t about reviews and the new hot notebook or pen, it is about how stuff are used.

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  <strong><a href="http://www.wellappointeddesk.com">The Well Appointed Desk</a></strong> is the blog of Ana a.k.a “The third host of The Pen Addict Podcast”. It is a fantastic blog, and the thing I love about it is all the great links I find there.

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  <strong><a href="http://www.thefinerpoint.net/">The Finer Point</a></strong> is the newest pen blog I subscribe to. I think it is very good, interesting reviews, even though most of the stuff isn’t new, but I always value another point of view before buying something; especially if it is expensive.

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Where I shop

November 18, 2015

There are many great places to buy pen, paper and stationary online. I have four places I go to. All of them are great, and they have fantastic customer service, I have never had a bad experience. Things have gone wrong with some of them, something I expect when I buy stuff from them time after time after time, but they have always done the right thing to fix the issue, without any hasitation.

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  <a href="http://www.gouletpens.com">GouletPens</a> is my favourite place to shop everything related to pens. They have excellent customer support, their prices are competitive, and the experience from selecting the product until you unpack them are fantastic. Their blog is also fantastic; video reviews of pens, notebooks and inks.

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  <a href="http://www.jetpens.com">JetPens</a> is the place I go, if Goulet don’t have what I’m looking for. They are excellent, and they have more or less everything you are looking for.

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  <a href="http://fieldnotesbrand.com">Field Notes</a> is my go to place for pocket sized notebooks. They are awesome, not too expensive and works great with more or less any pen.

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  <a href="http://nockco.com">Nock.co</a>. This is the company Brad Dowdy of The Pen Addict started with Jeffrey Bruckwicki after a very successful Kickstarter. They make good looking, durable and functional pen & notebook holsters. My personal favourite is the Hightower.

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Three excellent fountain pens

November 17, 2015

The first step into fountain pens is both weird and scary, but it is also a lot of fun. I’m going to recommend three different fountain pens that I think are great. Two of them are great cheap pens, while the last one is my favourite pen(it is a little bit expensive).

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  <strong><a href="http://www.jetpens.com/Pilot-Metropolitan-Fountain-Pen-Medium-Nib-Black-Dot-Body/pd/10174">Pilot Metropolitan</a></strong> is the pen I think is the best starter pen out there. Other people disagree, and think pen number two on this list is better. I disagree, because that pen is more or less useless for left handed people, like myself. The reason I love this pen is that you get everything you need for $14.50: pen, a cartridge and a okay converter. It is the perfect starter set. It is available in fine and medium nib.

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  <strong><a href="http://www.jetpens.com/Lamy-Safari-Fountain-Pen-Extra-Fine-Nib-Charcoal-Black-Body/pd/1937">Lamy Safari</a></strong> is another great option. You have a greater set of available colours and nibs available. But I don’t think it is the best starter pen. It is almost twice as expensive as the pen above($28), and you don’t get a converter with it. But most of all: this pen is really hard to use for left handed people. But when it comes to it all, I think you get much more for your money by going for the Pilot Metropolitan, because the pen is built better and you get more in the box. But the Lamy Safari is a great pen, especially if you want more options than what the Pilot give you. <em>But be aware, lefties</em>.

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  <strong><a href="http://www.jetpens.com/Lamy-2000-Fountain-Pen-Medium-Nib-Black-Body/pd/9187">Lamy 2000</a></strong> is my favourite pen, it is a expensive pen $165, and I don’t recommend anyone buying it without trying it in real life. I love this pen more than anything else I own. It looks cool and distinctive, and writes like a dream. I don’t recommend getting this one before you know that fountain pens are for you, but I do recommend it, if you are looking for a really good pen.

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One final note, before I let you spend some money. Don’t waste money on cartridges, get a converter, or go for a pen with a piston filler and buy bottled ink. You save so much money, and you have access to a much wider variety in colours and other properties.

Field Notes

November 16, 2015

There are many things I love about Field Notes, but there are one thing that is more amusing than anything else, and that is the inside of the backside of the cover. The Practical Applications section. It is such a fantastic combination of good ways to use Field Notes to the most funny and amusing applications ever. All of them are good ways to use the notebooks; some of them are formulated in a more serious tone than others.

Take a look, I think it alone is a good enough reason to buy a pack.

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Welcome

November 16, 2015

Welcome to The Ink Smudge. This is a site about Stationary, and more specifically about finding the best tools and the best way to use them. I used to write about this every now and then on my <a href="http://hjertnes.me">personal site</a>, but I never was a fit with the rest of the content. So I decided a few months ago to spin it off, and to create a site just for this stuff.

The great thing about that is that I’m going to write a lot more about it than before. I have a lot of great stuff lined up, or I do at least think it is great. And a lot more stuff on my to-do list.

Stay tuned.

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Why do I care?

November 15, 2015

You are probably wondering why I care, if you aren’t already a pen and paper geek. And there are a number of reasons to care. I’m only going into two of them here.

The first one is that you take much better care of something you have spent a little bit of money one. I used to be one of the people that lost my pens everywhere. I used to buy cheap pens, and I got a big box of them, and probably lost one more or less every other day. And all of that stopped when I started to buy something a little bit nicer. I think it all started when I upgraded to writing with Pilot G2’s and a Retro 51. The Retro isn’t expensive, it costs $20, but it looks and feels nice. That year is the year I spent the least on pens.

You don’t loose something that you have spent a little bit more money on, and you don’t lose something that is a little bit nicer.

The second reason to care is about using something as much as possible. When you have a notebook and a pen that you really enjoy to use. Like for example me, and my Lamy 2000 and my Field Notes, I love using them. And the result is that I use them way more, than I otherwise would have.

I can’t wait for a reason to use them.

The last reason I care is because my pen is one of the most important tools in my life. I use it all the time. Everything from taking notes to writing down tasks and so on. I spend a lot of time using it.

This is why I care. I care because good tools can save you money in the long term, I care because tools you enjoy using get you to use them as much as possible, and I care because I think it is a good idea to have good tools when you use them for so many hours each week.