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Piston fillers versus Cartridge converter

26.06.2017 02:00

```text It all boils down to one simple question: what is more important of large ink capacity or ease of cleaning? ```

```text If you are the kind of person that has a lot of different inks, and like to change them on a frequent basis, then having room for a lot of ink might not be the most important. Because cleaning a cartridge converter pen is quick, you can just flush it out with a bulb syringe and flush the converter and you’re set for a new ink. While doing the same with a piston filler takes longer time because you need to fill and empty the pen until it is clean. ```

```text On the other side, if you are like me, and often use the same ink for months, if not until the bottle is empty, then you probably prefer having room for a lot of ink. A Piston filler is made to have room for as much ink as possible. While a converter is often designed to fit in a large number of different pens. And the result is often far smaller ink capacity. ```

```text I have pens with both. But I always prefer room for more ink because all of my pens (except for my Noodlers Ahab) is filled with the same ink. And I use a pen until it runs out, then I move over to the next pen, refill the empty one and rotate through all of my pens. ```

```text And I try to clean them every second to third refill or so. For me it doens’t really matter how easy it is to clean them for a new ink because it don’t do it that often. ```

Pilot CON-40

19.06.2017 02:00

```text It should not be a huge surprise to everyone that I’m not the biggest fan of the Pilot CON-50 converter. It looks kind of dated. Not that the design of a converter is the most important thing in the world, but it still looks like something out of the 80s or 90s. But my biggest problem is the ink capacity that leaves a lot to be desired. ```

```text To be fair, they have a lot of pens to accommodate, which probably makes it very hard to make something that have a lot of ink, is reasonably easy and cheap to produce and so on. ```

```text The new model is the CON-40. It looks more modern, and is slightly smaller. But I don’t notice much of a difference, if you just do a regular fill. But I found it much more difficult to push all the air out and fill it all the way up, than in its predecessor. My personal opinion is that is isn’t really worth it. It is faster, less messy and easier to just refill the pen more often. ```

```text Pilot are doing the opposite of what I want with the CON-40, they are accommodating more pen, by replacing the CON-50 and the squeeze converter with one. I get why; one less product to produce, ship and keep in stock everywhere. But I still wish they made a separate converter for the Vanishing Point to make it more “on pair” with the Lamy 2000. ```

Task Management in 2017

12.06.2017 02:00

```text My task management system is constantly changing in order to adopt to ever changing requirements from my side. My system has consisted of three different components (the later years), except for during periods when I have been experimenting to figure out where something trives or not. They are: a central database, a notebook and a “smart system”. ```

```text The central database is usually based on having one or multiple “Taskpaper” documents. It’s just a simple format to write down projects and tasks in a plain text file. It feels a lot like using a notebook. I use it because I is very easy to automate and copy past stuff into. This is where I store everything at some point. ```

```text My notebook (currently a Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal), and I use my own bastardised version of Patrick Rhone’s Dashplus system. My notebook is where I keep what I am working on right now. The perspective is never longer than a couple of weeks. And I also use it when I need to plan something. This is because I prefer just taking a notebook and sitting down at Starbucks or what ever and figuring out everything I need to do in order to complete something. ```

```text The reason I use a notebook to keep track of what I am doing now and the following days is that I find in much less distracting to have a notebook open than to having to switch applications all the time to figure out what’s now and what’s next. ```

```text Then you have the “smart application”. I currently use Things, and I have used more or less any application available in the past. I mostly use it for repeating tasks and stuff where I need to be reminded. ```

```text How strictly I’m following the stuff above varies a lot. There are times when I use taskpaper to deal with stuff I usually use a notebook for, and there are other times when I use a notebook as the central database. While other times I mostly use Things. ```

```text But the only thing that is constant, except for the three elements is the fact that I’m willing to let my system live its own life in order to solve any short time problem I might have, and then bring it back to its ideal form as soon as possible. ```

New Page

07.06.2017 02:00

```text I’ve added a new Page Scandinavian Pen Stores, it’s “work in progress”. Let me know if I’m missing something. ```

Review

15.05.2017 02:00

```text This was my first Pilot Iroshizuku ink. I got it back in late 2015. And I then thought I reviewed it not long after I got it. Then I thought I did so the last time I discovered that I hadn’t, but no. So: third is the charm? ```

```text It was my third bottle of ink. My two first ones was Lamy Black(I think I used it for a week before I got rid of it) and Noodler’s Bernanke Black. The Bernanke was a ink I chose because of its short dry time. And it is amazing. But the Take-sumi is not far behind, and has a few other things going for it. ```

```text I think something like the Bernanke is good as your first ink, if you are worried about dry time, and then go for something with longer dry time later. The Take-sumi’s colour is backer than the other black inks I have tried, but it isn’t the blackest black you can find. But it looks good with thinner and broader nibs. ```

```text This was also the ink that got me into thinking about finding the perfect compromises between colour, dry time and writing experience. And this is one out of two black inks I can recommend to anyone without any hesitation. ```

What I use paper for in 2017.

08.05.2017 02:00

```text I think using analog tools like analog cameras, pens and paper are enjoyable by themselves. And I use them as my primary tool in any situation where it isn’t a hassle. ```

```text My calendar is on paper(I use the Field Notes 56-week planner), I keep a journal(a Midori Travelers Notebook), my to do system is in a Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal(I also have parts of it in a Taskpaper file on my Mac) and everything I write, including this, started out in a Lined Leuchtturm1917 notebook. And I also keep a Field Notes in my back pocket; it contains my shopping list and the hours I work; it is the perfect format for the stuff I need on the go. ```

```text My guiding principle is that I need to be able to use the analog counterpart without loosing anything I care about, without it being a hassle. But the reason at the end of the day is that I think paper works better for me. ```

```text I write drafts on paper because its forcing me to do multiple drafts, I use a planner instead of an app because I can’t stand calendar apps and I prefer managing tasks on paper because I find it easier to maintain focus. ```

Leuchtturm1917

01.05.2017 02:00

```text I got the Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal in the mail a while back, and I honestly believe this is the best notebook available to run a to do list system, or Getting Things Done system on paper. ```

```text My personal system is similar to, but not closely related to bullet journaling. I use a small sub section of [Patrick Rhone’s Dash Plus system], and I use things like underlining and boxes to put emphasis on sub projects or important tasks. ```

```text The reason I think it is the perfect tool is a combination of the page layout and the multiple page markers(!)(the Bullet Journal version has three, versus the two you find in the regular version). A dotted page layout is not something I have used a lot, because I’m mainly a writer, and lines are awesome when you write. But you get a lot of the same from a dotted line, while you at the same time get more or less the same flexibility you would get from a blank layout. And the multiple page markers, in contrast to just one is a game changer for me. Because you can for example use one to mark where the point where blank pages starts, where all the tasks behind this point is done and what you are working on. ```

```text I have written about the paper in Leuchtturm1917 notebooks before, and I still love it. It is for me the perfect compromise between absorption and dry time. Moleskine and Rhodia is on the other side of two different sides of the wrong compromise. ```

```text I love it, and it will probably be my task list / work notebook until I see something “better” or more shiny. And I recommend everyone that are doing some kind of task management system on pen and paper to at least check it out. ```

Daily Carry

10.04.2017 02:00

```text This post is long over due. I have tried to write it at least ten times over the last few months, but it never came out right. ```

```text You have the stuff that are in my main bag, and then you have the stuff I either wear in some fashion or have in my pockets. They are both a integral part of my daily carry. The weird thing is that I carry my Tom Bihn Pilot almost everywhere. ```

```text In my pockets or on my person. ```

```text I have been a “listen to audio everywhere I go”-person for as long as I can remember. It probably started when I was around ten years old, maybe earlier. It started with Music, before it morphed into the current mix of music, audio books and podcasts. This means that two of the most important things I carry are my headphones and my iPhone. ```

```text My current headphones are the black B&O Beoplay H7, they are okay. They look great, and the bluetooth functionality is awesome, but I wish they were a little bit moer comfortable to use for hours upon hours. And the touch crap on the site triggers accidentally too often. ```

```text I currently have the iPhone 6s Plus (space grey) with the product red Apple Leather Case. It replaced the silicone case a few months ago, when it started to fall apart. They are both fantastic, the silicone is a little bit more of a pain to get in and out of your pants, but it feels better in my hand and it feels like it gives more protection. You can’t go wrong with either one, and I think they provide the perfect compromise between protection and minimal bulk. ```

```text Then we have my Apple Watch. I don’t think it is a great watch, it is a horrible watch. But I think it provides a few other things that makes me forgive its faults. The notifications are very useful, especially if you like me often need to keep an eye on all the notification in case you need to run and put out some kind of fire. And looking at the Apple Watch is far less intrusive than looking at my phone all the time. I also think it is a excellent device to track things like activity, heart rate and sleep. There are better devices for each one, but again Apple have made a device that delivers on “good enough” in a way that most people can use. I have the Series 1 (black or space grey or what the hell its called) with the Product Red Sports band. ```

```text Yes I have a thing for red. ```

```text My glasses. Black, with a little bit of white on them. I think they are made by converse. They gets dirty all the time and drive me nuts, but I need them and contacts don’t work for me. ```

```text The Trove is one of my all time favourite things, and the best wallet in the world. The problem with wallets is that you add more and more crap to them over time and then you clean out some of the crap but the material is leather or something that isn’t elastic. Which means that all of your cards start falling out if you hold it the wrong way. The trove is made out of an elastic material, which solves this problem. And it also has my favourite design, two small pockets on each side and one larger in the middle; easy access to the stuff you use every day and a room for the stuff you use now and then. ```

```text My keys. I still use an old school key ring. I have tried to find something better man times by now, but I never find something that give enough on the “better side”. ```

```text My bag. ```

```text I still use my Tom Bihn Pilot. There are times when I wish I had a little bit more room, but it is the perfect compromise most of the time. Which is exactly what I want. ```

```text The main compartment consists of my 13” Space gray MacBook Pro (the 2016 model with the escape key) and two A5 notebooks(currently the Field Notes Steno), used to keep track of tasks and general note taking. One current and one spare. ```

```text The middle front compartment. I have a charger for my laptop in the bottom, and my “bag of everything” on top, My “laptop charger system” is actually a little bit interesting. I have four chargers for my laptop. I have one plugged in in the living room, one at my desk at home and one at my desk at work so that I don’t have to climb under and unplug a lot of crap every time I’m going somewhere. The one in my bag is only for when I am somewhere I usually don’t charge it. ```

```text And the bag of everything is a cloth bag filled with various “stuff” (I think it was the bag I got with my headphones). I started to put all the various cables, dongles and other stuff floating around in my bag when it started to drive me nuts a few months ago. I currently have two lightning to usb cables, one micro usb cable, one Apple Watch charger, a small usb- hub, two rolls of 35 mm film, a few SD cards, a usb power bank(small one) and spare batteries for both of my digital cameras. ```

```text My left side pocket is usually occupied by one of my three cameras, and the inner pocket is filled with a cleaning cloth for my glasses and a bunch of moistened wipes for my glasses. I have three cameras a my Canon 650D, usually paired with my 40mm pancake, my Fujifilm X100t mirrorless camera and my Nikon FM, an Analog SLR usually paired with a 50mm f1.8 E series lens. I carry either my FM or X100 most of the time. I have three cameras because, there are times when I just want to shoot, get the pictures developed and don’t do anything more: analog, my Canon is what I use when I’m going to take a lot of pictures because the battery life and performance is fantastic and my X100 is what I have when I want something small and “SLR-like” because I can’t stand shooting with an iPhone. ```

```text And the right side pocket is filled with stationary. I have a Field Notes planner, my Travelers Notebook filled with two lined refills(used for long form writing and journaling) and my Nock.co Hightower. The Hightower is amazing, you can fit three pens and at least four Field Notes in it, probably more. I use it to carry my passport(the only valid ID I currently own) and two Field Notes. I use them to write down shopping lists and other “projects” I need to have access to without pulling out a larger notebook. And three pens: A stainless Retro 51 with black refill that I don’t use enough or at all, but you never know when you need a “regular” pen, my Lamy 2000 (medium nib) filled with Fuyu-gaki, and my Pilot Vanishing Point(medium nib) also filled with Fuyu-gaki. ```

```text I use my Vanishing Point the most, especially if I’m just writing a few lines here and there. But I use the Lamy 2000 a lot of long form and when my VP runs out of ink. ```

Ink Bottle Design.

03.04.2017 02:00

```text There is more to how a bottle of ink look than the pure aesthetics of it, even though I probably enjoy a good looking bottle more than most people. But, there are also some practical concerns that are really important when it comes down to how much of the ink you’ll actually be able to use. ```

```text One one side you want something that looks good, and a design that lets you use as much of the ink as possible. But you also at the same time want to have something that is as cheap as possible, because you’ll only use it once. ```

```text A potential solution would be a ink well that was designed to let us use as much of the ink as possible, but I think that’s kind of unpractical for most fountain pen geeks, since most of us have a few bottles of ink. ```

```text There are two different factors that have a important role when you are looking at how much of the ink you will be able to draw from a bottle. The width of the bottle determines how much or little ink is wasted: wider means more and narrower means less. And then you have the shape of the bottom. ```

```text The problem is that you need to submerge a certain part of the nib of your pen in order for the pen to be able to draw ink into your pen. This means that a tall and narrow bottle will be better than a wide and low bottle. Some bottles have a “hole”(in lack of a better word) in the middle, to lower the lowest point and therefore make it easier to use more of the ink. It does help, but isn’t completely without problems. You need a thicker bottom(Pilot Iroshizuku) or some ugly plastic thing to balance the bottle(Lamy). ```

```text What Lamy and Pilot are doing, together with many other companies is less wasteful, but what I am wondering is: what cost me as a consumer more to produce fancy bottles or the wasted ink? ```

Japanese vs German nibs

27.03.2017 02:00

```text One of the first thing I noticed when I got my second fountain pen (A Lamy Safari) was how different Japanese and German nibs were. ```

```text On one side you have the very wet and smooth German nibs, and on the other side you’ll find something is a little bit more scratchy. When I say “scratchy” I don’t mean it in a bad way, just in the way where are a little bit more resistance. ```

```text I enjoy both. ```

```text I’m not going to turn this into a Philosophy discussion. But I’m of the belief that form and substance follows each other. This means that how you write is determined by the kind of the writing instruments and paper that are available to you, and how they develop over time is a result of how you write. ```

```text The difference between Western and Eastern writing instruments is huge and obvious. Where western writing instruments like the Lamy 2000 focuses on being smooth and moving across the page with as little friction as possible, does a Pilot Vanishing Point focus on giving you as much control as possible. ```

```text My western understanding of languages of the east, like Chinese and Japanese is at best limited. But as I understand it their symbols are more or less the same as a word. ```

```text In a western language like Norwegian, French or English, either you write with cursive or not, you move fast, and your letters don’t contain much detail if any at all. This means that you move fast, and moving fast without any friction over the page is more important than a lot of fine grained control. ```

```text While in a eastern language on the other hand all the details matter much more, and you don’t need to move that fast over the page, because the lettering is much more detail oriented. ```

```text The result is that Western pens like the ones of Lamy is much wetter and broader, while Eastern pens like ones of Pilot is much dryer and finer. Both is a result of the interplay between the writing instruments and the kind of writing they have been used for in the different cultures. ```

```text Which is better is a difference of taste. I personally love wet and broad nibs, while others prefer something finer. ```