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Pilot Custom Heritage 92 | Calligraphy Nut

10.02.2016 01:00

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One of the exceptions was this Pilot Custom Heritage 92, which is both a beauty to look at and a workhorse of a pen. I think it spends most weeks in the bag as I love the broad nib, the ink capacity and staring mindlessly into the ink reservoir when I should be working.

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```text This is the first Pilot pen I have seen in a very long time(except for the cheapest models) that have made it into my wish list. I’m usually not into the Pilot design aesthetic, but this is one of the best looking clear body piston filler fountain pens I have seen. ```

Reconsidering Moleskine | The Well-Appointed Desk

10.02.2016 01:00

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Part of what spurred my interest in all this Moleskine business was when I started using my Moleskine XL for a daily sketchbook late last year. I’ve warmed back up to the possibilities of the Moleskine notebooks. I’ve carried the XL everyday, to and from work, doodled, written, stamped, scribbled, watercolored and basically treated it as the workhorse object it was designed to be treated. To no ill effects. For three months. I’m happy to keep drawing in it. In fact I look forward to continuing to fill the pages and THAT is why we have notebooks. This goes back to the whole reason I keep a notebook — so that I write and draw and make marks

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```text Moleskine isn’t the best. The funny thing is that almost all the stationary geeks I know about started out with Moleskine. I don’t personally use any Moleskine product at the moment, and they aren’t fountain pen friendly, but they are always the thing I go for when I run out of Field Notes, just because they are available everywhere, and I know exactly how the paper is, for better or for worse. ```

```text The price versus quality with Moleskine is out of whack, but still, they are an option, not a good one, and not the worst one, if you don’t use fountain pens. ```

```text The two pens I used in my Moleskine days were a Retro 51 and a Pilot G2. One side note: the Sketch notebooks that Moleskine makes works very well with any kind of pen. ```

RelayCon Atlanta

10.02.2016 01:00

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Help Brad and Myke record live and in-person at the 2016 Atlanta Pen Show!

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```text I assume everyone here, either read The Pen Addict or listen to The Pen Addict Podcast, or both. They are doing another Kickstarter, to make do something awesome during The Atlanta Pen Show, like they did last year. ```

```text I’m going to back this one. ```

TWSBI ECO Fountain Pen Review — Pen Addict

10.02.2016 01:00

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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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```text The ECO is a cool pen. I got mine yesterday. ```

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

10.02.2016 01:00

```text Matthew Morse: ```

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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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```text 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

09.02.2016 01:00

```text 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. ```

```text I went with the black model. ```

```text 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.
  • Feel: It feels great, and I actually like it a little bit better than the 580AL; the grip section is much more comfortable.
  • Nib: I love the stub nib. This might be a new rabbit hole for me.
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    ```text 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. ```

    ```text 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

    01.02.2016 01:00

    ```text Brad Dowdy: ```

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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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    ```text 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. ```

    Ink Review

    01.02.2016 01:00

    ```text The Gentleman Stationer: ```

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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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    ```text 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. ```

    Midori Traveler’s Notebook

    01.02.2016 01:00

    ```text A Better Desk: ```

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

    My review of the Pilot Metropolitan

    01.02.2016 01:00

    ```text 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. ```

    ```text 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. ```

    ```text 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. ```

    ```text 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. ```

    ```text The Pilot Metropolitan can get me through half a day. ```

    ```text 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. ```

    ```text 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. ```