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Pens and Junk

12.01.2016 01:00

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I wasn’t expecting too much out of this gel ink pen when I grabbed it off the shelf, and it certainly isn’t a bad pen. It doesn’t smear as much as I expected for a 1.0mm gel pen, and the ink is nice and dark – perhaps even a shade darker than the Pilot G-2. Ink flow consistency is the only noteworthy issue the Wexford Retractable has, randomly running thick or thin while in use.

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```text Interesting. I love the color of that ink. This got to be the first non-fountain pen that have poked my interest in a very long time. ```

```text I’ll probably pick up one of these the next time I order something. ```

Review

12.01.2016 01:00

```text The Leuchtturm1917 notebooks are a fantastic alterntaive to everyone that have been using Moleskine, that wants something similar, with better paper quality. ```

```text I think you get a lot of notebook for your money when you buy a Leuchtturm1917. The A5 size is around $19 and the A4 size is around $33. That is more or less the same price as similar Moleskine notebooks. It is also more or less the same I pay per page for the refills for my Midori Travelers Notebook. ```

```text More or less everything about Leuchtturm1917 notebooks are great. They look fantastic, and you get a lot of bang for your buck. The paper quality is fantastic, and the dry time is pretty good; it is much faster than Rhodia. ```

```text I don’t currently use any Leuchtturm1917 notebooks. Long story. But I used two of them as my journal in the first part of 2015. Then I forgot to order new ones, so I found some acceptagble notebooks in a local store here in Bergen, then I had some gift certificates I had to use before they expired, so I got some more. ```

```text But, I’m pretty sure I will order a few Leuchtturm1917 notebooks the next time I’m going to buy a A4 notebook. Everything about them is great, but there is at the same time nothing that excites be about them. It isn’t like my Midori Travelers Notebook or my Hobonichi Planner. ```

```text I would without doubt go for a Leuchtturm1917 notebook, if you are looking for something similar to the larger than pocket size Moleskine products. ```

Introducing Pen Addict Memberships — Pen Addict

06.01.2016 01:00

```text Brad Dowdy: ```

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My decision to do this did not come lightly. I quit my day job – a job I have held for the majority of the past 15 years – because I believe in this site, I believe in the readers, and I want to continue spreading the stationery word. It would be an honor if you would consider supporting me and The Pen Addict as I take this on full time. Along with Nock Co., I am all in on analog and am comitting myself to this world and to you.

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```text Finally! I’m going to sign up as soon as I can. A great way to support a fantastic site. ```

Lamy Imporium in Black and Gold

06.01.2016 01:00

```text Susan M. Pigott: ```

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When I first saw shots of the Lamy Imporium, I was mesmerized. I loved the guilloche patterns, the clean lines of the cap, and the nib–oh, that nib! The black exterior with the gold center was just too cool. Then I saw the price. $520 for a Lamy? No way. Plus, initially I was told the pen wouldn’t be sold in the US (that turned out to be incorrect). I quietly resigned myself to no Lamy Imporium.

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```text I’m usually not into anything gold, if you get what I mean, but the Imporium looks very good. I think Lamy pens are the best, and I really love how their nibs feel and how they look; especially the high end models. ```

```text But I don’t get why they can’t make a cheap pen like the Safari without that ridiculous moulded grip section. ```

My review of the Hobonichi Planner.

06.01.2016 01:00

```text I started using my new 2016 Hobonichi Planner almost a week ago, this review have been on the list for a while now. One month, at least. ```

```text The story of how I ended up with the Hobonichi Planner starts in the middle of January, when I realized that my digital calendar system didn’t work at all. So, I conducted a small experiment for the remaining two and half weeks of January where I used a Field Notes to emulate a planner. The experiment worked pretty well. So I spent the next week looking into various alternatives. ```

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  • It had to work with fountain pens
  • It had to have a variety of layouts for different kinds of planning.
  • It had to be compact.
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    ```text I looked at everything from Moleskine to Filofax to Hobonichi. The reason I went with the Hobonichi was mostly because I had it on good authority that it was fountain pen friendly and that it looked like a product designed by someone who uses a planner, and not just threw something together the last minute. ```

    ```text My opinion after using it for ten months is that this is the best planner out there for most people. It has what more or less everyone needs, and it does what it does very well. ```

    ```text The paper handles fountain pen ink very well, I have never seen any bleed through since I started using it. But the dry time is brutally slow. It isn’t a big problem for me, even though I write with my left hand. But paper that dried faster would be very welcome. ```

    ```text Let’s move on to the various pages you get in the book. ```

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  • Yearly Calendar
  • Yearly Index
  • Monthly Calendar
  • Coming Up!
  • Daily Pages
  • Memo pages.
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    ```text This means that you have places for more or less everything you need. I’m not going to get into how I use it, here, that will be a part of my larger Getting Things Done post, that I’m going to write soon. But you have a place for the large overview: Yearly Index. You have a place for the details: Daily Pages. And you have a place for your monthly goals: Coming Up. ```

    ```text The format of the Hobonichi Planner is very compact, while you at the same time have a lot of room. And it isn’t often I wish there was more room. But there is a larger version, it is, unfortunately only available in Japanese. I have three wishes for the 2017 version: ```

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  • Shorter drying time.
  • Having all the versions available in English.
  • Different start dates, like the Japanese version have.
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    Review

    06.01.2016 01:00

    ```text Alt. Haven:: ```

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    Conclusion:
    The TWSBI Eco, Eco short for Economical, is a value for money piston filler fountain pen. If you are looking to dip your toes into the world of piston filling fountain pens, the TWSBI Eco is a great place to start. I wouldn’t recommend the TWSBI Eco to be a starter fountain pen. It might be a little overwhelming for a beginner to learn how to service a piston filler if they came from the world of disposable ballpoint pens.

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    ```text The TWSBI Eco is very interesting product. I’m not sure if it is a hit or a miss. I wouldn’t recommend it as a beginners pen. I think the Pilot Metropolitan is a very good beginners pen because it is cheap and you just pop in cartridges and write. ```

    ```text You have a good pen you paid around $15 for, and you like fountain pens, and want to test out some more inks. You could either buy a converter for less than $2 or find another pen. You could either buy a pen in the same price range, or save a little bit more and get a much better pen for $60 dollars instead of the $29 the Eco costs. ```

    ```text The reason I’m not sure if it is a hit or a miss is that I don’t think a piston filler is for the beginner market. So the only places I can imagine that this pen has a market is for people on a tight budget, or if you want to just have some good and cheap pens. For example laying around at work where it wouldn’t be too bad if a few of them disappeared. ```

    What I Use

    06.01.2016 01:00

    ```text Fountain Pen Quest: ```

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    As you may know the Hobonichi uses fountain pen friendly Tomoeo River paper. I used fountain pen exclusively. The paper is thin and while bleed through isn’t a problem there’s some show-through. In general show-through never bothers me and I regularly use both sides of any paper. With my thin nibs the show-through is there but minimal with the Hobionichi. What does bother me is the time it takes for ink to dry on this paper. I cut a piece of blotter paper to fit the Techo and place between the pages. In addition to making my current page easy to fine it keeps the ink from transferring to the facing page when I close the book. Sure, I could wait for the ink to dry but that would require patience. Plus, it provides a bit of a cushion to write on if I’m using a hard thin nib that might leave an imprint on the page below the one I’m writing on.

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    ```text Yeah, the dry time is painful, but that is also the only problem I have with the Hobonichi. ```

    Why I Love Steel Nibs – The Pen Addict

    06.01.2016 01:00

    ```text Brad Dowdy: ```

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    The first thing you should be aware of with steel nibs is that, in general, they are stiffer than their gold counterparts. Makes sense, right? Gold is a softer material, so that translates to a softer nib. Standard gold nibs have some bounce or springiness when writing. Steel nibs are firm without much give. This holds true for the full range of nib sizes too. Extra fine to broad all exhibit the same general behavior.

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    ```text Finally someone bringing this up. My personal opinion is that they are both good, and have equally good properties. I personally prefer to write with a gold nib. But I think my hand writing look better when I write with a steel nib. ```

    2015 in review

    31.12.2015 01:00

    I officially launched this site a month and a half ago. The progress up until now have gone beyond any hope or expectation.

    Brad Dowdy of The Pen Addict mentioned the site on ”>Ink Love from Ana from The Well Appointed Desk yesterday.

    The result is that, a lot more people are subscribing and visiting the site. I don’t really care too much about that, the thing I care about is that people I admire and respect actually like what I have started doing over here.

    I can’t wait to start the new year, and to publish some of the stuff I have been working on for a very long long time.

    Hovonichi Planner 2016

    28.12.2015 01:00

    ```text My second Hobonichi Planner arrived almost a week ago. The choice this time around was much easier than it was in February last year, when I decided to get a paper planner. I think I spent two weeks looking at every single alternative available, before I went for the Hobonichi. ```

    ```text I’m going to write a proper review as soon as I get around to it. But there are not many new things in the 2016 versus the 2015 edition. The dates and so on have been updated, the other big thing is that it now features serial numbers. ```

    ```text It is a great planner. My advice is the following: go for the Hobonichi if you are looking for either a planner or a journal, but aren’t sure what to get. It has 99% of what 99% of people need or want. ```

    ```text It is the thing that keeps my live together. There will be a post about my GTD system very soon. ```