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Wreck This Journal’ by Keri Smith — Tools and Toys

27.12.2015 01:00

```text Tools & Toys:: ```

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Enter Keri Smith’s Wreck This Journal. This journal literally commands you to “destroy” it in various and interesting ways, whether it’s ripping or poking holes in pages, painting on pages with coffee, flinging the book at walls, showering with it, drawing on it with glue, etc. The point is to get you out of your comfort zone so you can experience what the true creative process is like

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```text I don’t have the problem at hand. But this is a fantastic book for everyone that thinks that their fancy notebook is too nice for their crappy writing. ```

50 Used Field Notes

19.12.2015 01:00

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```text I posted some pictures of my collection(on my [personal site](http://hjertnes.me/2015/06/18/32-used-field-notes-.html)) of used Field Notes back in June; when the number was 32. And I realised yesterday when I finished another one that I now have used 50 of them. So I decided to do the same thing this time as well. ```

```text The way I use them have changed over the 2,5 years I have been a Field Notes user; from writing down ideas and notes to my the most important element in my GTD system. Some of them look like new and others are falling apart. ```

```text There have been times where I have used a notebook for six months, and there are times where it only lasted two days. But the usual life time is more like 7-10 days. ```

```text I’m going to make page, with pictures of all my used Field Notes early next year. ```

A Better Desk

17.12.2015 01:00

```text A Better Desk: ```

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The Lamy 2000 is a truly remarkable pen. Its fifty-year-old design still looks modern and edgy, and I’m sure that it will look just as edgy in fifty more years. The pen’s features, from the ink window to the piston knob, only appear when needed and then vanish into the pen’s brushed body. The Lamy 2000’s gold nib, perfect weight, and brushed body combine to form the best writing experience that I’ve ever had. If you’ve stumbled upon this review because you’re on the fence about this pen, go ahead and buy it. I spent several months reading reviews and none of them seem to do the pen justice, now that I have it in my hand. Aside from the functionality of the Lamy 2000, its history is something special. While I love my TSWBI, Kaweco, and Pilots, this will be the pen that I pass down to my children. In a world of throwaway things, this is a pen that is truly built to last.

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```text In case you are wondering, yes I love the Lamy 2000, and I love how many great reviews of it that have been published lately. ```

Loadout December.

17.12.2015 01:00

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```text 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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  • Field Notes is as always the corner stone of my note taking and productivity; I use them for shorter notes and tasks.
  • Hobonichi Planner 2015 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.
  • Pilot Metropolitain(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.
  • Lamy 2000: medium nib 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.
  • All of the three pens above is inked up with: Pilot Take-sumi. I usually use one ink until I run out. I got this ink two days ago, and I think it is great.
  • TWSBI Diamond 580AL Silver: medium nib this have been my go to pen since I got it two days ago. And I love almost everything about it.
  • Nock.co Hightower: 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.
  • Midori Travelers Notebook: with lined refills. 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.
  • ```

    The Case for multiple pens

    17.12.2015 01:00

    ```text 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. ```

    ```text 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. ```

    ```text 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. ```

    ```text 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!

    15.12.2015 01:00

    ```text Brad Dowdy of Nock.co, The Pen Addict: the website & the podcast announced on the podcast last night that he had left his job and is going to do stationary full time. ```

    ```text 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 185 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 Nock.co 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 Nock.co full-time. ```

    First Impressions

    15.12.2015 01:00

    ```text 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 converter for my Pilot Metropolitan.
  • TWSBI 580AL.
  • Midori Travelers Notebook + Extra bands to fit three refills in it and a pen holder
  • Five extra refills for it.
  • Three three backs of Field Notes. 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.
  • A 50 ml bottle of Pilot Iroshizuku Take-sumi.
  • ```

    ```text 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. ```

    ```text 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). ```

    ```text 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. ```

    ```text 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. ```

    ```text 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. ```

    ```text I pimped it up with a pen holder, and extra bands so I could fit three refills in it. ```

    ```text 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

    15.12.2015 01:00

    ```text 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. ```

    ```text I got two bottles when I bought my Lamy 2000(Noodlers Bernanke Black and Lamy Black Ink), and I have a few others things on my wish list, for when I order ink the next time. ```

    ```text 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). ```

    ```text 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. ```

    ```text 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

    15.12.2015 01:00

    ```text Jenny Mason: ```

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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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    ```text 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. ```

    ```text 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. ```

    Edjelly

    09.12.2015 01:00

    ```text Edjelly: ```

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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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    ```text 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. ```