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Spacepen

07.09.2018 10:00

I have no idea how many times I have almost ordered this little black bullet Spacepen. It is a lot.

I finally did it, and it is awesome. It is the best pocket pen I have owned. It is very small, but it becomes large enough to be comfortable when you post it.

It is very well built, it comes without a clip, but I recommend that you order one with your pen, because I almost lost it a lot before I got mine.

The only thing I do not like about this pen is the refill. I would change over to the refill from the Retro 51 right now, if I could find one that fits.

Get this pen if you want something really solid that just works, that is made to be small, and pocketable.

Where I buy stationary in 2018.

03.09.2018 10:00

Historically I have been buying from Goulet and JetPens. The reason is simple, they had the most stuff, with the most affordable overall pricing.

Back when I got into this crap in 2013, there was not anyone selling that kind of stuff in Norway. And the companies in Europe ended up being as expensive and same shipping times as the American ones after shipping, customs etc.

So I just went for the ones that had the most stuff. And the best websites. I tried to do most of my shopping at Goulet, because I love how they are doing everything.

Then about a year and a half ago I was made aware of a Norwegian site selling the kind of stuff I loved. So I wrote a blog post, got an e-mail. And have been doing most of my shopping there since then.

I have also gotten some stuff for free, for the purpose of revewing them or gotten nice discounts.

These days I try to do all my shopping at Tudos. Because I want to support them as much as possible. And because everything is simpler when they are inside Norway. Cheaper shipping and no import / customs fees.

Even though they might be more expensive when you compare product A and B; the result are much closer the identical when you look at how it looks by the time you get the product.

And it is so nice to not having to plan weeks in advnace to make sure you always have inks and notebooks.

In other words, I get stuff from Tudos if they can sell it to me. And the little I need that they can’t get me are mostly bought from Pencils.com.

My history of pocket pens

31.08.2018 10:00

I have always had a pen or a pencil in my pocket, or at least for as long as I can remember.

  1. Pilot G2
  2. Retro 51
  3. Pilot Metropolitan
  4. TWSBI Eco
  5. Pencils
  6. Fisher Spacepen.

Let me preface this with what I have concluded with being a good pocket pen, and this is not the same as a “mini pen”. A lot of people prefer a smaller pen as their pocket pen. I’m not one of them. Because my pants have larger pockets.

  • It should have a cap, because retractable pens often get a lot of shit inside it, that can cause some mess like it soaking up a lot of ink. And sometimes you twist / click the mechanism that can destroy pants.
  • It should be low maintenance. We all have many writing instruments that require a lot of up keep, like fountain pens or pencils. The thing I have in my pocket should be something that always works
  • The cap should be tight enough for you to trust that it won’t come off
  • THe construction should be solid enough so that you don’t feel it will break.

Of the items on the list above, I personally have only been happy with the Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen and the Spacepen. None of them are perfect, but both of them are built in a way where I can trust that they never spill ink in my pants. The Metropolitan required a little bit too much up keep (aka too low ink capacity) and the Spacepen refill is not my favourite. But I might try to replace it with a Retro 51 refill, or something similar.

144 Golden Bears

27.08.2018 10:00

When I decided that the Golden Bear is my pencil, at least for now it was because they are really cheap. And the difference between them and more expensive pencils are simply put not worth it. They might be better, but not better enough.

So, with the next order from Pencils.com I picked up a 144 pack. It seems like a random number, but it is just 12 x 12. It makes the pencils a little bit cheaper, but not a huge difference.

And what I love about this pack is that there are no branding or marketing on the package. Just a huge box of pencils.

I might go for the blue ones the next time?

How I use pen, pencils and paper in 2018.

24.08.2018 10:00

This is a summary of everything I use, and how I use it.

Pens: - Lamy 2000 (medium nib) - Pilot Vanishing Point (medium nib) - TWSBI Eco (broad nib) - TWSBI Eco (stub nib) - Bullet Spacepen

Ink: - Pink Iro ink.

Pencils: - Golden Bear.

Notebooks:

  • Field Notes
  • Leuchtturm1917 A5; dotted and lined.

Accessories:

  • Nock.co Hightower
  • Classroom Friendly Sharpener

I use Pilot Iroshizuku inks exclusivley because they look great, dry fast and have great flow. This gives me an excellent combination of practicality, writing experience and awesome looking ink.

There is always one Field Notes in one of my pockets, always with my tiny Spacepen. And I keep my Leuchtturm1917 notebooks in my computer bag. The lined one are for journaling and writing, and the other one are for tasks and notes. In my Hightower pen case I always have some spare Field Notes, and two fountain pens: Lamy 2000 and Pilot Vanishing Point. And there are usually a few spare pencils in my computer bag. My TWSBI Eco’s are at my desk at home.

The Field Notes are used for capture on the go, or for lists I need to reference on the go.

I usually use pencils when I take short notes, like in meetings or while working. But I always prefer to use a fountain pen when I’m writing more than a few lines at a time. Why? Most of my fountain pens can survive me writing for as long as I can go before my hand get tired without running out of ink. A pencil could maybe last me for 3 pages(A5) per freshly sharpened point.

I used to carry a sharpener, and one pencil plus a few spares. Since I got my Classroom Friendly I have moved over to carrying a pencilcase with a lot of sharpened pencils(between 12 and 24). And I just use them and take out those who need sharpening. And re-sharpen them a few times a week.

Ink Review: Pilot Iroshizuku Murasaki Shikibu

20.08.2018 10:00

I got myself a new ink back in July, because I was running out of inks. This is another Iroshizuku ink, because I have kind of decided to mostly use them exclusively going forward. I’m not saying all other inks are bad. But my experience is that I enjoy using them much more than almost all other inks I have used. They dry fast and I never have any flow problems.

It has a great purple colour. Like with all Iroshizuku inks I have used, it is not too dark or too light. There are not much at all to note about the ink. If you like inks from Pilot Iroshizuku and want a purple one I’d give it a shot.

What I do to my pencils

17.08.2018 10:00

I don’t use erasers, I just strike I line through the word or sentence or paragraph and continue. It is faster and easier. That means that I do not need that silly thing on the top of my American pencils.

You may argue that they are there for design reasons and not utility because all of them suck. But that is a discussion for another day. So what I do to them is that I pull them off, throw them in the garbage and sharpen both sides.

This is what we used to do in school, because here in Norway, most of our pencils was German. And none of them had erasers on the top. Instead we got regular erasers that actually worked. I think we got one eraser and two pencils per semester from the school and had to supply the rest ourselves.

Anyways. I love sharpening both sides, because I get twice the amount of writing out of each pencil before I have to re-sharpen it.

Going with the Golden Bear

13.08.2018 10:00

I have tried quite a few pencils over the last few months. And I thought it was time to kind of pick one that could be my daily driver. The pencils that I was considering were:

  1. Blackwing 602
  2. Field Notes Pencil
  3. Golden Bear.

What I was looking for was a pencil that felt like a quality product, with a point that didn’t go dull very fast, while at the same time wasn’t too scratchy. Price, design and how comfortable it was to write was also factors I considered.

Each of these pencils have something about them that would make them a fantastic pick. The Field Notes pencil are so comfortable to write with. It is awesome. While the 602 has a very smooth led. While the Golden Bear has a fantastic led that keeps the point better than the 602, while being smother than the Field Notes pencil. But it isn’t as comfortable to write with compared to either one of them.

I decided to with the Golden Bear for a number of reasons. The main thing was price. Let me compare: A pack of 12 Blackwings are $22 the last time I checked, and a 144 pack of Golden Bears are $30. The 602 is better than the Golden Bear, but it is not that much better.

Both the Field Notes pencil and the 602 are better than the Golden Bear, but also more expensive. And the Golden Bear is also a good compromise between the two in many aspects.

Anyways. The Golden Bear is a awesome cheap pencil that I use every single day.

The classroom friendly sharpener.

10.08.2018 10:00

I have been looking for a good desk pencil sharpener since I realized that pencils are awesome. My impression very early on was that the Classroom Friendly was one of the great ones. So I decided to get one, but did not do anything about it because I could not order one through any of the regular channels because they don’t want to ship outside the US. So, I started to look for other alternatives. And considered a handful of them. But decided to get the Classroom Friendly instead; through ebay. It was as painless as I could hope it to be. Even though the shipping took over twice as long as it would have taken through any of my regular shops.

Now, let’s get on to the sharpener. It is amazing. It feels like a quality product out of another era. Like when build quality was important, instead of cheap crap that seems to be the standard these days.

It is a joy to use, gives me a perfect point every single time. And it takes no time to sharpen a fresh pencil.

The only ting I have to say about it is that it leaves some nasty marks on the pencil. It doesn’t bother me that much, but I guess it might bother some of the more obsessive out there.

Five step guide to pen addiction

06.08.2018 10:00

  1. Get a pack of Field Notes, a Leuchtturm1917 A5 notebook and a Retro 1.
  2. Get a Pilot Metropolitan
  3. Get a bottle or Iroshizuku ink.
  4. Get a TWSBI Eco
  5. Get a Lamy 2000.