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Staedler Mars Lumograph HB Pencil

06.07.2018 02:00

This was the second pencil that I have used since I got into them.

You can purchase these German Pencils more or less everywhere that sells books or stationary here in Norway.

This is very good writing pencil. The point lasts forever and is very comfortable to use. I also love the fact that it doesn’t have any of those silly erasers on top. This will without a doubt be the pencil I buy when I just need a pencil when I’m in town.

What I don’t like about it however is how cheap it feels. The casing feels very cheap, I think it is too light and the finish starts to chop off or fade before you get home. But I think that this would be a awesome pencils if it came in a nicer casing.

FN-05: The Field Notes Pencil

02.07.2018 02:00

The Field Notes Pencil. It is actually awesome. This pencil belong on my Top 3 list, together with the Golden Bear and the 602. I have gotten a few of them for free with various Field Notes orders over the years without paying much if any attention to it.

This is a round pencil with a #2 core. This means that it is great for writing and really comfortable to write with. It give you a core that is smooth, but not so soft that you have to sharpen it all the time. And the round case makes it very comfortable to hold. It is the most comfortable pencil I have used. The core is great, but I prefer the Golden Bear core. I’m not sure why, but it feels a little bit smother.

Anyways. A fantastic pencil that everyone should check out.

On why I prefer Iroshizuku

25.06.2018 02:00

I have used various other inks brands over the last six months or so. I don’t remember exactly how long. But I have decided to go back to just using Iroshizuku. The reason is that other inks brands I have tested, that have as good colours are often worse in some other ways. Like for example dry time and ink flow.

There are many other interesting colours and inks brands out there. But I’m perfectly happy with the Iroshizuku colours. And I don’t want to mess around when I could get a worse experience

Review: Kaweco Perkeo

18.06.2018 02:00

I got a Kaweco Perkeo from Tudos in the same package as I got the pencil stuff I purchased.

This is the first Kaweco pen I have used. And I really like it. The nib is very firm, with soft.

I’m not sure how I should describe the pen. Because it is basically a competitor to the Pilot Metropolitan or the Lamy Safari. But it is much lighter, and much more fun. It looks more like something a kid would use, than the boring design of the Metro. or Safari. It also comes with a moulded grip section, but it s not like the one of the Safari. It is much less prominent and I did not find it uncomfortable to use in any way.

One thing though. I keep unscrewing the pen instead of uncapping it. I’m not sure why. Probably because I’m so used to pens you have to unscrew when you uncap them.

I think this pen is better than both the Safari and the Metropolitan because the grip section should work for everyone, and it doesn’t have a uncomfortable edge like the Metropolitan does. And I think this will be my new recommendation as the first fountain pen.

Serious considering going back to Iroshizuku

11.06.2018 02:00

I’m seriously considering going to back to Pilot Iroshizuku inks. There is just something about them that I loved.

  • The shorter dry time
  • How smooth the inks are
  • How awesome the bottles are.

There are nothing wrong with Diamine or the other inks I have used lately. But they are not up there with Iroshizuku. Not as smooth, takes a little bit longer to dry. It really adds up over time.

Where does different writing instruments fit in?

04.06.2018 02:00

I use pens and I use pencils.

This is a very interesting question. In general I use a pencil if I’m just going to write down a few sentences. And then I go for a fountain pen if I am going to write a few pages. And I go for a very specific fountain pen if I’m going to write a lot (my Lamy 2000).

I also prefer a pencil when I’m going to write on the train or somewhere I don’t have a flat surface.

Pencils are fun, but you have to sharpen them way too often for them to be something I can write page up and down with. Kind of the same reason I preferred my Lamy 2000 while studying. Because it had enough ink to last me a full day. Something my Pilot Metropolitan never had.

On the pens I like

28.05.2018 02:00

Different people like different writing instruments. Some like smooth pens, while others like pens with a little bit more resistance.

I like smooth nibs. The less the friction the better it is.

I do in general also prefer broader nibs. I think they look better on the page. And I just gravitate against writing instruments that feels good to be, and look good one the page. In other words, the more ink on the page the better. Some people like a lot of ink on the page, while others don’t.

When it comes down to ink capacity I have some very strong opinions. I think pens with larger ink capacity always are more useful than those with a lower one. This is because if you write a lot with pens, you either need to have a piston filler, refill them all the time or have a lot of them. Back when I was a full time student, I loved my Lamy 2000. I filled it in the morning and I never – not once – ran out of ink during a single day. The story is another with the Pilot Metropolitan. That one never lasted more than a couple of hours.

If I’m just writing a few lines here or there then I often use my Falcon or VP. But I always go for either my Lamy 2000 or ink up one of my TWSBI Eco’s if I’m going to write a lot. Or if I need a lot of ink capacity away from home and don’t want to bring a bottle of ink.

Finding out what I enjoy to use

21.05.2018 02:00

The Ink Smudge from day one have been about finding the stuff I enjoy to use. I have not always succeeded at that, but that have been the goal.

I’m not a collector, I just want to have some good inks, some good notebooks and some good pens and pencils that works for me. And just use it.

It all started with Moleskine and Pilot G2’s. Then I got into the Retro 51, and then the Pilot Metropolitan and Lamy Safari. And then I started to use Leuchtturm1917 and expensive fountain pens.

But at the end of the day the only thing I care about is finding what works the best for me.

Fountain pens works the best for me, if it is long form. And pencils works the best for shorter stuff. Leuchtturm1917 is the thing I like the best for larger notebook, and Nock.co’s pocket sized notebooks are awesome. Pilot Iroshizuku inks are the thing that works the best for me. And I guess I just started my journey into pencils, but I really feel like after five years I have landed on where I want to be with fountain pens.

Fountain pens and pencils

14.05.2018 02:00

What makes fountain pens and pencils interesting is that both are very much a “high maintenance” writing instrument.

The fountain pen is messy and the pen is clean.

I’m not saying that one is better than the other, because they are not.

Fountain pens are a mess, because they sometimes are leaking, you need to make sure they don’t dry up. You also have to clean them to make sure that they work properly. But the great thing about a fountain pen is that you can write for a very long time without having to do anything about them.

Pencils on the other hand requires you to sharpen them, either when you write all the way into the wood, or when the point becomes too sharp for your taste. But they don’t leak, and they always work, as long as you keep them sharp.

I kind of enjoy both. But sometimes I wish I could just use a regular Bic like a normal person.

What makes both pens and fountain pens interesting though is that both are very personal. And you have to weigh up the different pros and cons the different choices have to figure out what’s the best for you. Parts of it is how you like the writing experience to be, while other parts of it is about how you like your handwriting or drawings to look.

Neither is perfect, but I enjoy them both.

Ink Review: Diamine Saphire Blue

07.05.2018 02:00

I got this ink from Tudos for the purpose of reviewing it, free of charge.

I just inked all of my pens in rotation up with this ink. And it behaves like the other two Diamine inks I have used in the past. It dries a little bit slower than Iroshizuku inks, but not too bad. And the flow is a little bit slower than Iroshizuku. But not that bad in the scheme of things.

This ink has a lovely light blue colour. It kind of reminds me of the standard blue colour you get with all Pilot fountain opens. But better than that in all ways. Because like everyone who reads this site knows: I can’t stand that colour. It looks

If lighter colours are your thing I would recommend this ink. It is not something I would buy, because I do in general prefer darker colours.

The Diamine inks are great, they have some very interesting colours, and is a great option if you are willing to sacrifice a little bit on inflow and dry time for great colours.