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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Review: 10 Pen Glass Display Case @FancyGiftIdeas

I know a lot of people cringe when they see my pencil cases that are full of fountain pens jammed up against each other. They're in pretty good shape, considering that. Here's something else that can store my pens now.

Thanks to Yvonne from Fancy Gift Ideas for sending this display case over for me to review and...well...display!
Review 10 Pen Glass Display Case @FancyGiftIdeas
ABOUT

Slot Width: 20.8 mm/0.82"
Slot Length: 150.1 mm/5.91"
Price: $75.00USD
Where to buy: Fancy Gift Ideas

This glass and wood display case is attractive and elegant. It has a clear glass top surrounded by a wooden frame in a rich, warm red-brown. The base is the same colour of wood. The case is higher at the back and lowers slightly towards the front, which gives the entire case a classy, sloped appearance.
Review 10 Pen Glass Display Case @FancyGiftIdeas
The inside is lined with soft velvety felt and there are ten slots to hold your pens. The hinges are brass and are only really visible when the lid is open.
Review 10 Pen Glass Display Case @FancyGiftIdeas
The slots accommodated most pens, including larger ones such as the Montblanc Meisterstück 149, Pelikan Souverän, and the very girthy Delta Dolcevita Oversize. Monster pens like the Visconti Opera Master and the Visconti Opera Crystal could not fit - they were too long.

Review 10 Pen Glass Display Case @FancyGiftIdeas
Left to right: Visconti Opera Master. Pelikan M1005. Pelikan M800. Pelikan M600. Jinhao x750. Nakaya Piccolo Cigar. Montblanc 149. Montblanc 146. Kaweco Skyline Sport. Delta Dolcevita Oversize.
I've never had a display case like this before and it's quite lovely. I find it convenient, organized, and an attractive way to keep my currently inked pens tidy. It also serves as a great presentation case for visitors, which is exactly what it was used for just a few days ago.

The lid is nice and light, not too heavy to lift. I love the viewing area of the pens. They look WAY cooler this way than just sitting on a table, there's no doubt about that. Also, especially for pens that have a tendency to roll, they don't roll away.
Review 10 Pen Glass Display Case @FancyGiftIdeas
Replacing the Visconti Opera Master is a Waldmann Tango.
The one issue I have is visible below - on the lip of the frame where the lid closes, the wood has chipped slightly. It's minor but if it is to display your favourite pens, it would obviously look better without that. An easy remedy would be having little felt feet on the lid to prevent the wood frames from hitting each other. That can be added myself. I suspect this occurred during shipping though, because it arrived this way, and it did come a long way.
Review 10 Pen Glass Display Case @FancyGiftIdeas
Now I need the larger pen display. Three of them.

I received this item free of charge for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Review: Scent-Sibles Scented 6 Colour Multipen @RaymondGeddes

Harry from RaymondGeddes sent me a parcel of goodies recently and it had one of my most favourite things: something scented. Not that I'm obsessed with perfumes, because I'm not. I just like scented stationery. Shall we smell this pen now? Yes.

ABOUT
Review: Scent-Sibles Scented 6 Colour Multipen @RaymondGeddes
Body Material: Plastic
Length:  5.5"
Price: $10.20USD/12
Where to buy: RaymondGeddes

APPEARANCE

This is a pretty cute pen - it's not super long, and the barrel isn't really thick (like with some multipens). The barrel is clear and has little drawings with the names of the scents of the inks on it. There is a plastic clip and six tabs around the top of the barrel to pick your ink colours.

PERFORMANCE

Sometimes with multipens, one of the colours don't work as well. Between both pens, only the pink from one of them didn't work 100% and it still wrote quite well. It's just that it skipped more than I would have liked and it annoyed me a bit. The rest of the colours worked just fine and were quite smooth and consistent. There was no ink blobbing - another issue that can afflict multipens.

The colours of the pen and their matching scents are (at least from what I could figure out by sniffing them):
Light blue - rockin' root beer float
Purple - groovy grape snow cone
Red - hooray for PB & J!
Pink - whatta! melon
Orange - sinful cinnamon bun
Green - sour power! dill pickle
Review: Scent-Sibles Scented 6 Colour Multipen @RaymondGeddes
Well. The colours are pretty common, and they're really nice. I like them all, especially the blue, purple, and pink. The scents are... less common. Dill pickle?! I've never come across that scent in scented inks before. Very unusual. My favourite scents were the groovy grape snow cone and the whatta! melon. The others were a little harder to identify, and while I love peanut butter, I don't like the scent in my ink, because it feels like I had peanut butter smeared somewhere. The others I figured out by scribbling and sniffing the ink patch. The grape and watermelon smell really good. The root beer isn't bad either but I have no idea why it's matched to the blue ink!

To pick a new colour, you just pop the purple down (in between the clip) and it retracts whatever colour is in use, and you can pick a new colour. So far, nothing has gotten jammed.

OVERALL

This is an interesting scented multipen - it looks cute and it's scented. The scents are pretty unusual though! Nevertheless, multipens are a great gift, especially for students, so picking up a box of these is not a bad idea. The scents aren't overpowering, so if scents bother you, don't worry too much!

I received this pen free of charge for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion. There are no affiliate links in this review.

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