Saturday, May 30, 2015

Review: Pilot MR White Tiger Fountain Pen @PilotPenUK @CultPens

Review Pilot MR White Tiger Fountain Pen @PilotPenUK @CultPens (11)
ABOUT

Body Material: Metal/ABS plastic
Trim: Chrome
Length (capped): 138.3 mm/5.44''
Length (uncapped nib-end): 125.3 mm/4.93''
Length (posted): 151.4 mm/5.96''
Barrel Diameter: 8.1 - 10.0 mm/0.32'' - 0.39''
Section Diameter: 8.9 - 12.8 mm/0.35'' - 0.50 ''
Nib material: Steel
Weight (all): 24 g
Weight (cap): 10 g
Weight (body): 14 g
Fill type: International Standard Cartridge/Converter
Price: £22.50 (Excluding VAT: £18.75)
Where to buy: Cult Pens

PACKAGING

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This is some nifty packaging for a pen at this price. The box is actually a black metal tin with a foam bed inside. The foam can be removed and the tin can be used as a stationery tin. The top has PILOT printed into it. Pretty cool.

APPEARANCE

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I've reviewed the gold Metropolitan before, which I already liked. This one... this one has all the great features I was already expecting, but then I saw it in person and was pretty excited. It's really gorgeous. The pen is round, tapering towards both ends. Both ends come to rounded points. I like the rounded shape - no harsh, blunt edges. The plain clip is attached internally. The chrome trim stands out against the white body.

I love the finish. The body is a glossy, pearlescent white with a silver tiger-striped middle band on the barrel. Honestly - so pretty.
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Then I uncap it. There is a metal ridge where the cap clicks on, followed by a tapering black plastic section. The section ends in a flared ridge before the nib. I don't think the section matches the soft shape and color of the body. Capped: gorgeous. Uncapped: stark contrast between section and the rest of it. I still like it though.

NIB & PERFORMANCE

The steel medium nib has a single slit and breather hole. The nib is marked with Pilot, the nib size, Japan, and a pattern on the tines.
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The nib performed just as well as I expected it to - no flushing, just inking and writing. It wrote consistently with good ink flow. Drying times were pretty quick, which makes it great for pretty much everything! The pen was reliable and did not hard start or skip. It was pretty smooth and I enjoyed using it. With some pressure, a little line variation was possible.
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I've been really pleased with Pilot's nibs around this price (my other Metropolitan and the Kaküno), and this one was no different. I think it's great that these nibs work so well - if a new user is to write with them, something that does not need tinkering with is probably best.

IN HAND

The clip is nice, snug, and springy enough. It was easy enough to slide on to papers and into pouches.

The section was comfortable but I really disliked the sharp ridge from the section to the barrel. I tend to grip low so it wasn't really an issue, but it's quite sharp. This could be uncomfortable for those who grip higher or who have larger hands/
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Both unposted and posted, the pen was comfortable to use. The cap posted by friction, sitting deep and snug. It was well-balanced and not too heavy when posted. For longer writing sessions, I preferred using it unposted.
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PROS & CONS

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OVERALL

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I like that the MR takes international standard cartridges/converters. I love the white tigether finish and the nib was great. Overall, I was pleased with the pen. I think these are great starter pens, gifts, or perfect for your own collection.


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. There are no affiliate links in this review. This pen will be given away on Serious Nibbage!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Whiskers & Paws: May 2015 Edition

Whiskers & Paws: May 2015 Edition
Whiskers & Paws: May 2015 Edition
Whiskers & Paws: May 2015 Edition
Whiskers & Paws: May 2015 Edition
Whiskers & Paws: May 2015 Edition
Whiskers & Paws: May 2015 Edition
Yep, that's Tyco in a cone (not current).
Whiskers & Paws: May 2015 Edition
Whiskers & Paws: May 2015 Edition
Whiskers & Paws: May 2015 Edition
Whiskers & Paws: May 2015 Edition
Whiskers & Paws: May 2015 Edition
Whiskers & Paws: May 2015 Edition
Whiskers & Paws: May 2015 Edition

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Review: Bombata Pen Pouches - Cocco Pink & Purple @AppelboomLaren

Okay... so I probably didn't need more pen pouches, but I also must admit I already have them stuffed. So in my defense, it seems I DID need more pen pouches. Note the subtle Bombata logo?
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There is the crocodile and pebble leather design... I obviously couldn't pick one or the other. 
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ABOUT
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Well done, well put together. No threads or stitches sticking out. That's a nice thing, right?
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Size: 190 mm x 50 mm x 50 mm
Weight: 30 g
Price: €14.95 (excl. VAT €12.36)
Where to buy: Appelboom Pennen - Cocco Pink/Purple
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 These pouches are made of imitation leather, in case you were worried it was crocodile leather! (If that freaks you out). They are small and rectangular, and malleable, but not floppy and soft. The zipper operates really easily and smoothly, and so far, has not snagged or gotten caught. The leather is pretty fun colored, and I actually think I prefer the pink Cocco pattern better than the regular purple. The zipper matches the color of the pouch, but the zipper pull is a bright, shiny chrome. 
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The inside has a smooth inside that is, so far, pretty easy to wipe out and clean. It's a darker inside so small pen and/or pencil marks don't show up too easily, although eventually, they will. 
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Review Bombata Pen Pouches - Cocco Pink & Purple @AppelboomLaren (10)
They are a good length and hold quite a bit of utensils - I have stuffed mine with a variety of gel pens, ballpoints, and rulers (because for some reason, one ruler isn't enough for me). I like that whether there is one or ten pens in the pouch, it sits upright and doesn't mush around. 
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As they have gotten older, I have found the material of the Cocco pink is cracking off at the corners and along the zipper in a few places. It hasn't happened to the purple case, fortunately. I guess it's because of how the material is put together and held in place. Although I prefer the fun design of the Cocco, the plain case is more sturdy for my constant use. 
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday 2015

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Ink Shot Review: Pilot Iroshizuku Tsuki-Yo Ink @PilotPenUSA @Massdrop

Another in the Iroshizuku series!
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ABOUT
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Color: Blue/Black
Bottle: 50 ml
Price: $24.00
Price/ml: $0.48/ml
Where to buy: Amazon
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PROS
  • Well-behaved.
  • Beautiful bottles.
  • Shades nicely.
  • Work appropriate.
  • Easy to clean.
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CONS
  • Relatively expensive!
OVERALL

I love this ink - it's dark and simple, but not dull and boring. It looks beautiful in very wet nibs, showing off a hint of sheen, but remains work appropriate and elegant.

Do a gal a solid and if you fancy any of these and want any item of your own, use my affiliate links :) I received this item free of charge. I was not asked to review this but of course, I must! I was not compensated monetarily for my review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion. 

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