Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sunday Reads: January 21. 2018

Sunday Reads


Stuff I Looked At Elsewhere

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

IncoWriMo 2018 Get Ready to Write! @InCoWriMo

INCOWRIMO 2018!

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What is InCoWriMo?

Ink-a-what? InCoWriMo stands for International Correspondence Writing Month.

When is InCoWriMo?

February. It starts the first day of February and ends on the last day! Beat those winter blues with a month full of snail mail love!

Why InCoWriMo?

It's fun! Make use of those pens, papers, inks, stickers, and everything else you have that is snail mail-friendly! Share your colors

What do you do?

Write a letter, postcard, note, doodle, sketch, whatever you want - put it on a piece of paper, fill a notebook, soil a napkin - just write to one recipient every day for the entire month of February.

Can I write extra letters to catch up?

Absolutely. You can even write 28 letters on the last day if you wish, but it's more relaxing to do one a day.

Who do I write to?

You can write to anyone you want. Friends, family, your neighbor, your teacher, your significant other, your cat... it doesn't matter. The goal is to send out 28 letters. You can swap addresses with other pen lovers and snail mailers on InCoWriMo.org

Do my recipients have to write back?

It would be fun if your recipients are willing and able to reply to your InCoWriMo correspondence, but not everyone will be able to or wants to. Remember: your goal is to spread your snail mail love!

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How do I write a letter?

If you're nervous, keep it simple. Who are you? What's your name? Share some of your likes and dislikes. What pen are you using? What ink are you using?

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Review: Sheaffer Pop Glossy Lime Fountain Pen @GoldspotPens

Thanks to Goldspot Pens for sending this cute little Sheaffer Pop fountain pen for review!
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ABOUT

Body material: Resin
Trim: Metal
Cap: Snap on
Posts: Yes, snap on
Nib material: Steel
Filling system: Sheaffer proprietary cartridge/converter
Length (capped): 127.57 mm/5.02"
Length (uncapped): 120.95 mm/4.76"
Length (posted): 165.59 mm/6.52"
Length (section): 25.52 mm/1.01"
Diameter (barrel): 12.96 - 13.20 mm/0.51" - 0.52"
Diameter (section): 9.04 - 9.93 mm/0.36" - 0.39"
Weight (all): 17 g
Weight (cap): 12 g
Weight (body):  5 g
Price: $19.99USD
Where to buy: Goldspot Pens
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PACKAGING

The Sheaffer Pop is presented in a slim black box with a black cardboard sleeve. The top of the box has the Sheaffer logo on it and it is printed with "Sheaffer Pen & Art Supply Co". The inside has a white felt bed that holds the pen and two ink cartridges, a user and care guide, and a warranty. It's not an outstanding presentation but it's more than I expected from a $20 pen.
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APPEARANCE

The Sheaffer Pop in Glossy Lime is a cute, bright, fun pen. It has a round cap and barrel, and blunt, flat ends. The finial is flat with a black top engraved with Sheaffer. The clip is attached externally to a metal lip. It is a classic Sheaffer-style clip with the white dot and split in the middle. The back of the barrel has a metal top for posting the cap.
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The section steps down from the barrel and has a slightly pinched shape. It has a rubber sleeve around it, which looks tidy against the lime of the body. Let's talk about that lime, shall we? The cap and barrel are a glossy lime green resin. I like how it looks new and it still looks good months later, even with use and carrying it around without a case or sleeve. The metal trim looks a little clunky, rippled, and cheap, but there is not much of it to worry about.
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Overall, it's a cute pen for $20 if the shape and colors appeal to you. I don't often look at modern Sheaffers but the Pop series got my attention with their Star Wars line up!

NIB & PERFORMANCE

The nib is a steel medium. It has a single slit, a round breather hole, and is engraved with Sheaffer and M for the nib size. The nib performs well. It is a smooth, reliable writer - not surprisingly - that does not skip or hard start. It is not super wet and drying times are pretty fast. It is firm nib that offers very little line variation. I think it's a solid performer and would be great for new users, experienced users, and kids. For $20, the writing experience is pleasant and worth it.
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The pen comes with two Sheaffer ink cartridges and for a beginner, popping in an ink cartridge is certainly easier than figuring out a converter and ink bottle. Convenient, too!

IN HAND

The clip is springy and can be used one-handed. It can also slide on and off pockets, papers, and pouches.
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Top to bottom: Sheaffer Pop, Pelikan M800, Sailor 1911 Large, Lamy LX. 
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The section is comfortable and the rubbery texture aids in gripping the pen. It's great for new users again - it makes holding the pen easy. Unfortunately, the rubber sleeve is not secured in place so it feels loose. When unscrewing the barrel, you have to squeeze the section tightly so you won't just end up spinning the sleeve. The sleeve does not rotate while writing, fortunately.
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Unposted, the pen is quite light but I find it comfortable to use, especially for longer writing sessions. The cap posts with a light click but I find the pen too long when posted. It also looks too blocky to suit my tastes. If you prefer heavy, solid pens, steer clear.

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OVERALL

An excellent starter pen at a fair, approachable price. $20 and you get a cute, fun pen that will write until you lose it. It won't quit on you before that. Decent nib, easy to use, comfortable. The only real issue is the rubber section sleeve, but that does not affect writing performance. I think it's a nice pen. Not my favorite because I prefer juicier, softer, broader nibs, but it's a reliable writer.

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.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wordless Wednesday

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Review: Sailor 1911 Large Anchor Grey Fountain Pen - Zoom Nib @PenChalet

I am pathetic. I love the Sailor 1911 Fresca Blue so much - a North American exclusive - and then I saw another North American exclusive... the Anchor Grey. It doesn't matter to me that it's exclusive. I was more so excited by the cool pastel-type grey color. I'm a big fan of Sailor so in that regard, this review will be biased by the fact that I picked this pen for myself.
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ABOUT
Body material: Plastic
Trim: Rhodium-plated
Cap: Screw on
Posts: Yes, friction
Filling: Sailor proprietary cartridge/converter
Nib material: 21kt rhodium-plated gold
Length (capped): 141.0 mm/5.55"
Length (uncapped): 123.1 mm/4.84"
Length (posted): 153.5 mm/6.05"
Length (section): 16.8 mm/0.66"
Diameter (barrel): 11.2 - 13.3 mm/0.44" - 0.52"
Diameter (section): 10.5 - 11.7 mm/0.41" - 0.46"
Weight (all): 26 g
Weight (cap): 9 g
Weight (body): 17 g
Price: $324.00USD
Where to buy: Pen Chalet
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PACKAGING

The Sailor 1911 fountain pen has straightforward packaging. There is the classic blue hard case box with the Sailor logo printed on the top in gold lettering. Inside the blue box, the pen is held in place by an elastic and ribbon on a felt bed. The bed is removable. There is also a cartridge, a converter, as well as a little pamphlet about the Sailor Pen Co. and your pen. Little wasted space with this packaging. It's plain packaging, but I don't feel bad about not keeping it. It also doesn't seem (depending on how you feel about packaging at all) too wasteful. It's not my favorite packaging though.
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APPEARANCE

The Sailor 1911 Large fountain pen is not a huge pen, but it is the larger of the two 1911 sizes. It is a torpedo shaped pen with rhodium-plated trim. The center band is wide and is engraved with Sailor Japan Founded 1911. The finial is unmarked. The clip is plain, coming to a rounded off end. It has no branding on it, so it isn't particularly unique. Near the end of the cap, there is a raised center band and a thinner, flat band just a small space above it. The larger band is engraved with: Sailor Japan Founded 1911. The section is round and tapers ever so slightly towards the nib, and ends in a flared ridge. The cap threads at the back of the section are the same color as the pen so they blend in.
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I love the Fresca Blue and I felt like the Anchor Grey was a nice friend for it. It's sort of a warmish pastel grey that caught my eye. Can't really explain it. I just like it! The resin does pick up micro scratches over time, but if you don't let it rub on other pens and keep it in a sleeve or something when you tote it around, it'll look pretty good. My Fresca is still looking pretty good.

NIB & PERFORMANCE

The zoom nib is a single tone 21kt nib. It has a single slit, a round breather hole, and is engraved with: 1911, 21K, 875, Sailor and Z on the side, the Sailor anchor and some flourishes. The Zoom nib on this pen is so exciting that I cannot believe I don't already have a zoom nib. I've used one before, I had one several years ago (but sold it because I didn't care for the gold trim so much), but since the fun colors of the rhodium-trim Fresca Blue and Anchor Grey came out, I had to try again. My goodness I waited too long. The Zoom nib is the perfect factory nib for "fun" handwriting and hand lettering. I truly enjoy it. It is really smooth, ink flow is moderate, drying times are pretty fast, and it's well tuned and adjusted. It's so much fun to create rounded letters with or sharper letters, depending on my mood. It feels good and I love seeing the letters that come out of this nib!
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As I have said before; of the standard nib selection, my favorite nibs are the Music and Zoom nib - they offer the most variation and feel the best for my writing preferences.

The cartridge/converter system works without issue, as usual. Not a huge ink capacity from the cartridge but I don't mind as I like to change my ink colors and it reduces the chances of the ink drying out before I use it up.

IN HAND

The clip has moderate tension - it can be lifted but it is snug - quite practical. It has a reasonable length so it will clip on safely to papers/pockets.

The section is small but comfortable - no sharp ridges or anything. The cap threads themselves are a bit sharp but they are well out of my grip space. If you have large fingers, they might get in your way, but even so, it's not too sharp. They're not so bad that I wouldn't want to use the pen.
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Top to bottom: Sailor 1911 Large Anchor Grey, Sailor 1911 Large Fresca Blue, Sailor 1911 Standard Peacock Blue, Lamy Safari.
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I think this is a great pen in hand - it's extremely comfortable, great weight, great balance. It writes well unposted but it's perfected posted because it posts deeply and comfortably. Writing for extended sessions is no problem. If you have larger hands, you'll likely prefer the 1911 Large size as it can be used unposted as well as posted. If you prefer the 1911 Standard, then using it posted might be ideal. I prefer the Large size.
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PROS & CONS
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OVERALL

As I said at the start, I am biased. I specifically picked this pen because I am a fan of Sailor. Sailor pens are solid. I love them and think they produce some great stuff. Some people have objections about the little converters but to be honest, I kind of like it because it means I get to change my inks around more. They're simple but comfortable pens with really nice nibs, available in a heck of a lot of colors and a couple models - there's surely something to please everyone. I love them. It's fairly expensive but I am not looking for the best value fountain pen here, I wanted it because it's fun and I like the color and model and writing experience!

The Zoom nib is unique and set up for an Architect customization should you wish to increase the variation. It's a pricey pen but one I'll have for a long time, if not forever. I think it's great as is and is one of the most fun factory nibs available. Not only is it fun for hand lettering, calligraphy, and general fun, it's an excellent daily user.


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sunday Reads: January 14. 2018

Sunday Reads


Stuff I Looked At Elsewhere

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