Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sunday Reads: February 25. 2018

Sunday Reads


Stuff I Looked At Elsewhere

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Unboxing Franklin-Christoph Vagabond Notebooks Video @1901FC @CatharineMisook

Thanks to Franklin-Christoph and my sweet friend, Catharine, for sending these Vagabond Traveler's Notebook Journals and covers for me to check out! Please enjoy this wee unboxing and preview video!

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Serious Nibbage Pelikan M1000 Triple Broad Nib

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Review: @MonteverdePens Monza Fountain Pen @GoldspotPens

Thanks to Goldspot Pens for sending the Monteverde Monza for a review! I was quite curious about it after having used the Lingmo Lorelai (gifted by a friend), which I rather liked for its style and appearance.
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ABOUT

Body material: Plastic
Trim: Metal
Cap: Screw on
Posts: Yes, friction
Nib material: Steel
Filling system: Standard international cartridge/converter
Length (capped): 135.20 mm/5.32"
Length (uncapped): 118.38 mm/4.66"
Length (posted): 145.14 mm/5.71"
Length (section): 19.50 mm/0.77"
Diameter (barrel): 8.09 - 12.21 mm/0.32" - 0.48"
Diameter (section): 9.29 - 10.2 mm/0.37" - 0.40"
Weight (all): 16 g
Weight (cap): 7 g
Weight (body): 9 g
Price: $16.00USD
Where to buy: Goldspot Pens
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PACKAGING
The Monza is presented in a frosted clear plastic snap case. A small outer sleeve is printed with the pen details and refill instructions on the inside. I like this idea because they reused the sleeve instead of adding another pamphlet inside. However, it is very basic - black and white - and seems a little dull. The box is branded with Monteverde USA in the bottom right corner. There is a removable bed inside that houses the pen, two ink cartridges, and a converter.
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Decent presentation (but I have seen this exact box before with the Lingmo Lorelai). The belly band is a little plain, but can't complain at this price I guess.

APPEARANCE
The Monteverde Monza is the kind of pen that appeals to me - torpedo shape, clear, silver-colored trim, clear feed! Woo hoo! This is why I already have the Lingo Lorelai. There are a few small differences between the pens but at first glance, they sure look like the same pen, down to the packaging.
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Anyway. The Monza I have is the Crystal Clear color. There is nothing on the finial, it's just a clear dome. The clip is attached externally to a ring around the top of the cap. The clip is a simple metal clip with a rounded end and no markings on it. The end of the cap has a wide center band laser engraved with Monteverde USA Monza.

The cap, section, and barrel are all polished clear plastic. The cap has a translucent inner sleeve around the nib. The section is round and smooth, ending with a small flared ridge before the nib. There are several ridges inside the clear barrel but they are not ugly. I love the clear section and feed. Seeing my ink color is so much fun and adds to the experience of using different colors of ink!

Overall, I like the design and appearance of the pen. It also reminds me of a clear Sailor 1911. I can see this Monza appealing to many fountain pen lovers out there.

NIB & PERFORMANCE

The Monza is equipped with its own steel nib and clear plastic feed. The nib is a fine point. It has a single slit and a large, round breather hole. It is engraved with F, some flourishes, and the Monteverde logo is laser engraved on it. If you are wondering, Monteverde has used their own nib and feed in the pen, so the nib and feed unit is different to that of the Lingmo Lorelai. One thing I found odd about the nib was it looked really scuffed up, even when it just arrived and was not even inked yet.
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The nib performs quite well. It is a fairly smooth writer, medium to wet ink flow, average drying times, and it offers a firm writing experience. With pressure, you can squeeze out some line variation but be careful with it as the tines can spread too far. It performs well for long and fast writing. It can be used for reverse writing but is sharp and dry. I actually have no complaints about the nib.
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Unfortunately, my issue is with the provided converter. I can't say it's a deal breaker because I have other converters at home that fit, but the one that came with the pen did not fit easily into the pen. The converter is not branded and it is just a simple standard international. My converter kept falling out, leaking ink all over the inside of the barrel. It was messy and a waste of ink, especially cleaning it up on the go. While I appreciate I get a converter with a $16.00 pen, it's annoying when it doesn't fit. I shared a picture of my leaky converter online and Brian (Goulet) actually told me to try to jam the converter into place. Lo and behold! I jammed it in place (fearing I might crack the pen, which did not happen), and the converter snugly held in place, and since then, no leaks. It's not a huge deal, obviously, but it's not ideal.
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IN HAND

The clip is snug and springy, easy to operate one-handed, and slides on and off pockets, pouches, and pages without issue. The section is on the slim side because the pen is not that big; I found it comfortable and not slippery.
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Top to bottom: Monteverde Monza, Faber-Castell WritINK, Lamy Safari.
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Unposted, the pen is small but comfortable for me. Those with larger hands might find it uncomfortably small. The cap does post snugly by friction, which makes it a little longer and heavier. I found the pen comfy to use both unposted and posted.
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PROS & CONS
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OVERALL

Cute pen, great price, performs well. You may get a wonky converter that you'll have to jam in place so I'm not sure what that will do for the structure of the pen. It's a pen that feels like plastic (and it is plastic) so I don't know if it's going to crack down the road. So far, mine has not cracked in many months, but I do keep it in a pouch. I do love the shape and design, the all-clear feed and section, all that good stuff.

I do wonder about its relation to the Lingmo Lorelai...





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, February 21, 2018

Wordless Wednesday

February 21. 2018 - Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Ink Shot Review: Pelikan Edelstein Smoky Quartz @Pelikan_World @AppelboomLaren @Pelikan_de

Thanks to Appelboom for sending this ink for a review!
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ABOUT
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Color: Brown
Bottle: 50 ml
Price: $14.43 USD
Where to buy: Appelboom
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PROS
  • Legible brown color.
  • Easy to fill from bottle - nice wide mouth.
  • Attractive, heavy glass bottle. Great because you're less likely to tip it while filling!
  • Ink shows some water resistance.
  • Beautiful shading!
  • Pretty easy to clean.
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CONS
  • Not inexpensive.
OVERALL

I don't have many brown inks because I'm very particular about the kind of brown I like. I prefer red-browns or golden browns, and I'm not sure this falls into those categories. It's not my favorite brown ink!



I received this item/these items 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, February 19, 2018

Lamy Vibrant Pink 2018 Special Edition Ink Video @laywines @LAMY

I'm trying to explore videos a little more, so although I have a full review of Lamy Vibrant Pink coming up, I wanted to share a little bit of it here in video! I hope you enjoy it.


Lamy Vibrant Pink 2018 Special Edition Ink Video @laywines @LAMY



Thank you to Laywine's in Toronto for providing this ink for a review. I was not compensated monetarily for this. This is just a little snippet preview thingy of the Lamy Vibrant Pink 2018 Special Edition for the year. 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday Reads: February 18. 2018

Sunday Reads


Stuff I Looked At Elsewhere

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Field Trip: La Couronne du Comte in Tilburg, The Netherlands [Video] @couronneducomte

Although I have done a Field Trip to La Couronne du Comte before, this is a quick video tour. The store has now moved to a newer location, still in Tilburg, but it's so pretty I must share it here anyway. Visit the webshop if you can't resist!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Review: Manuscript ML1856 Fountain Pen @couronneducomte

Thanks to La Couronne du Comte for sending this beautiful pen for a review! I have been interested in it since they received it awhile ago - mainly attracted to its color!
Manuscript, Experts in Calligraphy: Since 1856, as a result of an association with D. Leonardt & Co, Manuscript has been at the forefront of pen nib manufacture and design. Now, over 150 years later Manuscript continues along that path combining the traditional elements of writing with new and exciting craft products. - La Couronne du Comte
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ABOUT
Body material: Italian resin
Trim: Metal
Cap: Screw on
Posts: Yes, friction
Nib material: #6 Steel
Filling system: Standard international cartridge/converter
Length (capped): 139.47 mm/5.49"
Length (uncapped): 123.32 mm/4.86"
Length (posted): 175.92 mm/6.93"
Length (section): 27.0 mm/1.07"
Diameter (barrel): 11.34 - 14.32 mm/0.45" - 0.56"
Diameter (section): 8.94 - 10.68 mm/0.35" - 0.42"
Weight (all): 24 g
Weight (cap): 14 g
Weight (body):  10 g
Price: € 135,00
Where to buy: La Couronne du Comte
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PACKAGING

The Manuscript ML1856 is presented in a firm black upright box. The top is adorned with the logo in silver foil. The side has the Manuscript logo, "Manuscript", ML 1856, and the motto:
Born of heritage and tradition,
Created for modern day penmanship.
The lid lifts off to reveal the pen in a foam base. The box also serves as a display/holder for your pen. The pen comes with an ink cartridge, a converter, and a small pamphlet with company history. There are also details on how to activate your two-year warranty. I like the packaging. It isn't very heavy for shipping and it doesn't take up too much space. Low plastic usage as well.
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APPEARANCE

The ML1856 is a very pretty, eye-catching pen. It is a round pen with rounded off flat ends, tapering towards the end of the barrel (for posting the cap). The top of the cap has a metal emblem of the Manuscript logo set flush in the cap. The clip is attached to an external metal ring around the cap. The clip is engraved with 1856 and has a rounded end. The clip design and the finial suit the pen well.
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Uncapped, the pen appears to be full sized. There is a sharp step down from the barrel to the section, followed by cap threads. The gripping portion of the section is pinched, quite slim, and ends in a flared ridge before the nib. When capped, the cap and body come together almost seamlessly. The thin section looks a little disproportional to me. It would look better to my eye if it was a little wider.

The highlight of this pen is obviously the gorgeous Italian resin. The turquoise ocean is chatoyant and pearlescent, bright and cheery. The material glows are you rotate it in the light. The color reminds me of a crystal blue lagoon or a Caribbean sea! Such a beauty. 

NIB & PERFORMANCE

The #6 steel nib is a 1.1 mm stub (also available in medium and 1.5 mm stub) from JoWo. It has a single slit, a round breather hole, and it is engraved with some flourishes. The Manuscript logo is laser-engraved in the center of the nib.
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The nib is interchangeable and can be unscrewed from the section as a unit. The nib, when aligned straight on the page, is smooth, medium wet, and is a lot of fun to write with. Stub nibs are some of my favorite writers, so I really enjoy writing with this 1.1 mm stub. I use stubs of this size on a regular basis so it was enjoyable to add a new one to the rotation. I also enjoy this nib for calligraphy practice.

The line variation is significant from the shape of the nib itself. It's a firm writer so not much in the way of pressure variation. The stub offers thin cross strokes and broad downstrokes. It is well tuned and well adjusted. Great as a daily user, for adding some character to your handwriting, in addition to calligraphy practice.
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If you rotate your nib into the page as you write, you will likely find the writing experience inconsistent, rough, and unpleasant. That is not how I use stub nibs but if you do rotate your nibs, the stub might not be the best choice. The sweet spot of the nib is definitely on the flat edge of the tip. At worst, if you love the pen but do not care for the nib, you can swap the nib out for the one you like.

The cartridge/converter set up works fine. Quick and easy, easy to maintain. If you convert it to an eyedropper, you can see through the barrel slightly.

IN HAND

The clip is super stiff and tight so it is best to slide it on and off papers. It's quite hard to lift so it's tough to put it in an elastic pen case or in a shirt pocket so I would not suggest that.
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Top to bottom: Manuscript ML1856, Lamy LX, Sailor 1911 Large.
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The section is strange and it's probably the only part of the pen I don't like. I find it uncomfortably thin, especially compared to the thickness of the barrel in the web of my hand. The threads are not sharp but the ridge is noticeable. Although it is slender, it's not a slippery section so I only find it uncomfortable in terms of the size. If you dislike thin sections (as I do), this might not be the one for you.
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Unposted, the pen feels balanced and is a comfortable length. Those with large hands may find it a touch too short. The cap sort of posts but not ideally. It's snug enough not to fall off but it is way too long, terribly unbalanced, and top heavy, and downright silly! Unposted is the only realistic way to go.
PROS & CONS

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OVERALL

This is an attractive model with a gorgeous color. I love that it uses a #6 interchangeable nib and can be used as an eyedropper. It's a simple model that is easy to use and maintain, and I appreciate that. I'm not crazy about the section but it isn't an absolute deal breaker for me until I come to the price - €135,00 is too high for a resin pen, steel nib, and c/c set up. I have seen worse, and the material is truly beautiful. As I have other pens that take #6 nibs already, I have a hard time justifying this one in addition to all the others I have. The 1.1 mm stub nib is not unique and can be purchased separately to add on to your existing pens. I think the real winning factor here is the stunning resin. 




I received this item/these items 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.


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