Monday, May 21, 2018

Toronto Pen Company PENtastic Folded Nibs for Handwriting Handlettering Calligraphy!

Salman of the Toronto Pen Company gifted me a set of his handmade brass folded nibs several months ago. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH that I wanted to share them here with you. If you are in Canada, it's tough to find local folded dip nibs. These are SO MUCH fun. Salman has now made them available for sale. Please support makers and explore your creativity!

Find them at Toronto Pen Company!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sunday Reads: May 20. 2018

Sunday Reads


Stuff I Looked At Elsewhere & Read

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Mailbox Goodies @BaronFig Portals & Guardian Notebook Cover

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Thanks to Baron Fig for allowing me to purchase these goodies at a discount for a review! I was not compensated monetarily for this.


Friday, May 18, 2018

Serious Nibbage Sailor King of Pen

Thank you to Alain for lending us this pen! I can say our feelings on pens sure have changed over time. We'll have to do an updated version. Reviews, writing samples, and previous Serious Nibbage episodes can be found on the Fountain Pen Reviews page and Serious Nibbage page!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Review: @AndersonPens Replacement #6 Stainless Steel Nibs for Fountain Pens

Thanks to Anderson Pens for sending a set of these nibs for testing and a review! They have been really useful for testing papers, inks, and just playing around with. They're easy to use, affordable, and have also been great when I have newer pen friends over and they want to try out some different nib sizes.
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ABOUT

Size: #6
Origins: Made in Germany, JoWo nibs
Color: Steel or Two-Tone avaialble
Price: $15.00USD
Where to buy: Anderson Pens
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APPEARANCE

The Anderson Pens replacement nibs have a single slit, a round breather hole, and they are laser engraved with the Anderson Pens logo, and engraved with some flourishes and the nib size. They are available in single tone or two-tone, but all are steel. I usually like two-tone but the all-steel version looks pretty cool in this case.

PERFORMANCE & FEEL

The nibs are really easy to put in your pen - just pull the nib and feed (or remove in whatever way is applicable to the pen) in the pen you want them in and replace the existing nib with this one! All nibs were smooth enough for me to enjoy them, the extra-fine giving the most feedback but not feeling scratchy. After several months of use, I ended up smoothing the 1.1 mm and 1.5 mm stub nib a little more - not because they did not perform well, but because I wanted a smoother writing experience. They were definitely not unpleasant.

They are all on the firm side but if you really need to squeeze out some line variation, you can apply a bit of pressure. They're not particularly soft, though. They are well tuned in that they do not skip or hard start, as you can see from the writing samples below.
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I did clean them with dilute dish soap and water followed by just water, which is a procedure I undertake for every new pen for review. Sometimes there are machining oils or just bits of stuff left behind from manufacturing that can affect performance. I didn't really expect that with these nibs because every nook and cranny is mostly visible to the naked eye but I figured it wouldn't hurt.

PROS

  • These nibs can be used to swap into a Noodler's Ahab/Konrad, many Monteverde models like the Intima, Jewelria, Sequoia, Edison Pens, and more.
  • Great way to explore nib sizes and see what you like.
  • Excellent gift for pen friends.
  • Load up on your favorites and make some decent pens great!
  • Smooth, pleasant writers. If you don't find yours smooth enough, it's easy to tune it up with some micromesh at home.
  • No skips or hard starts. 
CONS
  • Nib only, no feed, so you must provide your own feed.
  • If you're changing nibs while your pen is already inked, it can and will be a bit messy. 
  • Some nibs may need additional tuning to suit your preferences.
  • Does not fit in every pen, obviously. 
OVERALL

I really enjoy experimenting with different fountain pen nibs and I especially find this set useful for testing new papers and new inks. My favorites are obviously the broad, 1.1mm stub, and 1.5mm stub. Replacement nibs are a great way to make a pen that may have a dud of a nib a great pen, or at least salvage those pens whose nibs you might have destroyed somehow. They're versatile and easy to use. I would love to see a 1.9 mm option down the road.







I received these nibs free of charge for the purposes of this review over two years ago. FULL DISCLOSURE: I am currently employed by Anderson Pens but NOT to write reviews or positive reviews. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wordless Wednesday

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Ink Shot Review: Franklin-Christoph Urushi Red @1901FC

Thanks to Franklin-Christoph for sending this gorgeous ink for a review!

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ABOUT
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Color: Red
Bottle: 60 ml
Price: $12.50 USD
Where to buy: Franklin-Christoph
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PROS
  • Large, easy to fill from bottle - easily accommodates larger nibs/sections.
  • Gorgeous deep red. 
  • Work appropriate.
  • Not just work appropriate, also very fun! Lovely color.
  • Shades well.
  • Pretty easy to clean.
  • Has a dark sheen!
  • Also available in eyedropper bottle.
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CONS
  • Only available at Franklin-Christoph! I guess that's not a huge deal...
  • Low water resistance.
  • If the traditional bottle gets sloshed around, ink can get into the threads of the cap, and then transfer to the threads on the mouth of the bottle, and it can cause very minor ink leakage. Try to keep the bottle steady. I occasionally clean out the threads (I also have to do this for other ink bottles, so it's not exclusive to these, but it is something to be aware of). 
OVERALL

Another hit from Franklin-Christoph! Great red that makes me think of Urushi fountain pens. Delicious. Again, I don't see this one often enough so I'm happy to share it with you here. $12.50 for 60 ml of this, in a glass bottle (if you opt for the traditional bottle) is a great price for a well-behaved, good looking ink.


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.

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