Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Zebra Airfit Mechanical Pencil @JetPens @ZebraPen @ZebraPenUK

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Conway Stewart Kingsand Ink

Back when Conway Stewart was still around - they have since been bought by British Bespoke - they had commissioned Diamine to produce some ink for them. Kingsand was one of my preferred colors in the line up, even though it would crust up in pens. I don't mind. This warm shading color is just the right golden look I love.
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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Sunday Reads: April 21. 2019

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Stuff I Looked At Elsewhere & Read

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Caran d'Ache Grand Canyon Ink

This Caran d'Ache ink was part of the Earth series that was discontinued several years ago. The bottles were a pain to fill pens from, but the labels and inks were beautiful. The elegance of the heavy glass inkwells was way cool. I wish they would stop discontinuing amazing things. This is a brown I can replace fairly easily because I like my browns warm, rich, red, or golden.
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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Sailor Pro Gear Slim Kohaku Yellow Fountain Pen

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

PaperMate Replay Premium Erasable Pen @PaperMate

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Nakaya Elastic Medium Nib Writing Video

Japanese fountain pen maker Nakaya offers a range of nib options and you can have them modified to your liking as well. I purchased this Cigar Milky Way from @sakurafountaingallery but I wanted an elastic nib so off it went to Nakaya! Here are a top view and side view of the elastic medium nib in a bit of action. It's not a flex nib so don't buy one expecting that! I push it to its absolute max at the end but I'd suggest keeping a lighter hand on it. I just wanted to see what it could do.

You can see a comparison between an elastic fine and soft medium here as well.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Sunday Reads: April 14. 2019

Sunday Reads


Stuff I Looked At Elsewhere & Read

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Unboxing Franklin-Christoph Model 46 Autumn Oak Fountain Pen with Music Nib!

I think most of us have seen, used, obsessed over, purchased, or hoarded Franklin-Christoph pens so I have done an unboxing video of the new Model 46 Autumn Oak finish to help you in your seeing/using/obsessing/purchasing/hoarding journey! It's equipped with the #6 music nib, making it an absolute treat to use. Plus I inked it with FC Dark Chocolate ink, which makes it drool-worthy (and it makes me hungry).
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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Kaweco Sport Sunrise & Sunset Fountain Pens @Fontoplum0

Thank you to Fontoplumo for sending these cuties for a review!
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ABOUT

Body Material: Plastic
Trim: Metal (Clips are optional)
Weight (all): 12 g
Weight (cap): 5 g
Weight (body): 7 g
Length (capped): 105.90 mm/4.16"
Length (uncapped nib-end): 99.96 mm/3.93"
Length (posted): 131.74 mm/5.18"
Length (section): 15.96 mm/0.62"
Barrel Diameter: 11.13 mm/0.43"
Section Diameter: 9.56 - 9.77 mm/0.37" - 0.38"
Nib material: Steel
Fill type: Cartridge/Converter/Eyedropper
Price: € 20,66
Where to buy: Fontoplumo - Sunrise | Sunset

PACKAGING & PRESENTATION

Both of the Kaweco Sports were very simply packaged in a plastic sleeve within a small cardboard box. The box is decorated with the Kaweco logo and motifs. At this price, I feel like this packaging is more than enough. (I like the Kaweco tins, but I have a lot of them now...)
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APPEARANCE

The Kaweco Sport has a small, round body with a slightly rounded off back end. The cap has flat facets around it that cover most of its length. It is engraved with Kaweco Sport on the side in silver or gold. The finial has the Kaweco metal emblem in silver or gold. The Sunset has gold trim and the Sunrise has silver. The section is on the smaller side, but it suits the pen. It's round and has a slight indentation, and ends bluntly.
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The Sports look like pocket-sized pens, but once posted, they look normal - that's part of their appeal. I love how they look either way.

NIB & PERFORMANCE

The broad steel nib is silver on the Sunrise and gold on the Sunset, matching the rest of the trim. It has the Kaweco logo stamped on it, along with some flourishes, and B for the nib size. I like that the nib sizes are clearly indicated on Kaweco's nibs.
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I have found that Kaweco nibs tend to run on the dry side, which is a quick adjustment, but I left both as is for this review. The finer nibs don't exhibit this as much and the broader nibs sometimes are overpolished and skippy. Fortunately, neither of these nibs had this problem and they both wrote well. It's a little hit or miss, but either way, it's easy to fix. Worst case, contact the retailer or Kaweco and they'll get you fixed up.
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IN HAND

These are clipless pens, but you can purchase clips separately. The section serves its purpose without issue. I don't find it uncomfortable but it's not crazy comfortable either. It just works. It's a light, simple pen so this is just fine.
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Top to bottom: Kaweco Sport, Kaweco Sport, Lamy Safari, Faggionato Pétrarque
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The Kaweco Sport models are very comfortable - I actually quite like the feeling of the plastic as it warms in my hand. I like to use mine posted because it's just the right width, length, weight, and balance this way. I can also use it unposted, but it feels a little short. I love how deeply and snugly the cap posts. It's very secure and feels safe.
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OVERALL

What is it about the Kaweco Sport that is so appealing? They're affordable, quite robust, easy to use, totally gift-able to friends and family, the nibs are generally quite reliable (perhaps not tuned exactly to every individual's taste but they work well enough), and they're easy to find. Tempting to collect, too. This pair is so cute and happy!



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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