Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Franklin-Christoph Leather Wrap @1901FC

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Graphilo Notebook Review & Fantastic Fountain Pen Friendly Paper

Graphilo notebooks are pricy but tick pretty much every box for me: a slim profile, portable and easy to carry, flexible covers but they aren't paper-thin, and awesome, fountain pen friendly paper that I love. Darn it for being so expensive.
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Size: A5
Ruling: Blank, Lined, Grid (4mm)
Price: $14.00CAD

The Graphilo notebook is top notch quality. It's simple with light grey, semi-firm covers. The front has 'Graphilo' printed on it. The spine of the notebook is thread bound. The paper inside is off-white and this particular one has a 4mm grid on it that is definitely easy on my eyes and pleasant to look at. It is a light grey color that does not obstruct writing. I like its simplicity a lot.
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I love the size of this notebook. A5 is my preferred size and this one has a slim profile. It opens easily, lies flat, and can be folded back so I can write on all sides and parts of the page. Pretty much ideal for all my notebook preferences. I love carrying it around because it never feels bulky and it's really easy to pull out at pen meets. As it is slim, my hand does not hang off the edges, making writing uncomfortable.
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The paper is smooth to the touch but it does not feel particularly slick or coated. Drying times are average for non-fountain pens. Waxy writing instruments are on the smudgy side. Pencils and colored pencils work fine but because there is not much tooth to the paper, it does not feel magnificent to write on. Wet highlighters are smudgy but markers are surprisingly well-tolerated - no feathering or bleeding. Ballpoint pens, rollerballs, and gel ink pens can all be used but they're just no fun for this pricy paper.
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Fountain pens are the way to go. Kobe, the maker of these notebooks, describes the paper, 'for those who like to write big and wet with their fountain pens' and they were right. Thank you for feeding us this paper. It's delectably fountain pen friendly. Inks shade, sheen, and dry beautifully. No feathering, some show through in the case of heavy ink application but not so much you cannot use both sides of the page, and bleed through only if really very saturated. Drying times are a little longer for fountain pens but it's totally worth it - not as long as with paper like Tomoe River.
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The paper is a pleasure to write on. I love the way ink looks - so vibrant and full of life. Super performance.

PROS

  • Portable, convenient A5 size.
  • Slim.
  • Opens easily, lies flat. Easy to write on all parts of the page.
  • Can use both sides of the page.
  • Definitely fountain pen friendly - inks shade, sheen, and colors pop. No feathering or bleed through.
  • Very pleasant performance overall.
CONS
  • Smooth paper is not particularly fun for pencils.
  • I wish the corners were rounded.
I always keep one of these in stock but I don't use them so often because of the price. Do you have any of these? Do you love it??


Sunday, June 16, 2019

Sunday Reads: June 16. 2019

Sunday Reads


Stuff I Looked At Elsewhere & Read

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Galen Leather Tool Wraps in Rustic Brown & Brown

In this video, I show you and talk about the Galen Leather Tool Wraps in Brown and Rustic Brown. I've had the brown one for years and it's still going strong, but the Rustic Brown is quite different in look and feel! Thank you to @Galen_Leather for sending this over for me to share with you. I think they are fantastic options not just for pens, but for many other accessories you may use in your daily life (makeup, knives, watches). ⁣

Have you tried these? Do wraps appeal to you?⁣ Shop the wraps here!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Lettering & Calligraphy Workshops Coming up with Toronto Pen Company!

Hi friends! I wanted to share the workshops that are coming up with Toronto Pen Company! We have some fun stuff planned and many opportunities for you to come on out to join us and learn all about Pilot Parallels and modified Parallels.

Get your tickets early and bring a friend! Seriously. What better way is there to spend a Saturday morning? We'll be at pen shows, too, so check out the schedule! Can't wait to see you!
Upcoming Workshops

Saturday, June 15, 2019
11 am - 12:30 pm

Saturday, June 22, 2019
10 am - 1 pm

Saturday, June 29, 2019
10 am - 1 pm

Saturday, July 13, 2019
10 am - 1 pm

Friday, August 23, 2019
9 am - 12 pm

Saturday, August 24, 2019
9 am - 12 pm

Sunday, August 25, 2019
9 am - 12 pm

Saturday, September 14, 2019
10:30 am - 1:30 pm


Sharpie Neon Markers @JetPens

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Yard-O-Led Viceroy Grand Barley Fountain Pen

The classic Viceroy is the epitome of Yard-O-Led quality and design, a collection to suit all writing styles. The Viceroy Grand is the ultimate writing instrument for the dedicated pen connoisseur. The Viceroy Grand has perfect balance and its imposing dimensions give it an aura of authority.
Why the heck is this pen so cool?
About Yard-O-Led
In 1822, the first ever propelling pencil was invented and patented by Sampson Mordan. From that point onwards the family-run business continued to develop its unique design carrying twelve three inch leads inside the barrel of the pencil, hence the name Yard-O-Led.
In 1934, the Yard-O-Led Company was founded and today continues its traditions of craftsmanship and excellence established nearly 200 years ago. Influenced by original designs of the 19th and 20th centuries, the Yard-O-Led range of writing instruments includes fountain pens, ballpens and rollerball pens in addition to the unique propelling pencil. Each pen or pencil (except the Retro range) is hand crafted from hallmarked sterling silver, individually numbered and comes complete with a lifetime guarantee. 
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ABOUT

Body material: Sterling silver
Trim: Sterling silver
Nib material: 18kt gold, nickel-plated
Filling system: Standard international cartridge/converter
Cap: Snap
Posts: Yes, friction
Length (capped): 148.4 mm/5.84"
Length (uncapped): 138.5 mm/5.45"
Length (posted): 168.9 mm/6.64"
Length (section): 29.9 mm/1.18"
Diameter (barrel): 9.4 - 13.2 mm/0.37" - 0.52"
Diameter (section): 9.3 - 12.2 mm/0.36" - 0.48"
Weight (all): 68 g
Weight (cap): 20 g
Weight (body): 48 g
Price: € 945,00
Where to buy: La Couronne du Comte
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Discount Code: GOURMET10



PACKAGING & PRESENTATION

This Yard-O-Led was elegantly presented in a small dark wood gift box with a decorated silver latch. The inside of the box is padded black velvet. The bed of the inside can be removed - underneath, there are a Yard-O-Led guarantee and user guide, a silver polishing jewelry care cloth, and a jewelry care cloth information sheet.
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I love this minimal packaging - it is simple, quite classy, and there is very little wasted space. The box is not huge compared to the pen, which I appreciate. I would still prefer something more simple, that I would not feel guilty about getting rid of. A pouch is always preferable for me.

APPEARANCE

The Viceroy Grand Barley is a large, stunning pen that is eye-catching, elegant, and so very classy. The pen is round, widest at the top of the cap, and tapering slightly towards the back of the barrel. Both ends of the pen are flat and slightly rounded. The finial is a polished dome of silver. The top of the cap is smooth and has no pattern on it. There are three rings engraved into the top of the cap and another three at the end of the barrel. There is no center band but the flush connection between the end of the cap and the barrel is smooth silver, again with no pattern. This is engraved with "Made in England". The clip has a vintage style - it is bolted to the cap and sits quite low down. It is not too long and has a small arch and an angled flare at the end. It is engraved with "Yard-O-Led" and the pen's individual number.
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Next to the Victorian finish.
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The cap and barrel are engraved with an amazing, somewhat subtle barley pattern. The cap has a smooth, blank area for an engraving. Both the cap and barrel have multiple hallmarks, each signifying something different: the YOL company name, the 925 European convention mark, the 925 which signifies 925 parts per 1,000 of sterling silver, the anchor symbol of the Birmingham Assay Office, the lion, which signifies sterling silver, and the letter that indicates year of manufacture.
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The smooth silver section on this pen is one of the best ever. It is a large section that is thick and is shaped to hug your grip. It tapers slightly towards the nib and ends in a flared ridge. The end is also engraved with 925 STERLING. Opening the barrel reveals an O-ring and threads as well as the cartridge/converter. The O-ring is snug and does not budge. It ensures the barrel does not rattle around on the metal threads. When it's new, the silver is shiny, glittering, and polished. Silver will tarnish, filling the grooves with a dark tarnish that can be polished out, should you wish.
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I can see how this pen may not appeal to everyone. The sterling silver is eye-catching, bright, and perhaps too flashy for some. I love the design and shape of this pen and if you do, too, but prefer a different color or size, there are other sizes and finishes you could look at. I personally think it is stunning and I love it.

NIB & PERFORMANCE

This beautiful nib is a large, 18kt gold nib with nickel-plating (as we have been told by the CEO of YOL). The nib has a single slit, a round breather hole, and is engraved with some decorative flourishes, Yard-O-Led, 18ct-759, and the nib size (medium). Prior to inking the pen, I flushed it thoroughly to clean out any potential residue from the nib and feed. I always do this to new pens, regardless of cost or condition (new/used).
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Hanging out with the broad nib. Quite a different in tipping size.
The nib is...wow. It's "just a medium", which usually leaves me wanting more, but oh man. The writing experience is delightful for my preferences. It's a smooth, clean writer - no blobs, no messy lines, and not overpolished at all. It's not a juicy, super wet firehose, which I usually like; it's more of a "normal" daily writer in terms of wetness and size. Drying times are pretty quick. The nib is well-tuned and well-adjusted - no skips, no hard starts, sails through the free weight test, and is comfortable as a reverse writer. Overall, it is a solid, very reliable writer. The nib is on the firm side - not a nail but certainly can offer a little bit of line variation.
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In comparison with the Broad nib.
I've used a few YOL nibs now and I have to say they have all performed beautifully and they feel so good when writing with them. Reliable, consistent performances, and a pleasure to use. As the nibs are not gushers, I feel like these could easily be daily carried. They are fantastic writers if you're okay with carrying a heavy, pricy pen.

The cartridge/converter system is plain and simple - easy to use, clean, fill, etc. No issues and no complaints.

IN HAND

In a new state, the clip is great. It's snug with some spring. It slides on and off pockets, pouches, and papers with ease. Even though the pen is heavy, it holds in place quite securely. If you pull it out too far or stretch it on a stack of paper, it can overstretch a little and lose some of that tightness.
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As I mentioned, the section is one of my favorites. Instead of being indented, it is the opposite. The convex shape feels delicious, sort of like a balloon that gently fills your grip. It gives your writing experience and grip a warm and full feeling. Although it is metal, I do not at all find it slippery, nor does it pick up or hold grease easily. My fingers stay put and do not end up on the nib. In addition, because this is a snap cap, there are no threads to get in the way. The section flares out slightly to meet the barrel so the transition is smooth and it leaves on a small, slightly sharp ridge out of the grip region. It does not bother me and is not really noticeable. Overall, the section gets a thumbs up.
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Now, size and weight. This is a large, heavy pen. It's not excessively girthy in my hand. Unposted, it's a large pen, reaching past the web of my hand, but I find it comfortable enough, and well-balanced, just heavy. If you don't care for heavy pens, this is not a good option for you. The cap can be posted, and it secures with a click on the rings at the end of the barrel. The thin lip of the cap is almost seamless with the barrel of the pen, giving it a comfortable, smooth joint. When it is posted, the pen is long and heavy - too long and too heavy for me. I'm not sure it would really need posting for most users.
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The silver is one of the most joyous parts of this pen. The feeling of the metal warming in my hand and fingers is so tactile and pleasant. This may sound crazy but it starts to feel like an extension of my hand because it matches the temperature and writes without effort. It's an interesting sensation that I do not get with many pens. It makes me feel very in touch with and connected to my pen.
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PROS & CONS

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OVERALL


Well, this pen is certainly not easy on the wallet but it is a fine piece of work. Certainly a piece you can pass on through your family or totally spoil yourself with. The craftsmanship, the quality, the lifetime guarantee, the stellar writing performance, and for me, the comfort and beauty. There are other finishes and sizes available, and I wish there were more nib sizes available, but the writing experience is quite fulfilling as is. Highly recommended.

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