Thursday, September 19, 2019

Caran d'Ache Léman Grand Bleu Fountain Pen Double Broad Nib

Thank you to Caran d'Ache in Canada for loaning me this pen for a review! This is a sponsored video.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Graf von Faber-Castell Notebook

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

P.W. Akkerman Royal Akkermanblauw Ink

To mark our 100 years of existence, PW Akkerman introduced in 2010 his own ink line. This ink’s came in large 150 ml bottles, these large bottles are now completely sold out.
 
Due to the worldwide success of this unique bottle we decided to continue, but now with a smaller sized bottle with a content of ca 60 ml. The new bottles will be available in the same 31 colors as before. 
The Akkerman inks have been given names related to the city The Hague. For example: KoninginneNach-Blauw, Binnenhof Blues, Shocking Blue, Parkpop Purper or/and Rood Haags Pluche.
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P.W. Akkerman Royal Akkermanblauw is easily one of my favorite, go-to Akkerman inks. It's an easy-to-clean, super well-behaved, classic blue that is just hard to argue with. I used to use it all the time for pen reviews until I ran out of it, but I just want you to know how stellar and classy it is. I love it. Totally worth having a bottle around.

Price:  € 15,00
Where to buy: P.W. Akkerman (a few US retailers also carry this ink but this is the direct source)
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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sunday Reads: September 15. 2019

Sunday Reads

Calligraphy and Lettering Workshops 
with Toronto Pen Company!

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Saturday, September 28, 2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Paper Plus Cloth
Intro to Pointed Pen Calligraphy

Stuff I Looked At Elsewhere & Read

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Lochby Field Journal & EDC Travel Roll - Great Daily Carry Accessories!

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Thank you to Lochby for sending these for unboxing and sharing! This is a sponsored video. 


Thursday, September 12, 2019

ASC Gladiatore Medio Arco Bronze Celluloid Fountain Pen

Thank you to ASC Pens for loaning me this beauty to review! You can check them out on their website - enjoy!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Stationery for Writing Letters - Original Crown Mill Fine Laid Paper

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

P.W. Akkerman Parkpop Purper Ink

To mark our 100 years of existence, PW Akkerman introduced in 2010 his own ink line. This ink’s came in large 150 ml bottles, these large bottles are now completely sold out.
 
Due to the worldwide success of this unique bottle we decided to continue, but now with a smaller sized bottle with a content of ca 60 ml. The new bottles will be available in the same 31 colors as before. 
The Akkerman inks have been given names related to the city The Hague. For example: KoninginneNach-Blauw, Binnenhof Blues, Shocking Blue, Parkpop Purper or/and Rood Haags Pluche.
P.W Akkerman Parkpop Purper Ink 8
P.W. Akkerman Parkpop Purper is probably one of my least favorite Akkerman inks. I just find it a bit too flat for a purple - I like vibrant purples and this one just doesn't feel that way to me. It's a bit too blue, I guess. Bluebonnet purple? I'm not sure. Either way, it's a relief because it's at least one bottle I don't have to own. I only had an ink sample here so no bottle to show you.

Price:  € 15,00
Where to buy: P.W. Akkerman (a few US retailers also carry this ink but this is the direct source)
P.W Akkerman Parkpop Purper Ink 9
P.W Akkerman Parkpop Purper Ink 1
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P.W Akkerman Parkpop Purper Ink 6 

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Sunday Reads: September 8. 2019

Sunday Reads


Calligraphy and Lettering Workshops 
with Toronto Pen Company!

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Saturday, September 28, 2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Paper Plus Cloth
Intro to Pointed Pen Calligraphy

Stuff I Looked At Elsewhere & Read

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Pelikan Souverän M1005 Stresemann Fountain Pen Review

Thank you to Pelikan for loaning me this pen for a review! I reviewed the Souverän M805 Stresemann a few years ago and I have had quite a few friends vocalize their desire to see an M1000-sized version of the finish - or any finish other than a raden or maki-e! Lo and behold, Pelikan gives us the M1005 Stresemann. It's not the finish I would have picked - ideally I'd love a white tortoise AND a brown tortoise, but I know this makes quite a few people happy. I'm pleased to be able to review it so here goes!
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ABOUT

Body Material: Resin/Cellulose Acetate
Trim: Palladium-plated
Length (capped): 145.8 mm/5.74"
Length (uncapped nib-end): 135.0 mm/5.31"
Length (posted): 174.64 mm/6.88"
Length (section):18.74 mm/0.74"
Barrel Diameter: 11.68 - 13.07 mm/0.46" - 0.52"
Section Diameter: 12.17 - 14.39 mm/0.48" - 0.57"
Nib material: 18KT Rhodium-plated gold
Weight (all): 35 g
Weight (cap): 10 g
Weight (body): 25.5 g
Fill type: Piston-filler
Price: ~ $650USD
Where to buy: Appelboom Pennen

 

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PACKAGING

Like all other "standard" Souverän series Pelikans, this Pelikan arrived in a standard Pelikan gift box. The main box is found inside a white Pelikan sleeve. The box had a faux wood base and a silver-grey lid. Inside, the faux cream leather pouch with red plastic seal holds the pen. The pouch sits on a plastic bed. Underneath the bed, there was the Pelikan warranty and Pelikan Moments of Joy booklets. It's a pretty solid, heavy box. I like the pouch best though, as it's most useful. It's pretty underwhelming presentation considering this is the flagship pen.
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APPEARANCE

Like its little brother, the M1005 Stresemann is a large pen with a round cap and barrel and slightly rounded ends. The end has a black resin piston-turning knob marked by two bands. The finial has the Pelikan logo in a brushed on polished finish. The clip is attached externally and has the classic pelican bill shape (which I love, it's a great touch). The center band on the cap is engraved with Pelikan Souverän Germany. The cap and section are black resin. The section is short and has an indent for your fingers before it flares out towards the nib again. The barrel is the highlight - it is composed of pearlescent anthracite stripes and clear stripes, allowing you to see inside the barrel.
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The grey/anthracite and palladium-plated finish is crisp and clean and the rhodium-plated nib is shiny, matching the rest of the color scheme perfectly. I can't say this finish is for everyone. If you like bright, cheery pens, obviously this is not the pen for you. I like it but I'm not hopelessly in love with it. I appreciate the black, anthracite, and silver look of this pen. It's dark but not boring and flat at all: it is elegant and suave.
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NIB & PERFORMANCE

The 18KT rhodium-plated gold nib is a fine and it is a huge nib. Like the other nibs from the Souverän series, this nib has a single slit and breather hole. It is engraved with the Pelikan logo, the nib size, the gold hallmark, and some flourishes. This is one of my favorite nib designs.
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What I'll tell you right away is the writing experience with an M1000 nib is very different from the M400/M600/M800 - this nib is slightly softer and yields more as you write. In fact, I'd compare the bouncy sensation to the steel nibs of the M200 series. It is not a flex nib. It's not even a springy nib, despite what I may have thought or said in the past (and my apologies for my ignorance at the time). If you apply pressure, you will eventually lift the nib off the feed. Use a light hand and you may occasionally apply a little pressure to make your lines wetter but do so sparingly.
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This fine nib is a colossal fine so if you're looking for an actual fine, look elsewhere. The size of this nib means even a fine nib is a whopper. It is perfectly tuned and adjusted and it requires a light hand to write. It is smooth, very, very wet, and yields as I write. I love the writing experience but it's not going to be for everyone. I'd suggest trying the M1000 nib before investing in the pen because if you are expecting a more firm writer like what you get with the M400/M600/M800, you're going to be surprised. And being surprised with a $500+ pen is not the best.

The piston-filling mechanism works just fine - smooth and clean. Everything is in working order. Since the nib can be removed by unscrewing it, it's easy to maintain the piston at home. Removing the nib will void your warranty but chances are it won't need much in the way of maintenance in the warranty period anyway.

IN HAND

The section is small but the shape makes it quite comfortable but it is a thicker section. I did not find the section itself slippery - the flare kept my grip in place. The pelican-inspired clip is well designed and it is nice and springy. It has a smooth, angled underside so it slides on and off pages, pouches, and pockets with ease. I don't leave it attached to pages just in case it gets knocked off and rolls away.

Unposted, this is a large, wide pen. It does not stretch my grip (like the Delta Dolce Vita Oversize does) but the section and body do feel wide. It is a large pen that will not work for everyone. The cap can be posted by friction, but posting is not advised because of the finish. It also makes the pen quite long and top heavy. I prefer to use this pen unposted and I like the smooth wet nib because it writes just from the weight of the pen. As such, all I need to do is guide the pen and not grip it tightly. That's how I can make a large pen like this work for me. The brass piston mechanism makes the pen heavier towards the back of the pen, which applies enough pressure on the nib to make it write without effort. As such, this nib sailed through the free-writing test. It's perfectly tuned - at least for my preferences - and it is perfectly adjusted. The center of balance is slightly towards the back of the pen.
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Smaller hands should give this pen (or the M1000) a good test before committing, unless you plan to use it occasionally. Even those with larger hands may find it uncomfortable for long writing sessions. It's an oversize pen, so it's not necessarily the most comfortable pen ever.
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Top to bottom: M1005 Stresemann, M800 Brown Tortoise, M600 Pink, M400 White Tortoise.
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PROS & CONS
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OVERALL

The M1000 is Pelikan's flagship model so you can expect a large, elegant, commanding pen. Personally, I love the soft writing experience of this nib size but it's not a "fine" and precise writer if that's what you're looking for. It's luxurious and a bit ridiculous - huge, wet, yielding. The pen itself is large and it's not inexpensive so there are a lot of things to consider. Quite simply, if you are looking for all of these things - an elegant pen with this type of writing experience, this is certainly a pen to consider. I love Pelikans (even when the nibs are overpolished) because of the design, colors, and writing experience. I am not thrilled that this edition costs more than the regular M1000 as there is nothing all that special about it, but I am willing to purchase them. Not everyone is and that's totally fine. I hope this helps you in your pen searches!



I received this item on loan for the purposes of this review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion. This is a sponsored review - that is, I was comepnsated for my time, but not to give a positive review. If you know me and have read my other Pelikan reviews, you'll know I'm a fan in general.


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