Thursday, May 24, 2018

Review: Franklin-Christoph Model 31 Omnis Purpurae Fountain Pen 18kt Gold Nib @1901FC

Thanks to Franklin-Christoph for sending this beautiful purple pen for a review! It's also equipped with a delicious nib!
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ABOUT
Body material: Acrylic resin
Trim: Metal
Nib material: #6 14kt gold (Steel also available)
Filling System: Standard international cartridge/converter, eyedropper-capable
Cap: Threaded
Posts: Yes, friction
Length (capped): 140.9 mm/5.5"
Length (uncapped): 129.7 mm/5.1"
Length (posted): 172.0 mm/6.75"
Length (section): 25.4 mm/1.0"
Diameter (barrel): 13.2 - 14.0 mm/0.52" - 0.56"
Diameter (section): 11.0 - 11.2 mm/0.43" - 0.44"
Weight (all): 26 g
Weight (cap): 10 g
Weight (body): 16 g
Price: ~$255.00USD with gold nib upgrade and no customization
Where to buy: Franklin-Christoph
PACKAGING

Thumbs up. I really like Franklin-Christoph's packaging. I hate having a bunch of pen boxes, even the gorgeous, really interesting ones. I just don't have space or interest in keeping them. This Model 66 Stabilis came in a black leather, zippered pouch with a soft suede-like interior. The pouch and pen were delivered in a simple, light, recyclable white cardboard sleeve. Not only is it less wasteful than a larger clamshell box, it also weighs less (for shipping). The zippered pouch is something that can be used as a pen (or pencil) pouch, or it can be used to lend a friend a pen... it has more than one use!
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APPEARANCE

The Model 31 is a round pen with a beveled top and bottom. The finial is engraved with the Franklin-Christoph logo. This Model 31 has a clip attached to a small metal tab through the cap. The seam between the top of the cap and the cap body is visible, but it is smooth.The cap end tapers towards the barrel and connects smoothly. I like the smooth, curvy appearance of the pen. The cap is engraved with Franklin-Christoph 31. I like this because I will always know what the model is! Sometimes you can forget or get things mixed up.
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Uncapped, the pen is pretty cute. The section is smooth, round, and slightly pinched. The cap threads are at the back of the section instead of the front, like what you find on the Model 66. There are three grooved rings on the barrel. This pen is the Purpurae - a gorgeous purple that I love. It's a stunning pearlescent color with veins of darker purple swirled through it. It isn't a bright, in-your-face purple. It's a little dark and mysterious. Gorgeous, great design.
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NIB & PERFORMANCE

The nib is a 14kt gold double-broad. The #6 nib is slightly recessed in the section so it's partially covered. The nib unit can be unscrewed. The nib is a smooth, wet, pleasant writer. It is on the sift side, yielding as you write to offer a little line variation. The nib and feed perform well during long and fast writing sessions, so long as no pressure is applied. I love Franklin-Christoph nibs. They're always well-tuned and adjusted for my preferences. The steel nib is always great but the gold nibs have a softer touch that I love. This nib is set up for modification, which they offer in-house. I'm thinking a crisp cursive-italic! Yummy.
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The standard international cartridge/converter set up works great. Easy to fill, empty, clean, and maintain. It can be turned into an eyedropper with just a bit of silicone grease on the threads.
IN HAND

The clip is nice and springy - easy to operate one-handed. It slides on and off pockets, pouches, and pages easily. The section is super comfortable - smooth, warm, not slippery. The cap threads are not sharp. I love the section design. It's really nice in hand and works well for me.

Unposted, the pen is a comfortable length and it is well-balanced. The cap can be posted snugly and securely by friction. Although the cap posts, I find the pen too long for comfortable use. It is not top heavy though, so if you must post and the length works for you, then it's great. I like it unposted.
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One thing I dislike is there is a gap between the inner edge of the section and the nib. If you dip this into a bottle of ink to fill, it's messy if you forget to clean that gap. It can be avoided if you fill the converter directly or eyedropper the pen. It's not a deal breaker, but it's good to be aware of it to avoid an inky mess.
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Top to bottom: Franklin-Christoph Model 31, Franklin-Christoph Model 20, Franklin-Christoph Model 66 Stabilis, Lamy Safari. 
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PROS & CONS
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OVERALL

I am a big fan of Franklin-Christoph pens, even though I am trying to present you an unbiased review. I have met the fine folks who run the company and they are delightful, and that helps in building brand loyalty. I also love their pens - they are very comfortable, attractive, and the selection of nibs and nib modifications really works for me. I love the SIG and Masuyama grinds - they are all fun and I think fairly priced. They're not inexpensive pens and nib combinations, but you'll get a lifetime of enjoyment out of them. They also back their products with a lifetime warranty.

The Model 31 is quite comfortable. I think I would get it without a clip because I like the seamless look. You get a leather sleeve, minimal, low-waste packaging, and that lifetime warranty, not to mention a selection of nibs. The most fun thing is to get yourself to a pen show that Franklin-Christoph attends because they bring a slew of prototypes that are irresistible. So much fun, highly recommended!




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, May 23, 2018

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Ink Shot Review: KWZ Ink IG Green #1 @BureauDirect

Thanks to Bureau Direct for sending this ink for a review!
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ABOUT
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Color: Green
Bottle: 60 ml
Price: £16.95
Where to buy: Bureau Direct

Bureau Direct and KWZI share this information on IG inks:
It is recommended not to leave it unused for a long time in order not to let the ink dry out in the pen, otherwise it might be difficult to clean the pen. In the worst cases, this ink may damage your pen if left too long. 
A pen filled with IG ink needs some special care, similar to when any permanent ink is used. The key here is not to let your pen dry out as this will leave a residue that can't be cleaned out. How long it can be left depends on your pen - a cheaper pen may dry out quicker but this is depends on your pen.  If IG inks are used on daily basis, there are no special requirements as the ink will not have dried out. 
The Iron Gall series by KWZ Ink refers to the type of ink used in medieval times for writing manuscripts, but it has been designed as a modern fountain pen friendly ink. It is gaining popularity because the written notes are extremely long lasting on paper, as the color will darken over time as opposed to other inks, which tend to fade over time. Writing with it is fun, as the colour will change immediately. For example the pink ink becomes violet, the orange will become brown. The written notes are also water resistant to some extent. The dyes can be washed away, but the iron gall component is permanently bonded with the paper, so the text is still easy to read. 
The range of Iron Gall KWZ Inks includes 3 types. IG Mandarin is light iron gall - it means that the iron gall component concentration is very low and the maintenance doesn't differ from using standard ink. IG Blue-Black is Archive Iron Gall, which means that the concentration of the iron gall component is very high, thus it is the most water resistant and the most permanent of the whole IG KWZ ink range.  All the other IG KWZ inks - blues, greens, violets, reds or brown are the medium type - iron component concentration is high enough to make the notes everlasting, but low enough to be highly convenient in daily use. We still recommend taking precaution when using any IG ink as we don't want you to damage your pen.
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Before drying.
PROS
  • Bottle is easy to fill from.
  • Well-behaved ink.
  • I love this green - it's sort of a teal even after oxidizing. 
  • Looks great in wide, broad and/or stub nibs but is easily legible in finer nibs as well.
  • Rich color.
  • Dark bottles are UV-resistant.
  • Flows well.
  • Decent price for the amount of ink you get. 
  • Great if you need an archival ink but don't want just a blue-black or black.
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CONS
  • It's an iron-gall ink so it takes some extra attention with cleaning. 
  • It can stain pens and porous surfaces.
  • It has a strong, sweet smell. Some friends of mine love it but I really don't like it.
OVERALL

KWZI creates some truly beautiful inks in useful, easy-to-fill from bottles that can be stored easily. They're wet flowing and are well-behaved. I am a fan of teal inks and find this one quite pretty! Personally, the smell is so strong that it's off-putting but I know many others who don't mind it. It may be best to try a sample first if you're sensitive to smells! If you aren't and like the colors, they're well worth it.





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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