J. Herbin’s Bleu Ocean. After seeing the Stormy Grey sample from Raissa, I looked up the collection and fell in love with this blue one. Call it a graduation gift to myself.
Pen snob, that’s the first phrase that comes to mind when considering my assortment of writing instruments. I may very well fall into such category, but I will say it is justified.
Over the past few months, I’ve uploaded several posts on some of my favorite pens. Mainly, fountain pens. I’ll admit, I’m obsessed with them, however, this obsession comes from the need to personalize the things I carry.
Anyway, there is a reason to why I prefer my fountain pens over regular pen; several reasons actually. Not only can I freely choose my ink color, but a fountain pen is refillable so long as it is well maintained. Yet, the biggest reason for me is that over time, the more I use it, the more I mold it into something personal. The pen becomes an extension of myself, and I do not have to worry about it running out of ink or having to toss it once it does. Of course, an attraction to their classic nature is also at play, but, mostly I love them for being faithful companions. And, being a child of the last century, I cannot help but hold on to some of the older traditions, be it post mail or the use of fountain pens. There is just a sense of romance to it all that is missing in some of the newer forms of communication.
Anyway, I’ll end this here and wish you all a good night. Or morning, actually.
After two weeks of waiting, I finally got this in the mail. Though the fountain pen model of the Kaweco Classic is quite popular, I thought to try out another rollerball style pen that takes fountain pen ink. After the disappointment with Noodler’s Nib Creaper, I did some research and found that Kaweco had a better inkball pen. I have to admit, it does. While the Creaper felt too cheap for the amount of money I paid, this one was much more sturdily built (though also made of plastic). At first, it wrote a bit scratchily, but little by little it’s smoothing out. Now I just have to get used to the small size.
How was everyone’s weekend and Halloween?
I know it’s been a while (a long while) since my last pen post. So, I thought I’d finally break that dry streak and upload a few pictures of my most resent acquisition: The Jinhao X750. I purchased the “Shimmering Sands” model from Amazon when it was on sale a few weeks ago, and so far, I am really shocked at how nice it is. However, just like every other pen, there are things I like, and things I don’t like about it. But first, take a look at some of the shots I took. (Sorry for the slight blue tinge, it was early morning when I got the chance to sit down and take these.)
From the various pictures I saw of it online, I originally thought it would be thinner, and lighter since I didn’t order the full metal model. However, moments after pulling it from its packaging, I almost dropped it because I was shocked by the weight. It’s a hefty pen, that’s for sure; so much so that I have to write with it uncapped in order to reduce wrist strain. However, this doesn’t change the fact that this is a really pretty pen, well made, and all for ten dollars, whaaat? It also lives up to its model name, because even though you can see the glitter in the black barrel, the lighting doesn’t do it justice. And being the crow-like individual that I am, I could stand under the sun staring at it for hours. The nib is also larger than I thought, and writes like a medium nib, with thicker lines. Though I prefer fine to extra-fine nibs, I’m not entirely unhappy with this one. For one, broader lines bring out the different shades in fountain pen inks quite nicely. The metal rings at both ends, and the elaborate engraving in the cap are all nice touches, as well as the pen clip. Yet, therein lies another issue, the pen clip is really tough, and so is useless in my case. In all, the pen is rather nice for its price range; a bit heavy for prolonged writing, though it has nice weight distribution and its large nib (writes like a medium, size isn’t specified, and no it’s not an 18K gold nib) brings out the shades in inks nicer than finer nibs.
Also, as is my custom, I purchased a bottle of ink with the pen. This time, I got Noddler’s Burgundy, which, unlike the name suggests, is more of a magenta than a burgundy. At first, I was a bit annoyed at this, but after loading the pen with it and writing out a few words, I fell in love with the ink. Noodler’s inks come in great colors, are well priced, have little to no feathering, and the same goes with bleed-through. Below is a pen and ink sample. (Again, the morning light dulled the ink’s vibrancy. I have to come up with better shooting schedules.)
Yup, I’m no good at long reviews (or reviews in general), so I’ll end this here. I do have another pen on the way, so look for another pen post in the near future. Have a good night!
A video of me writing with the four pens I wrote for today’s Blogging Tool post. Enjoy! (And sorry for the horrible angles, I wan’t able to get my hands on a tripod.)
I hope you’re all having a good night. I originally wanted to have this post up yesterday afternoon, but things got a bit complicated (as they usually do). In this case, I was figuring out how to work iMovie in order to make a video for this post. The good news is that I figured it out, and the better news is that I have uploaded it to youtube and will be posting a link right after this.
Today’s tool is none other than the pen. Of course, many of us prefer to type, but again, you’re not always going to have your laptop with you twenty-four-seven. This goes along with your notebook, which you use to write down notes (duh, I’m a bit embarrassed with this sentence), ideas, and other things for your blog. However, just like the right notebook is necessary for creative productions, there is also the right pen. Each pen is different (again, I know, duh), and because of that (and the fact that we are all different) we all have our preferred kind. For example, my favorites are gel and rollerballs. Also, most recently, fountain pens. So, I thought it would be fun to also do a series of posts on pens, and the kind I have in my legion (yes legion) of pens. For today, I am focusing on my newest fountain pen, a couple gel pens, and a smooth rollerball. Enjoy!
These two are Uni-ball Signos, gel of course, and write with blue/black and purple/black ink. One great aspect of gel ink pens is that they are very smooth. Which I love, because I don’t like using pens that require extra force to write as they slow me down (ex: Bic ballpoints). However, the downside to them is that they can be a tad expensive (depending on the store and brand) and mostly, they run out of ink a lot faster than normal ballpoint and even rollerball pens. But they’re really nice.
This one, also a Uni-ball pen, is a rollerball and so, writes incredibly smooth. It has a large store of ink as well. A downside to these, though, is that they can bleed through cheaper paper, and some even take a while to fully dry. On Moleskine paper for example, I have had to wait a few seconds for the ink to dry before turning the page.
Now, for my latest acquisition. This is the black, dot design, Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen. As some of you may know, I have recently become a fountain pen collector, and even posted about the Cross Bailey I purchased a couple months ago. I love it, but since it is a more expensive pen, I thought it wrong to carry it around with me and run the risk of dropping, and even losing it. So, I ended up buying a couple other pens (the other I will post about on another date). This Metropolitan is one of them, as it is about 18 dollars (as opposed to 45), and easily replaceable in the worst case scenario. (Though, I hope this never comes because I love this baby.) The Metropolitan has an incredibly smooth nib, and aside from cartridges, it can also be loaded with ink. One neat thing about this pen is that not only does it come nicely packaged, with a sample cartridge, and is made out of metal (the body has a nice matte finish), but it also comes with a converter.
Here, you can see the converter, which, unlike the usual twist type, is the kind you squeeze (while the tip and half of the grip is submerged in ink) and release. As you can see from the picture before this, I have a bottle of Waterman Tender Purple Ink. I bought this ink at the same time as the Metropolitan, so now I have the converter filled with it. (Which, on a side note, is a really beautiful purple, not dark or muddy, but a bright true purple.) On the downside, however, 18 dollars is still a high price, though understandable for a fountain pen. (And, a bit shocking–in a good way–compared to others fountain pens that are more expensive and cheaply made.) Another thing is that the converter it comes with can only hold a small amount of ink so you may have to load it every night if you write a lot during the day. Because of this, I carry two fountain pens with me, and a couple more traditional types. (The Uni-balls for now.)
The reason I chose to use fountain pens, also, is because not only can I load them with many kinds of inks, but some of these inks are also waterproof. I am a stickler for inks, and especially dislike those that cannot withstand severe water damage. I try to use only waterproof when writing in my notebooks, and when writing letters, because I don’t want to loose the notes or entries further down the road. (And I’m not being paranoid here, but realistic. I’m a major klutz and have lost notebooks, homework, and even a video game console to water.)
All in all, having the right pen with you when writing notes can not only make writing a tad more pleasant, but fun as well. In fact, ergonomically speaking, If you use a pen that drags on the page, or is scratchy, and so, slows you down, eventually you’re going to develop a cramp in your wrist and fingers. Any writer can attest to this. (In fact, I have a slight cramp now, and I’m typing!)
Well, I hope you enjoyed my little post and have a wonderful night! Till next time.
Since all of you know how much of a dork I am, I figured I’d share what came in my mail earlier this morning with you all: My new Cross fountain pen! This is the Cross Bailey, which I ordered on Amazon a few days ago. Originally I had a Cross Coventry (the blue model) but let’s just say puppy: 1, Cross Pen: 0. So, I needed to replace it. Luckily I found it cheaper online than it originally is, because, let’s admit, no way in hell am I paying $45 for a fountain pen with my measly budget. The reason I got this too is because I loved my old Cross Coventry, the weight felt good in my hand and the metal body gave it a cool smooth texture. (Yes, metal and the puppy still won.) I have yet to use this one, as I’m waiting for the ink to settle in the nib. But I can’t wait to use it!
So, anyone order anything neat lately?