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Amazing Snailmail!

So this took me a while to upload but here it is, an amazing RAK parcel I received from the amazing Raissa in Delaware, a few weeks back! I usually post snailmail related things in my other (mail) blog but thought this would be great here, since this is technically a writing material themed post. Haha.

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These Midori Travelers Notebook inserts are handmade. As of now, I’ve started using the one on the farthest right. As well as some of the vintage Belgian stamps.

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The fountain pen ink samples are great as well, so far I’ve only used the Ancient Copper sample in my 1997 Parker Frontier. I can’t wait to use the Stormy Grey one though, there are gold flecks in there folks!

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It’s is a Noodler’s Ahab flex pen, and so far I’ve started to get the hang of the nib. It does take up a lot of ink, and sometimes I end up with in stains on my fingers from all the tinkering. But I’ve finally gotten it to a good setting and it writes quite smoothly. (At the moment, I have Noodler’s Burgundy ink stains on my hands.) This also came with a separate nonflex nib.

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Lastly, there was also a Faber Castell LOOM, with an extra fine nib. Thus pen writes a very nice fine line. And it feels very durable!
Well, many thanks to Raissa for her kindness. This package made my day completely.
Well, have a good one folks!

Obsession

Many of you already know by now that I am rather fond of stationary and writing utensils, okay, obsessed. I really am, I’m that person that is happy to spend hours and hours on different websites reading and researching and overall ogling different types of fountain pens. I’m that person who watches TV and notices the pens characters use on shows and movies, and I feel damn proud of myself when I’m able to note the particular brand and especially model. I even dance when it turns out that I have the same one.

(Stop shaking your head, save the judgement for the end of this post.)

Here is a recent example: I was watching Endeavour from Masterpiece, and Agent Carter from Marvel and realized both have Parker Jotters (or very close lookalikes.) Jotters are made to look like vintage pens, so I assume the main actors of the show were handed these. Morse has a black one, and Betty Carter has a red one (in her purse).

Okay, you can judge me now.

Anyone else obsessed about something random like this?

Guilty of Pen-snobbery

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.

New Every Day Carry: Lihit Lab Pen Case

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Hello all. For a while now I’ve wanted a travel case of some kind to safelly carry my pens and a few other necessities. And once again Amazon pulled through for me. A few days ago, I was searching through pen cases online and came accross this one, on sale. The case is definetly bigger than I thought, about 8X4 and 2 inches thick (which gets thicker depending on how many things you put into it); and though I got the black version, it’s made of a sturdy glossy material that makes it look almost charcoal gray. Now, if the inner link g were black too, I would be one hundred percent happy with this. But, I can live with brown. Here are a few pictures of my current set-up:

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(I added a charm to one of the zippers for easier opening.)

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(Pens from left to right: Parker Hotter in red, Kaweco Sport Inkball, Pilot Coleto 4 chamber, Pilot Metropolitan in black with dot design, Pilot Petit blue, Lamy Safari in Charcoal, Lamy Al-Star in Purple, 3 Pilot Hi-Tec Cs in blue, purple and green, Staedtler Noris Pencil, Red Stabilo, a Palomino Blackwing pencil, Black Artist Loft Pitt Pen, Brown Sakura Pitt Pen, and a Pilot V5 fine point.) I may change out some pens in the future, but for now these are my favorites.

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Okay, and on the other side, I have a pocket foldable box cutter, earphones, earplugs (for noisier locations), an eraser and extra ink catridges for my fountain pens, a glue pen, silver sharpie, a portable bottle of medicine, extra earphones in case I break the first pair (which has happened before), and a notebook with sticky notes inside.
With this baby, I’m read for anything!
(Except for Armageddon.)
Well, hope everyone has a great evening!