I spotted this beauty of a pen the other day and decided to set up a #pendelight article on it. This is the Caran d’Ache Year of the Goat Limited Edition fountain pen, which I should have talked about during the Chinese New Year, but did not get a chance to. The pen is designed for the Year of the Goat, which is the 7th animal in the Chinese zodiac sign, and also the sign representing this year. Those of you who like (or were born in) the Goat Year, and like Caran d’Ache, you are in for a treat with this pen! On the pen barrel, you see the outline of a goat being carved onto it. The metallic material inside the carvings is rhodium-plated. It gives off a lively and vibrant feel to the pen. There are also carvings on the section, which I thought was interesting as sections are not often places penmakers would put an artwork on. Caran d’Ache is a Swiss pen brand from Geneva, Switzerland, so you see the words “Swiss made” engraved on the trim. This pen also makes use of black Chinese lacquer for the body. We often hear of Japanese […]
Caran d’Ache produces quite some nice colours of inks, and while I have done a couple of ink samples late last year, I haven’t gotten down to reviewing them on this site yet. The brand has had a range called the Caran d’Ache Colors of the Earth inks, which has been discontinued and replaced with their Chromatic range. I was lucky enough to have snatched up 3 of the old inks before they were all out of the market. Before I start my ink review, I’ll have to disclaim that the colour of the ink that I scanned for this review may not be the same as the actual colour perceived. I have tried my best to adjust the hues to be as similar as possible to the real thing, based on what I see on my Macbook laptop screen. Your computer may output a slightly different hue, depending on the settings of your screen colours. Just search on Google Images for any of the ink names, and you will see how vastly different the colours look like for each type of ink! Caran d’Ache Colors of the Earth: Saffron I have a great weakness for certain colours for inks. One […]
Alright, I actually bought this pen for myself for my birthday in 2012, but I’ve been keeping it under wraps for almost 2 years now! Nope, it’s not a hideous pen that is unable to see the world. In fact, it’s a pretty pen, and a good one at that! Introducing… the Pilot Custom 742 with a soft fine-medium nib! This elegant, classic-looking pen is black with gold trims, not very much unlike the Mont Blanc classic pens, or my Platinum Music pen which I reviewed here. I remember debating with myself for a long time, whether I should get the Pilot/Namiki Falcon, or this pen. I finally decided on this pen just because it’s a little bigger (and you know I love huge and tiny pens), newer, and pretty sturdy (sturdier than the Falcon or not, I’m not sure). The Falcon nib has a nice shape, and is able to flex just like this soft fine-medium (SFM) nib, but all I wanted was a flex pen, so either way was fine for me. The golden trim around the pen cap says “Custom 742”. 742 is a nice number, I can’t really explain why. It’s just one of those nice […]
Hey, ho! I think I am on a roll lately blogging about fountain pens and reviewing them at top speed. Today’s review is going to be about a really cool music pen – the Platinum Music Nib Pen. What is a music pen used for, you may ask? Is it only for writing music? Clearly not, even though the nib is supposed to be optimized for writing on sheet music when placed upright on a music stand. You can use the music pen for everyday writing, that is, if you like the line variation that it offers. There are 3 brands that I know of which are carrying the music pen. Platinum music nib on a Platinum 3776 pen (which is the one I have) Pilot/Namiki has a music nib that you can install on the Custom 74 or Custom 742 pens Sailor also places their music nib by default on the Sailor 1911 fountain pen. The Platinum and Pilot music nibs have double slits and triple tines, a feature which is supposed to improve the ink flow via the feed to the tip of the nib. This enables a consistent ink delivery to the sheet music even when you write vertically. […]
Today we’ll be talking about a new pen that I’ve got last year: the Noodler’s Konrad Acrylic fountain pen. We’ve had a new dealer for Noodler’s stuff in Singapore and he’s part of our fountain pen club, so when he brought all the stock in, you can be sure that we snapped them up like hungry hyenas. I bought two of the Konrads myself, and was pleased to hear that, being so new, the ones I have chosen hadn’t even been named yet. Let’s take in their entire beauty: Of course, these pens have been launched last year, and they have since been named beautiful names. The top, red and purple swirl patterned pen, is the Forbidden City, while the bottom blue-swirl patterned one, is the Marbled Marianas. As I’ve said before, I’m not such a great fan of red, but this red and purple is such a striking combination that I just had to get it! So this is the pen I am going to review today. The only other Noodler’s pen that I’ve ever owned or reviewed has been the Noodler’s Ahab Jade fountain pen. The Ahab and the Konrad both use the standard Noodler’s nib, and […]
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