We’re taking a look at—deep breath—NAGASAWA PenStyle-Den KobeINK物語 #8 Arima Amber! There was a time you had to buy this ink in Japan or get a courier service to have it mailed to you. But we live in an incredible time, don’t we? pharaonisConrad is a Californian fountain pen lover. wintersharks.blogspot.com
Why is this nib “rare”? It’s been about a year or two since Pelikan has discontinued nibs larger than broad. In the past, they used to have special nib sizes such as oblique broad (OB), double broad (BB) and triple broad (3B). Now, they have discontinued them and are down to extra-fine (EF), fine (F), medium (M), and broad (B). Isn’t it a disadvantage for Pelikan, as there is one less selling point to attract their customers to buy their pens, precisely because of their wide range of nib choices? Anyway, sometimes we don’t agree with the decisions that companies make, and while I don’t agree that the big nibs – especially the obliques – should be discontinued, I did not rush out to get one for myself. I don’t know what I was thinking. However, Mike, a nice friend of mine, has lent me his OB nib which flew to Singapore all the way from Europe, and stayed with me for a good many months before I actually came down to reviewing it. I put it onto an M1000 body for the purpose of this review. The Pen The Pelikan Souverän series of fountain pens is one representing the premium pens […]
I have lately received an interesting product from Straits Pen, and the product is from a company I have never heard of before. It is the Backpocket Ink Tester. I love new products from new brands, so I was pretty excited to review this notebook! The Backpocket Ink Tester is a pocket-sized notebook which reminds me much of Field Notes, the super-popular pocket-sized brand of notebooks that everyone seems to love. It is made by Curnow Bookbinding & Leatherwork, from Dixon, California. These are handmade journals, which makes it even more appealing to me! When you flip to the middle of the book, you will be able to see the binding, which seems to be some sort of wire or twine. It’s an interesting way of binding (while Field Notes are bound by classic staples). Within the book, there are 46 pages of forms for you to fill out your ink records, so you can record 46 different kinds of inks in one single book. The fields allow you to record the ink brand, ink name, the pen and nib you used for the record, and the date. Following those, you can give star ratings for ink characteristics like shading, saturation, […]
I must confess: The thing that initially drew me to Pelikan pens in the first place was the tortoiseshell design. Even though I had heard and read wonderful things about the Souverän line, I just never got around to trying them out for myself. This all changed when I came across both the M600 White Tortoise, and the M800 Brown Tortoise. I instantly fell in love with the colours and the intricacy of the design, with the contrasting hues and the gold trim that complimented both the nib and the barrel. I appreciate the aesthetics of a pen almost as much as its writing feel, and I incorporate my judgement about both factors when purchasing a pen. I don’t want a pen that merely writes well but I don’t like the look or feel of, nor do I want a pen that only looks great but writes piss poorly. I was lucky enough to be able to try out the Souveräns before I bought, and found that I enjoyed their size, weight and feel of writing very much. I got the M600 white tortoise last year to start with, keeping the M800 in mind as a “grail” of sorts. This year, […]
Hey dear Readers, I am finally back from my two-week Spain and France trip! Actually I already touched down in Singapore on the night of 12 May, but there had been so many stuff going on that I really hadn’t the time to reply to stuff, read all the Twitter posts I missed, read all the blog posts I missed, nor even BLOGGED! Don’t ask me what happened, it’s a long list of long stories. You must be excited and anticipating my show-off of all the nice stuff I bought from Europe, eh? Here they are: The Writers And the Inkers Sadly as my trip was really rushed, I hadn’t the time to buy anything in Spain. But there I saw pens that looked identical to the kikki.k gel pen that I bought and reviewed not long ago, except for the patterns! No Silver Flower patterns, but with other designs. I didn’t buy them and I don’t know why. Now I regret. The whole lot of stuff that are displayed in the above pictures were all bought from one single store: Georges & Co. in Paris. I will talk about them in another blog post as soon as I can, […]
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