Sunday, February 22, 2015

Original Crown Mill correspondence paper

I've been blogging for over one and a half years now, and despite being a rather seasoned pen collector for years, I never wrote any letters up untill now. I had never been in contact with correspondence paper either. My trusty Rhodia pads always did the job, so why would I buy even more expensive paper?

Friday, February 13, 2015

Diplomat Excellence A Plus Fountain Pen

Wait, What? didn't I already review the Diplomat Excellence A before? Why yes, but this isn't just the exact same pen. Even though they are strikingly similar. The pen I'll be reviewing today is the 'Plus' version of the Excellence model, and it has some cool new tricks up its sleeve...

Thursday, February 5, 2015

David Hayward Design Carbon leadholders (Part 2/2)

In this last part of the installment on David Hayward leadholders, we're going to talk about something special. This 2mm carbon leadholder was really quite the surprise when I first saw it, it's the third pencil I review from David Hayward Design, though it's nothing like the previous ones. Nothing like any 2mm leadholder I've seen really!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Montegrappa Fortuna

Montegrappa is the kind of brand that doesn't surprise anyone when they come up with something ridiculously over the top. Simply because, you know, thats what they are known for (think Sylvester Stallone and his 'Chaos' pen). No, Montegrappa is the kind of brand that only really turns heads (or at least my head!) whenever they make something simple, elegant (affordable), like this, the Fortuna!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

David Hayward Design Carbon leadholders (Part 1/2)

I LOVE leadholders! I really do, but - and please give your opinion if you disagree-  everytime I do a review about a leadholder, I feel like there's only so much one can say about it. Especially because it all depends on the lead you put in it, which is, frankly, in my case almost always the same. That's why I decided to make this review about the David Hayward Carbon 5.6mm leadholder a more picture-heavy post. I already blabbed about the 'Hexagonal', another offering from David Hayward, which is fairly similar when it comes to dimensions, and the internal mechanism, so if you want to read more about it, I'd suggest checking out that review.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Pilot Metal Falcon

It's been quite a while since I reviewed the Pilot Justus 95, which was a great pen with a really interesting nib. But that wasn't the only pen Pilot sent me! I also got to play with this: the Pilot Metal Falcon, another semi-flex pen.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Staedtler Premium Initium Corium Simplex

Phew! Quite a substantial name for a pen, right? We're probably all familiar with Staedtler for their high quality stationery, and drawing supplies. Though only very recently they got into the magical world of high-end pens, with their conveniently named product line: 'Premium'.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Kaweco ARTsport fountain pen 'Amecitrin'

This is a REVISITED VERSION of the review I did a while ago! I've put in some new, better pictures, and re-wrote parts of the article. If you like what you see, be sure to leave a comment, and I might do this more often!

Ok, everyone knows the 'sport' series from Kaweco, but this is one you might have never seen before! I was really exited to try this pen, because I never saw one in real life either! And I must say it is even better than it looks in the catalogue or on the internet.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

What I'm looking forward to in 2015...

With 2014 slowly coming to an end, I thought it would be the appropriate time to start looking forward to what 2015 will bring us. In this post, we'll take a look at a few products that are being released next year, and that I'm really looking forward to!

The Conid Streamline.

Conid has been on my radar for quite a while now. It's a Belgian company that isn't actually specialised in making pens. The pens they make are famous for their patented filling mechanism, which is somewhat similar to a next-level Vac-filler. Until recently, their product lineup was rather limited, with only one or two models to choose from, and prices are extremely high (Think: more than a Montblanc!)

This is what you'll find on their website, not a whole lot of information so far!
Recently they released a couple new designs, most of them even more expensive than the original (Really Conid?!) But there was one design that caught my eye: the Minimalistica! It looks to be a cigar-shaped pen, with a really classic design, which is a welcome change from their industrial designs. It also looks like it doesn't have as much detailing (no clip, no center band,...), so I hope this'll be available at a more manageable price! So far they haven't mentioned a release date on this one.

Go check out their website:

The Rebirth of Esterbrook

Throughout the year, there have been several rumours that Esterbrook would be coming back. The brand name has been bought by the same person that also launched Conklin. Along with the first product pics, that honestly didn't show much detail of the pens, came the questions and assumptions... For example, torches were lit because the 'new Esterbrook J' doesn't look anything like the vintage ones, and the limited edtition shown below also doesn't really make a connection between old and new.

I too have my doubts about these pens. First of all, the prices are quite high, given the fact that you can get the vintage stuff for about half the price of the new model J. Also, the thing that made Esterbrook as popular as it is -the massive array of interchangeable nibs- doesn't seem to really be a selling point of these pens either, as I never saw a picture of their nib offerings anywhere. Ok, it has been stated that the nibs will be interchangeable, but pretty much every brand nowadays gives the option to screw out the nib unit!

So far, this product will definitely be the biggest question mark for 2015, it'll be a hit or miss...

You can find their website here, though it isn't fully operational yet:


That's right! TWSBI will be releasing a wooden piston filler! They recently released a lot of pictures about the recent prototypes, and I really like what I'm seeing so far! If they manage to keep the price reasonable, this'll probably get to be part of my collection!

Other than that, I also like what TWSBI is doing on Facebook. They are making a lot of prototypes, and show them off on FB, giving the readers a chance to suggest changes and drool over all that pen goodness!

Take a look at their Facebook page if you want to stay up to date on new TWSBI releases:

Pelikan M805 Stresemann Special Edition

I saw it, and I immediately put it on my wishlist! Pelikan's 2015 special edition will be an M805 with silver-grey Stresemann stripes instead of the classic green red or blue. It just looks amazing, and it's definitely one I'll buy if I can afford it.

That's about it for my wishlist! What are YOU looking forward to in 2015?

Disclaimer: the links in this post are not affilate links. I'm not connected to the brands pictured here. I also do not own the right of pictures, they are property of each respective brand. If these brands would like their picture removed from this page, I'll do so on request.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Pelikan Week Giveaway Announcement!

Pelikan Week has officially ended! I hope you had a good time reading my ramblings about these Pelikan pens. Pelikan Week was a succes, and I'd like to thank everyone who supported it, including all you readers!

But before it's completely over, I'll announce the winners of the Pelikan Week giveaway! As the giveaway was held through Rafflecopter, the winners are automatically selected at random, so let's find out who won...

Congratulations to: Pether O. and Harry L. !

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks again for all the support, thanks for entering the giveaway, and I hope you enjoyed it! I'll get back to my normal rhythm of uploading reviews and posts now, so I hope you come and visit thePencilcaseblog again soon! 

(The winners are contacted by email, and will receive their prize soon.)