Monday, October 27, 2014

Inktastic: Kaweco Summer purple

This might very well be my favourite Kaweco ink! I don't have many purple inks to compare it to, but that's fine, I just need this one from now on!

As usual, the kaweco inks come in a simple ink bottle. There's really not much to say about it, I'd have preferred a slightly fancier bottle, especially given the price of this ink. But on the other hand, the classic design does fit the 'retro-ish' theme of the kaweco brand!

Anyway, let's talk about the important stuff...

Kaweco Summer purple is a gorgeous ink, I really like the saturated, dark purple colour. It changes from violet to some sort of dark aubergine when it dries. I only have one other purple ink to compare it to, which is Visconti Purple. Compared to the Visconti ink, this one is a LOT darker.  It has decent shading, with a noticeable difference between darker and lighter strokes.

The properties of this ink are quite basic, it performs well, but not outstanding. The flow is good enough to prevent skipping, but it can't exactly be called a wet ink. Of all inks I've used, this is definitely one of the more water-resistant inks out there. I wouldn't suggest writing in the rain though...

14 Euros / 17.50 USD for a small bottle (30ml) like this can't exactly be called cheap, but if there's one ink from kaweco I think you should try, it's definitely this one!

Note: this ink was sent to me by Kaweco, free of charge, so I could write this review.  I was in no way influenced in the making of this review, nor was I monetarily compensated. The opinions shared in this review are completely my own!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Kaweco Special Chrome Mechanical Pencil

A few months ago, I reviewed the Kaweco Special 2mm leadholder in black, which was a fun pencil, though it had a few flaws that deteriorated from the overall experience... 
Now, a few months later, I have almost the same pencil in my hands. ALMOST! With the only two differences: it's glossy silver instead of matte black. And it being a 0.9mm mechanical pencil instead of a 2.0mm leadholder! This'll be a quick review, mainly focused on the things that changed since the previous review!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Delta 'The Journal' (Fusion Stub Nib!)

Remember the times where I mentioned I absolutely dislike brightly coloured pens? Yeah... I apparently say that a lot!...However, things have changed recently! There's been a few non-black pens recently that just caught my attention right away. One of these pens is the Delta 'The Journal' in Pearl red. The moment I saw it in real life (Which was also the first time I heard of the 'journal' collection from Delta!), it was just desitined to become mine!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Esterbrook J

I took a leap of faith...into the magical world of vintage pens! I bought an Esterbrook J! Let's be honest, it had to happen one day, and I'm glad that day is today (or rather two weeks ago when I bought it at the Tilburg Pen Show!) 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Worther Compact Leadholder

Back in August, when I met Frank from Fontoplumo in The Hague, he gave me this very pretty black Worther Compact that accompanies the natural aluminium one I already owned. (Just like Mary from 'From the Pen Cup', I like to have collect sets of certain products, in this case, a nice set of worther leadholders!)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Kaweco Skyline fountain pen

We all know the Classic Sport pens Kaweco makes, and I guess most people like them too, but there's something that has always annoyed me (and I CANNOT be the only one...): the gold trims! Unless you went with the colourful Ice Sport, there was no way of getting a silver trimmed pen... UNTIL TODAY!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Pilot Justus 95

The Pilot Justus 95 is what looks like a pretty simple, typical Japanese fountain pen. The design can be found -more or less- on a couple of other Japanese pens, such as the Sailor Pro-Gear. Or at least, that's what it looks like at first! Take a closer look, and you'll see that this Japanese beauty is far from mainstream! Not only are there a few design elements that really stand out, what's found under the cap is like nothing I've seen before!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Tilburg Pen Show 2014

Here's just a quick recap with some photos of this year's Tilburg Pen Show in the Netherlands. I had a great time, met some amazing people, and emptied my wallet (with ease)!

I wasn't kidding when I said my wallet was empty afterwards!
I bought a few pens, including the Delta Journal pictured above and a Kaweco sketchUp Acrylic leadholder. I also traded a pen for a matte black Kaweco Allrounder. Something I couldn't include in the pictures is my first ever Esterbrook. Some parts had to be replaced, so it's currently with a Belgian Pen repairer (Penmeister?). Some people might know him by the name 'Fountainbel', that's right, the designer of the Conid pens! Oh! And I almost forgot to mention the limited edition P.W. Akkerman ink Frank from Fontoplumo gave me! Thanks Frank!

Tilburg isn't a huge show, however the location is pretty cool (In the middle of the Tilburg Museum for Natural History!) And it's filled to the brim with pen addicts like us! I met a lot of cool people: retailers like Fontoplumo, La Couronne Du Comte, even our very own Belgian pen brand, Conid! And this year was even more special, because I had the chance to meet Azizah (from Gourmetpens) AND Stephen Brown (from SBRE Brown)!

La Couronne Du Comte's table, as jaw-dropping as always!

Werner from Conid demonstrating their awesome filling mechanism!
A Conid Bulkfiller

The Marlen Distributors! (notice the person on the right who conveniently hid underneath his magnifying glasses!)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Staedtler Digital Pen 2.0

I had heard of this kind of pens before, and I've always been quite fascinated by them. But I never actually took the plunge and got one. Until today! Staedtler sent me one of their new Digital pens (version 2) to try out! 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

inexPENsive - Uni-ball Eye needlepoint pen

I'm not a huge fan of gel ink pens, nor am I an expert on them, so bare with me while I try to explain why I -quite unexpected - like this pen!

First of all, it writes! Really, if you're me, that's allready quite an achievement! For some reason, this kind of pens never works longer than ten minutes in my hands. So yeah, it writes... really good actually! The flow is nice and consistent, the thick 1mm tip provides a lot of ink and it does so without skipping (phew!) The ink itself is nice and dark.

It's definitely not the prettiest of cheap pens, but the build quality is very good. The plastic is sturdy and the clip is easy to use. The barrel and top of the cap are colour coded, so it's easy to see which colour you're holding.

Another reason why I like this pen is the tip. It's a needlepoint design, which makes it easy to see what you are writing. I wouldn't recommend it for technical drawing though. The ink doesn't dry very fast so your technical plans could end up in a mess! It isn't the most precise tip either, the 1mm width is quite unusual for a needlepoint. If you're into very fine writers, this one won't be your cup of tea!

As a daily writer however, this pen is a very good choice. It writes nice and smooth, and it's quite a comfortable pen to hold!

Price: 2,5 Euros / 3 USDollars or less!