Friday, November 21, 2014

Lamy 2000


There's good pens, and there's great pens, often with just a very faint line separating the two! It isn't always easy to say wether or not a pen is great under ALL circumstances (as in: everybody would like it). However, if a pen has been around for over 45 years, almost half a century (!!!), and it's still one of the flagship models in the lineup, there's got to be at least something remarkable about it...

Thursday, November 13, 2014

David Hayward Design Hexagonal leadholder


I seem to be in a leadholder frenzy lately, I mean I obviously liked them for a loooooong while, but I recently thought it was about time to catch up on leadholder reviews here on the blog!

And thus it was inevitable... At some point I had to review, what I think is, the holy grail of leadholders, The David Hayward Design 'Hexagonal' leadholder!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Pilot Frixion Ball knock Biz


Before Pilot sent me this Frixion ball Biz to try out, I had never actually used a Frixion pen, so I was quite excited to see what all the fuzz was about! Unfortunately, the results were mixed, and it made me wonder if this pen is actually worth the premium when compared to the much cheaper versions!

Friday, November 7, 2014

IT'S FOUNTAIN PEN DAY!!!

That's right people! It's that time of the year again! Unplug your computer, smash your phones and tablets (or maybe don't), grab some paper and some of your favourite Fountain pens, because today is the official...

Fountain Pen Day 2014!!!

(Image courtesy of Fountain Pen Day)

So write like you've never written before, drink bordeaux-red ink instead of whine (again, something you shouldn't try, I'm talking to you, Azizah!) But most importantly, have a great time geeking out over your treasured fountain pens! I know I will!

Happy fountain pen day everyone!


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Kaweco Student Vintage Blue


When you look at my pen collection, you'll definitely notice that I'm not a huge fan of brightly-coloured, flashy pens. Ok, there might be a few exceptions, such as acrylic pens (e.g. Kaweco artsport, or Delta Journal). But in general it doesn't do the trick for me... IN GENERAL, but NOT in this case! Even though this Vintage blue Kaweco Student could well be categorized as one of those 'flashy' pens, its colour doesn't bother me at all! Oddly enough, it was the colour that made me interested in the first place!

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!)