Sunday, April 26, 2015

And the winner is....

The Lamy Copperorange Giveaway has officially ended! So all there's left to do is thank all of you who participated, and of course... announce the winner!

So without further ado, the winner of the Lamy Al-Star Copperorange fountain pen and ink is.....

[DRUMROLL]

April H.

Congratulations April, I'll send you an E-mail straight away! Thanks again to everyone who entered, and special thanks to Penworld for sponsoring!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Last Chance to Enter the Copperorange Giveaway!

Here's just a quick reminder that my Lamy Al-Star Copperorange Giveaway is coming to an end fast! Should you still want a chance to win an Al-star fountain pen and ink cartridges in this awesome limited edition color, you'll have to be fast, because there's only ten hours left! Click on the link below to go to the giveaway page:


Good Luck! 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

L-INK #9 (23-04-2015)

- Edelberg Sloop Ballpoint pen - Clicky Post

- Code & Quill Origin Notebook -  Edjelley

- I went to a B&M pencil shop and it was awesome - Edjelley

- TWSBI Diamond 580 RB Fountain pen - A Fool With a Pen

- TI2 Techliner Shorty (Gonzodized finish) - From the Pen Cup

- Pilot Iroshizuku Ama-Iro -  GourmetPens

- Montblanc Oyster Grey Ink - OfficeSupplyGeek

- Scriptorium Custom Cigar Fountain pen - The Pen Habit

- Baron Fig Maker Edition Notebook - Pencil Revolution

- Noodlers Mandalay Maroon Ink - PenInkCillin

- Diamine Orange Ink - Pens! Paper! Pencils!

- A quest to find my perfect pencil -  The Finer Point

- Penaddict Podcast Live from Atlanta Pen show - The Penaddict

- Romillo Essential #9 fountain pen - The Unroyal Warrant

- Monsieur Notebook Soft Classics Leather notebook - The Well-Appointed Desk

- Meet the brand E+M - Cultpens Blog 

A WHOLE LOT OF GIVEAWAYS: 

- National Stationery Giveaway - Pen Chalet

- Dudek Display Pen Holder Giveaway - Pens!Paper!Pencils!

- Pelikan Tradition M200 Coffee & Cream Fountain pen Giveaway - On Gourmetpens' Instagram
or on Stephen SBRE Brown's Facebook page (you'll have to scroll down a few posts and search for his giveaway post!)

- AND OF COURSE... My own Lamy Al-Star Copperorange fountain pen and Copperorange ink set Giveaway! ENTER FAST, ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT TO ENTER!


My giveaway was sponsored by:

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Ink Mashup: Spring Edition 2015

This post will act as some sort of pilot episode for a new format I'd like to introduce to the Pencilcase Blog. As the title suggests, Ink Mashup will feature a collection of a few inks that go together nicely (in this case, I grabbed a few that I thought would be a nice pick for this Spring season). I'll do a quick overview of the different inks, and let the pictures speak mostly for themselves!
In this Mashup, I chose four bright colors that will make for a great addition to a warm, sunny spring day. (luckily those days are finally coming over here!)

As you can see, there are two really bright inks that stand out. Coincidentally these are the two inks from J. Herbin (Vert Pré and Diabolo Menthe). They might not be the best EDC choices, but they are great fun for doodling or perhaps even artsy stuff!
Especially Diabolo Menthe is a pretty tricky ink. It's not always as legible in dryer nibs, and even in more appropriate pens, it remains rather light. I guess you could even use this as a highlighter ink if you want to, but I haven't tried that yet!

Vert Pré is slightly more usable, in a way that it's actually legible under most circumstances. I wouldn't use it to fill in important documents, but for a quick note or doodle, you should be fine. Both J.Herbin inks behave well (I only know of one J.Herbin ink in my collection that doesn't always behave as I want it to, which is Bleu Nuit), but they have little to no shading (vert pré still has some, Diabolo menthe not at all). I must admit that I put these inks in this mashup just because I think the color is perfect for Spring, not because they are versatile in use. You might have some trouble finding a proper use for them, but that shouldn't hold you back to get a bottle of both. After all, J.Herbin inks have the benefit of being available in small bottles (30 or even 10ml) for a small price!
The other two inks, Pelikan Edelstein Topaz and De Atramentis Rote Rosen, are slightly darker, and especially the Edelstein ink should be a pretty valid choice for in your daily rotation. Rote Rosen, from De Atramentis, is a vivid but slightly darker red, slightly pink-ish color that's totally ready for Spring. It's a very well-behaved and well-lubricated ink, and it smells like roses (only until it has dried though!).

Out of all four, my favourite is definitely the Pelikan Edelstein Topaz ink. It's very similar to Iroshizuku Kon-peki from Pilot, which is one of the most well-known inks around, but Pelikan's offering only costs half as much. The color leans more towards turquoise where Kon-peki is slightly more blue, and it might have a bit less pronounced shading and sheen. But if you ask me, the difference in price easily outweighs the difference in quality!

So that's it for this Ink Mashup! I hope you like this new format, feel free to comment on what you like or don't like about it. Also, if you want to see a specific 'theme' for future Mashup posts, let me know, and I'll see what I can come up with!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Lamy AL-Star Copperorange GIVEAWAY!

It's Giveaway Time again! 

My local B&M and online pen shop, Penworld Antwerp, was generous enough to provide a brand new Lamy Al-Star Copperorange (winner gets to choose between Fine and Medium nib) and a box of the matching copperorange ink cartridges to give away to our dear readers! If you want a chance to win this great pen, all you have to do is follow the instructions on the rafflecopter widget below! The giveaway ends within two weeks, Sunday 26th of April at 12:00 AM (GMT+1).

Good Luck!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
  • Contest is open to ALL COUNTRIES!
  • The competition starts 11-04-2015 18:00PM (GMT+1) and ends 26-04-2015 12:00AM (GMT+1).
  • The winner will be announced after the contest closes, and will be contacted trough E-mail. 
  • The winner is chosen at random, using the Rafflecopter random winner function. 
  • Make sure your entry is valid, invalid entries are denied! (Play fair please!)