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I’m on vacation!

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Hey all, just wanted to give you guys a heads up on the lack of posts lately. I’ve been in Washington, D.C. on vacation for the past few days. I got a chance to stop into Fahrney’s Pens, a wonderful shop with a great selection. I’ll be back in a few days and I already know there’s some cool new stuff waiting for me to review when I get back!

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Stipula Verde Muschiato Green Fountain Pen Ink Review

Stipula Verde Muschiato – Ink Review

Stipula Verde Muschiato

Fountain Pen Ink Review

PenConklin Crescent Filler
Ink: Stipula Verde Muschiato
Paper: Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP – Dot Grid – B5

Notes: This is the first Stipula ink I have tried. First impression is that there’s some really cool shading going on, especially in the Conklin’s 1.1mm stub nib. As for the color itself, I don’t know how I feel about it. It’s definitely reminding me of Rohrer & Klingner’s Alt-Goldgrun and Diamine’s Salamander. The ink performs well, but it’s slightly on the dry side. I’m not a huge fan of the color, but it’s definitely less intense than the Alt-Goldgrun, which makes it easier to read. I definitely won’t be buying a bottle, but if you’re into the color, it’s not a bad ink by any means. Thanks for reading! This ink was also part of the awesome ink sample package that Azizah at GourmetPens.com sent over a few months back – so thanks again!

Pros:

  • Nice shading
  • Unique color
  • Smooth writing

Cons:

  • Color may not be for everyone because it’s kind of ugly…
  • A bit on the dry side

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Kokuyo Campus Wide Notebook Review JetPens

Kokuyo Campus Wide Notebook – Review

Kokuyo Campus Wide Notebook

-Handwritten Review-

Specs: 

  • Special B5 7.5″ x 10″
  • 6mm Lined Ruling, 35 lines / page
  • 70 sheets (140 Pages) of off-white paper
  • Date and page number headings
  • Heavy cardboard covers
  • Black double wire binding
  • $14.50 from JetPens

Handwritten Review Pictures:

Notes:

Kokuyo Campus Wide Notebook Review JetPensThe Kokuyo Campus Wide notebook looks pretty great. The olive green, heavy cardboard covers, paired with the black double wire binding makes for an awesome looking notebook. Huge thanks to my friends over at JetPens for sending over the book for review! Their site lists the book as being “fountain pen friendly” but I don’t think I’m with them on that 100%. Enjoy the review!

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Appearance and Construction:

Kokuyo Campus Wide Notebook Review JetPensThe Campus Wide notebook in olive green looks awesome. All of the color and design choices in the book compliment each other so well. The off-white paper has a maroon upper and lower line, with light grey lines in between. The black wire binding adds some nice contrast and is a welcomed departure from the standard silver metal. I love the color palette of the notebook, dark green and maroon are two of my favorite colors, and coincidentally the first colors of fountain pen ink I had ever purchased (Diamine Evergreen and Diamine Oxblood).

Kokuyo Campus Wide Notebook Review JetPensThe notebook is also constructed quite well. The heavy stock rigid covers make it easy to write anywhere, for the handwritten portion of the review I was leaning on my lap. The double wire binding can take a beating, and aren’t easily bent, making the pages easy to turn. The Campus Wide notebook is a winner in terms of appearance and construction.

Performance and Feel:

Kokuyo Campus Wide Notebook Review JetPensThe 70g off-white paper is smooth, but it’s having quite the show through problem. There’s no feathering and ink dries on the page pretty quick. I imagine an extra fine nib would work okay, but if you’re using the paper to take notes with a fountain pen, you might not have the best time. This paper would definitely be better suited to gel or ballpoint pens (or any other non-liquid based ink).

Kokuyo Campus Wide Notebook Review JetPensThe paper is listed as fountain pen friendly, but I don’t think I agree. I would like to be able to use both sides of the sheet, but the showing/bleeding is a bit too much. I much prefer the Maruman Mnemosyne B5 notebook for a fountain pen friendly B5 notebook with off-white paper.

 

Color and Ruling:

Kokuyo Campus Wide Notebook Review JetPensThe off-white paper is easy on the eyes. Mix that with the wubtle grey micro-dot ruling and maroon accents, and you have a really nice looking page. There’s a spot in the header for the date and page number, which is a nice touch. The 6mm rule nicely compliments the size of the page, as well as my handwriting. It’s slightly narrower than the 7mm rule I’m used to, but I still like it. There are other versions of the book with different colored covers with slightly different ruling spacing. Even though the paper is off-white, it still does a good job of showing off the color of the ink. Once again, it’s a shame that the paper isn’t slightly more ink-resistant, as I really like the features of the book.

 

Pros:

  • Great looking book
  • Perfect size (B5)
  • No feathering
  • Rigid covers

Cons:

  • Significant show-though
  • Wider nibs will bleed through

Conclusion:

Kokuyo Campus Wide Notebook Review JetPensOh how I wish the paper in this book was slightly heavier. If you don’t mind using only one side of the page, you may like the book. It’s well designed and I like the color palette quite a bit. It’s understated and simple, right up my alley. There’s no feathering and it’s smooth to write on, but the bleed through is just a bit too much for me to give it the seal of approval. If you need a great looking notebook to use with other types of pens, definitely consider this one. Thanks again to JetPens for sending over the notebook for review!

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Weekly Loadout Submission – Chris S.

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Chris S.’s Loadout

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Chris’s Description:

You were kind enough to use my Loadout in June last year, here’s an update view, showing the four pens I mainly using at the moment. The pens are:
  • Jinhao 159 with Nemosine 0.8 nib with Diamine Oxblood
  • TWSBI VAC-700 1.1mm nib with Akkerman Treves-Turquoise
  • Pelikan M625 Burgundy M 14k nib with Diamine Red Dragon
  • ONOTO Minoris #5 two tone gold nib with Akkerman Brown #23
They are resting on my Hobonichi diary with recently acquired One Star leather cover, (loving it all).

Favorite Combo:

Favourite pen is the recently restored (by Peter Crook-Carneil pens) ONOTO Minoris which is a pre-WWII plunge filler, lovely flexy nib, just wish my leftie handwriting could do it justice!

Editor’s Note:

Thanks for the new submission! You can check out his old submission here. That Onoto looks awesome, consider me jealous! One Star also makes great stuff, I’m sure you’ll have it for years to come. Thanks for sharing!

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Weekly Loadout Submission – Alia L.

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Alia’s Loadout
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Alia Weekly Loadout Submission 1

Alia’s Description (Top to Bottom):

  • Pilot Vanishing Point Raden Medium Nib, Pilot Iroshizuku yama-budo ink
  • Levenger True Writer with Stub Nib, Private Reserve Electric DC Blue ink
  • Waterman Paris Fine Nib, J. Herbin Rouge Hematite ink
  • Pelikan M205 Duo Double Broad Nib, yellow highlighter ink
  • TWSBI Diamond Mini Medium Nib, Pilot Iroshizuku kon-peki ink.

Favorite Combo:

The Vanishing Point with the yama-budo ink is my go to combo. I love the smoothness of the pen and the color of the ink pops for me.

Least Favorite Combo:

I really love the J. Herbin Rouge Hematite, but I want to get it into a pen with a fatter nib (right now I’m working on one sample, my bottle is in the mail).

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Editor’s Note:

Awesome submission! I really like those raden VPs, I just don’t think it suits me so well. I also need to get some kon-peki into my TWSBI mini, it looks so nice sloshing around in there. Thanks again for submitting, great stuff!

Thanks for sharing!

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