Notes: It’s kind of a weird feeling to be completely content with a set of pens. I’ve spent the last four to five years buying, trying, and selling a TON of different pens and I feel like I’ve finally achieved a small collection of writing instruments in which I am completely happy with. Since the last loadout post, I’ve sold off my Pelikan M805 Stresemann – only reason is that I didn’t bond with it. I had the same experience with my M605. They both write wonderfully, look great, and were classic looking pens. The problem is that I found myself reaching for my Lamy 2000 Stainless that I bought at the same time way more than the Pelikan. As far as I’m concerned, this set of 6 pens is all I really need. The Safari is great for grab and go, the Montblanc is large and has significant presence, the Pilot 823 with architect point is super fun to write with, the Nakaya just has a feel in hand like no other pen, and I absolutely love my workhorse Lamy 2000s. Not in the pack are my Karas Kustoms Inks – I still have two of them and they’re not going anywhere. They’re just on a little bit of a break. I’ll continue to buy and try new pens, but right now I’m completely content with these and that is a really weird feeling…
The inks I’ve been using are a bit different too. Two pens contain Diamine’s Asa Blue (Pilot 823 and Nakaya) – a wonderful medium blue that really pops off the page. It’s like a slightly toned down Kon-Peki and I’m loving it. I picked it up in one of Diamine’s smaller bottles to try out, and I suggest you do the same! The Grey Safari is loaded with Grey ink, also by Diamine. It just makes sense in there. The Tsuki-yo (I think it’s Tsuki-yo…can’t remember!) in the Montblanc is a darker blue that just feels right loaded in there. It looks a bit more serious and it’s a serious pen. The Lamy 2000 is loaded with Sailor Kiwa Guro Nano Black – one of the blackest black inks out there. It’s also pigmented and permanent. I had to sign some really important documents this week, so I loaded that up specifically for that. The last on the list is the broad nibbed Lamy 2000 with a mystery ink. I’m sworn to secrecy on what the ink is, the brand of the ink, and the color of it. Trust me, this one is REALLY exciting. I should be able to uncover it within a few weeks so keep an eye out!
I’d like to thank Pen Chalet for sponsoring this site this month. You can see their banner in the side bar to the right that will take you to all of the current specials that Pen Chalet is running. At the time of writing, they have a killer deal going on for the Kaweco ART Sport (the awesome acrylic version) for only $81, as well as Platinum demonstrators for 40% off.
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Summer 2015 Colors Edition
Specs From Field Notes:
“This 27th limited COLORS edition is a set of six books, boxed in a sturdy 60-pt custom slipcase with a sheet of crack-and-peel decals. Each of the books focuses on one DIY discipline — Wood Working, Automotive, Gardening, Painting, Plumbing, and Electrical — each containing tips, reference materials and the usual Field Notes wise-cracking.
The six covers are color-coded to compliment six tones of 100-lb cover stock from the French Paper Company’s terrific new “Kraft-Tone” paper, their first new grade in five years. The 70-lb text Kraft-Tone “Standard White Kraft” body pages feature our dot-grid, and are bound with tough brass staples. Anyone fixing a switch, planting a bush, or painting a door jamb will find these books make a nice addition to their workbench, junk drawer or toolbox.“
This is going to be like my coverage on the other COLORS editions by Field Notes – more of an overview than a full review. If you’re unaware, Field Notes puts out a quarterly limited edition, usually themed, with some cool details involved. This set of 6 books is packaged in a cardboard slip cover and they’re themed to help you get work done. Each book represents a sect of handiwork, from electrical to plumbing. The covers are heavy 100 lb. stock that feels like it will stand up to being tossed in a toolbox or back pocket.
I particularly like the brass staples. They’re subtle, but I think that’s why I like them. The 70 lb. paper inside is quite toothy, but does a decent job holding up to fountain pen ink. I’ve been more into pencils lately, and the toothy paper feels great with some nice graphite. There’s a bit of feathering and some minor bleed through, but Field Notes haven’t ever been the greatest for fountain pens. Gel ink, ballpoint pens and even some markers work well with the paper, you shouldn’t have any trouble.
I’m a fan of the edition, and as with all COLORS editions, these are limited. Head over to FIELD NOTES to grab a pack (or two, like I did…) before they’re gone forever!
Have you ever gone into a meeting without a pen? Hopefully not, but if your pen lives inside your notebook, it’s way less likely to happen. The PenPad by Nathan Metzger is a premium notebook with a built in pocket for pen storage. The pen storage pocket is small enough to leave a ton of available page real estate, but large enough to accommodate many types of pens. The A4 sized notebook comes standard in black leatherette, but other colors can be unlocked with the stretch goals. An integrated bookmark ribbon keep your latest notes easily accessible and the smooth 80gsm paper is nice to write on. Ensure that you’re always ready to write with the PenPad. Learn more on their Kickstarter page and back the project should you so desire to add one to your notebook collection!
Will over at Tactile Turn makes some of my favorite pens out there. He informed me of his latest project, the Pruner and the Parer, two buy-it-for-life takes on the most popular razors in the market. If you’re looking to add an upgrade to every part of your day, not just writing – consider his latest Kickstarter project for these awesome razors. Each of the handles is precision crafted and have a quality feel. They are on the heavy side, so watch out for accidental drops! Why shave every day with a cheap plastic handle, when you can use something that’s built to last, made in the USA, and just plain looks cool?
Full Disclosure – Will commissioned me to take the photos for his campaign, you can see some above and many more over at his site. If you would like more information on photography for your brand, you can contact me here!
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