First, I’d like to thank everyone for visiting the site, reading the reviews, leaving comments and being a part of the community that revolves around our favorite writing instruments. Your continued support makes it fun to write the site.
Admittedly, there’s been a lack of posts around here and I feel as though I owe a bit of an explanation. I’ve been trying to post at least once a week, but it hasn’t always worked out. Part of this is due to me starting a new job in the pen industry. I’ve been working for Kenro Industries for the past month and a half – we are the US distributor for Aurora, Omas, Montegrappa and Sheaffer pens. My new career is completely separate from edjelley.com, they didn’t buy the site and they don’t pay me to write reviews. However this may lead to some more pens being reviewed that I may not have otherwise been able to get my hands on, but like any of the reviews where the pen is provided, all opinions are my own. It’s been a great few weeks so far and I can’t wait to go to the DC Pen Show. If you’re going, make sure to stop by the Kenro table and say hello!
I’ve been writing reviews for this site since November of 2012 with little to no break in posting, and this past month or so is the least frequent posting schedule I’ve had so far. I’ve been throwing the idea around for a while and think it could be cool to see if anyone wanted to do any guest posts. Not only would it add some reviews to the site of products I don’t have, but could be a fun way for guest writers to promote their site (if they write for one) or even to just give pen reviewing a shot. If you are interested, please send me an email – email@example.com
I have a pretty long review queue at the moment. I’m working on finishing up the photography on them and wanted to give you an idea of what reviews to expect in the coming weeks. Be on the lookout for Tactile Turn’s new materials for the Mover / Shaker, the Karas Kustoms Bolt, the Monteverde Invincia Stealth, the Aurora Ipsilon, the TWSBI 580AL, Field Notes Arts and Sciences, Doane Paper Large Idea Journal, some Kaweco inks, the BigiDesign Ti Post Pen + Stylus, and more! In the mean time, check out my review archive page – The List – to read the back catalog of reivews!
I’ve been much more active on social media than I have been on the site. If you’re looking to get a pen picture fix – follow me!
Since the Nock Co. Kickstarter reward arrived, I have had pen cases coming out of my ears. However, I’ve been eyeing the Kuretake Neo Critz for a while due to its unique ability to stand up on a desk when unzipped. It’s an awesome feature that makes all of your writing utensils easily reachable and viewable. Not only is it functional, the Neo Critz is solidly constructed from nylon with a nice premium feeling zipper. I have the case loaded with about 15 different pens / pencils and some replacement leads.
The case does a great job and doesn’t take up a whole lot of room. There’s no doubt that I’ll get a ton of use from this case, especially when transporting my pens back and forth from work. It’s great to be able to have them nicely displayed on my work desk, then zip it up and the end of the day and bring everything home. The case is very reasonably priced at $14.50, making it a great value.
Thanks to my friends over at JetPens for sending the case over for review!
Check out JetPens for tons of awesome Japanese pens and stationery. Free shipping on orders over $25, and hitting that is pretty easy with all the great stuff they have. So thanks again!
Karas Kustoms Render K – Pilot Hi-Tec-C Refill – 0.4mm
Omas Vintage Arco Celluloid – Medium nib, Iroshizuku Tsuki-Yo
Sheaffer Taranis - Medium nib, Iroshizuku Kon-Peki
Parker IM – Medium nib, Noodler’s Cayenne
Montblanc Meisterstuck No. 149 – Medium nib, Montblanc Mystery Black
Pilot Custom 823 – 0.7mm Architect Point by Richard Binder – Iroshizuku Tsuki-Yo
Lamy 2000 – Binderized Medium Nib – Sailor Kiwa Guro Black
Case – Nock Co. Brasstown zip up pen roll
Notes: There are a bunch of pens in here that are loaded up for review, specifically the Parker IM, Sheaffer Taranis and the Omas Arco. Be on the lookout for full reviews soon! My Lamy 2000 is always inked up, and this loadout is no exception. I think this is one of the first times I’ve loaded it with the Sailor Kiwa Guro, making it an ultimate workhorse pen. The Pilot Custom 823 is loaded up with Tsuki-Yo (which made two appearances) and it’s just awesome. I’ve had this pen since March, but I have yet to review it. I don’t know why it’s taking so long, but the 0.7mm Architect point is really something special.
I’m not huge on the Sheaffer Taranis, but I still have to put it through some more writing tests. The Parker IM is surprisingly nice, especially considering the price point. I haven’t inked up the Montblanc in a while, and I figured I’d break it out. It’s not seeing too much use, but it’s fun to write with such a large pen. Everything is all bundled up in the Nock Co. Brasstown – which I absolutely love. It keeps everything safe and in place without taking up too much valuable bag space. I love that the roll zips into the case as well. There’s some extra room around the pen roll section that I’ve been throwing the Rotring and Karas into. Be on the lookout in the coming weeks for the launch of their webstore!
I’ve also been getting acquainted with my new Canon 7D, which I am absolutely in love with. It’s a huge step up from the Olympus I was using for everything else and the image quality is just so much better. I’ve been using a 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 general purpose zoom lens, as well as a 50mm f/2.5 Macro lens. All of the photos are processed using Apple’s Aperture 3. I’ve been wanting to take my photos to the next level and now I have the tools to do so!
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed seeing what I’ve been lugging around!
Notes: I recently acquired a few bottles of Organics Studio inks, and this grey really stood out. It’s pretty awesome. It’s got a very wet flow and it’s super smooth. It’s pretty much a perfect fit with my Lamy 2000’s tuned up medium nib. The generous flow makes the ink shade nicely as well, I’m sure it would be great in a flex nib or italic. It reminds me of the Iroshizuku kiri-same, but I think this ink has a bit more generous flow to it. It’s a great daily driver, in that the color is conservative enough but it’s still a little interesting. I’m really happy with how the ink writes and I can’t wait to review the rest of the Organics Studio inks I have!
The Karas Kustoms Render K is filled with a Pilot Hi-Tec-C 0.4mm black refill. These two have been hanging out in my pocket an awful lot lately. The Hi-Tec-C plays nicely with the paper in the Field Notes pretty well. I’ve been enjoying my time with the Render K as well. It’s built like a tank and I never have to worry about bending the wrong way or sitting on it when pocket carrying the pen. The knurled grip part is addictingly fun to play with. I like to spin the cap and see how tight I can get it on there, once you try it, I’m sure you’ll find yourself doing so more often.
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