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Weekly Loadout Submission – The Unroyal Warrant

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Unroyal Warrant’s Loadout
The Unroyal Warrant

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 Description:

Left to right:
Pilot Custom 845 – M nib – R&K Cassia
Conway Stewart 58 – Duro Stub nib – R&K Alt-Goldgrün
OMAS Extra (1940s) – EF (?) nib  – Diamine Mediterranean Blue
Bayard 2000 – M (?) nib – Diamine Black Green
Montblanc 136 – OB nib – Diamine Turquoise
Render K G2 – 1.0mm black Pilot G2 refill

Favorite Combo:

OMAS Extra + Diamine Mediterranean Blue

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Airfoil Click Review

“Airfoil Click” Pen – Hands-On and Kickstarter Launch

Masterstroke Pens
“Airfoil” Click Gel / Roller Pen

Grant over at Masterstroke pens got in touch with me and offered up an Airfoil Click for review. I reviewed his last Kickstarter project, the Airfoil Twist. He has definitely worked out the kinks with the Click. His project has just under a week to go on Kickstarter and the project has well surpassed its funding goal. See below for some information about the Airfoil:

Airfoil Click Review

From the Airfoil Click Kickstarter:

This pen boasts a bold sleek industrial design that will stand out from the crowd. To create each pen requires a complex machining process. Many machining operations on a CNC lathe operate off of two axis. For CNC mills many operations operate on 3. Airfoil Click however, is carefully sculpted from the stock with 4 axis, that’s 4 orientations the machine must move the part to carve out the body geometry. Like many components in modern jets, Airfoil requires a complex manufacturing process to create the unique shape while preserving performance. Each pen is assembled by hand, the threads lubricated for a smooth jewelry-like silent assembly, tested, and carefully inspected.

Airfoil on Kickstarter
MasterstrokePens.com

Specs:

  • Length: 5.59″
  • Diameter: 0.50″
  • Weight: 34g
  • Refill: Pilot G2 gel ink
Airfoil Click Review
The Click is much more comfortable in hand than the Twist. The pen is slimmer overall and the “fins” have been integrated into the body. They are no longer sharp and unwieldy.
Airfoil Click Review
The Airfoil Click is available in several different anodized finishes with different colored internal inserts. The pen looks great in the matte black / silver configuration I was sent for review.
Airfoil Click Review
The top view shows the internal chamber off quite well. The pen has some really interesting lines and it is definitely a unique design.
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From this view, you can see that the fins have been integrated into the body of the pen. Not only does this cut down on the number of loose parts, it makes the pen feel more solid and much more comfortable in hand.
Airfoil Click Review
My one gripe with the pen is the clip. The metal isn’t overly sturdy and I could see it getting bent out of shape rather easily.
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I really like the avaition-inspired theme of the pen, all the way down to the logo on the clip.

Upon receiving the pen, I loaded it up with a Pilot G2 refill. The familiar Schmidt click mechanism works well – silent and efficient. The body of the pen is much more comfortable than the previous “Twist” model, coming in at a thinner diameter. The fins no longer dig into my hand and the integration into the body looks great. I’m really happy with the update to the pen. Grant really took the criticisms into consideration and in my opinion, has created a far superior product to his first try. The aluminum pen feels solid in hand and makes for a comfortable writing experience. If you liked the look of his last project, definitely check out this refined version that I feel is much, much better. Thanks to Grant for sending over a pen to review. There are only a few days left in the Kickstarter, so head over now to pledge!

Disclaimer: I was given this prototype free of charge and receive no compensation for my review. All opinions are my own.

J Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey Fountain Pen Ink Review

J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey – Ink Review

J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey
Fountain Pen Ink Review

PenLamy Al-Star, 1.1mm stub Nib
Ink: J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey
Paper: Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP – Dot Grid – B5

Notes: Ever since hearing about the ink a month or so ago, my excitement has been building. You can imagine how excited I was when I found out that Sunny from Exaclair was bringing a bottle to the DC Pen Show and that I could take a little bit home with me. With Stormy Grey, J. Herbin is adding a great new ink to their nicely-packaged, ever-popular 1670 ink series. The last one (the dark blue) had no signature sheen that Rouge Hematite (red ink with a gold sheen) was known for. I can happily say that they have re-introduced the sheen, and this one is the best yet. The dark grey ink has a wonderful, sparkly gold fleck in it that doesn’t jam the pen up at all. At extreme angles you can see that there is a ton of gold suspended in the ink and it looks awesome when laid down on the page with a broad, wet nib. There is no question that I will be picking up a bottle of this ink when it becomes available in October. Thank you Sunny for letting me snag some at the show!

Pros:

  • Super smooth
  • Gold doesn’t clog
  • Good flow
  • Great shade of grey
  • THE SHEEN!

Cons:

  • May clog up a pen if it is not properly maintained

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Weekly Loadout Submission – Paul J.

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Paul J’s Loadout

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Paul’s Description:

These are the pens that I am using for journalling and correspondence writing. In general, I choose inks that display some shading or have a sheen when dry. While this is not the case for all of the inks loaded, the first three are all good shaders.

From left to right:

Franklin-Christoph Model 65 with a Masuyama Broad Stub Nib:
This pen is inked up with Noodler’s Golden Brown which is a new ink for me. It has some of the same hues as Iroshizuku Ina-Ho but is warmer in tone. Having seen this ink now makes me want to try Kiowa Pecan which appears to be a little darker in the reviews that I have seen online. This pen is wonderful to hold. I have experienced some ink delivery issues with this pen but Franklin-Christoph has been very responsive and a replacement feed is in the mail.

Edison Nouveau Premiere – Summer 2014 Edition with a Fine Nib:
This pen is inked up with Private Reserve Blue Suede. Even though the line width is quite narrow, this ink still displays good shading on the Clairefontaine and Tomoe River papers that I use for letter writing. This pen always starts up right away, even when uncapped for several minutes at a time. A true pleasure to use. I expect that more Edisons are in my future.

TWSBI Diamond 580 with a Broad Nib:
This pen is inked with Private Reserve Ebony Blue. I received a sample of this ink through the Goulet Ink Drop subscription. After working through the sample I ordered a full bottle and have really enjoyed using it. As for the pen, well more on that below.

TWSBI Diamond 540 with a 1.1mm Stub Nib:
This pen is inked up with a 1:1 mixture of Rohrer and Klingner Scabiosa and Salix. I heard about this concoction via Brad Dowdy’s twitter stream (@dowdyism). Being comprised of two iron gall inks, it is permanent and gets regular use for addressing envelopes. I find the colour a bit sombre but it is the first pen I reach for if I have to write a letter to someone in a professional context. Probably a good choice for sympathy notes too. This pen’s feed has a hard time keeping up with the stub nib and you end up having to prime the pen several times per letter.

Kaweco Al Sport – Raw Aluminum with an Extra Fine Nib:
This pen is inked up with Sailor Sky High, a very cheerful blue. It’s too bad that this ink has now been discontinued. The pen was purchased as a jeans pocket carry pen but it hasn’t seen much daily carry use since I picked up a Brass Wave Liliput. I find the section of this pen to be a little too short and my hands feel a bit too close to the paper when I write. Because of this, it gets held more it the threaded region of the barrel rather than the section.

Pilot 78G with a Medium Nib:
This pen was an Ebay purchase and arrived at my door for under $10. The fine nib which it originally came with now sits in my Metropolitan. This pen writes well but is too light. The section has a tendency to want to unscrew from the barrel and is overall a bit creaky. For $10 I can’t complain. It is loaded with Parker Permanent Blue Black ink which was the first bottle of ink that I ever purchased. This ink is decidedly teal in colour. There is an argument to be made for the blue component but whoever put black in the name was smoking something at the time. The colour is similar to the Blue Suede currently in the Edison but it has none of the shading properties of the Private Reserve ink.

All of these are held in a NockCo Brasstown pen case that makes its way to and from work every day. It is a great case and I’m really glad that I backed its creation on Kickstarter.

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For my daily carry pens, I have standardized on pens with snap caps and pigment based inks. The red/burgundy pen is a Pilot Stella90s with Fine Nib. In the US this pen is known as a Stargazer. This is the only pen that I own which has a gold nib. It’s small size makes a fantastic pen for daily carry and I always have Sailor Kiwa Guro loaded up in it. The second pen that lives in my shirt pocket is this Pilot Metropolitan. It was purchased before the fine nibbed variant was available so I swapped the Metropolitan’s medium nib for the 78G’s fine. This pen is always inked up with Sailor Sei Boku, a great blue/black ink. These two pen and ink combinations were chosen because they perform so well in pocket notebooks and on office grade paper. While they are not my choice for correspondence writing, they get used every day for the tasks for which they were chosen.

Finally there are two paper products that I use regularly. This pocket notebook made by Hitlist Books has awesome paper in it and I prefer it to the papers found in the Field Notes Shelterwood Edition or the Doane Utility notebooks. A great product that almost nobody has heard about. For journalling I have standardized on the Apica CD11 notebooks in A5 size. They are thin, stitch bound notebooks that contain good, fountain pen friendly paper. At less than $7 for three from Jet Pens, I don’t think you can find a better bang for your dollar. I burn through one of these books every month; good stuff.

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Favourite Combo:
The Edison is newly arrived and I’m still in the honeymoon phase with this pen. The pen is gorgeous and apart from the scent of the freshly turned acrylic, I can find no faults.

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Least Favourite Combo:
I am not in love with my TWSBI pens. When they were new I bought into the whole system, inkwells and all, but I think there are definite engineering flaws in the nib/section design. I know of no other pen design where the nib holder is used to attach the section to the pen’s barrel. I have had warranty work done on my 580 and the creaky section of the 540 doesn’t give me confidence.

Editor’s Note:

Wow, this is one detailed loadout! Thank you so much for explaining in depth the pens you’ve been carrying. I think notes like this are great – they really give people an insight into how a pen holds up over time.

Thanks for sharing!

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Move Pen by Oliver Sha Review EDC Keychain Pen

The Move Bolt Action EDC Pen Review

The Move – Bolt Action EDC Pen
Designed by Oliver Sha

Move Pen by Oliver Sha Review EDC Keychain Pen

 

Specs:

Move Pen by Oliver Sha Review EDC Keychain Pen

Intro:

There has been a void on my keychain that has been begging to be filled. When I saw the Zebra Pen Pod, I was super happy to have a low profile pen to live on my keychain. Well, it was lost before I could review it due to a poor cap design. In steps The Move, a super small, super portable bolt-action pen designed by Oliver Sha. The pen was successfully Kickstarted and I was excited to see how it held up when Oliver offered a pen for me to review. Thank to Oliver for sending it over!

Move Pen by Oliver Sha Review EDC Keychain Pen

Appearance and Construction:

The Move is small. It’s supposed to be small. It’s not much longer than a standard key, but it’s still shorter than my Honda car key. It’s made of metal, and hard-anodized with a slightly textured finish. The pen has a bulge towards the front to improve grip and the small bolt action mechanism protrudes slightly from the side. The pen is very well constructed and designed, with o-rings to keep parts from unscrewing, and tight tolerances. It’s fairly obvious that a lot of thought went into the design of the pen. It’s minimal, yet big enough to jot down some notes with. The pen attaches to a keyring easily via the small integrated loop at the top of the pen. The material is thick enough at the top to where I don’t have to worry about it snapping off and getting lost.

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Feel:

I won’t be using the Move for any long note taking sessions. Why? Because it’s small. Really small. But guess what? That’s the point. It’s right there on my keychain when I need it and its light weight and minimal size make it a great addition to my EDC. The finish has a slight texture, and is comfortable in hand. I’m glad the grip is thicker than the small barrel of the pen. It’s actually a bit wider at the grip than a standard BIC or Papermate ballpoint pen. The tip of the pen screws off, revealing the Lamy M22 barrel-style ballpoint refill that the pen was designed around. The bolt-action mechanism works GREAT. It feels like it wants to be both extended and retracted. I’ve never found the pen accidentally open on my keys, and that’s exactly how it should be. I find myself playing with it pretty often, it makes a satisfying “snap” when it clicks into position.

Move Pen by Oliver Sha Review EDC Keychain Pen

Writing Performance:

There’s not too much to say about the writing performance. It’s a Lamy M22 ballpoint refill, and due to the pen being the size that it is, that is the only refill it can take. It performs decently well, but for quick notes – ballpoints are reliable, and relatively resistant to bad paper, wetness, and whatever else you can throw at it.

Pros:

  • Filled my keychain pen void very well
  • Quality construction / design
  • Bolt mechanism is fun to play with

Cons:

  • Starting at $52, it’s not an impulse buy

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Conclusion:

The Move is a great little pen, and always having one on me (via keychain) is quite convenient. The pen is designed well, built well, and does the job it was designed to do perfectly. Thank you again to Oliver for sending it over to review!

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Disclaimer: I was given this pen free of charge and receive no compensation for my review, but that doesn’t mean I don’t 100% believe what I said!