Category Archives: Features

So far there are three features on

The Weekly Loadout:
which shows what fountain pen and ink combinations I’m using this week.
Black Fridays:
where I showcase a black fountain pen, a black ink, and a black notebook.
The Trading Post:
where I provide a list of user submitted forms in order to promote the trade of fountain pen related items in the fountain pen community.

This page is the master list of all three, however, you can break them down by category by using the menu bar to the right.

Stationery in Colors – Blue Edition

Welcome to the second installment of Stationery in Colors. Make sure to check out the first set – Orange! This time, I went with blue. The grey backdrop did a pretty swell job of making the blue pop. I was also wearing blue socks, and I swear that was completely unplanned. All of the photos are uploaded hi-res, make sure you click to see them all blown up!

What’s in these photos:

Colors Series Blue Stationery-1 Colors Series Blue Stationery-2 Colors Series Blue Stationery-3 Colors Series Blue Stationery-4 Colors Series Blue Stationery-5 Colors Series Blue Stationery-6 Colors Series Blue Stationery-7 Colors Series Blue Stationery-8 Colors Series Blue Stationery-9Thanks for stopping by! Next up will be #allblackeverything.

Stationery in Colors – Orange Edition

Sometimes taking photos is more fun than reviewing items. I’m going to be doing a series based on colors, shoutout to @randomthinks on Instagram for the idea with the color orange. I’m going to keep running with different color groups until I either:

a) have no more stuff
b) get bored
c) all of the above

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What do you think? Do you like things meticulously arranged that are all more or less the same color? Let me know!

Colors Series Orange Stationery2Each of these photos are free of watermarks and pretty big. Perfect for a desktop background. Next up is blue, there will be more photos in the set too! You can see a sneak peek on my Instagram.


Photo Post: Double Exposure


A few weeks ago I was playing around with the double exposure feature in camera. Luckily we are getting through winter pretty unscathed, but it’s still too cold to go outside and take pictures all day. I have yet to use the double exposure feature in my camera and dedicated an afternoon to trying it out. My personal favorite is the shot of the Nakaya overlaid with its box. It was a fun little photo project and I liked the results, so here they are!

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Weekly Loadout Submission – The Unroyal Warrant

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Unroyal Warrant’s Loadout
The Unroyal Warrant



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


Thanks for sharing!

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Weekly Loadout Submission – Paul J.

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Paul J’s Loadout


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.

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.

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.

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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