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.

Weekly Loadout Submission – Dries of Pencilcaseblog!

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Dries’ Loadout


These are the pens I use most of the time. I don’t really use expensive or special pens on daily basis, but opt for a more forgiving, reliable selection.

(From left to right)

Palomino Blackwing 602:

Has recently regained its position in my EDC after being unused for almost a year. I really missed the smooth leads and the great overall quality of this one!

Lamy Safari with Fine nib:

Since I bought this pen, it has always been in my rotation. it’s such a great pen, with a great nib and light but durable construction! This is one of those pens that I don’t mind throwing around (not literally)and taking it to school, because I know it won’t be a total disaster if it breaks or gets lost. This one always gets filled with a plain blue or black ink (mostly Lamy bottled ink), so I can use it in school.

TWSBI Diamond Mini with 1.5 Stub:

Since I put a 1.5 stub nib from a diamond 580 in it, this has become my absolute favorite pen. The nib is incredibly smooth and lays down a wet line. It’s incredibly reliable and has a springy feel to it, love it! I mostly use this for ink reviews as it is great for bringing out shading. Unfortunately I cracked the barrel a while ago, so now it stays at home because I’m afraid it might start leaking . Currently I have this one inked with De Atramentis Rote Rosen, a great ink with a lovely dark pink-purple colour and shading (Did I mention it smells like roses?)

Lamy NEXX with 1.5 Stub:

The Lamy nexx is another great value pen, I don’t like the flashy red cap (I did when I bought it a couple of years ago) but nevertheless this pen always stays inked! Because of the stub nib –which is lovely, though not quite as good as the TWSBI stub – this one also gets used mostly for ink reviews. Currently inked with Montblanc Forest Green ink, a lovely dark green with beautiful shading!

Pilot Prera with Medium nib:

Great writer, pocketable, durable. The converter has a painstakingly low capacity, but apart from that it is great! I always keep it filled with black ink, mostly Lamy, sometimes Kaweco black or J.Herbin Perle Noire, this one – just like the safari – is ready for every task that requires a subtle ink.

Parafernalia Linea 2mm leadholder:

Since I did the review on the linea, I bought a couple more because they are the sturdiest, most comfortable and best looking leadholder pencils ever. Period.


Favorite Combo:

Tell us what your favorite combo(s) were for the week!: TWSBI mini or Pilot Prera, difficult call, but I guess the TWSBI has the edge with the stub nib. Even though the TWSBI is semi-ready for the garbage bin (The cracks are multiplying and the cap doesn’t post anymore) it still remains a great pen! I’ll definitely get a new one the second this one dies! De Atramentis rote rosen with the stub TWSBI is a match made in heaven! The Prera is great too, but with intense use it dares to start leaking from the feed (I don’t know why).

Least Favorite Combo:

Did something just not click? Tell us why!: Tough call, probably the Lamy Nexx. I don’t really like the design, it’s a bit childish and the clip is just plain ugly. The ink is not to blame here, Montblanc Forest green is most definitely my favorite green ink.

Thanks for sharing!

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Weekly Loadout Submission – Adam of The Desk of Adam

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Adam B.’s Loadout
The Desk of Adam
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Paper – Rhodia grid 80g/m

From top to bottom;

  • Lamy Safari Aquamarine (EF) inked with Sailor Jentle – Sky High
  • Lamy Safari White (F) inked with Omas – New Grey
  • Kaweco Sport Skyline Grey (M) inked with J. Herbin – Perle Noire
  • TWSBI Diamond Mini Classic (EF) inked with Yard-O-Led – Claret
  • Pilot Prera Transparent Light Blue (F) inked with Montegrappa – Turquoise

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Favorite Combo

I’ve been loving the Pilot Prera, writes beautifully and the Montegrappa Turquoise is so nice to write with.

Least Favorite Combo

The Kaweco is my most recent addition and it’s taking me a while to adjust to how light it is, so i’m still a little on the fence about that. I love the J. Herbin ink though!

Editor’s Note:

Thanks for submitting and great site! I love my Lamy Safaris and I have several myself. The color scheme you have going there is cool too. I like how the turquoise in the Lamy matches that of the Pilot. Thanks for sharing!

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Weekly Loadout Submission – Steve H.

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Steve H’s Loadout


Steve’s Description:

I enjoy carrying a number of pens and typically use one each day as it provides a clear demarcation between each day’s writing in my work journals or personal notebooks. I have a couple of lovely vintage pens (including a Sheaffer Pen For Men V and my late father’s Parker 51) but found that they just didn’t work as reliably as modern pens and I value being able to just pick-up and use my pens with no fuss.

I carry my pens in an Enveloop pen roll which I’ve customised to make room for a small glass Midori ruler and Faber ‘flying saucer’ eraser. The pens I carry at the moment are:

* Rotring 600 Lava rollerball on the outside of the case so it’s easy to grab.
* Nakaya Aka-tamenuri, portable writer with a flexible fine with elastic finishing loaded with Pilot Iroshizuku yama-budo (crimson glory) ink
*  Pilot Falcon with a fine nib loaded with Aurora Blue ink
* Pilot Custom 823 with a medium nib loaded with Pilot Iroshizuko Asa-Gao (morning glory) ink
* Pelikan 805 with an extra fine nib loaded with Pilot Iroshizuki Shin-ryoku (forest green) ink
* Platinum #3776 Motosu demonstrator with a fine nib loaded with Diamine Passion Red ink
* Faber Alpha Matic mechanical pencil. I’ve been using this pencil since I bought it when studying my engineering degree and I think it’s the best mechanical pencil ever made.

Favorite Combo:

I’ve only recently received the Nakaya pen and I’m already in love with the new nib and the lustre of the layers of urushi lacquer. It makes it hard to stay on my daily cycle of pen use! Although the Pilot ink colour is a very attractive red I think Diamine Oxblood in this pen would make for a stunning combination.

Least Favorite Combo:

The pen I retired from the rotation is an Onoto Classic Grand with a fine nib (ground down to EF by John Sorowka). Although this is another wonderful big pen with a buttery smooth nib, the rigidity of the clip makes it more of an ‘executive pen’ designed to sit on a desk rather than being carried. 

Editor’s Note:

Steve, great carry! Beautiful Nakaya! I love my Custom 823, at first I wasn’t huge on the color of the pen, but it’s really grown on me. I can’t help myself from staring at my Nakaya, the lacquer has such great depth to it. Oxblood is one of my favorite inks, it spends a lot of time in my kuro-tamenuri Neo Standard.

Thanks for sharing!

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Fountain Pen Storage v.3

DIY Pen Storage v.2!

Fountain Pen Storage v.3Back in March at the Long Island Pen Show I picked up a few sheets of the velvety pen trays from the Go Pens table. Good news, they can also be ordered online HERE! The pens trays are easily cuttable with scissors to fit any bin, tray or drawer you may want to put them in. The trays work much better than the foam I used in the first pen storage article I wrote some months back. The even spacing really makes my pen collection look great and keeps them all from rattling around together. The case is a small three drawer box that my girlfriend picked up for me at Homegoods. If you’re shopping on your own, make sure to bring a pen or two to make sure that the drawers are the right size.

Fountain Pen Storage v.3

How are you storing your collection!?

Fountain Pen Storage v.3

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May 2014 Fountain Pen Loadout

My May / June 2014 Fountain Pen/Ink Loadout

May 2014 Fountain Pen Loadout

Left to Right:

  • Rotring 800 Pencil – Pentel AIN HB lead, 0.5mm
  • 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

May 2014 Fountain Pen LoadoutNotes: 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.May 2014 Fountain Pen Loadout

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!

May 2014 Fountain Pen Loadout

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!

May 2014 Fountain Pen Loadout

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed seeing what I’ve been lugging around!

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