Ironically, it’s a week before the shopping “holiday” here in the US that’s known as Black Friday. Because of Thanksgiving, the need to get some shopping done, and I happen to be moving that weekend, this feature is coming to you a bit early. Now onto the goods:
I really love my Lamy AL-Star. I have three of them, but the matte black limited edition is by far my favorite. Paired with a black nib, it completes the total stealth look. The second they became available, I picked one up. The Noodler’s Black is a great ink. It’s solid, dark, smooth, and water resistant. I completely understand why it’s the go-to black ink for so many people. Last, but not least, is the Maruman Mnemosyne notebook in B5. These notebooks got me through my last two years of school. I love the size, paper, and ruling. The textured black cover and the black wire binding make the notebook an ideal candidate for a Black Friday feature.
Last month’s Black Friday feature wasn’t my favorite, and I’m much happier with this one. The Google Nexus 4 is a great phone, but it is definitely slacking in the camera department. I shot this month’s feature with my regular camera, and I’m much happier. This month I decided to feature the Lamy Safari, Monteverde Black ink, and the Rhodia Unlimited pocket notebook. This Safari was my first fountain pen, and I love it. It’s the perfect knock-around workhorse that you don’t have to worry about throwing in your pocket or bag. I opted for my black nib in fine because it’s probably my smoothest steel Lamy nib I have. It plays very nicely with Monteverde Black, which I didn’t expect too much from, but after writing with it, I like it quite a bit.
Dry time could be a little faster, but it’s a smooth ink with nice saturation. The Rhodia Unlimited is a great little pocket notebook with a lot of great features. I really liked the ruling (the title box up top included) and the perforated pages. The soft-touch cover is held down by a black and orange elastic strap that’s riveted to the back cover. Both the perforated pages and the elastic band are nice touches that puts the Unlimited ahead of many other pocket notebooks. Everything this month is reasonably priced, but expensive doesn’t always mean good. The Safari is never far from my reach and the notebook is at home in my pocket or bag. Enjoy the pictures.
Lamy Accent – Matte Black & Palladium, Sailor Kiwa Guro Nano Black, R by Rhodia – No. 18
So, technically it’s not the last Friday of the month. February really messed me up in terms of scheduling with this whole lack of days thing. If only it were leap year, I would be set. This month’s feature is a mix of old and new. I’ve had the Lamy Accent for a while now, and it’s pretty great. The grip is a little weird, but it’s perfectly balanced. It’s not my number one go-to pen, but I’m happy I have one in my collection. I apologize for the ink being a repeat, but it’s my favorite black ink. Believe it or not, I wrote up three Black Friday features (with different inks and pens) and this is the one I hated the least. I’m my own toughest critic, I guess. Also, the notebook featured this month is something special. It’s the R by Rhoda No. 18 from Rhodia’s premium line of notebooks. The cover has a great soft feel to it and the paper inside is just as good. I’ll have a review of that up in the near future. Also, for whatever reason, I decided to write in cursive. I hope you enjoy the switch up from small caps.
Pen: Lamy Accent, Fine Nib – Matte Black with Palladium Grip, Black Steel nib
Sailor Professional Gear Imperial, Noodler’s Dark Matter, and a Large Rhodia Webnotebook
So, it’s that time again. For those of you (most of you) who haven’t seen a Black Friday feature yet, this is the third installment. On the last Friday of every month I’m going to be featuring a black pen, a black ink, and a black notebook. This Black Friday just happens to the blacker than the blackest black times infinity. To top it off, I was listening to The Black Dahlia Murder while doing the feature just to add that extra element of darkness. Also, a big thank you to Karen at Exaclair for providing me with the Rhodia Webnotebook!
So, it’s that time again. For those of you (most of you) who haven’t seen a Black Friday feature yet, this is the second installment. On the last Friday of every month I’m going to be featuring a black pen, a black ink, and a black notebook. Why? BECAUSE I LOVE BLACK.
Pen: Lamy 2000 – Medium Nib
Ink: Sailor Kiwa Guro Nano Black
Paper: Rhodia No. 12 Pad & Cover
This month’s Black Friday features a newcomer (to me), and two tried-and-true favorites. The Lamy 2000 is the pen featured this month. I just got this bad boy for Christmas, so we haven’t spent all that much time together. Also, it’s not completely black, and some may even argue that it’s a really dark grey. Well, it’s black enough for me and it’s new so I wanted to feature it. So far I’m really loving the L2K. It’s buttery smooth medium nib glides effortlessly across the paper. The piston operates nice and smooth, and the knob practically disappears into the body of the pen. The size and weight are, in my opinion, perfect. I love the shape and balance of the pen. I’ve been writing with it posted but most people will find that it’s just as comfortable when uncapped. Check back soon for a full review of the Lamy 2000.
The ink I chose for this month’s feature is one of the smoothest writing inks around, Sailor’s Kiwa Guro Nano Black. This ink is pigmented with “nano particles” that provide a smooth writing experience. I really love this ink for a few reasons. It’s very, very smooth. It’s really, really dark. Also, it cleans out easily. After trying many black inks out, I settled on this one as my go-to. For some reason I prefer this stuff in a finer nib, but it is by no means bad in the Lamy 2000′s medium. The ink dries quick, has good water resistant properties, and has an almost matte finish (depending on the paper). The only drawback is it’s price. Hovering around $24 / bottle, it’s not making this ink an impulse buy. I would highly recommend trying out a sample though, it’s a really great ink. An interesting sidenote: the smell that this ink gives off is very interesting, it’s by no means bad. Personally, I enjoy filling up a pen from the bottle and getting a whiff of the scent.
Last, I chose one of my go-to notepads. The Rhodia No. 12 Staple-bound Pad with Leatherette Cover. The number 12 size is perfect for a back pocket, or what I call the “sneaky pocket” inside of most jackets. The pad is of course filled with Rhodia paper which never disappoints. The #12 pad comes with lines, grid, blank or dot grid, and is easily swappable. The pages are micro-perforated, making it easy to jot down a note and give it to someone. The cover also has a pocket in it (a simple cut in the fabric) that is well suited for business cards, a credit card, or an emergency $20. It’s a great pocket notebook, and the cover provides good protection and keeps the pad from getting frayed edges, especially when kept in a pocket.
I hope you guys are enjoying this feature as much as I am. Check back in on the last Friday of every month for a new installment.