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Cleaning House – Pens for Sale

Trying to clear out some of the less-used pieces in my collection. If you’re interested in multiple pens, I will discount shipping!

All prices include shipping and insurance to the United States, if you are international, please let me know and we can work out a new price. I’m open to offers as well, so feel free to make reasonable offers! Please no trades at this time!

Thanks!


Ti Post Pen and Stylus by BigiDesign

Pens for Sale-2

Takes many refills – $55 shipped and insured
Barely used.

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Masterstroke Airfoil TwistPens for Sale-5

Ballpoint – $25 shipped and insured
Cool looking pen, thick grip section.

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Cubix Multicolore Pen/Pencil Case Review

Cubix Multicolore
Pen/Pencil Case Review
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What is it? The Multicolore by Cubix is a small, triangular pen / pencil case by Japanese brand Cubix. Cubics Multicolore Pencil Case Review-1The case is fashioned of nylon, has a nice looking zipper pull, and some subtle branding.

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Notes: This case is small, light, and does a great job of holding a dozen or so pens and pencils. I love the olive green color and the nicely coordinated leather-like zipper pull. The construction of the case is solid, and I don’t anticipate durability being an issue. The triangular shape helps the case sit with the zipper facing up and won’t roll off the table if nudged. Inside the case, the fabric has a  plastic coating. Why you ask? Well if a pen happens to explode, the case will not get ruined and can be easily washed out. This case is lightweight, zips up easily, and looks great in the process. At $6.75, it won’t break the bank and comes in a variety of colors to suit everyone’s taste.
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Overall, I can see myself picking up a few of these for mass storage. They’re well made and look great. Thanks to my friends at Jetpens for sending the Cubix Multicolore to review!

Check out JetPens for tons of awesome Japanese pens and stationery. Free shipping on orders over $25, and hitting that is always an easy task!

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Massdrop Pelikan M400 Giveaway Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Curtis H.!

This was the largest giveaway on the site in both prize value and entrants. Thanks to the 500+ of you who entered to win! Unfortunately there can only be one winner, and that lucky individual is Curtis H. You have been emailed by Massdrop to claim your prize. Thank you to everyone for entering and check back soon for more great giveaways!

Kutsuwa Stad T’Gaal Pencil Sharpener Review

Kutsuwa Stad T’Gaal
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What is it? The Kutsuwa Stad T’Gaal (wow, that’s a mouthful) is a compact and versatile pencil sharpener that’s sure to produce a point that even the most particular pencil aficionados like.

TGAAL Variable Point Pencil Sharpener Review-4-2Notes: The T’Gaal is pretty impressive. As you can see above, it’s able to produce everything from a very short point to  a decently long one. The sharpener is made of plastic, has a lead shaving removal door on the back, and a dial on the front to select the length of the point. A “1” yields the shortest point (foreground) and a “5” yields the longest (background). The selection knob operates smoothly and the blade inside is plenty sharp. It’s easy to use and produces a clean, sharp point that is a pleasure to write with. I find myself liking the “3” setting – not too long and not too short. Using it is simple: select your length, stick the pencil in, turn a whole bunch until there’s no resistance, and pull out a pointy pencil that’s ready to write.

TGAAL Variable Point Pencil Sharpener Review-2Overall, the sharpener gets the job done well. I like that there are options in point length. At just over $6.00, the T’Gaal is reasonably priced. If you’ve been looking to get the point of your pencil just the way you want it, look no further than this well-thought-out design from Kutsuwa.

Thanks to my friends at Jetpens for sending the T’Gaal to review!

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Lamy 2000 Stainless Steel Fountain Pen Review

Lamy 2000 Stainless Steel
Fountain Pen Review

– Handwritten Review –

  • Review Ink: J. Herbin Orange Indien
  • Review Paper: Clairefontaine Classic Notebook

Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen Stainless Steel Review-4Specs:

  • Description: The stainless steel version of my favorite pen ever, the Lamy 2000.
  • Nib: Broad, 14k gold, rhodium plated
  • Filling Mechanism: Piston
  • Weight: 54g
  • Measurements: 5.5″ closed, 6.0″ posted
  • Color Options: Brushed Stainless Steel 

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Intro/About:

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Lamy has taken their iconic 2000 design and crafted a version made from stainless steel. It’s significantly heavier than the makrolon version, but much about the two versions are the same. I opted for the broad nib (what is going on with me, last two pens I bought were broad-nibbed!?) and so far so good. The original Lamy 2000 is my all time favorite pen, read on to see how the stainless steel version holds up!

Thanks to Pen Chalet for sponsoring the review! 

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Make sure to check out the gallery at the bottom of the review, featuring several full-sized photos of the Lamy 2000 Stainless!

Appearance & Packaging:

Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen Stainless Steel Review-9The 2000SS comes in a minimalistic cardboard box. It looks cool and suits the design of the pen quite well. The pen itself looks sleek, streamlined, and even more unified than the orginal two-tone makrolon version. The brushed stainless steel body really suits the shape of the 2000 well, resulting in a handsome writing instrument. The gentle curves of the pen are pleasing to both the eye and the hand. The clip on the SS version is high polish steel, unlike the brushed version on the makrolon.

Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen Stainless Steel Review-8The mirror finish nicely compliments the brushed surface of the pen, but watch out as it does tend to pick up scratches easily. Unlike the nearly invisible seams on the original, those on the stainless steel version are slightly more visible. It’s completely understandable, as stainless is notorious for it’s difficulty to be machined. The 2000 is one of my favorite designs out there, and not just for pens. I’m happy to have both the stainless and original version in my collection. I can’t say which one I prefer because they’re both great in their own ways.

Nib Performance & Filling System:

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I absolutely love the broad nib in my Lamy 2000. It’s known that they tend to be finicky, but I have had no problems with this one. It has excellent ink flow and it is glassy smooth on paper. The pen does have a little bit of a sweet spot, but the broad size makes it easy to find. The smoothness and flow are almost like a marker. The pen writes wet and that definitely contributes to the smooth writing experience. I think this is my favorite broad nib, edging out even the Pelikan M805 Stresemann I reviewed a few weeks back.

Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen Stainless Steel Review-8The Lamy 2000 SS employs a piston filling mechanism like it’s counterpart. The piston knob is smooth and the pen easily draws up around 2ml of ink. This does tend to go a little fast in the broad nib. The fact that the nib is mostly hidden by the grip actually makes it easier to fill the pen fully and without mess. My one gripe with the pen is that there’s no ink window to see what you have in there. Should I have opted for a fine or extra fine nib, I wouldn’t worry, but the ink-thirsty broad nib drains the pen pretty quickly. In terms of overall aesthetic of the pen, and ink window would be out of place. I don’t mind that it’s not there, but maybe fill it up before you head out to an important meeting or long class.

Feel:

 

Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen Stainless Steel Review-5The Lamy 2000 fits my hand like a glove. The contoured shape is comfortable and the tapered grip allows the writer to either choke up or grip further back depending on preference. I write with the makrolon version posted, but the stainless is WAY more comfortable to me when uncapped. The 54g weight is a bit much when you’re holding the body and cap, but is much more manageable unposted. The cap throws off the balance considerably.

Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen Stainless Steel Review-4I’ve also found the body to be a bit slippery, despite the fact that the grips are both stainless steel in both models. The makrolon body coupled with the lighter weight helps keep the pen in hand a bit better. I’ve also found myself gripping this pen a little bit harder than I may with others, perhaps because of the weight. Also worth noting is the presence of the seams between the grip section and body. They’re slightly more pronounced than I’d like. A small, yet still bothersome detail is the vertical play in the clip. The makrolon version has zero and this has a distinct wiggle. For a pen of this price I would definitely like to see the fit and finish taken up another notch.

Pros:

– Best broad nib I’ve used
– Great flow
– Iconic design
– Large ink capacity

Cons:

– Finishing could be better
– No ink window

Conclusion:

Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen Stainless Steel Review-1The original Lamy 2000 is my favorite pen. At this point, I’m pretty sure I could sell off my entire collection, save the Lamy, and be completely content. The SS version is definitely a great compliment to the original, but it’s not a replacement. The SS 2000 is not without faults, but I’m still a huge fan of the pen. If you’re like me and love the makrolon version, the stainless would definitely make a great addition to your collection. The broad nib was great straight out of the box, putting down a ton of ink. I’ve been drooling over this pen for what feels like years, and it’s definitely not a let down.

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