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Doane Small Idea Journal Review

Doane Paper
Small Idea Journal

Doane Small Idea Journal Review-7Specs: 

  • Journal Size – 5.25” x 6.875”
  • Grid Size – .125” (.3175 cm) x .125” (.3175 cm)
  • Wide (Legal) Ruled Line Spacing
  • 100 Sheets / 200 Pages per notebook w/ full bleed DP sheets
  • Rugged Wire-O-Binding
  • 80 Point Chipboard Stock w/ Black Ink Embossed covers (100% recycled)
  • 60 LB Brite White Offset Stock content pages
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • $13 from JetPens

Doane Small Idea Journal Review-6Notes:
This little book has been my go-to spot for doodles and notes. It’s small in size, I love the ruling, and it looks cool. The paper tends to feather a tiny bit with fountain pens, but I don’t mind it. The notebook is sturdy and the wire-o-binding has held up to being thrown in a bag and bounced around.
Doane Small Idea Journal Review-9I’ve gone through three full Doane Flap Jotters, so I figured I’d give this format a try. The paper inside this book isn’t quite as friendly to fountain pens as that in the Flap Jotter, but it’s not bad. If you’ve been looking to try out Doane Paper, definitely consider this capable little notebook.

Doane Small Idea Journal Review-8Thanks to JetPens for sending the book over for review!

 

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Disclaimer: This book was received as a review unit, free of charge. All opinions are my own.

Field Notes Starbucks Reserve “Coffee Origins” Review

Field Notes
Starbucks Roastery Edition
“Coffee Origins”

Field Notes Coffee Origins 3 Pack-13Specs:

  • 3 – pack
  • Line, Graph, and Dot Grid ruling
  • #50T bright white paper with grey ruling
  • Map and coffee facts for each region on the back

Field Notes Coffee Origins 3 Pack-2 Field Notes Coffee Origins 3 Pack-3Notes:

For any of you who follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I enjoy coffee a little bit… Field Notes and Starbucks have teamed up again for some exclusive books – this time it’s a three pack of books, one for each of the coffee growing regions of the world. They’re very similar to the Unexposed Colors Edition in feel and looks. Admittedly, I bought these primarily to take coffee notes in, not to use them as an everyday pocket notebook. They’ll live in my cabinet with the rest of my coffee gear and come out when I get new beans in or to take roasting notes.

Field Notes Coffee Origins 3 Pack-10The #50T paper inside should hold up to ballpoint, gel, and maybe a finer rollerball alright, but don’t expect it to be the friendliest to fountain pens. I like that the pack includes a lined, graph, and dot grid book, it’s a nice touch. I thought I was seeing things, but upon further inspection, the staples are actually white. Another cool detail!

Field Notes Coffee Origins 3 Pack-8It’s rare that I pay more than retail for a Field Notes (I’m not THAT hardcore of a collector), but these were definitely worth adding to my collection. Since they’re only available at the physical Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle, they have to be purchased second market online. Currently, the going rate is around $30 – not bad for something that crosses over into two of my hobbies as well as these books do!

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Diamine Asa Blue Ink Review

Diamine Asa Blue Fountain Pen Ink Review

Pen: Nakaya Neo Standard Medium, Folded Nib Dip Pen
Ink: Diamine Asa Blue
Paper: Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP B5 Dot Grid

Diamine Asa Blue Fountain Pen Ink Review-14Pros:

  • Smooth writing
  • Nice shading
  • Great everyday color
  • Diamine reliability

Cons:

  • None!

Notes:
Jetpens recently started carrying the small bottles of Diamine Ink. I saw them and immediately got to shopping. These 30ml bottles are ideal for an ink you “like” but don’t “love”. It’s more of a commitment than a sample, but not as much as a full bottle – ideal for trying out an an ink that you think you might like. I’ve been wanting to try Asa Blue as a more affordable alternative to Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki for a while now, so into my shopping cart it went.

The color reminds me much of Kon-Peki, but slightly more subdued and therefore more appropriate for everyday writing. After only a few lines in, I knew that this ink would fast become a favorite. This lovely shade of medium blue is a pleasure to write with and even nicer to look at. I’m a huge fan of Diamine ink – great saturation, flow, color variety, and shading without breaking the bank. I’ve been using this ink for a few weeks now, and I’m hooked. Asa Blue just may beat out Kon-Peki for my number one blue!

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Kaweco Brass Sport Fountain Pen Review

Kaweco Brass Sport
Fountain Pen

  • Review Paper: Rhodia No. 18 Lined Pad

Kaweco Brass Sport Fountain Pen Review-5Specs:

  • Description: A brass version of everyone’s favorite pocket pen
  • Refills: International short cartridges / Kaweco Converter
  • Body: Raw Brass
  • Measurements: 5.270″ long, 0.360″ diameter
  • Weight: 45g
  • Color Options: Raw Brass

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Intro/About:

Kaweco Brass Sport Fountain Pen Review-11Upon seeing the announcement of an all-brass Sport, my excitement started to build. Usually they hit Europe first and then make their way over here. The day it became available on JetPens, I jumped at it. I already have several Sports in my collection in various colors and materials, but none with a broad nib. I added the pen to my shopping cart, and a few days later it was at my door. Read on to see how this weighty version of my favorite pocket pen holds up!

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Appearance and Packaging:

Kaweco Brass Sport Fountain Pen Review-3The Brass Sport comes in the standard Kaweco gift tin. It’s nicely decorated and has a cool vintage look. It’s small in size, simple, and gets the job done. It’s definitely in line with how a $100 pen should be packaged. Upon first picking it up, the weight and build quality immediately stood out (in a good way). The pen is precisely machined and has no visual flaws. I have always held Kaweco’s build quality in high regard. The raw brass will age and patina as the pen is used, as there is no finish to protect the surface. Since getting the pen, it has dulled down a bit and has taken on a wonderful vintage look. The steel nib is perfectly sized for the pen – not too big and not too small. It’s nicely decorated and stamped with the Kaweco logo.

Filling System / Nib Performance:

Kaweco Brass Sport Fountain Pen Review-12Kaweco Sports are most easily filled via international short cartridges. The pen includes a single blue cartridge to get you started writing immediately. While Kaweco does offer a converter, I’ve found it to perform poorly. It’s hard to get a good fill and it doesn’t hold so much ink – I’d rather refill an empty cartridge with a syringe than use the converter. Several ink manufacturers make international short cartridges, so it’s easy to find an ink brand and color that you like. Personally, I’m a big fan of Kaweco’s Summer Blue (used in the review).

Kaweco Brass Sport Fountain Pen Review-10I opted to get the Sport in a broad steel nib. The second I put pen to page, I knew the broad nib wasn’t for me. It’s smooth, but it’s more stubby than round – producing a slightly variable stroke. If you prefer a stubby broad nib, then definitely check it out. If not, take note. After a few pages with the broad, I swapped in a 14k gold medium nib. Kaweco’s nib units easily unscrew and swap out in seconds.

Feel:

Kaweco Brass Sport Fountain Pen Review-7The brass Sport feels great in hand. It’s hefty, but not heavy (does that make sense?). The metal is precisely machined and the finishing on the pen is excellent. All of the surfaces are smooth, the grip is comfortable, and the cap threads are smooth. Kaweco has added a thin plastic sleeve to the inside of the cap that improves the feel of the threads when opening and closing the pen. This sleeve also protects the body from being scratched when posting the cap. The brass Sport is the ideal weight – it feels like a full-sized pen. I love the easy pocketability as well. In my opinion, brass is an excellent material for the Sport line.

Kaweco Brass Sport Fountain Pen Review-13Pros:

  • Great weight
  • Looks awesome
  • Patina!
  • Easy to use
  • A+ fit and finish

Kaweco Brass Sport Fountain Pen Review-2Cons:

  • B nib was stubbier than I’d like
  • Not for those who like to keep things shiny

Conclusion:

Kaweco Brass Sport Fountain Pen Review-6It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the Sport line. I have posted several reviews of this line of pens, enjoying all of them. Kaweco consistently puts out a solid pen – great fit/finish, looks, writing performance, and overall value. I think that the brass Sport does a great job of representing Kaweco’s heritage very well. It’s definitely worth the $100 (about $75 more than the plastic version). I have no doubt that this pen will last a lifetime. While the broad nib wasn’t my thing, some may appreciate the stubby nature of its writing.

Thanks again to JetPens for sending this over to review, check out their site for more info on the pen!

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Disclaimer: This pen was provided to me as a review unit, free of charge, by JetPens. I was not compensated for this review, and this did not have any effect on my thoughts and opinions about the pen. Thank you for reading!

KUM Longpoint Pencil Sharpener Review

KUM Long Point
Pencil Sharpener Review

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What is it? 
The KUM Long Point Pencil Sharpener is just that…a pencil sharpener! What makes this sharpener unique is the ability to sharpen a pencil into a long, precise, and sharp tip with ease. Designed and made in Germany, this sharpener is high quality, portable, and easy to use and clean out.

KUM Long Point Pencil Sharpener Review-7Notes: I purchased two pencil sharpeners at the same time, this one and the Kutsuwa T’Gaal variable point (check out my review here!). This particular sharpener is a one trick pony, but it’s really good at that one trick. One hole shapes the wood and the other sharpens the lead to a precise writing point. I prefer to write with a very sharp pencil, so I do find myself reaching for this one quite often. The construction is as solid as I’d expect for $4.10 – no complaints here.

KUM Long Point Pencil Sharpener Review-6Overall, the sharpener does a great job at making and keeping my pencils sharp. The contained unit holds a decent amount of pencil shavings, making it ideal for tossing in a bag and using on the go. I also like that there are two spare blades included with the sharpener, extending the useful life of the product significantly.

Thanks to my friends at Jetpens for sending the KUM to review!

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