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.

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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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Stormy Grey J Herbin Fountain Pen Ink Review

J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey Ink Review – Time-lapse Video!

Since the new app called Hyperlapse came out, I figured I’d give it a try. Here’s a little look into how I do an ink review. I thought the time-lapse was pretty cool. There will definitely be more of these in the future, let me know what you think!

Also, don’t worry – the full review of the J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey is coming really soon! It’s a great shade of grey with a ton of gold fleck suspended in the ink. I will absolutely be picking up a bottle when it comes out!

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.

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[Guest Post] Sailor 1911 Matte Black Full Size with a Naginata Togi MF Nib

[Guest Post] The Sailor 1911 Matte Black Full Size with a Naginata Togi MF Nib

Another awesome guest post by Susan Pigott! You may know her from her own blog, Scribalishess! Her photography, handwriting, and reviewing skills are top notch. If you like what you see here, make sure to go check out more on her site! Here’s Susan’s review of the The Sailor 1911 Large Matte Black Fountain Pen with an incredible Naginata Togi MF nib. Enjoy!


Review Ink: Diamine Ancient Copper


Description:  A Sailor 1911 Full Size in Matte Black with rhodium accents fitted with a Naginata Togi MF Nib

Nib:  21K Gold Naginata Togi MF

Filling Mechanism:  Cartridge/Converter

Weight: 23.7 grams

Measurements:  5.5 inches in length, capped; 4 and 3/4 inches uncapped; and 6 inches posted

Color Options: Black with gold trim; Black with rhodium trim, Burgundy with gold trim, Black luster, Matte Black with gold trim, Matte Black with rhodium trim and metal section, Naginata-Togi Gin-sensuji with Rhodium Trim, Naginata-Togi Ribbed Black with Gold Trim,Naginata-Togi Ribbed Black with Rhodium Trim, Naginata-Togi Ribbed Burgundy with Rhodium Trim, Black Realo with gold trim, Burgundy Realo with gold trim.

Handwritten Review Scans:





I’ve been eyeing Naginata Togi nibs for quite some time now. I’ve always been fascinated with Sailor specialty nibs, and the Togi is the most basic (and least expensive) of the specialty nibs. I bought this pen from a seller on FPN for about $100 off the price listed at Classic Pens ($416). The seller had bought it from Classic Pens, so the nib was tuned by John Mottishaw. I was thrilled because I almost bought this very pen at the full price.


Ed already reviewed a Sailor Professional Gear 1911, so I’m not going to focus much on the pen itself, though my model is a bit different. This review is all about the nib.

Appearance and Packaging: 

My Sailor 1911 came in a blue, rectangular clamshell box with literature about the pen and Sailor’s specialty nibs. Included were one ink cartridge and a converter.

The matte black version with rhodium trim is subtle and beautiful. I usually like gold-trimmed pens, but the rhodium matches the matte black perfectly. I honestly have too many black, cigar-shaped pens in my collection, but the matte black makes this pen stand out from the crowd. It’s classy, like Bond, James Bond.


Nib Performance and Filling System:

The nib is what truly makes this pen something special.




The Naginata Togi nib allows for a great deal of line variation depending on the angle of the pen to the paper. It is an unusually-shaped nib (see photos), and it has a longer than usual tip. It’s a 21K nib and is pretty rigid. You’re not going to get any flex while writing with this nib. The line variation comes from how you hold the pen. In the written review, I held the nib in my normal writing position, which is about 45 degrees, and I found the nib wrote beautifully. You can see differences in line width when I held the pen at a 90 degree angle, a 45 degree angle, and a super low angle (as close to the paper as I could hold it).


Most of the Sailor specialty nibs are made for Japanese-styles of writing and calligraphy. But I wanted one for writing Hebrew since the horizontal strokes need to be thicker than the vertical strokes. (In real life I’m a professor of Old Testament and Hebrew). Even though I have a Hebrew nib from Richard Binder, it’s got a very narrow width and, unless I write tiny, I can’t see much variation between the horizontal and vertical strokes. The Naginata Togi does quite well, though I still need to practice making the Hebrew look good. I sure wish I could do Hebrew calligraphy.


I admit I was nervous about buying a Sailor specialty nib. When you go the page on Classic Pens, the specialty nibs are almost overwhelming. They are amazingly intricate, and I was afraid I would find the Naginata Togi to be ridiculously broad. I even called and asked about the nibs and was told they are not for everyone. But I am a believer in this nib. I’m amazed at how smoothly it writes. I love the versatility it has depending on the angle you’re writing.

One concern I had is that the Naginata Togi nib puts down lots of ink when you’re writing broad. I was afraid the feed and the converter wouldn’t be able to keep up. So far, everything has been perfect, though I expect to refill this pen more often than most.



The Sailor 1911 full size feels great in the hand. It’s not a heavy pen. It is smooth as silk but not slippery. I don’t post my pens, but I tried writing with it posted and, for me at least, posting ruins the balance. If you want line variation, you have to hold the pen at different angles. Some angles are quite uncomfortable (such as trying to write super fine at 90 degrees). Other angles are easier on the wrist, but the lower you go, the slower you have to write.




  • The 1911 in Matte Black is a gorgeous pen. It is sleek and elegant and the rhodium trim complements it perfectly.
  • The pen feels good in the hand and is neither too heavy nor too light.
  • The Naginata Togi nib is a useful departure from a typical nib. I can see artists using this nib for sketching since you can get such wonderful line variation. For me, it works great as a general writer and it enhances my Hebrew printing.


  • I prefer piston filler pens. The Sailor converter only holds .5ml of ink. You can get the Sailor Realo instead, but it only holds .9ml. Currently the Realo only comes in Black and Burgundy with gold trim. So, if you want the matte black, you have to go with the 1911 or Pro Gear.
  • The pen looks rather ordinary and plain. I like colorful pens. But the matte black makes it stand out from other black, cigar-shaped pens and the rhodium trim is different from my other pens, all of which have gold accents.
  • The Naginata Togi nib may not suit everyone’s tastes. If you can try one before you buy, that’s the best thing to do. I definitely wouldn’t go larger than the MF Togi. I’ve read that the medium and broad versions are like writing with Magic Markers.




All in all, I am very pleased with my Sailor 1911 Naginata Togi. My fears about the nib were unwarranted and, in fact, I am crazy about it. I love how it looks, how it writes, and that it is versatile enough that I can write in my journal or write Hebrew or both (because I totally write in Hebrew in my journal . . . not).




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