Kickstarter: TiScribe Fountain/Ballpoint EDC Pen in Copper

Kickstarter: TiScribe Fountain/Ballpoint EDC Pen in Copper

Ti Scribe Copper Fountain Pen Review Kickstarter-1


  • Available in Copper, Brass or Titanium
  • Fountain pen or ballpoint
  • Titanium pocket clip
  • Seamless machining and design
  • High gloss finish
  • 4.45″ overall
  • 4.15″ uncapped

Ti Scribe Copper Fountain Pen Review Kickstarter-9Notes:

The Ti Scribe Fountain / Ballpoint Pen was designed with EDC use in mind. This little pen is meant to live in your pocket and be used as needed. It’s short in length, but not uncomfortable to use when writing. The design and construction are both quality – including features like invisible seams and a fully machined body/cap.

Ti Scribe Copper Fountain Pen Review Kickstarter-12The pen is built around a Bock nib unit, and includes a small international cartridge of black ink. The nib writes buttery smooth and has good ink flow right out of the box. These nibs may look familiar – as Kaweco uses them. There’s some nice scroll work and Bock’s logo stamped into the nib.

Ti Scribe Copper Fountain Pen Review Kickstarter-13

This pen is QUITE small. It reminds me a bit of the Kaweco Liliput, but a bit wider. This extra diameter makes for a more comfortable writing experience. The grip section of the pen has grooves machined into it for improved grip and control. I do have a few issues with the pen. It’s just a little bit too short for extended writing periods. I feel like the end of the pen hits an awkward spot in my hand, I wish it was just a bit longer (TiScribe is now offering an extended length version of the pen as a stretch goal).Ti Scribe Copper Fountain Pen Review Kickstarter-4 I also wish that the cap posted. Although Kelvin, the designer, stated that threads on the back of the pen are ugly, it’s very easy to misplace this small cap. I think an EDC pen, especially one meant to be used on the go, would benefit from a cap retention system. Speaking of the cap, each cap comes with a titanium pocket clip. The clip is held in place by a single screw. I’ve found that the pen stays put in my pocket and the cap hasn’t fallen off while walking. The shorter length of the pen ensures that it doesn’t jab you in the leg while carrying.

The pen is a bit longer than a Kaweco Sport when capped, and slightly shorter when posted.

Ti Scribe Copper Fountain Pen Review Kickstarter-5Overall, I think that the Scribe makes a good pen for EDC. It’s more substantial than the Kaweco Liliput, but not as comfortable to use as the Sport. I’d definitely say that it’s a happy medium. I’m intrigued by the longer version, as I like the design and feel of the pen. It’s obvious that there was a high level of detail involved in designing and manufacturing the pen.

To learn even more about the Scribe, and to pick one up for yourself, head over to their Kickstarter page. There’s just under two weeks left to get in on the pledge!


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


  • None!

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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Thanks for reading and enjoy the review!

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Topo Designs Accessory Bags Review

Topo Designs
Accessory Bags Review

Topo Designs Accessory Pouch Review-1What are they? The Topo Designs Accessory Bags ($39 for a set of 3) are an excellent and stylish way to keep all of your pen, pencil, and paper needs organized.  High visibility yellow interiors make it super easy to see what’s inside and grab what you need. These pouches are made from Cordura nylon, heavy duty zippers, and paracord zipper pulls. The end result is an American-made pouch that is ideal for a bag-in-bag organization system. Check out all the sizes and colors over at Topo Designs!

Topo Designs Accessory Pouch Review-7I’ve been rocking my Topo Mountain Briefcase for months now, and I absolutely love it. However, there’s one glaring issue: a lack of internal organization. Becky over at Topo got in touch to see if I wanted to check out some more stuff by the brand, and these accessory bags showed up shortly after. With their arrival, I opted to try out a bag-in-bag organization system. This means that in each bag, I placed a group of items.

Topo Designs Accessory Pouch Review-6The smallest size bag is great for loose pens and pencils. They all fit in easily and theres a ton of room. As you can see in the photos, there’s at least 20 pencils in the bag, and still room for more. I especially like that the pencils can sit flat in the bag, resulting in less bulk and easier carry. It’s not too small, and it’s not too large. This bag also moonlights as a home for my Fuji X100T.The medium size is perfect for a small(ish) notebook and an iPad mini.Note: This is the Starbucks Roastery edition FN book – it’s the same size as the larger Arts and Sciences edition, not the standard 3.5×5.5″. Keeping them together adds some protection for the iPad, and more importantly – makes it much easier to switch bags or just grab it and go. The largest of the bags can fit a B5 notebook and more. I’ve been using this as a pouch for my two camera flash units (Nikon SB-600 and SB-910) to add some protection and keep them from bouncing around.

As you can see above, a whole bunch of pencils, an iPad, and two notebooks easily fit into the bags. The bags then fit inside the largest one – ideal for a grab-and-go. I’ve found that it makes it much easier to switch bags out. I go between my Mountain Brief and my Daypack pretty frequently, so not having to dig small items out of the bag is convenient.

Topo Designs Accessory Pouch Review-12Each bag is made in the USA in Colorado. The craftsmanship has no noticeable flaws. The materials and zippers are sturdy and never feel like they’re going to open up or fail. I especially like the small flag tags on each of the pouches.

Topo Designs Accessory Pouch Review-8All of the bags fit into the Daypack and Mountain Brief very easily. The hi-vis yellow interiors of all their bags result in easy gear retrieval. It’s nice to know exactly what you’re grabbing for. I’ve been using the bags for around a month, and they’ve definitely come in quite handy. I’m definitely going to continue using this system of organization for the foreseeable future! Thanks again to Becky and Topo Designs for reaching out!


Disclaimer: These bags were received as units for review, free of charge. All opinions are my own. 

KUM Longpoint Pencil Sharpener Review

KUM Long Point
Pencil Sharpener Review

KUM Long Point Pencil Sharpener Review-1
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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Pilot Custom 823 Fountain Pen with Architect Grind Review

Pilot Custom 823 Fountain Pen
with Architect Grind Review

– Handwritten Review –

  • Review Ink:Sheaffer Peacock Blue
  • Review Paper: Rhodia No. 18 Pad

Pilot Custom 823 Fountain Pen Review with Hebrew Arabic Italic Grind by Richard Binder 5Specs:

  • Description: Probably one of the best pens out there. No, seriously. It is.
  • Nib: Medium nib, ground to an architect point by Richard Binder
  • Filling Mechanism: Integrated vacuum plunger
  • Weight: ~29 grams
  • Measurements: 5.85″ closed, 6.37″ posted
  • Color Options: Amber, Smoke (Japan Market Only)

Handwritten Review Scans:

Pilot Custom 823 Fountain Pen Review with Hebrew Arabic Italic Grind by Richard Binder 6 - Version 2Intro/About:

This Pilot Custom 823 with a 0.7mm architect grind was my big purchase of the 2014 Long Island Pen Show. It’s taken me a year to get around to reviewing this. Why? I don’t really know. What I do know is that it’s given me a really long time to get acquainted with the pen and provide you guys with a proper review. I knew going into the show that I wanted an architect grind, but I didn’t know what pen I wanted it on. After seeing and handling the 823 in person, it was an easy choice. I picked up the pen for $288 plus an additional $65 for the grind. The 823 is a classically cigar shaped fountain pen with a vacuum plunger filling system. The ink reservoir inside is huge and you can see the ink sloshing around thanks to the translucent demonstrator body. The main body section is clear, capped with dark brown opaque grip and section, separated by gold bands. It’s a great looking pen that is well outside of what I’d usually choose and I absolutely love it. It was great when I got it and it still remains one of my most-used pens one year later.

Pilot Custom 823 Fountain Pen Review with Hebrew Arabic Italic Grind by Richard Binder 1Appearance & Packaging:

The Custom 823 is an impressive looking pen with equally impressive packaging. The pen comes nicely displayed in a large gift box with a bottle of Namiki blue ink along side it. I would be quite happy to receive this as a gift – it really is that nice of a presentation. The pen looks really awesome too. What made me pick it out was the huge gold nib. Since I knew it was going to be a custom grind, I wanted something with a nib that I would look forward to using. The gold furnishing compliments the brown and amber resin perfectly. The cap is clear as well, but there’s a cap insert that hides the nib away. I’m on the fence about this detail – it would be nice to see the nib through the cap, but I suppose it makes taking the cap off that much more special. The gold ball-end clip is functional and the looks match the overall look of the pen well. The 823 is not something I would usually pick (all-black-everything, german design, etc.) but I really enjoy the way it looks.

Pilot Custom 823 Fountain Pen Review with Hebrew Arabic Italic Grind by Richard Binder 4Nib Performance & Filling System:

It’s not too often where both the nib and filling system on a pen are unique and special. First, let’s go through the nib. My Custom 823 started it’s life as a medium nib, but was quickly ground into a 0.7mm Architect/Hebrew Italic/Arabic Italic nib. Wow, so many names for the same thing. Richard Binder ground this nib for me at the Long Island Pen Show in 2013 (sorry, this review has taken over a year to do…) and it’s still one of the most fun to write with and unique pieces in my collection.

Pilot Custom 823 Fountain Pen Review with Hebrew Arabic Italic Grind by Richard Binder 8The architect grind is a nib grind almost like a stub, but flipped on the side. There’s a broad cross stroke and a narrow down stroke. It has a bit of feedback, but it’s still quite smooth for a fountain pen. I was told by Richard that the mild scratchiness is just the nature of the beast, but it is in no way unpleasant to write with. I think the grind suits my style of handwriting extremely well, it gives it a great look. The nib puts down a nice amount of ink, not too much, and not too little. It’s fun to see the ink level depleting in the clear reservoir. I really love this grind…

Pilot Custom 823 Fountain Pen Review with Hebrew Arabic Italic Grind by Richard Binder 16Pilot’s Custom 823 comes with an integrated plunger powered vacuum filling system. It’s very similar to TWSBI’s VAC700. To fill the pen, unscrew the tailcap, pull the plunger all the way out, submerge the nib fully, and press the plunger down. Once the internal vacuum seal behind the plunger is broken, the pen sucks ink through the feed and into the pen. It’s fun to use and extremely efficient. The pen holds a ton of ink, I find myself getting bored with the color before I run out of ink!


Sailor Pro Gear Versus Pilot 823-6The pen is pretty large, there’s no getting around that. However, it is very well balanced and has a comfortable amount of heft. The grip section is comfortable and the step down and threads are barely noticeable. The cap posts pretty far down on the pen, making it usable, but it does throw the balance heavily towards the back of the pen. My preference is to write with the cap unposted, as it’s long enough and weighty enough to be comfortable. The fit and finish of the pen are top-notch. I’ve found Pilot to have some of the best quality control out there, especially in terms of fit an finish. You won’t be disappointed in how the pen looks and feels. Sailor Pro Gear Versus Pilot 823-7


  • Handsome presentation
  • Awesome custom nib
  • Solid feel and build quality
  • Awesome filling system


  • None for me!

Pilot Custom 823 Fountain Pen Review with Hebrew Arabic Italic Grind by Richard Binder 3Conclusion:

I love this pen, I really do. I’ve had it for a LONG time now, and it’s still great every time I pick it up. I thought the pen was too far outside of my comfort zone (never thought I would have bought an amber and gold pen) but it’s grown on me a lot. The solid feel, attention to detail, vintage feel, and excellent custom nib result in a pen that will always be in my collection!



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