Enter to Win a Pelikan M400 Courtesy of Massdrop!

Massdrop is back with another generous giveaway. This time it’s the classic Pelikan M400. The giveaway is for one(1) Pelikan M400 in Blue Striated with an extra fine nib. Read on to see how to enter!

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MassdropLogoTo be entered in the giveaway, all you have to do is create a new account (no credit card info required!) through this link!

If you already have a Massdrop account, you can enter by leaving a comment on this post letting us know you already have an account and what you’d write with your new Pelikan!

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Winner announced! See if you won here!

The giveaway will start on Thursday, May 7th and run until the following Friday, May 15th at midnight EST. One entry per person please! Massdrop will be selecting the winners randomly and shipping the prize. Giveaway is open worldwide! Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about the giveaway! Here’s some more info on how Massdrop works too.

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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 

Handwritten Review Scans:

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! 

Check out Pen Chalet for all of your fountain pen needs. They are an official retailer of several of the top brands in the industry and have a great selection to choose from!

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.

Check out Pen Chalet for pricing and options on the Lamy 2000

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Code & Quill “Origin” Notebook Review

Code & Quill “Origin”
Notebook Review

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Specs:

  • 5.5×7.7″ size
  • Dot grid and indentation ruling on each page spread
  • 100GSM off-white paper
  • Stingray leatherette cover
  • Lay flat binding

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Notes:

Code & Quill offered up a sample notebook for review, I was immediately intrigued by the unique ruling inside. The right sheet is printed with their proprietary “indentation” rule (a hybrid line + graph) and the left sheet is printed with a 5mm dot grid.

Code and Quill Notebook Review-3The grey leatherette cover is nicely textured, it reminded me of stingray leather’s pattern. There’s minimal branding, but I like how it is done. Code & Quill have sewn on a fabric patch with their logo on the front of each book. The ruling inside pretty much has all of the bases covered for anything you want to write or sketch – thanks to the lines, grid, and dots. I can definitely see the layout being useful. The paper inside reminds me of that which is found in the Rhodia Webnotebook. It’s slightly heavier at 100GSM, but retains a similar off-white color.

Code and Quill Notebook Review-4 The paper is slightly more absorbent than Rhodia and lacks the slick “coated” feel, but it’s a pleasure to write on. The paper easily holds up to fountain pen, gel, rollerball, and pencil without bleeding through. There was a slight bit of show through, but nothing to the point where the page wouldn’t be usable on both sides.

Code and Quill Notebook Review-6I was informed by the company that they have further improved the paper for the final production version, which I would definitely like to see.  The size, shape, and ruling are ideal for everyday use. It’s a great looking book that brings something new to the table. The Origin is competitively priced at $20, coming in slightly cheaper than other books with similar specs. I’m definitely a fan of the notebook and I’d like to see where the new brand goes in the future. Thanks again to Code & Quill for sending over the book!

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I Went To A Brick & Mortar Pencil Shop and It Was Awesome

CW Pencil Enterprise Visit-1I Went To A Brick & Mortar Pencil Shop and It Was Awesome

I had a few errands to run in the city this week, and had heard about a shop down in SoHo completely dedicated to pencils. There has definitely been a buzz around woodcase pencils recently, and I wanted to stop in and see what it was all about. This shop is called CW Pencil Enterprise, run by Caroline Weaver. I stopped in the shop, introduced myself, and took a few pictures. Upon entering the first thing I noticed was the Dudek Modern Goods displays that were in the window, looking great. The second thing I noticed was the overwhelming (but still great) smell of pencils. You may not notice the scent when you’re sharpening one or two, but if you’re standing in a store that exclusively deals in pencils, then you’re bound to notice.

CW Pencil Enterprise Visit-6Caroline was hugely helpful. I told her I was a pen guy through and through, but wanted to see what the pencil craze is all about. I asked her to set me up with a starter pack so I could easily narrow down what I liked. She knew everything about all of the brands she carried, and set me up with various pencils from around the world, all with different wood types, shapes, lead hardness grades, and even synthetic graphite.

CW Pencil Enterprise Visit-10I got some information on what makes a pencil sharpener cost $500, and I totally get it. I completely understand why pencil people would need a precision sharpener in the same way that I can justify an expensive fountain pen purchase.

CW Pencil Enterprise Visit-11She showed me her vintage hot stamping machine that customizes pencils and how it works. Although I didn’t get any this time, I will for sure in the future. Caroline packed up my “starter kit” of around 10 pencils in a neat yellow parcel, and closed it up with baker’s twine. I’m super excited to dig in and check out all of these pencils! I can tell that his sector of the analog writing hobby is slightly more accessible, as I left the store with a total bill of $15. I really felt as though I got a lot for my money. CW Pencil Enterprise is definitely a must-see destination for the writing enthusiast if you’re in New York City. Thanks again to Caroline for the help, knowledge, and for letting me take some pictures!

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Here’s what I took home:

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All of the inventory is separated into glasses on the wall. There’s a nice little desk for testing out the pencils right near the large window.
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More pencils! Also, some more affordable sharpeners.
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Dudek Modern Goods Divide is front and center when you walk into the store. Of course this one was customized to hold pencils.
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Some really cool vintage packaging.
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I dragged my friend Shane along with me, sorry man.

Pelikan M805 Stresemann Fountain Pen Review

Pelikan M805 Stresemann
Fountain Pen Review

– Handwritten Review –

  • Review Ink: Sailor Jentle Miruai (Seaweed Indigo)
  • Review Paper: Clairefontaine Classic Notebook

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Specs:

  • Description: A premium, piston filling fountain pen in black and grey from one of Germany’s most-respected brands.
  • Nib: Broad, 18k gold, rhodium plated
  • Filling Mechanism: Piston with brass components
  • Weight: 28g
  • Measurements: 5.25″ overall, 6.625″ posted, 0.625″ diameter
  • Color Options: Black with striped anthracite grey barrel, rhodium trim

Handwritten Review Scans:

Intro/About:

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I used to have a Pelikan M605 that I got rid of because it wasn’t seeing as much use as I would have liked. As soon as I saw the announcement of the Stresemann, I knew I had to once again add a a Pelikan to the flock. The M805 Stresemann is an anthracite grey striated M805 with silver trim and an entirely rhodium-plated nib. The M8XX series is Pelikan’s second largest pen, right under the M1000 and right above the M600. The size and weight are ideal for me. Many thanks to Ron over at Pen Chalet for sponsoring this review! Read on to see how the M805 held up to regular use!

Check out Pen Chalet for all of your fountain pen needs. They are an official retailer of several of the top brands in the industry and have a great selection to choose from!

Make sure to check out the gallery at the bottom of the review, featuring 20 full-sized photos of the Pelikan M805 Stresemann!

Appearance & Packaging:

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The Stresemann comes in the standard Pelikan packaging. A faux wood and white box. Inside is a nice leather pouch, held closed by an elastic band bearing a plastic Pelikan logo emblem. Packaging doesn’t mean a whole lot to be, but the Stresemann is nicely presented. Inside the box is what really matters. The pen is absolutely stunning. The grey striated barrel has a deep shine and is transparent between the stripes. This allows you to see the ink level remaining.

Pelikan M805 Stresemann Fountain Pen Review-15Since the ink level is visible through the body, there is no need for Pelikan’s signature green ink window on the black pen bodies.The lack of ink window streamlines the body and results in a cleaner look overall. The pen is large, and posting the cap makes the pen larger. Usually Pelikan uses a dual-tone nib, but the Stresemann is unique in that they have implemented an entirely silver, rhodium-plated nib. The large size nib looks wonderful and matches the aesthetic of the pen perfectly. I love the shape of Pelikan nibs and it is accented in this larger pen. The silver trim nicely compliments the grey body and silver nib on the pen.

Nib Performance & Filling System:

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I opted for a broad nib, which is quite out of character for me. Admittedly, the tines were ever-so-slightly misaligned out of the box. A quick adjustment and everything was fine. The nib is super smooth and in the middle of the wetness scale. The broad nib is a bit narrower than the Lamy 2000 broad nib I also recently picked up. I’m happy with it, but I’d prefer a bit more ink flow.

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The M805 employs a massive piston filler. Ink capacity is great, especially given the amount of ink a broad nib goes through. The piston is buttery smooth and there’s no play in the knob. The brass components inside add some heft to the pen, but it stays balanced. Unscrew the knob, submerge the nib, screw the knob back in, and you’re ready to write. No complaints here!

Feel:

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The M805 isn’t nearly as heavy as I was expecting it to be. For some reason, I had it in my head that this thing was going to weigh me down. It’s quite comfortable in hand, especially when writing with the cap off, unposted. Posting the cap makes the pen a bit unwieldy. The added length and weight towards the back are not the best for my hand / writing style, but for those with larger hands it just might be.

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The body of the pen is smooth and without faults. The resin is particularly sleek to the touch. Be careful, as the black is particularly prone to micro scratches. The cap threads are small and unobtrusive, meaning that those who grip higher up on the pen shouldn’t be bothered. The width of the grip section is very comfortable and the gentle taper keeps inky fingers at bay. For long writing sessions, I’ve found no fatigue or cramping due to the shape and weight of the pen.

Pros:

– Looks extremely classy
– Broad nib is silky smooth
– Weight, balance and shape are comfortable in hand

Cons:

– Nib tines were slightly misaligned out of the box

Conclusion:

Pelikan M805 Stresemann Fountain Pen Review-2At around $640, the Stresemann is most certainly a luxury. It performs well, and the price isn’t simply just for the brand. The components and construction match up to the price tag and it will last a lifetime. Pelikan is a highly-regarded brand and there is tons of heritage and history behind this M805. This pen is not an impulse buy for most, but if you’re in the market for a Pelikan, the Stresemann should definitely be considered!

Check out Pen Chalet for pricing and options on the Pelikan M805 Stresemann.

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