2015 Long Island Pen Show Recap!

Long Island Pen Show 2015 Recap-2I didn’t spend nearly as much time or money at this year’s Long Island Pen Show, but that’s not to say it was a bad time! I only had one mission going in, and that was to get my Montblanc 149 writing correctly. First order of business was to get on Richard Binder’s nib work list, and I managed to before it was closed! After walking around a bit and scoping out the situation, nothing had really jumped out at me. More than likely because I purchased both a Pelikan M805 Stresemann and a Lamy 2000 Stainless Steel last week online. I had already blown through my budget for 2015, but it was totally worth it! It was great seeing Cary from Fountain Pen Day and Julie from the Big Apple Pen Club! I let them check out and try the new Pelikan and I tried out Cary’s architect-ground Karas Kustoms Ink.

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I spent some time checking out the flex nibs, and they were great. I’ve never used a music nib before, so that was an awesome experience. I think I may end up with one at some point. They really put a TON of ink onto the page. Long Island Pen Show 2015 Recap-5

I always end up spending some time ogling the Parker Vacumatics. I absolutely love the way they look. Here are some shining examples of some of the larger Vacumatic Majors. Long Island Pen Show 2015 Recap-4

Brian and Lisa Anderson are some of the nicest people in the pen industry. It’s always a pleasure seeing them! I had a nice talk with both of them about new products, old products, vintage Pilots and Sailors, and much more. I ended up leaving their table with a new Lamy Al-Star in Copper Orange. Be on the lookout for that review soon!Long Island Pen Show 2015 Recap-7

I’m not too sure what it does, but here’s a really cool looking double nibbed pen I saw. Long Island Pen Show 2015 Recap-8Here’s the newest Aurora. It was absolutely beautiful. The blue Aurolide resin has a nice amount of transparency to it and the sterling silver grip section gave it a great weight and balance!

After walking around a bit, it was my turn at Richard Binder’s table. I told him what was wrong with the pen (I think I described it as “lumpy”) and he got to work. Some micro-mesh smoothing and some tine adjustment, and a little bit of sanding and my 149 was writing like it never has before. Perfect flow and smooth in every direction, I can now say that I will be carrying and using this pen much more. If you have a pen show nearby and Richard is going to be there, make sure you check it out. It’s easily one of the best parts about fountain pens – the ability to customize a pen exactly to your liking!

Long Island Pen Show 2015 Recap-1On the way out I stopped by Kenro’s table. There’s a few new pens from Omas coming out that look great. Be on the lookout for those! It was nice seeing my former co-workers and catching up. It was a short stay at the show, but it was enjoyable. Check back soon for a full review and photos of the new Al-Star and an overview of the nib work done on the Montblanc!



PSA: Long Island Pen Show This Weekend!

It’s that time of the year again!

The Long Island Pen show is taking place this weekend, March 14th and 15th at Hofstra University. The show is $10 at the door, or $25 for the Weekend Trader pass – which gets you in 2 hours early on both days.

I will be there Saturday early in the day, make sure to say hi!

Saturday 14 March 2015

  • 8:00 a.m.  10:00 a.m.  Pre-show admission, open to exhibitors and weekend traders.
  • 10:00 to 5:00  p.m. Public Show, tables reserved for registered exhibitors only

Sunday 15 March 2015

  • 8:00 a.m.  10:00 a.m. Early-bird admission, open to exhibitors and weekend traders.
  • 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Public show


Stationery in Colors – Blue Edition

Welcome to the second installment of Stationery in Colors. Make sure to check out the first set – Orange! This time, I went with blue. The grey backdrop did a pretty swell job of making the blue pop. I was also wearing blue socks, and I swear that was completely unplanned. All of the photos are uploaded hi-res, make sure you click to see them all blown up!

What’s in these photos:

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Nock Co. Dot Dash Pocket Notebook Review

Nock Co. Dot Dash
Pocket Notebook Review

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  • Top-Stapled binding
  • 3.50″ x 5.50″ pocket-friendly size
  • 48 pages (24 sheets) of 50lb. white paper stock
  • Dot-Dash ruling (4.25mm grid spacing)
  • Blinding yellow 80lb. paper cover
  • $9 for a 3-pack

Notes: Further expanding their popular line of pen cases, Nock Co. has released the Dot-Dash pocket notebooks. Blindingly yellow covers and a unique ruling make these stand out from the pack. The top staple binding is an interesting touch that I ended up liking more than I had initially thought. Big thanks to my buddies over at Nock for sending me a three pack to check out!

Nock Co Dot Dash Notbeook Review-3The cover is very much yellow. This is well outside my comfort zone of muted, black, and grey, but I enjoy it. The 80lb. cover feels a bit thin to me for a pocket notebook. I don’t t know if it’s the coating, but it seems to get wrinkled much easier than others. It seems durable enough, so no real complaints. I like the subtle ‘n‘ branding on the front and the USA on the back.

Nock Co Dot Dash Notbeook Review-5The fact that the notebook is top staple bound makes it quite versatile. I find myself doodling in both orientations and it’s nice to have the extra room. Mr. Dudek over at Clicky Post said the same thing in his review, check it out! It’s also nice to be able to fold the top over the back (huh?) for some extra support when writing on the go.

Nock Co Dot Dash Notbeook Review-6The 50lb. paper inside does a reasonable job of holding up to ink. It’s nice and smooth, and I like how bright the white is. The ruling is in grey ink, making sure your writing is front and center, not the pre-printed lines. The paper holds up to gel, ballpoint and pencil with no problems, but rollerballs, fountain pens, and markers will bleed and feather a bit. I don’t mind this, as it means that the ink will dry faster. I wrote an entire article on what makes a pocket notebook fountain pen friendly, and I think it’s more of a pro than a con to have a quick dry time with a bit of bleed through.

Nock Co Dot Dash Notbeook Review-10 Nock Co Dot Dash Notbeook Review-11You can see that the back side would be a bit annoying to write on, but that really depends on the pen, nib, and ink you’re using. If you absolutely must use a fountain pen, an extra fine nib and a low-feather ink should be more than sufficient.

Nock Co Dot Dash Notbeook Review-7The Dot Dash ruling is very unique. It’s not quite as intrusive as a graph, but gives you all of the benefits. The light grey is easy on the eyes, yet dark enough to see clearly. 4.25mm spacing is ideal for the 3.5×5.5″ book size, not too big and not too small. It’s a pet peeve of mine when the ruling is not proportionate to the size of the notebook.

Nock Co Dot Dash Notbeook Review-12Overall, the Nock Co. Dot Dash book is good to quite good. The top binding is useful and allows you to use the book in a different way than most pocket notebooks on the market. The paper isn’t Rhodia in terms of ink resistance, but it will get you by. I’d definitely say that I am a fan of the Nock Co. books. Once again, thanks for sending them over!


Have you tried the Nock Co. Dot Dash notebook? Let me know what you think about it in the comments below!

Stationery in Colors – Orange Edition

Sometimes taking photos is more fun than reviewing items. I’m going to be doing a series based on colors, shoutout to @randomthinks on Instagram for the idea with the color orange. I’m going to keep running with different color groups until I either:

a) have no more stuff
b) get bored
c) all of the above

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What do you think? Do you like things meticulously arranged that are all more or less the same color? Let me know!

Colors Series Orange Stationery2Each of these photos are free of watermarks and pretty big. Perfect for a desktop background. Next up is blue, there will be more photos in the set too! You can see a sneak peek on my Instagram.


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