Montblanc “Power of Words” Film Premiere – Event Overview

Montblanc Power of Words Event-1On Friday, December 5th I was invited to the Montblanc “Power of Words” film premiere in New York City. The films were made as a celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and each film was inspired by one of his quotes. Admittedly, the event didn’t have so much to do with pens as it did the films. While they were all good, I really enjoyed three of the five – “Lift you Up”, “Of the Unknown” and “Truth Booth” were my favorites. You can watch them on the Tribeca Film Institute’s website here. There was a calligrapher present who was writing out holiday cards for attendees.

Montblanc Power of Words Event-11The screening and celebration, co-hosted by Caroline Rupert, was attended by Tribeca Film Institute Co-Founder Jane Rosenthal, Africa Rising Foundation Co-Founder Kweku Mandela, Chrissy Teigen and participating director Nabil Elderkin, members of the Tribeca Film Institute and an intimate selection of international guests.

It was a fun night out, thank you to Montblanc for inviting me!

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Winter 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for the Fountain Pen Lover

Winter 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for the Fountain Pen Lover

It’s the gift-giving time of the year. I’ve put together a list of stuff that will make great gifts for your fountain pen loving (or soon to be) friends and loved ones. What are you getting for the stationery fiend in your life this year?

Lamy Al-Star Fountain Pen Review

Entry-level for the new FP user

Lamy Safari / AL-Star – Fine or Extra fine – The Safari was my first pen. It features a triangular grip to promote proper writing form and is reliable and cool looking. It’s also available in an aluminum version if you like the looks of that better. I’d suggest an extra fine or fine nib for a new fountain pen user so they don’t get discouraged by feathering and bleeding on cheaper paper. At around $22, it’s a nice entry level pen. Don’t forget to pick up a Z24 converter so they can use bottled ink!

Pilot ParallelMy recommendation for those interested in calligraphy. They come in a range of widths and are easy to set up and use. They look cool and perform well. They’re cheap enough to pick up a few - check out this set that has all the sizes for right around $35.

Christmas-colored Inks – Why not match that new gift with some holiday colored inks. Two of my favorites are Diamine Evergreen and Diamine Oxblood. Both inks perform great and come in around $13 for a 50ml bottle.

Rhodia No. 18 DotpadFountain pens are best accompanied by smooth writing paper. Rhodia is my favorite paper for writing on and it comes in a bunch of sizes and rulings. I love the DotPad – it’s like a hybrid graph paper, but has dots instead of lines. The dots are unobtrusive and the bright white paper really shows off the inks color on the page. Price varies by size.

Quo Vadis HabanaIs there a person in your life that absolutely loves their Moleskine notebook? Well get them one of these and they will never go back. The faux-leather cover and high quality paper really is a step above the rest. It looks professional and is a pleasure to use. They’re not cheap, but they are built to last.

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Maybe something a little nicer?

Lamy 2000This is my all-time favorite fountain pen. It’s a design classic that is shown at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and still looks futuristic, despite being launched in the 1960s. The gold nib performs great and it’s built like a tank. The pen fills with an integrated piston and has an ink window to see how much you’ve got left in the tank. I can’t recommend this one more. I recommend either a fine or medium nib. They run about $130 and are worth every penny.

Pilot Vanishing Point - Another cool pen in the $130 range. This pen is unique in that it has a fully retractable nib – no losing pen caps here. I find them great for taking quick notes without sacrificing the nice writing experience you get from a fountain pen. This pen is neck and neck with the 2000 for best pen in the price range. The nibs on these run finer because they are from Japan, so keep that in mind when ordering.

Karas Kustoms INK Fountain Pen Another made in USA product that I love. The INK is the perfect size and shape, boasting an industrial, yet classic design. Machined out of aluminum, then anodized. Available in tons of colors with different metal grip sections. I’m pretty sure that the INK could withstand an atom bomb blast. $85-$105 from Karas Kustoms.

TWSBI Diamond 580ALA cool looking demonstrator style fountain pen. You can see the internal workings as well. TWSBI has great customer service and are pretty much the best in their price range. It’s oddly satisfying to see the ink you’re using sloshing around inside of the barrel. The packaging is really cool too, making for a great presentation. At $65, they won’t break the bank. 

Nakaya Neo Standard Kuro-tamenuri Unboxing

Money is no issue.

Pelikan M600 - The Pelikan M600 is a super classic. It performs great and will make an excellent heirloom pen. Pelikans are great and will make a great gift someone will cherish for years to come. $400 from Fahrney’s.

Visconti Homo Sapiens
Another awesome looking pen that writes silky smooth. The Homo Sapiens is made out of real lava rock with bronze accents. It’s a heavy, oversized pen that comes in a nice leatherette box. They don’t come cheap at $650, but this is the “money is no issue” category after all.

Nakaya PensFunctional art. These pens are hand made in Japan and are coated in urushi lacquer. They look and feel amazing. How do they write? Perfectly. They’re distributed by Nibs.com in the USA and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. This is one of my favorite pens. I’m a huge fan of the Neo Standard. 

The Clicky Post Cube Pen Holder

I know they like pens, but I’m afraid to pick...

Dudek Modern Goods Pen Stands – All handmade in Arizona by Mike Dudek. They’re superbly crafted from walnut wood and look great on any desk or shelf. Many sizes and configurations. Note, they are all handmade to order so there’s a chance they might not show up by the end of the month. I know I’d be perfectly happy with a picture of one printed out in an envelope to let me know what I’m waiting for!

One Star Leather Pen Sleeves – I absolutely love my pen sleeve from One Star Leather. I use it every day. It looks great, keeps my pens safe, and will last a lifetime. In addition to all that, you’re supporting a one man operation, made right here in the USA. $25-$40 in many colors and configurations.

NOCK CO. Pen Cases – Maybe you need to carry around more than one or two pens? Check out the awesome line of durable cases by NOCK CO. I’ve been using The Brasstown ($35) – it’s a pen roll that rolls up into a zip case. It’s well made and does a great job of protecting the pens. A close runner-up is The Lookout ($20) – a three-pen case with a flap closure. All made in the USA too!

Pen Cleaning Kit from Goulet Pens - Dirty pens? Keep them clean with this special solution from Goulet Pens. It will safely clean that ink out of the barrel. The task is made easier with the included bulb and syringes!

Goulet Ink Drop Sample Subscription - I had an Ink Drop subscription for a while and it was great. They send a curated sample pack of 5 inks every month. It’s a great way to try out new inks and it’s fun to get a surprise in every package month after month. Makes a great gift!

JetPens Gift Card – Tons of options. Like TONS. Mostly Japanese imported pens, and mostly great. They have everything from pens to pencils to paper. Free shipping on orders over $25 and great service.

 

Anything you think should be added to the list? Let me know!

 

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Kaweco Skyline Sport Fountain Pen Review

Kaweco Sport Skyline
Fountain Pen

 

  • Review Paper: Doane Paper Flap Jotter

Kaweco Skyline Sport Fountain Pen Review-6Specs:

  • Description: A great pocket pen with updated colors
  • Refills: International short cartridges / Kaweco Converter
  • Body: Grey Plastic
  • Measurements: 5.270″ long, 0.360″ diameter
  • Color Options: Several! Check them out at JetPens!

Handwritten Review Scans:
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Intro/About:

I’ve reviewed a few incarnations of the Kaweco Sport in the past, but when I saw the new grey model with silver trim I had to jump at it. This review is on the shorter side, as it is more of an update than anything. Huge thanks again JetPens for sending over the pen for review!

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Check out JetPens for tons of awesome Japanese pens and stationery. Free shipping on orders over $25, and hitting that is pretty easy with all the great stuff they have. Stop by!

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Notes:

The Skyline Sport series is a refresh of the regular Sport line, but with new colors and a silver trim. It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a Sport. Since then, Kaweco has improved their nibs. My original burgundy Sport needed some tweaking to write well, but the silver nib on this Sport is smooth and has great flow right out of the box. I’m not huge on gold trim in general, so the silver was a welcomed site. Top that off with a dark grey body, and you have a great looking pen.

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The Sport is a smaller pen, shockingly small even. I remember when I took my first one out of the box I was very surprised. Since I knew what to expect, there were no surprises when I unboxed the Sport. I opted to use a Kaweco Aubergine cartridge and I really like the dark purple ink coming out of a grey pen body. I usually have at least one Sport inked up, they are the perfect pocket pen and they’re always reliable and work great.

Pros:

  • Small, pocketable pen
  • Smooth and inky right out of the box
  • New silver trim looks great

Cons:

  • Kaweco converter leaves something to be desired

Conclusion:

I’m a fan of the Sport series, and especially this new color-way. At $23.75, it’s a great entrance to fountain pens and also not too expensive to get one to devote to living in a pocket or with a small notebook. Thanks for reading!

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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!

Field Notes “Ambition” – Winter 2014 Colors Edition – Review

Field Notes
Winter 2014 Colors Edition
“Ambition”

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Specs From Field Notes:

“Our old friends French Paper Co. of Niles, Michigan supplied “Olive,” “Wine,” and “Chocolate” 100# Speckletone for the covers, with production bouncing around the Midwest for the last few weeks. Printing started in Chicago’s suburbs at eDoc, then the covers were delivered to Nu Wave Diecutting & Finishing in downtown Chicago to emboss the cover logo. After a trip back to eDoc for bindery, they were trucked down to Liberty Book and Bible in Indianapolis for a process nearly as old as bookbinding, but all-new to us!”

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Notes:

Wow. That’s what I said when I saw these online for the first time. It’s like they made an edition for me. There is absolutely nothing I don’t like about these. The muted tones, the gold ink, the different (and very useful) rulings in each book, and the awesome gilded edges all add up to probably my favorite FN edition yet. The books each have a different ruling.

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The green is a ledger (which I’m using to help myself budget and save) a 56 week day book (which I’m using to micro-journal) and a standard graph book for everything else that doesn’t fit in the first two. I’m currently carrying the book in a Midori-style leather cover that holds the three books in place with elastic bands (Thanks to Cary Yeager of Fountain Pen Day for that!).

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Like I said before, there’s nothing about these books that I don’t like. The paper in Field Notes has been historically mediocre when using a fountain pen, but finer nibs and the right ink will work on these with no issues.

I’m probably going to be using gel though, specifically one of my favorites – the Zebra Sarasa 0.7mm in Dark Green. Like all of the “COLORS” editions, this one is limited so get over to Field Notes ASAP if you like what you see. I picked up three packs and I’m seriously considering more!

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This was not staged. I was really wearing all of the colors that this edition came in. Like I said, I think they were made for me.

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Karas Kustoms x Dudek Goods – “CUBE” Pen Holder & Kickstarter Launch

Karas Kustoms
x
Dudek Modern Goods
“CU13E” Pen Holder
Made in the USA

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The CU13E on Kickstarter
Karas Kustoms on Instagram
Clicky Post on Instagram
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Specs:

  • Solid block of anodized aluminum (1lb., 14 oz.)
  • 9 delrin-lined holes for your favorite pens
  • Available in 5 colors

Notes:

I’ve been hearing about the CU13E for a while now and when an unexpectedly heavy box from Karas Kustoms showed up at my office, I knew immediately what was inside. Behold, the first collaboration between Clicky Post’s Mike Dudek and Karas Kustoms’ Dan Bishop –  The CU13E. Taking design notes from Mr. Dudek’s popular line of handmade walnut pen holders and desk accessories, the CU13E spins the concept – making it out of aluminum, adding a chamfered edge, and a whole lot of weight.

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I am happy to call both Mike and Dan friends and I was even happier to see them come up with such a cool product that distinctly shows off the best design cues of both Dudek Modern Goods and Karas Kustoms. The CU13E is quite heavy, weighing just shy of 2 lbs. The bottom is adorned with four rubber feet and several etched logos.

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The weight and the rubber feet ensure that your favorite pens are not going to be knocked over any time soon. The actual holes for each pen are fitted with delrin sleeves to protect against scratches. It looks great on my desk and it’s very nicely made. If you like what you see, head over to the Kickstarter to back the project (which has already surpassed the funding goal by quite a bit).

 

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Once again, thanks to Mike and Dan for sending over the CU13E for review, it’s happy with its new home on my work desk! Also, while photographing it, it reminded me a lot of the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Maybe it has some of the same mystical powers? Back the project to find out for yourself.

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The CU13E on Kickstarter

Disclaimer: I was given this production unit free of charge and receive no compensation for my review, but that doesn’t mean I don’t 100% believe what I said. This thing rules.

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