Bag Dump – Here’s an inside look at what’s in my bag!

Bag Dump
An inside look at what’s in my bag!

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Huge glaring issue here – there’s no fountain pens. Turns out I forgot my Nock Co. Brasstown which was full of pens on my work desk. So don’t worry, they’re usually in here too. This week I have a Lamy 2000, a Lamy 2000 Stainless, a Griso Grey Safari, a Montblanc 149 and a Pilot Custom 823 w/ Architect grind. The pencils are all fresh in from CW Pencil Enterprise and I’ve been testing them out to see which I prefer. So far the Caran d’Ache Swiss Wood are ahead of the pack.

The leather case houses three Field Notes – the Ambition set. I use the datebook as a journal, the graph for misc. notes, and the ledger to track spending. So far these have been excellent.

The Fuji X100T is my go-to, everyday camera. It’s my favorite camera and probably one of my favorite possessions. It’s so fun to use and the image quality is outstanding. A lot of the photos you see on the site and on my Instagram are from this camera. The built in wifi transfer makes for quick and easy editing on the go. This is where the iPad mini comes in handy.

The front pouch of the Topo Mountain Brief leaves something to be desired, so enter in the Cocoon Grid-It. The Grid-It is a board loaded with elastic straps that have rubber grips on each one. This system keeps all of my odds and ends (you can see there are quite a few) organized and safe. The bag itself is the perfect EDC bag for me, it’s just the right size and I love the way it looks.

My Retina MacBook Pro 15″ is my everyday computer for both work and play. I bring it with me back and forth to work, it handles photo editing with no issues and the screen looks great. I appreciate the HDMI output, as it makes connecting it to my office monitor a breeze. I’ve been using Mac for so long now, I couldn’t imagine using anything else.

Thanks for taking a peek inside my bag!

Bonus pic: my key setup and a closeup of my phone. I carry a lighter (I don’t smoke) just in case and another small flashlight on my keychain. The paracord isn’t with me every day, but a small length of it is right at home on my Peter Atwood Roll Bar in Bronze.

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Cleaning House – Pens for Sale

Trying to clear out some of the less-used pieces in my collection. If you’re interested in multiple pens, I will discount shipping!

All prices include shipping and insurance to the United States, if you are international, please let me know and we can work out a new price. I’m open to offers as well, so feel free to make reasonable offers! Please no trades at this time!


Ti Post Pen and Stylus by BigiDesign

Pens for Sale-2

Takes many refills – $55 shipped and insured
Barely used.


Masterstroke Airfoil TwistPens for Sale-5

Ballpoint – $25 shipped and insured
Cool looking pen, thick grip section.


Massdrop Pelikan M400 Giveaway Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Curtis H.!

This was the largest giveaway on the site in both prize value and entrants. Thanks to the 500+ of you who entered to win! Unfortunately there can only be one winner, and that lucky individual is Curtis H. You have been emailed by Massdrop to claim your prize. Thank you to everyone for entering and check back soon for more great giveaways!

Kutsuwa Stad T’Gaal Pencil Sharpener Review

Kutsuwa Stad T’Gaal
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What is it? The Kutsuwa Stad T’Gaal (wow, that’s a mouthful) is a compact and versatile pencil sharpener that’s sure to produce a point that even the most particular pencil aficionados like.

TGAAL Variable Point Pencil Sharpener Review-4-2Notes: The T’Gaal is pretty impressive. As you can see above, it’s able to produce everything from a very short point to  a decently long one. The sharpener is made of plastic, has a lead shaving removal door on the back, and a dial on the front to select the length of the point. A “1” yields the shortest point (foreground) and a “5” yields the longest (background). The selection knob operates smoothly and the blade inside is plenty sharp. It’s easy to use and produces a clean, sharp point that is a pleasure to write with. I find myself liking the “3” setting – not too long and not too short. Using it is simple: select your length, stick the pencil in, turn a whole bunch until there’s no resistance, and pull out a pointy pencil that’s ready to write.

TGAAL Variable Point Pencil Sharpener Review-2Overall, the sharpener gets the job done well. I like that there are options in point length. At just over $6.00, the T’Gaal is reasonably priced. If you’ve been looking to get the point of your pencil just the way you want it, look no further than this well-thought-out design from Kutsuwa.

Thanks to my friends at Jetpens for sending the T’Gaal to review!

Check out JetPens for tons of awesome Japanese pens and stationery. Free shipping on orders over $25, and hitting that is always an easy task!



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