Move Pen by Oliver Sha Review EDC Keychain Pen

The Move Bolt Action EDC Pen Review

The Move – Bolt Action EDC Pen
Designed by Oliver Sha

Move Pen by Oliver Sha Review EDC Keychain Pen



Move Pen by Oliver Sha Review EDC Keychain Pen


There has been a void on my keychain that has been begging to be filled. When I saw the Zebra Pen Pod, I was super happy to have a low profile pen to live on my keychain. Well, it was lost before I could review it due to a poor cap design. In steps The Move, a super small, super portable bolt-action pen designed by Oliver Sha. The pen was successfully Kickstarted and I was excited to see how it held up when Oliver offered a pen for me to review. Thank to Oliver for sending it over!

Move Pen by Oliver Sha Review EDC Keychain Pen

Appearance and Construction:

The Move is small. It’s supposed to be small. It’s not much longer than a standard key, but it’s still shorter than my Honda car key. It’s made of metal, and hard-anodized with a slightly textured finish. The pen has a bulge towards the front to improve grip and the small bolt action mechanism protrudes slightly from the side. The pen is very well constructed and designed, with o-rings to keep parts from unscrewing, and tight tolerances. It’s fairly obvious that a lot of thought went into the design of the pen. It’s minimal, yet big enough to jot down some notes with. The pen attaches to a keyring easily via the small integrated loop at the top of the pen. The material is thick enough at the top to where I don’t have to worry about it snapping off and getting lost.

Move Pen by Oliver Sha Review EDC Keychain Pen


I won’t be using the Move for any long note taking sessions. Why? Because it’s small. Really small. But guess what? That’s the point. It’s right there on my keychain when I need it and its light weight and minimal size make it a great addition to my EDC. The finish has a slight texture, and is comfortable in hand. I’m glad the grip is thicker than the small barrel of the pen. It’s actually a bit wider at the grip than a standard BIC or Papermate ballpoint pen. The tip of the pen screws off, revealing the Lamy M22 barrel-style ballpoint refill that the pen was designed around. The bolt-action mechanism works GREAT. It feels like it wants to be both extended and retracted. I’ve never found the pen accidentally open on my keys, and that’s exactly how it should be. I find myself playing with it pretty often, it makes a satisfying “snap” when it clicks into position.

Move Pen by Oliver Sha Review EDC Keychain Pen

Writing Performance:

There’s not too much to say about the writing performance. It’s a Lamy M22 ballpoint refill, and due to the pen being the size that it is, that is the only refill it can take. It performs decently well, but for quick notes – ballpoints are reliable, and relatively resistant to bad paper, wetness, and whatever else you can throw at it.


  • Filled my keychain pen void very well
  • Quality construction / design
  • Bolt mechanism is fun to play with


  • Starting at $52, it’s not an impulse buy

Move Pen by Oliver Sha Review EDC Keychain Pen


The Move is a great little pen, and always having one on me (via keychain) is quite convenient. The pen is designed well, built well, and does the job it was designed to do perfectly. Thank you again to Oliver for sending it over to review!



Disclaimer: I was given this pen free of charge and receive no compensation for my review, but that doesn’t mean I don’t 100% believe what I said!

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Weekly Loadout Submission – Dries of Pencilcaseblog!

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Dries’ Loadout


These are the pens I use most of the time. I don’t really use expensive or special pens on daily basis, but opt for a more forgiving, reliable selection.

(From left to right)

Palomino Blackwing 602:

Has recently regained its position in my EDC after being unused for almost a year. I really missed the smooth leads and the great overall quality of this one!

Lamy Safari with Fine nib:

Since I bought this pen, it has always been in my rotation. it’s such a great pen, with a great nib and light but durable construction! This is one of those pens that I don’t mind throwing around (not literally)and taking it to school, because I know it won’t be a total disaster if it breaks or gets lost. This one always gets filled with a plain blue or black ink (mostly Lamy bottled ink), so I can use it in school.

TWSBI Diamond Mini with 1.5 Stub:

Since I put a 1.5 stub nib from a diamond 580 in it, this has become my absolute favorite pen. The nib is incredibly smooth and lays down a wet line. It’s incredibly reliable and has a springy feel to it, love it! I mostly use this for ink reviews as it is great for bringing out shading. Unfortunately I cracked the barrel a while ago, so now it stays at home because I’m afraid it might start leaking . Currently I have this one inked with De Atramentis Rote Rosen, a great ink with a lovely dark pink-purple colour and shading (Did I mention it smells like roses?)

Lamy NEXX with 1.5 Stub:

The Lamy nexx is another great value pen, I don’t like the flashy red cap (I did when I bought it a couple of years ago) but nevertheless this pen always stays inked! Because of the stub nib –which is lovely, though not quite as good as the TWSBI stub – this one also gets used mostly for ink reviews. Currently inked with Montblanc Forest Green ink, a lovely dark green with beautiful shading!

Pilot Prera with Medium nib:

Great writer, pocketable, durable. The converter has a painstakingly low capacity, but apart from that it is great! I always keep it filled with black ink, mostly Lamy, sometimes Kaweco black or J.Herbin Perle Noire, this one – just like the safari – is ready for every task that requires a subtle ink.

Parafernalia Linea 2mm leadholder:

Since I did the review on the linea, I bought a couple more because they are the sturdiest, most comfortable and best looking leadholder pencils ever. Period.


Favorite Combo:

Tell us what your favorite combo(s) were for the week!: TWSBI mini or Pilot Prera, difficult call, but I guess the TWSBI has the edge with the stub nib. Even though the TWSBI is semi-ready for the garbage bin (The cracks are multiplying and the cap doesn’t post anymore) it still remains a great pen! I’ll definitely get a new one the second this one dies! De Atramentis rote rosen with the stub TWSBI is a match made in heaven! The Prera is great too, but with intense use it dares to start leaking from the feed (I don’t know why).

Least Favorite Combo:

Did something just not click? Tell us why!: Tough call, probably the Lamy Nexx. I don’t really like the design, it’s a bit childish and the clip is just plain ugly. The ink is not to blame here, Montblanc Forest green is most definitely my favorite green ink.

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Weekly Loadout Submission – Adam of The Desk of Adam

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Adam B.’s Loadout
The Desk of Adam
Adam LoadoutAdam’s Description:

Paper – Rhodia grid 80g/m

From top to bottom;

  • Lamy Safari Aquamarine (EF) inked with Sailor Jentle – Sky High
  • Lamy Safari White (F) inked with Omas – New Grey
  • Kaweco Sport Skyline Grey (M) inked with J. Herbin – Perle Noire
  • TWSBI Diamond Mini Classic (EF) inked with Yard-O-Led – Claret
  • Pilot Prera Transparent Light Blue (F) inked with Montegrappa – Turquoise

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Favorite Combo

I’ve been loving the Pilot Prera, writes beautifully and the Montegrappa Turquoise is so nice to write with.

Least Favorite Combo

The Kaweco is my most recent addition and it’s taking me a while to adjust to how light it is, so i’m still a little on the fence about that. I love the J. Herbin ink though!

Editor’s Note:

Thanks for submitting and great site! I love my Lamy Safaris and I have several myself. The color scheme you have going there is cool too. I like how the turquoise in the Lamy matches that of the Pilot. Thanks for sharing!

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Stormy Grey J Herbin Fountain Pen Ink Review

J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey Ink Review – Time-lapse Video!

Since the new app called Hyperlapse came out, I figured I’d give it a try. Here’s a little look into how I do an ink review. I thought the time-lapse was pretty cool. There will definitely be more of these in the future, let me know what you think!

Also, don’t worry – the full review of the J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey is coming really soon! It’s a great shade of grey with a ton of gold fleck suspended in the ink. I will absolutely be picking up a bottle when it comes out!

Weekly Loadout Submission – Steve H.

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Steve H’s Loadout


Steve’s Description:

I enjoy carrying a number of pens and typically use one each day as it provides a clear demarcation between each day’s writing in my work journals or personal notebooks. I have a couple of lovely vintage pens (including a Sheaffer Pen For Men V and my late father’s Parker 51) but found that they just didn’t work as reliably as modern pens and I value being able to just pick-up and use my pens with no fuss.

I carry my pens in an Enveloop pen roll which I’ve customised to make room for a small glass Midori ruler and Faber ‘flying saucer’ eraser. The pens I carry at the moment are:

* Rotring 600 Lava rollerball on the outside of the case so it’s easy to grab.
* Nakaya Aka-tamenuri, portable writer with a flexible fine with elastic finishing loaded with Pilot Iroshizuku yama-budo (crimson glory) ink
*  Pilot Falcon with a fine nib loaded with Aurora Blue ink
* Pilot Custom 823 with a medium nib loaded with Pilot Iroshizuko Asa-Gao (morning glory) ink
* Pelikan 805 with an extra fine nib loaded with Pilot Iroshizuki Shin-ryoku (forest green) ink
* Platinum #3776 Motosu demonstrator with a fine nib loaded with Diamine Passion Red ink
* Faber Alpha Matic mechanical pencil. I’ve been using this pencil since I bought it when studying my engineering degree and I think it’s the best mechanical pencil ever made.

Favorite Combo:

I’ve only recently received the Nakaya pen and I’m already in love with the new nib and the lustre of the layers of urushi lacquer. It makes it hard to stay on my daily cycle of pen use! Although the Pilot ink colour is a very attractive red I think Diamine Oxblood in this pen would make for a stunning combination.

Least Favorite Combo:

The pen I retired from the rotation is an Onoto Classic Grand with a fine nib (ground down to EF by John Sorowka). Although this is another wonderful big pen with a buttery smooth nib, the rigidity of the clip makes it more of an ‘executive pen’ designed to sit on a desk rather than being carried. 

Editor’s Note:

Steve, great carry! Beautiful Nakaya! I love my Custom 823, at first I wasn’t huge on the color of the pen, but it’s really grown on me. I can’t help myself from staring at my Nakaya, the lacquer has such great depth to it. Oxblood is one of my favorite inks, it spends a lot of time in my kuro-tamenuri Neo Standard.

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