Kaweco Sport, Burgundy – Fine Nib – Noodler’s Bad Belted Kingfisher
Notes: Wow, I have seriously been slacking on these. It’s turned into more of a bi-weekly, sometimes three weekly, maybe monthly loadout? I haven’t been changing inks all that much because I’ve been stupid busy with school, work, and other work, and the dog. So I apologize for not posting these weekly, but changing the name is too much work. SO. This Weekly Loadout has a pretty serious amount of matte black going on. I’m pretty much settled in with everything I have. Also, if something in the list doesn’t have a link associated, there’s a pretty good chance that there’s a review coming in the very near future. I would give some opinions if everything wasn’t already being reviewed / in queue to be posted, so I’m going to save myself some time, and possibly build up some hype/excitement for new stuff. I apologize if the pictures aren’t as great as they could be. I used my new Nexus 4, and I’m not totally thrilled with the camera. It’s a great device, but the camera definitely leaves something to be desired. I feel like a walking contradiction, I need the latest phones / technology, yet I prefer a fountain pen and NEED a mechanical watch on my wrist.
Also, I opened up a new feature on the site called the TRADING POST. It’s a way for readers of the site to post up their lists of pen goodies that they wish to trade. It’s similar to the ink swap threads on the popular forums, but the difference here is that you get your own page, I host your list, and I create a custom contact form that emails you directly with any trade requests. Thanks to the few people who have submitted lists! If this is something you may be interested in, check it out! Also worth noting, you do not have to have a list on the site to trade! It’s encouraged, but if you want something in one of the lists, and want to trade, by all means!
Notes: I know, I know, the “weekly” loadouts aren’t exactly weekly. I apologize for that. I’ve also been slacking in terms of post frequency, so I’m posting on back to back days. I also have a pretty big announcement coming later this week that I’m really excited to share with you guys. Now, onto the loadout…
This week I have only been carrying these four around with me. I think the overall theme is quality over quantity. Since I’m between semesters at school, my pens see a bit less use and I don’t usually carry a bag to hold the 8-10 pens I usually carry. These four pens are shown above in a Libelle leather case which I have had for quite a while now. No complaints with the case at all. The pens stay in there nicely and are almost 100% protected. I still tend to keep my less expensive pens in the side slots just so nothing can damage the more expensive ones from the side. The flap over the top stays put, and being that the case was only around $20, it was quite the deal. I plan on doing a feature on pen storage in the very near future so stay tuned for that.
Another thing that’s new about this loadout is the Sailor Professional Gear Imperial Black Edition. I have been DROOLING over this pen since it was announced, and got a bit of exciting news, so I bought it for myself as a little reward. It’s my first Sailor, and so far I am loving it. Once again, a review will be coming shortly. I don’t have a top/bottom combo this week, because I really like what I have going on with all of these pens. I have bottles of each of the inks (read: I liked them enough to buy them) so everything is a tried and true favorite. The loadout was written on a Clairefontaine Classic Side Wirebound notebook, which you will also be seeing a review for soon!
I know, there are tons upon tons of reviews out there of the Lamy Safari. However, I don’t think I’m wasting my time by adding one more. The Safari is not only a great beginner fountain pen, but a great addition to any collection. At any given time I usually have three inked up. The fact that the nibs are easily swappable makes this pen super versatile. Taking into consideration the durability, versatility and overall fun level, the Safari is a great pen that deserves a place in everyone’s collection. There are legions of loyal fans with huge collections of the Safari and I can understand why.
I went about this review a little differently. Since I usually have a few of them inked up, I decided to use a few different nib / ink combinations for the review. It’s not uncommon practice for me to switch out nibs in the middle of the day because it’s just that easy. If you’re careful about it, it can be done with little to no mess and the only thing needed is a paper towel to quickly clean off the nib. Also, I assigned numerical score values to each section of the review. I wrote this review out a while ago and have since decided to discontinue the numerical scores. I think that being more specific with my writing can be just as helpful as a number.
The Lamy Safari is strongly recommended as both a beginner and every day pen. The price point, swappable nibs, and build quality make this purchase a no-brainer. I use the Safari on a daily basis and I highly recommend adding one, or two, or ten to your collection. They’re a great pen for trying out new inks too. They can be used with Lamy’s proprietary T10 cartridges or with their Z24 converter, making life easier.
Onto the reivew…I wrote this review on the Maruman Mnemosyne B6 notebook that I use for all my in class notes. This review is also pretty picture heavy, so I apologize in advance. Or you’re welcome in advance. Either way.
For the sake of readability and not to overstuff everyone’s RSS feeds with pictures, there are a bunch more pictures in the gallery below. Feel free to sound off in the comments on your love/hate for the Lamy Safari.
Notes: So for this Weekly Loadouts section, there are a few repeats. I have two pens inked up with colors from my December Ink Drop samples from Goulet Pens. Unfortunately neither of these really did anything for me. The Diamine is nice, but the De Atramentis Fir Scented Ink I did not like at all. The scent seems gimmicky, and it’s not at all noticeable when writing. The only time I could smell it was when my nose was in the sample vial. I decided to do a few things differently this week. Most of the pens and inks I’m using this week I have reviewed, so the links above are all for their respective review pages. I also listed my favorite and not-so-favorite pens in this loadout. Also, I have yet to write anything on the Hamelin Black & Red Notepad, so that’s new. I have reviews coming shortly for the pad, a few more inks, and a pen.
My Instagram is pretty much just fountain pen pictures, and pictures of my dog. I thought I would do a semi-monthly update here and host my pictures from Instagram. If you can absolutely not wait a whole month to see these pictures of pens and dogs, follow me for some real-time action.