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Zebra Sharbo X LT3 Multipen Review Jetpens

Zebra Sharbo X LT3 Multi-pen Review

Zebra Sharbo X LT3 Multi-pen

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Zebra Sharbo X LT3 Multipen Review Jetpens

Zebra Sharbo X LT3 Multipen Review Jetpens

Specs:

  • Description: A high quality, metal constructed multi-pen that I have been drooling over for years.
  • Refills: One mechanical pencil and two pen refills, see them all here!
  • Weight: ~22 grams
  • Body: All metal construction
  • Measurements: 5.270″ long, 0.360″ diameter
  • Color Options: Black, Silver, Champagne Gold, Cobalt Blue, Azure Blue (Check them all out at JetPens!)

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Intro/About:

Zebra Sharbo X LT3 Multipen Review Jetpens

I have been wanting a Sharbo for the longest time, thanks to my friends over at JetPens for finally making that happen. The Sharbo LT3 is a multi-pen that accepts D1 style refills – two of them actually AND a pencil. I used to be absolutely obsessed with multi-pens as a kid, and I’m definitely reliving the fun now. This one is slightly more grown up than the huge, 16-color shiny blue and purple one I had as a kid. I opted for the matte black body, a black 0.4mm gel refill, a maroon 0.4mm gel refill and a 0.5mm mechanical pencil. The Sharbo has a premium metal body, an eraser, and a twist-action mechanism to change refills. Read on to see how the Sharbo worked for me. Huge thanks again JetPens for sending over the pencil and lead for review!

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Appearance and Construction:

Zebra Sharbo X LT3 Multipen Review JetpensThe Sharbo LT3 is a slimmer pen, made almost entirely of metal. The threads when the body is opened are high quality and made of metal. The spring loaded clip is sturdy and solidly attached. The matte black finish has no blemishes and looks great. The Sharbo LT3 body is $49.50 and feels like it should be priced as such. I have no doubt that the LT3 will hold up for years to come. The pen has 3 positions, labeled with subtle hashmarks (I, II, III). I wish there was a fourth “OFF” position, but after carrying it around for a few days I haven’t found the pen opened up accidentally in my pocket.

Feel:

Zebra Sharbo X LT3 Multipen Review JetpensThe LT3 is a nice feeling pen. It’s relatively slim ad nicely weighted. It has a premium feel, I especially like the solid yet silent click when the selected refill locks into place. The refills fit perfectly into the tip of the pen with no discernible wiggle while writing, providing a comfortable writing experience. When the pencil mechanism is selected, the entire bottom of the pencil acts as the knock, clicking to advance the lead. The finish is smooth, but not slippery – the matte finish provides a tiny bit of welcomed tactile feedback. The pen is thinner than I expected, but it’s not uncomfortable. There’s another model of the pen (the ST3) that is slightly wider, but does not have all-metal construction that may be up your alley if you do not like thin pens.

Writing Performance:

Zebra Sharbo X LT3 Multipen Review JetpensI REALLY like Zebra’s gel ink pens. The 0.4mm gel refills I opted for lay down a smooth, sharp line. I have heard that they don’t last too long though – which I believe when seeing how small the refills are. Upkeep can be spendy, as the refills are $2.75 each. I like them quite a bit, so I can look past the price. I especially like how the refills lay down a fine line with a conical tip. It provides a sturdy writing experience, moreso than a Hi-Tec-C would. I think the Zebra refills are smoother as well. The D1 refills come from Zebra in many different colors and line widths – there’s a ton of ways to customize a Sharbo. The pencil component works well too. I may be slightly spoiled by my ever-rotating Uni Kuru Toga, but the Sharbo’s pencil gets the job done.

Pros:

  • Multi-pens are cool
  • Premium fit and finish
  • Zebra gel refills are some of the best I’ve tried
  • Great feel when selecting refills

Cons:

  • Refills run out quickly and aren’t cheap to replace
  • Pen may be too thin for some

Conclusion:

Zebra Sharbo X LT3 Multipen Review JetpensZebra’s Sharbo X LT3 is a high quality multi-pen that writes great, looks great, and has a very premium feel. The pen doesn’t come cheap at $49.50, but I think it’s worth it. The pen comes in a modern looking presentation box, making a nice presentation for the pen enthusiast in your life. If the refills were a bit cheaper, the pen and Sharbo system would be perfect.

Zebra Sharbo X LT3 Multipen Review JetpensThanks 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!

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Tactile Turn Shoot 2

Tactile Turn “Mover” and “Shaker” New Materials Review and Kickstarter Launch

Tactile Turn
“Mover” and “Shaker”

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  • Description: A precision machined pen with a unique lay pattern grip from the people that brought you the orginal aluminum Tactile Turn Mover and Shaker.
  • Point: Variable – The Mover takes G2 style refills, the Shaker takes Parker Style refills.
  • Materials: Brass, Bronze, Titanium and Copper
  • Refillable: Yes
  • Measurements: The Mover: 5.55″L x .46″D The Shaker: 5.05″L x .46″D
  • Mover Weights: Titanium: 42g, Bronze: 61.5g, Copper: 71.2g, Brass: 67.7g, Aluminum: 31.6g
  • Shaker Weights: Titanium: 40.9g, Bronze: 59.0g, Copper: 67.8g, Brass: 63.9g, Aluminum: 31.0g

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Intro/About:

Tactile Turn Kickstarter Pen Launch 5It’s no secret that I was a huge fan of the original Tactile Turn Mover and Shaker in aluminum. I was a backer of the project, and I had three in my possession until Will got in touch and told me he was making them in new materials. Well, here they are! My favorite alternative to a fountain pen has been either the Mover or Shaker since I had got my hands on the original prototypes. I didn’t think it was possible, but they’ve gotten better. Tactile Turn is launching a new Kickstarter campaign for the new materials – brass, bronze, titanium and copper – make sure you head over and check it out if you like what you see!

Also be sure to check out my original review of the Mover and Shaker here.

Construction:

Tactile Turn Kickstarter Pen Launch 3Fit and finish are still great. I showed a brass Shaker to my coworker and he didn’t know how to take it apart. The seam in the middle of the pen is virtually invisible until you need to unscrew the barrel to change out refills. Both the Mover and Shaker feel great in hand, but I prefer the slightly longer Mover. The clips are smooth and have some nice grip without being too stiff. The custom lay pattern grip is what really makes the pen shine though. More on that in the feel section.

Feel:

Tactile Turn Kickstarter Pen Launch 2The grip is the same across all the new materials, but it really works great. It does an awesome job of keeping the pen under your control, making precise writing effortless. The new materials really complete the whole experience. While the original aluminum was great, I happen to like these new ones better. The added heft and great looks put this one over the edge. Here’s a quick breakdown of how the materials feel:

Tactile Turn Shoot 2Brass: My favorite. It looks beautiful and has a great substantial feel in hand. There’s no need to press down whatsoever to get the G2 or Schmidt EasyFlow 9000 working. It’s the second heaviest material but still feels great. The lay pattern isn’t as sharp as the titanium, but it still provides great grip.

Tactile Turn Shoot 2Copper: The heaviest of the bunch, this raw copper pen takes on a life of it’s own. After a few weeks of use, the copper will darken and patina – giving a great vintage look and feel. I happen to like how it looks, but those who always need something clean and shiny may want to check out the other materials.

Tactile Turn Shoot 2Bronze: The bronze is similar to the brass, but has a reddish undertone to it. It looks and feels similar to the brass, but it will not patina. According to the Kickstarter page, it will maintain it’s brilliance and shine for a long time without polishing. I’m excited to carry this one around and see how it compares to the aging brass.

Tactile Turn Shoot 2Titanium: Not only does it sound badass – it kind of is. People love titanium for its signature dull grey hue and amazing strength to weight ratio. The grip on this material has a bit more “bite” than the others. It’s lighter weight and looks great. I prefer the brass and bronze, but this one is by no means a dud.

Writing Performance: 

Tactile Turn Shoot 2The original prototype came with a Fisher Space Pen refill, but thanks to Mike Dudek over at ClickyPost.com, the Tactile Turn Shaker is now shipping with the buttery smooth Schmidt EasyFlow 9000. It really makes me want to keep writing with a ballpoint…it’s that good.

The Mover takes a standard Pilot G2 refill which also works quite well. I like the clean precise lines, but the 0.38 is a tad bit scratchy. There are tons of different Parker-style refills out there and others can be hacked to fit a G2. If you’re not a fan of the refills that ship with the pen, I’m sure you can find something out there you like!

Pros:

  • New materials look and feel amazing
  • Lay pattern grip is still great
  • Pricing is very reasonable

Cons:

  • Pen refills STILL confuse me – be sure to do your homework before buying refills if you don’t like the ones that are included.

Conclusion:

Tactile Turn Shoot 2I’ve been using the Tactile Turn Mover and Shaker since I received my backing, and I really do love it. There’s a really good chance I have one in my pocket at all times. These new materials only make me want more of them. Backer rewards start at $45 for the classic aluminum and have tons of options and packages for all of the other materials.

Head on over to the Tactile Turn Kickstarter to pick one up today.

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Disclaimer: These pens were given to me by Tactile Turn for review. I also shot the photos for the Kickstarter campaign. They were used with permission on both ends. All opinions are my own!

Parker IM Fountain Pen Review

Parker IM Fountain Pen Review

Parker IM Fountain Pen
Black with Gold Trim

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Parker IM Fountain Pen Review

Specs:

  • Description: A beginner fountain pen with classic styling and a great feel in hand
  • Nib: Steel Medium
  • Body: Lacquered Brass
  • Measurements: 5.4″ capped, 6″ posted, 0.5″ in diameter
  • Review ink: Noodler’s Cayenne
  • Color Options: Lacquered brass body (Check them all out at JetPens!)

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Intro/About:
Parker IM Fountain Pen Review
 This is my 3rd Paker. The IM has joined my modern Sonnet Cisele and a vintage Parker Vacumatic Major. The IM comes with a medium nib (that writes a bit dry) and boasts a metal construction and classic styling. The pen comes in at $28.50, making it a solid entry-level fountain pen that will appeal to a lot of people. The pen has a professional look and feel without the big price tag typically associated with both of those features. Huge thanks to my friends over at JetPens for sending over the pen!

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Appearance & Packaging:

Parker IM Fountain Pen Review

The IM comes in a nice gift box. This is a nice touch, especially for a sub-$30 pen. It would definitely make a nice gift for a new fountain pen user. The pen has a classic black an gold color scheme and a modest, unassuming shape. The pen is at the upper end of the beginner fountain pen price range, but it doesn’t feel cheap at all. I particularly like the brushed metal grip and the contrast it provides against the shiny metal rings on the pen above and below the brushed section. The cap has a nice weight and is adorned with the classic Parker arrow-shaped clip. It’s a great looking pen and feels great too.

 Nib Performance & Filling System:

Parker IM Fountain Pen Review

The medium nib on the Parker IM is fueled by a proprietary cartridge / converter system. I used the converter from my Sonnet, and I’m glad that I did. The Parker converter is not included and is a $9.25 add-on (!!!). You’d be much better off saving yourself the money and refilling the included cartridge with a syringe. I think the price point of the pen is great, but adding almost $10 to be able to used bottled ink is a bit crazy. The Parker converters are very high quality and are well-made, but I think they simply cost too much.

Parker IM Fountain Pen Review

In my opinion, the medium nib writes more like a fine than a medium. This may be due in part to the flow being slightly on the dry side. I don’t mind the flow being a bit dry because it allows for easier use on cheaper paper. Being that this is an entry-level pen, the drier nib will help new fountain pen users cope with bleeding and feathering much more easily.

Feel:

Parker IM Fountain Pen Review

The IM has a nice, premium feel to it. It’s nicely weighted and balanced, practically disappearing in hand. The black finish is smooth and without flaws. The pen is a bit shorter than I like when used unposted, but the cap posts securely onto the body. The metal grip may not take too kindly to very long writing sessions and/or death grips, but I like the overall shape and feel of it in hand. The Parker IM feels like it could be double its asking price. It’s a small detail, but I also noticed the awesome tacile “click” sound and feel when the capping the pen. It adds to the overall experience, and little things like that resonate with me enough to include them in the review. The pens clip is sturdy and should hold up to normal use.

Parker IM Fountain Pen Review

Pros:

  • Solid build quality
  • Nice weight / balance
  • Smooth medium nib
  • Great value

Cons:

  • Proprietary cartridge costs way too much (in my opinion)
  • Flow may be a bit dry for some right out of the box

Conclusion:

Parker IM Fountain Pen Review

The Parker IM is definitely a solid choice in the world of under-$30 fountain pens. Great build quality, nice weight, great writing performance and a nice presentation round out a well designed beginner pen from a classic brand. The only real downside is the $9.25 converter, it adds a rather large barrier to inky freedom. Would I recommend the pen? Absolutely, definitely to those who want to try fountain pens but don’t like the looks of the Lamy Safari or Pilot Metropolitan.

Huge thanks to my pals over at JetPens for sending the pen 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!

Wality Piston Fill Fountain Pen Review

Wality Piston Filler Fountain Pen Review

The Wality Piston Fill Fountain Pen
in Burgundy
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Wality Piston Fill Fountain Pen Review

 

Specs:

  • Description: A Made in India piston filler fountain pen
  • Nib: Medium Steel Nib
  • Filling Mechanism: Piston
  • Ink Capactiy: ~1.5ml
  • Price: $10

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Intro/About:

Thank you to my friend Sanay for sending over these Indian fountain pens for review! This particular pen is a piston filler with a steel medium nib. THe pen was made in India, and hand smoothed by Sanay. The Wality has classic 1940s-era fountain pen styling, and is a decent writer, especially given the price.

Wality Piston Fill Fountain Pen Review

 

Appearance & Packaging:

The Wality is a nice looking pen. It’s got a decent size and feels great in hand. I particularly like the shape of the nib, it’s similar to the softer shouldered Pelikan nibs. There are clear ink windows in the body of the pen. The color scheme is nice, as burgundy is one of my favorite colors. The silver accents compliment the pen nicely as well. The finish on the pen is a bit rough, but for $9.00, it’s acceptable. The pen is made of what I believe is vegetal resin, and it’s a bit soft. This pen will get marred pretty easily if carelessly thrown in a bag, or put in your pocket with keys or some change. It’s not a bad looking pen, but the $9.00 price tag more than makes up for its shortcomings here.

Wality Piston Fill Fountain Pen Review

Nib Performance & Filling System:

Sanay smoothed the nib by hand, and it’s a nice writer. The ink flow is good and the steel nib writes nice and smooth. The pen is a piston filler, similar to the Noodler’s Konrad. The piston is nicely greased and does its job without fuss. The ink reservoir is large, and the piston action makes it easy to drink up a whole bunch of ink. The steel nib is not the best I’ve ever written with, but it’s certainly not the worst. The Wality falls somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, and it’s probably in the upper tier of its price range.

Wality Piston Fill Fountain Pen Review

Feel:

Size-wise, the Wality is a good fit for my hand. The grip is comfortable and a nice diameter. The finish of the pen is okay at best, and could benefit from a few minutes under a buffing wheel. The weight and balance of the pen are both good, even when posted – this is due in part to the light weight of the cap. The piston knob turns nicely, but be careful when posting the cap. The cap posts on the piston knob and if you are not careful while removing it, there can easily be an ink spill (see the handwritten review…). Also worth noting is the unique and distinctive smell of the vegetal resin. If you’ve ever had a Noodler’s pen, you’ll know EXACTLY what I’m talking about. I’m happy to report that it does fade over time and wasn’t nearly as intense as Noodler’s offering.

Wality Piston Fill Fountain Pen Review

Pros:

  • Price
  • Value
  • Smooth writer

Cons:

  • Finish could be better
  • Cap posts onto piston knob

Conclusion:

The standout detail on this pen is the shape of the nib. Overall, for $9.00, it’s certainly not a bad deal. The nib performs well, and the piston filler system works great. Thank you to Sanay for sending the pen over for review! Be on the lookout for his website in the near future to get some hand-smoothed Indian pens for yourself!

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Wality Piston Fill Fountain Pen Review

 

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Disclaimer: This pen was provided to me as a review unit, free of charge, by Sanay Shah. 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!

Pilot Vanishing Point Metallic Orange Fountain Pen Review

Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen Followup Review / Photo Post

Pilot Vanishing Point in Metallic Orange
Fountain Pen

Pilot Vanishing Point Metallic Orange Fountain Pen Review

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For the original review, see here!

Notes:

I’m going to be doing a new series of follow up reviews here on the site that you will continue to see more and more of down the line. I think it’s really important to follow up on reviews, especially the popular ones. Often there’s a “Honeymoon Phase” where there’s excitement for a new pen, and it soon wears off. Please let me know in the comments if there is anything else you would like to know about how the pen is holding up, how much usage it gets, or anything else you may want to know! I have had two Vanishing Points before, and they’re a great versatile pen.

Pilot Vanishing Point Metallic Orange Fountain Pen Review

To promote the new range of metallic colors, Deborah over at Pilot graciously sent over a new Vanishing Point in Desert Orange. Thank you Deborah! Instead of simply reviewing the pen again and showing some pictures of the color, I’ve decided to also let you know how my old Vanishing Point is holding up, if any initial praise has worn off, and how much real use mine has gotten. Once again, huge thanks to my friends over at Pilot, and enjoy the update!

How It’s Holding Up:

Pilot Vanishing Point Metallic Orange Fountain Pen Review

The VP is definitely a durable pen that is meant to be carried and used. I’ve owned the matte black version since June of 2012. The nib (ordered “Binderized” from Richard’s Pens) is still great and buttery smooth. I haven’t used the original fine nib that I purchased the pen with because I wasn’t thrilled with its performance. It was dry and scratchy and just not that pleasant to write with. I’m happy to report that the medium nib that Pilot sent with the orange VP is great. No scratchiness, great flow, and it starts up every time. The finish on the matte black version of the pen has started to show some wear.

Pilot Vanishing Point Metallic Orange Fountain Pen Review

There were complaints about the pens finish chipping away, exposing the brass underneath. Mine’s not thrashed, but I quite like the character that the pen has developed from being carried over time. The new Metallic VP has a clear coat that appears to be much more durable than the matte finish. I had a gun metal grey version of the pen (that I sold to fund my Nakaya) that I had carried for a bit with no issues at all. Overall, the VP is holding up very well, especially when considering the amount of usage it has gotten and the numerous amount of times I’ve carried it in-pocket, sans-case.

Honeymoon Phase?:

Pilot Vanishing Point Metallic Orange Fountain Pen Review

Getting a new pen is always fun. It’s hard to not love a new pen, and you may be more inclined to use it, take pictures of it, show it off, and love it to pieces – all because it’s new. I’m happy to report that my love for the Pilot Vanishing Point has not worn off. After my initial purchase two years ago, I had bought another one a year later at the LI Pen Show. I recently sold the gun metal version to fund my Nakaya, but it wasn’t easy to part with it. I’m glad that there are two Vanishing Points back in my collection with the addition of the Orange Metallic. I absolutely love the design and utility of the pen, coupled with the excellent performance of the black-plated 18k gold nib. Also, a retractable clicky fountain pen? Can’t really get much cooler or convenient than that…

Usage:

Pilot Vanishing Point Metallic Orange Fountain Pen Review

Have you ever gotten a nice new pen, inked it up, used it for a week straight, the shelved it for the foreseeable future? I have.  Several times. Once again, this isn’t the case with the Vanishing Point. The VP is a great pen for both quick notes and longer writing sessions. The pen was absolutely perfect for college lecture notes. Not having to worry about keeping track of a pen cap is more convenient than you may think. Especially so when moving between classes – there’s nothing to leave behind or drop on the floor. There’s a very good chance that I have a VP inked at all times, and when I don’t, I wish that I did. The pen definitely gets enough usage to justify the ~$140 price tag!

Conclusion:

Pilot Vanishing Point Metallic Orange Fountain Pen Review

The Vanishing Point is a solid addition to any pen collection that I will continue to use and love. I have no doubts that my 2.5 year old VP will continue to serve me well for many more years to come. I’m also happy to report that the new stock medium nib is a much better performer than my old fine nib too. I’ve had 3 VPs in my collection, but only two remain. Like I said before, the only reason I parted with one was to fund a larger pen purchase, and it wasn’t easy parting ways. I would love to hear your feedback on these new follow up reviews as well! Thanks again to Deborah over at Pilot Pens for sending me over this awesome new VP!

Recommendation: Yes! The Vanishing Point has held up to years of heavy use, and continues to be one of my most reached for pens.

 

Disclaimer: I received this pen free of charge from Pilot for review purposes. However, it does not have any effect on my feelings and thoughts about the pen.