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2014 – The Year In Review(s)

Top 10 Fountain Pen Reviews of 2014

2014 Fountain Pen Year in Review(s)-2

I had a lot of fun doing the year-end roundup last year, so I figured I would do it again. Some pens have maintained their presence in the top 10 list and with good reason. Each of these posts got the most page views out of all of the posts I’ve made this year. The blog has continued to grow, and there were twice as many visitors and twice as many page views as there were last year. There were well over HALF A MILLION PAGE VIEWS and I want to thank you guys so much for checking out the site! Don’t forget to subscribe to the site using the “subscribe” box located in the right hand menu to get emailed every time I make a post!

So here we go, the Top 10 posts of 2014:

2014 Fountain Pen Year in Review(s)-410. Buying a Grail Pen

One of my favorite posts, this guide to buying a “grail pen” ended up being very popular. I go through my system of deciding what the right pen is, the process of freeing up some funds, slimming down my collection and obtaining the pen.

Click here to check out the original review.

2014 Fountain Pen Year in Review(s)-149. and 8. Rotring Rapid Pro Ballpoint / 800 Pencil

This is the first of three Rotring posts that made the top ten list. The Rapid Pro Ballpoint is a slimline pen with a metal body and a knurled grip that looks and feels great. Admittedly, it didn’t see too much use following the review. The pen takes a Parker style cartridge and uses a click mechanism to deploy the writing point. The number 8 spot went to the Rotring 800 mechanical pencil. It’s of very high quality, also features a knurled grip – but has a retractable tip and gold accents.

Click here to check out the Rapid Pro review.
Click here to check out the  Rotring 800 Pencil review.

2014 Fountain Pen Year in Review(s)-127. Lamy Safari Fountain Pen

The Lamy Safari was my first fountain pen, and it is still one of my favorites. It makes a great starter pen and really helped me in narrowing down what nib size I like due to the relatively inexpensive swappable nibs. The modern design still resonates with me and there is usually at least one inked up Safari in my arsenal. I picked up this discontinued Griso Grey model at the DC show for only $15!

Click here to check out the original review.

2014 Fountain Pen Year in Review(s)-96. Tactile Turn Mover / Shaker

The Mover and Shaker are two of my favorite machined pens. They take a huge range of refills and I love the grip pattern machined into the pen. They look and feel great, and they’re now available in a ton of different colors and materials.

Click here to check out the original review.

Rotring 600 Lava Fountain Pen Review5. Rotring 600 Lava

The Rotring 600 Lava was an awesome looking pen. I say was, because I no longer have it. It wasn’t seeing as much use as it should and I’m more of a user than a collector. The pen was sold to help fund my Nakaya purchase and while it was nice, I don’t miss it one bit. The pen is long-discontinued and can be found on eBay.

Click here to check out the original review.

2014 Fountain Pen Year in Review(s)-84. Seven Seas Tomoe River Pad

The Seven Seas Tomoe pad remains on the list, and for good reason. The silky smooth, fountain pen friendly paper is some of the best out there. It’s impossibly thin and is a pleasure to write with. I photographed the Seven Seas Writer journal instead of the pad again. Both are full of the same paper, but this one has ruling and is bound like a book. Check them out at Nanami Paper.

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2014 Fountain Pen Year in Review(s)-133. Sailor Professional Gear Imperial Black Fountain Pen

The stealthiest pen of all. When this was announced I knew I needed to have one. Don’t feel like spending $400? Do some homework and find a retailer in Japan. I got the pen for much less off of eBay straight from Japan than I would have had I purchased it from the States. I haven’t been using this pen as much, but I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of it. I got the fine nib adjusted at the Long Island Pen show to slightly increase the ink flow and smoothness. It’s a great writer, and this post makes me want to go ink it up now.

Click here to check out the original review.

2014 Fountain Pen Year in Review(s)-102. Pocket Notebooks / Fountain Pen Friendly

This post was another fun one to write and I’m glad it made it onto the top 10 list. The post outlines what “fountain pen friendly” really means when dealing with pocket notebooks. Check the post out to see the differences!

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2014 Fountain Pen Year in Review(s)-111. Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen

Once again, the top post is the Lamy 2000. It’s still my favorite pen and it is still always inked and within reach. I absolutely love the design and writing experience. The 2000 is one of the first “expensive” pens people buy and I’m not surprised that the review is as popular as it is. Look for an updated review of the 2000 in the coming months!

Click here to check out the original review.

Conclusion

This was another great year for the blog. Thank you all for your continuing support and readership, it means the world. Even with a lower post count this year, the blog has still grown and continues to do so. I’d also like to thank the sponsors of the site – JetPens, Pen Chalet, and all of the independent retailers and companies that have sent me products to review for providing me with a steady stream of goods to review! I have a lot of great content in the pipeline, so make sure to come back and check it out!

Have a safe and happy new year!

Best,

Ed Jelley

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My January 2014 Fountain Pen/Ink Loadout

January Fountain Pen LoadoutLeft to Right:

  • TWSBI Mini Classic – Fine Nib – Iroshizuku Fuyu-Syogun
  • Sailor Sapporo Black/Rhodium – Medium Sailor Magellan Nib – Noodler’s Black Swan in Australian Roses
  • Sailor Professional Gear Imperial Black – Fine Nib – Diamine Aqua Blue
  • Kaweco Dia2 Black/Rhodium – Fine Nib – Kaweco Aubergine
  • Pilot Vanishing Point in Gun Metal//Matte Black – Medium Nib – Private Reserve Ebony Blue
  • Lamy 2000 – Binderized Medium Nib – Rohrer & Klingner Salix

January Fountain Pen Loadout

Notes: I just did a whole bunch of pen cleaning, and this is what made the cut. The TWSBI Mini is relatively new, and I’m very impressed with the improvements they’ve made in construction and build quality. I’m really liking it so far, expect a review really soon. I decided to do some experimenting and switch the Sailor Sapporo’s EF nib with the Sailor Magellan’s Medium nib. Admittedly, I had a pen cleaning accident and dropped a metal ring from the Magellan down the sink. The nib fits great on the Sapporo, so I’ll probably be switching those back and forth as I see fit. The Imperial Black Pro Gear hasn’t been inked up in a while, so it’s nice to have it back in rotation. I think I’m going to send this one off to a nibmeister to get smoothed a bit. I’m really liking the contrast between the all black pen and the Diamine Aqua Blue. The Kaweco Dia2 is growing on me, I wasn’t a huge fan of it’s aluminum counterpart, the Allrounder. The pen looks much better in black and I really like look of the two cap rings. I loaded up the Private Reserve Ebony Blue for an ink review, and the medium nib in the Vanishing Point was a good candidate. My favorite combo here is the Lamy 2000 loaded with Salix. Great pen and great ink, I may have to add a bottle to my collection.

January Fountain Pen Loadout

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January Fountain Pen Loadout

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2013 – The Year In Review(s)

Hey everyone!

I wanted to do a year end wrap of of my post popular posts. Instead of just linking to them, I decided I’d have a little fun and do a quick reshoot of everyone together.

Top Posts 2013 Fountain Pen Ink Reviews Lamy SailorThe photos were taken with my Olympus PEN E-P3, M. Zuiko 17mm f1.8 lens, and processed with Aperture 3 using the VSCO Film 02 Kodak Portra 400 VC film emulation. Something a little different than what I usually do on the site. I’ve also included an update blurb / mini review on each item.

So here we go, the Top 10 posts of 2013:

Top Posts 2013 Fountain Pen Ink Reviews Lamy SailorRunner up: Nock Co. Lookout Pen Case

This one was SO close to the Top 10, I had to include it. Nock Co. – created and successfully Kickstarted by Brad Dowdy (The Pen Addict) and his business partner and master seamster Jeffrey Bruckwicki has been protecting my pens for the past few months. They Kickstarter orders are in the process of being fulfilled and they look great. Watch out in 2014 for Nock Co.’s retail site / total pen case domination.

Click here to check out the original review.

Top Posts 2013 Fountain Pen Ink Reviews Lamy Sailor10. Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-Syogun

Still one of my favorite inks. Since getting it back in the beginning of the year, it’s seen some heavy rotation. I haven’t had it loaded up as much recently as I used to, but it’s a great ink. Awesome performance and a really nice bluish grey makes Fuyu-Syogun versatile and interesting to write with. If you’re looking for a grey ink, then I highly recommend this one.

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Top Posts 2013 Fountain Pen Ink Reviews Lamy Sailor9. Tomoe River Writing Pad from Nanami Paper

This one’s picked up a few stickers since my first review of it. Tomoe River paper took 2013 by storm and for good reason. It’s the thinnest paper I have written on and some of the smoothest and best behaved. I like throwing a sheet of Doane paper behind the sheet I’m writing on for extra organization. The thin paper is very sheer, but ink doesn’t even think about bleeding or feathering. It’s an awesome paper product that every fountain pen enthusiast needs to check out. I now need to have Tomoe Paper on hand, it’s just that good.

Click here to check out the original review.

Top Posts 2013 Fountain Pen Ink Reviews Lamy Sailor8. Sailor Sapporo Fountain Pen

The Sailor Sapporo is a great little pen. My specimen has an extra fine nib and writes about as smooth as a nib so fine can. It’s nice and small when capped, but comfortable when posted. I got mine for a steal ($50) off the Fountain Pen Network classifieds. Is it worth the full asking price? Maybe not, but keep an eye out for a used model and you won’t be let down. Usage has dwindled since getting it, but it’s my finest writing pen. I like having a nib that small available when I need it.

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Top Posts 2013 Fountain Pen Ink Reviews Lamy Sailor7. Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen

Another pen that gained great popularity in 2013 is the Pilot Metropolitan. I still can’t believe that this pen is only $15. It’s buttery smooth, comes with a converter, and is solidly constructed out of metal. It’s a great pen for beginners as well as serious collectors. The nib is also able to swap with the budget-priced Pilot Penmanship and Plumix – adding more options to the pen at a low price. I love my Metropolitan. This pen has undoubtedly given the Lamy Safari a run for it’s money as the best beginner pen. It still holds up from the original review, and no other pen has been able to match the value.

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Top Posts 2013 Fountain Pen Ink Reviews Lamy Sailor6. Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki

Here’s my favorite blue ink. It’s bright, performs well, and is a pleasure to look at. The bottle is beautiful as well. One sample, and it’s hard to not buy the bottle. I really like this ink in my Montblanc 149’s medium nib – it washes out easily too. It’s a great ink all around, and my favorite of the Iroshizuku line. I still use Kon-Peki all the time, and it’s usually in at least one pen.

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Top Posts 2013 Fountain Pen Ink Reviews Lamy Sailor5. Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen

Technically the top post was for my review of the Matte Black Vanishing Point. This one was closer and I have a photo post for it coming very soon. The Vanishing Point was my favorite pen for college notes. No fussing with the cap, a SOLID knock, and smooth writing performance. The clip may get in the way for some, but not all. The pen is wonderfully weighted and balanced. I haven’t been using my VPs as much, but while doing this post I re-inked one and it’s been in my carry. There’s always the question of “Pilot Vanishing Point or Lamy 2000?” and it’s a really tough one to answer.

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Top Posts 2013 Fountain Pen Ink Reviews Lamy Sailor4. Kaweco Sport Fountain Pen

The ultimate pocket pen! Kaweco reached out to a bunch of bloggers in the year 2013 which has been awesome. There are tons of reviews out there of a lot of their product line, but their most popular pen is still the Sport. I got the aluminum version this year, and since getting it, I have yet to ink this one up. The format is great, but it’s even better when it’s entirely made of aluminum. I still like the Sport, especially in burgundy, but in my opinion the aluminum version just knocks it out of the park.

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Top Posts 2013 Fountain Pen Ink Reviews Lamy Sailor3. Lamy Safari Fountain Pen

The Lamy Safari was my first fountain pen, and it will always have a special place in my collection. They’re solidly built, reasonably priced, and swappable nibs make them ultra versatile. I have four of them in my collection and 3 Al-Stars if that says anything. They’re great and I always have at least one inked up. Some may not like the triangular grip section, but it’s great at training your hand to write with a fountain pen. The modern industrial look is icing on the cake and I still recommend this pen as a first pen for beginners. It’s totally understandable why this review was the #3 post overall on the site.

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Top Posts 2013 Fountain Pen Ink Reviews Lamy Sailor2. Sailor Professional Gear Imperial Black Fountain Pen

The stealthiest pen of all. When this was announced I knew I needed to have one. Don’t feel like spending $400? Do some homework and find a retailer in Japan. I got the pen for much less off of eBay straight from Japan than I would have had I purchased it from the States. Admittedly I don’t use this pen as much as it deserves to be used. Have I fallen out of love with it? I don’t think so. The ruthenium plated metal bits on the matte resin look simply amazing. Sailor’s nib designs are still my favorite out of any pen, and it looks even better in smoky black ruthenium. This is a pretty serious pen, and a very serious purchase. Overall, I still like how the pen looks, but I think the nib needs a smoothing. Totally understandable why people are looking for reviews of this pen.

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Top Posts 2013 Fountain Pen Ink Reviews Lamy Sailor1. Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen

Not only is the Lamy 2000 my top post, it’s my all time favorite pen. The design has been around nearly 60 years and it’s still amazing. The contoured body, stainless grip, and brushed makrolon body are understated, yet stunning. The simplicity of the Lamy 2000 is what makes it so great. It’s in no way pretentious or gaudy. The pen fills by piston, with a nearly invisible knob. The hooded nib is gold and writes like butter. I could go on about this pen for ages, I love everything about it. If you’re looking to up your fountain pen game, I still highly suggest the Lamy 2000. This pen is ALWAYS inked and always with me. It’s the pen is the litmus test of the fountain pen word, and understandably so. Here’s to another 60 years of the Lamy 2000.

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Top Posts 2013 Fountain Pen Ink Reviews Lamy SailorWell, there you have it. The top 10 reviews of 2013. I want to thank everyone for reading, commenting, and supporting the site all year long. There’s been so much growth this year and so much positive feedback. It’s a great community that I’m proud to say I’m a part of. Do yourselves a favor and check out my blog roll for other great pen sites. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions you may have, I would be more than happy to help you pick out your next pen, help you get started with a pen blog, or any other pen-related needs.

Have a safe and happy new year!

Best,

Ed Jelley

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Black Friday, 6th Edition

- Black Friday, 5th Edition -

  • Lamy AL-Star Matte Black LE 
  • Noodler’s Black Ink
  • Maruman Mnemosyne Notebook

Ironically, it’s a week before the shopping “holiday” here in the US that’s known as Black Friday. Because of Thanksgiving, the need to get some shopping done, and I happen to be moving that weekend, this feature is coming to you a bit early. Now onto the goods:

I really love my Lamy AL-Star. I have three of them, but the matte black limited edition is by far my favorite. Paired with a black nib, it completes the total stealth look. The second they became available, I picked one up. The Noodler’s Black is a great ink. It’s solid, dark, smooth, and water resistant. I completely understand why it’s the go-to black ink for so many people. Last, but not least, is the Maruman Mnemosyne notebook in B5. These notebooks got me through my last two years of school. I love the size, paper, and ruling. The textured black cover and the black wire binding make the notebook an ideal candidate for a Black Friday feature.

Browse past Black Friday Features here, and be sure to check back in on the last Friday of every month for a new installment!

Black Friday 6 - Lamy AL-Star, Maruman Mnemosyne, Noodler's Black

Black Friday 6 - Lamy AL-Star, Maruman Mnemosyne, Noodler's Black

Black Friday 6 - Lamy AL-Star, Maruman Mnemosyne, Noodler's Black

Black Friday 6 - Lamy AL-Star, Maruman Mnemosyne, Noodler's Black

Black Friday 6 - Lamy AL-Star, Maruman Mnemosyne, Noodler's Black

Black Friday 6 - Lamy AL-Star, Maruman Mnemosyne, Noodler's Black

Black Friday 6 - Lamy AL-Star, Maruman Mnemosyne, Noodler's Black

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November 2013 Fountain Pen/Ink Loadout

November 2013 Fountain Pen LoadoutLeft to Right:

  • Lamy 2000 – Binderized Medium Nib – Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa
  • Lamy Al-Star in Matte Black – Medium Nib – Diamine Salamander
  • Pilot Metropolitan in Black//Dots – Medium Nib – Noodler’s Navy
  • Lamy Accent in Black//Palladium – 1.1mm Stub – Diamine Registrar’s
  • Kaweco ART Sport in Amber – Double Broad Nib – Kaweco Sepia Brown
  • Pilot Vanishing Point in Gun Metal//Matte Black – Medium Nib – Iroshizuku Ina-Ho
  • Lamy Safari in Charcoal – Fine Nib – Akkerman Shocking Blue
  • Rotring 600 Lava – Medium Nib – Iroshizuku Fuyu-Gaki
  • Kaweco Dia2 in Black – Fine Nib – Diamine Midnight
  • Parker 1940s Vacumatic in Grey – Extra Fine Semi-Flex – Sailor Kiwa Guro Black
  • Kaweco AL-Sport in Graphite – Extra Fine Nib – Kaweco Red

November 2013 Fountain Pen LoadoutNotes: I was right last time when I said this is going to be more of a monthly thing. The loadout you see here is actually kind of weird for me. There are a lot of pens set up specifically for ink reviews, and not with inks I’d usually use. Admittedly, there are a lot more pens inked up than I would like to have. Since finishing up school, I haven’t been writing(doodling) nearly as much, so the pens I carry tend to hold onto their ink for a bit longer than I’m used to. Out of the bunch, I think my favorite is the Lamy 2000 loaded with Rohrer and Klingner’s Scabiosa. I think that I’m in a dusty purple phase, because I’m really loving this ink. The 2000’s wet medium makes up for the dryness of the iron gall ink. I’ve also added a pocket clip to my Kaweco AL-Sport, I’m not sure how I feel about it yet. I’m worried about constant slipping of the cap scratching up the body. Other than that, the rest of the pens are loaded up with inks to review, or inks that I’ve recently reviewed. Check back soon for some new ink reviews, and a few more pen reviews in the near future. Thanks for reading!

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November 2013 Fountain Pen Loadout

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November 2013 Fountain Pen Loadout

November 2013 Fountain Pen Loadout