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Video: The Process (Fountain Pen, Ink, and Stationery Reviews)

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Going full-force in 2013, edjelley.com will be featuring tons of fountain pen, ink and stationery reviews on Lamy, Pelikan, Pilot, Noodler’s Ink, Diamine Inks, Rhodia Paper Products, Maruman Paper Products and much much more. I wanted to bring some multimedia to the website and thought a montage of my review process would be a great way to show the readers what I do.

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Lamy Safari Fountain Pen – Handwritten Review

Lamy Safari Fountain Pen ReviewI 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.

Pen: Lamy Safari

Inks / Nibs: Extra Fine with Diamine Evergreen, Medium with Pelikan Edelstein Aventurine, 1.1mm Stub with Scribal Work Shop Siren

Enjoy!

Handwritten Review Scans:

Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Review Capped
LIne up. For some reason the red one doesn’t like to line up. Usually the fit on these are dead on. Maybe I over tightened it at one point and damaged the threads?
Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Review Posted
Uncapped. Personally, I like to write with the Safari posted. It’s still comfortable to write with it uncapped, the body is a good length, not too long, not too short. Since the pen is on the lighter side, the balance isn’t thrown off by posting the cap.
Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Review Clip
The Safari’s clip is a tank. It’s really secured well to the cap and has a great grip. I usually keep one in my front pocket of my jeans, and the clip does a great job of holding on, even with thick denim. Of course it works well on paper or a notebook cover too.
Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Review NIbs
Nib shot. The interchangeability of the nibs makes the Safari a versatile every day pen. It takes only a few seconds to switch them, and at ~$10 a piece, there’s no reason not to have all of them in your collection.
Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Review Charcoal Grey
My first fountain pen. The one that started it all. I feel like this one needed it’s own picture.

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.

Pilot Vanishing Point - head on nib

The Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen in Matte Black – Handwritten Review

Well, here’s another handwritten review, this time on a Maruman Mnemosyne B6 notebook. This time it’s for one of my favorite pens, and my smoothest writer, the Pilot Vanishing Point in Matte Black. I was immediately drawn to this pen because of it’s stealth finish. As time goes on, you’re probably going to notice I have an affinity towards all black everything. I’ve had this pen for about six months, and I plan on adding more to my collection (the gunmetal grey with matte black trim).

Anyway, this pen is a step above the rest. I purchased the medium nib unit from RichardsPens.com (no affiliation, he just does great work), where he smooths and adjusts every nib prior to sending it out. This thing is really like butter. Or a hot knife through butter. Or ice. Or something else that’s really really smooth. The clicking mechanism is totally solid, and provides a satifying “CLICK” when extended or closed. The convenience factor of a fountain pen with a retractable nib is way up there. I find myself using this for both quick notes because of it’s convenience, and longer writing sessions because of it’s smoothness, weight and balance.

Enjoy the review!

Pilot Vanishing Point - Page 1

Pilot Vanishing Point - Page 2

Pilot Vanishing Point - Page 3

Pilot Vanishing Point - Page 4

Pilot Vanishing Point - Long Shot
The Matte Black Pilot Vanishing Point and the Maruman Mnemosyne Notebook. They make a great combo.
Pilot Vanishing Point - Angle
There have been complaints about the durability of the finish of this VP model. You can see the brass underneath starting to show through. Personally, I don’t mind it, but it may bother others.
Pilot Vanishing Point - angle no book
Here, you can see the finish has gotten a bit shiny. This is more than likely due to carrying it around in my pocket. If you’re more careful than I am with it, I’m sure this can be avoided. Once again, I kind of like that the pen shows wear with use.
Pilot Vanishing Point - head on nib
A head-on shot of the VP’s tiny nib. It took some getting used to at first, but it makes this pen a stand out piece in my collection. The ink seen here is Noodler’s Bad Blue Heron.
Pilot Vanishing Point - exploded
Exploded view of the VP. The nib unit can be swapped easily. This must also be done in order to fill the pen. It’s nice that it’s able to be filled without getting ink all over the place too.
Pilot Vanishing Point - logo closeup
Very subtle branding, just a small logo below where the pen comes apart.
Pilot Vanishing Point - clip / grip shape
The VP’s clip placement has a love/hate relationship through the fountain pen community. Some like the placement because it gives your index finger and thumb somewhere to rest. Others with less traditional grips find it to get in the way. If you’re one of the latter, the older version of the VP has a clip thats tapered into the pen, and tends to be less obtrusive.
Maruman Mnemosyne Handwritten Review

Maruman Mnemosyne Notebook – B5 size – Handwritten Review

Here’s a handwritten review of the Maruman Mnemosyne in B5 (6.9″ x 9.8″). These are my go-to notebook for class. They’re the perfect size for those small desks that I hate oh so much. The off-white paper makes re-reading notes a pleasure, as it’s much easier on the eyes than Rhodia paper. The ruling is sepia toned, blending in with the paper a bit, but you can still tell it’s there.

Enjoy.

* Correction: In my handwritten review, I have this notebook listed as B6 size. It’s actually B5. What in the world was I thinking!?

Outside Shot:
This notebook has durable, water-resistant plastic covers. The wire spiral binding is nice and sturdy too.

Inside Shot:

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First Impressions: Pelikan Souveran M605 Fountain Pen

For my first Pelikan and first official review, I ordered an M605 from Richard Binder. I had previously ordered a “binderized” Pilot nib unit for my VP from him, and couldn’t be happier with it, so I opted to go with him for the Pelikan as well.
It arrived yesterday and I had a new bottle of Edelstein Aventurine waiting there for it.
I also opted to get the Pelikan one-pen leather case with the green strap, why not. Go nuts.

Set can be seen here on Flickr.

First impressions:

1. It’s VERY light, I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but I learned quickly that light definitely does not mean low quality.

2. The size. It fits my medium hands quite well. I prefer writing with the cap posted, and this pen allows it. I really like the diameter of the grip and the lip/silver trim line at the bottom of the section.

3. The nib is SUPER smooth. I opted for a Fine nib, as I prefer Western Fines for my everyday writing style.

4. The pen is simply great looking. I wanted to replace my Montblanc 149 in my daily carry, and I think this will do a great job at looking classy and not being matte black…

5. The ink flow is generous without being a gusher. Practically no writing pressure is needed and it starts right up after being left uncapped for a few minutes.

6. The packaging. Not like anything else I currently have. It’s nice, but I think the bottom of the box and it’s fake wood grain could use a change.

That’s it for now, I think I’m going to start doing some handwritten reviews on my collection, I’ll be sure to post when I get on that.

Thanks for reading!