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Lamy Al-Star Fountain Pen Matte Black Photo Post

Lamy AL-Star Limited Edition Matte Black Photo Post

Lamy AL-Star
Limited Edition Matte Black

When I was doing the full review for the Lamy AL-Star, these pictures just didn’t fit in with the rest, but I really liked how they came out. So here they are! The background is a screen print by artist Florian Bertmer called “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” and it made the perfect backdrop for the matte black Lamy. If you haven’t checked out the full review of the AL-Star, do so here!

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Pilot Vanishing Point Gunmetal Matte Fountain Pen

Pilot vanishing Point in Gun Metal / Matte Photo Post

Pilot Vanishing Point – Gun Metal & Matte Black – Medium Nib

This pen is too good looking to not do a photo post. I have already done a full review on the Matte Black Vanishing Point, so check that out for the full text. I picked up this pen body from Richard Binder’s table at the Long Island Pen Show back in March. The matte accents on the metallic dark grey body are a killer color combination. It might even be above the all matte black stealth version for me. Vanishing Points are great pens, that are super convenient, and ready to go at a moment’s notice. Thank you for reading, and enjoy the pictures!

Pilot Vanishing Point Gunmetal Matte Fountain Pen

Pilot Vanishing Point Gunmetal Matte Fountain Pen

Pilot Vanishing Point Gunmetal Matte Fountain Pen

Pilot Vanishing Point Gunmetal Matte Fountain Pen

Pilot Vanishing Point Gunmetal Matte Fountain Pen

Pilot Vanishing Point Gunmetal Matte Fountain Pen

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Top Posts 2013 Fountain Pen Ink Reviews Lamy Sailor

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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.

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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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Iroshizuku Fuyu-Gaki Fountain Pen Ink Review

Pilot Iroshizuku: Fuyu-gaki Ink Review

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Pilot Iroshizuku: Fuyu-gaki

PenRotring 600 Lava
Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku fuyu-gaki
Paper: Kytokuto F.O.B. COOP B5 Dot Grid

Notes:
Another day, another Iroshizuku is loaded up for review (I wish there was really one per day…). The time it’s Fuyu-Gaki, which translates to Winter Persimmon. This ink should not be confused with Yu-Yake (the other Iroshizuku orange) because of their similar name and similar color. Orange is one of my least favorite colors, not just for ink, but for life. I actually don’t mind this one though. There are elements of red and almost pink that blend with the yellow to make this ink stand out from the rest. It’s elevated above a standard orange. The ink itself is quite transparent, so expect to see the ruling on the page through your writing. It’s definitely not an every day use color, but it is fun for doodling or drawing. It may even fit in as an underlining ink. The Iroshizuku line has great performance across the board, and Fuyu-Gaki is no exception. While I don’t think I’ll  be adding a bottle to the collection, I’m definitely enjoying the sample.

Also, thanks AGAIN to Azizah over at Gourmet Pens for sending me a sample!

Thanks for reading, enjoy!

Pros:

  • Bright!
  • Good Performance
  • Easy Clean Out

Cons:

  • Tough color to use every day

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Pilot Petit1 Fountain Pen Review 12

Pilot Petit1 Fountain Pen Review

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Specs:

  • Description:  A pocket fountain pen that can be converted to an eyedropper…for $4.00
  • Nib: Pilot Steel, Fine
  • Material: Plastic of varying colors
  • Filling Mechanism: Pilot short cartridges or eyedropper conversion
  • Measurements: 4.2″ closed, 5.2″ posted, .5″ diameter
  • Ink Capactiy: Pilot Short Cartridge / 2ml eyedropper conversion

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Intro/About:

Pilot Petit1 Fountain Pen Review 2So this is going to be a quick one. Why? Because it’s a sub-$4.00 “disposable” pen that’s totally worth buying. This pen was sent to me by a reader of the site (thanks Faith!) and I’m glad it was. The Petit1 writes shockingly well, given its price and demeanor. If you’re in any way on the fence about it, pick one up. They’re great for throwing in a bag, or pocket, and it’s not the end of the world if it gets lost.

Appearance:

Pilot Petit1 Fountain Pen Review 4The Petit1 is small. It’s a pocket pen that really needs to be posted in order to comfortably write with. The nib is nothing special in the looks department, but it performs quite well. The body is made of a clear plastic, some of it completely clear, and some tonally matched to the color of ink that’s inside. I have the black model, so the plastic is clear and a smokey grey. The Petit1 is pretty much the same size as a Kaweco Sport when posted or capped, but it’s a good deal smaller when uncapped / unposted. Overall, the pen is on the shorter side of comfortable for me, but I’m okay with it.

Nib Performance:

Pilot Petit1 Fountain Pen Review 3I loaded the Petit1 with the included Pilot black cartridge that came with the pen. It appears that there is some felt or cloth material running through the feed to help the ink get to the nib quickly after putting in the cartridge. It really does work. The second I popped the cartridge in, I saw the ink run down the channel, and the pen was ready to write within seconds. This is great for the first time using it, but if you were to flush the pen out and put another ink in, I would be afraid of residual ink in there. I’ll have to try and report back when the cartridge is empty. The ink flow is good, and the nib is surprisingly  smooth, especially for something that’s not meant to be around for years and years. The nib is similar to the Pilot Varsity (if not, the same – I didn’t have one handy at the time) except this one is Fine, as opposed to the Varsity’s default Medium. The Pilot Fine nib lays down a nice line that’s very smooth. Overall, it writes like a much more expensive pen.

Feel:

Pilot Petit1 Fountain Pen Review 5Not too much to say here. The pen is made out of cheap plastic, and it’s very small. Size-wise, it’s about the same as the Kaweco Sport, but feels cheaper. The long cap on the Kaweco posts perfectly and there is no wiggling. The cap on the Petit1 doesn’t post quite as securely, and there is some give if you grip the pen tighter.

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Once again, keep in mind that the Kaweco is $25-$30, and this pen is under $4. It feels nice in the hand, and people with smaller hands, or fans of the Kaweco Sport will really enjoy this one. The clip on the pen does not appear to be the most sturdy, so take caution when clipping it onto thicker pockets, notebooks, or bags. The plastic is a nicer than the Platinum Preppy though. I was always worried about mine cracking in my bag and I have read horror stories. The plastic on the Petit1 is less brittle, and I think it will hold up better.

Pros:

  • Did I mention that this was $3.80?
  • Smooth
  • Small
  • Eye-dropper convertability

Cons:

  • It’s a tiny bit small for me

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Conclusion:

For a cheap pen that writes as well as this one, it’s super easy to justify purchase. It’s sturdy enough, comes in a variety of ink and body colors, can be made into an eyedropper…and the list goes on. It’s a great pen that everyone should try. It’s nice having something that writes this well without having to worry about losing or breaking it because of it’s low price tag. I really can’t complain about a $3.80 pen that is as fun to use as this one.

Recommendation: Just get one. Or two, or three. You won’t regret it.