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FLASHBACK FRIDAY – Kaweco AL-Sport Fountain Pen Review

Kaweco AL-Sport Graphite Fountain Pen ReviewThe Kaweco AL-Sport Fountain Pen

in Grey

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Specs:

  • Description: The all-aluminum version of everyone’s favorite pocket pen.
  • Nib: Interchangeable Steel nib
  • Filling Mechanism: Cartridge / Converter (now available from Kaweco)
  • Weight: ~23 grams (8 more than the classic version)
  • Measurements: 4.1″ closed, 5.3″ posted – same as classic version
  • Ink Capactiy: Intl Short Cartridge, ~.75ml
  • Color Options: Raw aluminum, grey aluminum, silver aluminum, and black aluminum

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Intro/About:

Kaweco AL-Sport Graphite Fountain Pen ReviewI’ve had this pen on my wishlist for what seems like forever…no really, I checked my wishlist on JetPens – it’s been there since October of 2011. Essentially, the AL-Sport is the same as the Classic Sport, except with an all-aluminum construction that oozes quality. The added weight and balance to the pen, along with a newly designed interchangeable nib/feed system makes this pen an absolute pleasure to write with and carry. Thanks for reading and enjoy the review!

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I would just like to thank Sebastian at Kaweco for sending over a huge box of goodies, this pen included. I’m really enjoying the AL-Sport and I’m happy to finally have it in my collection.

Appearance & Packaging:

Kaweco AL-Sport Graphite Fountain Pen ReviewLike my review of the Classic Sport, I was shocked by how small the pen is once you take it out of the box. It’s nearly identical to the Sport, except the threads are slightly different and the pen body is made entirely out of aluminum. The grey finish both looks and feels great. When capped, the pen is small, but when posted, it is very comfortable to write with. The pen comes in a nice gift tin, which is always welcomed over a cardboard box. The tin is small and compact like the pen, so it won’t take up much room in storage.

Kaweco AL-Sport Graphite Fountain Pen Review

Nib Performance & Filling System:

Kaweco AL-Sport Graphite Fountain Pen ReviewThe medium nib on the AL-Sport was smooth and wet out of the box. It was a much better writer than the fine nib on my older Kaweco Sport. There’s a new feed design on all of the newer Kaweco models, allowing for quick and easy nib changes. Simply grasp the nib, unscrew it, and screw the new feed in. It’s very easy to do, and once you know how the system works, it won’t give you any trouble. Just make sure the nib is properly seated in the groove on the feed before screwing it back in. The removable feed also makes for easy cleaning. Simply take it out, and rinse it off. It’s especially easy when using disposable cartridges. I’m love the smoothness and reliability of the medium nib that came on the AL-Sport. It’s definitely up there in smoothness, and I believe it’s as good as it gets when it comes to smoothness of less-expensive steel nibs.

Kaweco AL-Sport Graphite Fountain Pen ReviewThe filling system. There’s some good news…Kaweco now offers their own converters! No more guess work, and “will it fit” with other converters. This is a huge deal, because they were never offered in the past. I’m currently using a cartridge of Kaweco Pearl Black, which I am very happy with. No more refilling old cartridges with a syringe either. The addition of a converter to the line makes using bottled ink much easier. I have the converter in another pen right now, and it’s performance will be tied in with an upcoming review.

Feel:

Kaweco AL-Sport Graphite Fountain Pen ReviewI much prefer the weightier body of the AL-Sport to the plastic Sport. The build quality of the pen is impeccable and I have no concerns over it’s durability and construction. It’s great to have a pen I can throw in a pocket or bag and not worry about. It’s compact size when capped allows for the pen to disappear until you need it. The threads for the cap are not sharp, but the shorter grip section of the pen may result in more finger-to-thread contact than one is accustomed to with a full sized pen. The grey anodized aluminum body is smooth and comfortable in the hand, but the finish may get slippery should you have sweaty hands (I do, it’s nothing to be embarrassed about).

Kaweco AL-Sport Graphite Fountain Pen ReviewThe weight, finish and build quality are all great, and it is a welcomed premium feel over the Classic Sport’s plastic construction. It’s definitely worth the extra money for the aluminum version. Another detail I found interesting about the pen was the small rubber ring inside the cap. This is so that the cap may post on the body without scratching the surface or slipping off. It’s nice to see that this pen was thoroughly thought over, down to the smallest detail.
Kaweco AL-Sport Graphite Fountain Pen Review

Pros:

  • Great pocketability
  • Build quality
  • Now have available converters
  • Added weight (compared to plastic version)
  • New swappable nib/feed section

Cons:

  • Short grip section puts threads in contact with fingers more often

Conclusion:

Kaweco AL-Sport Graphite Fountain Pen ReviewThe AL-Sport is a great pen. The new nib, feed, and swap-ability makes up for the shortcomings of the plastic version of the pen. The availability of converters straight from the manufacturer makes use with bottled ink much easier. It’s really hard to come up with anything negative to say about the pen, I’m really enjoying it. I was going to say I wish I had picked one up sooner, but the new nibs, feed, and converter are all welcomed updates that make this pen that much better. Thanks again to Kaweco for sending me this pen, make sure to check out the rest of the Kaweco line, my review of the Kaweco Sport, and a list of online retailers where you can pick up this pen.

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

Rhodia Ice 80th Anniversary Notepad – Review

Rhodia Ice Notepad Review

Rhodia ICE Notepad Review

 

Specs: 

  • 4″x6″
  • Silver / Grey Grid Lines
  • Bright white paper
  • Top Staple bound
  • White covers with metallic print

Rhodia ICE Notepad Review

Notes:

I’ve been a user of Rhodia paper for quite some time now. Why? Because it’s probably the best paper for use with fountain pens. The 80g paper is perfectly slick and makes any writing experience much smoother. For the 80th anniversary of the company, Rhodia released the Ice edition notebook. Typically when I think Rhodia, I think black and orange. Most of their line sports either a black or orange cover, this particular notebook breaks the mold. The pad has bright white covers, silver metallic logos and text on the back and silver/grey grid lines inside. I really like the way the notebook looks, and of course it’s great for writing on with fountain pen.

Rhodia ICE Notepad Review

I think I actually prefer the grey ruling over Rhodia’s standard violet ruling. It’s much less intrusive and really lets the color of the ink you’re using shine through without distraction. The pages are all micro-perforated for easy removal and the 4″ x 6″ notebook size is nice for throwing in a bag without taking up too much valuable room.

Rhodia ICE Notepad ReviewThe Rhodia Ice is a welcomed departure from the standard color schemes. The paper is exactly what you expect from Rhodia, and I think I’m going to be picking up a few more of these because of the grey ruling. They’re great notepads, and if you’re primarily a fountain pen user and have yet to try them, you’re really missing out! Huge thanks to my friends Sunny and Karen over at Exaclair for sending over the Rhodia Ice for review!

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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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Pilot Iroshizuku Ina-Ho – Handwritten Ink Review

Pilot Iroshizuku: Ina-ho

PenPilot Vanishing Point // Gun Metal & Matte Black // Medium nib
Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku fuyu-gaki
Paper: Rhodia dotPad, No. 16

Notes:
This is the first ink from Iroshizuku I’ve used that doesn’t perform well on all papers. There’s some blotchy feathering and bleeding on my standard ink review paper (Kyokuto FOB COOP) and it gets even worse on regular copy paper. It does play nice with Rhodia though. Other than the performance of the ink, it’s a really interesting color. Ina-ho means “rice ear”, it’s a nice shade of medium gold. It manages to look gold rather than yellow and there’s some interesting  texturing where the ink and paper meet. I really like the color, but its performance is somewhat prohibitive. The gold tones remind me of Noodler’s Rome Burning quite a bit, but hopefully this ink cleans out of the pen a little easier. If you don’t mind sticking to Rhodia, check this one out. It’s a really enjoyable color as long as the paper quality is good. Overall, I was slightly underwhelmed, considering the rest of the Iroshizuku line performs wonderfully.

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

Thanks for reading, enjoy!

Pros:

  • Unique gold color
  • Wet flow 
  • Interesting shading

Cons:

  • Doesn’t play nice on all kinds of paper

Pilot Iroshizuku Ina-Ho Fountain Pen Ink Review

Pilot Iroshizuku Ina-Ho Fountain Pen Ink Review

Pilot Iroshizuku Ina-Ho Fountain Pen Ink Review

Pilot Iroshizuku Ina-Ho Fountain Pen Ink Review

Pilot Iroshizuku Ina-Ho Fountain Pen Ink Review

Pilot Iroshizuku Ina-Ho Fountain Pen Ink Review

Pilot Iroshizuku Ina-Ho Fountain Pen Ink Review

Pilot Iroshizuku Ina-Ho Fountain Pen Ink Review

Pilot Iroshizuku Ina-Ho Fountain Pen Ink Review

Pilot Iroshizuku Ina-Ho Fountain Pen Ink Review

Pilot Iroshizuku Ina-Ho Fountain Pen Ink Review

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Kaweco ART-Sport Fountain Pen Review

Kaweco Art Sport Fountain Pen Review

The Kaweco ART-Sport Fountain Pen

in Amber Acrylic

– Handwritten Review –

  • Review Ink: Kaweco Sepia Brown
  • Review Paper: Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP B5 Dot Grid

Specs:

  • Description: The hand polished acrylic version of everyone’s favorite pocket pen.
  • Nib: Interchangeable Steel nib (EF-BB)
  • Filling Mechanism: Cartridge / Converter (now available from Kaweco)
  • Weight: ~12 grams – this one’s really light.
  • Measurements: 4.1″ closed, 5.3″ posted – same as classic and AL version
  • Ink Capactiy: Intl Short Cartridge, ~.75ml
  • Color Options: Several colors of acrylic, check them out here!

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Kaweco Art Sport Fountain Pen Review

Intro/About:

Kaweco Art Sport Fountain Pen ReviewThis one’s a real beauty. Kaweco has taken their iconic pocket pen, and fashioned it out of AWESOME looking acrylic. This particular pen is the “Amber” and the light reflects off of this pen in so many stunning ways. The format is nearly the same as the Classic Sport and the AL Sport, but some slight changes in threads and cap, which were probably done to adjust for making the pen out of acrylic. I had not heard of this pen before getting one, and availability is not widespread yet. This review is a little light on words for a few reasons. The pen writes exactly the same as the Sport and AL Sport models (which is quite good) because all of the nib sections on new Kaweco pens are interchangeable. The ART Sport is also a very familiar format for me, if you would like to read more in depth about the feel of the pen, check out my reviews of the Classic Sport and the AL Sport.

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I would also like to thank Sebastian at Kaweco for sending over a huge box of goodies, this pen included. I’m really enjoying the ART-Sport and I’m happy to call it a part of my collection.

Appearance & Packaging:

Kaweco Art Sport Fountain Pen ReviewPackaging here isn’t too important to me, however, if you plan on purchasing this pen as a gift, it does come in a nice little tin. The part about this pen that stands out is the beautiful amber acrylic that the pen is made from. The acrylic is made of several different colors with varying degrees of shine to them. Bring this pen out into natural light, and you could end up staring at it for an hour. It really is a fantastic looking pen. The amber acrylic is paired with gold accents and a gold-plated nib. This color choice makes sense, as it adds to the overall warm feel of the pen. The ART Sport is small, in fact, just as small as the Classic Sport and the AL Sport. Don’t be alarmed when you take it out of the box, it’s shocking at first, but the pen is very comfortable to hold and write with. Kaweco Art Sport Fountain Pen Review

Nib Performance & Filling System:

Kaweco Art Sport Fountain Pen ReviewThis pen came with a broad nib out the box, and I’m not going to lie, it gave me some problems. The flow wasn’t right and when I tried to adjust the nib and the feed, the nib was stuck. My best guess is that it didn’t get fully stamped to the curvature of the feed, and got jammed in there. I had to do some surgery to get it out, and when trying to use it on a different Kaweco, the nib didn’t sit right. The good thing is that the Kaweco nibs are very easily swapped out. I unscrewed the double broad nib from another pen, and it went right in and started writing no problem.

Kaweco Art Sport Fountain Pen ReviewThe flow was a little dry at first, but some quick tweaking got the pen writing just how I like it. The interchangeability of the nib units make for a quick and easy switch, and as far as regular steel nibs go, these write quite well. Out of the bunch (EF-BB), my favorite is the medium. The ART Sport fills just like the rest of the Sport line, with either a cartridge or converter. I didn’t have the best of luck with my Kaweco squeeze converters, but it could have been the ink too. I loaded up a Kaweco Sepia Brown cartridge, and it perfectly compliments the color of the pen. I’m happy with the BB nib, and the pen is a pleasure to write with.

Feel:

Kaweco Art Sport Fountain Pen ReviewThe first thing I noticed when handling the ART Sport is how great the acrylic feels in hand. It’s much smoother than its plastic counterpart, and it’s a bit lighter as well. The fit and finish are 100% on point, and the pen feels quality. Usually people associate quality with weight, but that’s not the case here.

Kaweco Art Sport Fountain Pen ReviewPicking the pen up, I was reminded of the first time I handled an Edison Collier in acrylic – I was shocked at how light it was for the size of the pen. The same goes for the ART Sport. In hand, the Kaweco Sport is great. It’s the perfect size for my hands when posted, and is comfortable for long writing sessions and great for quick notes. I don’t like throwing the ART into my pocket like I do with the Classic and AL models, but even in a slip case, it disappears until I need it.

Pros:

  • Great pocketability
  • Beautiful amber acrylic
  • Build quality is impressive
  • Swappable nib/feed section

Cons:

  • Not widely available in the US yet
  • The converter didn’t perform as expected
  • B nib had issues out of the box

Conclusion:

Kaweco Art Sport Fountain Pen ReviewIf you want a premium upgrade to the Sport, look no further. Of course there’s the Carbon Fiber AL Sport, but if you want a more classic look, then the ART is your pen. The premium feel, great looks, and smooth finish make the pen a joy to use and even just look at. The swappable nibs give all the more reason to add a few Kawecos to your collection too. While I think the AL Sport is still my favorite out of all of them, I have no doubt that people will love it’s acrylic brother.

Kaweco Art Sport Fountain Pen Review Thanks again to Kaweco for sending me this pen, make sure to check out the rest of the Kaweco line, my review of the Kaweco Sport, and a list of online retailers where you can pick up this pen.

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