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Weekly Loadout Submission – Dries of Pencilcaseblog!

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Dries’ Loadout
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These are the pens I use most of the time. I don’t really use expensive or special pens on daily basis, but opt for a more forgiving, reliable selection.

(From left to right)

Palomino Blackwing 602:

Has recently regained its position in my EDC after being unused for almost a year. I really missed the smooth leads and the great overall quality of this one!

Lamy Safari with Fine nib:

Since I bought this pen, it has always been in my rotation. it’s such a great pen, with a great nib and light but durable construction! This is one of those pens that I don’t mind throwing around (not literally)and taking it to school, because I know it won’t be a total disaster if it breaks or gets lost. This one always gets filled with a plain blue or black ink (mostly Lamy bottled ink), so I can use it in school.

TWSBI Diamond Mini with 1.5 Stub:

Since I put a 1.5 stub nib from a diamond 580 in it, this has become my absolute favorite pen. The nib is incredibly smooth and lays down a wet line. It’s incredibly reliable and has a springy feel to it, love it! I mostly use this for ink reviews as it is great for bringing out shading. Unfortunately I cracked the barrel a while ago, so now it stays at home because I’m afraid it might start leaking . Currently I have this one inked with De Atramentis Rote Rosen, a great ink with a lovely dark pink-purple colour and shading (Did I mention it smells like roses?)

Lamy NEXX with 1.5 Stub:

The Lamy nexx is another great value pen, I don’t like the flashy red cap (I did when I bought it a couple of years ago) but nevertheless this pen always stays inked! Because of the stub nib –which is lovely, though not quite as good as the TWSBI stub – this one also gets used mostly for ink reviews. Currently inked with Montblanc Forest Green ink, a lovely dark green with beautiful shading!

Pilot Prera with Medium nib:

Great writer, pocketable, durable. The converter has a painstakingly low capacity, but apart from that it is great! I always keep it filled with black ink, mostly Lamy, sometimes Kaweco black or J.Herbin Perle Noire, this one – just like the safari – is ready for every task that requires a subtle ink.

Parafernalia Linea 2mm leadholder:

Since I did the review on the linea, I bought a couple more because they are the sturdiest, most comfortable and best looking leadholder pencils ever. Period.

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Favorite Combo:

Tell us what your favorite combo(s) were for the week!: TWSBI mini or Pilot Prera, difficult call, but I guess the TWSBI has the edge with the stub nib. Even though the TWSBI is semi-ready for the garbage bin (The cracks are multiplying and the cap doesn’t post anymore) it still remains a great pen! I’ll definitely get a new one the second this one dies! De Atramentis rote rosen with the stub TWSBI is a match made in heaven! The Prera is great too, but with intense use it dares to start leaking from the feed (I don’t know why).

Least Favorite Combo:

Did something just not click? Tell us why!: Tough call, probably the Lamy Nexx. I don’t really like the design, it’s a bit childish and the clip is just plain ugly. The ink is not to blame here, Montblanc Forest green is most definitely my favorite green ink.

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Weekly Loadout Submission – Adam of The Desk of Adam

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Adam B.’s Loadout
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Paper – Rhodia grid 80g/m

From top to bottom;

  • Lamy Safari Aquamarine (EF) inked with Sailor Jentle – Sky High
  • Lamy Safari White (F) inked with Omas – New Grey
  • Kaweco Sport Skyline Grey (M) inked with J. Herbin – Perle Noire
  • TWSBI Diamond Mini Classic (EF) inked with Yard-O-Led – Claret
  • Pilot Prera Transparent Light Blue (F) inked with Montegrappa – Turquoise

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Favorite Combo

I’ve been loving the Pilot Prera, writes beautifully and the Montegrappa Turquoise is so nice to write with.

Least Favorite Combo

The Kaweco is my most recent addition and it’s taking me a while to adjust to how light it is, so i’m still a little on the fence about that. I love the J. Herbin ink though!

Editor’s Note:

Thanks for submitting and great site! I love my Lamy Safaris and I have several myself. The color scheme you have going there is cool too. I like how the turquoise in the Lamy matches that of the Pilot. Thanks for sharing!

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Weekly Loadout Submission – Steve H.

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Steve H’s Loadout

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Steve’s Description:

I enjoy carrying a number of pens and typically use one each day as it provides a clear demarcation between each day’s writing in my work journals or personal notebooks. I have a couple of lovely vintage pens (including a Sheaffer Pen For Men V and my late father’s Parker 51) but found that they just didn’t work as reliably as modern pens and I value being able to just pick-up and use my pens with no fuss.

I carry my pens in an Enveloop pen roll which I’ve customised to make room for a small glass Midori ruler and Faber ‘flying saucer’ eraser. The pens I carry at the moment are:

* Rotring 600 Lava rollerball on the outside of the case so it’s easy to grab.
* Nakaya Aka-tamenuri, portable writer with a flexible fine with elastic finishing loaded with Pilot Iroshizuku yama-budo (crimson glory) ink
*  Pilot Falcon with a fine nib loaded with Aurora Blue ink
* Pilot Custom 823 with a medium nib loaded with Pilot Iroshizuko Asa-Gao (morning glory) ink
* Pelikan 805 with an extra fine nib loaded with Pilot Iroshizuki Shin-ryoku (forest green) ink
* Platinum #3776 Motosu demonstrator with a fine nib loaded with Diamine Passion Red ink
* Faber Alpha Matic mechanical pencil. I’ve been using this pencil since I bought it when studying my engineering degree and I think it’s the best mechanical pencil ever made.

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Favorite Combo:

I’ve only recently received the Nakaya pen and I’m already in love with the new nib and the lustre of the layers of urushi lacquer. It makes it hard to stay on my daily cycle of pen use! Although the Pilot ink colour is a very attractive red I think Diamine Oxblood in this pen would make for a stunning combination.

Least Favorite Combo:

The pen I retired from the rotation is an Onoto Classic Grand with a fine nib (ground down to EF by John Sorowka). Although this is another wonderful big pen with a buttery smooth nib, the rigidity of the clip makes it more of an ‘executive pen’ designed to sit on a desk rather than being carried. 

Editor’s Note:

Steve, great carry! Beautiful Nakaya! I love my Custom 823, at first I wasn’t huge on the color of the pen, but it’s really grown on me. I can’t help myself from staring at my Nakaya, the lacquer has such great depth to it. Oxblood is one of my favorite inks, it spends a lot of time in my kuro-tamenuri Neo Standard.

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Weekly Loadout Submission – Jeffrey Bruckwicki of Nock Co.

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Jeffrey Bruckwicki of Nock Co.’s Loadout

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Jeffrey’s Description:

From left to right:

  • Nock Co. Note Card Prototype Sleeve
  • Nock Co. Dot.-Dash Note Cards
  • Esterbrook LJ with EF Flex Nib 9128, inked with Rohrer & Klingner Schreibtine
  • Nock Co. Reject Lookout
  • Platinum Pro-Use .7 with H4 Lead
  • Karas Kustom Render K in Delrin with Gold Anodized Tip with Hi-tec C 0.28 refill (gift from Dudek
  • Mini Maglite LED 

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I don’t keep many pens inked up because I let a few dry out. So I keep to my Esterbrook from Brad which is the prefect writing experience for me. When I am making lists of ticking things off an existing list I go Render K. When a new product idea hits I sketch it with the Pro-Use. I really dig that my EDC flashlight fits so well in our Lookout so that goes everywhere with me now. The two under-wrap items are the prototype note card sleeve and the note cards themselves. This is my go to recording device. Every few weeks I go through the used cards and scan them in with my Doxie Flip for permanent records.

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Favorite Combo:

Render K with a black Hi-tec C and our note cards. It’s just so damn smooth and it forces me to write more clearly. 

Least Favorite Combo:

I don’t sketch a huge amount so the Pro-Use doesn’t get much love. I have tried other pencils like the Kuru-toga but always come back to this. 

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Editor’s Note:

He is the one who Nocks. No really, he’s the man responsible for feverishly cranking out your brand new Nock Co. cases. It’s awesome to see what the man behind the cases is carrying. There’s not too much of any one thing here, and it’s clear that he chose the best tool for the job. Thank you a ton for submitting Jeffrey!

You can find Jeffrey whipping up some delicious looking vegan-friendly food over at The Sunday Recipe, making all sorts of awesome goods at Bruckwicki.com, and of course bartacking away all of our pen cases at Nock Co.!

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Weekly Loadout Submission – Tim W. Of The Writing Arsenal

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Tim W. of The Writing Arsenal‘s Loadout

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Tim’s Description:

Pocket Carry:

Lately I’ve been carrying a Davis Leatherworks Simple Cover modified with an extra band up the spine. Inside, I have one plain Field Notes and one ruled Moleskine Cahier. I use the Field Notes for my general “brain dump”. The Moleskine is where I’m working on a current short story. I only use pencils in my pocket notebooks, so I carry a pencil (like this Blackwing 602) that has been worn down short enough to fit in my pocket. This system has been working like a charm so far.

Pens / Pencils:

1. Kaweco AL-Sport (F nib) with Noodler’s Bulletproof Black: If I carry a fountain pen out on the town, and am not carrying my bag, this is usually the one I go with. It’s a tank and I’m not scared of hurting it.

2. Lamy AL-Star Purple (M nib) with Diamine Syrah: I’ve said it many times. This is the most striking pen I own. It’s simple, but the tone of the purple and the steel clip gets me every time. The Syrah is a wine color, so it complements the pen perfectly. I’m not usually one for matching a pen’s color to an ink, but I can’t deny this combo is a home run.

3. TWSBI Diamond 580 (M nib) with Diamine Red Dragon: At my desk, this is the pen I use more than any other. The medium nib is just right, and it’s behaved well with every ink I’ve thrown its way. The Red Dragon is a new favorite of mine too. I’m a sucker for deep, warm colors.

4. Lamy AL-Star LE Black (F nib) with J. Herbin Terre de Feu: This combo happened on accident. I’d been underwhelmed by the Terre de Feu since the bottle arrived in the mail. As soon as I got it, I realized it was too watery for my taste. But, I like to use fountain pens to grade papers at school, and when I gave this one a shot on the cheap paper we use in our copy machines, it looked great! It’s now my official grading pen/ink.

5. TWSBI Diamond 580 (1.1 stub nib) with Diamine Ancient Copper: Can’t say enough about this ink. The shading is amazing and it quickly became my favorite ink in this stub nib (and maybe my favorite ink overall). Lately, this has been my primary pen for letter writing.

6. Pilot Metropolitan (M stub nib from Plumix) with Noodler’s Liberty’s Elysium: I’m still playing around with this pen. Before the Plumix nib, I had the stock nib with Kon-Peki and it was amazing. But, the Kon-Peki sample ran out and I wanted to test the stub, so I did surgery. This combo looks great, but I haven’t found myself reaching for it too often because the stub seems to write dry. I’ll likely switch the nibs back.

7. Dixon Ticonderoga Laddie: I recently reviewed this pencil, and it’s become my desk pencil for journaling. To broad for quick notes in a Field Notes, but perfect for my big cursive handwriting.

8. Palomino Blackwing 602: The rock star of the pencil world. Half the pressure, and twice-ish the speed. I’ve married this pencil to my pocket notebooks. Makes me feel like Nabokov, writing stories with a Blackwing on his index cards.

9. Palomino Blackwing Pearl: The Pearl is a great middle ground between the Blackwing and the 602. This is another journaling pencil for me. Really, this is my go to pencil out of the three pictured. I can carry it in my Nock Co. Brasstown, put it in my Dudek Modern Goods Groove, and use it for any type of writing. It writes darker than the 602, but doesn’t wear down as quickly as you’d expect.

Favorite Combo:

Tell us what your favorite combo(s) were for the week!: Tough call between the TWSBIs. I’ve been writing lots of letters for InCoWriMo, so I’ve been able to enjoy the stub nib and Ancient Copper a lot. But, the Red Dragon has really been wooing me since I loaded it into the M nib, which is my workhorse pen. If I’m choosing one, the 1.1 stub with Diamine Ancient Copper gets the KO…

Least Favorite Combo:

Pilot Metropolitan with the Plumix nib. The Metropolitan’s stock nib felt way better than this one. I’ll probably switch it back soon and put the stub nib back on the Plumix. All will be well again.

Editor’s Note:

Thank you for submitting, Tim! I still can’t get into pencils myself, especially those of the wooden variety. You have some real nice stuff here with all of your bases covered. I haven’t tried the Plumix nib, only the Penmanship’s EF which was actually quite nice.

You can find Tim blogging over at The Writing Arsenal, or talking about pencils on The Erasable Podcast!

 

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