Simplicity, elegance and function. The first three words that come to mind when I look at the new Namisu Nova rollerball. After successfully launching a fountain pen version (over $125,000 raised!), the UK-based design firm is releasing a rollerball version of their Nova pen. Speaking from my experience with the fountain pen (I bought two…) Namisu pens feature top notch construction and machining. They’re comfortable to use, easy to pocket, and look great. If you’ve been looking for a counterpart to your Nova fountain pen or simply want a writing utensil that’s both modern and minimalist, check these out. The rollerball accommodates a ton of refills, and ships with the popular Schmidt P8126.
The Nova is made available in titanium, aluminum, and a new material – brass. Learn more and secure one for yourself via the link below! Pledges start at only $43 for the aluminum version, there are even a few early bird backer specials left.
What is it? The limited edition color for 2016 of the Lamy Safari. It’s a dark purple with black hardware and it’s been a long time coming.
Notes: This isn’t going to be too crazy, you can read my original review of the Lamy Safari here. The Dark Lilac version, along with it’s own special ink were released as the 2016 limited edition. The color is nice and dark, and not too “in your face”. The Black hardware adds an overall low-profile look to the pen that I really like. Other than the color, there isn’t really anything different from the Lamy Safari that’s been around for over 30 years. The triangular grip, flat side, wire clip, and ink viewing window are all there, and yes – I like all of these features. It’s a great entry into the fountain pen world thanks to the swappable nibs. The Safari really helped me narrow down what I liked in a nib size. Interested in picking up your own Dark Lilac Safari? Hurry up. Lamy has already stopped making this limited edition, and it’s starting to sell out at various retailers. Thanks to JetPens for sending this one my way, you can snag one here!
What is it? A stainless steel pocket pen with a brass set screw, all made right here in the USA.
Notes: It seems to be the summer of the media blitz. It’s cool to see manufacturers and makers reaching out to blogs for coverage. I personally enjoy seeing what other reviewers think about the same products. One of the pens that’s making the rounds is The Pen Project 01S in Tumbled Stainless Steel by Schon DSGN. It’s a small, pocketable pen that takes the versatile and tough Fisher Space Pen refill. Ian Schon’s pens are available in several different materials, including aluminum, titanium, bronze and brass. Stainless Steel is one of the strongest and heaviest in the lineup. Read on to see how I liked it!
The pen is really well made. The tolerances are tight, the tumbling is smooth, and it just feels solid – especially because it’s made of stainless steel. The 01S is 1/2″ in diameter, 4″ when closed, and 5 3/4″ when posted. The pen weighs a hefty 2.9oz, which is by no means light. There’s a brass set screw in the back that releases the refill, and a few subtle lines machined into the cap for some visual flair. The pen looks like a tool, feels like a tool, and well…it is a tool. This pen is definitely utility-driven and I have no doubt it will outlast nearly everything I own. The pen comes packaged snugly in a cardboard tube (which I may have lost before taking photos) and is nicely presented without being wasteful. In hand, the pen is a comfortable length, but the heavy material makes it feel pretty heavily balanced towards the back. The grip section is straight and smooth, I haven’t found it hard to grip or slippery – probably due to the tumbled finish providing a bit of texture. The pen’s point comes to a conical tip which makes it easy to see what you’re writing down. The threading stays out of the way of your grip too. The bottom of the pen has a brass set screw that you can open up with a screwdriver or even a dime. It keeps the Fisher Space Pen refill snugly inside and ready to write. The refill writes like a typical ballpoint pen, and looks like one too. The difference is that the cartridge is pressurized, allowing you to write on dirty, dusty, wet paper. You can write in the rain, you can write in space, but let’s be real – you’ll probably just be jotting down quick notes. That’s what this pen is ideal for. The refill definitely gets the job done for everyday writing tasks.There are things I like about the pen, and some that I don’t. While the form factor is great for EDC, the weight of the stainless is just a bit too much for my taste. It’s fairly noticeable when you’re carrying the pen in pocket, and even more so when using it. Would I recommend the pen? Yes, but definitely the anodized aluminum or the titanium version. Huge thanks to Ian for sending the pen over for review, it’s a great mesh of design and engineering!
The If… Pen by Dave Colliver is unique not only in how it looks, but also how it works. The pen is machined from injection molded titanium (a first in the pen world!) with a point extension mechanism like no other. To get writing, simply squeeze the grip to expose the refill. In order to close the pen, click the knock and the cover is extended back over the writing tip. The If… Pen blends design and function into a package that will make a unique addition to your desk, whether you’re into high design or you’re a stationery fanatic. The If… Pen is built around Parker Style style refills, and accepts many others within the same form factor. Each If… Pen is made with pride in Australia, and is available in satin or raw finish. Learn more about this project via the link below!
I wanted to make my own video for the J. Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre ink, so here it is! The ink is a reddish-brown with gold flakes. There’s a nice amount of shading, and the ink is slightly on the thin side. It’s SO much fun to use with a folded nib pen, as you can see above. Would you like to see more videos like this? Let me know in the comments below.
Now for the wait…the ink releases in just over 2 weeks!