New Year, New Content, and Thanks!

First off, I would like to wish everyone a very happy New Year!

Second, I would like to thank all of you for reading, subscribing, and giving me feedback and encouragement. Without you guys there wouldn’t be much of a reason to do this at all (except my own nerdiness and enjoyment of course). I’ve been reviewing my fountain pen stuff for around a year now but have only been doing this site for around three months. It’s been really fun and I can’t wait to go full speed ahead in 2013.

There are a few people and websites I would like to thank in no particular order:

FP Geeks for posting my tattoo, along with the very flattering ” Things You Should Read” feature with my video. They’ve sent over a ton of traffic and I couldn’t be more grateful.

Brad Dowdy at Pen Addict for the ink link features and multiple shout outs on Twitter. He’s sent over a lot of traffic as well, which really helps out a new blogger.

Stephanie aka BiffyBeans at Rhodia Drive for the linkage and featuring several of my instagram pictures.

Azizah at Gourmet Pens for all the comment, link and instagram love!

r/fountainpens, the FPN forums, the FPGeeks forums, and the #fountainpen crew on instagram for all of the kind words, suggestions, and constructive criticism.

Once again, thank you all for reading, commenting, subscribing and sharing, it really means a lot! I’m really looking forward to spending 2013 with you guys (through the internet counts, right?)!

– Ed Jelley

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

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Promotional Video for – Fountain Pen, Ink and Stationery Reviews.

Going full-force in 2013, 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.

Filmed by:
Eric Kjeldsen
Ed Jelley

Edited by:
Ed Jelley

Juli Padilla, Dom Delledera, Tom Colello, Tom Juba

Black Friday, 2nd Edition – Lamy 2000, Sailor Kiwa Guro Nano Black, and Rhodia No. 12 Pad & Cover


So, it’s that time again. For those of you (most of you) who haven’t seen a Black Friday feature yet, this is the second installment. On the last Friday of every month I’m going to be featuring a black pen, a black ink, and a black notebook. Why? BECAUSE I LOVE BLACK.

  • Pen: Lamy 2000 – Medium Nib
  • Ink: Sailor Kiwa Guro Nano Black
  • Paper: Rhodia No. 12 Pad & Cover

Black Friday 2 - Fancy Placement

This month’s Black Friday features a newcomer (to me), and two tried-and-true favorites. The Lamy 2000 is the pen featured this month. I just got this bad boy for Christmas, so we haven’t spent all that much time together. Also, it’s not completely black, and some may even argue that it’s a really dark grey. Well, it’s black enough for me and it’s new so I wanted to feature it. So far I’m really loving the L2K. It’s buttery smooth medium nib glides effortlessly across the paper. The piston operates nice and smooth, and the knob practically disappears into the body of the pen. The size and weight are, in my opinion, perfect. I love the shape and balance of the pen. I’ve been writing with it posted but most people will find that it’s just as comfortable when uncapped. Check back soon for a full review of the Lamy 2000.

Black Friday 2 - Kiwa Guro

The ink I chose for this month’s feature is one of the smoothest writing inks around, Sailor’s Kiwa Guro Nano Black. This ink is pigmented with “nano particles” that provide a smooth writing experience. I really love this ink for a few reasons. It’s very, very smooth. It’s really, really dark. Also, it cleans out easily. After trying many black inks out, I settled on this one as my go-to. For some reason I prefer this stuff in a finer nib, but it is by no means bad in the Lamy 2000’s medium. The ink dries quick, has good water resistant properties, and has an almost matte finish (depending on the paper). The only drawback is it’s price. Hovering around $24 / bottle, it’s not making this ink an impulse buy. I would highly recommend trying out a sample though, it’s a really great ink. An interesting sidenote: the smell that this ink gives off is very interesting, it’s by no means bad. Personally, I enjoy filling up a pen from the bottle and getting a whiff of the scent.

Black Friday 2 - Open Rhodia

Last, I chose one of my go-to notepads. The Rhodia No. 12 Staple-bound Pad with Leatherette Cover. The number 12 size is perfect for a back pocket, or what I call the “sneaky pocket” inside of most jackets. The pad is of course filled with Rhodia paper which never disappoints. The #12 pad comes with lines, grid, blank or dot grid, and is easily swappable. The pages are micro-perforated, making it easy to jot down a note and give it to someone. The cover also has a pocket in it (a simple cut in the fabric) that is well suited for business cards, a credit card, or an emergency $20. It’s a great pocket notebook, and the cover provides good protection and keeps the pad from getting frayed edges, especially when kept in a pocket.

Black Friday 2 - Trio Top

I hope you guys are enjoying this feature as much as I am. Check back in on the last Friday of every month for a new installment.

Merry Christmas. What pen-related stuff did you give/get?

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Hey everyone, just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays.

My family and friends know me well enough to know that a fountain pen related gift will never be a let down.

I was lucky enough to get:

  • An ink mixing kit
  • Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-Syogun
  • Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki
  • J. Herbin Terre de Feu
  • Lamy 2000 – Medium nib
  • 2 Pack of Clairefontane Life Unplugged notebooks in black/tan

Reviews are all on the way. I have a few more ink reviews queued up, a new Black Friday post this week, and then I’ll get on to the new stuff. Not to mention a new Ink Drop should be coming soon, so there’s five more inks.

Hope you all have a great holiday, take care!

– Ed Jelley

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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.

If you would like to support, you can do so by purchasing the Lamy Safari through this Amazon Affiliate link!

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


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.