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Kaweco Supra Brass Fountain Pen Review

Kaweco Brass Supra
Fountain Pen Review

  • Review Paper: Clairefontaine 

Kaweco Supra Fountain Pen Review-3Specs:

  • Description: A Liliput on steroids with a nice #6 nib and a removable section.
  • Refills: International short cartridges / converter (only with extension piece attached)
  • Body: Raw Brass
  • Measurements: 5.0″ long, 6.5″ posted with extension
  • Weight: 50g
  • Color Options: Raw Brass

Intro/About:

Kaweco Supra Fountain Pen Review-9The Supra is essentially a Liliput on steroids. It’s larger, more comfortable to write with, has a nice big nib on it, and yet it still manages to be very pocket-friendly. This unique pen from Kaweco has an extension tube that makes the pen longer when in place. It also allows the pen to use an international converter too. It’s definitely an interesting concept, but how does it hold up when in use? Read on to find out.

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Appearance and Packaging:

Kaweco Supra Fountain Pen Review-1Like most reviews here, I don’t focus too much on the packaging. The Supra comes in a tin box, which is standard for Kaweco’s pricier pens. It would make a nice gift, I just throw mine on a shelf just in case I ever decide to sell the pen. The pen itself resembles the much smaller Liliput, except…well…bigger. It’s a rounded cylinder with threading on the back end to securely post the cap and some subtle engraving. There’s the name of the pen, Kaweco’s text logo, and on the top of the pen an engraving of their circular logo. It’s lightly engraved and doesn’t stand out too much. The cap has a slight step down to the body when capped or posted, but it’s barely noticeable. What stands out on this pen is the large, #6 size nib. It’s quite big, but not out of scale. I wish more pens that were this compact utilized these larger nibs. They just look cool. I always thought that the Kaweco nibs seen on the Sport series were just a hair too small for the pen, that’s definitely not the case here! The raw brass body is shiny, but does pick up some patina as you use and carry the pen. The construction is really impressive, keeping up with the rest of Kaweco’s metal pens. Their machining is precise, the threads are great, and their metal pens just feel nice to hold and use.

Filling System / Extension Tube / Nib Performance:

Kaweco Supra Fountain Pen Review-5I’m going to talk about the most unique feature about this pen here, because it relates to the filling system. The extension tube allows you to use either a cartridge or full-sized converter. The Supra is pretty small overall, but it includes a ~1″ section that screws in between the body and grip. This extension tube makes the pen long enough to accommodate an international standard converter when in use. At this length, the pen is well-balanced without the cap posted, but gets a bit unwieldy should you decide to attach it on the back. This is great for those wanting a full-sized pen sometimes, and a smaller, more pocketable one at others. My favorite configuration is without the extension tube and the cap posted. It makes the Supra both very pocketable and very comfortable to write with. I like Kaweco’s ink cartridges as well, and it’s nice to have a low maintenance pen in rotation.

Kaweco Supra Fountain Pen Review-11The large #6 nib on the pen may seem out-of-place at first, but I really like it. It’s proportional to the rest of the pen when writing, but does look a little silly without the cap posted or extension tube in place. It writes smoothly, laying down a medium-wet line as it writes. I didn’t have to adjust anything out of the box, just popped a cartridge in and I was on my way. I’ve been using the pen a lot at work, and the medium nib I opted for is decent enough on regular copy paper. I’m happy with the writing performance for sure. Note: I’ve found that the broad nibs and larger from Kaweco haven’t been the best. EF, F, and M have all been great, and the larger ones I’ve tried were definitely not as reliable.

Feel:

Kaweco Supra Fountain Pen Review-7In hand, the pen feels solid and hefty without being overkill. It’s nicely balanced and the brass picks up some nice patina the more you use it. The threads are all smooth, the section is comfortable, and everything fits together just right. Kaweco Supra Fountain Pen Review-8I’ve always been impressed by Kaweco’s attention to detail and precision, especially in their metal pens. The Supra is no exception. The pen is comfortable to write with, even for extended periods of time due to the great balance and slightly tapered grip section. The threads above the grip are smooth and unobtrusive, I don’t think those with a higher grip will mind them at all.  I really can’t pick out anything about the feel/construction of the pen that I don’t like, it’s damn near perfect. Kaweco Supra Fountain Pen Review-6

Pros:

  • Solid construction
  • Unique extension tube makes the Supra very versatile
  • Huge #6 nib
  • Subtle branding
  • Raw brass looks and feels great

Cons:

  • Nothing to report, this one’s a winner

Conclusion:

I’m constantly impressed by Kaweco pens. They’re reliable, thoughtfully designed, and feel great in hand. They’re portable without compromising writing experience and they’ll definitely hold up to being tossed in a pocket or bag. The Supra checks off all the boxes for me, and makes a great addition to my collection. The extension tube is a great idea, and works well in both theory and practice. I’m a fan of this upscaled Liliput, and would definitely recommend it should you like what you see.

Do you have a Kaweco Supra? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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

TWSBI Vac Mini Fountain Pen Review

TWSBI Vac Mini Fountain Pen

  • Review Paper: Rhodia No. 18 Lined Pad

TWSBI Vac Mini Fountain Pen Review-12Specs:

  • Description: A smaller vacuum filling fountain pen than the last one they made.
  • Refills: Internal vacuum plunger fill, 2ml capacity
  • Body:  Plastic / Aluminum
  • Measurements: 4.91″ long closed, 5.97″ posted
  • Weight: 24g
  • Color Options: Clear with silver aluminum accents

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Intro/About:

TWSBI Vac Mini Fountain Pen Review-7I’m still hunting for a TWSBI that works for me. The 540 cracked, the mini was just “ok”, the ECO was ugly, and my 580AL just doesn’t quite do it for me. Does the Vac Mini stay in my collection, or get sold off like the others? Read on to find out!

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Appearance and Packaging:

TWSBI Vac Mini Fountain Pen Review-6TWSBI packaging is cool. The plastic box nicely presents the pen. I’d be excited to get this pen / box as a gift. It’s definitely impressive, but if you’ve seen TWSBI packaging before, you’ll know what to expect here. Now the pen…It looks just as cool as the packaging it comes in. The faceted body, compact size, steel vacuum plunger rod running the length of the body, and metal accents results in a really nice looking pen. When capped, the pen is pretty small. It’s nice to tuck in a pocket or bag without taking up too much real estate. I’m still a little wary about TWSBI pens, as they have cracked on me before. I’d hate for this one to break in my pocket, releasing 2 ml of ink onto my pants.

TWSBI Vac Mini Fountain Pen Review-3The nib is stamped with the TWSBI logo, and is a bit narrower than those seen on the 5XX series. Even though it’s on the smaller size, it nicely compliments the size of the pen. Everything’s to scale here. There are few things that bother me about a pen more than an out of scale nib. Something about a giant pen with a small nib, or a small pen with a giant nib just throws the entire pen off aesthetically for me. Kudos to TWSBI for making a small pen that doesn’t come off as such!

Filling System / Nib Performance:

TWSBI Vac Mini Fountain Pen Review-13The steel fine nib on the Vac Mini is nice and smooth. Right out of the box, it lays down a consistent and smooth line. The flow is a little bit on the dry side of medium wetness, making for a great everyday nib. Keep in mind that the filling knob seals off the section. If your Mini is running a little dry, loosen up the filling knob on the back of the body to flood the section with ink. You’ll be writing again in no time.

TWSBI Vac Mini Fountain Pen Review-4Like its name suggests, the Vac Mini fills with a vacuum piston system. It’s easy to use, holds a ton of ink, and looks cool during the process. It’s definitely the main selling point of the pen, and it delivers. The filling system is by no means a gimmick to sell pens, as it’s quite efficient and easy to use.

Feel:

TWSBI Vac Mini Fountain Pen Review-10TWSBI’s Vac Mini feels like a $65 pen should. At 24 grams, it’s got a nice bit of heft without being heavy. The faceted plastic body is smooth to the touch and pleasing to hold. What’s new in the mini is the one piece body and section. This does two things – it cuts down on the amount of pieces that make up the pen (hopefully to prevent cracking) and it allows for the section to have less of a step down from the threads. The Vac Mini has a two-piece section, I was confusing this with the TWSBI ECO which has a one piece body and section. The step down from the barrel to grip is still comfortable, it’s just in two pieces.  Compared to the giant Vac 700 and its massive step from body to grip, this pen is way more comfortable to write with.

TWSBI Vac Mini Fountain Pen Review-11While it’s totally possible to write with the pen cap unposted, it’s much more comfortable to do so with it secured onto the back of the pen. The end of the body is threaded so that the cap can screw on for easy posting. The pen is really nicely balanced and nicely weighted. It reminds me almost of the Sailor Professional Gear.

Pros:

  • Cool filling system
  • Holds a lot of ink
  • Good size / balance
  • Fine nib is great for everyday writing

Cons:

  • None yet!

Conclusion:

TWSBI Vac Mini Fountain Pen Review-14I think the Vac Mini is finally the TWSBI for me. It’s reliable, looks great, and performs well right out of the box. Pending nothing cracks or breaks, I can definitely recommend this pen to others. It’s a really compelling entry in the “mid tier” pen world, and dare I say it’s a steal for under $75. You can pick up a Vac Mini for yourself from Jetpens!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the TWSBI Vac Mini in the comments below!

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Field Notes Spring 2016 Colors Edition – “Sweet Tooth”

Field Notes
Spring 2016 Colors Edition
“Sweet Tooth”

Specs From Field Notes:

“The “Sweet Tooth” Edition features French Paper’s Pop-Tone line “Blu-Raspberry,” “Banana Split,” and “Tangy Orange” for both the 100-lb covers and extra-beefy 70-lb text pages. The covers are stamped in matching shiny metallic foils from Crown Roll Leaf Inc.

Field Notes Colors Sweet Tooth Review-8The body pages are unruled, and perforated just the right amount. Not so much that you’ll notice it while using the books, but just enough so that, with a quick fold, the pages come out neat and clean. The books are bound with black staples.”

Notes:

Field Notes Colors Sweet Tooth Review-7Another season, another COLORS release from the fine folks over at Field Notes. This colorful, stand-out edition definitely brings about mixed feelings from me. The book comes in a pack of three, one reddish-orange, one robin egg blue, and a pale-ish yellow. I’m having a hard time describing the colors, as they’re bright, but not THAT bright. They look cool, and the punch of these primary colors were so much fun to photograph. The books are held together by black stables and a brown and green belly band. I don’t quite understand why they’re called “Sweet Tooth”, as nothing is clearly indicative of candy. I’m not going to lie, I’m a little disappointed that they didn’t run with the candy theme a little more or opt for a different name.

Field Notes Colors Sweet Tooth Review-9The books stand out from the rest thanks to their perforated pages. This is a first for Field Notes, and I definitely support the idea. The pages don’t come out super easily, but they remove cleanly when you want them to. One of the most convenient aspects of carrying paper with you is that you can write down and exchange info quickly and easily. I’d much rather have a page cleanly removed from a notebook than damage it apart each time I wanted to tear out a page. So kudos to Field Notes for this feature, I’d love to see it in their other notebooks, especially with some proper ruling.

Field Notes Colors Sweet Tooth Review-6Speaking of ruling – there is none. The blank pages are made of thick, almost construction paper-like sheets. They take to a variety of pens and ink (including Sharpie!) with ease. The paper has just the right amount of tooth and provides an excellent writing experience for pencils. The wacky colored paper does make it a little tricky to read some inks, so be mindful about what you’re using on it. Field Notes Colors Sweet Tooth Review-10

These are definitely a fun addition to the COLORS family. I can’t say how much I’ll end up using them all, but I will be carrying the yellow one in my bag. The allure of perforated pages sounds like it will come in handy a whole bunch. The Sweet Tooth books are still available over at Field Notes, but act quickly. Like the other COLORS editions, these are a limited run!

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Pilot Iroshizuku Mini Bottle 3 Pack Ink Review

Pilot Iroshizuku Mini Bottle
3 Pack Ink Review

Iroshizuku Mini Bottle Set Fountain Pen Ink Review-1What is it? This set of 3 mini bottles was a Japanese market exclusive, but thanks to Jetpens you can now snag them here at a reasonable price. Each 15ml bottle has just the right amount of ink in it (for me at least) to get a feel for it and use it a bunch before committing to a whole bottle. The set comes packaged in a high quality plastic case that looks just as elegant as the inks do on paper.

Thanks to my friends at Jetpens for sending the ink set to review!

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Notes: The Iroshizuku line by Pilot make some of my favorite inks. They behave well, come in great nature-inspired colors, and are nicely presented in premium glass bottles. The full size inks contain 50ml, but these little ones contain 15ml. I find them ideal to leave on my desk at work, providing more than enough ink for the occasional fill up. The sets come pre-packaged with three different inks across three different sets, so make sure to pay attention to what you order. I opted for the set that includes Ama-Iro (a nice sky blue), Fuyu-Gaki (a vibrant red-orange), and Syo-Ro (a medium shade of gray-turquoise). Iroshizuku Mini Bottle Set Fountain Pen Ink Review-5

I’m a big fan of the set, and highly recommend it to anyone looking to try out the Iroshizuku line of inks. You really get the full experience that the large bottles offer, just scaled down. Each set will run you $33 from Jetpens. It’s not the cheapest ink out there, but they perform well and look great both in the bottle and on the page. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for full ink reviews for each color!
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Namisu Nova Titanium Fountain Pen Review

Namisu Nova Titanium Fountain Pen
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Namisu Nova Titanium Fountain Pen Review-6Specs:

  • Description: The titanium version of the Namisu Nova
  • Nib: Bock medium in steel, size 250
  • Filling Mechanism:international standard cartridge / converter (not included)
  • Weight: 45g capped, 32g uncapped
  • Measurements:12mm grip diameter, 139mm capped, 128mm uncapped
  • Color Options: Titanium or anodized Aluminum

Namisu Nova Titanium Fountain Pen Review-4Intro/About:

I received this pen about a month ago, very (very) shortly after getting the aluminum version. After seeing a few people on Instagram with the Ti version, I checked out the specs. My main issue with the aluminum was that it’s just a bit too light. The titanium version weighs a bit more, and in my opinion, is the perfect weight and balance for a fountain pen. I didn’t go for the fancy titanium nib, so both of my Namisus have the steel medium. This review is more of a comparison than anything, so make sure to check out the original Namisu Nova Aluminum review here!

Namisu Nova Titanium Fountain Pen Review-5Feel:

Titanium is one of my favorite metals, and for good reason. It’s strong, sturdy, and looks and feels great in the hand. It’s more robust than aluminum, weighs just a bit more, and takes a nice shiny polish. The titanium used on the Nova is no exception to any of these characteristics. The pen is perfectly balanced when writing. It has just enough weight to make writing effortless, while adding some substance. The metal is smooth and warms up when you use it. It’s got just enough texture as to not be slippery, but still retains some shine. The titanium version definitely feels better to write with than the aluminum.

Namisu Nova Titanium Fountain Pen Review-3Pros:

  • Perfect weight / balance
  • Looks awesome
  • Good price point
  • TITANIUM!
  • This version is less plain-looking than the anodized aluminum

Cons:

  • Still rolls like crazy
  • Still doesn’t include cartridge or converter

Namisu Nova Titanium Fountain Pen Review-1Conclusion:

I liked the aluminum Nova enough to get the titanium version, and I’m glad I did. At just under $80 (depending on the exchange rate) the titanium pen is a fantastic deal. It’s solid metal, exhibits super clean machining, and is comfortable to write with. As I’ve mentioned, I find the added weight to be in the “just right” range. It feels substantial, but doesn’t weigh me down. If I had to recommend one Namisu, it would definitely be the titanium.

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