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Eccolo World Traveler Lined Journal

Brown Embossed Carpe Diem Leather Journal – Lined

Eccolo Journal

First of all, I would like to thank Eccolo for providing this review sample journal. Specifically, I would like to thank Ralph for contacting me about this.

This is not the first time I review an Eccolo journal. The last time was in 2011. Today, we have the “Carpe Diem” journal which is part of the Essentials line of journals. The journal is 5″ x 7 ” with 256 pages of lined paper. The paper is acid free and a cream color. There are 19 lines spaced roughly 8 mm apart and there is about a 14 mm header and footer. The pages are stitched and bound together with what Eccolo calls faux Italian leather. It reminds me of the Rhodia Webbie cover material. The cover is very soft to the touch and is also flexible. It is embossed with the words “Carpe Diem” on the front cover.

Eccolo Journal

This has the same paper as the previous journal I reviewed. Back then, I guessed the paper to be 64 gr. Ralph told me that my guess was close. In actuality, the paper is 80 gsm. He stated that there can be up to a 7% variation in weight so, paper can range from 75-85 gsm. The thickness is about 100 microns.

Eccolo Journal Review

There is no gusset/pocket in the back cover. Ralph explained that Eccolo wants the customer to experience the “flexi” cover and having a pocket interferes with this. Fair enough. I have found that I do not use the pocket on other notebooks as often as I thought I would but some may miss it.

Ecollo Journal

How does it handle ink? Well, it seems to be very much like Moleskine in this respect. Pencil, gel pens, and ballpoint pens will do fine with this paper. Fountain pens, not so much. You will have to use a dry ink and a fine nib so your writing does not bleed through the page. The medium Asian nib on my Platinum Glamour with an unknown blue ink cartridge did fine with this paper  If you like wider nibs and wet ink, you may want to use blotting paper behind the page you are writing on. Be prepared for the backside of the page to be unusable, so beware.

Eccolo Journal

Taking care in your pen/ink combo choices, the journal is very usable. I like the cover and the slightly larger paper is also nice when comparing to a pocket sized notebook. The cover should last even with the rigors of every day use and carry.

Once again, thank you to Eccolo for providing this review sample and thank you for reading.


The Fountain Pen Sith Lord.

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Special Guest Post by Bogon07 Moleskine Postal Notebook

Moleskine Postal Notebook Pocket Terracotta (Moleskine Messages)

I would like to thank Bogon07 for agreeing to write a review for my blog. I let him choose whatever he wanted to review and a few days ago I received this hand written and illustrated review all the way from Australia. It is of the Moleskine Postal Notebooks, obviously.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope you do too!

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Posted in Fountain Pen Review

Hero 383 Fountain Pen Review

I have been gathering reviews I have scattered throughout forums and placing them here. I came upon this post that had not made it to the blog yet. Thanks again for reading.

While browsing eBay back in October 2011, I came across this Hero 383. It was from seller yespen whose name I had seen on this forum as a reliable seller of Hero pens. The pen grabbed my attention because of it’s elegant lines. It looked so out of place when compared to your typical Chinese fountain pen offerings.

I read up on the dimensions and visually compared it to my desk ruler. Hmmm, a little on the short side but I have smaller. I wish I would have taken down the weight info since I don’t have a scale. The pen is 130mm capped, 113mm without a cap and 157mm posted. It is about 13mm in diameter at its widest point and 10mm at its narrow point. The barrel is black enameled brass. The cap and section are chromed. The “jewel” is black. The nib is a little on the small side and measures 19mm from nib point to the base of the section. It is also 6mm wide at the shoulders. It is marked “HERO 22K GP” but no other markings as to nib point size.

This pen writes wet but is a fine line. Flow is very good and the tines were aligned out of the box. I did note that there was some drag when writing even on Rhodia paper. Closer inspection showed that the nib had a little bit of oxidation on it. I ran it a few times on the finest grit of my buff sticks and noted a nice shine afterward. It writes perfectly smooth without being a skating maniac.

The converter is a Parker slide style converter that I know has a bad reputation around here. I have not found any issues with it as of yet. The only thing that might bother some people is the smallish capacity.

I paid $17.90 for the pen with free shipping. As I understand it, this was new old stock of a discontinued model. I have been looking on eBay for more but have not seen any as of yet. I also searched FPN for this model and did not come up with anything other than my own posts about it. Google similarly returned no results.

EDIT: It looks like yespen has some more in stock. They list the nib as medium. My pen is no where near a western medium. (Usual no affiliation disclaimer applies)

I find the pen a very good value for the price. Its understated elegance is something I admire about it. I enjoy using it as a daily writer at work very much. All that is left is the pictures. I hope nobody minds that I am linking to the set. 🙂

Hero 383 Fountain Pen


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Nussbaum Pen Co. – New Line of Pens

I was browsing the web today and decided to see what had new. Maybe I missed it before but it looks like Todd has introduced the Nussbaum Pen Co. line. I really like the JR or Jon Ross Series in Tanzanite. A very reasonable $45 USD and includes a leather pen slip case too? Awesome! There is a downside. You only have one nib choice, Medium. I can’t tell from the pictures but it looks like it may be a JoWo nib.

The other model is the Phoenix and the Cracked Ice is a looker. It reminds me of an Esterbrook. It also sports the Nussbaum name. I really like the way it looks just above the three cap bands. This one comes in a double pen case.

Nussbaum Pen Co. 

The description of the “JR” from


The Jon Ross Model or “Jr” Model is named after our oldest son featuring all chrome accents and clip.  This comes in 2 beautiful resins colors that are rather difficult to show the depth and beauty of the colors in Tanzanite & Black Cherry.The pen is considered a full sized pen on a little smaller scale.  Posted measures a full 6” Long and with no cap around 4 3/4”.  It’s a very nice light medium weight posted.   Made to last a very long time the cap is threaded or twist off with a little less than 1/2 a turn.  The cap has 2 cap rings with one engraved with Logo and name Nussbaum Pen Co.  The cap is also adorned with a plain chrome top hat. The pen comes with a Medium point Iridium point nib that lays down a nice wet smooth line. The pen comes with a twist type Schmidt converter and can use International Mont Blanc style cartridges or other brands like Diamine, Pelikan or Private Reserve.

The Nussbaum’s do not believe in wasting materials such as boxes that end in the trash.  So, in it’s place for packaging will be a leather pen slip that can be used to protect the pen and enjoy for many years.