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Wancher Naranja Update and a Thanks!

Just an update and a thank you to Alejandro M. for asking about the number 6 nib fitment in the Wancher Naranja pen. It is an obvious homage to the Delta Dolce Vita. I also want to thank Carl for pointing out that the Bexley 802 has a #6 nib. I have the cracked ice version of the Bexley 802 but never liked how the two tone steel nib did not match the rest of the pens silver colored hardware. A few swaps and one more pen and my Bexeley has a steel nib that matches and my Naranja has a two tone B nib that works way better than the stock nib. Thank you again Carl and Alejandro! I have a 1.1 mm Goulet nib on the way!
Number 6 nib in the Wancher Naranja

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Adventures in Nib Salvage – Platinum Glamour

It was a few months ago that I came across a Platinum pen that grabbed my attention. Not knowing what the model was, I took to Google searches with only a picture to go on. I eventually came up with a model name. Glamour. A short, fat fountain pen that resembled the ribbed Platinum 3776. Armed with this information I set out to find one for sale.

I hit eBay first. My search terms did not yield anything but doing an advanced search told me they had been sold in the past. I set my eBay search to notify me when one was listed. Then I waited. A few weeks later, I had my very own Platinum Glamour. The glamour wore off when I examined the nib. I did not have a loupe with me but I could tell something was not right with the nib. I inked it anyway. It did work after a lot of coaxing but ink flow would stop if I let the pen sit for a few minutes. I tried priming the feed by squeezing the ink cartridge a few times. It would work for a bit then ink flow would stop again. When I was able to look at the nib under magnification, I confirmed what I feared. It looked like someone was trying to make the nib wetter and used a sharp object to pry the nib tines apart. This ended up chipping the inner right tine which hampered ink flow.
The next nib grind. Platinum Glamour that has a chip on the right tine.
The Platinum Glamour has a damaged nib. :(

At this point it was either find another nib or try and fix this one. I did find another pen eventually. It was in much better shape too. What to do about this pen. I could just try to sell it as-is and most likely at a loss. Before this, I had been experimenting with a rotary tool to speed up nib grinds. Next thing I know, I was grinding away at a furious pace. A few minutes later, I had myself a Platinum Glamour with an italic nib. 😀

Platinum Glamour with the chipped slit now fully operational with a ~1.2-1.5 mm stub. Freshly ground nib. Writing sample to follow

An otherwise worthless nib was given new life. 😀 I am not sure how wide of an italic I have now but it writes very smooth. Thank you for reading.
Platinum Glamour "stubification" writing sample. I modificatified it. :p

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Kokuyo Paracuruno Notebook Review

Kokuyo Paracuruno Notebook Review

Let me start by thanking Lily at JetPens who so generously provided this sample for review.

On to the review!

The Paracuruno is a pocket notebook in the A6 size. It displays it’s specs on the front cover prominently next to the spine tape. 70 Sheets, 148 mm x 105 mm, the pages sport 6 mm ruled lines with 21 lines per sheet. There is a 14 mm top margin with a spot for the date as noted by two dots printed on the outside edge of the paper and in the same green as the lines. The cover is a kraft type card stock in a light green color. The spine is taped in black, similar to what you would find on a composition book.

The paper is smooth. I compared it to Clairefontaine Life.unplugged notebooks and it is not as smooth. The paper is an off white color, not quite cream but pleasant to the eye. The page color is bright enough that ink color looks vibrant but not so bright that it strains the eye. This brings us to the Paracuruno’s claim to fame. The papers edge is cut in such a way that it makes tab like pages in two directions. They are not really meant to label sections of the notebook, although you probably could do that. No, it is to easily flip through the notebook pages at a quick rate while not getting caught like a normal notebook sometimes does. It is quite nice to be able to flip through the pages with very little effort but more control over your location in the notebook.

“That is cool, but how does it handle fountain pen ink?” Yes, that is the question that nags most fountain pen aficionados. I am happy to report that the paper performs like a champ. I must be up front. When I first saw the notebook, my first reaction was, “This paper is going to bleed like there is no tomorrow.” I was so wrong. There is no feathering. There is no spidery lines of ink. There is no spreading of ink. There is no bleeding. The only thing bad I can say is that there is some show through or echo as some call it. It is really not even worth mentioning because the rear of the page is very usable and the show through does not detract from the text on the page you are writing on. I was especially impressed when I did my scribble tests. I had my “I have you now!” moment totally pulled out from under me. As Lord Vader would say, “Impressive… most impressive.”

Now while this might have been the holy grail of notebooks, I do have a couple of qualms with it. The paper is glued in. I tried to find stitching in the spine and I cannot confirm or deny that it is there. If it is, the thread is about the width of hair. Maybe someone can shed some light on this. I don’t know how the notebook will do in the long run because of the binding. The second thing is cost. This notebook runs $14 USD for one notebook. That is .20 cents a sheet or .10 cents a page. Ouch.

Pros:

Paper is excellent, no doubt about it.
The funky edge cuts make it really easy to flip through the pages.
Paper color and smoothness is pleasing

Cons:

The binding is questionable. Whether it can hold up to rigors of the back pocket remains to be seen.
The cost is a little steep but for such fountain pen friendly paper it may be worth the expense for a daily notebook.

Call forth the pictures!
Paracuruno Notebook
Kokuyo Paracuruno Notebook
Kokuyo Paracuruno Notebook
Kokuyo Paracuruno Notebook
Kokuyo Paracuruno Notebook
Kokuyo Paracuruno Notebook
Kokuyo Paracuruno Notebook
Kokuyo Paracuruno Notebook
10X Magnification of ink