Posted in News

The INK is coming!

INK Black Brass Fountain Pen, Photo Courtesy of Karas Kustoms
INK Black Brass Fountain Pen, Photo Courtesy of Karas Kustoms

Sometimes a pen comes along that makes your jaw drop. This is one of those pens. The Soon to be released Karas Kustoms INK is causing some buzz on the internets. The TWSBI 580 Rose Gold edition, eat your heart out. How do I add this to my wish list?

According to Dan Bishop, these are going to be let out into the wild sometime in the near future.

Posted in Inks

Iroshizuku Syo-ro Review and Fountain Pen Day/JetPens Giveaway!

Iroshizuku Syo-ro

Iroshizuku Syo-ro and a JetPens giveaway! Happy Fountain Pen Day!

I want to thank JetPens for providing me with a bottle of Iroshizuku Syo-ro for this review and also sponsoring the giveaway for a new bottle of the same ink. Details are at the end of the review. Continue reading “Iroshizuku Syo-ro Review and Fountain Pen Day/JetPens Giveaway!”

Posted in Fountain Pen Review

Bamboo Pen by Ken Cavers aka drgoretex

After seeing some very nice examples of this “Bamboo” pen by Ken Cavers, I knew I wanted one. It took me a while to finally decide ti contact the good doctor and place my order. The hardest part of the whole ordering process was deciding what material the pen should be made of. After a few emails back and forth, the order was complete. I thought deciding what material to chose was the hard part. It’s not. Waiting was the hardest part. You see, these pens have become popular and Ken has a long waiting list of orders to fill. Add in the fact that pen making is not Ken’s day job (He is a real doctor) and that equals a 6 month wait list. Fortunately, I did not have to wait that long. It was more like three or four months, I don’t remember exactly now but it was worth the wait.
Bamboo Pen by Ken Cavers
The pen is done in what Ken calls Red and Black acrylic. It has a fiery look to it that is really cool. Being a Fountain Pen Sith Lord, I renamed the pen material, “The Fires of Mustafar”.

Capped the pen is very large. It clocks in at just under 6 inches or 151 mm. Without the cap, it measures 132 mm. You cannot post the cap. I am okay with that as I rarely post my pens. The pen is perfectly sized for my hand without the cap anyway. The section, at the thinnest point measures 10.3 mm and 17.7 mm at the thickest point of the barrel. The slightly hour glass shapped section makes it very comfortable to hold. While there is a step down from the barrel to the section, it is high enough on the section that it is not an issue. (Just a note on measurements, I just bought some calipers so the measurements differ from my written review and this typed review).
Bamboo Pen by Ken Cavers

The two tone, steel, 1.1 mm stub nib has been smoothed by Ken and this is super smooth! I believe it is a JOWO nib.
Bamboo Pen by Ken Cavers

The filling system is cartridge converter and with a little silicone grease this could easily be turned into an eyedropper filler. I am not sure how much ink it could hold but it looks like it can hold a sizable amount. The converter is a bit larger than what I am used to so it holds enough ink for me. Please keep in mind I like to say I have ink ADD. This is taking into account the wet flowing 1.1 mm nib.

Bamboo Pen by Ken Cavers

If you want a custom pen at a good price, don’t hesitate to contact Ken, it will definitely be worth it!

Thank you for reading.

Ivan

The Fountain Pen Sith Lord.
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Posted in Stationery/Notebook Reviews

First Impressions – TWSBI Notebook

UPDATE:

The Medium is just slightly smaller than a Large Rhodia Webbie and just slightly larger than a Moleskine Large/Piccadilly Medium notebook. I am pretty sure my Rickshaw Bagworks Moleskine Classic Folio will work with it but I have not had a chance to try it yet.

On another note, here is a picture of the backside of that writing test page:

#twsbi notebook, back of writing test page.

You can see a slight bleed mark in the top right. That is the Rotring Core with a “XS” nib. When I did the little ink blot, I did not like that I missed some spots, so I went over it a second time. That made it bleed. The Levenger Carbon F is the next one that almost bled. It has a medium nib. That is also the pen with the Private Reserve Ebony Blue. It was basically the same situation but this due to the ink. It started hard and I went over the ink blot a second time.

/UPDATE

This is not a full review but just some quick photos and an overview of the new TWSBI notebook. I purchased the Medium size with graph paper. Initial impressions? This is good fountain pen friendly paper! There is a little bit of ghosting or echo on the backside of the page but it is very little. It will not make it so you can’t use the backside of the page. No feathering that I could detect. I can make the paper bleed if I try. Under normal writing conditions, it does resist bleeding even with wet ink/broad nibs but artists may want to proceed with caution.

I noted that Private Reserve Ebony Blue sits on the page for a LONG time. It will need to be blotted. It has been sitting over an hour now and it still looks wet. The paper is smooth but does not feel glassy smooth. Just enough tooth to feel nice.

Laying flat is a big plus! I don’t think I have any other notebook in this size/type that lays flat like this notebook. The even bigger plus is that it lays flat without any effort. I just opened it and it stayed that way. Most of the time I have to break in the notebook for it to lay flat.

The leather-like soft and flexible cover is nice. It goes well with the embossed TWSBI logo on the front and back covers. It was tastefully done, not overdone too.

The rear pocket is paper with red cloth expansion “ribs”. I just realized I really do not know the correct term for those. The ribbon bookmark matches the red cloth on the pocket.

The elastic closure seems like a compromise. It is obvious they could not make the elastic tighter or it will curl up the notebook. Make it any more loose and, well, there is really no point to having a closure.

So, in a nutshell, TWSBI listened to the fountain pen community and made a notebook that caters to it.

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#TWSBI front cover logo and #Esterbrook LJ

#TWSBI #notebook, how's that for laying flat?

#TWSBI notebook #fountainpen test.

Posted in Bags/Storage

RayMay Style Valley Leatherette Pencil Case – As posted on FPN

RayMay Style Valley Leatherette Pencil Case

A big thank you to Lily over at JetPens.com who so graciously provided this review sample.

The Review: A pencil case? Really? Sacrilege you say? Just give me a chance to explain. Now, as a fountain pen user, I don’t normally use a pencil case. I do own pencils but I decided to use this with some of my fountain pens I don’t mind being in the same compartment together. Normally I would use a pen case that allows the pens to individually slip into elastic bands and not touch each other while being transported. A lot of fountain pen enthusiasts will agree that this is the only way to transport larger quantities of fountain pens (more than 4). I will admit that before I started using fountain pens on a regular basis, I used to throw all my pens in a single pouch like case. Specifically, I would use the Kaddy case which does not seem to be carried by JetPens any longer. I decided that some of my fountain pens don’t really need that much pampering and used them with this case.

The case is light brown in color and is leather. It has a very pleasant leather smell. The zipper is brass and has a leather zipper pull that is riveted closed. The zipper has fine teeth and operates very smoothly. Because of the leather pull, I can’t tell if the zipper is of the YKK variety. It does feel like a good quality zipper. Embossed on one side are the words “Style valley”. The inside of the case is the raw leather side. It feels a little like rough suede but I don’t feel it can scratch pens.

I was able to fit 5 pens in the case without problems. This includes a Lamy Vista, Zebra V-301, Schrade Tactical Fountain Pen, Guanleming 2001 and a Guanleming 193. I don’t think I could fit any more in the case without straining the zipper.

The case runs $16.50 at JetPens.com and also comes in black. I like the case but will only carry pens I feel I can stand getting scratched from rubbing together inside. After a week of EDC, it looks like my pens have not suffered any scratches so far. The case looks classy and I would not hesitate taking it into a business meeting. Overall, I like the case and I feel the price is fair for a leather case. Pros It is leather Well constructed The smell! Classy design Cons No way to keep pens from rubbing together and the pictures…

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