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5 Things To Do When Shipping A Fountain Pen

5 Things To Do Before Shipping A Fountain Pen
5 Things To Do When Shipping A Fountain Pen. Drawing by reka24_ on Instagram. Photo by joka29_ Used with permission.

So, you have come to the point in your fountain pen journey where it is time to start selling or giving away some of your pens. Maybe the nib was not the right softness or it was too broad. Maybe the color was not what you expected. Maybe it just turned out the section is too thin for your hand. Maybe you are not selling or giving away a pen but sending it off to be worked on by a nib meister. You can try selling or giving away your unused pens on the internet. Whether it be on eBay, Etsy, a fountain pen forum or social media, there are a few things you need to do to become a trusted seller/giver and shipper. Continue reading “5 Things To Do When Shipping A Fountain Pen”

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Noodler’s Berning Red

 

Noodler's Berning Red
Noodler’s Berning Red Ink Swatch

Thank you to Pen Boutique for providing the ink for today’s review.

 

If you don’t have a lot of experience with Noodler’s ink, you will quickly find that Nathan Tardiff is not shy about mixing his political views into the inks he creates. This can turn some people off but that does not seem to deter Mr. Tardiff. The newest ink to come out of his laboratory is Berning Red, an ink for lefties. Some double-entendre is going on with the name, obviously. Continue reading “Noodler’s Berning Red”

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Inktronics: About the TWSBI ECO

TWSBI Eco - Might that little lip on the section be a weak spot?
TWSBI Eco – Might that little lip on the section be a weak spot?
TWSBI ECO Let me start this by saying I have several TWSBI pens in my collection. TWSBI was one of the first brands I was introduced to after the Lamy Safari broke my death grip. My first TWSBI was the Diamond 530. It was right before the 540 was going to be introduced and the 530 was being cleared out. A few years later and I now have the 530, 540, Micarta (v1), and the Mini. That’s where things just stopped.

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Conklin Duragraph Fountain Pen Review by Inktronics

Conklin Duragraph Under Guard
Conklin Duragraph Under Guard

Conklin Duragraph Amber Fountain Pen, Stub Nib

The reintroduction of a previously prominent name in the fountain pen business of yesteryear seems to be a trend as of late.I guess with enough money, those famous names that fell by the roadside can be brought back to life. 🙂 One of those names is Conklin. It was started by Roy Conklin in 1898 after the invention of the Crescent Filler fountain pen a year earlier. The company survived until it folded in 1949. The current incarnation is owned by the Yafa Pen Company. They are the company behind Monteverde pens. Continue reading “Conklin Duragraph Fountain Pen Review by Inktronics”

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Inktronics Reviews Diamine Red Dragon Fountain Pen Ink

Diamine Red Dragon
I have you now!

 

Thank you to the Goulet Pen Company for providing the bottle of Diamine Red Dragon for review.

 

Before I started sampling inks, I resisted trying red inks. I stuck mostly with different shades of blues. That led to green ink, then brown. I do not know why I skipped over the red end of the spectrum. Maybe it was some deep psychological fear of seeing red ink on the page. My mind drifts back to high school algebra class at this point Continue reading “Inktronics Reviews Diamine Red Dragon Fountain Pen Ink”

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Inktronics Reviews The Kaweco AL-Sport Fountain Pen

Inktronics Kaweco Al-SportKaweco Al-Sport Germany fountain pen nib aluminum anodized clip steel metal cartridge ink Vader Fountain Pen Sith Lord
Kaweco AL-Sport and Lord Vader

Kaweco AL Sport Black Fine Point Fountain Pen

1.1 mm italic nib, Conklin Black Cartridge

 

My AL-Sport originally came with a fine nib. I purchased a 1.1 mm italic nib through Goulet Pens some time ago and for my Classic Sport when the Goulet’s used to carry the nib units. It lived in my Classic Sport for all that time until I purchased this Al-Sport. The decision to transfer the nib to the Al-Sport was not a hard one to make. The 1.1 nib is silver-colored and the finials on the Al-Sport are silver-colored, on the Classic Sport they are gold. Something that irked me in a small way but I just tolerated it. Continue reading “Inktronics Reviews The Kaweco AL-Sport Fountain Pen”