Kaweco Sport – White and Gold

I must say, I’ve been wanting a Kaweco Sport for a while now, but I specifically wanted a BB nib. And the specific combo I wanted wasn’t available so I waited.

Kaweco Sport Cap Detail

Now in general anything from a M up just doesn’t do it for me with regards to everyday writing, so why the very abnormal obsession with BB?

Kaweco Sport Capped

Well, my favorite ink of all time is J Herbin Stormy Grey. And yes, it works perfectly fine in a M or B but I really like creating page patterns with this ink. A BB nib will fill it out the coloured areas quickly, and is the only standard sold nib size missing from my current collection. Also I had this idea in my head of the perfect ink, pen, nib and pocket journal combo.

Writing Sample

So I present to you the most perfectly matchy travel combo of all time: The white and gold Kaweco Sport, with a BB nib, filled with JHerbin Stormy Grey used with the TWSBI A6 pocket journal.

Kaweco Sport and TWSBI A6 notebook

But back to the pen. I got my pen at Hobby-X expo in Joburg, my main reason for going was that Write Gear decided to do a pop up stand. This was my chance to drool over all the perddddy, and finally get my hands on that elusive BB nib.

Now I must apologize, the pen packaging got into an altercation with an apparently “empty” cup of coffee… unfortunately the coffee won. So I don’t have a photo available, but the pen comes in a basic black slimline box with white Kaweco prints all over it. The pen is simply wrapped in a protective plastic wrap that has a sticker with a barcode.

The pen itself comes assembled with a single blue cartridge inside. Now my initial plan was to turn this pen into a drop filler, but once I got home I realized my O rings were to big for the actual pen. I just went ahead, used some silicone grease and filled it anyway, but getting a mini converter just seems safer.

The design of the pen is modern an classic at the same time, while the octagonal cap provides an anti-roll function which I find very useful.

Kaweco Sport VS Bic

The pen is travel friendly when closed, but posts to a comfortable almost full sized pen. This nib does give me a few hard starts and skips, but as a disclaimer, I did purchase the only BB nib that was available and it happened to be a demo nib at the show. Also the fact that i’m using a shimmer ink probably doesn’t help. Other then that it writes like butter, its amazing.

The other thing I regret not getting is the clip attachment. I honestly thought it would be more in the way then anything else, but walking around, it would be much more convenient if I just clipped it onto my notebook.

Kaweco Sport VS Bic

All in all I’m very happy with this pen, and it will be my official shimmer ink pen going forward. My TWSBI Diamond 580 is still my favorite everyday pen by far, but as an affordable travel pen – this is highly recommended.

Lastly I just want to give a big thank you to Write Gear, I know I defiantly was not their easiest customer, so thank you for being so accommodating. Meeting you guys, was amazing and getting
to see all the stock was defiantly the highlight of the expo.

Write Gear Booth

As always this pen, but not this nib can be found at Write Gear

Word of the day:

Brobdingnagian

 

M.

Advertisements

Lamy Dark Lilac

This pen is so unique! I must say the for the last three years the Special Edition Safari’s have been on fire!! Loved the neons they did, and now they’ve completely switched it up with a matte, black trimmed, vampy purple.

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

I’m never sure if i’m going to buy the Special Edition every year, there are a few reasons for this. Firstly the design is always the same, the colour simply changes. Secondly the colours that were released before the neons, to me, weren’t all that unique. And before the these pens where available on Write Gear, the only nib size available was a medium – which meant the writing experience would be identical. So I was never quite convinced of its “Specialness”, but seriously – the last three years have been on point. At least in my opinion.

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

This pen must be one of the most talked about Safari’s Lamy has every released. It’s purple, which to my knowledge has never been done but has constantly been asked for… So i’m pretty sure most people would have been very happy with a purple in the standard glossy finish and stainless steel trim. And if that had been the case, the chances of me buying it would have immediately halved. Thankfully Lamy had different ideas, and the results are incredible.

hdr

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

The pen comes in the standard faded black cardboard box, with the Lamy logo neatly printed dead centre in silver, and the multiple cut-outs providing a sneak peak of the pen. It also has the standard cardboard insert which the pen clips onto but that’s about it for the packaging. Bold, functional and minimalistic.

IMG_20160426_124055

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

The finish on this pen is matte, and as a result of that it has a very fine textured feel to it. This actually means that the pen is even more comfortable then the glossy Safari’s. It comes with a standard blue cartridge, and the traditional cardboard ring to prevent the cartridge from accidentally piercing.

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

I bough mine from Write Gear, so I also received a dark lilac cartridge and was able to choose my nib size(seriously one of the best features ever). I finally decided to give the bold nib a try, and as you can see the black trim goes perfectly with the purple of this pen, giving it a slightly stealthy vibe.

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

You can also purchase a Lamy Z24 converter for the Safari so you aren’t limited to the proprietary cartridges Lamy sells. This converter has a plastic dots on the sides, that fit perfectly into the notches on the pen.

Lamy Z24 Converter

Lamy Z24 Converter

Which is really cool, as it acts as an additional measure to keep your converter snugly in place.

Lamy Z24 Converter

Lamy Z24 Converter

Some days I feel like matching the ink to my pen, but today was not one of those days. Instead inked it up with Diamine Soft Mint, and no surprise it wrote smoothly right off the bat.

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac

And then I just started taking a lot of photo’s…..

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac Bold Nib

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac Bold Nib

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac Bold Nib

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac Bold Nib

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac

If you interested in getting one for yourself, you can find it here: Lamy Limited Edition: Dark Lilac

M.

TWSBI 580 Demonstrator

So i’v wanted a TWSBI for a while now – and I was really undecided about the mini, 580 or perhaps do a special order for the black and rose gold. After reading lots and lots of reviews, and on a recommendation I decided to stick with the original demonstrator.

And just look how pretty! (emogi with heart eyes goes here)

TWSBI Barrel Inked

TWSBI Barrel Inked

The pen comes in a very simple cardboard box, with only the TWSBI logo. No model name anywhere in sight.

TWSBI Brown Box

TWSBI Brown Box

 

Inside said box the first this you see is the manual and underneath the manual is a clear rounded rectangle box with the pen on proud display.

Open TWSBI Box

Open TWSBI Box

TWSBI Manual

TWSBI Manual

The pen is kept in place by two clips that slide into place, and prevent the pen from rolling around. Underneath the box you have a small bottle of silicon grease, as well as what i’m going to call a spanner/wrench.

TWSBI 580 Clear

TWSBI 580 Clear

TWSBI Box Back

TWSBI Box Back

TWSBI Content

TWSBI Content

Secondly the first thing I had to do was take it apart… 🙂 I basically wanted to see how easily it was to assemble and re-assemble. It turned out to be really easy which is good because it makes it so much faster to clean out.

TWSBI 580 Disassembled

TWSBI 580 Disassembled

This pen looks stunning – and the wow factor goes up even more when inked.

Inked TWSBI 580

Inked TWSBI 580

The nib also has some decorative scrolling and the TWSBI logo in the middle. I ordered the EF nib, and it is smooth with just a touch of feedback. Very similar writing experience to my Edison pen perhaps a touch dryer, and slightly smoother then my EF Lamy. I have a feeling that this may end up becoming my daily writer.

TWSBI 580 Nib Closeup

TWSBI 580 Nib Closeup

This pen is a piston filler – so only bottle ink can be used, which to me is a bonus but then again i’m not a huge fan of cartridges. It also has a rubber o ring near the nib, which with the cap insert acts as an extra seal against evaporation and leaking.

Pros:

Super pretty, smooth nib, easy to clean, easily to take apart and put back together, piston filler and no dry starts as yet. And this is completely me  but I love the fact that the ink does not show in the grip section – it stays visible only in the barrel area. I have a pen where the ink is visible in the grip section, and although I thought it looked awesome when i first got it… now i just find it lacks finesse.

Cons:

When cleaning out my pen, I somehow managed to get water between the cap insert and the cap. Its been there a week, I cant for the life of me get it out. Help?? Getting the piston back into position for maximum ink capacity can also get a bit fiddly.

All in all I can’t recommend this pen enough. As always you can find it in the link below:

TWSBI 580 Demonstrator

On a completely different note – for those of you that love samples, check out this super cute idea for colour coding your bottles by Calvin Was Right 🙂

M

Hoard Update

Okay – I have to put it out there… People who manage to keep a consistent blog going week after week are legends. Unfortunately I’m obviously not one of them, every time I try get back into it life goes hahahahahahahaha if only you knew. :p

For those of you that don’t know TWSBI has just made an appearance on SA! Cannot wait to save enough to get my hands on the clear demonstrator. http://writegear.co.za/product/twsbi-mini-clear/

J.Herbin has just released a new 1970 ink called Emerald of Chivor and I am in love!!! I need this ink – yes that’s right NEED. I have two from the collection Rouge Hematite and Stormy Grey and I absolutely adore them.

You can check the new colour out here:

http://blog.gouletpens.com/2015/06/jherbin-emerald-of-chivor-ink-available.html

Additionally if Write Gear still has samples of Stormy Grey available it is a sunning ink, get it now… This ink is still in one of my pens at all times and I have had it for a few months now. Nothing and I mean nothing beats these inks for doodle wow factor.

The wow factor

The wow factor

http://writegear.co.za/product/j-herbin-stormy-grey-ink-sample/

Without further ado I present you with… THE HOARD:

Inky goodness - Diamine

Inky goodness – Diamine

Diamine: Prussian Blue, Hope Pink, Red Dragon, Majestic Blue, Sherwood Green, Grey, Kelly Green, Imperial Purple, Eclipse, Oxblood

Inky goodness - Noodlers

Inky goodness – Noodlers

Noodlers: Navy, X-Feather, Dragons Napalm, Apache Sunset, Cactus Fruit Eel, Rome Burning, #41 Brown, Polar Green, Qin Shi Huang, Air-Corp Blue Black, Black Swan In Australian Roses (OF)

Inky goodness - Dip

Inky goodness – Dip

Penguin: Green, Violet
China Ink: Black
FW Pearlesceint: Galactic Blue, Bell Bronze, Black, Silver Pearl, Genesis Green
Winsor & Newton: Canary Yellow, Emerald, Deep Red, White

Inky goodness - Various

Inky goodness – Various

Sheaffer: Kings Gold, Green
Lamy: Turquoise
J.Herbin: Rouge Hematite, Stormy Grey
Pelikan: Edelstein Ruby
Parker: Quink Black

Inky goodness - Vials

Inky goodness – Vials

Noodlers: Baystate Blue, Baystate Cape Cod Cranberry, Seqiouna Green, Mata Hari’s Cordial, 54th Massachusetts, Violet, Antietam, Ottoman Azure
Sheaffer: Kings Gold, Blue-Black, Red, Green, Brown, Turquoise
Diamine: Grape, Sargasso Sea, Ancient Copper, Autumn Oak, Chocolate Brown, Pumpkin, Oxblood
Lamy: Red, Blue-Black
J.Herbin: Café de Iles, Vert Olive, Poussiere de Lune, Stormy Grey
Montegrappa: Turquoise, Bordeaux
Mont Blanc: Oyster Grey, Irish Green, Toffee Brown
Pilot: Fuyu-syogun, Yama-budo
Rohrer & Klingner: Scabiosa, Alt-Goldgrun
Pelikan: 4001 Brilliant Black

Inky goodness - Cartridges

Inky goodness – Cartridges

Lamy: Blue, Green, Black, Neon Coral, Violet
Pelikan: Blue, Green, Black, Red
Platinum: Pink, Black
Pilot: Parallel mixables pack
Kaweco: Paradise Blue, Ruby Red, Summer Purple, Caramel Brown

Pens pens, so many pens...

Pens pens, so many pens…

Platinum Preppy: Pink (F), 1 Black Std (F), 1 Black converted to Eyedropper (F)
Lamy Safari: Neon Coral (M)
Lamy Vista: Clear (1.9mm)
Pilot: Metropolitan (M), Parallel (1.5mm, 2.4mm, 3.8mm, 6mm)
Artline Calligraphy Pen: Silver (2.5mm), Gold (2.5mm), Black (1mm, 2mm, 3mm)
Pentel: Color Brush Pen Brown
Sheaffer: VNM (M)
Noodlers: Ahab (Flex), Konrad(Flex), Nib Creaper (Flex), Free Eyedropper (F/M)
Jinhao: X750 (M/B)
Online: No idea what model, but metal model. Have both (F) and (1.4mm) nib units
Dip Pen: Copperplate nib – not offset, Speedball C-0, Speedball C-1, Speedball C-4, Speedball C-3, Speedball C-2, Leonardt -Round- 2
Edison: Edison Nouveau Premiere 2014 Fall Edition

If there is any specific ink you would like reviewed from this hoard – leave me
a comment below. I’ll start with the first request and work my way down.

M

 

Schneider Fountain Pen Review

Hi all 🙂

Today i’m going to review possibly the cheapest fountain pen available in SA. I think the model name is the Schneider Voice – but since this pen is sold off a stand without a box i’m not 100% sure.

Schneider Fountain Pen

Schneider Fountain Pen

The colour and pattern of the pen change based on the shipment, but the nib, grip section and structure remain unchanged. The cap has a gold coloured section with ‘Germany’ engraved into it, while the barrel has a printed gold and silver paisley pattern with ‘Schneider’ and ‘Made In Germany’ printed in black.

Schneider Fountain Pen

Schneider Fountain Pen

Schneider Fountain Pen

Schneider Fountain Pen

The grip section rounded triangular grip similar to the Lamy Safari, but it is rubberized instead of plastic. Again – because the barrel is not round it may prove uncomfortable for people who tend to hold their pens differently then most.

Schneider Fountain Pen

Schneider Fountain Pen

The grade of plastic seem to be the cheaper kind, but I have had it for around three months and there are no cracks or chips. Although there are a few micro scratches in the cap, the printed finish is still perfect. This pen takes standard international cartridges and comes with a blue cartridge in the barrel when you buy it.

Schneider Fountain Pen

Schneider Fountain Pen

The nib looks much less impressive then the Lamy Safari, Pilot Metropolitan or the Sheaffer VFM – but writes surprisingly smooth. My particular pen writes smoother then the Pilot Metropolitan or the Sheaffer VFM and is a touch wetter then the Lamy Safari.

Schneider Fountain Pen

Schneider Fountain Pen

This pen really impressed me, i’m not sure if I just got lucky – or if all the pens write this smoothly, but for the R 52.95 that I paid for it I was pleasantly surprised. This pen is comfortable to use, the rubberized grip provides a soft grip for extended use.  This pen is also light and the cap can be posted securely for extra length if required.

Schneider Fountain Pen

Schneider Fountain Pen

Writing Sample.

Schneider Fountain Pen Writing Sample

Schneider Fountain Pen Writing Sample

Schneider Fountain Pen Writing Sample

Schneider Fountain Pen Writing Sample

This pen can be found at either showbiz in Cresta or Herbit Evans:

Showbiz Cresta Mall: http://www.crestashoppingcentre.co.za/shop.htm?shopMGID=9355

Herbert Evans: http://herbertevans.co.za/index.php?id=2

M.

Sheaffer VFM

Today I have for you the Sheaffer VFM fountain pen in excessive Red.

This pen comes in a plain white cardboard sleeve, which unfortunately landed in the trash before I realized that I forgot to take a picture. – sorry 😦 Inside the sleeve is this:

Sheaffer packaging

Sheaffer packaging

I like the box – it really shows off the pen straight away, the white section that the pen rests in is a felt finished plastic shell. Underneath the plastic shell is a 1 year warranty along with two standard international cartridges (a black and a blue).

Sheaffer packaging

Sheaffer packaging

The finish in the pen in unique to anything I have seen before, its a matte finish that feels almost soft to the touch. The paint job also has a lot of depth – even though it is matte it seems to have a few scattered shimmer particles underneath the layers. This is not a sparkly pen – it just gives the pen a nice sheen, to the matte finish.

Sheaffer Metal Finish

Sheaffer Metal Finish

The hardware hmmmm, again the hardware is unique – It is neither pure gold or silver in colour, its almost a mixture of both. The clip has the iconic white dot, while the metal ring has Sheaffer engraved all around.

Sheaffer close-up

Sheaffer close-up

Here is a close up of the clip compared to the pure silver nib.

Hardware close-up

Hardware close-up

Again – you do not get a choice of nib, it comes as a medium (M) by default. Sheaffer is engraved onto the nib, along with the nib size. The nib thickness is a touch finer then the Lamy Safari medium. The nib colour is silver as is the metal ring by the grip section.

Sheaffer Nib close-up

Sheaffer Nib close-up

The pen is a bullet design and it is light and thin… so thin in fact that I think that anyone with large hands will not find this pen particularly comfortable unless you quite happy using a basic bic pen. Even so, it’s about 1.5cm shorter then the bic with the cap un-posted.

Sheaffer taken apart

Sheaffer taken apart

The cap can be posted, but its not a tight fit. It will defiantly have to be re-adjusted once in a while.

Sheaffer Pen

Sheaffer Pen

Personally I like this pen, then again I don’t have very big hands so the small size is not really a big factor to me. It write’s wetter, with a slightly thinner line then the Lamy Safari but with more tooth. The nib is not scratchy (at least mine wasn’t – not sure how the quality control is with these pens) , but you can feel the paper.

Sheaffer Writing Sample

Sheaffer Writing Sample

Writing sample close-up

Writing sample close-up

I bought this pen for R137-00 from Waltons online store – currently these pens have been discounted even further. R 122-00 for the red version and R 132-00 for the silver. The way I understand it is, once Waltons runs out of the current stock they won’t be getting more, as it has been discontinued by the supplier. You can  get them here:

Sheaffer VFM Strobe Silver: https://www.waltons.co.za/Item/30269200

Sheaffer VFM Excessive Red: https://www.waltons.co.za/Item/30269500

Weekly Word: rhabdomancy

Any guesses bright sparks?

M.

Lamy Safari

So I have had a Lamy Safari for around 2 years now, I initially bought it at Exclusive Books in Bedfordview.

At the time I was fascinated with demonstrators and decided to buy the Lamy Vista. The Lamy Vista is simply a clear or ‘see-through’ version of the Lamy Safari.

Recently I acquired my second Lamy Safari and decided to focus my review more on that one since the packaging and pricing information would be current.

I’m will do a later post on how the Vista has held up and I few differences that I’v noticed between the two pens.

But First….. Say hello to the Lamy Safari 2014 Limited Edition in Neon Coral! When I first saw this pen on the web I though it was pretty – defiantly a mix between pink and orange, perhaps leaning more to the pink side, but defiantly coral. The neon part? Eh, it was bold and bright sure, but I DID NOT get a neon vibe from it.

I really regretted not getting the neon yellow when it was available, so I thought what the heck – lets get this one as a consolation prize… 2 years later I know, but hey – a girl’s got to eat.

Lamy Safari Still In Box

Lamy Safari Still In Box

The pen comes in a lightly textured black cardboard box with cutouts on opposite sides. On the box is a printed silver Lamy logo. I like the packaging, its modern with a timeless aspect to it – but its still cardboard, so I don’t mind throwing it away either. As you can see in the picture, I got the matching cartridge set to go with the pen. As far as I understand this is a limited edition colour, also called Neon Coral.

First look at the Lamy Safari.

First look at the Lamy Safari.

Inside the box is the pen attached to a piece of cardboard, this keeps the pen in place so you can get a peek at the pen through the slits in the box. The cartridge box is pretty basic – silver with an image of a cartridge in the colour of the ink and they Lamy logo in black. Inside the box is a 5 cartridges.

Lamy collection ink.

Lamy collection ink.

And all I have to say is wooowza! This is one neon pen – and I mean N.E.O.N – as with all neon things it is extremely difficult to get an accurate colour representation, camera’s just seem to go ‘Oh Hell No’. So instead of trying to capture the colour perfectly – I tried to capture the neon, but even so – this pen is at least 2 x brighter in real life.

Safari Neon Coral

View of the Safari neon coral.

The pen comes with one blue cartridge included, and a little cardboard ring that prevents the cartridge from being accidentally punctured. Unfortunately South Africa only gets the Lamy Safari’s in a medium nib. 😦

Safari neon coral in order of dis-assembly .

Safari neon coral in order of dis-assembly .

All Safari nibs are made from stainless steel. If you would like to swop the nib out you can, but you will need to buy an additional nib. I have a post coming up about that soon…

Safari neon coral dissembled.

Safari neon coral dissembled.

I always rinse my pen out before its first use – this gets rid of dirt or oils that could be left over from the manufacturing process. (there could be nothing, I just do it out of habit by now.)

Close up of Lamy de-embossed logo.

Close up of Lamy debossed logo.

Inserting the cartridge is easy – simply open the pen up, push the wider section of the cartridge into the feed, give the cartridge a few gentle squeezes, screw it back together and your pen should be good to go.

Safari with cartridge inserted.

Safari with cartridge inserted.

A few things to note before I get to my writing sample. Lamy does make a converter(Z24) for the Safari, this allows you to use bottled ink – but it is proprietary, so you have to buy the Lamy one.

View of the safari ink windows.

View of the safari ink windows.

Another thing to note is that there are two ink window cutouts in two places. Very useful because it lets you know when your ink is running low, but because of this – it can never be converted to an eye dropper.

Close-up of grip section.

Close-up of grip section.

Lastly – the grip section is basically a triangle with rounded corners. While this doesn’t bother me in the least, it will annoy people who tend to hold their pens differently from most. If you tend to twist your pens while writing or grip your pen with four fingers, you may want to think twice about buying this pen as I can see this becoming uncomfortable during extended use. On the other hand, the Safari provides a guide on how to correctly hold a fountain pen. This is extremely useful for people who struggle to hold and write with fountain pens correctly.

Writing sample A.

Writing sample A.

I spent a full half hour writing with the Safari, it is a light pen – so no hand cramps, and as I mentioned – i don’t mind the grip section so for me that was also problem free. The nib was smooth, smoother then my Lamy Vista but oddly enough drier. There was no skipping or dry starts –  it just puts down less ink then the Vista. I’m not sure if this is the ink, or because my Vista had just loosened up after 2 years of use. There are few tricks to increase the ink flow – but I wont be covering them in this post.

Close up writing sample.

Close up writing sample.

The Safari is well built, writes smoothly and the colour is defiantly an attention grabber. It is available in other colours should neon coral be a bit much for your tastes. Here is a colour comparison between the official image:

ColourComparison

Colour Comparison

This pen retails for R 349.00 – R 349.95 and the cartridges for R39-00 – R39.95 per box of 5, depending on where you purchase it. It is available from the following stores.

This is the only store to my knowledge that currently still has stock of the limited edition Neon Coral:

Write Gear: http://writegear.co.za/product/lamy-safari-fountain-pen-neon-coral-limited-m-nib/

Other stores that also stock the Lamy Safari:

Superbalist: http://superbalist.com/browse?designer_id%5B%5D=6920

Artist Warehouse: http://www.artistwarehouseonlinesa.co.za/Lamy+Fountain+Pens

K & P Lohmiller: http://www.crestashoppingcentre.co.za/shop.htm?shopMGID=9353