Friday, January 14, 2011

I'm back!

Back from my break with a lot of new stuff!
I finally got my grail pencil(not exactly,but...), the Rotring 600.
I love it! It is very nice to look at, write with and I really love it. It is not the version I wanted (0, 35 mm black) but it is great! The grip, the barrel... Let's just say it is great!
I also got a Senator Windsor, one great pen, for just 20$.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

My Wishlist

This is my current wishlist:
-Rotring 600 in black(fountain pen or mechanical pencil)
-Parker Facet in dark grey(fountain pen or multi-pen)
-Parker 51 black or flighter (f.p)
-Lamy 2000 (f.p)
-Pelikan P381 (f.p)
This will be updated.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Lamy Joy

When choosing pens at Muller (the import store that I bought my Safari and this pen in) I opted for this pen instead of the Pelikan Style. I made a good choice, it seems, as this pen has become my favourite and a everyday user. The look of the pen is, as is customary with calligraphy pens, reminiscent of dip pens, and I'm sure the colleagues wouldn't be sure that it is a fountain pen. A pen enthusiast knows it's a fountain pen with just a quick look at the nib, which is marked with "Lamy" and "1.5". My pen has slight differences to the one on the picture; the small shiny black part on the end is red and the cap (cropped out of this picture) plastic an with a shiny red Safari-style metal clip. My pen is also shiny, not matt like the model on the picture. The nib is 1.5 mm, buttery smooth and offering a great variety of lines. I filled it with Lamy light blue ink which reacts nicely to the nib and allows me to use it for everyday writing. (only blue and green allowed at work) . In short, this is another great Lamy model and just more proof that Germans do it the best.

Comment: Just wish the nib was a bit smoother. My favourite fountain pen.

EDIT:On the picture is a Lamy Joy AL (aluminium), while I have a normal Lamy Joy.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Lamy Safari

This is my so far favourite non-calligraphy fountain pen. I bought in an German import store and I really like it. I have many reasons for my love of this pen, but the one that ultimately prevails is the buttery smooth nib. You can't even feel the paper! I filled mine with Lamy black ink (sadly from a cartridge, as I haven't laid hands or even seen a Lamy converter around here.). It is my 4th fountain pen and only the Lamy Joy calligraphy pen has beaten it in terms of enjoyment. Mine is completely black, black nib, and even black ink to go with it. The only thing I don't like is minor; the barrel can't be screwed on so that the LAMY marking on it is in alignment with the nib. Otherwise, this pen is perfect for a plastic pen. Remember: Rotring 600 takes the crown. Always.

Sum-up: 9.8
Comment: Beautiful pen for everyday writing and using.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Rotring 300 clutch pencil

I recently got the rotring 300 2.0mm leadholder at a bookstore. (That's the only way to get a good pencil around here.). It is my first leadholder. To start off, I like the looks. The simplicity that looks great. The pocket clip is really excellent. The nice shine and usability make a great combination. I also like the idea of the lead pointer in the cap, but it often jams. Sandpaper is better anyway. The knurled grip, combined with the top-heavy feeling make for a great feel in hand. There is a lead indicator at top, running from 4H to 2B, without 3H. I picked up a pack of rotring leads with it, but they are for another day.
Comment: My favourite pencil.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

KOH-I-NOOR office 0.5

Upon looking at this pencil, many would say: -Oh, another P205 clone.- and move along.
This pencil is not a clone. It seems to me that it is better then the P205. Newer versions of the P205 don't have the cleaning pin, this pencil does. Another complaint about the newer P205 is the ''ridge'' where the pencil's two halves join. This pencil has no ''ridge''. This is my everyday drawing pencil and it does the job good. Real good. The mechanism is a stiff one with a nice positive click when you advance the lead. The only problem is the non-retractable, sharp tip. I imagine you would get sharp (no pun intended) looks from your wife on the mystery hole in your new jeans pocket.
Pros-looks, mechanism, cleaning pin.
Cons-sharp tip.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Staedtler rasoplast

This is my everyday eraser, the STAEDTLER rasoplast eraser. It is available in 3 different sizes and as a multi-eraser - one side erases pen, other pencil. It erases quite well, but catches dirty marks upon erasing a soft pencil. Since i won't take bogus quality pictures with the web-camera and because my real camera is unreliable, I'll just have to say this is the best eraser I have ever used and cut the talk.
Pros-excellent erasing, variable sizes
Cons-dirty marks

Monday, December 28, 2009


Sorry for the long wait,I was busy. Today, I'm going to talk about the decline of fountain pens in everyday writing. Fountain pens were started for me when i got a Parker Jotter fountain pen, which I still use today with great pleasure. I really wonder why so many people use cheap, disposable ballpoint pens (I'm looking at you, BIC) which on the end toxicate some clean river or field. It seems to me that most people think of fountain pens as unreliable, leaking pens which make a mess wherever they are. Let me say this straight: fountain pens won't leak if you treat them respect, if you refill them with bottled ink they won't be unreliable and it's you making the mess, not the fountain pen. It seems to me that people have no respect to anything inanimated; no respect for objects, like a fountain pen or a mechanical watch. Nobody, except for those who understand that a fountain pen has to be cared for, will be able to write with one properly. This is not restricted to fountain pens, this is a plague everywhere. Lot of people have forgotten how to calculate in their head or on paper(I've seen that,too), and when they are asked, they say something along the lines of this:"Why do I need to calculate, when I have a calculator?"-. That's it for today, I'm exhausted. ~Electric pen

Sunday, December 13, 2009

List of items

Here's a list of my stuff:
Mechanical pencils-
-STAEDTLER graphite 777 0.5
-STAEDTLER graphite 779 0.5
-Rotring Tikky 0.5
-Pentel Metallic (gold) 1.3
-PILOT Super Grip 0.5
-TOZ Penkala 5063 0.5
-Pentel SS465 (Sterling Elite) 0.5
-KOH-I-NOOR office 0.5 x2
-Faber-Castell Grip Matic o.5
-TOZ Penkala Focus LX5 (5062) 0.5
-PILOT ''The Shaker'' 2020 0.5
-Rotring 600 0.7 (silver)
Clutch pencils-
-Rotring 300 2.0
Ballpoint pens-
-Ballograf Rondo+ (blue)
-STABILO Marathon-x2 (blue, black ink)
-PILOT Super Grip x2 (black, red ink)
-Pentel B460 (Sterling Elite) (black ink)
-Pentel BK437 (blue ink)
-Parker Jotter (blue ink)
Gel pens-
-Uni-ball Signo (silver metallic ink)
-BIC Pro Gel
-Pilot G2
Rollerball pens-
-Penac liquid ink roller x2 (blue ink)
-STABILO's move easy (blue ink)
Fountain pens-
-Parker Jotter M nib
-Parker Reflex M nib
-Pelikan Griffix
-Lamy Safari M nib
-Lamy Joy 1.5 calligraphy nib
-Senator Windsor
-Lamy Smile
-Toz Penkala Rexpen
-Pelikan (Pelikano AL?)
-Senator no-name
Needlepoint pens-
-Rotring Tikky Graphic 0.2 (black ink)
-Papermate Liquid Expresso (black ink)
This will be updated.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

STAEDTLER graphite 779

The graphite 779 is a fine writing m.p. It looks like a plastic tube with a few metal parts and a name. I don't like that look, but the black version looks much better. Almost immediately you notice the cartridge that sticks out. Underneath the cap is a small eraser which erases quite well.
The cartridge wobbles when erasing, which is not very good for use in the long run. The grip is not good. My fingers hurt after some writing, though it may not be the same for somebody with larger fingers. The pocket clip is excellent and sturdy, with a good spring.
Specs:Length:147 mm retracted; 149 mm extended
Good stuff:eraser, pocket clip, printing
Bad stuff:wobbling, cartridge sticking out, grip

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