Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Lamy Safari Review

The Lamy Safari is one of the iconic starter fountain pens. It's great for beginners because it works with both cartridges and a converter (however you can only use Lamy cartridges and converters)and the nibs are easily swappable so you can try new nib widths without having to buy a whole new pen.

The Safari is made out of injection molded ABS plastic that is very durable and wear resistant. It features a slip cap with a wire clip that is strong enough to hold the pen in place, but not so strong as to damage pockets. The grip section on this pen is triangular, and helps you use the "proper" pen grip (I totally ignore this and its still comfortable to me. See pictures.). The grip section is very comfortable to hold in this way, and it can really help to teach the tripod grip. 

This pen features a steel nib that writes smoothly and consistently, however the nib is my only downside to this pen. The nibs can be inconsistent as far as line width is concerned. I've never had a problem with the nibs skipping or hard-starting, but I have had one nib not write at the correct line/nib width. With that being said, as I mentioned earlier the nibs are easily swappable should you ever have any problems or damage a nib. The nibs are available in: extra fine, fine, medium, and broad as standard options (Extra fine-medium on limited editions). And you can also get them in: 1.1, 1.5, and 1.9mm stub as replacement nibs. 

My aforementioned weird pen grip.

The barrel of this pen has a lovely ink window that shows your ink level very nicely. This is a hole that goes all the way through the pen, making it not eyedropper convertible. The end of the barrel is embossed with the Lamy logo. This pen also posts very securely.

As mentioned earlier this pen works with both Lamy cartridges and Lamy converters. Since this pen doesn't accept standard international cartridges your options are limited, but with a Lamy converter you can use bottled ink, in which the options are seemingly endless. One thing to note about the Lamy Z28 converter  (pictured below) that it has little nubs on the side, and it's important to line those up and make sure they click into place to make sure the converter seats properly.

 Shown above are the nubs mentioned previously.

I think the Lamy Safari is a great pen for anyone starting out in the world of fountain pens. It's easily maintained and repaired and isn't too expensive. The nibs write well and are available in a multitude of different widths, while being easily swappable for you to try new nibs. Add to that that the Safari is available in several colors and that limited editions come out almost/if not every year you are sure to find one you like. 

If you have any questions about this review or others or if you have any suggestions for future reviews feel free to email me at Irvsstationery@gmail.com or comment below. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Baron Fig Confidant

I recently reached out to Baron Fig to see if they would be interested in sending me products to review, and they graciously sent me one of their Confidant notebooks in the flagship size free of charge. Even though they sent me the notebook for free the opinions listed below are still my own.

To start off with I'm really impressed with this notebook. The flagship size is 5.4" x 7.7" and has 192 pages. This size makes it  about a half inch shorter and about an eighth of an inch narrower than A5 size. The cover is wrapped in a very nice feeling cloth that seems to be very durable. The cover on this notebook is more susceptible to stains and dirt than notebooks with leatherette covers, but I personally think that just adds to the character of the notebook. I also love the fact that this notebook doesn't have an elastic strap. I have always found those to get in the way and I love that Baron Fig have chosen not to put one on their notebooks.

One thing that really surprised me about this notebook are the end pages, they have a great texture to them and they are super thick, giving the notebook a brilliant sense of quality. In addition to that the only branding you will find on this notebook is on the end page in the back of the notebook. The 90gsm paper in this notebook is amazing, it's a very eye pleasing off white color, and the ruling is nice and light on the page. It holds up very well to fountain pens with no bleed through and barely any ghosting. The paper is pretty smooth with just a hint of tooth to it. I haven't  had any problems with dry times during normal writing. Inks also shade really nicely, but I can't report on sheening.

 The spots in the corner are ink blots from closing the book too soon, not bleed through.

The presentation of this notebook is top notch. The notebook comes in a very sturdy box that has a lot of information about the notebook on the back. Including the fact that, for every Confidant sold Baron Fig will plant one tree. The box is not only recyclable but could also double as a way to archive used notebooks when you are done with them.

The Confidant is available in three sizes: Pocket which is 3.5" x 5" with 160 pages, Flagship which is 5.4" x 7.7" with 192 pages, and Plus which is 7" x 10" with 208 pages. It is available in five colors: Charcoal, Light Gray, Blue Slate, Fig Wine, and Yellowgold. All colors are available in dot grid, and the Charcoal and Light Gray are also available in ruled and plain.

In addition to the standard line of Confidant notebooks, Baron Fig also release limited editions of this notebook for time to time, with interesting themes, different cover colors, and the occasional different ruling. Baron Fig really gets creative with the limited editions and it results in some amazing looking notebooks.

I want to thank Baron Fig again for sending this notebook for me to review. I have put links to both the product page and Baron Fig's main site below.

If you have any questions about this review or others or if you have any suggestions for future reviews feel free to email me at Irvsstationery@gmail.com or comment below. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Confidant Link: https://www.baronfig.com/products/shopconfidant 
Baron Fig Link: https://www.baronfig.com/

Neat handwriting and custom ink mixes provided by: @muffy_muff_muff on Instagram 

Monday, August 6, 2018

Schmidt Easyflow 9000 Review

The Schmidt Easyflow 9000 is a very popular Parker style ball point refill. As the name suggests the refill flows easily and smoothly when writing. I'm using the blue version which has a lovely deep blue colored ink. This refill is available in two sizes: medium and broad/bold. And is available in two colors: black and blue. I'm using the medium point.

As mentioned earlier this refill writes smoothly but I have noticed some hard-starting if I haven't written in a while. But as soon as you get this refill going there are no issues. It performs well on every paper I have to try it on with no bleed through and no smudging in real world use. The reason I say real world use is that, you could get this refill to smudge if you wanted to but I never noticed any in normal writing conditions. This refill is most susceptible to smudging on Tomoe River, and Rhodia papers, and the dry times are a little bit longer on those papers as well. 

The paper used in the writing sample is a Nock Co Dot Dash 3x5

This isn't the most inexpensive refill out there but I think the price is fair for the quality of writing experience you get from it. I don't know how it compares to its brother the Schmidt P8126, as I don't have one to compare it to. But I'll be sure to post an update to this review when I do. For right now the Easyflow 9000 is in my top five ballpoint refills to use. 

I think this is a great easily available high quality refill that can be enjoyed on any paper you have to write on, while giving a terrific writing experience. This refill will fit into any pen that accepts Parker style refills, which is a very wide range of pens. I've put a link to where you can buy this refill below.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Ti Arto Edc Pen Review

The Ti Arto EDC from Big Idea Design is a very unique machined titanium pen that was funded through Kickstarter. The pen is all metal and the machining quality and attention to detail are amazing. This pen works on a collet system, where there is a titanium collet inside the grip section that is tightened on to the refill, holding it in place. This allows the pen to accept over 750 refill with no modifications and no tip wiggle.

The pen is very light weight and feels great in the hand. The rings on the grip section provide good grip without being too aggressive. The cap threads to post on the back of the pen making it very secure, and ensuring that you won't loose the cap. The pocket clip allows the pen to carry deeply in your pocket and has a good tension to it. Should the clip ever come loose, simply use a flat head screwdriver to turn the screw inside the cap to remove the clip and re-bend the clip.

To change the refill in this pen, you first loosen the grip section ( it does NOT come off) and then unscrew the back. Pull the old refill out and put in the new one. As you are screwing the back back into the pen you can adjust how much the tip extends from the front of the pen. Once you get it where you like it simply tighten down the grip section. Big Idea Design also have a Youtube video* showing how this is done.

The pen is available in three finishes: Machined Raw, Stonewhashed, and Midnight Black. It's $90 but if you sign up for their news letter you can get a code for $5 off your order. Overall I think this is a great pen with some ingenious design put into it. If you want a good sturdy pen that will last a lifetime but like to mix up which refill you use, this pen's for you.

As always if you have any questions about this review or others, or if you have any suggestions for future reviews, comment below or feel free to email me at Irvsstationery@gmail.com. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

*Youtube video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW4a39GLJ-U

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Goulet Notebook Review

Today I'll be reviewing the Goulet Pens Tomoe River paper notebook. The notebook I have is the pocket sized dot-grid version featuring 52gsm paper. The notebook is constructed well and is bound with two staples. The 52 gsm version that I have contains 96 pages or 48 sheets. With this notebook coming in at $6.00 I think that this is a tremendous notebook for the money.

As with all Tomoe River Paper it does amazingly well with every fountain pen I have. The pages do ghost, however both sides are completely usable, and once you use the other side the ghosting is less noticeable. The paper is very smooth and lovely to write on. Dry times can be a bit long but I haven't had any problems, even being a lefty over-writer. With 96 pages this notebook is bound to last you a while, but I would caution you against carrying this notebook in a back pocket unprotected, as the cover is a little thin. But this notebook would do perfectly at a desk or in a cover of some sort.

I think Goulet have knocked it out of the park with this notebook. It gives you a lot of great paper for relatively low expense, and it comes from a trusted company with great customer experience and service. I'd also like to mention that this notebook comes in four sizes including: A5, Pocket, Regular TN, and Passport. As well as coming in three rulings: plain, ruled, and dot-grid.

  *I did notice after taking taking these photos a dot of bleed 
             through with my wettest writing pen*                             

As always if you have any questions about this review or others or if you have any suggestions for future reviews, comment below or feel free to email me at Irvsstationery@gmail.com.  
Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Metal Shop Twist Bullet Pencil Review

The Twist Bullet Pencil from Metal Shop is a modern take on the old bullet pencils, that like old agricultural memo books, were primarily used for advertising. The Twist Bullet pencil comes in four materials including: brass, copper, aluminum, and several wood finishes known as the Timber Twist. The aluminum is also available in a few anodized colors. You can also get additional bullets in any of the metals.

I have both the brass and the raw aluminum. They are both finished very well with great attention to detail. The brass is obviously much heavier than the aluminum, this could be a problem to some depending on how you hold your pens and pencils. The exact weights of each being 50g for the brass and 19g for the aluminum.

The Twist works by keeping a small "Nub" of a pencil in the bullet that can be unscrewed from the body of the pencil and extended to a full size writing instrument, or that process can be reversed and you protect the pencil point in a metal tube. The Twist is a great option for edc because if you prefer wood-cased pencils but are worried about breaking them, this solves that problem.

To install a pencil into the bullet, first you need a pencil nub approximately 2 3/4 inches long. And depending on the diameter of the pencil you will either need to knock down the edges of the hex or add some tape to the end of the pencil. However you may get lucky and not need to do anything to the pencil. Then simply twist the end of the pencil into the bullet until it's snug. For a visual reference on how this is done I highly recommend T.J Cosgrove's videos on Youtube over at Wood & Graphite.

*In the above photos I've also shown some of the available accessories namely the pocket clip kit and the brass end cap if you don't want an eraser*

If you are looking for an easy way to carry a wood-cased pencil with you every day with no chance of it breaking, look no further than the Twist Bullet Pencil.

As always if you have any questions about this review or others, or if you have a suggestion for a future review feel free to email me at Irvsstationery@gmail.com or comment below.
Thanks for reading and have a great day!!!

T.J's Video:  https://youtu.be/hsfwDJnaLo8

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Staedtler Mars Lumograph 100 Review

"The Lumograph 100 by Staedtler is a lovely drafting pencil that is available in 16 grades from 6h - 8b. This pencil features a blue, white, and black paint job with a silver imprint.

It sharpens to a very nice point, and the lead is centered well in the barrel. The pencil writes smoothly with a dark line (the grade I'm using is a 2b) and doesn't have any gritty feeling.This 2b pencil also shades rather nicely. The barrel is a nice semi-hex thats comfortable to hold. The one draw back you might find to this pencil is the lack of eraser. But, you could see that as an opportunity to enter into the world of stand alone erasers.

I've really enjoyed this pencil and I think with 16 grades to choose from, you will too.

As always if you have any questions about this review or others, or if you have a suggestion for a future review, feel free to email me at Irvsstationery@gmail.com or comment below.
Thanks for reading and have a great day!!!"                                                                                              

Lamy Safari Review

The Lamy Safari is one of the iconic starter fountain pens. It's great for beginners because it works with both cartridges and a convert...