Thursday, June 21, 2018

Blackwing Volumes 10001 Review

The latest Blackwing volumes is out and its interesting.

Volumes 10001 features a pentagonal barrel, red stained finish, gold ferrule, and a black eraser. This is the first blacking to feature a pentagonal barrel and it's not as weird as you would think. It does however take a little getting used to, because it only has five sides if you use a "normal" tripod grip, either your thumb and index fingers or your middle finger will have a "point" pushing into them. However the points aren't very sharp and aren't too uncomfortable to hold this way. 

Other than that the pencil looks and feels great. This pencil features the firm graphite core also found in the 602 and its writes impeccably as always, and the newer "dust free" erasers work wonderfully.
The red stained finish is beautiful and very transparent, allowing you to see the grain of the wood which I really like, and its not too overbearingly red, just a very warm tone. The gold imprint of 10001 in kanji is a very nice detail that really brings the pencil together.

That brings me to the number. 10001 is a numerical palindrome in both kanji and arabic numerals, it is also the sum of two prime numbers 73 and 137, also a palindrome. The pencil gets its number from Tetsuya Miyamoto a math teacher who invented the KenKen puzzle. He invented the puzzle to help his students with logic and problem solving skills. The KenKen is also the only puzzle printed daily beside the cross word in the New York Times.

Over all the pencils work great just like any other Blackwing, and the fit and finish is wonderful. They write like dream and when you add in the interesting new shape and the cool story behind them  you end up with a great pencil and an interesting conversation topic.

There is a link to where you can purchase the pencils below. if you have any questions about this review or other please feel free to email me or comment below. And as always thanks for reading and have a great day!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Notebook Experiment

I recently got the idea to bullet journal in a notebook from all the well/ish known brands i.e Moleskine, Leuchtturm 1917, Baron Fig, Hippo Noto, Scribbles That Matter, etc. I'm currently using a Moleskine notebook that is dot grid and has 240 pages. It seems a little different from the normal Moleskines so at some point I'll be using one of their 192 page grid notebooks as well.

I'll be doing reviews for each book. And to go along with the test, I'll be making a post dedicated to comparing the notebooks, with their features, and what I do and do not like about each book, that I'll update regularly. I'll be posting a review for the Moleskine that I'm currently using sometime in the next couple of weeks, so be on the look out for that.

If you have a notebook that you would like me to use, comment below or feel free to email me.
Thanks for reading and have a great day!

P.S  I'll be doing a first impressions of the new Field Notes edition as soon as I get them. And I'm currently working on a review of the new Blackwing 10001s that should be up later this week.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Pentel Sharp P207 review

The Pentel P200 series is an iconic line of mechanical pencils that have been around for over fifty years and enjoyed by generations. The version I will be reviewing is one of the newer metallic colors, but its exactly the same as any other P200 series pencil.

The model I have is the P207 which features a 0.7mm lead. The body of this pencil is made of injection molded plastic. It has a metal tip/lead sleeve, clip, lead advancement system, and eraser cover. This pencil has a very sturdy, high quality feel and a very nice grip section.

The lead advancement system is made out of brass with a plastic additional lead reservoir attached to it. The action on this pencil is very satisfying and crisp while allowing very precise lead advancement. The included eraser is very small however so if you make a lot of mistakes you might want to invest in a dedicated stand alone eraser. This pencil is also somewhat pocket safe but could wear a hole in a dress shirt.

The lead that comes with the pencil is the Pentel super hi-polymer hb lead. I really enjoy this lead more than I thought I would. It writes very smoothly and produces a very nice dark line.

If you are looking for an inexpensive high quality pencil I don't think you can go wrong with a P200 series pencil. And if 0.7 mm lead isn't your thing it's also available in 0.5 (P205), 0.9 (P209), and you can occasionally find it in 0.3 (P203).

If you have any questions about this review or other please feel free to email me or comment below.
And as always thanks for reading and have a great day.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Pilot Iroshizuku Yu-Yake

Here are some examples of the shading.

Pilot Iroshizuku Yu-Yake is a lovely orange ink that gives some nice shading and is very saturated whilst remaining easy to clean out of pens.

This is my first experience with Pilot's Iroshizuku line of inks and I must say that I am impressed.
The ink flows smoothly and I haven't noticed feathering or spread on anything except very slightly on Nock Co's Dot Dash Cards.This is quickly becoming my favorite ink because the color is so bright and saturated that it really pops off of the page. I'm interested to see if more of the Iroshizuku inks are like this.

The bottle is very well designed featuring and depression at the bottom of the inside of the bottle, so that you can get all of the ink possible of it. The bottle is also very weighty and stable so no real worries of accidentally knocking it over. The presentation of the ink when you first receive it is also something to be impressed with. The ink comes in a very pretty sort of metallic silver box with a label that features the color and name of the ink.

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