Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Blackwing Volumes 33 1/3 Review

33 1/3 is the newest Blackwing Volumes limited edition pencil from Palomino. The number 33 1/3 is a nod to the 12" or Lp record’s playing speed. And the design of the pencil closely resembles a record.

The pencils barrel is matte black (similar to the 16.2 which is matte white) with a glossy black imprint and glossy black rings at the end of the pencil that favor the grooves on a vinyl record. The ferrule is also matte black and the eraser is black too. The rings near the end of the pencil add a little grip to the pencil, even if thats not what they were going for. But they don't affect sharpening at all. I personally really love the matte finish on this and the 16.2 and hope to see more of this type of finish in the future.

This pencil features the Pearl core which is softer than the 602 but firmer than the MMX or Original Palomino Blackwing. It as always writes very well with a nice dark line.

This is the second black volumes pencil and I much prefer this pencil to the 24, and it ticks all the boxes for me. Great core, matte finish, and a good story/history. I think this one is going to go quick so I would get them while you can.

The subscriber extra with this shipment was also very cool. The jar contains enough PVC pellets to press one 12" record, which for the theme of the pencil I think was the perfect extra to include.

That concludes this review but if you are at all interested in pencils or learning more about pencils I highly recommend both the Erasable podcast and the Erasable Facebook group. The people over there are awesome and know pretty much everything you could possibly want to know about pencils. I've put links below.

If you have any questions about this review or others or 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!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Karas Kustoms Fountain K Review

The Fountain K is an all metal machined pen made out of Aluminum, Brass, or Copper from Karas Kustoms out of Arizona. It's the fountain pen version of the Render K ballpoint, gel, and rollerball pen.

The cap of this pen features a very nice knurled section at the top to aid in uncapping the pen, and triple start threads to make it easier to cap the pen. As well as perhaps the sturdiest pocket clip ever on a fountain pen. With that being said I would caution you about clipping this pen to expensive dress shirt pockets as it could damage the shirt if not done carefully.

The barrel of this pen tapers from the threads down, and is a very comfortable length for about 90% of people. Because this pen doesn't post, if you have very large hands this pen could be a little short for you. In which case I might suggest the Ink model which also doesn't post but is longer, or the Decograph which does post.The grip section is very nice with a slight flair at the end to keep your hand from slipping down the pen. 

This pen features a #5 nib that is available in ef-1.1 in steel, and several options in gold and titanium. The medium nib I have, works great and flows consistently with no hard starts or skipping. The extra fine nib works well once it gets going, but dries out rather quickly and writes dryly as well. It accepts both standard international short and long cartridges, as well as the Schmidt standard international converter (which comes with the pen)for use with bottled ink.

Over all this is a very solid U.S.A made, edc type fountain pen, that can take a beating and still function great. Variety in colors available, as well as two different materials like copper (seen above) and Brass, and the multitude of nib choices make this pen outstanding. All of Karas Kustoms pens are super high quality and made to last.

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!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Bic Cristal review

The iconic Bic Cristal was first released in France in December of 1950 by Marcel Bich. In 1959 it was brought to the American market where it sold for 29¢ ($2.49 in 2018) with the slogan "Writes first time every time". In 1961 Bic switched from stainless steel ball points to Tungsten Carbide. In 1965 it was approved for classroom use by the French ministry of education. And by 2006 Bic had sold their 100 billionth Cristal.

This pen is 5 7/8" long x 1/2 inch (including the cap). It feels a lot like a pencil in the hand due to the thin hexagonal body, and it is very comfortable to write with. The cap posts well and the clip is functional on shirt pockets. The hexagonal body gives it a very solid feel. It writes smoothly with a very legible line and no skipping or major globs of ink. The blue ink is a very saturated blue color that I really enjoy. This is a great pen for everyday note taking.

The Bic Cristal is available in in several different versions these days with the original being the Extra Smooth 1.0mm version. They are also available in an Extra Bold 1.6mm version, a 0.7mm Fine version in Europe (but if you are in the USA they can be found on Amazon). You can get them in several colors other than the standard Black, Blue ,and Red in the 1.6mm Extra Bold and 1.0mm Cristal Up versions. 

The Bic Cristal is a great choice for a reliable, inexpensive everyday note taking pen and there are a lot of options to choose from.

Before I end this review I want to give a huge shout out to Brad Dowdy over at The Pen Addict for his continued support by sending so many of you awesome people my way!

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!

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