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Heads up! Levenger fountain pens on sale!

06/25/2013

Levenger is offering a 15% discount on orders of $100 or more through 7/11/2013. The promotion code on my catalog is 3CDB06C. In addition to that enticing offer, True Writer pens are on sale along with select Circa products and assorted other items. Interested?

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Noteworthy For Early Spring At Levenger – Free Shipping Ends 2/24

02/24/2013

Free shipping with promo code SHIP2013 ends February 24, 2013.

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Levenger Discount And A True Writer Fountain Pen

12/17/2011

Saw a Levenger discount this afternoon that made me wish for another True Writer to stub. Mike Masuyama did a great job with my Kyoto and it would be useful as well as fun to have a second one for ink variety. The colorful Sea Glass version with a stubbed bold nib could be just the thing to brighten my desk.

Yes, I do have several True Writers but they are retired colors and I like to keep those with the original nibs unless the nib is imperfect. So a Sea Glass pen with its happy colors could be just the thing and would work perfectly with my True Writer black pen stand, too.

No new pen for me this year but you could get one with the 20% discount on a $50 order. The code is 20PC2011A.

Hint: It’s okay to buy a gift for yourself especially if it’s a nice one.

Levenger True Writer® Sea Glass Fountain Pen

Levenger True Writer® Sea Glass Fountain Pen

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Fun, Edgy, Fanciful Notebooks From Daycraft

12/10/2011

With the end of the year approaching, it is time to consider new options for 2012. Have you heard of Daycraft? They make some of the best looking journals and diaries on the market. Whether edgy, fanciful, or twinged with humor, each design hits an aesthetic vibe. Something for everyone, no?

Daycraft Skinz Notebook

Daycraft Skinz Notebook

The company sent a few notebooks for review and I must say they are easily some of the most interesting looking journals I’ve seen anywhere. Unfortunately, they have yet to enter the U.S. market. Someone really ought to import this line even if only on a limited basis. The Cookie Bookie Notebooks are especially fun and received high marks for unique appeal and ingenuity from the group here. (See update below.)

Daycraft Cookie Bookie Notebook in the Cheese Cracker Version

Daycraft Cookie Bookie Notebook in the Cheese Cracker Version

The attention to detail in the presentation is amazing as you can see on the Daycraft website. But once you move past the packaging and the brilliantly designed covers, will the paper deliver an acceptable fountain pen experience?

Daycraft Illusions Notebook Written Sample

Daycraft Illusions Notebook Written Sample

The good news is that fountain pen ink works very well in the Illusions Notebook I used for testing purposes. The paper has a smooth but not coated feel so ink dried quickly. There was a tiny bit of feathering and a few indistinct edges with the most free-flowing nibs and inks. For a private journal this level of performance would not concern me but it could bother a perfectionist.

Daycraft Illusions Written Sample (back)

Daycraft Illusions Written Sample (back)

The bad news is that the ink showed on the back of the paper. Writing instruments other than fountain pens worked much better. I used mostly pens of the felt tip variety since they tend to misbehave more than rollerballs and ballpoints. Even the Sharpie Permanent Marker Ultra Fine Point performed with only the faintest ghosting. However, count on one-sided use with most fountain pens sporting nibs graded larger than fine with a few possible exceptions.

To my surprise Noodler’s Zhivago in a vintage Parker ’51′ Aero fine and Noodler’s Kiowa Pecan in a Levenger True Writer custom cursive italic did not even show on the reverse. Noodler’s Red-Black in a Sailor 1911 fine showed only very lightly. No other brand of ink fared so well. Individual colors may or may not bleed-through but success with three Noodler’s should mean others will provide a good experience, too. A wet writer or a wet ink will have problems but experimentation might reveal colors in other brands that can handle the paper.

Daycraft notebooks are so cool, I would use them regardless of any bleed-through. Yes, every once in a while, form takes precedence over function even for an inkophile.

Daycraft Slab Notebook in Gold

Daycraft Slab Notebook in Gold

Update: MOMA carries the Cookie Bookie Notebook! I just learned there is a USA distributor for whom I can provide contact information if you are a retailer interested in stocking the Daycraft line.

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Discounts and deals and giveaways! Oh, my!

12/05/2011

Time-limited offers so don’t delay.

  • Levenger Free Shipping…No Minimum – 3 days only! Enter Joy2011 at checkout tinyurl.com/7d7a6bq
  • OfficeSupplyGeek: Our first Giveaway and Review for Giveaway Week – a dozen Stainless Steel Sharpie Pens! goo.gl/jtmf6
  • Joon Pens: Receive free shipping on any order over $75 http://fb.me/1hLYqygTs
  • Tiger Pens: If you didn’t win the FriXion pens today, no worries…we’re going to give away another set on Wednesday and one more on Friday.
  • Maxton Men: From 12AM PST on 11/30 through 11:59 PM PST on 12/7 use the discount code INKOPHILE at Maxton Men to receive 15% off the entire site. That includes free shipping on all items with no minimum purchase.
  • Dick Blick Art: Give a gift – Win a gift.

If you know of other offers that might interest a pen aficionado, please put the details in the comments.

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Levenger True Writer Blue Delft Fountain Pen

10/04/2011

Levenger has a new True Writer® in shades of blue and it sure is pretty.

Levenger True Writer® Blue Delft Fountain Pen

Levenger True Writer® Blue Delft Fountain Pen

The pattern is called Blue Delft after the blue and white pottery that originated in the Netherlands in the 16th century. Chrome furnishings perfectly complement the delicate colors of the barrel. If you like matching pen to ink, this gem will suit a huge range of cool blues. Certainly black would be practical and elegant but a shocking pink might just the thing to express your wicked sense of humor.

Many of my True Writer pens are conversation starters and this new model is no exception.

Can you tell this is one fountain pen I would love to own?

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Fountain Pens, Hand Fatigue and Long Sessions

09/09/2011

Complementing the strategy of using a light touch, changing pens from time to time is my second line of defense against hand fatigue. Extreme weight differences can be jarring but even more unsettling is switching from a pen that requires no effort to one that needs a bit of push to get the job done. Creative spontaneity may be fun but sometimes planning is in order for long sessions.

Sorting pens for weight and effort is senior but matching pens to frame of mind is helpful, too. Wider nibs tend to take the punishment of more emotional passages. Narrow nibs are well matched to casual musings. Flexible nibs require the most attention to avoid damaging the nib and to achieve attractive, delicate lines that connect to bold swathes. They work best when writing slowly doesn’t cut my rate of expression.

So that makes three criteria: weight, effort, and type of writing. Still when I just want to write, the right tool counts more.

Some pens are suited to all sorts of situations. A Levenger True Writer Masuyama Stub and a 1950′s Parker ’51′ Aero Fine are getting the most use these days. Also at hand are a couple of True Writer fountain pens. Their fine, round, steel nibs are most forgiving and do not berate me for excessive use of force. Lastly come the specialty nibs that add some flair to my penmanship. They are like stilettos, stylish but not for everyday use.

The real standout just might be the 1970′s Montblanc 220 Oblique Broad that at the perfect angle is the smoothest nib I’ve ever used. At the wrong angle it is sharp and drags against the paper. But it is very light weight and has a matte finish that makes it easy to grip. So it isn’t my favorite for long sessions but it does provide a bit of joy when I can write more slowly.

Do you suit pens to tasks or favor one over another for long writing sessions? What are your criteria? Not that I need enabling but trading for another all-purpose fountain pen might be worth considering. What would you suggest?

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