Sunday Links: A Dog, A Horse And A Tushi


‘Nuff said…

From PegaseBuzz:

What do you think the white horse would say about the Basset exercising the black horse?



Update: öli ũclip magnetic paperclips


Recently some öli ũclip magnetic paperclips crossed my desk and got pressed into service. My initial impressions formed the basis for a review, but my opinion has changed enough to warrant an update.

Unfortunately, the colorful little clips don’t always stay in place. Unlike a traditional paperclip or a binder clip, these babies have too little tension to grasp paper securely. As long as my journal is closed tightly with a band around it, they keep pages together. Shake things up even a little and the clips wiggle free. The large one placed on the outside of a Midori Traveler’s Notebook literally took a nosedive for the pavement. It didn’t get damaged, but the papers went flying.

öli ũclips may well be the most attractive clip on the market, but for me they have turned into decorations rather than tools. Perhaps that is all they need to be.



Big Bad Fountain Pen Nibs


Here are some of the pens on my desk that have wide, stock nibs. None of them have received any tinkering. Purchase one, and you should see comparable performance.

The paper is Staples Bagasse that showed a little feathering with the wettest nibs. The worst offender was DeA Cola which has exhibited that fault on a few other brands of paper and the Duragraph which is certainly a free-flowing nib. Perhaps not the best combination, but I am still enamoured with it. The most well behaved was the Platinum Century Nice Pur B with Platinum Pigment Blue. No matter how long it goes unused, the nib flows without hesitation. Considering how many pens I have inked, that is a very, very good thing.



A Few Links Plus Some Dog Silliness


A few things worth sharing…

Why do dogs love to do this?


Nemosine Singularity Fountain Pens


Nemosine Pens may be a new name to you, but it has been around for a few years. Unlike its competitors, the company has staked out the under 1.1 mm italic nib as a unique part of its offering. For as little as $14.99, is it a bargain or a waste of pocket change?

The box states

  • precision nib made in GERMANY
  • pen body made in TAIWAN
  • inspected and packaged in USA

So the pens are of mixed heritage. The box also announces a “3 YEAR PERFECTION WARRANTY.” Apparently they really like putting info in ALL CAPS including the company name, NEMOSINE. The packaging amounts to a simple white, cardboard box that contains the pen, instruction sheet, and some cartridges to get things started. Given the price point, this is an economical presentation that suits the product.

The two Singularity pens I purchased arrived in perfect condition. The company has misnamed the magenta since it is most certainly purple. The aqua is more accurately named and a very attractive color at that. Both have silver-colored furnishings and stainless nibs. Neither has any obvious flaws though they haven’t been in rotation long enough to know whether they will endure the test of time.

The size is very comfortable for me and the design is quite pleasing in the transparent, demonstrator style. There are other colors available. The Singularity feels sturdy, but lightweight. The cap screws on solidly which makes this model a likely prospect for a carry pen. In addition to the visual treat of seeing the inner workings, the level of ink is always on display. This feature makes a demo a very easy travel mate. Grab and go, you know?

Sometimes small things can make a big difference. The convenient piston converter contains a tiny plastic ball that breaks the surface tension and keeps the ink flowing into the feed. This is a plus and something all converters ought to include.

If you really want to load it to the max, this model can be converted to an eyedropper-filler with a smear of silicone grease. Get the sort used on fountain pens for best results.

Isn’t that an attractive nib? It really elevates the pen’s appearance over anything else in its class.

The Singularity comes in extra-fine, fine, medium, broad, 0.6 and 0.8 calligraphy tips. The 0.6mm nib is quite sharp making it an italic. It does not glide, but it can add character to letter forms. A lubricating ink will improve its performance. The sweet spot is on the small side, but in line with the nib size. This could make the 0.6 a challenge for someone who rotates a pen. It isn’t an insurmountable problem, but something to consider. However, the nib size is very well suited to grid paper and performed admirably with Noodler’s Purple Martin in a Midori #002 Traveler’s Notebook.

The 0.8mm is smoother and is not quite as sharp so it is closer to a stub. The sweet spot is larger, but so is the line. It’s an all-purpose size for me, but then I do like wide nibs. For someone who wants to explore stubs, especially with little investment, this is a good entry pen.

The two pens are twins in one regard. They are chatty with the 0.6 out-squeaking its sibling. Paper and ink can influence this trait so an ink that aids flow will reduce the chatter at least on a very smooth paper. I used to live with a Society Finch who thought a squeaky, chattering fountain pen was signalling an invasion. He would harass the offender until it went silent. I am not so sensitive and find the sounds to be inoffensive.

The weakest aspect of both pens is the flow, but I have found that to be true with other entry-level italics including the Lamy and the TWSBI Eco 1.1mm nibs. The Singularity flow is sufficient to keep up with the nib’s width and rate at which it puts down ink and neither pen has failed to write. However, at times the line isn’t as filled in as it should be or the outlines as consistent as one might like. Writing at the right pace for the flow will achieve best results.

For a brand comparison, the Nemosine nibs are more narrow and have more consistent flow than the Lamy 1.1mm. The Lamy broad nib is smoother and wetter than the Nemosine, but it isn’t crisp like an italic. Lamy pen has a unique style while the Singularity has a more traditional design.

For another comparison, I like the look of the Singularity better than the TWSBI Eco and the 0.8 stub is at least as good if not better than the Eco 1.1. Flow is more inconsistent with the Eco than the 0.8 stub, but ink can play a significant part and some brands and colors will be more helpful than others. Paper is a factor, too, and slightly absorbent paper pulled just enough ink from the Singularity nib to produce relatively clear, clean lines. Isn’t that a neat trick!

At the price point, there isn’t much to lose. However, I was pleasantly surprised at the Singularity and will get plenty of use from these low-end gems. As proof, the aqua demo with Diamine Marine earned its second fill in only a matter of days. From the standpoint of eye-appeal, it’s a happy-looking pen and is sure to follow me everywhere. Next thing you know, it will be begging for a matching journal and myriad accessories. My inexpensive pen could become a rather expensive hobby. At least I will have an abundance of color to show for it and that is always good for an inkophile.

xFountainPens offers the lowest prices I could find on the Nemosine Singularity and carries replacement nibs as well.


Do You Favor Any Of These Inks?


Introduced mostly through mutual friends, these are the inks that have captured my fancy this year:

  • Akkerman #18 Garuda Road
  • Akkerman #24 Zuiderpark Blauw-Groen
  • Akkerman #28 Hofkwartier Groen
  • Akkerman #26 Groenmarkt Smaragd
  • De Atramentis Cola Ink
  • Diamine Marine
  • Diamine Merlot
  • Diamine Tyrian Purple
  • Diamine Wild Strawberry
  • J. Herbin Rouge Caroubier
  • Noodler’s Park Red
  • Platinum Mixable Ink Aqua Blue
  • Platinum Mixable Ink Silky Purple
  • Platinum Pigment Rose
  • Sailor Miruai
  • Sailor Souten
  • Stipula Calamo Saffron
  • Super 5 Dublin

Two old favorites reemerged as good mates for a variety of pens.

  • Noodler’s Purple Martin
  • Stipula Calamo Verde Muschiato

Are any of these inks in your rotation? Which inks in your collection have emerged as special this year?

A big thank you to the folks who contributed to my wealth of new inks:


Midori And The Book Of Lists


In yet another attempt to get more organized, an unused Midori Traveler’s Notebook got pressed into service this week. The paper is good with fountain pen ink so any writing instrument on my desk will work well except some of the Sharpie markers. (Do they work well on any paper?)

I named this journal Book of Lists since each entry is intended to be very brief and serve merely as a reminder of those things that require attention or future development. There are larger notebooks or Evernote for more detailed explorations. Limiting entries to a line or two will keep this book relevant and in play for a long time.

After I settled on the categories, I attached tabs to find each easily. Those got placed at the top to be out of the way when writing and so they would stay put when taking off the clip that keeps it all together. For now that’s an Oli clip, but it doesn’t stay in place. On the plus side, it comes off easily when there is something to add to a list.

Yeah, that’s a lot of junk on the cover, but I wanted it to stand out on my desk. The washi tape and post-its can be removed or realigned and the list of categories includes room for growth. The notes section at the bottom is for brief reminders of items to be added to the main lists. Should the cover become damaged or tattered, a new one can be fashioned from a variety of materials and glued to the existing one or added as a removable sleeve.

My fabric covered Midori with its three inserts is great, but sometimes a single one is all that is needed. It is slim enough to fit most anywhere and adds no weight to a tote or handbag. It will get battered by duty, but it can easily be replaced. For now, it’s a good solution to tracking of all those bits and pieces of life that require more free memory than I can allocate.

A number of companies make similar cahier notebooks including Rhodia, Moleskine, and Field Notes. The Midori TN is tall and narrow which suits lists especially well, but the others would be fine as well.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,938 other followers

%d bloggers like this: