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Sunday Reads: This ‘n That

03/26/2017

Various subjects…

Diamine Vermilion

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A Superior Ink And Pen Duo From Platinum

03/26/2017

This might sound like a crazy risk, but I filled a Platinum Plaisir with Platinum Carbon Ink months ago and left it idle on my desk. When the pen got a taste of freedom and took a stroll around some junk paper, it wrote well from the first mark. No skipping. No hesitation. Just a clean, black line, no different from when it was initially inked. That Slip & Seal cap really works!

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Sunday Reads: Lotsa Pen Links

03/19/2017

There were a lot of pen articles this past week…

Nemosine Singularity 0.6 mm

Nemosine Singularity Demonstrator available at Amazon.

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Inked For A Year

03/17/2017

Anderson Pens padded my purchase of ink samples and I am not sure whether to be thrilled or overwhelmed. There are twenty-seven of the little suckers, more than enough for a year’s worth of reviews. What’s an inkophile to do?

Even my workhorse fountain pens are freaking out at the task ahead. Just think how many baths they will have to take! They have suggested a dip pen might speed the testing process. Does that make them shirkers? You bet, but that doesn’t make them wrong. It may well be the best solution to completing the task in a reasonable amount of time. Any other ideas?

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About Pen Reviews And Reviewers

03/16/2017

Pen reviews and reviewers is a hot topic at Fountain Pen Network. There are a daunting 111 posts so far, but since I write pen reviews from time to time, it seemed worthwhile to get a fresh perspective on what folks want to know about prospective pen purchases. Whoa, did I get an earful along with confirmation you can’t please everyone or even anyone some times. How can a post about using a pen be anything other than subjective? But some folks want specs down to the millimeter, objective comparisons to other pens and more.

For the record, I have never been paid for a review. (Wish I had!) Some pens have been given to me, but most were purchased with my own funds. Most of the inks and paper mentioned have been purchases or gifts from pen friends. (Lucky me!) There have been exceptions, but that is always noted.

Since the writing experience is what intrigues me most, my posts are slanted in that direction. However, the aesthetics of a pen are well-described by images whether mine or those of a manufacturer, retailer or another reviewer. Look to those for accuracy. I do.

One caveat. Even machine-made nibs can vary. Where I have been able to write with more than one pen from a single model, the nibs are different. They aren’t identical in terms of flow and smoothness. To be sure, ink and paper play a part in the way a pen writes. But apples to apples, nibs are different. My fab nib may be a stinker for you or vice versa. So be prepared.

I do expect a fountain pen to perform reasonably well out of the box. If a nib needs tuning or the flow needs adjustment just to be useful, the manufacturer has failed. Quality control may be a lost art, but that doesn’t make it acceptable to foist on consumers worthless products. Reviewing them is unrewarding, but on occasion necessary.

So there you have it. The FPN thread continues to gather comments though it has shifted to candy bars for some of them. Heh. Really!

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Sunday Reads: Pens, Paper And Stuff For Lefties

03/12/2017

Recently, Rodney sent a letter affixed with sealing wax, a delightful surprise. Admittedly and not for the first time, I almost succumbed to yet another hobby. Then I ran across GeekTells post about his descent into the cauldron. Is resistance futile?

A Comparison of Two Namiki Falcon Nibs

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Sunday Reads: Ink, Pens And Other Good Stuff

03/05/2017

The good stuff…

Platinum #3776 Century Nice Pur

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