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Snapshot: TWSBI Precision Fountain Pen - YouTube
This TWSBI Precision fountain pen looks like it could be an ideal addition to your wishlist.
pens  wishlist  twsbi  2018  youtube  gouletpens 
6 weeks ago by handcoding
Diamine Wild Strawberry with a TWSBI Precision: Monday Matchup Giveaway #183 - Goulet Pens Blog
“While my TWSBI Eco is my favorite daily carry pen, I was not a personal fan of the Precision. I love that TWSBI has introduced a totally different pen to their line up though. It’s similar to the Classic design, but it still is unique from anything else that they offer. The nib was smooth and flowed well, but one thing to note was that the texture of the grip allowed for some of the ink to stain while I was filling the pen. It did wipe off with water. I think I prefer my Eco because I can see my ink level, and I couldn’t do that with the Precision. The shape just wasn’t for me.”
twsbi  pens  2018  gouletpens  reviews 
12 weeks ago by handcoding
Ashley Bischoff on Twitter: "alt = [spoilers] a human uses a pink Pilot Parallel Pen to practice calligraphy; her pet cat, which is brown and white, rolls onto the paper and then paws at her playfully, interfering with her pen practice…
“alt = [spoilers] a human uses a pink Pilot Parallel Pen to practice calligraphy; her pet cat, which is brown and white, rolls onto the paper and then paws at her playfully, interfering with her pen practice”
pens  calligraphy  video  twitter  cats  cute  yay 
12 weeks ago by handcoding
(8) Write Now - Ep.031: Voyager 1 Swabs & Nemosine Stub Nibs! - YouTube
This video has a neat tidbit about maximizing the ink in a piston-fill pen by filling it twice to expel the air from it (around 2:50).
pens  video  gouletpens  pistonfill  2018  youtube  ink  colorverse 
april 2018 by handcoding
Loose Leaf Or Paper Ream Recommendations? (In The Us) - Paper and Pen Paraphernalia - The Fountain Pen Network
"General comment, you want LASER paper, NOT ink jet paper.
Ink jet paper is designed so that ink jet printers dry quickly, so the paper absorbs the ink.  You may not like how the fountain pen ink looks on this kind of paper.  And the ability to absorb ink may make the surface a bit less smooth, so F and XF nibs may not feel smooth on it."
paper  pens  2016 
march 2018 by handcoding
FP101: Pen Maintenance - YouTube
This is a pretty good video on cleaning the ink out of one’s pen.
pens  gouletpens  video  2018  cleaning  ink 
february 2018 by handcoding
Reconsidering Moleskine – The Well-Appointed Desk
"From the reverse of the pages, you can see some ghosting and show through on the top row which is the planner and the Cahier but not so much as to be distracting when written on the other side. With the plain paper notebooks, I tend to only use one side of the paper anyway. For the planner, I use mostly color coded gel pens for daily use so they don’t show through as much as the testing actually demonstrates. Generally speaking, the reverse of the pen tests were not as bad as I was expecting them to be. Of course, I didn’t try a lot of wide calligraphy fountain pens but even my brush pens behaved with some discretion.

"So, in the end, the Cahier paper does seem to be a little thinner, and a little lower quality, than the paper used in the Volant and standard notebooks. I’d be more inclined to recommend the Volant and the soft cover notebooks over the Cahier if you’re going to dip your toe back in the Moleskine pool."
moleskine  notebooks  2016  comparison  fountainpens  pens 
january 2018 by handcoding
Customer Reviews: Noodler's Baystate Blue Ink - 3 oz Bottle -
"Noodler's Baystate Blue really is an incredible color -- possibly the brightest, most intense blue writing ink I've ever seen. That said, it leaves a MEAN stain on everything it touches except glass: everything from plastic pen parts to your fingertips to the sink you cleaned your pen in. A good scrubbing with Comet and steel wool took care of the sink, and took most of the ink off my fingers as well, but I can't imagine it would do much for the pen!"
ink  pens  noodlers  jetpens  2017 
november 2017 by handcoding : Uni-Ball UM 153 Signo Broad Point Gel Pen - White - Pack of 3 : Office Products
via Kevin Kelly's Recomendo list:
"A good pen that writes reliably in opaque white is hard to find. Black or dark paper will kill an inferior white pen. Ways of failure are legion: skipping, too thin, too transparent, wavering, plugging up, etc. The best white pen is the Signo White Gel from Uni-ball. It puts down a serious, dense, even, opaque line of white immediately consistently each time. — KK "
pens  kk  cooltools  white  amazon  recommendations  recomendo  2017 
october 2017 by handcoding
Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-gao - Morning Glory (50ml Bottled Ink)
This is the ink that Ian has in his "Pilot Capless" (Pilot Vanishing Point) pen.
pens  ink  via:ianpouncey  2017  wishlish  gouletpens 
october 2017 by handcoding
Dallas Pen Club (Richardson, TX) | Meetup
“Formal club meetings at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the months of February, April, June, August, and December.

“An informal pen breakfast at 9 a.m. on the first Saturday for the months of January, March, May, July, September, and November.”
dallas  pens  clubs  2017  meetup 
september 2017 by handcoding
Aleen 🚀 on Twitter: "@FriendlyAshley Rinse with water and apply moisturizer as soon as you can, though. It’s super drying!"
So you tweeted:
"That feeling when you’re like, 'I probably couldn’t have inked that pen any better—I don’t think I got a drop on me.'

"Yup—nailed it.”

And then Aleen replied:
“Rubbing alcohol (or hand sanitizer) will usually take the ink right off. My procedure depends upon how bad it is. Cotton ball, paper towel, pouring from the bottle into my hands :)

"Rinse with water and apply moisturizer as soon as you can, though. It’s super drying!"
ink  fountainpens  pens  via:aleen  alcohol  rubbingalcohol  2017  twitter 
september 2017 by handcoding
TWSBI Diamond 50 Inkwell- Ink Nouveau - YouTube
This is the video from Goulet Pens where Brian goes over how to fill the TWSBI 580 with ink.
twsbi  video  ink  pens  gouletpens  tutorials  youtube  2017 
september 2017 by handcoding
Writing slopes | Back Designs
Hmm—this looks like it might just be the go-to spot for writing slopes.
writingslopes  slopes  writing  pens  fountainpens  wishlist  2017 
august 2017 by handcoding
TWSBI Vac Mini Fountain Pen Review — The Pen Addict
The blueish turquoise ink in this sample is super pretty! Looks like it’s Omas Turquoise ink.
ink  blue  inkideas  pens  fountainpens  penaddict  2016 
august 2017 by handcoding
Anderson Pens Ink Comparison Tool
This is a pretty neat tool for comparing inks.

Some promising ones so far:
Noodler’s Lightning Blue HL — a pretty nice light blue
ink  comparison  pens  fountainpens  2017 
august 2017 by handcoding
The Goulet Pen Company
"View and compare nib widths using our writing samples. Select as many writing samples as you'd like to view, then click 'Learn More' to view all purchasing options."
pens  nibs  comparison  fountainpens  2017  gouletpens 
august 2017 by handcoding
Goulet Pens Blog: Edison Nouveau Premiere Summer 2017 Special Edition Fountain Pen: Delphinium
Some neat ink ideas:
"Which inks would look spectacular with this pen? Check out our ink recommendations below!
• Caran d'Ache Idyllic Blue
• Montegrappa Violet
• Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-gao
• Monteverde Boxed Set- Summer 2017 feat. Caribbean Blue, Charoite, and Horizon Blue "
wishlist  ink  pens  gouletpens  2017 
june 2017 by handcoding
Cleo Skribent Classic Palladium Fountain Pen Review — The Pen Addict
"If you have ever used a Prera, you will understand what I am about to say. It is an airy pen to write with. Lightweight, but somehow rock solid. That's why it is so well loved. The Cleo Skribent Classic feels the same way to me, except in a larger size and with a better filling system. If this pen were stamped Pilot at this price point we would all be having puppies over it.

"Consider me a fan of Cleo Skribent. I'd like to try a few of their other models, especially in the brighter barrel colors they offer. The Classic has been an excellent introduction."
pens  fountainpens  2016  reviews 
january 2017 by handcoding
Noodler's Baystate Blue (3oz Bottled Ink)
"The Noodler's Baystate inks are slightly different formulas than conventional fountain pen inks. They are designed to be more vibrant than other inks and have a slightly basic pH-level, and as a result they are prone to staining and should not be mixed with other non-Baystate inks. If staining should occur, a solution of 10% household bleach and 90% distilled water should help. If you have any particularly rare or valuable pens, you may want to avoid using Baystate inks in them.”

(Aleen mentioned that she almost ended up buying this ink:

And then @Aleen: "It’s my favorite color, so I was excited when I found it. I didn’t learn now horribly it stains until much later."

I think this ink might also be pictured here:

// From reviews:
"Baystate Blue is a fantasticly bright, saturated blue that can't be mixed with any ink other than the other two "Baystate" inks. It is prone to stain, but stains can be removed from hands and sinks with regular 91% rubbing alcohol. We have a cultured marble sink and it's covered in BSB several times a week and there's not a blue mark on it.”


"It's a rather poorly behaved ink, whether in a TWSBI M or Lamy EF. It MUST be diluted before using, or you will have feathering like nothing else. The empty sample vials from this website are perfect. About 2/3 ink, the rest filtered or distilled water. You get 98% of the colour intensity, and almost no feathering.”


"I received my order yesterday and the Noodler's inks in the package were the first things I attacked. I must say that I love this ink. I truly is a beautiful blue, but it IS messy. Nathan fills all of his inks to the very top (which is a GREAT thing) but Baystate blue is such a pigmented color that it tends to get everywhere and it's hard to get off your skin. I used soap, products with bleach and acetone ad while that got off most of the ink, I still have blue splotches on my hands and a few blue stained fingers.”


"The dry time is reasonable. Everything but periods and dots on the letter "i" dry pretty quickly. With a drop of water, the ink holds up pretty well; there is a little feathering from the water but the letters hold their shape. Non surprisingly there is some feathering on cheap paper.”


"Love the color, flow and smoothness of Bay State Blue ink by Noodler's. However, I find that it dries out in my Lamy 2000 EF nib far to quickly. In a week without use, the nib is dry. Never had that problem with Aurora blue or Pelikan Royal Blue which I've found are superior inks. "
via:aleen  pens  ink  fountainpens  2016 
december 2016 by handcoding
Diamine Purple Pazzazz (50ml Bottled Ink)
"New from Diamine.... the Shimmertastic collection! This purple fountain pen ink features added gold shimmer. Works best with broader nibs on high quality paper to really see the shine. 50ml glass bottle."
pens  ink  purple  shimmer  gouletpens  2016 
november 2016 by handcoding
Stroke Width Chart for Fountain Pens
This is actually a *Super useful* chart describing the nib widths for various pen makes, including Pilot and others.

The version you last saw was dated: (Version 2.0.4, revised April 24, 2013)
pens  fountainpens  nibs  2013  pilot 
november 2016 by handcoding
Tipping Sizes Comparison Page
This page has a giant table of nib sizes for various fountain-pen makers, but it’s hard to say how accurate this might be.
nibs  pens  fountainpens  2016 
november 2016 by handcoding
Guide to Fountain Pen Nibs: Choosing a Fountain Pen Nib -
(In short, it looks a “Fine” tip on an American pen would be ~0.6mm but on a Japanese pen, it might be closer to 0.45mm. Similarly Extra Fine: 0.5mm for American but 0.3 mm for Japanese.)

"Just knowing the size of a nib is not enough, however. Japanese fountain pens typically have much smaller tips than non-Japanese or "Western" brands. This is because Japanese writing is much denser and more complex than Western writing, requiring a finer, more precise tip.

"The actual line width created by a particular fountain pen can vary depending on a number of factors such as the ink and paper being used, but the following table shows typical line widths that can be expected from most Japanese and Western nibs under normal conditions.”

(But then!)
"Note that some brands like Ohto and TWSBI are considered Western despite being located in Asia because they source their nibs from European manufacturers that use Western sizing."
japanese  pens  tips  nibs  2016  twsbi  ohto  lamy 
november 2016 by handcoding
A love for fountain pens, inks, and handwriting - Peninkcillin: TWSBI Diamond 530 fountain pen review
(From the comment section about equivalent mm sizes for nibs:)
"I don't think you should compare the F in a fountain pen with the F in a ballpoint. Nib sizes are not consistent even in the fountain pen world, much less if we bring in ballpoints into the mix. A manufacturer might call a tip F because it's the finest one they have. F could mean 0.5mm or 0.7mm. It all depends.

"Second, as I mentioned in the review, the TWSBI nib is European, meaning it is thicker than a Japanese nib of the same designation. So the TWSBI EF is about the same as a Japanese M (at least in my opinion).

"Third, I've heard people say that there isn't a big difference between the TWSBI EF, F and M. So my advice is this: if you prefer finer tips, go for the EF. If you prefer broader ones, go for the M or even the B. If you're not sure, go for the F."
twsbi  2011  pens  fountainpens 
november 2016 by handcoding
TWSBI 580 Nib Widths? : fountainpens
(About the equivalent mm sizes for TWSBI nibs:)
"If you like the 0.7mm G2, I would recommend the medium. That would probably be the closest. I think the fine is closer to 0.5mm. I don't know if there is any resource out there that has actual line width measurements for TWSBI nibs."
reddit  twsbi  fountainpens  pens  nibs  2014 
november 2016 by handcoding
About – The Well-Appointed Desk
"The goal of The Well-Appointed Desk is to feature:
• inspiring desks and work spaces (from home office to working studios)
• tools we use (from pens and pencils to computer applications)"
blogs  pens  desks  2016 
october 2016 by handcoding
J. Herbin Violette Pensee (30ml Bottled Ink)
(This site has pretty good previews of how various fountain-pen inks look—as well as ink reviews.)
reviews  ink  fountainpens  2016  pens 
june 2016 by handcoding
TWSBI Diamond 580AL Blue Fountain Pen Review — The Pen Addict
(Looks like this could be a good piston-refillable fountain pen to try? It’s also at the top of Pen Addict’s "Top 5 Fountain Pens $50-$100” category.)
"The standard 580 has been a staple of mine for years, but when plastic parts are replaced with aluminum (and in some cases colored aluminum!) and the price goes up only slightly, it's a no-brainer to replace one with the other."
pens  fountainpens  reviews  2015 
june 2016 by handcoding
Pilot Namiki Purple (Cartridges)
Oof—it looks like Pilot’s purple/violet ink cartridges are waaay light.
ink  pilot  purple  violet  2016  cartridges  fountainpens  pens 
june 2016 by handcoding
Considering a Lamy 2000
"If you do get a 2000, be sure that you flush it very well before your first inking. Lamy "writes in" their nibs at the factory and will most likely have some Lamy blue residue in it. This is totally normal for Lamy and doesn't mean you've gotten a used pen. However, you don't know how long the pen has been sitting in that condition, so just make sure you clean it well. I generally clean mine by unscrewing the section from the pen and cleaning it separately rather than running the piston up and down. The section unscrews right where the two little tabs are that hold the cap on. Just be very careful that you don't lose the little tab washer as it's slightly spring loaded. Also be sure you have it properly positioned when screwing the section back on or you will damage the barrel."
pens  fountainpens  lamy  2016 
june 2016 by handcoding
Tiff on Twitter: "Just posted a photo"
This "dark lilac" ink from Lamy looks pretty darn nice. (Although it's apparently a limited-edition color.)
ini  fountainpens  pens  lamy  purple  2016 
may 2016 by handcoding
Lamy 2000 Rollerball Review — Pen Addict
"My only gripe is the line width, which is the same "problem" I have with the Retro 51 stock refill. To get a smaller size (like a 0.5 or so), you'll have to find the refill directly from Schmidt. While this is fairly easy for the Retro 51 refills (Schmidt P8127), the Lamy version can be a bit difficult to locate." (Perhaps worth a shot as an upgrade for your Retro 51 pen?)

"If you're nervous about jumping on a Lamy 2000 because you're new to fountain pens, this might be the perfect entry point into fine pens."
pens  lamy  retro51  2016 
january 2016 by handcoding
Fountain Pen Reviews | Hey there! SBREBrown
Looks like this site has some fountain-pen reviews. Neat.
fountainpens  pens  reviews  2016 
january 2016 by handcoding
Pilot Kakuno Fountain Pen Review — Pen Addict
A fountain pen with a smiley face on its nib! What’s not to link?
pens  fountainpens  2013  pilot  wishlist 
january 2016 by handcoding
Smooth As A Baby's Bottom – Or Not — Pen Addict
(So… maybe avoid Kaweco pens for now?)
"Eventually, I stumbled on this article by Evan Brus on his AL Sport. Finally, after so much searching, I found someone with the exact same issue. Plus, he put a name on the issue. Baby's bottom.

Basically, baby's bottom is a problem with the nib in which the tines come together and form a small inverse pool instead of a flat surface where the nib meets the paper. Since the part of the nib that delivers the ink isn't really touching the paper, the result is bad starts and inconsistent ink flow."
pens  fountainpens  ink  2014  penaddict  kaweco 
january 2016 by handcoding
Kaweco Skyline Sport Fountain Pen Review — Pen Addict
"What I like about the Skyline the most is that it is a no-frills pocket carry. The smooth plastic barrel just slides into your pocket, with no clip to snag on anything and no metal barrel to scratch up other items. It’s also cheaper than most pocket fountain pens so there is no fear in losing it."
pens  wishlist  kaweco  2016  reviews  fountainpens 
january 2016 by handcoding
Difference between roller ball and gel pens? - ink | Ask MetaFilter
"I would have told you a few years ago that liquid ink "roller ball" pens have a looser and smoother writing feel, and are less likely to skip. But gel pens are getting very good lately, and I have trouble telling them from liquid ink pens sometimes.

"Some nice gel pens are Zebra Sarasas, Uniball 207, Pilot G2. Those are my favorites lately and I was a liquid pen exclusivist until recently."
pens  gel  rollerball  metafilter  askmetafilter  2006 
january 2016 by handcoding
Ballpoint, Rollerball, or Gel: Which Pen is Best for You? - Tiger Pens Blog
"Gel pens, like liquid ink rollerballs, create bold, rich lines and tend to write quite comfortably. But the thicker ink also tends to clump occasionally, like ballpoint ink, and doesn’t always coat the ball evenly, leaving skips in the line.Gel pens, like liquid ink rollerballs, create bold, rich lines and tend to write quite comfortably. But the thicker ink also tends to clump occasionally, like ballpoint ink, and doesn’t always coat the ball evenly, leaving skips in the line."
gel  rollerball  pens  2009  comparison 
january 2016 by handcoding
Uni-ball Signo: A Comprehensive Guide -
This page goes over the various varieties of the Uni-ball Signo line. (The Uni-ball Signo was recommended here -- or at least as of April 2015:
pens  writing  jetpens  uniball  signo  2015 
april 2015 by handcoding
Holding a pen correctly | This page intentionally left ugly
"This page has a nice set of pictures that go over the right positions for holding a pen."
writing  handwriting  pens  2015  tutorials 
april 2015 by handcoding
A Few Great Sales — Tools and Toys
"The Pilot Vanishing Point was our favorite pen in The Tools & Toys Guide to Fountain Pens. It features an 18 karat gold nib. It also has an interesting feature set though, starting with a retractable nib (yes, retractable). This is one of the few retractable-nib fountain pens on the market, and it is extremely well done. Don’t forget about extra ink cartridges." (This could be neat to try.)
pens  toolsandtoys  wishlist  fountainpens  2015 
april 2015 by handcoding
Wacom Pens - Compatibility Chart
This PDF chart goes over which pens are compatible with which Wacom tablets. (Your Wacom tablet is the CTE-650.)
wacom  pens  stylus  pdf  comparison  2014 
december 2014 by handcoding
Pen Nerds and Finding Better Tools - Anil Dash
"I asked earlier what the best ballpoint pen was; Here's everybody's answers, thanks to @ThinkUpApp" (via:
via:anildash  pens  recommendations  2011 
march 2011 by handcoding
The Pen Addict
This guy reviews pens. Allsome.
pens  writing  reviews  blogs 
february 2008 by handcoding
JPens - Hi-Tec-C Cavalier 0.4mm
The Hi-Tec-C Cavalier appears to be similar to Pilot's regular Hi-Tec-C, only nicer :).
pens  pilot  hitecc  wishlist  writing 
september 2007 by handcoding
Pens - 43FoldersWiki
This page within the 43 Folders Wiki aims to list what the authors consider the best non-luxury pens available, including where they can be found. Pens include the Koh-I-Noor Nexus Art Pen, Pilot's G-TEC-C4 & Hi-Tec C pens, and others.
pens  writing  pilot  gtecc4  hitecc 
march 2007 by handcoding
Save $200 in 2 minutes and have the worlds best writing pen
This article goes over the steps to hack a Mont Blanc refill to fit into a G2 enclosure (without much difficulty).
pens  writing 
april 2006 by handcoding
A quick-drying pen for Moleskines? | Ask MetaFilter [December 2, 2005]
Ask MetaFilter readers help answer this question: "What are your favorite (preferably gel) pens for writing in a Moleskine that dry quickly and won't smudge or bleed?"
pens  writing  askmetafilter  reviews 
december 2005 by handcoding
Pens?! Pens?! | Ask MetaFilter [March 1, 2005]
Ask MetaFilter readers help answer this question: "Recently I've been writing in a notebook and finding it more productive than a computer. Problem is: pens. My hands always cramp. Writers: what are your favorite pens? I fancy me a fine point as well."
pens  writing  reviews  askmetafilter 
december 2005 by handcoding
MikeShea.Net: Mike's Rollerball and Fountain Pen Review
"In the following review, I attempt to capture my experiences with a wide range of rollerball and fountain pens under the $100 price range."
pens  writing  rollerball  fountainpens  ink  paper 
may 2005 by handcoding

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