Monday, July 16, 2018

Grandluxe Dialogue Notebooks

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Economy Pens is finally coming down. Thanks, everyone!

Hello, everyone! It's been a while - and for good reason. Life has just been too busy to blog and other interests have taken my time away from being passionate about pens, paper, and ink.

That being said, I will be taking down Economy Pens in a few months, after I get a chance to save some of my favorite pictures and review some of the phenomenal comments readers have left in the posts. I've had a lot of fun reviewing writing instruments, paper, and associated office supplies, and I wanted to thank everyone for your time, conversation, and friendship.

Take care!

- alex @ economy pens

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Platinum Preppy - A Guest Post by Pens! Paper! Pencils!

The Platinum Preppy is a fountain pen that costs around £3 in the UK (and about $3-$4.50 in the US). They can be found with an extra-fine nib (02), medium nib (05) or, as with this one, a fine nib (03). When purchased the trim on the pen will match the ink colour, of which there are many options. (How many depends on where you are looking and which size nib you are buying.)

You’re not restricted to the ink colour you originally bought, of course. The Preppy takes proprietary Platinum cartridges or, with an adaptor, standard international cartridges. It can also be converted to an eye-dropper.

The barrel looks a bit horrid, if I’m honest. What appear to be ugly stickers plastered all over it are in fact printed on and so you’re stuck with them.

The clip is liable to break if you’re not careful with it. The cap however does post nicely and with the whole pen being so light it’s well balanced whether used posted or not. Likewise, it’s a comfortable length and width however you like to write.

I’ve heard talk of Preppy’s being a bit hit and miss in terms of nibs but this particular one is really very good. It’s smooth and there’s no skipping. I’ve used pens that have literally been over ten times as expensive that haven’t been as pleasant to write with.

This pen has travelled by plane to three different countries with me and it hasn’t let me down. It will last forever but it isn’t the end of the world if it’s lost of get broken. It’s ugly, there’s no getting away from that, but it’s great to write with.

Many thanks to Ian for the great review. You can check out Ian's blog at Pens! Paper! Pencils!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Caran d'Ache Ballpoint with Rolex Branding

I recently met up with a good friend, Frank, who's been in the jewelry business for many years. An item he recently shared with me over some fine ale was this Caran d'Ache ballpoint, with a brand from arguably the most well-known fine watchmaker, Rolex.

The green and gold is reminds me a bit of the 80s, an item you might expect to see in the first Wall Street movie- I dig it.

My friend handed me the pen, lamenting that the refill was empty. So the search began to find the replacement. I was fairly certain it was either the Schmidt 9000 ballpoint or another one I had heard of called the 'Goliath'. A quick search revealed that it was the Goliath that I needed, so I ordered one from The Largest Online Retailer and had it in a few days.

The refill was pricey, but it is also made in Switzerland, comes in a sturdy protective tube, and would likely last long enough to belt out a solid 200 page novel. It's called the Goliath for a reason - it's a damn big refill.

Writing with the pen was quite pleasant. I'd happily carry this pen as an every day writer. Sure, it's not the uber-dark super ballpoint ink that's out there now, but it's a worthy ink, and I, at times, enjoy the less-than-perfect ballpoints out there; the static on vinyl recordings or cassette tapes that you listened to 20+ years ago have this quality, and there's something nice about that.

This was my first experience with a Caran d'Ache product, and I often want a Caran d'Ache pencil when I see them over at one of my favorite blogs, La Vie Graphite, run by pencil friend Speculator. I think I might have to seek out a pen/pencil combo from this fine Swiss manufacturer.

My friend recently informed me that the pen is a frequent user in his daily arsenal, so my job is done. It'd be a shame to have this workhorse sitting in a drawer. The build quality is solid; so long as you find refills, this thing will last forever.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Giveaway Re-draw!

I did not hear from Hester, so a new winner is being chosen. 

Congratulations, Wade! You have one week to e-mail me your address before a new winner is selected. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Tombow 2558 B Wooden Pencil

Every now and again I get the urge to pick up a regular ol' wooden pencil, and I've heard great things about Tombow's pencil quality. 

A few things led be me to believe this was going to be a favorable experience. First, the coating of the pencil is thick and smooth, not like those shoddy pencils you often find during Back to School, what with all the flaking what such.

Plus, it say 'High Quality' right on the side, so at least there's some rhetoric in the works, too. I do prefer darker lines when I write, since I'm typically a pen user, so I like that this one is a 'B'.

 Tombow has also been making pencils for century, so I figure that counts for something. I find it amusing that this is FOR GENERAL WRITING. I wonder if worlds collide if I try to use it for sketching or as a chopstick.

Everything else is standard. Basic metal ferrule and a pink, squishy eraser.

Sharpening was ideal; the wood peeled smoothly, and the cedar smells exceptional. The point was smooth and did not break or crumble during sharpening. 

This image is a bit fuzzy, darn. I compared the Tombow with some other great pencils, and I was surprised to see how well it fared against the Staedtler Noris, which was a bit smoother due to a waxier feel. The General's has a lot of tooth and is very dark, while the Tombow has a touch of tooth and is perfectly dark. This is a soft lead, so you will likely have to resharpen the point fairly often.

I was actually quite disappointed with the Faber-Castell 9000 as it seems to be more of an 'H' in hardness, so I don't know what's going on there.

Last step was the eraser test. The pink eraser works about as well as expected. It's a bit less abrasive than some, so it doesn't shred the paper, but it's very soft, so it's not going to last very long.

Overall, I do like this pencil quite a bit. It may be on the pricey side for a basic pencil, but the lead is excellent, and there's a lot of things done well in this package.

I received my pencil, no charge, as a sample to review from JetPens.

Tombow 2558 B Wooden Pencil - $1.00 @ JetPens

Thursday, January 9, 2014

JetPens Giveaway Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Hester! You'll have one week to e-mail your address before a new winner is selected. Many thanks to everyone else who entered. I have other supplies ready to send out, so stay tuned for more reviews and giveaways!