Friday, October 28, 2011

Dong-A Comssa Computer Sign Pen


I don't know what a 'Computer Sign Pen' is vs. a regular 'Sign Pen', but you can get a box (of 12) of the Dong-A Comssa Computer Sign Pens at JetPens for $5.75 (U.S.) They have been marked down from the original price for well over a year, so I took a gamble and ordered them. 


As you can see from the review, I was a bit torn by these. They are comfortable, consistent, and if you like line variation, you can achieve it quite easily with this pen. I thought my handwriting looked atrocious - more so than usual, so that was somewhat off-putting to me. If I were one who doodled, and I'm not, I think I would appreciate these much more than I did.

I cannot fault the pen for my lack of drawing abilities, so I will say that I liked this pen, but I would like it more if I had different direction in mind. If you doodle, love sign pens, or don't care about your writing, you should probably give these a chance. 


The cap includes a raised portion to prevent it from rolling off of your desk, and there is no clip to speak of.


I did try using the period over the course of a few weeks, and the tip has not worn down at all, so it seems that you will get some good life out of these, unless you have a very heavy hand.


I tried to do the frontal shot of the point (a la No Pen Intended), but I do not have the skills to utilize my camera to the best of its abilities quite yet. As you can see, there are little fibrous hairs that compose the tip, and I do not know what the material is, but it seems like it could be some sort of plastic.

Overall, not bad. I just wish I liked them more for my preferences. I gave the rest to a friend of mine, and he is currently using them for some doodling. I am glad they found a good home.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Next Giveaway!


So, I drew a winner three times for this initial giveaway, and no one claimed their prize! To make the giveaway more enticing, I am adding two additional items:



  • Leave one comment on this posting to enter for the giveaway. You are limited to one entry, and duplicate entries are prohibited. 
  • You must be a public follower (the little pictures on the right) of Economy Pens to qualify for the giveaway.
  • Only U.S. residents will qualify for this giveaway. I don't mean to exclude any international readers, but I have read about several instances where people are simply not receiving their packages from international sources, and I don't want anyone to be disappointed if these items are held in customs. 
  • Entries will be accepted between now and November 4th, at 11:59, CST. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Staedtler (Noris) Student Set


I just wanted to give everyone early notice that this will be one of the items in the next giveaway. It is the Noris version of the Staedtler Student Set and, as far as I know, it is not sold in the U.S. It is fairly easy to find the Mars Lumograph 100 pencils in the U.S., but I rarely see the other models of Staedtler pencils here.

This pack comes with (2) Noris HB pencils, a sharpener, an eraser, a ballpoint pen, and a ruler. How great is that?

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Q-Connect Executive Fountain Pen


The Q-Connect Executive Fountain Pen was another pen that was sent to me to review, courtesy of OfficeHero. Apparently Q-Connect is a fairly prevalent office supply company in Europe, but I had not heard of it until I saw it on OfficeHero.


This pen looks like an "executive" pen, but the price is very economical. OfficeHero sells this pen for £4.60, which, as of today, equates to just over $7.00 (U.S.) 
Of course there are many pens that you can buy cheap that you will probably hate, so I popped in the short international cartridge that came with the pen to try it out. 


The nib is a machine stamped I.P.G. (Iridium Point Germany), and for the most part, it looks alright. I am not a big fan of yellow gold, so I am biased, but this pen also has a flaw in the coloration where the nib meets the grip section. Outside of that, the nib has a nice size and shape to it. 


In my Rhodia Reverse Book, this pen performed surprisingly well. I didn't experience any skipping and the feeling of the nib was nearly "buttery-smooth." I did make note that the pen is quite heavy when the cap is posted on the back, but it felt pretty good, to me, when it was un-posted. 


As far as size goes, the Q-Connect Executive Fountain Pen (shown on the bottom) was about the same size as a Lamy Safari (middle), and noticeably larger than a Pelikan M205 (top).

Overall, if you like medium nibs and just want something you can bring around without an alarming concern of losing your pen, this would be a very good option. How many pens do you know of where you can get a German-made nib, metal construction, and the ability to use short international cartridges in one? I'm sure there are a handful out there, but now you know of one more.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Yet Another Winner!

Alright, so I never heard from Trixie or Jomammie, which makes the new winner...


Eliz.Erazo!


You will have one week to e-mail me. If I do not hear from you by 11:59pm, on October 24th, I will pull this drawing, add additional items, and hold another drawing.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Uniball Eye Micro .5 Blue


I received this Uniball Eye Micro sample from OfficeHero, a new office supply store located in the U.K. Those of you in the U.S., like myself, will find some items that are not typically found on this side of the pond. 


Though this Uniball Eye is very much like the Uniball Vision, this one has a slightly different ink viewing window, which is graduated like a syringe. 


The Uniball Visions Micros that I have found are available as .5, but I don't recall any of the packaging that I've seen advertise the line width as an "approx .2mm line", as is the case on the bottom of the box (see above image).



Upon inspection, the ball is quite tiny, but I rarely see a .2mm line from a liquid ink pen. Liquid ink spreads more than a gel pen or an oil-based ballpoint, so I compared the Uniball Eye to a few other smaller point pens.


The Uniball Eye Micro performed very well, and I do love the shade of blue it has. As you can see in the review, the size of the line was not smaller than a Pilot G-2 .38 or a Pentel Slicci .3, so I don't think a .2mm line is realistic for this one.

I don't have a comparable Uniball Vision lying around to compare to the Uniball Eye, but it was an excellent writing experience, and I'd like to see this version more often. But for now, you can head over to OfficeHero and check out what they have. 

Thank you OfficeHero and to Oliver, from Digital Sagittarius, for contacting me. 


*Review Update*


Okay, so after digging around in my desk, I was able to find a Uniball Vision Elite Micro in blue. Unlike the Uniball Eye, this one does not indicate that it is a micro point, but using it revealed that it is probably the same size as the Uniball Eye. 



Interestingly enough, the Eye is a bit lighter in color than the Vision Elite. The Vision Elite has more purple-blue tones to it than the Eye, but both colors are nice to look at. If you are very particular about your blue rollerballs, this may be a significant point to consider, but both of these performed very well. 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Edison Collier Silver Marble with Fine Point Steel Nib



A few weeks back, Goldspot Luxury Gifts offered to send out this Edison Collier for reviewing purposes. When the package first arrived, I didn't realize that this new release from the Edison Pen Co. would cause so much emotional attachment. I'm not looking forward to sending it back, because this pen is a joy to use. 


Inside the box you will find a thank you card from the president of Edison Pen Co., Brian Gray. It may be a small gesture, but it is one that is often overlooked in customer appreciation. 


Regardless of the perspective of this camera making the nib look large, this is a significantly larger nib than I have used in any pen before. This nib is the steel version, but you can also get one with 18k gold. This is a fairly light pen for the size, but I thought the size and weight of the pen were very comfortable. For a complete set of details on dimensions, composition, and options, you can click here to go the to Goldspot page for this particular Edison Collier. 


The nib includes the Edison Pen Co. logo, an indication of size (fine, in this case), and some nice detailing. 


For reviewing this pen, Goldspot Luxury Gifts provided me with a free bottle of Private Reserve Sherwood Green, so this was the ink that I loaded into the Edison Collier for the review. I will have a separate review of the ink in a later posting; the pen is the star of this show. 


Throughout my limited time with this pen, I experienced nothing but clean, even lines. The distribution of ink on the paper was perfect. I never experienced skipping, white spots, scratchiness, or any remotely undesirable performance. The nib was flawless, and the fine point was exactly what I'd expect out of a Western fine point. 



No issues with start up time, nib creep, or any discomfort. I used Rhodia 80gram paper for this review, and the nib, paper, pen, and ink were harmonious together. This is the kind of pen that I would choose if I were to hand-write a novel, memoir, or compose a symphony. The praise here is thick, and for good reason. I love this pen. Can you tell? 


Here are some better photos of the stunning Silver Marble acrylic resin. The pen has vibrant arctic ice-like swirling to it. The clip is firm and has just enough give not to get caught on your shirt pocket. The end of the clip is also spherical, so I never had issues securing or removing it from my shirt pocket. 

The pen comes with a Schmidt converter, or you can convert this pen to an eyedropper. The threading on the cap and barrel are deep and longer than you will see on most pens, so there is no concern for having the cap come loose or of ink spilling in your pocket.


Yep. Take a moment to absorb the view. 


This was a real treat. Thank you to Goldspot Luxury Gifts for letting me borrow this pen. Thank you, also, to Brian, of the Edison Pen Co., for creating writing instruments of such a high calibre. This one is going on my birthday wishlist. 

For another review of this pen, check out the Office Supply Geek's review of the Edison Collier. 

To buy this pen, head over to the Edison Collier section at Goldspot Luxury Gifts.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto: 3-Color Barrel with .4mm Refills


 Many thanks to Brad, of Jet Pens and The Pen Addict, for generously sending me this sample to review. I have never tried the Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto, and I certainly wish I had tried it much sooner.


Here are the cartridges for the Coleto. These are the .4mm size, and I had Brad select the colors due to my being so indecisive. Brad chose Violet, Apricot Orange, and Blue-Black. I called the Apricot Orange "Tangerine Orange" in the written sample, but it is, indeed, Apricot Orange. 


I may not speak Japanese, but there is a spiffy little diagram on the back showing one how to load the barrel with the cartridges. The cartridges are very easy to install, but it is nice that a picture is included in the event there is any confusion on setting up your new Coleto.


To load the cartridges, you lift up the white cap on the top of the pen, slide the cartridges in, and close the cap over the top. 


Now the pen is all set to go. I do wish the clip was a bit more substantial, but at $2.50 it is pretty hard to complain. The barrel is otherwise the perfect size, and I think the 5-color barrel might be better still, especially if you have larger hands or prefer a thicker barrel. The color of the barrel is described as 'black', but it is really more of a translucent smoky grey, and I dig it. 


This style of grip is one of my favorites. The material alternates between hard plastic and soft rubber, so it is not too squishy or too firm. A similar style of barrel is used on the Uniball Signo Bit and the Bic Atlantis. 


And now we are ready. This image makes it look like a menacing torpedo of multi-pen action. 


(Click the image above for a larger picture of the written sample)

I did make note that I thought the Apricot Orange was scratchier than the other two colors, but I am going to chalk this up to one bad refill. If I get another Apricot Orange and it is scratchy, I will probably avoid that specific color going forward.


The writing sample doesn't accurately portray the colors, so I added this image for better accuracy. Again, Tangerine Orange is incorrect; the color is Apricot Orange. 

The ink is even more vibrant in person, and Jet Pens offers refills in tons of different colors. At $2.20/cartridge, this pen ends up being a little bit pricier than the ballpoint multi-pens, but you are not going to get the color selection or colors that are quite as bold and vibrant. I love this pen and, if you haven't tried it, I suggest you make haste in trying it out soon. 

New Giveaway Winner



Alright, Trixie never contacted me to claim her prize for the last giveaway. I drew a new number (or used Random Number Generator to select one), and the winner is....

Jomammie - You will have until Friday, October 14th, at 11:59pm, CST to contact me with your mailing address. If I do not hear from you, I will select another winner and announce it on Saturday, October 15th. 
As I've hinted at recently, I have more stuff to give away, so stay tuned! 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The October Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper

Alright! The October Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper has finally arrived. I had many great submissions, and I added several more to try to round out the selection. You can tell you really have a problem with pen, pencils, and paper if you have already read all of these links, so I hope you can find something new in the mix, too.

If you have any final postings you really think should be included, I am happy to add them. My e-mail address is on the top right of the page. Thank you for visiting, and please comment to let me know what you think of the selection. Thank you!


Pens


Many people pay close attention to The Pen Addict's suggestions. Here is his Top 5 Pen List for Fall, 2011.

Tom, of Goldspot Pens, shares with us this excellent review: Irene and the Edison Collier Fountain Pen.

Steven H shows off his everyday workhorse pen, the Lamy Vista.

Derek, of Derek's Pens and Pencils, gives us insight on the Sheaffer 300 Fountain Pen.

Office Suppy Geek shows off the new Edison Collier Fountain Pen with Steel Broad Point Nib, a pen that I cannot wait to review.

Cynthia, from Journaling Arts, explores Moleskine Pens: Simple, Sophisticated and Sleek.

Heather, of A Penchant for Paper, shares her experience with the Zebra Surari .7 Violet.

O-kami, of Whatever, lets us salivate at her new pen, the Danitrio Densho.

Penned House gives us his verdict on The Write Dudes: Retractable Ballpoint.

Brian Goulet gives us a video on the new Noodler's Ahab Flex Pens.

Pencils


Brad (a.k.a.) The Pen Addict, brings us the new Tombow Olno Body Knock Pencil .5, as featured for sale on JetPens.com

Alberto, of Lung Sketching Scrolls, shares his new Faber Castell Locktite 9800 SG.

Ink

Brian Goulet, of Ink Nouveau, demonstrates 5 New Diamine Colors.


Steven H shares with us his review of the Private Reserve Avocado. Mmmm. Guacamole.

Derek, of Derek's Pens and Pencils, provides us with a review of the Noodler's Dragon's Napalm.

Paper


DianeB, of Pocket Blonde, always finds cool stuff to share. Here she presents her review of this Renaissance Art Leather Moleskine Cover.

Carrie, from Heartland Living on a Budget (.com), brings us this excellent posting on How to Make a Great Card, written by Monica B.

Stephanie, better known as Biffy Beans, surveys the fans and asks if they would like Rhodia Post Cards and Notecards.

Planet Millie shows off the Daycraft Signature Sketchbook.

Misc.


TonyB, of the Tiger Pens Blog, shows appreciation for fellow blogger DianeB with this Blog Review: Pocket Blonde.

Editor's Picks


Miscellaneous Pen Porn, from Gourmet Pens!

No Pen Intended breaks down Stabilo's Move Easy Left Handed Fountain Pen.

Rosetta Leadholder and Accessories from Pencil Talk.

Pen and Paper Hoarder shows off the Moleskine Writing Set Box with .7mm Rollerball Pen.

Learn about the Muji Aluminum Ballpoint Pen .7 from Multi Pen Dimensions.

Tyler Dahl, of 777 Pen Repair, shares his review of Diamine Grey.

Nifty provides us with a story about The Notebook of an Autistic Artist.

Check out this posting on the Traveler's Factory and More, from Scription.

Inkophile brings us another assortment of links in Doodles, Moleskine and a Cherry Link.

Perhaps several of us can relate to Writing Down the Ink #9 from Peacable Writer

Seth, of Good Pens, shows off the JZ Designs Key Pen

Leigh Reyes demonstrates how A Little Balance Goes a Long Way.

Bleistift gives us a look at just how prevalent The Ubiquitous Staedtler Pencils can be.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

And the Giveaway Winner is...

Congratulations, Trixie! You will have until Friday, October 7th to e-mail me with your mailing address. Thank you to everyone that entered. If you didn't win, don't feel bad. There are other giveaways around the corner, including some products not typically found in the U.S. 



The deadline for Carnival entries is tonight, so be sure to get any last minute submissions in as soon as possible.