Recently Kevin from JustWrite got in contact with me and we talked about pens, his online store, and cheaper and interesting products for pen beginners and enthusiasts alike. JustWrite is an online pen store based in Australia, offering a huge variety of products to Australia and New Zealand. They stock Chinese, Indian, and Japanese pens, plus ranges from the likes of Parker and Omas. Not only do they have a wide variety of pencils and fountain and ballpoint pens, but also a very interesting range of inks and accessories. Kevin sent me a mix of products to try out and review, and I thought I would collate them into the one post, starting with the Kombi Patrone double-ended ink cartridges.
Exams. We all hate them, but we all have to do them. One thing that comes up regularly during long, fast-paced writing sessions is hand fatigue. About 20 minutes into an exam, people tend to get an awful pain in their hand muscles that leads to messy writing and regularly taking breaks, something you can’t afford in a timed setting.
Recently a reader, Chris, emailed me about this very topic and asked for help on finding a great pen for those long exams. My response? Focus on your grip first.
So yeah, I bought one. The Hero Summer Color, a top-to-toe replica of the Lamy Safari. I blogged about this pen recently and soon after, bought one for myself to see if it really could emulate the best parts of the Lamy Safari. It’s in my hands now, so let’s see how it compares to the Safari, but let’s also see if the parts are interchangeable!
Yeah, this review was a long time coming, I know, but do forgive me as I’ve been so busy writing with this pen that I had no time to blog about it! I swear!
As many of you know, Platinum is just about my favourite pen brand in the world. Never have I ever taken a Platinum pen out of its box and been disappointed with how it writes. Never.
For those of you that missed out on the Apollo pen, or wanted something similar in a less expensive package, I’ve got another Kickstarter pen to share with you.
It’s a similar concept, a metal pen that slips into a metal case that has ruled edges along its sides. Like the Apollo, the Tech Force accepts Pilot Hi Tec C refills, which are widely available and of very good quality, perfect for drafting and making fine lines – the main application of the Tech Force.
Just as I thought it could never happen, the Safari fountain pen has been cloned. This pen apparently popped up a few months ago, but I didn’t catch wind of it until now. I don’t know why anyone would consider cloning a pen that can be bought for around $10 online, but I guess the Chinese will do anything. Here it is, the Hero Summer Colour:
And here is the normal Safari:
Reports online say it’s a bad quality replica with poor quality control. I may pick one up just to compare it, but I doubt I would ever use one of these. Though, that purple does look pretty cool… I wonder if it is possible to remove the innards of a Safari and put the body of a Hero on. Will have to see!
For all the buying guides out there on the internet, few talk about fountain pens specifically. Maybe it’s because there aren’t enough fountain pen blogs (like this one) or maybe it’s because not many people actually know how to buy a great pen. Nonetheless, allow me to add to this small list by offering my own guide to buying a fantastic pen that you’ll love using, and love taking everywhere with you.
Many people have a whole lot of pens, myself included, yet there are a select few in my collection that I would consider the best; the pens that, if I had to give up all my other pens, I would choose to keep. I imagine you’d like to be in the same situation, having a pen that writes when you want it, looks fantastic in your hand or your pocket, and that would make you think twice before handing it over to someone else to use.