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Fountain Pen Guide Series, Session 3: How to Maintain Your Pens

Fountain Pen Guide Session 3 Maintaining Your Pens Cover Photo

Welcome to the third entry in my fountain pen guide. In this session, I’ll be guiding you through how to take a pen that’s writing poorly and fix it up, making it write like new! Don’t worry if you’re an absolute beginner, I’ll explain everything as clearly as possible, with step by step guides to help you along. Remember that as with all these guides, any unusual word will be highlighted in red and defined at the bottom of this page!

Do note that this is not the be all and end all of maintenance guides, and I can’t cover every possible scenario. Also note that this is not a restoration guide. That may be for a different day. You can use some of these techniques to get older, dried-up pens up and running, however.

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OVERVIEW  |  GENERAL MAINTENANCE  |  FLOW FIXERS  |  NIB GRINDING/SMOOTHNESS

DISCLAIMER: I will not hold any responsibility for pens possibly broken or ruined by you or anyone else after following these instructions. These instructions are very general, and your pen may have more wrong with it than you thought initially. Again I recommend you keep calm when attempting these steps, as any excessive force exerted on your pen can possibly ruin it! If you are afraid of breaking your pen, please send it to a knowledgeable service person that is able to fix your pen for you! Please make sure you diagnose your problem properly before attempting to do some permanent changes. Continue reading

On how I’m not dead, and UPDATES

Hey guys, it’s me, Jono. And no, I haven’t fallen deathly ill, nor have I dropped off the face of this here planet.

Time has been such a commodity the past couple (three, maybe?) of months that this blog has had to take a backseat in the Mini Cooper that is my time pool (get it, it’s like a small car and my time has been… oh forget it). My final semester of University, photography jobs, and numerous other commitments have simply sapped all of my calendar space, hence why updates have been so sparse on the site.

I have, however, been answering any emails and questions you guys have sent directly to me, and I appreciate that you consider me a valid source of pen information. Keep them coming, I do read all of your emails and comments and am happy to help out where I can (or direct you where you can find a better answer). So, let’s get onto some updates:

  • Product Reviews: Yeah, these have been few and far between despite me saying I have “hundreds of things” near constantly. Do not worry, despite the fact that some of my collection is archaic or no longer available to buy, I should have some cool new stuff to share with you soon.
  • YouTube: Yes, this has been seriously underwhelming. Despite being a photographer, my videography skills are lacking. I’ve learned a lot about video recently, and yes, I do need to get some better lighting. This will all happen soon.
  • Features and Guides: My third FP guide has been in the works since the early 1700s and I still haven’t gotten around to finishing it. No matter, I’ll be working on that as well as a bunch of other cool stuff, as well as publicly answering some great questions I’ve received, in the coming weeks.

But lastly, one update that may be a little disappointing, or perhaps surprising, to a lot of you. I don’t really buy pens anymore, and have been steering more of my interests towards computers and photography than pens and paper lately. This is not to say I’ve lost interest in these topics completely, but I have diverted more attention to my other interests. Now, what does this mean? Well, not much really, but my days of constantly buying pens has fizzled a little. I didn’t even buy the last LE Safari (shocking, I know).

I guess what I’m trying to say is that this blog may become a little more diverse than the name suggests. This means more reviews of things like bags, technology, and anything else that relates to the core theme of this blog: organisation. Yes, this whole blog was founded on the principle that by having nice things to use, you will be more compelled to both use them and become more organised. And of course, organisation is one of those things that permeates through your entire life, making you feel better, work better, and play better.

So, I hope that this has shed a bit more light on the whole situation here, and I guess I’ll catch you in my next post!

Jono

Notebook Notepad Mega Review No. 1

I came to a realisation today that I simply don’t have enough time in my life to review all of the notebooks I have in my shelf. It’s ridiculous really, an entire row of shelving is dedicated to over 100 notebooks and notepads of varying sizes. Some are common (Rhodia) and some are relatively difficult to find (Paperways, and some small brands), but they all need reviewing. Almost every notebook I own is unique and great in its own way, which really shows how much can be done with such a simple concept.

Anyways, this new series of posts will involve quickly reviewing three different notebooks in the one post. I thought I’d begin with some of my really unique journals in the first post, so let’s go.

Standard Number Color Pop Diary

Color Pop Diary

Color Pop Diary

Korea seems to churn out weird and whacky stationery as if it’s their primary export. This journal is no different. The cover is unassuming at first, just black with a faint grey grid on top and a color pop logo. It comes with a plastic sleeve to protect it too, which is nice, but all this stuff doesn’t really live up to the “color pop” in its name. However, this notebook is anything but boring once you look inside.

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Tomoe River Handcrafted Letterpress Notebooks from JustWrite

Tomoe River Paper Handcrafted Notebooks Review

This post would not have been possible without the help of JustWrite

Time for a break from inexpensive pens and pencils from JustWrite, and onto some premium level notebooks with Japan-made Tomoe River Paper. These notebooks are the result of a collaboration between JustWrite and Olive and the Volcano Letterpress, meaning they are exclusive to JustWrite. Not only that, but they promise to deliver on a few lofty goals.

The first is an unbeatable writing experience for fountain pens, with silky smooth textured paper, high bleedthrough resistance, and no feathering. Alas, this is a goal many supposed “fountain-pen-friendly” notebooks have often failed to achieve. The second objective is to deliver this performance in a package that is thin and light, owing mainly to the thinness of the paper. 52gsm is the quoted weight value (note: Rhodia is 80gsm, copy paper is 70gsm), and this initially left me extremely skeptical of whether or not this paper could deliver on both these promises at the same time, as normally these two things would cancel each other out.

As it turns out, not only does this notebook range keep both promises, it does so in an exquisitely presented package that is certain to knock other brands like Field Notes and Moleskine clean out of the park.

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Pilot Knight Fountain Pen Review

Pilot Knight Fountain Pen Review Photo

About a week ago the guys at Pen Chalet contacted me to see if I would give an honest review of the Pilot Knight fountain pen. I’ve been a long time fan of Pilot pens in general, so naturally I said yes.

I know a bit about the Knight, but in particular I know that this pen houses the same nib assembly found on the cheap 78G, the mid-range Prera, and a few other sub-$100 Pilot pens. I think it would be suitable to see how the Knight stacks up, and just give you my thoughts on this pen in general.

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Rapid Fire Review: Palomino Blackwing 602 Pencil

Rapid fire reviews are quick and dirty reviews. Normally I write a bible’s worth of words in each review, so if you prefer shorter posts, here we go.

Palomino Blackwing 602

Palomino Blackwing 602 Review

The Blackwing was a legendary pencil from way back with a cult status as the best ever made. They are so rare that a single pencil can go for upwards of $100, even used. Palomino hoped to recreate this masterpiece in their line of Blackwings, and whilst some would have you believe they’re utter crap compared to the real deal, I think they’re just nice pencils in general.

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VIDEO: Now n Then Eco Essential Pen & Pencil Review

Ishuja Now N Then Eco Essential Pen and Pencil

Now n Then contacted me recently, wondering if I’d like to get my hands on their Eco Essential pen and pencil they successfully funded on Kickstarter. Of course I said yes.

Now n Then comes from Ishuja, a group of three guys with some pretty interesting product ideas. Based in Taiwan, the three of them put their heads together to make some beautiful pens. Their latest, the Retro Essential pen, well exceeded the funding goal last month, so go check out what they’ve been doing lately on Kickstarter here.

The Eco Essential pen was funded mid-last year, and the pencil a few months after that. It’s obvious that people love the cool design and modern functions of these pens, and they’ve consistently raised many times their goal figure for their projects. So, are they deserving of all this support? Let’s see.

Check out the video review below, and read on to see my detailed thoughts on this set.

 

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