Notebooks are not something that are hard to find. There’s such a massive variety of brands and products around these days, that finding a notebook that suits your needs isn’t something that’s particularly difficult. However, there are those times when you want something custom, something unique; either to give as a gift, or keep for yourself.
Boy, this thing’s gorgeous!
Many of you may know that Platinum is my favourite pen brand. Despite their rather narrow range of pens, models like the President, #3776, and Preppy represent some of the best pens at their price point, ever.
This brings me to a rather unique pen, and one that could only come from Japan, the Maki-e, which was sent to me by Massdrop.
For those of you that don’t know of Massdrop, it’s a site that curates a bunch of superb products that are suggested by users. Each product must receive a certain number of votes from the community, and once it does Massdrop will get in touch with the brand to organise a group-buy. The best thing about a group-buy is that the higher the quantity, the lower the price, like buying in bulk. So, you get to vote for the products you want, then buy them at a reduced price. Win-win, right? International shipping is also very competitive, and can be as little as a few dollars for small items like pens.
You may be thinking, “Hold on, didn’t he already review this?”.
You’d be forgiven for thinking I’m duplicating my last post on Monsieur Notebook, but this one’s a little different. Since my last review, they have been trying to improve the look, feel, and overall quality of the notebooks, and got in touch with me to let me know that they’re bringing out a whole new range of “Soft Classic” leather-bound notebooks.
So for those that don’t know Kaweco (pronounced Cah-Veh-Co), they’ve been making pens for a while out of Germany, and have come up with some very iconic designs. One such iconic pen is this, the Sport. The Sport is part of a series of like-modelled pens that are primarily designed to be sturdy, comfortable to use, and small enough to lose in your pocket. Not only that, but they look unlike any other pen I’ve ever used, and I’ve used a lot of pens. If you ask anyone that knows Kaweco to name one of their pens, chances are they’d mention the Sport first.
Kaweco got in touch with me and sent a few pens for me to try. The Sport comes in several flavours, with a huge amount of colours, patterns, and designs in each. They don’t just make fountain pens either, there’s also ballpoints and pencils too. The range is pretty widely available, especially from places like JetPens or the Goulet Pen Company, and come in at a rather inexpensive price point (around $30). Of course the premium models, like the AL Sport, will cost you more, but you can expect the same (or similar) writing experience across the range.
So they sound pretty good, right? Well, let’s see.
There are few pens stranger than retractable fountain pens. They’re like a contradiction; fountain pens are cumbersome and complex by design, so why bother making one retractable? Well, I think it’s mainly because they can, but also because doing so forms one of the most iconic and unusual writing instruments in recent memory, whilst also making something so hopelessly practical that it’s a wonder why Pilot are the only ones to mass market such a product.
The Vanishing Point (VP from hereon out), or “Capless” as it’s known in some countries, marries the writing pleasure of a fountain pen, with the convenience of one-handed operation. Slip it from a breast pocket, click the button, and begin writing in one swift motion, and with one hand. What is considered by some to be a gimmick in fact enhances the whole experience of an entirely extraordinary pen, one that even without the capless mechanism would be fantastic in its own right.
So, it’s a noteworthy product, and one that I can wholly recommend; something I hope to show you in this review.
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.
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
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!