Those of you that saw my first impressions video of the TWSBI VAC 700 know that I instantly loved the pen as soon as I took it out of the box. Now that I’ve used it almost every day for the past few weeks, I think it’s time for a proper review! In case you haven’t seen my first impressions video, here it is:
It’s been long overdue: our first ink review! And this is an ink that everyone should know about. Noodlers is owned and run by one single man: Nathan Tardiff. Nathan takes care of making and packing every bottle of Noodlers ink sold, a gargantuan effort if you consider the huge range and the near-worldwide availability of these inks.
The name is odd, I know, and the inks are odd. Noodlers inks are the most varied of any brand, in both colour and characteristics. Some are permanent, some tamper-proof, and some will stain your pen, clothes, and desk permanently. Bulletproof inks are permanent on paper, but wipe off plastics with ease. They’re waterproof, smearproof, and create a bond with the paper that can’t be broken once dry. Or so Nathan says! Does this claim hold up? Let’s see.
It’s time for another pen review, this time a Pelikan! The M400 is a middle-ground fountain pen that sits between the budget M200 and the premium M600; for those that love the M200 design, but are after a 14k gold nib plus some extra luxury trimmings. Pelikans come in, generally, a single design that increases only in size and price as you work your way up the range. Starting from the M200 and being rounded off by the monstrous M1000, the M line represents one of the finest luxury fountain pen lines available.
“So,” some of you may be thinking, “why should I spend the extra over the M200?” Well I think the best way to answer that question is a head to head comparison, so scroll down to see that! For the rest of you, read on for a detailed review of the pen.
Although most people think the best fountain pens can be found in the $100+ range, there’s a price bracket way, way below that often, but shouldn’t, get ignored. Disposable fountain pens aren’t exactly common, but a few brands sell them because some people simply don’t want to fork out anything over $5.00 for a writing instrument, but enjoy using a fountain pen. Now the term “disposable” is loosely used, as many of these pens can be refilled one way or another. That word simply refers to how inexpensive they are.
The main contenders today can all be found at JetPens, a site you all should know about (and perhaps love!), and are available for under $5.00 each. I’m here to show you which one is best, from the view of a fountain pen enthusiast, but also from the view of a ballpoint user looking for a cheap entry point into fountain pens. I’ll compare each of them with each other, more expensive pens, and the common rollerballs and ballpoint pens you often see on people’s desks. Let’s go!
This is the ultimate girls post. What could possibly be more awesome than cute pens? When there’s a collaboration between a stationery giant and a makeup powerhouse! Shiseido is an international makeup brand and when I picked up on the fact that the new Uni-ball Style Fits were in collaboration with Majolica Majorca (Shiseido’s drugstore range) I sensed blogging of epic proportions.