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.
The Lamy Dialogs are elusive pens. Though you may know the Lamy brand, it seems the 2000 and Safari get all of the attention, however I think the Dialog series is a real achievement by Lamy, and whilst they are expensive, they each bring something entirely unique to the table, something not found in other pen brands. Something German.
The packaging IS something to write home about. Make sure you use your new pen if you do.
I’m lucky enough to own all three of the Lamy Dialog pens, and they are absolutely unique from each other and will suit only a small percentage of pen users due to their unique designs and functions. In this post I’ll be reviewing all three, contrasting each as well, whilst comparing them to more contemporary pens available today.
Of course it’s most fitting to go in order, starting with the Lamy Dialog 1.
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.