Kaweco Sport Review

Kaweco Sport Review Fountain Pen and Clutch Pencil Photo

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.

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The Big Rhodia Review Part 1: Bloc Pads

Rhodia Bloc Pads

Rhodia is my brand of choice for almost everything I write on. Not only is the paper of utmost quality, but they come in a variety of sizes and ruling styles whilst also being very affordable. With this perfect blend, Rhodia is often the standard against which other notebooks are measured.

In this review series, I’ll be reviewing three distinct groups of products: notepads, notebooks, and webnotebooks (or “webbies”). Because of the immense range of sizes and rulings available, I’ll be splitting each group into its own post, beginning with…

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Ink Review: Noodler’s Bulletproof Black

Box + Bottle BPB

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.

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For sale: A huge lot of vintage pens – Part 2, Vintage FLEX (all sold!)

Pen trays courtesy of Charlotte! See how to make them here.

Now that I’ve gotten right into pen restoration and photography, it seems only natural to take some great pictures of pens and then give you the opportunity to have those pens! I have spent the past few weeks busily restoring a heap of old pens: polishing them up; straightening, smoothing, polishing, even grinding nibs; and restoring filling systems, from snorkels to sac fillers.

There are a mixture of prices from $15 to $200, so there’s something for everyone!

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For sale: A huge lot of vintage pens – Part 1, Parkers and Sheaffers

Now that I’ve gotten right into pen restoration and photography, it seems only natural to take some great pictures of pens and then give you the opportunity to have those pens! I have spent the past few weeks busily restoring a heap of old pens: polishing them up; straightening, smoothing, polishing, even grinding nibs; and restoring filling systems, from snorkels to sac fillers.

There are a mixture of prices from $15 to $200, so there’s something for everyone!

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Uni-ball x Majolica Majorca Review and Giveaway!

Pentorium: Uni-ball Style Fit Majolica MajorcaThis 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.

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