Pilot Vanishing Point: As timeless as it is capless

Pilot Vanishing Point Review Photo

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.

Pilot Vanishing Point Review Photo

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.

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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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JustWrite Multi-Review #3: Sub $5 Fountain Pens

Justwrite Review Cheap Pens

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

Last time I wrote about cheap fountain pens, I was very impressed at the quality for pens that can be bought using spare change. The sub $10 and sub $5 category have really shone lately, both in the quality of the construction, and how they often write better than pens costing upwards of $100.

JustWrite recently sent me a huge batch of pens from their new sub $5 range, and after playing with them the past couple of weeks I have my final review to share with you guys. I’m pleased to say that all of these pens exceeded my expectations.

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Preventing Hand Fatigue During Long Writing Sessions

Hand Pain

Oh poo, I’ve gone and vice gripped my pen and broken my thumb

Exams. We all hate them, but we all have to do them. One thing that comes up regularly during long, fast-paced writing sessions is hand fatigue. About 20 minutes into an exam, people tend to get an awful pain in their hand muscles that leads to messy writing and regularly taking breaks, something you can’t afford in a timed setting.

Recently a reader, Chris, emailed me about this very topic and asked for help on finding a great pen for those long exams. My response? Focus on your grip first.

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Hero Summer Color: The Copycat Review

Hero Summer Color

So yeah, I bought one. The Hero Summer Color, a top-to-toe replica of the Lamy Safari. I blogged about this pen recently and soon after, bought one for myself to see if it really could emulate the best parts of the Lamy Safari. It’s in my hands now, so let’s see how it compares to the Safari, but let’s also see if the parts are interchangeable!

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My Favourite Pens (Video)

My collection of pens is getting larger all the time, but I do have a bunch that I like in particular. Here’s a list of those pens!

Click here to view the video on Youtube!

What are your favourites? Let me know in the comments!

(hit “read more” for hi-res photos of the pens)

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My Midori Traveller’s Notebook: The Perfect Organised Life

Travellers Notebook Full Photo

I’ve done it. I’ve finally got my Traveller’s Notebook right where I want it.

For those of you that don’t know about the Midori Traveller’s Notebook, think of it as a super DIY Filofax, except cheaper, nicer, and with a better philosophy (at least in my opinion).

I’ll get on to those points later, but first a reason for this post.

My lovely girlfriend, Charlotte, gave it to me a couple of years ago for my Birthday (I don’t remember exactly when). I said I had to have one, and she agreed. I never really loved it, although I always liked it, because it didn’t quite encapsulate my whole life until about two weeks ago. Previous to that I had tried putting all manner of different things inside it without really liking the result, and so it became just another random notebook in my (fairly vast) collection. However, I did nickname it “Travers” (pronounced “Travis”), which created a little bit more of a bond with it.

This post is me convincing you of why it’s very rewarding having something personal and unique to write your thoughts, ideas, and tasks in. If you organise yourself in a more effective, private, and personal way, you feel more connected with your work. Once your notebook is filled with your ideas, you feel like they’re truly “yours”, be it a Filofax, Moleskine, a Midori, or others.

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