November 29, 2012 § 1 Comment
I have decided to mix it up a little for this review. I believe my review setup is fine but I haven’t been keen on the pictures I have been using. The above writing test is the bio of Max Miedinger who helped create Helvetica. By writing less, this will allow me to take a more detailed/closer picture of the ink that each pen will produce. It also means I can take a more detailed picture of the pen.
The Schneider Slider Edge XB can be purchase for around £1.51 and comes in a wide range of colours – Black, Blue, Red, Green, Orange, Violet, Pink, Light blue and Light Green (I wasn’t joking about the wide range of colours!) The Schneider Slider Edge also comes in F, M and XB line sizes.
The design of this pen is unique as it has a triangle shaped barrel. This makes it comfortable to hold and reminds me of a pen I used in school when I was learning to write. The barrel is covered in a soft plastic material that acts as the grip for the pen. While using this pen, I found this grip material did not work at all for the way I gripped a pen, I constantly had to re-align my hand to grip the pen again whilst writing.
I found the ink follow and quality of the colours to be really impressive. While searching via cultpens website, I found that the Schneider Slider Edge uses ink that is similar to the Jetstream 101 which means you get all the wonderful ink properties.
Overall I am unsure how I feel about the Schneider Slider Edge as I think the way I grip it means we don’t fit together well. On the other hand my wife loves this pen and uses it a lot, she hasn’t had the same grip issues I have had. Good all round pen.
I would like to take this time to thank the wonderful people over at cultpens for sponsoring me for the month of November. It has been a pleasure to review all the pens this month and if you are looking for something new, why not head on over!
November 24, 2012 § 1 Comment
The Uniball Jetstream 101 comes in at a healthy £1.34 (CultPens) and comes in Black, Blue and Red. The pen design is made up from a plastic barrel that has a grip towards the writing area of the pen. I found the grip area to be a tad smooth which gave me a lack of grip, which meant my fingers would slide down the pen while I was writing. The design of the pen also provides a nice surprise. The cap clicks over the tip on the pen really well and produces a strangely satisfying click sound!
The ink in the Jetstream is made up of what is called “Uni Super Ink” which means that it is a hybrid ink. It takes the best aspects of a traditional ballpoint and gel ink. This creates an ink that is dense, bright in colour, smooth flowing, fast drying and waterproof. I have experienced all of the above except for the waterproof test yet.
This is a good budget pen that will give you another option if you aren’t a fan of gel ink pens.
November 16, 2012 § Leave a comment
This is a plastic barreled/capped pen with a design twist. Roughly 3/4 of the way down the pen towards the area you would grip to write the pen actually gets thinner in width. This plus a nice rubber grip area makes the Jimnie a really nice pen to hold during long periods of writing. The plastic design adds further to the writing experience as it makes the Jemnie light in weight. There is a good ink flow even though it lays a tad too wet on the page for my own personal taste. There seems to be a drying time for the ink that you have to be aware of to avoid smudging, especially with left handed users.
After extended use of the Jemnie I did become aware of feed back that the ink refill was producing. The only way I can describe it is to imagine that the ink refill is just slightly smaller that the pen barrel. It’s a very small issue but one that my “OCD” keeps noticing all the time now!
Over all this is a very good budget pen that would serve you well for everyday use.
November 12, 2012 § 4 Comments
I remember how my relationship with Moleskine first started many years ago. I was browsing in Waterstones (Book Store) and I happen to come across a stand that was selling really smart looking notebooks. There were many different styles: Sketchbooks, Lined, Grid, Storyboard and so on. My purchase was the plain sketchbook (which I still have and use) and so began my Love/Hate relationship with the Moleskine range.
A good place to start with my round up is with the positive experiences I’ve had so far. I love the look and feel of the Moleskine. The Black covers look really clean and professional. I’m using a hardback sketchbook which makes it great for sketching or taking notes while I travel on the train to and back from work. The quality of the paper is really good and the pages feel thick and sturdy. A piece of material has been incorporated into the design which allows you to mark what page your currently at which is a nice touch. Another feature that is incorporated into the overall design is a elastic strip that helps keep the sketch book closed while in a carry bag.
Lets have a look at the other side of the coin now. My main writing tool is a fountain pen and so far I haven’t found one that gives me a good writing experience. By writing experience I mean that while writing I tend to find the lines bleed ever so slightly and I get a lot of what I have done showing up on the reverse side. So far what fountain pens I have tried are the Cross, Lamy and Waterman range. I would love to hear from you if you have found a fountain pen that writes well with a Moleskine.
During the last few years either as a gift or a purchase I’ve made, I have accumulated a wide range of Moleskines; Lined, Grid, Plain and Storyboard. The least enjoyable to write in is the lined notebook. The page thickness is so thin that anything I write ends up showing very clearly through the other side. The paper isn’t dense which gives it a sort of see through effect. I have tried Gel, Rollerball and fountain pens but they all show through very visibly.
Overall once I fill the last of my Moleskines completely I think we will go our separate ways for now. What’s next for my notebook journey? I’m not too sure, I would love your recommendations.
November 9, 2012 § 5 Comments
This review of the Platinum Preppy is proudly brought to you by the ever kind people over at Cult Pens. This is a really cheap fountain pen costing only £3.25 but what makes this fountain pen really stand out is the fact that if you aren’t too keen on the Platinum ink cartridges, you can purchase a Platinum International Adapter for £1.50 that will allow the use of international standard size cartridges. The Preppy, can also be purchased in an array of different coloured barrels and nibs.
As soon as I received the Platinum Preppy I plugged in the supplied ink cartridge which looks smart in the Preppy as it is made of clear plastic (both barrel and cap). The plastic barrel does feel a tad bit light so I would be unsure of the long term durability. I have been using this fountain pen on and off for a few weeks now and I have had quite a few issues with it in relation to ink. It took some time for the Preppy to start writing once I clicked the cartridge in. When it did start to write, I noticed that the ink was flowing through the barrel and onto the actual nib of the pen. I found this out as my fingers started to get covered in ink. There has also been a lot of dried ink starting to appear in the cap of the pen also. I have been leaving the pen on its side so this could be contributing to the above issues.
I’m not to sure how I feel about the Preppy. I understand it is a very cheap fountain pen to purchase but with the issues I have been having I wonder would it be better to try another alternative. The Pilot VPen (V4) (£3.64 from Cult Pens).
If you have had a Preppy and what to share your views, please feel free to post in the comments field. I would love to hear from you.