Sunday, June 2, 2013

Review: TWSBI Diamond 580 1.1mm Stub Italic

I know it has been a long time since I have put out a review, but awhile ago I purchased my TWSBI Diamond 580 from Anderson Pens, and ever since we have be inseparable. It is my first "major fountain pen", so it's kind of a big deal. I'm so excited!

The pen came in a cardboard box stamped with a TWSBI logo. When you open the cardboard box, there is another plastic (I think) box which holds the pen. This packaging kind of reminds me packaging from the Apple Store. 

The box contains: The pen, a wrench for taking the pen apart, silicone grease for greasing the Piston, and two sets of directions. This pen does have a piston filling mechanism, and although it is my first time using a piston, It was VERY easy. I have not yet greased the piston or taken the pen apart with the wrench, so when the ink runs out, I will have to see how that goes. 

The directions do explain how to disassemble the pen, so hopefully these will help when the time comes. . .

The pen itself is really a nice pen. It is a clear demonstrator body, and it feels very solid. I do have very small hands, so it is a tiny bit heavy, but that is just for my ridiculously small hands. Not a big problem for me. But, one thing I would like is for the pen to be post- able  It does not post comfortably, and it makes the pen very top heavy. It is not a big problem for me, but for others it might be.

The pen had very minimal design details, except for the TWSBI logo on the tip of the cap, and "Diamond 580" on the bottom of the cap. Otherwise, there is not much intricate design. 

For the nib, I chose a 1.1 mm, because I wanted a writable yet also calligraphish nib. It is VERY smooth and juicy, and a really nice nib. The design on the nib is pretty minimal, just a bit of swirly design, but not much else. I really like this nib. 

excuse my terrible attempt at drawing a TWSBI logo. . . 
This pen writes amazing. It is so smooth and juicy, and it just plain makes me happy. I inked it up with some J. Herbin Bleu Myosotis, and it wrote perfectly right out of the box. I was very excited, because I have never had a fountain pen that has written as well as this one. The only minor issue I have is that it will occasionally skip a bit. But, to me it is not a huge problem that would be a decision point over buying the pen or not.

Overall, I am in love with this pen. It is very well-made, very easy to use (so far), very beautiful, and it writes very well. I am so glad I bought this pen, because now I just can't think about life without it (maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration. . . ) But, this pen is worth it, and fairly inexpensive compared to most good-quality fountain pens. Definitely a pen to consider buying.

Anderson Pens- $55.00
Goulet Pens- $55.00
Keep in mind that this pen is a limited edition, and will only be available this year. 

All products used in this review were purchased with my own money, and I was not paid to write this review. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

HTML Help?

Hello Everyone!
To any experienced Bloggers out there, I need your help. I really want to customize my blog and make it my own using HTML, but I am clueless. 

If anyone could give me a tip or two, it would be great! Just send me a quick email; Thanks!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

My Mom Has A Question. . .

My Mom and I were walking around Staples today, and we went in the pen section (of course). I'm not sure if any of you know what these are, but my mom likes the Staples Xeno Ballpoint Pens. The thing is, though, she LOVES pens with caps, and it seems like Staples has replaced the capped ones with retractable ones.

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So, my mom came to me asking for a good, ballpoint pen with a cap. Any suggestions? I am having trouble. . . Oh, and it can't be overly expensive. 

What Appeared In My Mailbox?

Yesterday, I had a little surprise in my mailbox. Although, it wasn't much of a surprise, because I knew it was coming. Lets just say I ran screaming up my driveway. Review up soon.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

I'm back! Plus a mini-haul!

Hey everyone! I'm sorry for the looooong stretch of no posts. I went on a vacation, and I'm finally back on a blogging track!

Today I have a mini-haul from a local university store. I cannot leave any place with pens without buying anything. So, I picked up a few things.

I got two Sakura Gelly-Rolls, and a Tombo Mono Sand Eraser. Just a few things, but it's something. I'm posting from my iPod, so sorry if the pictures aren't great Quality! See you guys soon! More posts coming!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

My Story. How I got caught up into the world of pens.

Hey everybody. Today is going to be a picture-less, world-filled story of how I came across pens, why I came across them so young, and why nothing is wrong with being different.

Actually, very surprisingly, this all started almost exactly a year ago, somewhere around May 5th. I was at my Grandma's funeral, and I was sitting with my cousin's boyfriend just casually talking to him. As the conversation started to dull down, he pulled a Papermate InkJoy 700 RT out of his pocket, and said "Look at this pen! It glides across the paper, and writes awesomely!" (That's not what he exactly said, but you get the picture. . .) Anyways, I swear for the rest of the time, I was writing, drawing, and doodling to my hearts content. It almost seemed as if there was a mutual bond between me and that pen.

At the end of the day, I handed him back the pen, and said thanks for letting me use it. But, he said no, and instead handed me the pen insisting I keep it. At this point, I was overjoyed. Literally.

That night, I came home and searched for pen reviews of this Papermate on Google out of pure curiosity. And good thing I did, because I came across a review on Gourmet Pens. I read the review, actually disappointed (no offense, Azizah!) that the pen didn't seem to be her absolute 100% favorite, because I thought it was perfect. Truthfully, all that was going through my head was. . .What wacko makes a blog about pens?! Again, I apologize Azizah, but, I promise I understand why now! But, out of curiosity I read some more posts and came across some website called "Jetpens".

So by now I'm like totally wierded out. Okay, so here is a blog about pens along with an online pen store stocked with thousands of pens. I'm thinking, God, How many pens does one person need?! Trust me, I sure know now. But, I liked a review on Gourmet Pens of the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen For Calligraphy, so, with some money I had, I went ahead and bought it. Throughout that 3-day period, I could not wait for that one pen to arrive in the mail. Then it did, and it was the beginning of a long, hard journey. I was in love. Not just in love, every minute of my life was taken from me. I became a rebel, staying up late just to use my pen. My precious pen.

So everyday I read Azizah's posts, and I became a regular reader. I would have commented on something, but, truthfully, I didn't know how. Then, one day, I decided, You know what? I'm going to email Azizah and tell her how much I love pens. I did, and this is what my email said,

Hi Azizah,
I am Kayte and I am 13 years old. Let me tell you, I am crazy for pens!
Especially! I always go to your blog for advice, and I
absolutely love everything!!! So far, I have gotten, the Uni Ball Kuru Toga
Pencil, the Lhit Lab Pencil Case, and the Pentel Brush Pen. Also, I am
constantly ordering things from Jetpens! You are an inspiration to me! Thank
you so much. I hope you keep puting out a lot more reviews. I suggest a
review on the Stabilo point 88 fineliner pens. They have them on Jetpens! I
like them a lot! Thanks Again,

I know, I know. Crazy, and overly obsessive. But I was excited, okay? And then she replied and I was like asdfghjklqwrfxzcsksfrhewtosafnsrhejfnsdkthtewjkthsjkfhsjkrhskjfbkjdfbkjwthkjsdfeufdteoteusg ncmxvbnfbsdkjghsdkjfhaoeiutidfjzlknfjsfbjdkvjksdhjsakghjkdhjaksdhjksafvjxcbmfnbskjghdjkhf OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG.
Yeah, I was excited.

So we kinda became friends, and I emailed her a couple more times, and ordered Jetpens a couple more times, and annoyed my parents a couple more times, and life was good.

So then I realized, here I am buying pens like nobody's business, but I have no purpose. WHAT IS MY PURPOSE?! It really bothered me that I didn't have a purpose.

So I decided to make a blog, and then I had a purpose. I could write reviews for people, and tell them what I like, and make suggestions like Azizah did for me. I also discovered a bazillion other pen blogs, and now I am reading those everyday as well. At first I had about five pageviews a day, and now I have about fifty to one hundred, just recently reaching 3,000 overall pageviews. I even have readers all the way from Indonesia.

So, back to my main point. I realize now that everyone has their thing. While previously thinking that pen collecting was a wacky habit, I am now "wacky" too. And I love it. Sure, you can play a sport, or write a book, or go shopping every weekend. That's your thing, and go for it. I tried out soccer, tried to be sporty and athletic. But, soon I realized, I am just a red-haired, skinny, five-foot two awkward girl, who loves writing and buying pens. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. So, yeah I'm thirteen. But what is the difference between thirteen and thirty? Nothing.

I have no idea where I'm going or what I'm doing, but I know one thing. I love pens. And I love writing reviews for all of you. It doesn't matter how old I am, I found something that is my thing, and I was afraid that would never happen.

So thank you all for being so awesome. And don't be afraid. I hope I gave you all some inspiration!

What's your pen story? What's your thing? Share it.

All opinions are mine, and I did not receive any money for this post.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Review: Kaweco Ice Sport Fountain Pen- Fine Nib

Hey Guys! I'm Back! Sorry It has been awhile. I would have posted yesterday, but I was at the beach, so yeah. Anyways, last week I ordered a Kaweco Ice Sport Fountain Pen from Jetpens, and I am super excited, so lets get into the review!

So I would show you a picture of the box as well, but I forgot...woops! If you really want to see the box, I can email you a picture. But, I chose a really cute pink color, because I don't have a pink fountain pen, and I thought it would be cool. I chose an ice sport vs a classic sport, merely because I like the color selection better for the Ices. I also like that you can see the amount of ink left with with the clear barrel. 
My hands never look good in pictures. . .
Considering that I have very small hands, this fountain pen is TINY. Of course I was expecting it to be small, but I was a wee bit surprised. No problem though, because it still fits my hands well, especially when posted. 
When posted, it is about 13 cm, or 5.5 inches. 
When not posted, it is about 10 cm, or 4 inches. 
As you can see, while posted it will make the writing experience much more like a typical fountain pen. 
I played around with the edit, so that is why the picture is semi-blurred. 
A very nice feature of this fountain pen, is the detail on the nib. It has a very fancy design, and the kaweco logo engraved. For such a cheap fountain pen, much detail is put into the nib. 
I inked this pen up with some J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche Ink right away, and it wrote perfectly right out of the box. The nib glides very smoothly on the paper, and overall it is a really great writing experience. The nib feels great, but it almost feels a bit small, even though it is pretty standard size. I personally would choose a Lamy nib, but this is very close behind. 
Now on the subject of filling this pen. . .There are no converters available in the United States. Despite the rumors of the Monteverde Mini converters fitting, they do not. But, if you are desperate, there is one available in the Netherlands on Fontoplumo for around 2 euros. The only reason I hesitated on buying this, is because I am very impatient, and I just can't wait for a delivery all the way from the Netherlands. 

But, there is another answer! If you buy a package of Kaweco Cartridges from Jetpens, and a Ink Syringe Set from Goulet Pens, you can fill up the kaweco cartridges. I am not going to explain the process here, but if you would like to know, just email me. 

Overall, this little pen is cute, it writes well, and it is very affordable. I highly suggest it to beginners or anyone in need of a new fountain pen! Thanks for reading!

Jetpens- $23.50