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pack your bags and move away

Hey everybody! Just wanted to let you all know that I am officially moving the blog to Blogger. I have a couple reasons for that (which I’ve detailed over there) but the basics of it is: I’m tired of WordPress!

I hope you’ll make the journey with me over to my new (old) home. We’re posting reviews again! See you there!

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massdrop’s writing start bundle (and a partnership)

I’d like to announce some (fairly) big news: I’m now partnered with Massdrop to bring you more items for review!

First off: I’ve been given a link to a starter bundle that you can take a look at. The starter kit includes an A5 Rhodia Webnotebook and a Pilot Metropolitan, along with ink cartridges and a converter. This isn’t just a good bundle for a beginner; even if you’ve long been steeped in the fountain pen community, an extra notebook and pen could never hurt.

Rhodia is a European manufacturer of paper products. They’ve been around for a good, long while, and not without reason: their Rhodia Webnotebooks were all the rage for fountain pen users a couple of years ago. While I think they’ve likely ceded a little ground to Japanese manufacturers now that they’re easier to get your hands on, Rhodia is still easy to find in your local arts and crafts or bookstore.

I think I got my first Webbie way back in 2015 or so, when I was lucky enough to receive a giveaway package. They’re stuffed with thick, ivory paper that feels great to write on, and are very fountain pen friendly. While I received the pocket size (closer to A6), the paper in all the Webbies is the same. I think I ended up using my pocket Webbie within three months writing journal entries almost every day.

Of course, everyone knows about the Pilot Metropolitan, too. They’re incredibly ubiquitous, thanks to their inexpensive price, good looks, and nice build quality. I own two of them myself (although one of them is, ostensibly, for my mom). Regardless, they’re a great throw-around pen: the price tag shouldn’t fool you, as the nibs write smoothly with no effort on your part.

I don’t make a single penny if you use the link I provide to catch a glimpse of this package. I wanted to provide more details on the particulars of this partnership.

I insist on receiving sponsorship items on loan only: when I’m done with my review, it goes straight back to Massdrop. In the case that a loan isn’t possible, I will ask for samples of a product rather than an entire item. I feel like this is only fair for you, a person who reads these reviews. I don’t think it’s right for me to receive hundreds of dollars worth of review items for nothing on my part other than having fun with it and typing up a couple hundred words.

If you have any questions on my policy for Winter Sharks, please feel free to ask them.

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updates with the nanami paper seven seas line

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Because Nanami Paper doesn’t have much of an online presence other than their webshop, I thought I would try to compile a little bit of information that I have found in the hopes that other Seven Seas fans can find it useful.

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thoughts on the pilot custom heritage 92

I’ve had this pen in hand for, let’s see, a few months now. I’ve got some thoughts together about it, and here you go. I hope this helps for anyone who’s been on the fence about buying this pen!

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on mail art, disposability, and special occasions

(This is a short essay I wrote very quickly because I have capital-T Thoughts about mail that I wanted to share with you. I’m an academic and there’s no escape from essays, it seems!)

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nanami paper seven seas standard

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IMG_8082I was using a Rhodia “Webnotebook” , but as I began to near the end, I decided to look for a different journal. I liked the webnotebook, but I wanted something that was larger (A5-ish is my favorite size) and that had a lot of paper. I’ve had plenty of experience with Tomoe River paper, so I was hoping to find something that had an abundance of it inside. Tomoe River paper notebooks aren’t new at all (Jay at Paper for Fountain Pens makes hardcover styles, and I love his correspondence-sized pads) but I never really found something that fitted what I wanted until I found the Nanami Paper Seven Seas Standard.

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aug 16 2014

324You may have noticed a brand new link in my sidebar–but if you didn’t, that’s okay too! I opened up an Etsy shop as well as a Storenvy to sell some of the handmade envelopes that I’ve made while marathoning tv shows on Netflix. Full disclosure: purchasing from Storenvy gives me more money, but Etsy makes my products easier to find, so I guess you win some and lose some.

IMG_7975Right now I only have one listing–that’s for envelopes made from the Landscapes from America book here–but I hope to make plenty of envelopes out of the other books I have too (Arizona landscapes and dinosaurs–pretty!). I hope you check out my store and find something you like! Everything you purchase goes straight towards helping a brand new college student fund her ice time 👍

 

 

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aug 14 2014

324Ian Hedley of Pens! Paper! Pencils! has created an awesome website called Pennaquod, where you can browse reviews made by other bloggers who review literally hundreds of products and receive little to no compensation in return. This review life is hard, folks. Ian very generously approached me and asked if I would be willing contribute my humble blog. I snatched up the opportunity like if you dangled a brand new pair of Tacks in my face. The entire search is powered by Google, as most things inevitably are, so if your digital life is already tangled with Google, you might as well tangle it a little bit more.

Unfortunately, it appears like my blog is acting like a petulant teenager and refuses to be indexed by Google. Until this issue is fixed (imagine this next part in a ghostly voice: maybe never!!!), you can find a link to my little corner of the blogosphere in the Ws. Check out all the other blogs too: they’re often much better reviewers than I am!

Thank you very much to Ian for creating this resource!

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aug 02 2014

324Hi, everyone! Nice to see a few people have been checking out this blog, even if it’s been mostly dead… great news, though! I finally kicked myself in the ass and I spun into high gear. I’ve got weekly updates all the way into early October scheduled. This blog should run smoothly by itself for the next few months (knock on wood). I’m moving into my college dorm in late September and I start my freshman year in early October, which is super thrilling to me, but also means I’ll pretty much have very little time and space for fountain pen-related goods, and even less time for reviews.

I’m cutting down on as much of the stuff I have right now as I can (evaporated fountain pen inks you don’t like work surprisingly well with dip pens if you’re too cheap to mix up gouache!) so that I’ll be taking with me only the essentials. As of right now the inks I plan to take with me are:

  • Diamine Teal (Pilot Metropolitan, medium nib, cartridge/converter)
  • De Atramentis Pigeon Blue* (TWSBI 540, broad nib, piston)
  • Diamine Marine* (Pilot Varsity, medium nib, eyedropper)
  • Noodler’s Air-Corp Blue Black* (Kaweco Sport Skyline, medium nib, eyedropper)
  • Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Goldgrün (Parker 51, medium nib, aerometric)
  • Sailor Jentle Yama-dori* (Pilot 78g, broad italic nib, cartridge/converter)

Asterisks mark the ink bottles I need to buy. Pretty much only three color groups. I’m a bit of a boring person. Two blue-blacks, one turquoise, one teal, and an olive green. Will I survive through a year with only five inks? Probably not, but I only have six pens that I can fill relatively easily, so I pretty much have no choice. With any luck, I’ll be able to pop in every once in a while over the coming months (I’d really love to post more mail round-ups), and I’ll definitely do my best to do different reviews of things. I’ve got tons of stuff I could touch on!

As always, finding me on Instagram will be a lot easier than finding me out here. Thanks for visiting!

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mar 07 2014

319 IMG_3678Love these inverted jenny stamps! They have a very light texture, and the colors are amazing. USPS outdid themselves with these!

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