Kokuyo Century Edition Notebook review

Kokuyo Century Edition Notebook Review

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The Century Edition notebook was created to celebrate Kokuyo’s 100-year anniversary. It seems that they pulled out all of the stops and designed their most beautiful and luxurious notebook to date. If the name Kokuyo sounds familiar, you might recognize it from their popular line of Campus notebooks. This notebook, as you’ll see, is a big departure from those student …

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Fountain Pen Giveaways, Deals, Reads and Love – Week of March 11, 2019

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Here’s a quick roundup of new giveaways, deals, reads, images and a bit of what I’m loving for the week of March 11, 2019. Giveaways: – @Allthhobbies 2K Giveaway on Instagram: A great chance to win a pen, ink, pen sleeve and notebook! – Half-year Berlin Notebook subscription: I reviewed these notebooks a while back. Here’s the post if you …

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Stálogy 016 Notebook Review

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Stálogy is best known for it’s 365 days notebook, which is more or less a direct competitor to the Hobonichi Techo. Many people might not be aware that they make regular notebooks as well. I had occasionally seen Stálogy suggested as great paper for fountain pens, but their notebooks are not widely available. Fortunately, I was able to get my …

And Then A Shop Appeared: New Site Addition!

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Any time I write a new blog post, I always try to write something that I would want to read or that I would find useful. I figure if I don’t care about it, why should anyone else? It also keeps me passionate about what I do and what I write. The same goes for selling things. Years ago when …

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Fountain Pen Giveaways, Deals, Reads and Love – Week of March 4, 2019

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Here’s a quick roundup of new giveaways, deals, reads, images and a bit of what I’m loving for the week of March 4, 2019. Giveaways: Truphae Evergreen Estie Giveaway – Want to win a new Estie fountain pen? Here’s your chance. Wancher vintage pen giveaway – Wancher wants to bring back vintage pens and I’m with them! Fill out this …

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Logical Prime Notebook Review

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Let me start out this review by saying that, as far as numbers go, the Logical Prime notebook is a very solid notebook. While it may not be a well-known name in the world of fountain pen friendly paper, the Logical Prime notebook (made by Nakabayashi) is certainly worth considering for anyone who is serious about using good paper. First …

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Is It Safe To Use Old Fountain Pen Inks?

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The question always comes up, “Is it safe to use old ink in my fountain pens?” The answer: It depends. As you’ll find out below, there are certain things to be aware of when using vintage inks, including mold, sediment and evaporation. But those warnings apply to both vintage and modern inks. With that being said, the majority of old …

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Quick Review – Heavyweight Fountain-Pen-Friendly Envelopes

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One of my favorite ways to use a fountain pen is to write letters. This year, I decided to participate in InCoWriMo for the first time. If you’re not familiar, InCoWriMo happens every February and stands for International Correspondence Writing Month. The goal is to write a letter every day of the month. When I started preparing all of my …

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Testing Fountain Pen Sacs With Different Inks

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If you enjoy using vintage fountain pens, or any fountain pen that stores ink in a sac, you are probably very careful about what types of ink you use in those pens. They are typically more difficult to clean than a pen with a converter or piston fill mechanism. You might have also heard stories about ink sacs being destroyed …

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How To Improve Your Handwriting

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If you are like most fountain pen users, you would probably like to improve your handwriting. I know from experience how frustrating it can be to scroll through photo after photo of images with beautiful handwriting on Instagram, only to pick up a pen and struggle to write consistently or legibly. While I definitely don’t have the best handwriting around, …