Galen Leather Single Leather Fountain Pen Sleeve Review

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Every day carry (EDC) of a fountain pen can be tricky business. Unlike the ever popular $3 USD Zebra F-301 or the $1.20 Pilot G2, fountain pen tend to be a little more valuable. So owners are going to be understandably more protective of their Pilot Vanishing Points and Metropolitans.  After all, pens are not all nearly as indestructible as the Lamy Safari, which survived being run over by a car with only a few dings.  There are plenty of options for protecting your EDC fountain pen while it rides in your pocket, but it seems like the popular option is the leather pen case. Galen Leather’s Single Leather Fountain Pen Case/Sleeve looks like a match made in heaven for EDC fountain pens.

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Galen Leatherworks No. 55 Leather Field Notes Cover Review

Galen Leatherworks #55 Leather Cover Black & Brown

Galen Leather is run by a brother and sister team out of Istanbul, Turkey. They specialize in handmade leather goods and have a growing line of products for stationery nerds like me. The No. 55 Leather Field Notes Cover is a beefy cover made out of 2-4mm vegetable tanned cow leather with room for a pen and several cards. It is available in a variety of colours for $34 USD at the time of publishing.

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Noodler’s Park Red Review

Noodler's Park Red Review

 

Noodler’s Park Red

Paper: Clairefontaine 90g
Pen: Lamy Safari EF
Flow: Excellent
Shading: Barely
Bleedthrough: None
Feathering: None
Dry Times: Average

Notes

An incredibly well behaved red ink my experience. It’s a nice communist red in a shade I have been looking for. It is just dark enough for casual note taking, but vibrant enough to draw attention. A definite winner!

Looking for cheap paper performance? Here it is!

The review unit was provided to me for free. The opinions expressed in the review are strictly my own. Thank you to Pen Chalet for providing the review unit, check them out at PenChalet.com.

Noodler’s Park Red Cheap Paper Review

Noodler's Park Red Cheap Paper Review

It’s exam season, so it’s only fitting I start with a review on my cheap filler paper from Hilroy as I’ve been going through stacks of them.

I was quite impressed with Noodler’s Park Red’s performance. The feathering was extremely minimal, even with thicker nibs like my broad (posing as a fine) nib on my Levenger L-Tech 3.0. Things got really messy with the Ahab flex nib, but actual pools of ink were being laid down, as I’m still trying to get the pen tuned properly after doing an ease my flex mod.

Park Red Bleedthrough - Cheap PaperThe bleedthrough is limited to the flex nib only. The colour is definitely dark enough for casual writing and eye-catching enough for marking or note titles.

The review unit was provided to me for free. The opinions expressed in the review are strictly my own. Thank you to Pen Chalet for providing the review unit, check them out at PenChalet.com.

 

Noodler’s #41 Brown Cheap Paper Review

Noodler's #41 Brown Cheap Paper Review

Noodler’s #41 Brown Cheap Paper Review

Let’s start this review with a Japanese EF nib in the form of the Pilot Penmanship. It is a bit light, but almost no feathering. I’m unsure if I would use this ink regularly in such a fine nib.

Let’s move up to an F to M nib found on Fountain Pen Revolution’s flex nibs. Some minor featuring if you look very close.

Now a Lamy Safari Medium. Actually very close to the FPR flex nib, but a touch drier. Still very minimal feathering. However, #41’s shading is a bit more obvious here.

Pardon the poor flex writing.

So would I recommend using Noodler’s #41 Brown with cheap paper? Yes! Even with a wet FM nib, there is barely any feathering. Ghosting is bad enough that you won’t use both sides of hte paper, but few inks can pull that off on paper this cheap. The bleedthrough is minimal until I broke out the flex.

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TWSBI VAC 700 Fountain Pen Review

The TWSBI Vac 700 ‘s introduction a few years ago was met with both excitement and frustration. I remember Fountain Pen Network being extremely excited by the prospect of a value priced vacuum filler, but the initial release had problems with the nib and feed resulting in many Vac 700s writing extremely dry. The clear demonstrator Vac 700 was delayed for several months while TWSBI worked out the kinks. I finally got around to purchasing the Vac 700 after the major price drop last year.

TWSBI Vac 700

The Vac 700 boasts a vacuum filler system and a monstrous ink capacity of 1.5 ml. The pen is available in clear, smoke, sapphire, and amber plastics with black accents. The nibs are German made nibs from JoWo and are available from Western EF up to 1.5mm stub. The nib size is a standard #6.

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Platinum #3776 Century Fountain Pen Review

One of the boring things about university life is the fact exams should be written in blue, blue-black, or black ink. For a fountain pen geek who enjoys the full rainbow of colours, the choice is either keep a school ready colour in constant rotation at all times or partially fill a pen each time a test or exam rolls around. There’s a third option, find a pen that can be left inked and unused for long periods of time!

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Platinum’s #3776 line of fountain pens are made from plastic with a classic style. The old #3776 pens were replaced with the slightly more expensive #3776 Century model, which feature the “Slip ‘n Seal” cap system. The system will be familiar to those who have used Platinum’s disposable Preppy pens. The inner cap is spring loaded, creating an air tight seal that dramatically slows evaporation. According to Platinum, such a seal with a snap type cap is not a difficult task; however, creating a screw on cap with the same seal system, on the other hand, was apparently a small feat of industrial engineering.

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Davis Leatherworks Simple Notebook Cover Review

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Chris Davis at Davis Leatherworks creates lovely handmade leather items. He does card holders, belts, and wallets, but he’s probably best known around the stationery circles for his Simple Notebook Covers. Anyone who has seen the Midori Traveller’s Notebook has probably experienced the following steps:

Step 1 – Have the Midori Traveller’s Notebook  catch your eye at your local stationery store
Step 2 – Pick up the Midori, feel in awe of the lovely leather and fall in love
Step 3 – Turn over the Midori, spot the insanely high price tag, immediately fall out of love as quickly as you fell in love

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Sailor Jentle Sky High Review

Unfortunately I can’t seem to get a really great photo that shows off the incredible red sheen this ink has. It’s absolutely addictive!

Sailor Jentle Sky High Review

Sailor Jentle Sky High
Paper: Clairefontaine 90g
Pen: Century 3776 EF/TWSBI Vac 700 w/ Knox 1.1mm Stub
Flow: Slightly Wet
Shading: SomeBleedthrough: None
Feathering: None
Dry Times: (Long)

Cheap Paper Notes
Sky High fares well on cheap paer with minimum feathering and bleedthrough. However, cheap paer usually misses out on the best part of the ink. SHEEN!

Notes
Sailor’s Jentle Sky high is a vibrant shade of blue. Some recommend it as a cheaper alternative to Kon-Peki, but it deserves to stand on its own right due to its good behaviour, lovely colour, and amazing read sheen. Too bad the bottle makes filling larger nibbed pens impossible.

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Pilot Cavalier Fountain Pen Review

The Pilot Cavalier is probably one of the most underrated fountain pens in Pilot’s line. It is almost completely ignored in favour of the Pilot Metropolitan, the offerings from TWSBI, and the Lamy Safari. I originally purchased the Cavalier after my positive experiences with the Hi Tec C Cavalier. The pens are available in a variety of colours with gold trim with prices starting at $28 USD. The nibs are unique to the Cavalier and are available in Eastern fine and medium.

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