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Lamy Turquoise Review

Lamy Turquoise review

Lamy Turquoise review

I got some Lamy Turquoise cartridges on a whim from Amazon. They were $4.50 and I think I added them in to some other order. You get 5 cartridges for that price so it’s not a bad deal if you have a Lamy fountain pen. It’s a terrible deal if you don’t have a Lamy fountain pen since the cartridges are proprietary. I happen to have so many Safaris and Al-Stars that I literally don’t know how many I have. I can usually put my hands on at least five at any one time. They are great for doing reviews because you can just change nibs on the same pen to see how an ink performs for different nibs.

Anyway, the Lamy turquoise is a really intense blue. In a wet writer it is a deep, clear blue. In a dry writer or an extra fine or fine nib, the color is a lighter, more traditional turquoise color. I like this color in both instances so it’s like having two colors for the price of one. This is also one of those colors that shades wildly in some pens and on some papers and not at all in other pens or on other papers. I have one Lamy where the feed has really generous flow, in this pen the color was just like the color from the 1.5mm calligraphy nib. The exact same nib on a pen with a stingier feed gave the lighter turquoise color.

As a lefty, one of the most important aspects of an ink is how fast it dries. This ink isn’t going to win any speed records but it is noticeably faster than most inks. It is water resistant when dry. I didn’t show this on the scan but I’m always drinking something in my office and writing, so trust me, I know. The paper I’ve been using lately is Rhodia or super cheap copy paper (I work at a library where every penny counts). The paper in the scans for this review is Rhodia.

As an aside, my normal ink pusher supplier  GouletPens now carries these cartridges, too.  Same price but I love dealing with Rachel and Brian so I’m giving them a little plug. This shop is where I’ll be buying my next box of cartridges.

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Another Webbie 3.0 Giveaway!

I am so geeked! I get to be one of the bloggers that Karen from Exaclair gave two of the new Webbies to. I have one FOR ME and one to give away FOR YOU!! Sorry, I’ll try to stay calm.

I have plans to do a review soon but I want to spend some time with both the Webbie and the ePure. I’m gonna do reviews of both of them and then have the giveaway.  Oh, you probably want details. I am really a fan of the Rhodia Orange. In this case, both Webbies are large, blank, and orange.

You’ll have to wait until the weekend for more. Stay tuned…

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Paperchase!

Here’s where we get to the ranting. I had a journal. A lovely journal with lovely paper and excellent binding. It was from Paperchase and has since gone missing. So I did the reasonable, rational thing and went to get another one. Only another one wasn’t available that was just like the one I had. So I picked up one with a similar format with a different cover. Makes sense, right?

Except this one has a terrible binding. I didn’t bother to check but the first couple pages are stuck together. And, the paper isn’t lovely. It feathers something awful. Oh, and the pages don’t open flat. I don’t know why I was so surprised. I don’t think I’ll be continuing with this journal.

The question now is which journal to pick up? I have some plain journals like a Rhodia Webbie and a Rhodia A6 Pure but both of those have blank pages and I like lines for long term journalling. I have a Habana but that book seems thin. I just feel like I’d run out of pages in a month or so. I prefer to have a good chunk of my life in one place.

I live in a small town so I can’t just run out and get something amazing and I’m fairly picky about what I write on (and with). I don’t have plans to go to a big city until the holidays which is just too far away to wait for. However, if anyone knows of great pen/paper/ink stores in Orlando, Charlotte, or Houston then please let me know…

Looking for a lined journal with lots of pages, high quality paper, and a binding that lays flat. Bonus if it doesn’t say “Journal” on the front.

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Clairefontaine Mlle No

I got this really weird set of notebooks from Goulet Pens. There are two types of artwork, Jungle and Manteau and two sizes for each, in magnetic and wirebound. This is a total of 6 combinations ( I have four). Jungle really is kinda conventional but Manteau has very strange artwork. The woman on the cover is festooned in animals. I will edit this post after I have taken a picture. I have both the wirebound and the magnetic versions of the journals in both prints but my favorite is definitely the Manteau print. It is just so as the French say étrange (strange).

I love the paper for fountain pens. It is smooth and thus far excellent for writing on with any pen. I haven’t seen any smudging even though I’m a southpaw. I really like this paper for writing with a fountain pen. Not that it’s a controversial thing to be a fan of Clairefontaine paper but I think that what makes these journals special is the artwork. Check out Goulet Pens if you want to purchase these journals.

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Pilot Vortex First Impressions

I haven’t had this pen very long. It just came in from Japan but I like this pen very much so far. Or should I say, I like this nib. The entire pen is still out for discussion. I got this pen from Engeika on Ebay. I like Fine and Extra Fine nibs and this nib is exceptional. It is both thin and smooth which is pretty much what I’m looking for. I think that for a budget pen this is a great nib. It skips much less than my extra fine Safari’s. Admittedly, I don’t have a lot of pens and I’ve had this pen for (literally) hours.

In terms of looks, the pen was described on Ebay as a demonstrator. It is not a demonstrator. The only clear portion is the cap. I have filled it with Iroshizuku Tsutsuji which came with the pen. The ink is the same color as the pen which is a fun little twist.

I don’t have a lot of cheap paper so I can’t tell you a lot about how it performs on terrible paper. I can say that it seems very, very thin on a Moleskine. I’m not a fan of this paper/pen/ink combo. On my Paperchase journal, the experience is much more pleasant. I am a lefty and had no problems whatsoever with the ink not being dry. However, this is a very fine nib and fountain pen friendly paper. I’m not sure the exact size of the nib since the auction didn’t specify and I don’t read Japanese however, it is finer than any of my other Extra Fines. It is my first Japanese pen so it could be a Japanese Fine. Dunno.

I’m a fountain pen newbie so I don’t know what this filling system is called but I really like it. You squeeze a section on the cartridge and it fills. Easy Peasy!

The one drawback that I have noticed so far is that the pen is very short and oddly balanced unposted. Posted, it is still an oddly balanced pen. I don’t know how I would like it for long writing sessions. For writing in a journal or writing notes, it is perfectly acceptable.

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