Edison Pearlette

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So it’s been months since I’ve bought this little beauty at the L.A. Pen Show. It was one of the pens that was on my “definitely buy” list along with my Franklin-Christoph Model 40P. I was never initially drawn towards Edison pens. I don’t remember the exact reason, but I was much more enthusiastic about Japanese fountain pens. This particular model, the Pearlette was a complete mystery to me until I read a review from The Gentleman Stationer.

WARNING: Word and photo heavy post. You have been warned.

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Noodler’s Bad Blue Heron

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I was really in desperate need of a subtle blue-black ink when I purchased this bottle. I had nothing but vibrant inks, and I wanted something more professional looking. Enter Noodler’s Bad Blue Heron. It was by sheer coincidence that I managed to try this ink out. I was at the L.A. Pen Show, and I was learning about the history of Spencerian script from the master penman Michael Sull himself. I was seated next to a gentleman who was using a Matte Black Pilot VP to take short notes. Coincidentally I was using the same pen, but with a different ink. We left the pens to close together and I accidentally picked his up and started to jot down something. It was at that moment that I felt how amazing this ink was. It made the nib of the VP glide over the DotPad I was using. I was surprised and quickly apologized for the mistake. Almost immediately after seeking forgiveness, I asked him about the ink he was using. He told me that is was his personal favorite and that he uses it in his pens with bigger nibs to accentuate the shading. I proceeded to go down to the Anderson Pens table and immediately secure myself a bottle.

The ink was slowly incorporated into my pen rotation, and I’ve never looked back. Over the months of use I have not experienced any degradation in writing experience and I always look forward to inking one of my pens up with it. No matter which pen I’ve used it in, the flow was smooth and consistent, it helped the nib glide over the page, laid down saturated characters and turned out to be bulletproof as well. All in all, this is one of my favorite go-to inks for any official correspondence as well as filling out forms. It looks great on a white paper, and the color is subdued and easy on the eyes.

Noodler’s Liberty’s Elysium Review

Happy Memorial Day!

Today, we give thanks to all the brave men and women who have laid down their lives to ensure that we can live ours in peace. I also want to thank those who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces. Thank you so much for your selflessness, and sacrifice. In honor of this great day, I give you this quote:

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Every time I hear the word “liberty”, the first thing that pops into my head is this timeless quote by Patrick Henry. Said in a time of oppression, and unrest. Great men came together to make this country what it is today, an independent nation.

On to the review:

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This ink is definitely a potential replacement for the bottle of Kon-Peki I have been using for nearly 6 months. It is vibrant, and lively while not being over the top like some of the brighter blues I’ve seen. It’s smooth in any pen I use, and any paper I write on. Combined with the saturated color, and shading, this ink is a versatile in it’s application.

Here’s a nib test as well as a look at the shading:

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Hands down one of the best, and most affordable blue ink I have had the pleasure of using, this will definitely be finished quickly.

I’d love to hear your opinions in the comments below. Thank you, and as always, write on, my friends. 🙂

Noodler’s Apache Sunset Review

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Very meaningful and direct, right? That’s what I love about Abraham Lincoln’s quotes. So I thought I’d share my favorite one with you guys. At this point in my life where I’m going to college, trying to find something I’m super passionate about, this quote helps me not stress out as much. It gives me a feeling of peace, where I just think to myself “Whatever will be, will be; I should live in the moment instead of worrying about what could be.” It helps me focus on what’s happening right now, and I hope reading it in my (sub-par) Textualis Quadrata calligraphy will have a similar effect on you.

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The Mystery of the Vanishing Point

INTRODUCTION:

Like the title? That’s what watching BBC’s Sherlock on Netflix until 3 AM gets you thinking about. (Great show, I recommend it to everyone)

Even if you’ve only just started exploring the world of fountain pens, this name should be easily recognizable. This is a very popular pen, and for good reason. The Pilot Vanishing Point is marketed as an on the go writer, geared more towards utility than luxury. While utility remains it’s true purpose, this pen is still nothing short of absolutely beautiful.

The specific pen that I will be reviewing is the Pilot Black Matte Vanishing Point. I don’t buy pens for their looks, but when it came to purchasing this one, I was stumped. Pilot came out with a wide variety of colors, everything from Blue Carbonesque to Metallic Green. The amount of choices I had seemed endless, and I had a difficult time finalizing the color. I chose this one, but don’t get me wrong, I am quickly learning that when it comes to the vanishing point, one may not be enough. Stealth/Blacked-out finishes really appeal to me aesthetically, as you will find out in upcoming posts.

I purchased this pen from Richard Binder (no affiliation, heard great things about his nibs), and I’m happy to say that I have jumped on to the “binderized” bandwagon. This is the smoothest nib I have next to my Pendleton Lumi.

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APPEARANCE & PACKAGING:

The packaging of the matte black VP used to be very elaborate box, as it was actually a limited edition. Due to it’s success, Pilot made the pen part of the regular line, and since then it comes in the same standard packaging for all of their pens now. However, since the pen had to be opened to be “binderized”, I was checking to make sure everything was there, and it was. It came to me exactly as a new, untouched unit would, with the exception of the paper that informed me about the adjusted nib.

It's finally here!

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NIB & PERFORMANCE:

Unmatched performance. I’m sure you’ve heard those words all the time from TV commercials, sales representatives of high quality products, etc.,but when referring to this pen, or more specifically the nib, you truly understand the meaning of those words. Premium performance that you cannot be replicated easily, and comes with many years of experience and knowledge. This would be the perfect description of the “binderization” process all nibs from Richard Binder undergo. For me, this pen was love at first write.

Note: Be careful when choosing the nib size, because the traditional conversion (Japanese M = Western F) doesn’t apply. This pen has serious nibbage, and writes more like a Western M.

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Sorry for the slightly messy handwriting and spelling/grammatical errors. I think I was half asleep when I wrote this.

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Almost forgot to mention: Ink is Noodler’s Black

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CONCLUSION:

Pros:

  • Well-Designed
  • Feels solid, with a decent amount of heft
  • Looks stunning, but not to the point where you go full Gollum
  • Simple to ink up, and clean out
  • Smoothest writer I have in my collection

Cons:

  • Slightly expensive
  • CON-50 doesn’t hold too much ink (may bother some)

This has got to be one of the most well-designed, and functional pen I’ve used in a long time. It is a pleasure to write with, and overall a great EDC pen. It has officially earned a spot on my EDC list. I look forward to many years of using this pen.