Friday, December 5, 2008

Sanford Expresso Pen

I bought a few 6 pack's of these a while back and I'm still burning through them. I keep a few spread through the house as work horses, in the car, in my bag, etc. Not the first pen I grab, but if needed, I know where they are. Just so you know...Expresso is a pen, an espresso is coffee.

Wiki tells me that Kopi Luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world, selling for between $120 and $600 USD per pound, because it is passed through the digestive tract of the Asian Palm Civet. (That's an animal by the way) Long story short...animal eats raw coffee beans, animals crap beans, humans collect the crap. People drink the coffee from the beans. It's a love story.

Googling shows a ton of versions of this pen. All across the board in all colors and a few different brands. This version is great for most paper and keeps a consistent line when asked. Good pen.

Have a great weekend everyone.-Seth
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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Waterman Model 92

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You find some pens, and some pens find you.... this pen found me. I walked by it 5 or 6 times wandering around a store one day, till on my way out, I looked down and there it was, in a tiny box with a bunch of old gold pencils.

A quick glance showed me this #2 nib, and I was off to the register. I could smell the flex possibilities.

I believe that this was part of a pencil set, (but I might be wrong) I hope that one day I will be walking through another store and find the matching pencil. I imagine fireworks will go off, doves will burst from the ceiling and a choir will rejoice in the reunion of pen and pencil.----Actually, that would be pretty weird, maybe I will just go on Ebay and look for the match. After pulling it apart and cleaning, I will be replacing the sac on it this weekend. Hopefully I will have some writing samples next week. It's a real Good Pen.
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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Zebra See Sign Pen

I have always been a huge fan of the Pentel Sign pen reviewed here earlier, but at a recent run through a pen store I came across this little beast and I am now a two sign pen man. The reason for the tractor is, I am still fighting off a cold and needed one of these to haul my butt out of bed this morning. Plus, I have 3 hours of contract reviews coming up, so that will be fun.

The points are very similar, but the body on the Zebra is a bit wider. It still looks like a marker pen of sorts, and I have not put enough uses through it yet to see if the tip will wear down similar to the Pentels, which is pretty cool because it actually becomes a better pen when the tip is slightly rounded for me.

It's a Good Pen, and is in heavy rotation for me. It has it's uses, 3x5's, post-its, and drawing, so far so good. I recommend them if you can find it!
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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Perfect Blog

The absolute highlight of my day is when I open up my Google Reader and see that there is a new post from Fountain Pen Restoration. The time, dedication and expense some bloggers go through for the love of their hobby is pretty amazing and in this case, it shows with every picture and word on the page. He makes restoration an art form in a time when too many people treat it as a chore. It's just a very, very well done website.

Sorry for the rant and tomorrow I will be back to whatever I do on here...

Uni-ball Vision RT bargain bucket

As always, click for better views.....When I go to Staples, I usually head to the bargain table. I just scan through the pen aisle because I tend to just see the usual suspects and move on. Last time, in the clearance bucket was a ton of pens, so I grabbed a handful and headed to the checkout without really seeing what I had.

Turns out, I got a bunch of these and a few pretty cool mechanical pencils that I will review later. But this pen was a little bit of a surprise to me. So far, no skips, blobs, or messes, the point looks like it's somewhere around a .6 and the ink is nice and black. I think the RT might stand for "retractable tip" because when the clip is opened, it retracts into the pen. Or I could be an idiot and it means something else like righteous tip, regal tamale, renegade tomboy, who knows. But anyway...the mystery remains.

I have been using this on my 3 x 5 cards and they make a nice combo. It's a Good Pen. It looks like retail was around 2.99 so for my .50 it was also a Good Buy.
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Monday, December 1, 2008

Esterbrook #2

There are 2 physical things in this world that I trust. They both are pictures above. Good old duct tape and my green Esterbrook. I know, if asked, they will always perform reasonable duties. Sure, I wish the nib was a little bit more flexible and that I didn't "have" to use duct tape so much (it usually means something is broken) but they both do their job very well when needed.
This perfect little gem was a very low cost Ebay item that I could easily double my money on, but I just do not feel the need. I have other has friends here.

The nib is a 1551 and I usually keep the sac filled with a nice matching green ink for just when I need it. I still really want a very flexible wet nib for my Esties and continue to search for a reasonably priced one, but for now, this is just fine. Good Pen.
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Moonman AKA The Camry

OK,  Camry MIGHT be a little bit of a stretch comparison.   Low cost and will run forever.  The Moonman M2 is a super fun Chines...