Friday, March 20, 2009

Top 5 pens I used this week

I do not expect this to be a regular event but I decided to post the top 5 pens I used this week. Simple... right? Sure! These are not necessarily the top 5 pens that I would grab in case of fire, but these were my work horses for the week. This week.

Top to Bottom
-My beloved Montblanc (used mostly for note taking)
-Pilot G-3 (used for my main to do list in a Foray Notebook)
-Sheaffer Cartridge (green ink for whatever)
-Parker 51 (when I have to write something smart)
-Pilot G-6 (with a .4 Sarasa navy blue refill for my notebook as well)

Here are the business ends. I know everyone has their own opinions of what are good pens. For me- price has nothing to do with it, I judge on how they write, how they feel and how reliable they are to me. What's great is that we all have our top 5's. Some people might might have a top 1! More power to you.

Another week in the books, have a great weekend everyone.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Sanford Uni-Ball Grip - Older School

It feels like it is "old school week" here at Good Pens...back in the day, I bought these by the 12 pack...a lot. There was a time where I always had this pen with me. Jordan had crazy ups, Nate Dogg and Warren G were Regulating and I had my's just the way it was.

Times change, tastes change but I still use these- mainly because I have about 10,000 of them. I love the modern versions of this pen as well. Seen here, but this pen still stays classic and works for me. I do a ton of scribbling and doodling with these and am not afraid to bring them on the road with me if needed.

The before shot, I have been doing a TON of work restoring old fountain pens lately. I did some work on a pen for Unposted here and really have been enjoying working on my pens and getting some pens in the mail to work from you guys. Here's the scary before shots. I will get to this one over the weekend and will get some afters out as well.

Have a great day everyone.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Pilot Explorer...welcome back!

Good news! Before I wrote this, I really thought this was an old pen that I wouldn't be able to find again. I was wrong! A quick Google search shows tons of these available. Even in blue and in extra fine. Yee-haw. If you like them you can buy them here and here. (no affiliation) Nice!

I am becoming a big fan of the Rhodia's and here is a little one that is usually with me on the road. It feels like I have been using these pens for a long time. It's a simple retractable design in a good pen that I do not have to worry about losing the cap. Clicky, clicky!

I might actually start carrying this around with me (now that I know I can buy more if needed.) I have a white one of these with a VW logo on it as well. It's just a lightweight yet solid pen that works pretty well for me.

Sorry, I have been slow to catch up on the comments and emails, give me a day and I will be back on track. Thanks!

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Wooden Fountain Pen (# 3 I think)

I own a few wooden fountain pens. For the most part, they are kit pens, meaning, someone buys the metal bits and then puts a pen together around that. The good thing is, you can go crazy with the wood selection and design, the bad thing is- the guts are consistently not that great to write with.

One good thing I can say is--that the wooden pens do have a smooth and warm feel to them when you are writing. Wood seems like a good material to make pens out of, I just wish the writing parts lived up to the feel in your hand.

Here's the business end of this one. I do use it every now and then, but it does not stay inked for too long. It's Iridium tipped and it writes ok, just not incredible. There's a cartridge in there that I sometimes use my Noodler's Bay State Blue in this one, although the bleeding can get pretty insane in this combo.

Blogger tricks of the trade: If you can find this, pick up a container. One little blob of this will hold your pen and props any way that you like for as long as you like. It's a real time saver.

Have a great day!
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Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Platinum Preppy Sign Pen

Let's kick this week off with a bang! I have a history of loving sign pens. There's a few other reviews in the archives and I somehow figure out a way to use them everyday. When I came across the Preppy Sign pen at a Jetpens... I had to have it. Just having the word "sign" on it was enough for me. (Yes, they had me at sign.) The pen comes in 4 pieces ready to go and in a ton of crazy colors if you like that sort of thing.

If you click on this picture, you actually can see the first bit of ink heading into the point. Kind of like the moment of conception. (Can I say that?)

Since this is a Sign pen I decided to make a sign. That will show them! Who do they think they are? With their Rock and Roll music and their AK-47's (kidding everyone knows the kids on my block use Uzi's)

Here is the side by side of my Pentel Sign pen and's pretty comparable. Plus... the bonus is, everyone knows if I have a cartridge, I can refill it. I have no idea what sort of ink I would use here, but it will be fun to try. I will let you know if the tip wears as well as the Pentel. Those do get better with age. Have a great day everyone. Good Pens.


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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...