Schneider Glam

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I bought this pen because it was weird. The pattern is straight up gaudy and basically has puffy paint for the silver bits. It wasn’t particularly expensive and it claimed to come with a companion eraser pen and corrector. Barkaboo? So, I bought it cause that sounded weird. Then… I never took it out of the package because well, it looks like Lisa Frank threw up on it.

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I thought maybe there would be more information inside the packaging, but this is just a card. No help there.

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So this is what it comes with. The fountain pen, the corrector pen, and a box of cartridges. Normally I set aside any included blue or black ink and put something more colorful in to test pens, but I figured this has a particular ink formulation.

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This pen has really weird angled tips on the top and bottom of the pen. The nib is normal, but it feels almost like they should have some particular function… as far as I can tell they don’t.

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The pen is pretty light and the ergonomic grip is actually really comfortable. If it wasn’t covered in gaudy hearts I’d probably want to use this a lot more. I’m pretty sure my 14 year old self would be mildly ashamed to be seen using this pen.

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I like the grip on this pen. It’s comfortable. Maybe if I take nail polish remover to it I can make it presentable looking…

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So here’s the test. I couldn’t find my regular notebook so I wrote on the back of a postcard which I’ll probably send randomly to someone I know. The ink behaves fine, but it is lighter maybe more translucent than standard ink to my untrained eye.

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So I just took the eraser pen and went diagonally through the text from top right to bottom left… and holy goats, it works! FUNKY.

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So the thing about the eraser is it makes it impossible for the fountain pen to rewrite what was there… so the opposite end of the eraser is a pen which will write over the erased area. As you can see, the inks do not really match.

 

The Good

  • Light
  • really comfortable grip
  • should in theory use standard cartridges and converter
  • writes nice

The Bad

  • Lisa Frank Eat Your Heart Out Looks.
  • Eraser only works with included cartridges
  • included cartridges write lighter/more transparently
  • correction pen ink doesn’t match fountain pen ink
  • weird angled ends on outside of pen

Overall grade: B-

The purple sparkly hearts of doom are just very very much not my thing. The correctable ink is kind of neat but I’m not sure how much I need that feature for my uses.

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Platinum Plaisir

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This is my penultimate fountain pen review for the foreseeable future. I’ll still review any new pens I get in the future, but I’m not looking to buy any for a bit as I have more editing than composing this year.

The Platinum Plaisir (JetPens, Goulet, Amazon) is bascially a fancier, nicer-looking version of the Platinum Preppy.

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It’s a nice shiny aluminum pen body.

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It uses the same cartridges as the Preppy, which I happen to have some of but are very much not standard.

 

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It’s a good pen.

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Of a reasonable size and weight.

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It writes super nice… but I’m just not sure it’s worth the price difference between it and the Preppy.

The Good

  • Good-looking
  • round grip
  • writes nice.
  • writes FAST

The Bad

  • hard grip
  • proprietary cartridge

Overall grade: A-

I like it. I just don’t think I like it THAT much more than the Preppy. I think if I was going to recommend one I’d pick the less expensive one.

 

Monteverde Invincia Color Fusion Fountain Pen

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BEHOLD! This is my holiday present from my in-laws and it is awesome.

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It is STEALTH BLACK. In case I need to write some super secret messages in the dark and not be seen? Whatever. IT MATCHES EVERYTHING. Also, it’s all black so it always looks good.

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I was sitting next to the candy bowl so you get a Bazooka Joe comic and a mini box of Nerds for scale.

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LOOK AT IT!!! So sleek. So black. So fountain. Pen. Wow.

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It is a metal body so it’s very sturdy and a too heavy for me to use with the cap attached like this for very long.

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Without the cap on the back, it is very comfortable to use and it looks pretty bad ass.

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The Good

  • BLACK
  • BLACK AS MY SOUL
  • MADE OF METAL
  • NO PARENTS…er wait, no that’s Batman.
  • standard cartridge/converter
  • matches everything
  • Looks like Batman’s fountain pen

The Bad

  • Heavy

Overall grade: A

 

Pelikan Pelikano School Fountain Pen F (right handed)

 

 

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This is the first pen that’s really surprised me. I’ve put off buying this one for a long time because I didn’t have high hopes. The fact that it comes in left and right handed just seemed weird to me.

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It comes with an extra long standard cartridge and has an all plastic body.

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The cap is a little funny. I’m not fond of using it posted, but its odd design does keep it from rolling around and disappearing.

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The cap has the Pelikan Pelican on the end.

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So here’s where the handed part figures in. The grip is a softish rubbery thing that’s specially handed so that your pointer finger side has ridges for extra control.

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The ridges DO give a lot more control the point where I don’t grip this pen as hard because I don’t have to. It doesn’t slip because the rubber has good traction and the ridges really help.

 

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The rubber grip wraps under the pen so where it rests on the inside of your middle finger is a lot more comfortable than on many pens, it doesn’t feel heavy and I don’t find myself indenting my middle finger with the pen while using this one.

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My handwriting is especially bad this week. It isn’t the finest nib but it works great in my writing notebook.

The Good

  • awesome grip
  • light
  • sturdy. This pen is made for students.
  • comes in right and left handed versions
  • standard cartridge/converter
  • can use an extra long cartridge

The Bad

  • not the most attractive pen
  • cap is a weird design

Overall grade: A

 

Fountain Pen Friday: Ohto Poche

 

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This week’s pen is the Ohto Poche (Jet Pens, Amazon), another one of my Uwajimaya purchases. It comes in a couple different engraved designs (I debated between this wiggly line zebra and the diamond pattern) all of which are pretty snazzy looking.
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This weeks random item for scale is a Zesty Sauce cup from BK

 

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This is one of the few pens I prefer to use with the cap posted on the back, it’s just very short and rubs on my hand weird if I don’t… plus it keeps me from having to figure out where I set down the cap. However, when you close the pen it is very small.

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it also has this really nice jewel adornment on the cap. Normally I hate this kind of thing, but on this pen it works.

 

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See! TIny!

 

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It is unfortunately so small that it is cartridge only, but for travel that’s not really a problem. I meant to do a normal writing test, but I took it on vacation with me and wrote it dry before I remembered that I needed to do it, so for this week only you actually get a page of WIP.

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The Good

  • snazzy looking
  • thin
  • very light
  • uses standard cartridges
  • nice travel pen
  • actually comfortable to use posted even for my tiny hands and arthritic fingers

The Bad

  • can’t use a converter
  • not comfortable to use unposted

Overall grade: A

Fountain Pen Friday: Manuscript Trio

On my recent trip to Seattle I stopped at the Art Supplies area of the University of Washington Bookstore, which is one of my favorite places to shop for fountain pens, ink, and notebooks. One of the ones I picked up was the Manuscript Trio Italic Pen.

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I love this horrible black and white floral print. My mother owns luggage with this kind of pattern and my brother has dubbed it “The Ugglage.” It NEVER gets lost. It is impossible to miss.

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If you’re a fan of the Lamy triangle grip, you’re going to love this pen. It has a very nice italic nib that isn’t anything special but it writes a really nice line that’s not too wide for everyday writing but would probably look pretty amazing if you had some sort of calligraphy ability.

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I do not hate this pen. I actually really like it, there’s just something about the width of this pen at its widest that makes my hand fatigue really fast so it’s not going to be something I can use for a long time or frequently.

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The Good

  • Unique pattern in amazing print
  • standard cartridge/converter
  • nice italic nib that’s not too big for everyday use
  • plastic body

The Bad

  • triangle grip
  • very wide pen at its widest

Overall Grade: B but a C for me. I really like how it writes, but it’s just too fatiguing for my tiny hands to use for long periods of time or too frequently.

Fountain Pen Friday: Ohto Tasche

I stopped off at Uwajimaya in Seattle’s International District on my way back to Portland and decided to check out the gift store cause I thought they might have some fountain pens… and holy cow, did they. I got several and I’m sure I’ll be going back again in the future.

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Today’s pen is the Ohto Tasche (Jet Pens, Amazon). It’s somewhat similar to the Ohto Rook in size, but I like this one better. I’m not really a pink kind of girl, but I really adore this pinkish silver color and did in fact choose it out of the available colors.

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When you post the cap on the back it becomes very pencil-like in size though heavier in weight. (iPod Nano for scale)

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On the back of the pen is a little rubber gasket so the cap slides on smoothly and holds firm, not wiggling at all on the back of the pen as you write. I’m wondering if micro movements in the cap while I’m writing is why I prefer to use most pens un-posted. This is probably the first fountain pen I prefer to use with the cap attached on the back. The design is so… smart. It really works.

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The pen alone is REALLY small. It’s small even in MY tiny hand.

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I think it also helps that the cap isn’t drastically wider or heavier than the pen. It feels like a single unit when it’s put together in this configuration.

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I’m quite liking this pen. It’s very sturdy but thin and nicely balanced without being too heavy.

The Good

  • Really nice cap design both closing the pen and posted.
  • Very thin
  • nicely balanced with or without cap
  • very sturdy
  • standard cartridge

The Bad

  • going to be hard to find a converter to fit, this like the Rook is probably a cartridge only and I don’t think it would work for an eyedropper conversion

Overall grade: A

I decided to try this out first out of my new pens and I’m quite liking it. I’ve even managed to drop this pen on my driveway already and it didn’t even get a scratch. This is a really good travel pen and the way the cap is designed plus being cartridge only makes me think this is a pen that is very very unlikely to leak and a good choice for every-day carry.