I love doing ink reviews. I really love them. Inks are awesome, they can be used to draw out emotions and reference your current mood or attitude. When I commence my various ink reviews, I normally load a pen or two, use various test papers (anything I can write on), fill at least one page in my Habana Notebook, lastly I write a review – on my ink review form. Once that’s done, I post it on various social media outlets, and sometimes reference them in the videos I shoot. [Read more…]
Think Iceland Fountain Pen… First off, I must preface, I am lucky – really lucky – to have some very nice friends. One such friend, has been following my fountain pen adventures for awhile now. He suggested that I should try one of his pens. So, he sent me this beautiful Think Iceland fountain pen. Think Pens, come in a variety of colors and styles. These pens are all made using highly creative motifs, primarily using multiple colored acrylics. [Read more…]
Pelikan Royal Blue [full size photo] – This is an interesting blue / gray ink from Pelikan. To me this is not your traditional “Royal Blue” ink. With it’s slightly muted and silvery gray hues, it stands out amongst the rest of my Royal Blue inks. For reference this the the first Pelikan ink I have used (aside from a cartridge in a Pelikano). I have to tell you, its a very smooth ink. It flows very nicely. For the review I used a “Think!” pen called the “Iceland” with a Medium nib. [As a side note, I will be reviewing the Think! Iceland fountain pen very soon.]
The Think! fountain pen, had no issues with the Pelikan Royal Blue ink. The ink produced great shading in some of the other pens I tested it in. The medium nib in the Think! pen showed shading as well. In each of the pens I tested it in, the ink remained very well behaved – no signs of feathering, no bleedthrough, with a very tiny bit of showthrough. Dry times on the ink were rather quick ~2 seconds or so until it was dry. In the q-tip sample I was surprised at the depth of the shading, very pretty. The silvery gray also adds something to the ink. Its a nice touch.
I used the ink at work for a number of days, and I had received great input from those I questioned about the color. This is a great go-to ink for the office. Not too bright, not boring like a blue ballpoint. Just right, even for my traditionally bold/bright tastes. Two thumbs up from me. I can’t wait to hunt some more Pelikan ink samples for future testing.
This ink, as well as many other inks and pens can be purchased from – my friends at Pear Tree Pens.
This is a review of the Sabonis Fountain Pen. This fountain pen brand is primarily marketed in Latin America. This specific pen was sent to me from Mexico. I am not 100% sure what model this is, as it came to me without a box or any paperwork. There doesn’t appear to be any markings that reflect a model on the pen or nib.
The first thing I noticed about this pen, was the weight – it’s pretty darn heavy. Much heavier than most of my other pens. The pen is pretty plain looking – in a good way, it also does look more expensive than it is. The cap is very tight fitting, it requires a pretty good grip to pull the cap off. There is also a noticeable click when the cap is removed and or reinstalled.
The dimensions of the Sabonis Fountain Pen are as follows:
Capped – 5.25″
Cap removed – 4.75″
Cap posted – 6″
Weight – 1.1oz (this was using a digital scale that was zeroed & includes the converter plus what ink is left inside.)
I was surprised that this pen didn’t include a cartridge and or converter. I tried using the extra Platinum Preppy and the Waterman converters I had… neither one fit correctly. I ended up ordering an International Piston Converter for a Pelikan (from my friends at Pear Tree Pens) and it ended up fitting perfectly.
The nib seems to be a fine-medium steel nib. It has the Sabonis logo and is made in Germany. It originally was difficult to get inked up. It was having a lot of problems starting up, even after I let the ink prime in it for 24+ hours. The next day I decided I needed to floss the nib (this opens the tines up a bit & allows for a better flow). That ended up working perfectly. Now the pen starts much faster and flows a nice fine-medium line.
The nib is nice and smooth and it produces a nice wetish line that has a nice bit of shading to it. I recently did an ink review with the Sabonis, it can be found here: J Herbin Bleu Azur Ink Review
All in all, for an inexpensive fountain pen, this is a pretty nice pen. I won’t say it’s my favorite, but its fun and will stay in my rotation.
Full sized images can be found on this set on my Flickr account.