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Another Q&A Video

2/22/17
Hey folks,

I posted this Q&A video a couple of days ago, and totally forgot to post it here. Sorry about that!

Here's the video:


Montblanc Lucky Orange

2/15/17
It looks like there's sheen in this image, but you can't see that with your eyes.


A Limited Edition Montblanc! And a good one, this time!

You know I love an orange ink, and this is the kind of orange that I love. Bright, saturated, and happy. The perfect thing to use in the dead of winter to cheer yourself up.

While the color on this one is awesome, it's not a perfect ink. I had some issues with this one drying out in my nib when I didn't use the pen for a couple of days, and it was doing that in a Franklin-Christoph nib that never has that issue. Weird. Once it gets going, the ink is fairly wet, but that drying-out issue is a problem.

Check it out below, and grab a bottle before it's all gone.


Written Review!



I wrote the whole top bit out, and then spelled "disappointment" incorrectly. So I left it. Call me lazy, but I wasn't writing it again.

Close Ups!

The ink is still wet in the pic above. I like the way ink looks when it's wet. I bet you do, too.
As you'll see below, this ink works really well on copy paper. That's a big point in its favor.



Copy Paper Test!


Look at that! No bleed through, even with a broad stub nib. That's seriously good performance.

On Tomoe River:
As expected, beautiful.

In a Currently Inked Journal:

Not quite as nice as it was on the Tomoe River, but still awesome.


Color Comparisons


Bottle Service.

These LE bottles always come with a little hat. Gotta protect that snowflake.


You can see some flaky precipitates around the threads in these pictures. It's just dried ink, and nothing to freak out about, but it does say to me that this ink might be just a little over-saturated. It looks awesome, but that is probably why it's drying out in my nib.


Video Review and Water Test!





The orange doesn't stand up to water. It's kind of a mess after you clean the water off of it.

So, while not a perfect orange, it's a darn good one. You can find it at your favorite Montblanc retailer, and my favorite Montblanc retailer is Anderson Pens where I bought this ink for $19.

The TiScribe Bolt

2/10/17



I've done a few reviews of Urban Survival Gear's TiScribe products, and they just seem to be getting better and better. The first pen was a little pocket-sized fountain pen that I reviewed back August 2015. It was a pretty good little pen.



Second was a really interesting project: The TiScribe HL. You don't really see machined highlighters, and this one is really cool.


Now, we've got a bolt-action-style gel pen. This TiScribe Bolt is a solid copper pen (just like the others), though it's also available in brass and titanium. Thanks for sending this pen out, Kelvin!


You can also get extra tips and finials that can change up the look of your pen. Tastes vary, but I really like the Ti pen with copper ends. It's a really cool look.

This image is from the kickstarter page.
Kelvin (at Urban Survival Gear) listed this as a "fidget pen" on the kickstarter, and it's got a lot of fidget-potential. Check out this gif from the kickstarter page:


 It's pretty tough to stop doing that, actually. The bolt action on this pen is so smooth that you might have a hard time not-messing with it. It also doesn't make much noise, so that'll be a little gift to your coworkers.

New! 

So, this is what the pen looked like when it was brand new out of the packaging. It was so shiny that I had a little trouble balancing the brightness for photography. Like a new penny!



The clip and carrier in this pen is made from titanium, regardless of the metal of the pen. It looks good against the copper of this pen, and I bet it looks good against the brass, too.


This is the emblem that's engraved in the finial, and it's the only bit of branding on the pen. I like that minimalism. 


A bit more used...

I took pages and pages of notes with this pen, and it's starting to tarnish a bit. I tend to leave the tarnish on the metal, but this one might get a polishing. I really like the look of this pen. 


These ridges are comfortable and secure in your hand, so it doesn't slip even though it's an all-metal pen.



The fit and finish on the TiScribe Bolt is  really on point. As you can see in the photo above, there's very little gap between the edge of the pen and the tip of the cartridge. So little that there's no tip rattle at all. I hate tip rattle, so that's a great feature.

More used...

Yep. More tarnish. 




The only place that isn't touched is the finial, which is still bright and shiny. 




 Parts and insides

These pens are designed to use a gel refill, like the Pilot G2, though you can get a conversion kit which will allow you to use Parker-style refills if that's your preference. I replaced the G2 that came with the pen with this Signo 307 refill.


There aren't many pieces to this pen. Body, refill, spring, and tip. That's about it. It appears that you can remove the finial, but I haven't tried to do that yet. 


Next to the TiScribe HL



Final words and a video review:

Check this pen out. If you like the bolt-style pens, then this one is an excellent version of the type. If you're into the EDC style, then check out this pen. It's bomb-proof. If you like pens that look like bullets, then check out this pen. It looks like a big bullet.

See? Plenty of reasons to use a non-fountain pen.




**This pen was sent out for review in return for my honest review. That's what you've got above.**

A Q&A Video

1/27/17
Hey folks!

It seems, from my YouTube analytics, that people who come to my photo-blog don't usually watch my videos on the blog. If you're a blog-reader who doesn't care for video, that's cool. If you're someone who checks out both of these, let me know in a comment or something. I'm really interested to know what y'all are into and how I can make the blog and channel better.

Nonetheless, here's a little Q&A video that I made for my YouTube channel. It was fun to do, and I'm hoping that folks will hit me with more questions so that I can make more of those. Maybe make it a weekly thing?

Anyway, here's the link:




Sheaffer Skrip Red

1/22/17

This is one of my favorite reds, and it's certainly one that I recommend whenever someone asks for a great red. It's a true red, it behaves itself in every pen I've tried it in, and it doesn't bleed, feather, or spread on bad papers. It's sort of the ideal red ink for graders.

The hue is a true red, and that's pretty great. I know that true reds aren't the most exciting ones to some folks, but the simplicity of a true red is really what I'm looking for when I want to do some grading. It stands out on the page, but does nothing to distract from the words. Good stuff.

Check it out below, and give it a shot if you're in need of a red, red ink.


Written Review


Close Ups




Some Papers!

 First, have a close-up of the ink swatch on Rhodia. It's showing off the many tones of this ink. There appears to be a bit of sheen around the edges, but I've never seen that from any of my pens.


 The picture below is from a Pen Habit Currently Inked book, and this ink looks particularly good here.


The two below are from an Ink Journal with Tomoe River paper, and the lack of absorbtion makes the ink look more orange than it actually is.



Copy Paper Test

 The fine nib on the Unica is oddly wet and sharp, and that combination causes it to create bleeds and such with pretty much every ink on copy papers. It's a weird nib.

Chromatography!
 


Bottle Service

I thought these pictures came out well, so there you have it. 



Color Comparisons!
 I've got several more color comparison cards at the end of the review.



Water Test and Review Video






Conclusions:

It's great. Get it.



SO MANY COMPARISONS!