April 30, 2008

Review: Sakura Gelly Roll Fine

I didn't have very high expectations for the Sakura Gelly Roll, but I wanted to try it out since it is so popular. In the end, it's just an average pen for me. My main gripe is that the black isn't black enough, even showing up a bit brown on some types of paper. But it seems that these pens are more popular for their wide array of colors rather than just the black model that I tried out. They are very cost effective though, so you may want to pick one up and test it out for yourself.

April 28, 2008

Review: Pilot Drawing Pen 005

I thought I was ordering the 05 model of the Pilot Drawing Pen, but I instead I clicked on the 005 model - my mistake! This pen is interesting, but it is so fine and so fragile, it can be used for only very specific things, such as ultra-detailed drawings. I love a fine point pen, but even this one is a bit too fine for me.

April 26, 2008

JetPens on Flickr

For all of you pen addicts out there (I'm not the only one, right?), JetPens has created a new group on Flickr if you are interested in joining.

April 24, 2008

Pilot G-3 0.38mm Black

This pen is fantastic. The Pilot G-2 retractable pens are great themselves, but I think this is my favorite of the bunch. I've seen them around for a while now, but kept forgetting to pick one up. The 0.38mm tip writes perfectly, and the barrel design is great. I can't wait to order more of these.

April 23, 2008

Ink Links

Quick note: I'm a bit behind here, but hopefully I will have some new updates by the end of the week.

A big fan of the Uni-Color colored pencil leads from JetPens (iSculpt.org)

Lamy 2000 Official Moleskine Review (Notebookism.com)

Moleskine Planner Hack: 2 Years Later (rohdesign.com)

Lots of pen samples from pauldear (pauldear @ Flickr)

Nice use of the Behance Dot Grid Notebook (retro traveler @ Flickr)

Faber Castell Perfect Pencil (Notebookism.com)

Gail is a Pen Slut (Sound Off!)

Pilot Pockel Mini from JetPens (JetPens.com)

April 17, 2008

Review: Uni-Ball Vision Elite 0.5mm Blue

The Uni-Ball Vision Elite has been a very popular pen over the past few years, especially prior to the surge in popularity of gel ink pens. This liquid ink model writes wonderfully, although I experienced a little feathering in my line with this model writing on my Moleskine (an example is where I have the arrow, but it didn't show up in the picture very well). Beautifully designed and well balanced, I can see why this pen is so well liked. My only question is - are they doing away with this model? I bought three 3-packs of this pen at Wal-Mart on closeout for $1.50 per pack, with the regular price around $6.00.

April 15, 2008

Review: Pilot G-2 1.0mm Black

What a pleasant surprise! I'm not normally a fan of wide tipped pens, but I saw this one at Wal-Mart and figured what the heck. The Pilot G-2 1.0mm writes wonderfully smooth, with a solid jet black line. It does take a moment to dry due to the amount of ink being laid down on the paper, but other than that, I was very happy with this pen. I will have to make more time for this one.

April 13, 2008

Ink Links

Lamy Vista review (Walking Without Rhythm)

Fragmented Fave: Jon Burgerman (frag-ment-ed)

Canadian Pentel Manga? (Who Needs Friends...)

Jon Ewell, JetPens fan (EwellArt)

SoulComfort's Hi-Tec-C Cavalier (SoulComfort's Corner)

Battle of the Designer Notebooks (Lifehacker)

WH Smith Art Supplies (Pica+Pixel)

Summize Offers a Better Twitter Search (Mashable)

More erasable pens from JetPens - the Pilot e-Gel (JetPens)

April 10, 2008

JetPens Order April 2008

I just had a small-ish order this time, mainly wanting to purchase the super-cool Kokuyo NeoCritz Transformer Pencil Case:

Pilot BeGreen Precise V5 Roller Ball Pen - 0.5 mm - Black
Kokuyo NeoCritz Transformer Pencil Case - Blue
Sakura Gelly Roll Regular Gel Ink Pen - Fine Point - Black
Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto Multi Pen Ink Cartridge - 0.3 mm - Black
Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto Multi Pen Ink Cartridge - 0.3 mm - Blue
Pilot Drawing Pen - Pigment Ink - 005 - Black Ink
Pilot G-3 Gel Pen - 0.38 mm - Black

More on the Kokuyo NeoCritz Transformer Pencil Case from JetPens.com.....

.....and also from the Super Limited Edition Blog.

April 9, 2008

Review: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Putimo

This is a great on-the-go pen for fans of the Hi-Tec-C who need a little more compact version. The Putimo comes out to about half the size of the regular Hi-Tec-C, while keeping the same barrel width and style. The lone addition the this pen is a removable loop you can use to attach to various things, such as a lanyard or clip. The tip is the same design and writes just as well as the full size model.

April 8, 2008

2008 Masters

This is where I spent my day on Monday. Beautiful, isn't it?

I had a really great time, and have a few more pictures (including Tiger Woods) uploaded in this Flickr set: Masters 2008

I have a few more pens reviews for this week, plus some new items arriving soon from JetPens, so stay tuned.

April 5, 2008

Ink Links

Capturx Digital Pen Turns Jotted Notes to Text (Lifehacker)

Field Notes versus Moleskine Cahier versus Rhodia Notebook (asr-cascadian @ Flickr)

Moleskine Icons Back Online! (Scription)

Doodling on the Core77 Design forums (Core77 Design Blog)

Laserone gets in on the JetPens fun! (laserone @ Flickr)

April 3, 2008

Review: Zebra Sarasa Clip 0.4mm Blue

The Zebra Sarasa line gives you some of the best bang for the buck in the gel ink sub-0.5mm category. The barrel design is very solid and comfortable, and the ink lays a solid, quick drying line. The retractable point and clip design make this a great pen to carry around at work, or pop in your backpack or purse when you are on the go. I'm always satisfied whenever I pick up my Sarasa.

April 2, 2008

New at JetPens - Pilot Ageless Collection

I stumbled across these beautiful pens last night in the JetPens New Arrivals section. At $42 - $55, they are a bit out of my price range, but I just love the design and was lusting over the pictures.

April 1, 2008

Socially inept

Up until now of course. I am jumping on the Twitter train, so feel free to add me as a friend either there or on Pownce. User name: dowdyism

I am still figuring things out, but expect pretty much anything to cross the screen at any time. I guess that is the point, right?

Update - I have also added a Twitter feed on the sidebar.