May 29, 2008

Review: Pilot Precise Grip Extra Fine

The Pilot Precise Grip Extra Fine writes just like every other Pilot Precise pen I have tried, but I think this is the most comfortable barrel design. It is a bit longer and larger in diameter than the Precise V5 (as well as the V5 retractable), and has the bonus of a comfortable rubber grip. Performance wise, I had not used this pen in a while so it took a bit to get flowing as you can see in the image. Aside from that, this is a good choice for any liquid ink needle tip fans.

May 27, 2008

Review: Uni-Ball Micro Deluxe

One of my biggest addictions in the past was this Uni-Ball Micro Deluxe. The 0.5mm tip writes really fine and clean on standard notebook paper, and was my pen of choice for years and years. I rarely use them anymore, mainly because I think some of the gel pens are superior, but I do keep a few around just for old times sake.

May 24, 2008

Ink Links

The Pen Addict was feeling the link love all week long this past week, most recently from:

The Morning News

Utne Reader

Dinosaurs and Robots

An Enchanted Life

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for the links and hello to all the new readers stopping by!

-- Big congrats to Pencil Talk on it's 200th post (Pencil Talk)

-- Jezlyn with a great pen test, including the Sakura Pigma Micron (Jezlyn26 @ Flickr)

-- Is the Pilot Hi-Tec-C the perfect pen? (Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming)

-- The Rhodia Webnotebook (Notebookism)

-- Very cool laser-etched Moleskines (Lifehacker)

-- Pen Mod - Hi-Tec-C Platinum Mini Double 3 Action Multi (JetPens)

-- Putting the Pilot Hi-Tec-C to the test (Inky Visions)

May 22, 2008

Hooray For JetPens!

My latest purchase from is on the way.....

1 x Pilot Petit1 Mini Fountain Pen - Blue
1 x Pilot Pockel Mini Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - Black
1 x Pilot e-Gel Erasable Gel Ink Pen - 0.7 mm - Blue
1 x Pilot G-3 Gel Pen - 0.38 mm - Blue
1 x Uni-ball Signo Erasable Gel Pen - 0.5 mm - Blue
1 x Pilot Hi-Tec-C Gel Ink Pen - 0.4 mm - Soda Blue
1 x Pilot Pockel Mini Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - Light Green
1 x Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen - Blue Black Ink
1 x Sakura Pigma Micron 05 Pen - 0.45 mm - Orange
1 x Pilot Hi-Tec-C Gel Ink Pen - 0.4 mm - Yawaragi Colors - Utsuzumi Grey

May 21, 2008

Review: Bic Mark-It Permanent Marker

I like the design and the price point of the Bic Mark-It permanent markers, but they really can't hold a candle to the Sharpie permanent markers. After marking up a few cds I had just burned, the tip was already going soft, and there is now a squishy feel when writing, which drives me nuts. I'll stay strictly in the Sharpie camp from now on.

May 19, 2008

Thanks Notebookism and Not Martha

Two great sites linked my way today - Notebookism and Not Martha - and I just wanted to say thanks and hello to any new readers. I am out of town for most of this week, but will have some new reviews up shortly after I return. Thanks for stopping by!

May 15, 2008

Ink Links

Anthony sketching with his new Uni-Ball Signo Bit 0.18mm (Anthony's Drawring Board)

Ryan tackles hacking Signos, Sliccis and Bits (Brassing Adds Character)

Red Monkey reviews some JetPens product, as well as their website (Red Monkey)

Pictures from the 2008 Chicago Pen Show (Notebookism)

Moleskine Notebooks: The Ultimate Guide (Put Things Off)

The cool looking Lamy Pico Pen (JetPens)

May 12, 2008

Review: Paper Mate Flair Ultra Fine

I love the original Paper Mate Flair, so I was excited to see a finer tipped version available on store shelves. And just like the classic Flair, this pen delivers a great writing experience. If I am not using a gel pen, then I am usually reaching for a felt tip or plastic tip pen, and this one does a great job.

May 8, 2008

Review: Sharpie Pen

The Sharpie Pen caught me by surprise strolling down the aisle at Wal-Mart, and being the Pen Addict that I am, I just had to pick up a two-pack of black and a two-pack of blue. If you are familiar at all with the Pilot V Razor Point pens, then you have a good reference point for this pen. It is very similar, and I like it a lot. The black Sharpie Pen lays down a very solid, sharp line, and the blue does the same, although I would prefer a bit deeper shade. The tip is very firm and soild, and I haven't seen any signs of breaking down just yet. All in all, this is a great pen.

May 6, 2008

Jon Burgerman T-Shirt at Woot.Shirt

This great Jon Burgerman T-Shirt is available today only from Woot.Shirt for the awesome price of $10.00, and shipping is free! Mine is on the way.....

Review: Uni-Ball Vision Needle Fine

It's rare that I dislike a pen so much right out of the gate, but I do not like the Uni-Ball Vision Needle at all. I was actually excited to see a new Uni-Ball Vision model on the shelves since the original model is a pretty decent pen, but the Needle version does not live up to its predecessor. The ink flow is massive, so massive that I could hardly write fast enough to keep it from pooling and seeping through the paper. I'm a fast writer, and I couldn't keep up. In addition, the feathering is so bad, my lettering looks ridiculous. Each letter looks like it had fireworks go off behind it.

Needless to say, I am not happy with this pen at all. You can find better places to spend your money.

May 3, 2008

Ink Links

Uni-Ball Signo 207 micro - the write stuff for Dennis (False Cognate)

One pen to rule them all - The Uni-ball Signo 0.38 (Enrico's Blog)

Doane Paper Facebook Page (Doane Paper Blog)
And thanks for the link! on Field Notes (Field Notes Blog)

Incredibly thorough - Rating the top Japanese pencils (Pencil Talk)

Review: Pelikan Level (L65) (Brassing Adds Character)

JetPens April Newsletter (JetPens)

May 2, 2008

Review: Pilot BeGreen Precise V5 Extra Fine

Looks great, feels great, and writes great. Not to much more I can say about the Pilot BeGreen Precise V5. If you enjoy the original V5 model, then you will like this as well.