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March 5th, 2007 (07:00 pm)
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The weather here's been very up and down for some reason, although the skies aren't. I've been cycling through zombie, awake, mild headache, zombie, ache, zombie, awake... It isn't all that unusual to have ups and downs on an unsettled day here, but the frequency of cycling today is a bit unusual. (Right now, I'm in an awake headache/ache awake phase).

So today, I managed to get out the stationery shop and look at pens. I now have a new pen I want to buy--the Visconti Gulliver (discontinued and replaced with the Van Gogh mini, but they only had the one colour--green). It's a cute little pen. The other one that I'm curious about by the same company is a clear fountain pen that was very similar to the Van Gogh. The good thing about actually going to the shop was that I could see, hold, and dip the pens. The bad, they also had the Mozart...

...which was also the first pen I looked at. It's a cute little pen, cartridge only, very light-weight and a good size for my hand. The bad thing is the silver ring is pretty much right where I'd grip the pen. With that problem, I also looked at the Chopin, which is a full-size pen, but it's pretty heavy when posted. So the girl helping me showed me the two Visconti pens which were quite nice, and she also showed me Caran d'Ache pen, but since those're almost all metal pens, I wasn't keen on them. Maybe next time I'll look at the Pelikan pens as they have some of those, but I couldn't remember which pens I'd bought by mail-order (not a Pelikan apparently). ^^;

Given the mixed results, she decided to try something completely low-end but small, the Pilot Birdie. It's cute and tiny! ^^; I bought the fine point, but I might go back later and get a medium point as well. (Going back is relative. I don't mind going to Manuel Latruwe once every couple weeks, but going to the stationery shop... maybe in a few months. It's just that awkwardly located and not-fun to get get to. It's also across the street from my old high school. >.<; ) It comes with a small squeeze converter and will also take Pilot cartridges. It's really fun. ^^; FSU spotted a tiny pen by Xonex that she wanted. It's even smaller than my Birdie, which should be interesting. The Xonex pen writes very smoothly, but with her hands, it's probably going to be rather cramping.

I really should have bought the Visconti pen since I really liked it, but I decided to go with the Mozart, after all. That pen's been preying on my mind since I first saw it in Japan, so I might as well get it out of my system--now! That said, I can bet you the Van Gogh mini will do the same thing now. The good thing is that it's ~1/4-1/3 the price of the Mozart. :P Sadly, I haven't decided if I'll actually *use* the Mozart yet.

And my mail order pens also arrived today. Of those pens, I like the Parker the most. I'm going to pick out which of those unused journals will be my guinea pig and start writing tonight I think. Hopefully I haven't lost too many details from the plot layout that's been stewing in the brain. ^^;

But first thing's first. Edits. >.<;


Posted by: 聖 (nekomeshi)
Posted at: March 5th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
Han-Nya 000

Haha wow :O A whole post about pens :D:DD that I didn't understand ;_;

Thanks for adding me back ^_^

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: March 6th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC)

^^;; Beware the power of the pen. They seem to grab me every now and again. ^^;

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: March 6th, 2007 09:23 am (UTC)
Schrodinger's cat (noldo_icons)

Smaller than a Birdie. Wow. But FSU is quite small, yes? So I guess it works proportionally.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: March 6th, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)

*She* is, yes. But her hands are normal to larger. I think she'd take around a medium glove. ^^; The pen's really cute although we both figure she might lose it in short order.

I tried out the Birdie last night. In terms of writing, it's not bad. (I might look into picking up the Vanishing Point/Capless now--I like this Pilot). You can definitely tell when the pen's starting to run low on ink, but the main problem I had was that it doesn't seem to hold much. (I refilled 3 times last night in 1.5-2 hrs? I'm really hoping that it was me not filling the pen up fully). >.< I might try a cartridge later and see how long it lasts with one of those in comparison. ^^;

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: March 6th, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC)
Yuki & Ayame

Vanishing Point? (I have been out of the pen world for a while now. I shouldn't be asking this question. You will tell me the answer, and then I will want the pen.)

I haven't used my Birdie in a while, but I don't remember having to fill it that often. I liked the nib for some uses (things like lists or work notes), but not for writing. I found it didn't flow quickly enough for writing, which is the whole reason I got seduced/sucked into the fountain pen world in the first place.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: March 6th, 2007 02:22 pm (UTC)

:P Blame wombat1138 if you get interested in the Vanishing Point. It's a retractable fountain pen. This is the info brochure from Namiki about the Vanishing Point:


The last fill I did for the Birdie is lasting longer, but it still seems a bit low on ink volume. So far, I'm not minding the pen for writing, but last night was working on plot writeup, so... we'll see how the other pens fair and what I think of it as I try different pens. ^^;

At least now I get to use all my inks. I wonder if I have a Pelikan 4001 in black. I was just realising that I have inks in blue, green, red, purple... but black? I don't remember. ^^;

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: March 6th, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
sunshiny day (melandry)

Ah. It's almost like a hooded nib. Since one of the things I love is the delicious shadow the nib casts as I write in a sunbeam, I am safe. From that one, at least. ^_^

Black ink? Pfft! (Actually, I do have some, but only because it came in the niftiest bottle. I even filled a pen with it once, but black. It's so boring! ^_~)

Posted by: wombat1138 (wombat1138)
Posted at: March 6th, 2007 02:23 pm (UTC)

Vanishing Point. Mine is from the first wave of Namiki/Pilot's 1994 US relaunch, matte black with a gold nib like the one farthest to the left in the upper right pic.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: March 6th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)

Argh! Thank you *so* much. >.<; I think I might focus on the Decimo for that one. Eep! ^^;

Posted by: LKK (lkk)
Posted at: March 6th, 2007 01:45 pm (UTC)
gh_read fist

Sounds like you had fun while deciding. The clear fountain pen sounded neat. I think I would have bought that one for the sheer novelty of the idea. (I'm betting the price wasn't a novelty item type of price, so in reality I doubt I would have bought it after all.)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: March 6th, 2007 02:03 pm (UTC)

^^; Nope, unfortunately it wasn't novelty item pricing. On the flip side, MonteVerde has a translucent pen for ~$40 and the Petit One is essentially translucent, but I have no idea if/when they'd come to this side of the pond. You never know, you might be able to find a translucent pen you like one day. Or if not fully translucent, semi. ^_^

Posted by: wombat1138 (wombat1138)
Posted at: March 6th, 2007 02:17 pm (UTC)

ISTR browsing through a pen discussion forum in which one popular topic was how to "hack" some of the fountain pens that're sold as cartridge-only, esp. the extremely inexpensive transparent-barrelled ones that sometimes show up in drugstores. The result looks very nifty and holds a *lot* of ink (or so I gather); the key step was simply a matter of finding the right size of O-ring to sit over the threads, though there was also some fussy geekage about the right sort of waterproof (graphite-based?) lubricant.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: March 6th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)

*blink* An O-ring over the threads and appropriate lubricant... whoa! Back up! Are you saying they sealed the barrel and filled the entire thing?? (or filled it and sealed the barrel, take it how you will). I'm not seeing this right, right?

Posted by: wombat1138 (wombat1138)
Posted at: March 6th, 2007 02:57 pm (UTC)

Yup; afaik they were filling the entire barrel with eyedroppers of ink before sealing it off with the O-ring. They actually favored the cheap transparent-barrelled models for this, since that way you could visually keep track of the ink and you didn't have to worry as much about corrosion. (Which is not to say that corrosion didn't occur, but better on a $5 drugstore purchase than an heirloom Waterman etc.)

...aha, here's an example of the concept in action.

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