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Retro 51 Tornado Vintage Metalsmith Roller Ball Pen - 0.7 mm - Franklin - RETRO 51 VRR-1332
  5 for asthetics. 5 for..., December 30, 2012
5 for asthetics. 5 for writing experience (for a ballpoint - 4 in comparison to Fountain Pens). When it was brand new, it would lay down a very dark black wet line but not as good as a really good fountain pen. It is a pretty saturated ink. For a ballpoint, it is pretty good. 3 for bulletproofness (just a water test). If you drop water, it will bleed all over the place, but if you continually run water over it, the surface level ink will wash off, and then you are left with gray lines that are still visible. And a 2-3 for cartridge drying out prematurely or really hard to get going after it hasn't been used for a while. I shook it at least a dozen times and I am finally getting good flow on it. But after a few sentences, I find myself having to shake it some more. I've only had the pen 2 months.
Pilot Cavalier Duo-Color Body Fountain Pen - Fine Nib - Black & Brown - PILOT FCA-5SR-BBN-F
  Really super smooth crisp..., December 24, 2012
Really super smooth crisp fine line. I would equate the line width to a .3mm. I would say it is more fine and smoother than the EF Lamy nib. Very smooth and no skipping. Also, very skinny and fits through the leuchtturm pen loops really well. If you need to write really small and with fine precision, this is a great pen.
Sailor Fountain Pen Nano Ink - 50 ml Bottle - Ultra Black - SAILOR 13-2001-220
  The ink is good, but..., December 24, 2012
The ink is good, but I think I like Noodler's Bulletproof black better if you like a darker black. The sailor nano black is more like a dark dark charcoal instead of a deep rich high contrast black like Noodler's. I usually write with a headlamp on, and I can tell subtle differences due to my headlamp. If you don't have a headlamp on, you probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference. I would give the bottle design 5 stars, and the ink 4 stars. The bottle design is great because it has a mini reservoir inside the bottle just slightly deeper than the nib and feed making it easy to still draw ink into your pen even when the ink level is lower than your nib depth. With the cap on, you turn the bottle upside down, then flip it over. The mini reservoir captures ink and allows a consistent depth. Without the mini res, you would need a syringe or something to get the ink into your pen. I'm new to the fountain pen world. I had the Noodler's Bulletproof black first. I bought this Sailor Ink because of the great reviews and the price is almost 3x times Noodler's. So, I bought it out of curiosity to see if it really lives up to the hype. Great reviews and excellent packaging. Plus I had not used anything but Noodler's brand. Doing a side by side camparison, the Noodler's is definitely 'blacker' than the sailor. I am sold on the Noodler's bulletproof and waterproof inks. Beyond a color test, I did not do any other comparisons. If you have the money and you like to play around with different inks then buy it, otherwise, if your money is tight, go with Noodler's BB.
Lamy Al-Star Fountain Pen - Extra Fine Nib - Aluminum Silver Body - LAMY L25EF
  I must say I am impressed...., November 9, 2012
I must say I am impressed. Based on the reviews given so far are very accurate. I am a virgin to fountain pens and this is my first. I did as suggested and bought the z24 cartridge converter and twisted the little thingamajigger to suck up the ink into the cartridge. I got the noodler's bulletproof black. The tip is very fine and writes with precision. I am pleased.
Pelle Leather Journal - Rustic Saddle - Medium + 1 Plain Linen Paper Notebook (4.3" X 6.8") Insert - 64 Pages - PELLE LJ M RS
  I do like this Pelle..., November 7, 2012
I do like this Pelle journal and all. I bought it without the knowledge that Midori has a competing product called the Midori Traveller. So regarding this Pelle, the corners want to try to collapse due to the tension of the elastic cords. Keeping them from collapsing is next to impossible. I tried adjusting the tension but nothing helped. I saw another review where the user added two more notebooks and claims to have solved the collapsing of the corners problem. The leather is sort of 'flappy' and not very rigid on the Pelle, but it is still nice.

This got me curious, so I bought a large Midori at roughly 55, and this one (Pelle) is 39 is bit smaller. I found the Midori leather to be a bit heftier but supple and the corners do NOT collapse on the corners from the elastic bands (even with just one notebook). I think I'm sold on the outer cover of the Midori, but the linen paper in the Pelle is better and weightier than the Midori paper. Any way, either product will do the job and I like them both for different reasons.
Pelle Linen Paper Notebook Insert - Medium (4.3" X 6.8") - Drawing - 64 Pages - PELLE LN M D
  I am pretty happy with..., November 3, 2012
I am pretty happy with it. I used the Retro 51 Tornado Vintage Metalsmith Roller Ball Pen, it is soaks up the ink, but doesn't bleed through to the other side. My descendants will surely be able to read my journal if my mundane life details are of any interest. Although, lately it has been a soap opera with lots of drama with my wife and 2 nearly grown daughters.
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