I don't think you can wrong with a Lamy, particularly the Safari. The problems
the reviewer below had are rare. I've purchased 5 different Safaris, including
the white model - which I love - and had no trouble. The pen is of solid make
and design, durable, fun. With some fountain pen experience, I imagine any
trouble with the nib could be easily fixed with just a few tweaks. Don't let an
overall review score scare you away from this one. It's a fantastic pen.
Kon-peki is tied for my absolute favorite ink and has been for 2 years now. It
will always be in my pen cabinet and in my fountain pens. It's beautiful,
well-behaved. The best ink out there, in my opinion.
Another winner in the Iroshizuku line. I love this color so much. It's lighter
than I usually go for, but it's such a happy color that I can't help but like
it...and look for places where I can use it. I have 2 pens inked with it now. In
my flex-nibbed gusher, this does show some feathering and bleedthrough on cheap
paper. With my Maruman paper (also from Jet Pens) it is beyond incredible, just
really beautiful...like new grass growing in the spring :) In my drier-nibbed
pens, chiku-rin is as solid as any Iro ink, no feathering, no bleedthrough. This
is just a joy to use.
I LOVE this notebook! The paper is very smooth, very clean. The line spacing is
perfect. I don't often use the headers at the top, but they're great when you
need them. I'm a fountain pen user, and we are always searching for the perfect
notebook and paper for our pens. This paper is fantastic - showed no
bleedthrough, no feathering, and the ink drying time is great. The pen I've used
so far with this paper is a gusher, and bleeds through just about every paper
I've used it with - except this. I've already recommended Maruman to several
other people, and I doubt I'll go back to those 'other' brands any time soon.
These pencils are really beautiful and definitely high quality. The packaging is
creative and actually quite functional, as well. The collection is large - 30
pencils - but it's easy to carry when presented in this 'book' format. The hues
are by turns rich and subtle, just as advertised. I can easily see myself
getting all 3 sets and having a complete set for sketches.