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Kuretake No. 13 Fountain Brush Pen - Black Body - KURETAKE DT140-13C
  Now this is a brush pen's..., August 28, 2009
Now this is a brush pen's brush pen. It's what most other brush pens wish they were. Simple elegant class all the way. It's light like a regular brush so the switch between the two is almost effortless. And when you plug a Platinum ink converter into it your ink choices are infinite. The most useful inks that I've found to use in this pen so far are Noodler's Bullet Proof Black and Platinum's Carbon Black with the Carbon Black being slightly more useful if your into heavy watercolor washes as it doesn't bleed that tiny little bit that the Noodler's BPB does. The brush itself has been the most responsive of the synthetic styles that I have used so far, at least for my style of line work, it has a crisp snap so that going from a hairline to the broadest of line and back again is as near to intuitive as I've found in a synthetic. And if you're a serious line junkie you can easily convert this puppy into an eyedropper fill pen with a 1/16" diameter (hard to find so if you don't mind a bit of a bump between the pen barrel and nib section you can use an 1/8" diameter washer found at any hardware store) 1/4" washer and some silicone grease on the threads and you have yourself a brush pen that can hold an 1/8 of a bottle of ink and it'll lay down lines for days. Just remember to keep the nib upright as it can bleed like crazy if dropped or stored nib down with that much ink in it.
Uni 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Pencil Holder - UNI UPH8000
  If you're a person who..., August 28, 2009
If you're a person who loves the weight and feel of a fountain pen but also loves the pencil this is the holder for you. If you enjoy calligraphy but have a hard time adjusting to the lightness of a wooden pencil when practicing your line work this holder adds just enough weight to balance out a shorter pencil. And for those of you who just can't seem to get used to pencils that have been sharpened shorter than 1/2 their original length, and I've met quite a few of you over the years, this holder so far is the only one that I have come across that allows you to hold longer pencil stubs to help give that extra weight and balance needed. This is one of those ultra luxury pencil accessories and it's just a step below the Graf Von Faber Castell Perfect Pencil (hey the Perfect Pencil has a sharpener in its cap and so far no pencil holder can beat that) in usefulness but the finish is easier to maintain and for you pen snobs afraid of showing your allegiance to wooden pencils it's the perfect disguise in a case or pocket full of fountain pens.
Uni Mitsubishi Hi-Uni Pencil - 3B - Box of 12 - UNI HU3B BUNDLE
  The Hi-Uni 3B grade pencil..., August 28, 2009
The Hi-Uni 3B grade pencil is truly the best sketching pencil that I have used. It sharpens easily and perfectly every time and is so smooth when put to paper that it seems to do all the work for me. Just the slightest amount of resistance in the lead so that you can instantly feel the tooth of any paper and the marks it leaves are, dare I say it, the darkest sexiest lines of any pencil in any grade I've used so far, and they are very smudge resistant under most circumstances. With just three Hi-Uni pencils, F, 3B and 6B I have the perfect all around writing design sketching and drawing kit, no more need to carry around a full set of pencils, fantastic! Only three other series of pencils come close to the excellence of the Hi-Uni the Tombow Mono 100 and California Republic Stationers Palomino followed closely by the Pentel 999, each of which is just slightly different to make them more suitable for certain papers and conditions under the write circumstances. The Hi-Uni in F and 3B grades are the first pencils that I reach for most often.
Uni Mitsubishi Hi-Uni Pencil - F - Box of 12 - UNI HUF BUNDLE
  The Hi-Uni F grade pencil..., August 28, 2009
The Hi-Uni F grade pencil is the finest writing pencil that I have ever had the pleasure to use. It sharpens easily to the finest point, with a long point sharpener, and the lead is the most durable long lasting and smoothest of any F grade wooden pencil that I've used so far with just a hint of give to follow the tooth of most any paper used. The marks this pencil leaves are as dark as most HB grade pencils but with a more commanding feel when I write, giving my writing styles more confidence and presence. For example I can get close to 6 pages of my 4mm high writing in a large Moleskine before I feel the need to sharpen, something no other writing pencil I've tried can accomplish.
Pilot Parallel Calligraphy Pen - 6.0 mm Nib Width - PILOT 90053
  My 8th JetPens Review!..., January 18, 2009
My 8th JetPens Review! The Absolute 1st Review Of This Pen!

Hurray For Me! Hurray For JetPens!

Everyone here just seems to love these Pilot Parallel Pens. Well I must admit, I do too! These pens are, FREAKING AWESOME!

The nib on this pen is Humongous! If you have handwriting as tall as the Eiffel Tower then this THE PEN for you! This puppy needs an IV bottle full of ink attached to it. It screams for an ink supply as vast as Lake Michigan.

Now don't get upset JetPens, but these are so much more responsive than the Lamy Joy Calligraphy pens or Safari Italic nibs. I've ground my Lamy nibs and could not get the crisp line and smoothness of pen to paper as the Pilot Parallel Pens had right out of the box. But, I have to admit a predilection for the Lamy's ink flow, even if they do have a hard start problem.

Now there is one little thing, these pens are the wettest writers that I've ever used. That means you'll have to be extra persnickety when it comes to your paper and ink selection. On the right papers with the right inks these pens are a dream to use. On the wrong papers the amount of ink these pens lay down could be one of the most frustrating experiences in your calligraphic studies. And NO, I ain't telling what papers or inks (maybe) you should try, that's part of the fun of good penmanship.

Now for those of you who haven't read my previous 7 reviews, of 7 of the best products worth checking out on JetPens (You gotta search them out for yourself), I won't hold you in suspense when it comes to my choice of color to put in this pen, BLACK. Noodler's to be exact. Noodler's BulletProof Black to be right and proper. Noodler's BulletProof Black which is one of the thicker inks available today (It's right up there with Platinum's Carbon Black, also available at JetPens). Now if this pen flows like the great Mississippi with Noodler's BulletProof Black just imagine what it will do with a thinner ink like Noodler's Polar Black (I did say I liked black and Noodler's). That means I think this may be a fast writer's pen of their dreams. This pen spreads ink that'll keep up with the fastest writer in the west!

Now it also comes on good authority, from Lily of JetPens, that for those of us who write through ink faster than we can fill our pens, and prefer even more colors than cartridges alone will allow, that there are 2 other converters available for this pen, the Pilot CON-20 and CON-50. Unfortunately the Pilot CON-70 converter is not available and will have nothing to do with this pen. I hear the CON-70 has even produced a restraining order against the Parallel Pen's friendly advances. But the cleaning converter (wink wink) can also be used as an ink converter and holds a goodly amount of ink as well. So try yourself a larger ink capacity, if you think you can handle it, just be sure to thank Lily of JetPens for the good advice.
Pilot Parallel Calligraphy Pen - 3.8 mm Nib Width - PILOT 90052
  My 7th JetPens Review!..., January 18, 2009
My 7th JetPens Review! The Absolute 1st Review Of This Pen!

Hurray For Me! Hurray For JetPens!

Everyone here just seems to love these Pilot Parallel Pens. Well I must admit, I do too! These pens are, FREAKING AWESOME!

Now don't get upset JetPens, but these are so much more responsive than the Lamy Joy Calligraphy pens or Safari Italic nibs. I've ground my Lamy nibs and could not get the crisp line and smoothness of pen to paper as the Pilot Parallel Pens had right out of the box. But, I have to admit a predilection for the Lamy's ink flow, even if they do have a hard start problem.

Now there is one little thing, these pens are the wettest writers that I've ever used. That means you'll have to be extra persnickety when it comes to your paper and ink selection. On the right papers with the right inks these pens are a dream to use. On the wrong papers the amount of ink these pens lay down could be one of the most frustrating experiences in your calligraphic studies. And NO, I ain't telling what papers or inks (maybe) you should try, that's part of the fun of good penmanship.

Now for those of you who haven't read my previous 6 reviews, of 6 of the best products worth checking out on JetPens (You gotta search them out for yourself), I won't hold you in suspense when it comes to my choice of color to put in this pen, BLACK. Noodler's to be exact. Noodler's BulletProof Black to be right and proper. Noodler's BulletProof Black which is one of the thicker inks available today (It's right up there with Platinum's Carbon Black, also available at JetPens). Now if this pen flows like the great Mississippi with Noodler's BulletProof Black just imagine what it will do with a thinner ink like Noodler's Polar Black (I did say I liked black and Noodler's). That means I think this may be a fast writer's pen of their dreams. This pen spreads ink that'll keep up with the fastest writer in the west!

Now it also comes on good authority, from Lily of JetPens, that for those of us who write through ink faster than we can fill our pens, and prefer even more colors than cartridges alone will allow, that there are 2 other converters available for this pen, the Pilot CON-20 and CON-50. Unfortunately the Pilot CON-70 converter is not available and will have nothing to do with this pen. I hear the CON-70 has even produced a restraining order against the Parallel Pen's friendly advances. But the cleaning converter (wink wink) can also be used as an ink converter and holds a goodly amount of ink as well. So try yourself a larger ink capacity, if you think you can handle it, just be sure to thank Lily of JetPens for the good advice.
Pilot Parallel Calligraphy Pen - 2.4 mm Nib Width - PILOT 90051
  My 6th JetPens Review!..., January 18, 2009
My 6th JetPens Review! It's Pilfered From My 5th JetPens Review!

Everyone here just seems to love these Pilot Parallel Pens. Well I must admit, I do too! These pens are, FREAKING AWESOME!

Now don't get upset JetPens, but these are so much more responsive than the Lamy Joy Calligraphy pens or Safari Italic nibs. I've ground my Lamy nibs and could not get the crisp line and smoothness of pen to paper as the Pilot Parallel Pens had right out of the box. But, I have to admit a predilection for the Lamy's ink flow, even if they do have a hard start problem.

Now there is one little thing, these pens are the wettest writers that I've ever used. That means you'll have to be extra persnickety when it comes to your paper and ink selection. On the right papers with the right inks these pens are a dream to use. On the wrong papers the amount of ink these pens lay down could be one of the most frustrating experiences in your calligraphic studies. And NO, I ain't telling what papers or inks (maybe) you should try, that's part of the fun of good penmanship.

Now for those of you who haven't read my previous 5 reviews, of 5 of the best products worth checking out on JetPens (You gotta search them out for yourself), I won't hold you in suspense when it comes to my choice of color to put in this pen, BLACK. Noodler's to be exact. Noodler's BulletProof Black to be right and proper. Noodler's BulletProof Black which is one of the thicker inks available today (It's right up there with Platinum's Carbon Black, also available at JetPens). Now if this pen flows like the great Mississippi with Noodler's BulletProof Black just imagine what it will do with a thinner ink like Noodler's Polar Black (I did say I liked black and Noodler's). That means I think this may be a fast writer's pen of their dreams. This pen spreads ink that'll keep up with the fastest writer in the west!

Now it also comes on good authority, from Lily of JetPens, that for those of us who write through ink faster than we can fill our pens, and prefer even more colors than cartridges alone will allow, that there are 2 other converters available for this pen, the Pilot CON-20 and CON-50. Unfortunately the Pilot CON-70 converter is not available and will have nothing to do with this pen. I hear the CON-70 has even produced a restraining order against the Parallel Pen's friendly advances. But the cleaning converter (wink wink) can also be used as an ink converter and holds a goodly amount of ink as well. So try yourself a larger ink capacity, if you think you can handle it, just be sure to thank Lily of JetPens for the good advice.
Pilot Parallel Calligraphy Pen - 1.5 mm Nib Width - PILOT 90050
  My 5th JetPens Review!..., January 18, 2009
My 5th JetPens Review! Hip Hip Hurray!

Everyone here just seems to love these Pilot Parallel Pens. Well I must admit, I do too! These pens are, FREAKING AWESOME!

Now don't get upset JetPens, but these are so much more responsive than the Lamy Joy Calligraphy pens or Safari Italic nibs. I've ground my Lamy nibs and could not get the crisp line and smoothness of pen to paper as the Pilot Parallel Pens had right out of the box. But, I have to admit a predilection for the Lamy's ink flow, even if they do have a hard start problem.

Now there is one little thing, these pens are the wettest writers that I've ever used. That means you'll have to be extra persnickety when it comes to your paper and ink selection. On the right papers with the right inks these pens are a dream to use. On the wrong papers the amount of ink these pens lay down could be one of the most frustrating experiences in your calligraphic studies. And NO, I ain't telling what papers or inks (maybe) you should try, that's part of the fun of good penmanship.

Now for those of you who haven't read my previous 4 reviews, of 4 of the best products worth checking out on JetPens (You gotta search them out for yourself), I won't hold you in suspense when it comes to my choice of color to put in this pen, BLACK. Noodler's to be exact. Noodler's BulletProof Black to be right and proper. Noodler's BulletProof Black which is one of the thicker inks available today (It's right up there with Platinum's Carbon Black, also available at JetPens). Now if this pen flows like the great Mississippi with Noodler's BulletProof Black just imagine what it will do with a thinner ink like Noodler's Polar Black (I did say I liked black and Noodler's). That means I think this may be a fast writer's pen of their dreams. This pen spreads ink that'll keep up with the fastest writer in the west!

Now it also comes on good authority, from Lily of JetPens, that for those of us who write through ink faster than we can fill our pens, and prefer even more colors than cartridges alone will allow, that there are 2 other converters available for this pen, the Pilot CON-20 and CON-50. Unfortunately the Pilot CON-70 converter is not available and will have nothing to do with this pen. I hear the CON-70 has even produced a restraining order against the Parallel Pen's friendly advances. But the cleaning converter (wink wink) can also be used as an ink converter and holds a goodly amount of ink as well. So try yourself a larger ink capacity, if you think you can handle it, just be sure to thank Lily of JetPens for the good advice.
Pentel Graph 600 Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - Black Body - PENTEL PG605-A
  My 4th JetPens Review...., January 18, 2009
My 4th JetPens Review. Woohoo!

Five great color choices and I chose black? Well I had to, as those of you who have read my third review of the Platinum Pro-Use 07 Black Mechanical Pencil for Drafting - 0.7 mm will already know. Those of you who don't know my preference for blackness may give my review #3 a looky-loo, if you feel up to it.

On to the pen! If you're into a well balanced, somewhat affordable (Hey I had to save up my 25 cent allowance for 36 weeks), basic mechanical pencil without all the bells and whistles of some other mechanical pencils which I intend to review here on JetPens one day, then this is a definite contender for your attentions. This pencil is just plain smooth. Like my preference for certain unmentionable, because JetPens doesn't carry them yet, Japanese fountain pens, this pencil is made to work, period. She ain't flashy. She doesn't want to take all the money from your pocket. And she darn well better not run off with your best friend (Sorry, felt a twang of nostalgia). She just wants to stand by your side for better or worse, in sickness and in health. Yeah, I just inferred that you should marry a pencil. But you won't have to worry about a prenup and your love will grow as you spend more time together.

If your lucky you'll be hearing these words in your head right now, "She's a keeper!"
Platinum Pro-Use 07 Black Drafting Pencil - 0.7 mm - PLATINUM MSD-500C
  Oh Boy, My 3rd JetPens..., January 18, 2009
Oh Boy, My 3rd JetPens Review!

Everything they said in the write up is true! This is one classy looking and feeling pencil. I got it to go with my collection of fountain and calligraphy pens, which are all different shades, hues, textures, shininess and materials of slightly differing blackness. I Love's my black! Why do I love my black? Because I've unfortunately, or fortunately, found out that any color to be found on my writing implements will distract me quicker than a traffic accident. Leading to, well you guessed it, another tragic accident. I really don't like accidents, of any sort, especially when it comes to my scribblings and doodlings.

This pencil fits in perfect with my necessarily preferred design aesthetic. Black baby, black! With a hint of blingy chrome to counter balance the glossy black of the barrel and the slightly hesitant matte black of the rubber grip and the ribbed texture of the lead hardness indicator.

Now when it comes to the feel of this pencil it is pretty middle of the road, and that's a good thing. It's also top heavy, so for you pencil pushers who like the weight in the grip area of your pencils this may not be a pencil for you. But for those who like to toss their lines onto paper the extra weight in the barrel will let you get those lines out with a flourish.

I don't know why, but if pirates carried mechanical pencils this would definitely be one of their top choices. So plunder thee some paper and spin ye yer yarn, for soon the sweet claret shall flow, and ye'll be tellin' no more of yer tales of unrestrained fancy.
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