Pentel Graph Gear 600 Review

Pentel Co. is a Japanese writing instrument manufacturer with a wide range of products. The name was an amalgamation of the words “pen” and “tell,” as to mean “telling a story.” An interesting tidbit is that Pentel was the inventor of the non-permanent marker as well as the felt/fibre tipped pen. Their most ubiquitous product is definitely their Hi-Polymer erasers found almost everywhere. Another Pentel product that is quite popular is their range of Graph Gear mechanical pencils, their line of drafting pencils.

Noodler's Baystate Blue Review

Noodler’s is a huge one-man ink manufacturer that produces a wide array of ink colors with a huge amount of strange properties, from color-changing ink to archival-grade permanence. One of Noodler’s most popular inks is their Baystate Blue, a part of their Baystate series, which also includes Cape Cod Cranberry and Grape. Each of the Baystate series is known for its bright, vibrant colors but also for its interesting behavioral properties.

Noodler's General of the Armies Review

Noodler’s is a huge one-man ink operation, run by Nathan Tardif, with an enormous line of colors. One of their more unique colors is the General of the Armies ink. Noodler’s designed the General of the Armies as a tribute to General Sheridan of the Civil War. General Sheridan was a Union general in the Western theatre of the U.S. Civil War and was closely associated with Ulysses S. Grant, the General-in-chief at the time.

Diamine Apple Glory Review

Diamine is a pretty large British ink maker that makes all types of inks, from fountain pen inks to archival stamp pads. They are quite popular among fountain pen users for their relatively inexpensive inks and their large range of colors. One of Diamine’s older colors is their Apple Glory ink. The name is cool enough already, and manages to evoke images of those candy green apples that you used to find as kids.

First Impressions - 5280 Majestic Fountain Pen

(This pen was loaned to me by my good friend, Wendy, for review purposes.) Most of you probably have not heard of the “5280” brand of fountain pens, probably because it’s Paradise Pen’s exclusive house brand. Paradise Pen also makes Padrino pens. You can find the 5280 pens at either a Paradise Pen retail store or their online store. The 5280 brand got it’s name from the number of feet in a mile.

First Impressions - Montblanc Princess Grace of Monaco

(This pen was loaned to me for review purposed by my good friend, Wendy. All the options provided below are mine only) Everyone knows Montblanc, the famous luxury company based in Germany, obviously needs no introduction. Everywhere you turn in the fountain pen world, you’ll find a Montblanc pen of some shape or form. What may need some introduction is the Princess Grace of Monaco. Monaco is a tiny country located in the beautiful French Rivieras and has an area of only 0.

First Impressions - Cartier Roadster Fountain Pen

(This pen was loaned to me free-of-charge for review by my good friend Wendy. The opinions below are completely mine.) Many of you readers have heard of Cartier before undoubtably. Cartier makes a bunch of luxury jewelry that would cost both arms, legs, kidneys, and probably eyes. However, unknown to most, they also make quite a few luxury pens with a bunch of different styles. Luckily, those only cost about one arm.

First Impressions - Visconti Pininfarina Carbon Graphite

The Italian pen maker recently paired up with another Italian company, Pininfarina, to design a unique pen with interesting technical characteristics and flair. Pininfarina is well known among car collectors for being the primary designer for Ferrari, Maserati, Ford, and Jaguar. Pininfarina also partnered with another pen(cil) company known as Napkin create the Napkin Forever Pininfarina. The Visconti Pininfarina line is available in two colors (soon to be three): Carbongrafite (black) and Nanotech (silver).