Pen of the Day: Kaweco Dia2

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Kaweco Dia2 with extra-fine nib.  This is another pen I have been using on loan from Kaweco.  And it’s another Kaweco pen with an excellent extra-fine nib.

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The Dia2 I’m using comes in chrome trim, which I love, but gold-colored trim is also available.  I really like some of the design flourishes, like the knurled trim on both ends, and the shape of the clip.

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This ink is Kaweco Royal Blue, which of course appeals strongly to the blue fan in me.

 

 

Pen of the Day: Kaweco AL-Sport

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Kaweco AL-Sport with extra-fine nib. This Kaweco Sport is made of raw aluminum in a high-gloss finish. It is captivating. According to Kaweco it will show marks of use, but the overall impression is just “shiny.” Not to mention, “gorgeous.” This is a pen that makes me want to write more.

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The ink is Kaweco Black Pearl, which is a very dark black.  It flows beautifully in the extra-fine nib.

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Fountain Pen Confessions

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Someone asked on the Fountain Pen Geeks forum for “Fountain Pen Confessions.” Genius! Here are a few confessions, all true, and some a little embarrassing, as confessions should be.

1. I don’t really use the inks that are popular.

Super-saturated, super-dark inks are all the rage. Maybe add “super bright.” I have to confess I’m out of step there. Those types of inks haven’t been good for some of my nice pens. Moreover, I find them uninteresting. Give me shading, give me variation, give me something that invites and rewards close attention.

Yes, you probably will stop reading here.

2. I don’t care about cursive.

I haven’t used it since high school. With relief. Printing does the job just fine. The smart parents I knew were a little put out that our kids were taught cursive that instead of keyboarding, which most of us use daily.

You definitely will stop reading now. Which is good, because …

3. I think fountain pens (which I love) are just things.

“Do I contradict myself? / Very well, then I contradict myself, / (I am large, I contain multitudes.)”

I really like fountain pens, and I spend a lot of time using them and talking about them. Even writing about them here. But there can be a degree of fetishism about fountain pens and ink that turns me off, not to mention cupidity and its sibling greed.

This is just stuff. I love some of my stuff. I keep finding new stuff that I love, too. And I would throw it all overboard, in a second, for any person I know.

And I don’t think those are contradictions.

Sigh. Sometimes I think we should all just read poetry instead.

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Having Fun With Kaweco Fountain Pens

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I wanted to share a peak at these three cool fountain pens that Kaweco has been nice enough to loan me to review. They are the Dia2, the AL-Sport Stonewashed in black and the AL-Sport in raw, high-gloss aluminum.

I’ve been having a great time with these. I’ll post reviews in the days to come. But here’s a spoiler: these are really nice.

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Washable Black Ink?

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There are those who want their fountain pen inks to be permanent. Then there are those who don’t. I am the latter, since I never write anything important, but I do spill a lot.

Someone mentioned washable black ink to me, and I thought that Seitz-Kreuznach Panthers Black, Stipula Ebony Black and Montblanc Mystery Black would be washable. So let’s see.

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