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This month’s carnival has some great posts featuring some of our favorite things. Visit the following blogs for great reviews and more. Art Journaling

Notebooks & Journals

Pens & Markers

Inks & Other Reviews

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The pen comes packaged with one carbon ink cartridge refill.

I received a review sample of JetPens‘ Platinum Carbon Desk Fountain Pen several months ago. I didn’t review it immediately because I wanted to let the pen sit for a while with ink inside to see if it would clog over time. Since I tend to rotate my pens and ignore many for long periods of times, my biggest pen problem is clogged, dried out nibs. I was pleasantly surprised that the pen laid down a smooth, consistent line without any clogs or stopping, even after being unused for eight weeks.

The Platinum Carbon Fountain Pen has a sleek, elegant shape, a roll resistant cap and is incredibly light in weight.

The Platinum Carbon Pen In Use
The Carbon Pen feels weightless. It weighs just 0.3 ounces without the cap, 0.4 ounces with the cap. I am used to heavier pens, so it took a while for me to adjust to the feel, but after a while I found it to be quite comfortable.  I did a quick sketch of my cat and found it capable of producing the type of line I like to use for fur, whiskers and hair. I was able to create varied line thicknesses that taper nicely when lifting the pen and the fine nib was capable of minute detail. Since this pen uses an ink cartridge, it was more convenient to use on a long sketch than my refillable, old-school croquill pen. The waterproof ink worked well with my alcohol-based Copic markers and I was able to color on top of the lines without the ink smearing or smudging.

I was able to create tapered lines easily with this nib. The waterproof ink did not smudge or smear when I applied my Copic alcohol-based markers over top.

The ink seems to be compatible with a variety of papers and I was able to write on the thin pages of a Moleskine squared journal without any bleedthrough and minimal feathering. I was able to write quickly without skipping.

The fine nib creates a thin line that dried quickly with minimal feathering.

There was no bleedthrough on the back of the paper, even on the thin paper in the Moleskine squared notebook.

The Details

  • Gold-plated, stainless steel nib
  • Elongated resin body
  • Lightweight, weighs just 0.4 ounces including cap
  • Measures 7 inches or 18 cm long
  • Uses waterproof Platinum Carbon Ink Cartridge
  • Watercolor or alcohol markers compatible without smudging
  • Cap has flat sides to prevent rolling

The Verdict
I would highly recommend this pen for line art and sketching. If you work in pen and ink, you will be surprised by how capable this pen is of fine detail and consistent line work. It is reasonably priced, $13.50 at Jetpens.com.

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This month’s carnival has some great posts featuring some of our favorite things. Visit the following blogs for great reviews and more.

Artsy Stuff

Pens and Ink

Notebooks and Journals

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If you are looking for a beautiful pen to compliment your Moleskine notebooks or planners, check these out. Moleskine’s new roller pens are designed specifically for use with Moleskine paper and the design is great, too. The unique clip is designed to be slid onto your notebook cover from the side or top, even when the notebook is closed. The low profile and flat design prevents roll and helps keep it in place.

The unique design of the clip enables you to slide the pen on from both the side and top of the notebook. It stays firmly attached to the pen to keep your pen secure.

I was a bit skeptical about the comfort of these pens when I realized that the shape is rectangular rather than round, but after using one for a while, I can confirm that it is comfortable. The rectangular shape stays put in my hand better than a round barreled pen which keeps my grip relaxed. Round barreled pens tend to creep on me, which encourages me to grip too tightly.

The ink scribes a smooth, even line with no feathering or bleedthrough.

The ink is smooth and dries quickly. So far, I have had great success using it with the paper in my Moleskine journals and even the thinner paper in the planners, no bleedthrough or feathering. The gel ink is nice and black, reminding me a little bit of a rollerball line.

Colorful stickers are included with both pens and can be used to customize your pen or indicate ink color.

The pen clip attaches firmly and can be slid onto your notebook from the top or side. It works best with Moleskine’s hard cover journals since the cover thickness matches the notch in the cap. You can use it with the soft cover notebooks but you will need to clip onto both paper and cover since the soft cover is too thin to hold the pen in place.

The matte-black, abs plastic finish makes for a sleek pen that is very light weight.

There are two finishes to choose from, satin steel and matte-black, abs plastic. The satin steel pen is all metal construction and is substantially heavier than its black sibling. As a premium product, it comes packaged in a Moleskine style gift box and retails for $50. The matte black pen is extremely lightweight and comes packaged in standard hang-tag packaging and retails for $15.

Both pens are refillable using Moleskine gel refills. To refill, just unscrew the bottom of the pen, remove the old refil and replace it.

Both pens are refillable using Moleskine gel refills and are available in .5 and .7 point sizes and Black, Brilliant Blue, Bright Green, Bright Red, Dark Brown, and Deep Violet ink colors.

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Check out this selection of pens with drop-dead, gorgeous style, guaranteed to turn heads. These sexy pens are available at a variety of price points, so everyone can own one of these beauties.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, just some of my personal favorites, based purely on the shape of each pen’s body. If you have a favorite sexy pen that is not listed here, please include it in the comments section along with the name and link of a vendor who offers it. I have arranged the list according to price, with the least expensive first and the most expensive so be sure to read through the end because all of these are truly fabulous pens. Enjoy!

Yoro Pen in Executive Finish.

From $3-$55
Yoropen proves that functional can be sexy. Sleek, brushed aluminum melds with a soft, rubber grip creating a unique design that offers strain-free writing. The beautifully arched neck allows you to see what you’re writing by placing your hand and pen in a position that won’t obstruct your view of the writing page. Finding a comfortable hand position is easy using adjustable, rubber grip, making it ideal for righties and lefties alike.

The top of the line Executive pen retails for about $55, but less expensive versions are available in less luxurious materials starting at $3. Visit Office Depot, SimplyLefty.com, Amazon.com and eBay.

Tombow Zoom 707 and 717 pens may be the world's slimmest pens.

Tombow Zoom 707 and 717
$17- $22
A super-slim shaft enhanced by a soft, rubber grip lies firm in the hand and is more comfortable than you would imagine. The slender, award-winning design fits perfectly into tight spaces such as a checkbook, pocket planner or the spine of a book. Both utilize a twist action to the tail release the ballpoint tip.

The 707 is longer and has a slightly thicker shaft than the 717. The 707 is available in black and charcoal or black and red color combinations. The satin, silver 717 is available with color accents of and orange, pink and blue.

You can find the 707 and 717 at JournalingArts.com, Amazon.com and GoldSpot.com.

The Sculpted Pen from Pat's Pens has a beautiful, undulating shape.

Pat’s Pens, Sculpted #280
$34 as shown
Created from fine, acrylic InLace material in Dyna Blue, Pat’s Sculpted pen shimmers like a deep blue sea. Iridescent, silvery threads are visible through translucent layers of sea blue acrylic. The undulating, outer skin is smooth and glossy and the feel is enhanced by multiple, voluptuous curves.

A gentle twist at the narrow waist extends a ballpoint tip which is surrounded with brilliant platinum plated fittings. The undulating curves line up just right with the shape of my hand giving me a most comfortable fit. The Sculpted pen is refillable using Cross-style refills.

Each Sculpted pen is hand-made and one-of-a-kind. To order, visit PatsPensandTreasures.com.

Pendragon Pen is segmented and can be customized.

Pendragon Sorrend
Not only does this pen have long, alluring lines, this pen is completely customizable and has some surprising electronic abilities.

Each pen has four parts; the Nib, the Central Unit, the End Part, and the Expandable Units. The Nib can be changed to a ballpoint, pen, fountain-pen, mechanical pencil, or digital pen. The Central Unit has an LED light, a music player, charger input, memory card, and battery. The tail or End Part has a headphone connection (via Bluetooth) to access mp3s stored in the Central Unit. If this is not enough, you can expand it by adding a camera, microphone, laser pointer, USB connection, WLAN receiver and more. Designer: Peter Vardai.

Availability is limited and I haven’t been able to find a supplier. For more information about this pen, visit Designeroof.com. If you know where to buy one, please leave a comment at the end of this thread.

Parafernalia's Big Revolution features a pull out fountain pen that can be used with or without the stiles.

Paraphernalia Big Revolution
Designed by Sergio Carpani, this is the big version of the better known Revolution but with a completely different writing body. The slender, central nib shaft slides from the surrounding core and can be used on its own. Or, create a custom fit by sliding the shaft into the triangular body and adjusting the position of the pen to your liking. The small, stainless steel nib has a medium, iridium point that was chosen for aesthetic design purposes. Each Big Revolution includes 4 long and slim cartridges. Available in 3 different finishes, satin chrome, chrome, black and briar wood.

You can find this pen at a variety of vendors including JournalingArts.com and JacZagoory.com.

Free Ride Motorcycle Pen features a bold, racy design.

Free Ride Motocycle Pen
The Free Ride sports a curvaceous, chrome body accented by soft rubber inserts placed at the points your fingers make contact with the body. Whether or not this ergonomic delight is as comfortable as the designer implies, there’s no doubting that this is a pen that’s certain to draw more than its fair share of admiring looks in the office.

Unfortunately Jean Pierre Lepine’s Free Ride appears to have been discontinued at the time of writing, though it remains available in the meantime (until stocks run out) at PenPlace.com.

Porsche's 3150 Fountain Pen features sleek, steel surfaces and supple calfskin.

Porsche Design P 3150 Fountain Pen
$375 – $600
Polished, stainless steel meets supple calfskin to create a luxurious pen for the few that afford it. The leather grip endures an elaborated tanning process which renders it stable, tough, and at the same time smooth and supple. It is available in black or brown colors.

The fountain pen uses the cartridge/converter refilling system. An 18kt gold nib is rhodium-plated and is available in fine, medium, and broad widths, and fill via cartridge or piston converter. A spring-loaded clip is hand-polished to a high gloss. It rests precisely on a metal pad, ensuring ease of clipping to a breast pocket or lapel, with a spring force that remains constant for a lifetime.
This pen is also available as a Rollerball or ballpoint pen.

You can find this pen at a variety of vendors including JoonPens.com, MelPens.com, PenGallery.com, and eBay.com.

Bugatti Type A pen is made of the finest materials and the design is inspired by the sinuous lines of the Bugatti cars

Buggati Type A
The Bugatti Type A, designed by Ferrari da Varese, is an evocative, limited-edition pen influenced by the never-ending, sinuous lines of the Bugatti cars. The shapely body of this beautiful pen is made using the same grade aluminum as the Veyron’s engine. Coatings of sterling silver, palladium and finally platinum ensuring its beautiful skin does not oxidize.

Three sapphire glass windows in the air intake-shaped body pen provide a view to reveal the ink level held within. The styling of the clip on the pen cap is reminiscent of the Veyron’s sleek door handle. A brilliant 18kt gold nib coated with rhodium and ruby stone in the pen cap for elegance.

The pen has three sapphire glasses similar to those in watches for a royal elegant look, and a brilliant 18kt gold nib coated with rhodium coated 18kt gold and ruby stone for elegance. Limited to just 499 units of fountain pens and 499 units of roller ball pens, the Bugatti Type A pen comes with a superb handcrafted manual.

Check your local Bugatti dealership or Ferrari da Varese for availability.

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Carnival of Pen, Pencil & Paper

November's Carnival is hosted by PenAddict.com

Find out what’s happening in the world of pens, pencils and paper by visiting The Pen Addict for this month’s carnival.

EcoJot journals are reviewed by Kristin at JournalingSaves.com.

Find out if you can use pencils for journaling at PencilRevolution.com.

There are many more great articles to see, so be sure to head on over to ThePenAddict.com to see them all.

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Tombow’s Mono 100 Drawing Pencil is a world-class drawing and drafting pencil, which has been the gold standard among artists and animators. When production was discontinued in the US, thousands of letters poured into Tombow begging to bring it back. Well, it’s back, and it has been relabeled as the Tombow Mono Professional pencil. Is the Mono professional pencil as good as its predecessor?

Tombow Mono 100 and Tombow Mono Professional pencils were tested.

Tombow Mono 100 and Tombow Mono Professional pencils were tested using three different leads, F, B and H.

Tombow USA insists that the pencils are the same, but there are those who just don’t believe it. Since I had samples of both pencils, I thought it would be interesting to compare the abilities of each to see if they are the same or different.

I tested the F, B and H leads of both pencils. I compared the sharpness of the lines, the depth of shading, blending and ability to erase. I also noted any difference in the feel of the pencils as I was using them. I sharpened each pencil using the same sharpener to the same thickness of point to start. These were my observations:

  • Overall, the lines and darkness of the leads were equal in appearance, however the Mono Professional pencils produced slightly smoother appearing blends and gradations.
  • I was able to produce smoother finger smudges with the Mono Professional pencils than I could with the Mono 100 pencils.
  • All of the Mono 100 pencils had a softer feel in the hand, the F lead feeling the softest. However, you would not know this by looking at the drawings since the Mono Professional pencils appeared smoother overall.
  • The Mono 100 pencils wore down more quickly than the Mono professional.
  • There was an equal ability to erase the gradations of both pencils, but the lines drawn by the Mono 100 pencils erased easier.
  • Darkness of heavily-colored areas was consistent for both the Mono 100 and Mono Professional.
  • The length of the Mono 100 is a little more than 1/8″ longer than the Mono professional pencil.
  • Lead diameters appear to be the same for each lead.

For the most part, the pencils performed equally. The Mono Professional Pencils had slightly smoother blends and finger smudges than the Mono 100 pencils. The lines created by the Mono 100 pencils were a little easier to erase.

Drawing samples from the F leads show that the lines and dark, solid areas look virtually the same but the shading of the Mono Professional Pencils appears softer.

The B leads look almost the same, but the gradations in the ball are slightly smoother on the Mono Professional pencil drawing. The lines drawn by the Mono 100 look a little heavier and darker.

The shading and smudges on the H leads look nearly identical, but the darkness of the Mono Professional pencil look a little darker throughout the drawings.

Overall, I found very little difference between the pencils. Both performed equally well and the drawings I produced looked the same. The only difference I can point out is that the Mono 100 felt slightly softer and wore down slightly faster, but the fact that it is slightly longer makes me think it will last just as long as the Mono Professional. In conclusion, I believe the Tombow Mono Professional pencils are as good as Tombow Mono 100 pencils and will perform equally well.

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