Sailor Clear Candy Dot - Totally cute new designs in the Clear Candy fountain pen line!
Ladybug Dot comes in red/grey on white or white/yellow on blue, and Lucky Cat Dot (Maneki-neko Dot) is pink/grey or yellow/brown on white.
I noticed the ladybug ones on eBay the other day and immediately went WANT and also “JetPens, will you carry this for me to buy?” (insert the sad puppy eyes here ;) ) But literally, if they carry this design, I will buy the red ladybug one AND a regular red Clear Candy so that I can swap the caps/bodies.
Images are from the official listing at Sailor.co.jp.
So I have the Apple Green LE Lamy Safari now, thanks to @kindervenom, and I swapped the M for a 1.1 italic nib. I love writing with the italic nib in a good quality nib/feed system (vs. my cheap-o set from 18 months ago), but the triangle grip is still causing me trouble for any kind of long-term writing.
I tried to get a photo of exactly why these grips don’t work for me, but it was hard to do! As you can see, I pull the nib across the page, writing with it sideways. That’s because of the angle I hold the pen at - it leans to my right rather than towards me, and my hand sort of wants to go above the line? I have a strong left/up tilt to my writing, too (ameliorated by tilting my paper left also).
My middle finger sometimes rests on the back of the section with a three-finger-hold, but in this instance, I was using a two-finger hold. I’m trying to remember…I think it depends on the thickness of the pen/pencil, maybe, which one I use?
Anyway, I was browsing ebay during downtime at work today for no particular reason and I found an adorable baby-blue polka dot pen with a hooded nib. I passed over it, then ten minutes later on a whim ordered one. It should arrive in about 2 weeks!
THAT DECOR. THAT COUCH.
IT HAS A BUILT IN TABLE SO YOU CAN LOUNGE WHILE YOU EAT.
So decadent. So rich.
And Carole Lombard is like “Do not fuck with me rn i am eating ok turkey leg »»»> u” so glamorous.
Montblanc pays tribute to Rita Hayworth with a pen that captures all the glamor of the woman once dubbed “The Great American Love Goddess” by Life magazine. Limited to 46 handmade pieces, this limited series of writing instruments pays tribute to the 1946 debut “Gilda”, the movie that gave Hayworth international fame.
Glamor, sensuality and femininity – the electrifying qualities that made this…
Okay I saw this and “Rita Hayworth” and looked again and thought “that does seem to be based on the iconic ‘Gilda’ dress, doesn’t it?” then I scrolled further down my dashboard and here FPGeeks are confirming it.
I’m in love with the curving pinstripes on that deep green and the asymmetrical cap design. It’s sure to be obscenely expensive, as it’s such a limited run. Alas.
Hey Rei’s glasses match his tie and that’s probably a coincidence but what if he changes his glasses to green to match the 2nd-year uniform’s tie for the new school year?? :D
That would be adorable and very Rei-like, but sadly that is not how it works at Iwatobi: the students get their color in their first year and they stick with it until they graduate. When they try to get new members, all the first years are wearing blue ribbons and ties.
I guess it’s more convenient this way: in-universe, because the kids don’t have to throw away perfectly good accesories and buy new ones every year, and on a meta-level, because the uniform’s colors where chosen to match the main characters’ designs. It is not a coincidence that Rei’s glasses or Makoto’s eyes match their ties (and it’s obvious that Samezuka’s uniform was designed exclusively to make Rin look good, the pink collar does nothing to flatter Mikoshiba or Nitori’s designs).
I’m pretty sure that’s a GENERAL uniform thing the world over? Or at least, as I said, we had the same ‘rule’ with our gym uniforms at my middle school, where the style you got in your first year stuck with you all three years before being recycled the new 6th graders when you graduated.
It was mostly just a, “HEY WHAT WOULD REI LOOK LIKE WITH GREEN GLASSES??” but the red suits him really well (and Nagisa too).
Moka, the pen that marked the early success of Giuliano Mazzuoli in the world of writing instruments, becomes MOKA CHIAROSCURO through the use of high-quality resin in 5 pearled colors: blue, orange, white, red, black.
The attention to detail and workmanship that is entirely made in Florence have become prerequisites for the entire Mazzuoli production. The 15 components that make up the MOKA pen…
Oh my lord this pen design is practically pure sex.
Have you seen anything more divine in outside-the-box pen design?
(and it’s ONLY $133! i thought for sure it would be closer to $200 - that kind of interesting design tends to be a good deal pricier.)
I just finished up the first ball of Cotlin in Planetarium for this scarf, using the Plume socks lace motif from French Girl Knits Accessories.
I know nothing about scarves, as a lifelong Floridian, and someone whose dysautonomia means I can’t wear things around my neck usually.
How long should I make this thing, anyway?
Got an amazing deal for this beauty. The Pilot Myu 701. Released by Pilot in 1971 and then discontinued by the end of that decade, these things are only getting harder to find and rising in price. (Hard to believe this one is 43 years old.) The nib is integrated with the section and creates a beautiful hybrid of modern and classic design, a sort of steel quill. I’m tremendously happy and so far can’t find any flaws to it. Writing is smooth, weight is perfect, length is pocket sized and then caps for the ideal size for writing. I think this could be my grail pen.
I am completely fascinated by integral nibs like this one, where the nib and body/section are a single piece of metal, and desperately want to get my hands on one to play with one day.
Here’s a nib comparison of some lovely Montegrappas I’ve recently used. From L to R: Extra 1930, Extra 1930 Contempo, Extra 1930 Otto, and Miya Carbon. The designs are slightly different an they all write very well, but it honk I prefer the Extra 1930 on the left. How about you?
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so pretty you guys
look at the delicate etching on the sections AND the nibs and the gold-inlay on the first one with the heart cut-out.
Montegrappa makes some gorgeous pens i wish i could afford to own at least one and admire it forever and ever
My little brother has recently been on a Nnendi Okorafor reading spree and he loves the fact that their are fantasy stories with people that represent him. As the person who told him about the author he recently came to me and asked were there any similar books with black male protagonists but sadly I couldn't think of any. I was wondering if anyone knew any that they could recommend?
There’s not enough black characters in fantasy and science fiction. This is just a fact. Something we hope will change because there are no other genres that begs for diversity like fantasy and science fiction. I’m so glad your brother loves Nnendi Okorafor. If he has not read Ursula le Guin’s Earthsea series, that would be a great fantasy series to start him on. Not a lot of people realize this but Ged in Earthsea is a black protagonist! Don’t pay any attention to the whitewashed films.
There’s also Malorie Blackman’s Naughts & Crosses, NK Jemisin’s The Inheritance Trilogy (female black protagonist but there are so few black fantasies I have to include it - plus it’s brilliant), and also try David Anthony Durham’s Acacia trilogy.
And hopefully more tumblr folks will chime in with more recs in the notes.
I replied with this info, but I think I should reblog it, too!
One of the more interesting mdidle grade fantasy novels I’ve read via ARC in recent years was _Darwin Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact_ by A. J. Hartley. Darwen is an English boy who moves to Atlanta to live with his aunt - and also to attend a very fancy prep school. He’s lonely and sticks out a bit - not only is he black with a foreign accent, but the school is extremely martial and he doesn’t cope well with the rules and regulations. And then, to top it off, weird things start happening and he becomes able to switch to a fantasy world via mirrors.
I really liked the diversity in the book, and also how the supporting cast was balanced and given depth. Darwen’s friend Alexandria isn’t that “Strong Female Character” but nor is she the delicate violet.
The plot itself was pretty middle grade and will be familiar to most readers, but I did enjoy the writing, and some of the fantasy creatures were super thrilling in a creepy/terrifying way, even for me at 28!
I said in my original review that I didn’t think this would be a run-away smash hit series, but I hoped it would at least be moderately successful, and I still think so. In fact, I remembered that there are sequels to be had, and I’m requesting them from the library now.
http://www.librarything.com/work/11243909 - go here for more information and reviews.
Fountain Pen #8: Pilot Metropolitan, Black Zig-Zag
I was thinking that I should start cataloguing all my ink samples, but realized I haven’t even finished with my pens! I left off in the autumn of 2012, but trust me that that was barely the start of my serious pen-collecting.
Appreciation post for Douglas Fairbanks as Don Diego/Señor Zorro in the Mask of Zorro (1920).
I had way too much fun watching, though for the longest time I couldn’t figure out why this goofy fellow was considered the bestest man in Hollywood. Then I realized he was doing it on purpose.
Watch at Archive.org: https://archive.org/details/markofzorro-1920 — apparently this doesn’t use the pretty sweet 2008 soundtrack, though.
PS: these photos are all captures via my HTC One phone, so not highest quality due to the TCM streaming settings.
Hello. I can't remember if I thanked you for recommending Rhodia (sorry, I'm absentminded lately!) so thank you or thank you again! Do you get your inks from a store or online? That tsusuji ink is so pretty
I almost exclusively buy my inks from http://www.gouletpens.com - mostly because they offer the samples and I am one of those people who likes lots of variety, plus also I don’t have a lot of money or space to use for regular bottles.
But ALSO I purchase through them nearly exclusively because they have always given amazing customer service and have helped me a lot when trouble pops up. Plus Brian’s Fountain Pen 101 blogs/videos were really useful when I started using them for serious (his and also Stephen B.R.E. Brown’s videos). I like that when I shop with them, I’m supporting a small, family-owned company.
When the Goulets don’t have what I’m looking for, though, I buy from http://www.jetpens.com. I don’t think JetPens has quite as large a variety of ink (no De Atramentis and only a few Noodler’s, for example, and those two are a huge bulk of GP’s ink stock), but they do carry a few lines GP don’t, such as Sailor, and they have more ink cartridge options, as well as different paper options. I think JP is also a great company, but their search filters aren’t as useful for me, and sometimes the shipping is annoying. They DO offer free shipping after $25, though.
Also, I’m glad the Rhodia worked for you! I do love their stuff. I just wish they’d stop discontinuing my favorite notebooks - first the top spiral-bound dotpad, now the academic year Web Planner. :(
PS: Iroshizuku Tsutsuji is gorgeous and probably my favorite mid-magenta pink. Be careful of my post with the numbers, though! From what I understand, that golden sheen is wrong. I get it sometimes with magenta inks, but I don’t know what’s causing it.