This weeks review is of the new Organics Studio “Boyle” Ebonite pen. I got the green verion of this pen with a sac. Retail was $35 for this version. $25 for the eyedropper version. It starts as an eyedropper and the other filler option is to get the sac version. There is no convertor and it does not take ink cartridges. Organics Studio commissioned Ranmanson pens to make these for them. The fit and finish is very nice and especially the ebonite. I really like the patteren they have within the ebonite itself. It really has a wonderful vintage look. I did find the lowest edge of the grip section a little sharp on my middle finger. That was due to how I was holding it. I held the pen a little higher and it was no problem at all and really is where a pen should be held. It actually is good for me as it keeps me holding the pen how I should. The grip section itself is nice and smooth and has a good diameter. While a little small for my large hands it will certainly be a great size for the average person. It is by no means a small grip and is comfortable to use. I nib is an Iridium Point Germany nib with a flat feed. It needed a slight alignment but nothing major at all. It was smooth and fine to medium, but more on the fine side for sure. It also has some flex to it IF you really want it and push for it. This would be a great daily writer and holds a good amount of ink in the sac. As an eyedropper I would imagine it holds 2-3 mls of ink easily. If you were to remove the sac you could make it back to an eyedropper. You would simply put a little silicone grease on the section threads and fill the boody with ink. That would keep you writing for quite some time! My only personal complaint was where they put the pens name “OS Boyle” in white. BUT have no fear as it can be scratched off with your finger nail easily with no sign of it ever being there.
I got mine from Zeller Writing Company
This weeks review is of the Omas 360 Vision Bronze.This stunning pen has a unique shape & exellant 18k nib. Instantly recognizable it makes for a wonderful daily writer. From its cotton resin body to its pefrect fit & finish this pen is a made to be used all day. It is slightly flexable but not a vintage flex pen. The ink used was Akkerman #22 Hopjesbruin.
This weeks second review is of the Stipula Passaporto. A wonderful little Italian made eye dropper pen. It sports a very nice and smooth 1.1mm stub nib. The clear blue demonstrator body may be small but it holds a lot of ink for a pen this size. Over 2 mls of ink fit into it without issue. The only flaw I find in it, and its a personal one, its that this version of it does not have the threads on the back of the barrel so you can secure the cap while writing. The pressure fit design is fine but with large hands it is easy to dislodge the cap when writing as you see happen at the very end of the video. I bought the pen from a Speerbob on Fountain Pen Network for a very reasonable price of $45 shipped in the USA.
This weeks review is of the TWSBI notebook. I put it through some serious ink tests. I swab out some Baystate Blue & Qin Shi from Noodlers as well as a few others. The writing samples prove it to be a nice notebook but it does have its limitations and I find them. Some of the inks feather and some shade on the back side of the pages and yes some of them bleed through as well.
This weeks review is of the TWSBI Micarta version 2. Made of Micarta was a great idea as it has a nice warm feel and a very rugged appeal about it. This updated version now sports a JoWo nib instead of the Bock nib it had before. It also has a cap liner to keep the nib from drying out. This was a problem for some who had the original. It now ships inside a TWSBI journal notebook. Pretty neat marketing idea too being that they just released their new notebooks about a month ago. It writes with a nice even and smoth line. No dry nib here, which was another complaint about the original. While mine came with the logo on the cap slightly askew it is a great pen that is really different but pleasant and fun to write with.