Friday, July 18, 2014

Staedtler Noris Stylus Pencil


The staedtler Noris is quite a well-known pencil that has been around for a substantial time, but as with all analog writing tools, this piece of pencil goodness gets replaced by a stylus more often than not. So Staedtler found a simple yet brilliant solution to combine both and to keep the pencil tradition alive: the Staedtler Noris Stylus. 


The name says it all really, it's a triangular chunky Noris pencil with a stylus tip!

Buying one was quite a dilemma though: It's relatively expensive, especially when compared to the regular Noris pencils. But at the same time it seemed a bit too cheap to house a well-functioning stylus tip? It was only until I found one for sale in our local supermarket that I decided to give it a try!


So yeah, I was a bit sceptic at first, but so far I don't have any complaints about the stylus tip or the pencil in general. The stylus is soft and not sticky, it's narrower, and thus more precise than most other styli, and it seems to be quite responsive on most devices (although it appeared to be working better on my android phone than on my ipad!)


The pencil itself -being a Staedtler Noris- is quite great! The thick triangular shape is easy to hold (mostly intended as a learning pencil for children) and the matte lacquered body feels very smooth. The thick 3mm lead is smooth too, and it lays down a relatively dark line, especially when compared to other #2/HB pencils. I also found out that it requires very little sharpening, as you can see below, the complete written review was written without sharpening once! All things considered, this is a great pencil for kids, but I quite like it too!


Another nifty feature is the fact that Staedtler created an app to go with the pencil that helps children to learn how to write! A QR code is printed on the back of the packaging, which can be scanned on both Android and Apple devices. I tried the app once, and it works well. There are a couple of different excercises, as well as games. I could imagine that this actually helps to learn how to write in a fun way.

The Staedtler Noris Stylus is available for around 4 Euros, or 5-6 USDollars.

So here it is, my first (woodcased) pencil review, I hope you enjoyed it, and if so I'll definitely do more reviews about pencils in the future!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

inexPENsive - Uni-ball jetstream RT


For me, the Uniball jetstream RT is probably the only ballpoint pen that could beat a fountain pen. The reason for that is quite straightforward, I love the refill!

The Jetstream RT comes with a hybrid ink cartridge, which can be found in all pens from their Jetstream lineup. This Hybrid ink is supposed to be a combination between ballpoint pen ink and rollerball ink, which gives it unique properties that other ballpoint pens don't have. The most important feature of the jetstream ink, is the fact that it produces a much more consistent line, unlike other ballpoint pens, that often have a fairly inconsistent flow and thus a fairly inconsistent, skippy line. It writes incredibly smooth and without much pressure. I always buy mine in a 1.0 mm thickness, mostly because this is the only size I seem to find, however, according to some, the finer sizes perform even better!

And to be honest, it doesn't look too bad right? The complete body is covered in a layer of rubber, which provides a good grip, and it feels comfortable in the hand. The chrome-coloured accents look decent, however it's still a budget pen, so don't expect any fancy metal parts in this pen (except for the spring!).
The grip section has a slight bit of texture to it, and also a few small ink windows running lengthwise over the section, making it easy to see how much juice there's left!

There's only one thing I really dislike about this pen: the fact that you'll burn through a refill faster than..., well faster than anything! The refill has the same size as a cheap commercial ballpoint pen, but because it has a different ink in it, you'll find yourself emptying it within one or two weeks of heavy use!

Even though this is still a budget pen, you could consider this to be a slightly higher-end model. The price is quite high, at approximately 4 USD, especially given the fact that it only holds a small amount of ink. However, I'm pretty sure it would be a perfect fit for most people, and it won't break the bank!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Another Guest Post at ThePenCompany blog!


You can go check out my guest review of the Monteverde One touch tool pen at thePenCompany blog!

Now & Then Eco-essential Pen and Pencil


Out of every Hi-Tec C compatible pen body that has been launched on Kickstarter, the Eco-essential pen is definitely one of the most appealing designs that have come up so far. Apart from being a perfect drafting and sketching tool, they also look very good, with the distinctive bamboo and aluminum build. I've been eyeing these for quite a while, especially lately, when a lot of reviews about it popped up (on Gourmetpens, Pentorium,...)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

One Year Down, Many More To Come...

Unbelievably but true, this blog has had his first birthday! And I would like to thank YOU dear reader, for being awesome, for coming back every time I had a new post online, for writing fun, interesting, smart comments, but most importantly: for the endless support I've received from you guys!

I would also like to thank a few co-bloggers, especially Edjelley, Matthias from Bleistift, Brad from Thepenaddict, Mike from theClickyPost, Azizah from Gourmetpens, Anna from TheWellAppointedDesk, and of course a lot of other awesome people! Without the help of these awesome people, my blog wouldn't have grown to where it's at today!

And last but not least, thanks to all pen brands and shops that provided great products for me to review!

There are a few things I would like to show that I think would be interresting or funny...

First of all, here's how my blog changed throughout this one year:


(This perfectly illustrates how I almost never know what I want...)

Secondly, here is the top five of most read posts: (click on them if you haven't read them yet!)


  1.  Faber-Castell Emotion Pure Black fountain pen
  2. TWSBI Vac 700 fountain pen
  3. Kaweco Al-Sport RAW mechanical pencil
  4. Inexpensive: Pilot Sign Pen
  5. Rhodia Webnotebook 

And a small gift for you...

Last but not least, I have made a small 'gift', I made a few wallpapers of pen pictures I took last months. You can download them from this Flickr album. (Click on the picture, then click on the three dots in the right hand colmun and choose 'download/ all sizes')

Thanks again for being an awesome blog reader, and let's start another year of pen blogging!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Rhodia webnotebook


It has been way too long since I last did a proper paper review, so I decided to review one of my all time favourite notebooks: the Rhodia Webnotebook.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Inktastic - De Atramentis Rote Rosen


Discovering a new ink brand is always exciting, especially when the ink smells like roses! 

At first, I was really excited about the perfume, it was immediately noticeable when I opened the bottle. And I must admit that it actually smells quite good, like actual roses, not some synthetic rubbish! But as soon as the ink had dried on the paper, the scent faded away, and so did my original enthousiasm fade as well...

So yeah, scents in inks, pretty gimmicky if you ask me. It doesn't make sense! What's the point of having ink that smells great from the bottle -even my pen smelled great when writing- but smells like any other ink (read: smells like nothing at all!) when it has dried? Conclusion: no, it won't make your love letters smell like roses!


Luckily Rote rosen (literally translated: red roses) has some other qualities besides smelling good. The colour is very nice, it's a pink-ish, almost magenta shade, much darker than I expected at first, but I really like it! It also has very decent shading, so overall it doesn't appear as dark as it actually is.

I was also really surprised by the performance of this ink, it is incredibly smooth! I would consider it on par with my Iroshizuko ink. (Yes that's quite good!) I expected the flow to be mediochre, as it is a red-ish ink (All other red inks I own have quite average flow), but this too was much better than expected, and I never experienced any skipping or hard starts with this ink in my TWSBI Mini! 

The dry-time isn't the fastest, but knowing how beautiful it is when it has dried, I can live with that!

The price is on the higher side, at 13 Euros for a 30ml bottle, but I'll give it some credit because it looks great and is such a joy to use (And it will make your pens smell like roses!). As said, the scented properties are not really noteworthy, as you won't notice it anymore when the ink has dried. But all things considered I still think this is one of the prettiest and best performing inks I currently own!


Saturday, May 31, 2014

100th Post Giveaway Winner!

First of all, I would like to thank everyone who entered my giveaway. There were a lot of entries, and a lot of fun comments! (And apparently a lot of people that really like their Lamy Safari pens!)

But only one person can win, so I picked a random entry using the Rafflecopter random.org application, and the name of one contestant displayed on my computer screen...

The winner of my 100th Post Giveaway, who will receive a Dudek pen holder of choice, is......

Drumroll please.....

Jason T. !!!

Congratulations Jason, I've sent a email to you, so be sure to get back in touch with me soon!




Thanks again to everyone that entered, I really appreciate the support and kind words! 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Pilot Custom Heritage 92


The Pilot Custom Heritage 92 is one of those pens that has been on my wishlist for a very, very long time, and now that I have it in my hands, thanks to the awesome folks over at Cultpens, I can finally find out if you should put it on your wishlist as well!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Pencil Week @ PenPaperInkLetter!


Heath, the man behind PenPaperInkLetter - Another great pen blog - is currently hosting a Pencil Week over at his blog. 

That's right! One week, loaded with pencil related posts, reviews,...! If you want to learn something about pencils, or just want to have a great read, make sure you check out his blog! 

I also wrote a guest post for Pencil Week about the Staedtler 900 25 pencil extender, check it out here!