Myke and I were joined by Andy Welfle from Woodclinched to discuss the most traditional of writing instruments: The pencil. My interest in wood case pencils has grown slowly over the past year and I was excited to get Andy on to teach Myke and I a few things. Thanks for joining us Andy!
When I posted my review of the Sailor Limited Edition Oku Yama a few weeks back and explained my current ink fetish, I was actually reviewing the inks I purchased a bit out of order. Seeing writing samples of the Limited Edition Autumn 2010 Kin Mokusei online was the real impetus for my shopping spree.
It is a surprise to no one that I am a fan of orange, and Kin Mokusei is a brilliant orange ink. The shading is beautiful, ranging from yellow to deep orange without any appearance of brown or red. It is very rich looking and well behaved too, with excellent dry times. It flowed equally as well from both my TWSBI Mini 1.5mm stub nib and Pilot Falcon SEF.
My hangup with Kin Mokusei is I already own this ink in the form of Sailor Jentle Apricot. I had this concern when I ordered the ink and it turned out to be valid. Unlike Oku Yama, which I felt was able to stand on its own and seperate itself from other inks, I think Kin Mokusei is not worth the money. It is so similar that the 2-3 times premium price to Apricot is money better spent elsewhere.
How similar? Take a look at this chromatography test
So far, I'm 1-for2 with my Limited Edition Sailor ink purchases. Oku Yama is a keeper and Kin Moskuei is redundant. I have two more to test and review, and early indications show that this next one may be the big winner of the bunch.
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-- Platinum Cyclamen Pink (Inkdependence!)
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-- Nock Co Hightower Pen and Notebook Case (OfficeSupplyGeek)
-- Review: @poppin The Main Attraction Silver Pen With Magnetic Cap (Gourmet Pens)
-- Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin (Informal Scribble)
-- Ink Notes: Graf von Faber-Castell Stone Grey (Fountain Pen Quest)
-- Diamine Aqua Blue ink review (Pens! Paper! Pencils!)
-- Pilot Vortex Review (Inktronics)
-- Blog Archive » A Brief Review — The Chimneytop Pop-Up Zip Case by Nock Co. (patrickrhone / journal)
-- Review: Ohto DUDE Fountain Pen (The Well-Appointed Desk)
-- Just Write: A review of the Kaweco Elite (A fool with a pen)
-- Cheap, Idle Pen Throwdown: Petit1 and Preppy with Carbon Ink (Fueled by Clouds & Coffee)
-- The Middle Child: Lamy’s CP1 Matte Black Fountain Pen (From the Pen Cup)
-- Waterman Preface Thriller Red, 18K medium nib, inked with Noodler’s Midnight Blue (Pessimistic Pedant)
-- Comparing Caran d'Ache Chromatics Inks (Ink Nouveau)
-- Kustom Karas Retrakt Hack (That One Pen)
-- Scout Books Black Composition Notebook Review (THE UNROYAL WARRANT)
-- Blogging Tool #4: Pens (Part I) (Living in the Moment)
-- Cross Century II Fountain Pen Review (My Pen Needs Ink)
-- Zebra PenPod ballpoint pen review (Pens! Paper! Pencils!)
-- Pen Review: TWSBI Diamond 580 (Rose Gold) (The Pen Habit)
-- Ink Review: De Atramentis Dianthus (A Penchant for Paper)
-- Sharpie Pen (Pen Pursuit)
-- What is a Hobonichi Planner? And how does it compare to a Filofax? (ZoeAtHome.com)
-- Kaweco Paradise Blue (Turquoise) Review (Fountain Pen Blog)
-- Rotring 800 0.5mm Pencil Review (Ed Jelley)
-- The Japanese Format Pocket Pen circa 1965-1977 (Atramental Otaku)
Sorry for the delay in getting the winner posted gang! Yesterday was spent cranking out cases at Nock Co. HQ and mostly off the grid. But I have a Groove to giveaway, so let's do it:
Congrats Tim! I'm not sure what is worse - pen puns, or pen holder puns? I'm going with pen holder puns, but we will let you win anyway. Please get in touch via the Contact Page within the next week and I will arrange shipment.
The amount of feedback I received from our last episode has been outstanding, and as of this posting, still coming in. I talk about that feedback for quite a bit during this episode and really appreciate everyone taking time to get in touch. Quality stuff!
We also talk about a pen Myke MUST own, a new notebook from Doane Paper, and some of my recent pen and PENCIL(!!!) reviews.