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Field Notes Shelterwood Edition via JetPens

Field Notes Shelterwood Edition via JetPens

Love it or hate it, the latest Field Notes COLORS release Shelterwood is an important one. From a design and technical standpoint it is impressive, and I'm still not sure how they pulled it off. Is it for me? No. Is it for you? Let's find out!

My friends at JetPens now have the Shelterwood edition in stock, and while I know you will be adding them to your cart soon enough, I wanted to give three readers a chance to win a 3-pack of their own. Here's how:

  1. Leave one comment on this post anytime between now, and Saturday night at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. You are limited to one entry. This contest is open to US and International readers.

  2. For this contest, I will pick three winners at random from the comments section of this post. The comments will be numbered in the order they are received, i.e. the first comment is #1, the second #2, and so on. The Random Integer Generator at random.org will be used to pick the number of the winner.

  3. The contest winners will be posted on Sunday, April 27th. The winner will have one week to email me via the Contact link at the top of the page.

Good luck!

Posted on April 24, 2014 and filed under Field Notes, Giveaways.

Zebra Sarasa Study Gel Ink Pen Review

Oh Japan, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

Only from the Land of the Rising Sun are you going to find a pen that purports to track how studious you are by the percentage of ink you have used in the refill. The Zebra Sarasa Study does just that with percentage markers up and down the ink cartridge with a filling cherry blossom as you reach 100% used.

Obviously the idea behind the pen is so flawed its laughable, but maybe that's the point. Just the idea that this pen is monitoring its own usage may be enough that it actually will get you to study more. Your science homework got you down to 10%, your math down to 20%, your doodling down to - wait, that would never happen, right?

Despite the sillines, the Study has all the elements that make the Sarasa an excellent gel ink pen. The lines are sharp, and the ink is dark and rich. It uses the standard Sarasa Clip pen clip, and has a clear barrel and grip so you can see how proficient you are. It is one of the better looking Sarasa models on the market in fact.

I'd use this pen regardless of the tracking mechanism, but maybe I can trick my kids into studying more.

The Zebra Sarasa Study is available in black, blue, and red 0.5mm gel ink for $2.50 each from JetPens.

(JetPens is an advertiser on The Pen Addict and I received this product at no charge.)

Posted on April 21, 2014 and filed under Pen Reviews, Zebra, Sarasa.

Ink Links

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-- Exclusive Look at Postalco's Fall 2014 Collection (Selectism)

-- Pelikan Edelstein Wood Box Ink Set (inklode)

-- Pen Paper Ink Letter Podcast Episode #5 – “The Atlanta Pen Show 2014” (Pen Paper Ink Letter)

-- Building Routines (or, How I Became A Daily Journal Writer) (Patrick Rhone)

-- Fun Find #1: Retro 1951 Tornado Umbra Orange Rollerball (From the Pen Cup)

-- Review: Karas Kustoms Retrakt (EDC is Everyday Carry)

-- Stipula Verde Muschiato – Ink Review (Ed Jelley)

-- Uni Jetstream 4&1 4 Color Ballpoint Multi Pen and Pencil – Purple (No Pen Intended)

-- The Baron Fig Confidant notebook: Unique, well-constructed, and well-hyped (Woodclinched)

-- On My Desk: Uni-ball Jetstream RT 1.0mm (The Newsprint)

-- Parker 51 (That One Pen)

-- BIC AF Accountant Collection (My Supply Room)

-- Pilot Juice 0.38mm Blue Pen Review (The Clicky Post)

-- Pelikan M215 fountain pen review (Pens! Paper! Pencils!)

-- rotring rapid PRO: Black vs Silver (Pens And Pencils)

-- New arrival: All three Les Crayons de la Maison Caran d’Ache Edition Pencil Sets (My pencils draw worlds)

-- Stationery-Compositions: Hole reinforcements, Erasers, Pencil Sharpeners (Things Organized Neatly)

Posted on April 19, 2014 and filed under Links.

Ti2 TechLiner Pen Review

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I first came across Mike Bond's pen designs when he sent me a prototype of the Ti2 Pen. It provided a strong, sleek housing for my favorite Pilot Hi-Tec-C refills and I found myself enjoying what he did with the pen. Mike reached back out again recently to show me his latest design - the Ti2 TechLiner Pen - and I was eager to give this pen a try, but not for the reasons you may think.

When Mike first sent me the pictures of the Ti2 TechLiner I expressed a concern to him: "What is up with the truncated nose cone? I don't think I like that." I went a little more in depth in my email and Mike explained his choices around the design. I still wasn't quite sure about it but agreed to look at a prototype. I got the pen in hand a couple of weeks ago and learned one thing very quickly. Never judge a book by its cover.

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I am more than impressed by the Ti2 TechLiner. The build quality and design are top notch, making for a good looking, comfortable feeling product. And the nose cone design? I kind of like it. It's a feature, as they say. It gives off the look of a technical drafting pen, like various rOtrings or the Sakura Pigma Micron. I was concerned that visually and functionally it wouldn't work for me, but I was dead wrong.

Another item I was wrong about is the use of magnets to secure the cap on both ends of the pen. I've felt in the past that magnets are gimmicky, but these are strong and give off a great snap when capping and posting. They are very well done.

Mike has decided to use the Uni-ball Signo 207 as the refill model for the Ti2 TechLiner. I like this choice because one, I am a fan of the refill, and two, it is available in 0.38 mm tip sizes, my preferred ultra-fineness. Plus, there are other similar refills that should fit, like the Jetstream.

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The best endorsement I can give a pen like the Ti2 TechLiner is to put my money where my mouth is. The Blackwash finish looks amazing but is a little out of my price range at $120. The Gonzodized, on the other hand, is a finish I don't own in any other pen and I was able to get in on the Early Bird for $75. I look forward to seeing this pen in person.

The Ti2 TechLiner has already met its funding goal with three weeks left in the campaign. If you are a fan of good design and the Uni-ball Signo 207 refill then this is a project you should check out.

Big thanks to Mike Bond for sending me this prototype for review.

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Posted on April 18, 2014 and filed under Kickstarter, Ti2 TechLiner, Pen Reviews.