Pen Chalet (Sponsor)

If you are a Pen Addict Podcast listener then you know how great Pen Chalet is. They carry all of the top pen brands such as Aurora, Delta, Kaweco, Lamy, Pilot, Pelikan - the list goes on and on. And the best part? They are an authorized dealer of all the brands they carry so you know you are getting quality goods backed by great customer service.

Sailor manufactures some of my favorite fountain pens on the planet and Pen Chalet stocks the full lineup. Their latest release, the Pro Gear Sky, is a beautiful blue demonstrator with Rhodium trim, and comes in all three barrel sizes - Slim, Standard, and King of Pen. Everyone needs a Sailor in their life.

A proud brand that has climbed back into prominence, Shaeffer is designing pens that make you pay attention. The Shaeffer Taranis features a sleek, modern design with a unique hooded nib. Also available in ballpoint and rollerball models, it is a striking pen that is sure to create envy among your friends.

Pen Chalet stocks everything you need for a wonderful writing experience. From fountain pens and rollerballs, to paper, ink, refills, and accessories they have you covered. Pen Chalet has a page full of special offers exclusively for readers of the Pen Addict. Hit the link and see what you discover!

This post is sponsored via Syndicate Ads.
Posted on October 20, 2014 and filed under Featured Sponsor.

Kaweco AL Sport Stonewashed Roller Ball Pen Review

Finding the perfect pocket pen is a challenge. Most of us only carry one. Should it be a ballpoint that will write in almost any situation? A fountain pen that will give you the writing experience you crave? Or a rollerball that is a bit of a mix between the two?

I’ve carried a fountain pen for the most part for the past couple of years, either the Kaweco AL Sport or, more recently, the Kaweco Liliput Brass Wave with a custom nib grind. Now that the AL Sport Roller Ball comes in the awesome Stonewashed finish I wanted to see if it could break into what has been a fountain pen only rotation. Short version: It can, and it has.

If it wasn’t already obvious, Kaweco not only makes great pens, but many of their models are perfect for every day carry. The AL Sport Stonewashed Roller has the same great build quality as its counterparts. The aluminum barrel has a solid feel, threads nicely, and can take a beating on the go and not skip a beat when it is time to write or draw. Just what I want in a pocket pen.

What makes the AL Sport Roller a real contender is the use of a Parker compatible refill. It ships with a Kaweco-branded Schmidt roller in medium, which on its own provides a smooth, dark line. It’s too wide for me, so I swapped it immediately with a Moleskine 0.5 mm gel refill in black and went to town. If you prefer the pressurized ballpoint of the Space Pen Refill that is an option too. Any Parker-style refill fits, making this a customizable EDC workhorse.

Kaweco pens are built for this. They are durable, long lasting, and flat-out beautiful. The AL Sport line is made for the pocket as much as they are made for writing when it is time to get down to business.

(JetPens is a sponsor of The Pen Addict and I received this product at no charge.)

Posted on October 20, 2014 and filed under AL Sport, Kaweco, Fountain Pens, Pen Reviews.

Doane Paper Utility Notebook Small Color 6 Pack Winners

In case you didn't know it already, Chad Doane is from Kansas City, and his Royals have made the World Series for the first time since 1985. Congrats to all of my KC friends and followers - I'll be rooting for you in the Series! (Sorry Mr. Snell)

But you aren't here for baseball talk, are you? Tell me who won the awesome Doane Paper Utility Notebook Small Color 6 Packs already! Ok fine, here are the three winners:

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Congratulations gang! You have one week to get in touch with your mailing address, which I will pass on to Chad for shipping.

Thanks to all who entered and big thanks to Chad for offering up his great products for readers of The Pen Addict.

Posted on October 19, 2014 and filed under Doane Paper, Giveaways.

Three Questions With Doug from Modern Stationer

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I was impressed with Doug Lane's writing at Modern Stationer right from the jump. His reviews are very detailed and always seem to contain a small anecdote that give you a peek into his personal side. My thanks to Doug for answering Three Questions.

1. What role do analog tools such as pens, pencils, and paper play in your day to day life?

Pens and paper are a way to trick myself into stopping to think once in a while. At my day job (product marketing guy at a software company), that mostly means not wasting the day away on the corporate e-mail hamster wheel or trying to please whoever is screaming the loudest.

I've tried a bunch of "Getting Things Done"-style systems and apps, but I would always procrastinate on doing regular reviews and pruning of projects and tasks, which is the most important part of these systems. Now that my planning sessions involve getting to use my favorite fountain pens, inks, and notebooks, I look forward to it instead of putting it off. I also find that I'm more honest with myself about what I can actually get done when I'm writing tasks down by hand. With electronic systems, it's almost too easy to capture new items and shuffle them around.

I also try to jot down some informal personal thoughts each day. My daily task list usually fills up a little over one page in my notebook. So, I try to force myself to fill the rest of the second page with thoughts from the day. Even if I don't have any particularly deep thoughts, I'll just log what I did, any fun (or challenging) moments with my kids, whether I was in a good or bad mood, etc.

My weird mishmash of daily tasks and quick personal thoughts probably won't be of much historical value, but it helps me take stock of how things are going and spot any trends that I need to either correct or amplify.

2. What are your favorite products you are currently using?

I recently picked up my first Edison Pen, a Collier in steel blue, and I absolutely love it. I bought both a fine and a stub nib for it, so I can enjoy it for both routine writing and when I want to let some ink loose. I think I'm about to fall down the Edison Pen rabbit hole in a big way.

I've also been hooked on the (awkwardly named) Muji High Quality Easy-Open Notebook for a few months now. It's a great notebook for the price and handles fountain pen ink well.

I recently started using the Kokuyo Systemic Refillable Notebook Cover with it. The look and feel of the cover itself is just OK (I'm hoping these guys make a better one someday), but I love the utility of it. Something like the Roterfaden Taschenbegleiter would be overkill for me, but it's nice to be able to tuck a pen, some index cards, and an iPhone into the Kokuyo as a minimal setup on the go.

3. What post are you the most proud of on your blog?

When my blog was around a month old, I wrote a post called "A Pen Geek in Seoul" that is a personal favorite. I was nervous about posting it at the time, since it was a bit more personal than what you typically see on a pen blog.

I was also worried that people would misinterpret it as "OK, this idiot was going through a important life event, and all he could think about was pens."

In the end, that was really the first post that I got a significant amount of comments and e-mail feedback on, and it was all very positive. Amazingly, I even heard from two people who had very similar experiences to mine.

I've heard many people say that the best thing about the pen hobby is the people, and that was one of my first tastes of it.

Posted on October 18, 2014 and filed under Three Questions.