Cleaning House Giveaway: Pelikan Classic P205

My pen and ink stash is bursting at the seams, so what better time than now to offer up some of these great products to readers of the blog?

First up is the Pelikan Classic Series P205 from Goldspot Pens I reviewed back in January. It is a reboot of a classic Pelikan design, swapping out the piston filling mechanism for a cartridge/converter fill. This pen come with a steel Broad nib and I will include a handful of Pelikan Edelstein Ink Cartridges in various colors to give you a head start.

Here is how to enter:

  1. Leave one comment on this post anytime between now, and Wednesday 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 one winner 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 will be used to pick the number of the winner.

  3. The contest winner will be posted on Thursday, April 2nd. The winner will have one week to email me via the Contact link at the top of the page.

Thanks and good luck!

Posted on March 29, 2015 and filed under Giveaways.

Three Questions With Andy Welfle

You think you know pencils? Well clearly you have not met Andy Welfle yet. He is the master of his domain at Woodclinched and one of the triumvirate of hosts of the Erasable Podcast. My thanks to Andy for answering Three Questions.

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

I work at a big tech company in the Bay Area, so I don’t use analog tools as often as I’d like! But I almost always have a running to-do list on paper, some kind of rough outline of a podcast episode in planning, and if I’m at a conference or meeting, a notebook for notes. I always have at least a pencil and a pocket cahier notebook with me.

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

I’m right in the middle of a Field Notes Ambition memo pad right now (I celebrated my Staple Day two days ago!). I absolutely love the gilded edges and the graph paper with a title line. I just bought a fresh batch of Palomino Blackwing 602s, so that’s what I’m using right this minute. I absolutely love my Twist Bullet Pencil from MetalShopCT, too. Besides those, I’m enjoying the Rollbahn notebook I have in my bag. When I need to write something in ink (which, I’ll admit, is often), I’m carrying a green Le Pen and a gorgeous Muji wooden ballpoint pen.

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

One of my favorite posts, and what bring a lot of people to my blog, is a remembrance of Yikes! pencils from the mid–1990s I wrote on a whim back in 2010. It turns out there are a lot of people around my age who only half-remembers these pencils with bright colors and funky shapes.

Looking back, they’re pretty terrible in quality, but as a 11 year-old, I didn’t really care about that. They were so cool to look at. They still hold a special place in my memories.

Posted on March 28, 2015 and filed under Three Questions.

Kaweco Royal Blue Fountain Pen Ink: A Review

(Susan M. Pigott is a fountain pen collector, pen and paperholic, photographer, and professor. You can find more from Susan on her blog Scribalishess.)

Kaweco Royal Blue is a blue ink that is similar to Waterman's Serenity Blue but exhibits more of a purple hue. It flows nicely from my Pelikan's italic nib and is neither too wet nor too dry. It has no odor to it (some inks do). The blue pops nicely on white paper but is more subdued on cream or other colors of paper.

This ink should be perfectly suitable for correspondence. I would feel comfortable using it in a business setting, but it might have too much purple in it for some tastes.

The ink does not exhibit any sheen, and the shading is minimal. With a fine point nib, the ink may be too light, but with wider nibs it has good saturation.

At $17.50 for 30ml on JetPens, this isn't the cheapest ink you can buy or the most expensive. If you like a blue ink with a purple cast to it, then this is a great choice. If, however, you prefer a truer blue or blue-black ink, then I would not recommend Royal Blue.

I prefer inks with a little more character--lots of saturation, shading, sheen, unique colors, etc. So, I doubt Kaweco Royal Blue will be in my regular rotation. But I'm impressed by its good flow and it behaves well.


  • Good blue-purple color
  • Good flow, not too heavy or dry
  • No distinctive, annoying odor
  • A good choice for a basic blue ink


  • Does not exhibit sheen or much shading
  • The purplish cast might make this less suitable for business use
  • A little expensive
Fun with lighting!

Fun with lighting!

Posted on March 27, 2015 and filed under Ink Reviews, Kaweco.

The Pen Addict Podcast: Episode 147 - I Can't Get it Out of My Head

The pen, pencil, and paper community never ceases to amaze me. Everyone is always ready to lend a hand at a moments notice, especially during, but not limited to, times of need. We discuss the raffle to help one of our own and the theme of community permeates the entire episode. Myke and I also talk about some recent purchases and discuss the update to my Top 5 Pens list.

Show Notes & Download Links

This episode of The Pen Addict is sponsored by:

Dudek Modern Goods: Use code 'PENADDICT' for 10% off.

Massdrop: An online community for enthusiasts of all kinds.

Bushel: A cloud-based mobile device management solution for the Mac, iPhone and iPad.

Posted on March 26, 2015 and filed under Podcast.