Kaweco Denim Pouch Review

Kaweco has a mortal lock on the pocket fountain pen market, so it is nice to see them expanding their product lineup with related accessories like the Kaweco Denim Pouch.

They have released several cases for their pocket fountain pens in the past, such as leather sleeves for the Sport and Lilliput lineups, and leather box-style cases for the Sports, and even their full-sized models. The Denim pouches are a departure in style, and one I can completely get behind. Kaweco has been experimenting a lot recently in fact, which is nice to see from a brand rooted in German fountain pen history.

These selvedge denim pouches fit up to two Kaweco Sport pens, be it the Classic, AL, Brass, or others. It’s a tight fit, which is nice because you don’t want these pens getting away in your pocket or bag. I imagine they will loosen up nicely with use, just like a pair of your favorite jeans. A single Sport with a clip fits fine as well, as do a couple of Liliputs, but they tend to get buried below the opening too deeply for me.

From a pricing perspective they are expensive. $38 for what many will see as something they can make from their own jeans - and make it more personal as well - seems high. But none of Kaweco’s products are exactly great value in comparison to other products. The thing is, there is no true competition for Kaweco, so I am willing to pay the price for the quality and coolness they bring to the table.

I thought for sure I would prefer the blue denim with the red stitch edge marker, but the black denim seems to work better with my primarily silver and black sports. I bet it would look good with the Brass too. I should get on that.

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)

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Posted on April 25, 2016 and filed under Kaweco, Pen Case.

TWSBI Diamond 580AL Green Fountain Pen Winner

TWSBI Diamond 580AL limited edition colors are always a hot item, so I was happy to be able to give one away to readers of the blog, courtesy of my friends at JetPens. If you missed out, they still have a few left so get on the ball if your name isn't the lucky one listed below. And the winner is:

Congrats Mucahit! Get in touch via the Contact Page and I will get it shipped ASAP.

Posted on April 24, 2016 and filed under Giveaways.

The Art of Fountain Pen Photography

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

My two main hobbies are fountain pen collecting and photography, so naturally I love to combine the two. Often, when I post photographs to Instagram or on Pen Addict, I am asked what tools I use to create my pictures. So here's my set up and how I use it.

I own two cameras with which I do all my photography: My Olympus OMD-EM1 and my iPhone 6s. For Pen Addict, I always use my Olympus with a 60mm Olympus macro lens and a Macro Arm Light. My macro lens has settings from 1:1 to infinity, so it is quite versatile.

I can shoot crisp 1:1 macros as well as full pen shots.

Fountain Pen Taken with Olympus OMD-EM1 and 60 mm Macro Lens

Fountain Pen Taken with Olympus OMD-EM1 and 60 mm Macro Lens

For Instagram, Facebook, etc., I use my iPhone 6s, often with the Moment case and Moment 25mm, 10x macro lens.

In both instances, I take photos without flash (I find it to be too harsh). The only room in our house that has adequate sunlight is our Florida room, so it's my fountain pen photography studio. Unfortunately, it's also the bedroom for my four cats, which means a lot of dust and cat hair appear in my photographs.

I should probably invest in a good light box, but I prefer natural sunlight, and I find the solid background of a light box rather boring. Despite the overuse of a mosaic table I made for my husband long ago for Father's Day (it's falling apart), and despite all the cat hair I have to clone out of my photos, I like my Florida Room studio.

I try to be as creative as possible when I do pen photography. As I said, I'm not fond of bland backgrounds, even though sometimes you need a plain background to set off a pen. I prefer trying to find options that present a pen in a unique way. Here are some examples:

Almost anything can be a pen prop, from lemon slices, to kitty paws, to typewriter keys. There's no reason to limit oneself to black or white backgrounds.

Another key component of my fountain pen photography is macro shooting. There's just something special about getting a close up of an O3B nib or the scroll work on a nib or a detailed shot of a pen's texture or design.

Danitrio Soft Stub, taken with Olympus OMD-EM1 and 60mm Macro Lens

Danitrio Soft Stub, taken with Olympus OMD-EM1 and 60mm Macro Lens

I use both my Olympus and my iPhone for macro photography. Here are some shots of nibs taken with my Olympus and my iPhone with the Moment macro lens (I didn't edit these photos in any way):

Danitrio Macro Olympus

Danitrio Macro Olympus

Danitrio Macro iPhone

Danitrio Macro iPhone

Montblanc Macro Olympus

Montblanc Macro Olympus

Montblanc Macro iPhone

Montblanc Macro iPhone

Obviously, the Olympus takes better shots overall, but it is an expensive camera with an expensive lens attached. The iPhone 6s holds its own, and I find the Moment lens to be extraordinarily good, maintaining crispness from edge to edge. If you can't afford a DSLR or Micro 4/3 camera and a macro lens, but you have an iPhone (or Galaxy or Nexus), I highly recommend Moment lenses. They are top quality lenses with extraordinary glass.

I opted to purchase the Moment Case because I didn't want to glue the lens attachment clip to my iPhone. The advantages of the Moment Case are that it is easy to install and remove, the lenses screw on securely, the case makes the iPhone easier to hold, and the case comes with a shutter button that works just like a DSLR shutter button– press halfway to focus and all the way to shoot.

Olloclip is another brand that sells excellent macro lenses. Photojojo also offers the Iris lens set, and there's even a super-inexpensive rubber band macro lens.

What makes pen photography most enjoyable for me is being creative with shots and getting close ups of the details. You may prefer taking your pens outside and shooting them with beautiful landscapes in the background (West Texas is flat, brown, and ugly, so I don't have that option). The main thing is to experiment with equipment, lighting, and settings. Your pens are the perfect models–no tantrums, no frowns, no flyaway hair (unless you have cats). With a little creativity, some equipment, and good light, you can show off your pens in style.

Posted on April 22, 2016 and filed under Fountain Pens, Photography.

TWSBI Diamond 580AL Green Fountain Pen Giveaway

Image via JetPens.com

Image via JetPens.com

Green is the latest limited edition color to grace the TWSBI 580AL lineup, and like the ones before, it will be gone for you know it. JetPens has them in stock, and I have one in hand - in a Fine nib - to give away to readers. Here is how to enter:

  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 residents.

  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 random.org will be used to pick the number of the winner.

  3. The contest winner will be posted on Sunday, April 24th. 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 April 21, 2016 and filed under Giveaways, TWSBI.