Nemosine Singularity Stub Nib Fountain Pen Review

(Sarah Read is an author, editor, yarn artist, and pen/paper/ink addict. You can find more about her at her website and on Twitter.)

I love demonstrator pens, and I love fine stubs, so I was pretty excited to learn about the Nemosine Singularity earlier this year. And while I'm not super thrilled with it, I do think it's a very decent pen.

The pen is made of see-through plastic--this one in a smoky grey-brown color that is really lovely. It also comes in clear, teal/blue, and pink. The plastic seems very sturdy. I may have accidentally field tested this feature while I was taking photos. I can confidently say that it withstands a four-foot drop onto hardwood floors with nary a fuss, apart from a wee spray of ink in the cap. It has a metal cap band with the brand "Nemosine" etched on it. It has a metal clip that is a bit stiff, but functional. It has a very comfortable black plastic grip section.

The pen takes cartridges or a converter, and comes with both. It actually came with six cartridges, which I thought was very generous. The converter has a small plastic bead in it to serve as an agitator to help the ink flow to the feed instead of being stuck up by the piston. The last bit of ink still seemed to get stuck, so I'm not sure it's quite helping.

The nib is steel, and one of the prettiest in the business, I think. It's etched with a lovely butterfly. The Nemosine nibs are easily interchangeable--replacement nibs can be purchased for about $10. The .6mm stub on my pen is a little bit snaggy. I think it needs some smoothing to give me a better writing experience. And for all its snagginess, it isn't as crisp a stub as I'd been hoping for. The horizontal lines are definitely thinner than the vertical lines, but the pen is such a wet writer that the definition almost completely disappears. At times it just looks like I'm writing with a broad nib. It may be one of the wettest writers I've ever used, and even occasionally burps ink. I tried making sure everything was seated and aligned correctly, but I still get the occasional blorp of ink from the base of the feed. I've only used it with the converter, so perhaps using a cartridge will help--I need to do a little more experimenting to see what might be the cause of my very inky fingers.

Because this pen is so wet, it really needs well-coated or heavy paper. It bleeds through cheap copy paper almost like a Sharpie. It even feathers a little on Rhodia. But after playing with it, I feel like this very wet stub might be good for bringing out the sheen in inks. It's a great pen for trying out inks with shimmer, since the nib can be removed for cleaning. The low price-point makes it an ideal guinea pig pen for ink experiments.

If someone had handed me this pen without telling me what it was, I'd have guessed it to be more expensive than it is. I think it's at a price point to be a great beginner fountain pen, especially with all the nib options to play with. In terms of quality and writing experience, I think it's comparable to the TWSBI Eco.

My disappointment with the .6mm stub is the only thing holding me back from really loving this pen. The ink burping I can live with--I just wouldn't use it to write wedding invites or important business letters. To my pen pals, that's just a bonus ink swab. Since the nibs are so easily replaceable, though, I think it's a good opportunity for me to practice my nib tuning skills. I'll beat up the nib a little and fill the pen with some garish, volatile ink, and I think I and the Singularity will get along just fine.

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

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Posted on June 22, 2017 and filed under Nemosine, Fountain Pens, Pen Reviews.

The Pen Addict Podcast: Episode 262 - Why Do I Have a Hulk Fist?

Why do I have a Hulk fist? Because Japan is awesome! And it’s not really a Hulk fist, so you’ll need to listen to hear all about it, plus more Japanese awesomeness like my appearance in a stationery magazine. We also talk pencils. Lots of pencils.

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Posted on June 21, 2017 and filed under Podcast.

Handwritmic Brody Neuenschwander Ruling Pen: 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.)

What the heck is a ruling pen? Well, it’s exactly as it sounds: it is a pen for ruling paper. Why the heck would anyone want one of these when you can just buy ruled paper? Because a ruling pen does so much more than make straight lines (though that is actually pretty cool in and of itself). Ruling pens, with their enormous flat surfaces, can be used for really unusual calligraphy.

The Handwritmic Ruling Pen sports Brody Neuenschwander’s autograph. Neuenschwander is an American-born calligrapher who is known for his contemporary calligraphic style and also his academic study of Japanese, Chinese, and Arabic calligraphy.

Handwritmic’s ruling pen was specially created to be used for modern calligraphy. You can order the pen with a nut brown or mahogany handle (mine is mahogany), and the wood is FSC certified. The nib is made of Swedish stainless steel with a thick 24k plate. This thing is built like a tank, so you can use it with virtually any kind of paper and ink.

If you are using the pen for ruling, the screw is for widening or closing the gap between the blades to vary the width of lines.

The grip is textured and also has the Handwritmic branding and Neuenschwander’s autograph. This makes for a comfortable and non-slip surface for your fingers.

The nib offers four writing surfaces that can be used for different effects.

First, you can use it as a ruling pen. Simply choose the width of your line by turning the screw, dip the pen in your chosen ink, and draw a line holding the pen vertically. Lines vary from small (0.5mm) to wide (2.0mm).

Second, you can write thin characters with the pen by using the pointed end and holding the pen perpendicular to your paper. You can vary the thickness by changing the angle of the pen to the paper.

Third, you can use the shorter edge to make intermediate-sized characters.

Fourth, you can use the broadest edge to make huge, dramatic lettering.

What is really cool about this pen is that you can write rough with it. Pushing the pen up on the surface of your paper produces great splatters and unusal effects.

My husband bought my ruling pen from Handwritmic for €52.00 for Mother’s Day. It comes packaged in a cardboard tube. Although it’s made in Italy, they have a distribution center in the US, so you don’t have to pay hefty shipping or customs fees.

I am really pleased with this unusual pen. I’ve seen several ruling pens on the Internet, but this one seemed especially well made and reasonably priced. Although I’m no calligrapher yet, I plan to use this pen for ink testing and practice.

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Posted on June 21, 2017 and filed under Handwritmic, Pen Reviews.