De Atramentis Alexander Hamilton Ink Review

Alexander Hamilton Ink Bottle

(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.)

De Atramentis has taken their standard Aubergine color and put a dashing Alexander Hamilton on the label--giving an already popular ink a new wave of energy. I'm not usually into the relabeling of old products, but the De Atramentis themes are always a fun take.

Alexander Hamilton Ink Open

This rich purple ink is nicely lubricated. I had no flow issues with it at all--and though it behaves like a very wet ink, the dry time isn't too unreasonable. It took about 22 seconds to dry completely on Rhodia paper, but it's relatively dry a bit quicker than that.

Alexander Hamilton Ink Swab

It's a very saturated color that doesn't show much shading. There is a little bit, but it's not a key feature with this ink. Chromatography shows that it's a bright pink and grey mix, and the dark tones of it do result in a higher rate of show-through on thin paper. I did not experience any bleeding on the papers I tried. When it pools, it has a subtle brassy sheen to it that is extremely lovely. I didn't see much of this sheen in regular writing, though--only in places where I deliberately tested for it.

Alexander Hamilton Ink Sample

One of my favorite features of this ink is its water resistance. It isn't advertised as having any resistance, but both my drop test and my wash test showed that this ink will survive a leaky water bottle or spilled cup of tea. While the pink tone washed away, the darker grey tone stayed put and the text was still easily readable.

Alexander Hamilton Ink Chromatography

While the color is the same as the Aubergine ink from De Atramentis, the shade itself is different from the other purples in my swatch collection. It has a magenta undertone that makes it a little more zippy than the more common dusty purples.

The popularity of Hamilton as an historical--and more recently, musical--figure has led to some scarcity of this ink. If you love the color, Aubergine is still more easily available. But the fun themed labels are worth the wait--and they make great gifts for fans and enthusiasts.

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


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Posted on January 11, 2018 and filed under De Atrementis, Ink Reviews.

ATELEIA Stainless Steel Pen Review

ATELEIA Stainless Steel Pen

(Jeff Abbott is a regular contributor at The Pen Addict. You can find more from Jeff online at Draft Evolution and Twitter.)

When it comes to machined pens, I’m always game to try another one. In most cases, machined pens follow a lot of the same rules, which I assume is due to the medium. With the ATELEIA stainless steel pen, it manages to deliver a compelling pen in a unique, sleek package.

ATELEIA is a small shop that operates out of Phoenix, AZ under the direction of Chris Williams, the mastermind behind the designs. Like so many crowd-funded pens and stationery products, the ATELEIA pen was born from a personal need. Since 2014, Chris has been designing products and growing his business, but the simple pen was what started it all (after the hand-made journal cover, of course).

ATELEIA Stainless Steel Pen Cap

The pens offered by ATELEIA are all the same design, but are available in different types of metal. From aluminum, stainless steel, copper, and brass, all the popular options are there. There aren’t any titanium versions of the pen yet, and I hope that might be a future campaign due to the lightweight characteristic of the metal.

So, what’s special about this pen? Well, to me it’s all about simplicity without sacrificing function. When you first look at the pen, it looks like a smooth piece of metal stock with slightly concave ends. When you unscrew the cap, that’s where you start to notice the high level of quality and care put into the product. Under the cap, there’s a small piece holding the refill in place, but nothing else. I wasn’t sure how I would like the feel of the pen when writing, but I was surprised to find that I really enjoy writing with it. In most cases, slim, slick metal pens usually don’t suit me. With the ATELEIA, I found myself reaching for it every day because I just like how it feels in the hand—both when writing and handling it.

ATELEIA Stainless Steel Pen Parts

Along with the pen, there’s a small wrench and a couple of lengths of hard tubing for matching up different refills with the pen body. According to the site, you have two variations of the pen that cater to several different popular refills. One version accepts Pentel EnerGel, Uni-ball Signo 207 and DX, and Monteverde rollerball refills, while the other (the one used in this review) accepts Pilot Hi-Tec-C, Pilot G2 (or Juice!), Schmidt Rolling Ball Line, or Fisher Space Pen refills. Externally, the two variations are identical.

ATELEIA Stainless Steel Pen Wrench

To remove or replace the refill, simply use the provided wrench to unscrew the refill bit. In some cases, you might need to trim down the plastic tubing to get the perfect fit, but this isn’t new territory for machined pens that are intended to fit a variety of refills. In the case of the version I have, the Pilot G2, Juice, and Hi-Tec-C refills fit perfectly without any additional plastic tubing. The included spring is enough to keep the refill in place when writing.

As a quick side-note, I did try to use a Parker-style refill with this pen, but it didn’t work. Unlike the Fisher refill, Parker-style refills don’t have the necessary increase in the refill diameter to keep the refill from protruding too far past the bit. It technically fit in the pen, but I couldn’t screw on the cap because the refill was too long. Still, with this list of compatible refills, you have plenty of color and size options to last a long while.

ATELEIA Stainless Steel Pen Tip

I’ve really enjoyed using this pen, but there has been one minor niggle that I notice almost every time I use the pen. The piece that threads into the cap is only partially threaded, meaning there are two flat sides that accept the wrench. In theory, this is an efficient and clean solution to the refill replaceability problem. In practice, the pen cap tends to get mis-threaded or stuck when trying to screw it on due to the interrupted threads. As long as you’re careful to screw the cap on evenly and be patient when it does get stuck, it’s not a big deal.

The other thing to consider is that you cannot post the cap with this pen! Since I rarely post the cap on my pens, this isn’t a big deal for me, but it might be a deal-breaker for some.

ATELEIA Stainless Steel Pen Writing

Overall, I really love the simple and efficient design of the ATELEIA stainless steel pen. It’s great that the pen is compatible with about 7 different popular refills, so you’re not locked down to a single type. The packaging and general aesthetic is nice and adds to the high-quality feel of the product. At $79.00 for the raw aluminum model and $105 for the stainless, it’s a bit on the expensive side, but it’s not too far off from other metal pens offered by other small companies. With the amount of fit and finish, I think the price is fair, especially considering the material (stainless steel in this case). Obviously, the prices vary based on the material you pick, which includes brass and copper as well.

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


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ATELEIA Stainless Steel Pen Review
Posted on January 10, 2018 and filed under ATELEIA, Pen Reviews.

Chic Sparrow Deluxe Pemberley Leather Notebook Cover Giveaway

Image via JetPens

Image via JetPens

Chic Sparrow makes fun and functional leather covers for all 3.5" x 5.5" sidebound pocket notebooks like Field Notes, Story Supply, and more. The inside of the case contains three straps to slide in your favorite notebooks, plus two credit card slots, a back pocket, and a pen loop. That’s a lot of stuff!

I have one Deluxe Pemberly Leather Cover in Fern to giveaway, courtesy of JetPens. If you’ve been looking for a leather case to carry multiple small notebooks in, then this is one you will want to check out. Read the details below and enter away!

Posted on January 9, 2018 and filed under Chic Sparrow, Giveaways.