Story Supply “Morning” Limited Edition Notebook Giveaway

Story Supply Morning

Story Supply makes awesome notebooks, and their latest edition - titled Morning - is the perfect compliment to an already stellar lineup. The dark, moody covers elicit feelings of cool Fall mornings, which, paired with a cup of coffee, make for a wonderful writing environment.

I have one three-pack of these notebooks to give away. Read the rules below and enter away.

Posted on November 6, 2018 and filed under Giveaways, Story Supply Co..

The First Modern Fuel Pen, Now On Kickstarter (Sponsor)

I’ve been a fan of Andrew Sanderson and his work on the Modern Fuel Mechanical Pencil since it’s launch in 2015. Needless to say, I am primed for the launch of his Modern Fuel Pen, the pen made to last a lifetime.

The Modern Fuel Pen is a sleek, minimalist design, with each pen machined from a solid piece of metal. For this project, you can choose from Stainless Steel, Copper, Bronze, or Titanium materials. In addition, the knock was designed from scratch to give the pen a mechanism befitting the quality of the overall design.

Each pen ships with a Fisher Space Pen refill, giving you a quality writing option, plus the opportunity to swap in your favorite Parker G2 style refill. All of the machining and assembly for the Modern Fuel Pen is handled in house in Austin, Texas, with 100% Made in the USA materials. Each pen is 100% guaranteed too, with Andrew repairing or replacing your pen throughout its lifetime. No questions asked.

Andrew’s pencil projects have raised over $300,000 on Kickstarter, and the Modern Fuel Pen is adding to the totals with over $75,000 pledged in the first week. Early Bird pledge levels end soon, so head over to the project page to check out the details, and pick out your pen today!

My thanks to Modern Fuel for sponsoring The Pen Addict this week.

Posted on November 5, 2018 and filed under Featured Sponsor.

Top 5 Pens, 2018 Edition

Where do I put my beloved Caran d’Ache Fixpencil?

Where do I put my beloved Caran d’Ache Fixpencil?

I think we are there.

The 2017 version of my Top 5 Pens list was telling. It was the least amount of product turnover I have ever had on this list, and I think there is even less this year. While seeing movers and shakers all across the board may be more fun, I’m content in knowing that there are many quality products on the market that have withstood the test of time.

That doesn’t mean there are no changes or new additions on this list - there will always be movement in and out. What it does mean is that my confidence level is high on the products I do recommend. Like I just mentioned, time has a way of sorting these things out.

I’ll never make a change for changes sake. Products on this list are there because they deserve to be, not because I feel like shaking things up.

Keep this in mind while reading this list: It is based on what I would recommend. That may or may not be different than how I would rank them for my personal use. The Micro Gel ink pen category is the perfect example of this. The Pilot Hi-Tec-C 0.3 mm is number one for me, but number five on this list due to its particularness.

Two new, highly specific, lists have been added for Blue Black and Orange fountain pen inks. I’ve been asked to do these lists for a while, and since they are my two favorite ink colors, and I have experience with dozens of them, I feel good putting together five excellent ones of each shade.

Finally, before you head over and pick through the list, I have one product that I love that doesn’t have a home: The Caran d’Ache Fixpencil.

If I kept a daily usage log of all of the products I have used over the past year, I would wager that the Fixpencil would top the list. I love the design, the quality, and most importantly, the performance. It’s the portable pencil I need for the way I work. It goes everywhere with me.

But what list should it be on? It’s not a wooden pencil, that’s for sure. It’s sort of a mechanical pencil, but not in the traditional sense. It is a clutch pencil, with a 2.0 mm lead and a built in sharpener under the cap. I find it endlessly useful, and I don’t have a place to put it.

Because of this pencil, I’m looking at reviewing other clutch pencils and leadholders just so I have a list to put this one on. Do you have a favorite? I’m taking recommendations for spots two through five on the list, because nobody is going to top my number one!

As always, let me know your favorites that I am forgetting or that I need to take a further look at. Leave a comment on this post, or drop me a message on Twitter and Instagram.

Posted on November 5, 2018 and filed under Top 5, Pen Reviews.