The Pen Addict Podcast: Episode 358 - Direct Vertical Upstroke

Fountain Pen Cleaning

If you couldn’t tell by this episode, I miss Chicago. Specifically, the Chicago Pen Show. I didn’t make it, so Myke and I lived vicariously through those who did. It looked like a fun one! We also talk about my micro architect nib grind review, the scorched earth pen cleaning process I undertook, and answered some fantastic listener questions.

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Posted on May 10, 2019 and filed under Podcast.

Kaweco Student 70s Soul Fountain Pen: A Review

Kaweco Student 70s Soul Fountain Pen Review

I saw the Kaweco Student 70s Soul Fountain Pen a few months ago on the Vanness Pens website. It was love at first sight--I mean who wouldn’t love a pen that looks like a creamsicle? Unfortunately, Vanness was out of stock, and I decided that it wasn’t meant to be. But, a couple of weeks ago there it was! The 70s Soul back in stock! So I ordered one immediately.

The pen comes in the usual Kaweco tin box with one blue cartridge.

Kaweco Student 70s Soul Fountain Pen Box

Fortunately, I had a Kaweco converter in my stockpile, so I loaded it up with my favorite orange ink: Kyoto Kyo-Iro Higashiyama Moonlight (reviewed here).

Kaweco Student 70s Soul Fountain Pen Converter

The Student is a small pen, though it is not pocket-sized. It measures 5 and 1/8 inches/130mm capped; 4 and 3/4 inches/121mm uncapped, and 6 and 1/4 inches/159mm posted. Although the pen writes fairly well posted, I always feel like posting throws off the balance unless the cap posts deeply. This one does not.

Kaweco Student 70s Soul Fountain Pen Posted

I love the shade of orange used on the 70s Soul. It really does look like a creamsicle alongside the cream-colored barrel. The cap has a gold Kaweco finial, a gold clip engraved with the Kaweco name in cursive, and a gold band engraved with “Kaweco Germany.” The back of the cap also has “Kaweco Student Germany” printed in gold lettering.

Kaweco Student 70s Soul Fountain Pen Cap

The body has no branding at all, just a clean, uninterrupted line. I love how it tapers near the bottom. The grip is gold (presumably over steel). I normally don’t like metal grips, but this one isn’t heavy and my fingers don’t slide all over it. That said, it is a thin grip. I don’t own a caliper, so I can’t state the diameter of the grip, but it’s too thin to be comfortable for long writing sessions, at least for me.

Kaweco Student 70s Soul Fountain Pen Barrel

I chose a steel, gold-plated fine nib for this pen. It’s a tiny nib, but, fortunately, it’s smooth and the tines are aligned. Kaweco nibs are often hit or miss, and I lucked out on this one.

Kaweco Student 70s Soul Fountain Pen Nib

Unfortunately, the converter is just okay. Ink tends to pool near the piston end, so I have to open the pen up and manually push the ink down toward the nib to keep things flowing. I’ve read that Kaweco pens work best with cartridges, but, dang it, I like using my matchy Japanese inks!

Kaweco Student 70s Soul Fountain Pen Writing

The Kaweco Student 70s Soul Fountain Pen is adorable. I love the colors, and it’s fun to write with (at least in short spurts). At $70 (converter not included) I think it’s way overpriced. I guess you’re paying for the Kaweco brand and . . . I’m not sure what else. It’s a plastic pen with a steel nib. I think $30 would be more reasonable for a pen of this size and quality. Vanness Pens has this pen in stock if you need some 70s soul in your life.

(I purchased this pen with my own funds with a reviewer’s discount from Vanness Pens.)


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Kaweco Student 70s Soul Fountain Pen
Posted on May 10, 2019 and filed under Kaweco, Fountain Pens, Pen Reviews.

Pen Show Afterglow: Chicago Pen Show Recap

Ralph Reyes of Regalia Writing Labs says “Welcome to Chicago!”

Ralph Reyes of Regalia Writing Labs says “Welcome to Chicago!”

(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. And check out her first novel, The Bone Weaver’s Orchard, now available where books are sold!)

The Chicago Pen Show is my annual family reunion, and every year the family grows a little more. This year there were more people and more new vendors than I've ever seen there before and it was an absolute delight. The first thing I did when I arrived was race around the rooms saying hello to everyone and sticking my camera in people's faces like the Pen Show Paparazzi. I didn't have to ask anyone to smile, though. Everyone was already smiling!

I went with my best pen friend, Moriah, as usual. She's always excellent company and we now have our pen show system down to an art. We arrived on Saturday just after nine. After we said our hellos, we did a browsing lap, a buying lap... another buying lap. She took Azizah's lettering class, which by all accounts was amazing. I took a nap--also amazing. We then grabbed a quick dinner and headed to the Pen Show After Dark in the bar. It was quieter there than last year, and didn't have the mixer event, but it was still lovely to gather and chat and show-and-tell our purchases. We got to try fun nib grinds and new inks and papers. I thought I was done shopping Saturday, but after trying a few things at the bar that night, I added some to my list to pick up on Sunday.

I wish I could recount every moment in detail, but I'll list (in no particular order) a few highlights and let the pictures do the talking.

  • Reuniting with my Kanilea Ohana! It's always wonderful to see Hugh and Karol.
  • Browsing wonders of the pen world at Sarj's table.
  • Jessterbrook's hugs.
  • Getting to meet Azizah for the first time and getting to squish her NutriGrain bar.
  • Chatting with Pierre of Desiderata about porridge (hope you got some porridge, Pierre).
  • Seeing Patrick from Papier Plume again, and buying the ink I wanted to buy in New Orleans but couldn't because I only had carry-on luggage. At last, Bayou Nightfall is in my collection.
  • Watching Nik Pang work.
  • Trying Ralph's Sequel nib again (one of these days I'll get one).
  • Having my name written by the gentleman who has learned to write in Abraham Lincoln's handwriting. I missed his name, so we'll call him Abraham Lincoln II. Chatting with him about how people used to learn handwriting and how he uses those principles to mimic their styles was fascinating.
  • Picking up a box of blanks from Jonathon Brooks of Carolina Pen Company for my father, who has just started making pens. I formally declare Jonathon one of the kindest people in the pen world. When I send these blanks to my dad, I'll be declaring dibs on a few of them--they're gorgeous.
  • Talking about flowers with Matt Armstrong and Lisa Vanness.
  • Asking for a glass of water at the bar and having the bartender ask if it was for drinking or ink (I think they're getting used to us).

There were a lot of people I wanted to spend more time with, but alas, I had to leave Sunday morning. I hope I'll get to see those folks again next year! I'm already excited. And if the show keeps growing the way it has been, we'll soon have to take over some additional event rooms! Saturday the ballroom was packed like inky sardines. I hope it was as successful for the vendors as it was for the attendees. I certainly did my part. And I hope you'll all join us there next year!

Posted on May 9, 2019 and filed under Pen Shows.