The Pokka Pen, Always There When You Need It

“Your anywhere and everywhere backup pen. Throw one in a bag, one in a purse, one in your car, pretty much anywhere you may need a pen. You can afford to because they cost less than $3 each…. I dig everything about this pen” - The Pen Addict January 16, 2017

The patented Pokka Pen is compact, lightweight and affordable. You won’t even notice it in your pocket, but it converts to a full sized writing instrument with a snap of the cap.

Pokka Pens fit your pocket, your hand, and your budget!

Visit to see all of our Pokka colors, including our Kustom Kryptek Kamo!

Pen Addicts can enter promo code “Addict20” when placing an order, and receive 20% off any order of 5 pens or more! Free shipping on all orders of 10 pens or more.

My thanks to Pokka Pens for sponsoring The Pen Addict this week.

Posted on February 20, 2017 and filed under Featured Sponsor.

The Alphabet From Baron Fig

The Alphabet is Baron Fig’s first release in their Limited Edition Squire lineup, and is a winner in my book.

This jet black Squire features the entire English alphabet laser etched down the side of the pen. Alone, the letters aren’t much to write home about, but together they grant the power to express your greatest ideas. In these times, the written word is more important than ever, and The Alphabet provides the building blocks to inspire.

The Alphabet ships with the wonderfully smooth Baron Fig branded Schmidt P8126 ink cartridge in black, and in its own new limited edition packaging.

If you are looking for a great every day pen, with a side order of inspiration, give The Alphabeta try.

My thanks to Baron Fig for sponsoring The Pen Addict this week.

Posted on February 17, 2017 and filed under Sponsors.

Nagasawa Kobe 21 Taison-Ji (Temple Yellow) Ink: 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.)

The Nagasawa Stationery Shop is located in Kobe, Japan. It carries a line of more than fifty Sailor inks, many of which are now available through Vanness Pens.

I ordered a sample of Nagasawa Kobe 21, Taisan-Ji (Temple Yellow) specifically for my prototype Omas Burkina because I like matchy inks.

Temple Yellow is a beautiful amber ink with amazing shading properties. In my ink testing, I found it to be a rich color, very wet, but definitely not waterproof.

Chromatography reveals vivid lime green and deep orange colors mixed to create this brownish-yellow.

The ink splats demonstrate a dark brown sheen.

Because the ink is very wet, it can smear easily, especially if you’re a leftie. But, once it dries it is such a gorgeous color and the shading is wonderful, especially where the ink pools.

I thought KWZ Honey (review here) might be a much cheaper alternative, but it’s much more brown than Temple Yellow. Pelikan Amber is a close match, but it is a limited edition color (out of stock everywhere I checked) and also expensive.

Kobe Temple Yellow is $30.00 for a 50ml bottle at Vanness Pens. You can get a 4ml sample for $3.00.

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Posted on February 17, 2017 and filed under Kobe, Ink Reviews.