Greetings, all! I’m back at it with a review of the Victorinox Maverick, a watch marketed as “The perfect blend of elegance and function.” This timepiece has both thrilled and frustrated me, often to a comic degree. So much so, in fact, that I was forced to invent a new word to capture the experience. Read on to see how my awkward style holds up to a watch claiming to be “effortlessly elegant in every situation. Just like those who wear it.”
It’s getting to be that time again, folks. After several months of frenetic reviews, I’ll be stepping away from the site. Not forever, mind you, but between my day job, life changes, and plain old gear burnout, I think a hiatus is in order.
Before I take a breather, I wanted to post quick reviews on several pieces of gear. Among these are the Tangram Orion and Spyderco Chaparral FRN knives (on loan from Nick Shabazz), the Karas Kustoms Retrakt, and the Rickshaw Bags Waldo Pen Case, along with a few thoughts on Pilot’s Varsity line of disposable fountain pens. Let’s dive in.
I ask, for the second review in a row, “What the heck is this?” I work on a construction site, probably one of the least fountain pen-friendly environments out there. And yet, here I am with the Faber-Castell Loom, one of the most well-regarded fountain pens in the sub-$50 range. This, along with the TWSBI Eco, is considered to be among the best writers for bottled-ink beginners. Let’s see if this steel-tipped Bavarian can stand in the world of steel-toed boots.
What the heck is this? A near-$800 watch on a backwater, budget-focused review site? That’s right – In a first for Journeywind Junk, I’ll be tiptoeing into the world of high-end timepieces. Here to tempt me with its fit and finish is the Longines Conquest V.H.P., a high-accuracy quartz watch from the fabled horologists of Switzerland. Let’s see if the quality of this rarified Alpine air is all it’s cracked up to be.
If you’ve ever typed “Best Dress Watches” into your browser, chances are you’ve run across the Orient Bambino. It appears on just about every such video and list I’ve come across, especially in the Under-$200 field. Still, I resisted the purchasing urge for a long time. I work in construction, with next to no need for a dress watch. Thankfully, curiosity won out in the end. Here’s my review of the Orient Bambino Automatic.
What do you know of “The West?” Before moving from Wisconsin to New Mexico, the extent of my knowledge came from playing “The Oregon Trail.” Now, as my time in this area draws to a close, I’ve been reflecting on the region and its ethos. But that’s not what you’re here for, is it? Instead, let’s take a look at an interesting little pocket knife: Quiet Carry’s serendipitously named modern slipjoint, “The West.”